Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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Regeneration & Transport Select Committee (ceased to operate 03/06/2015) Minutes

Date:
Monday, 14th November, 2011
Time:
9.00am
Place:
Conference Room 2, Municipal Buildings, Stockton, TS18 1LD
 
Please note: all Minutes are subject to approval at the next Meeting

Attendance Details

Present:
Cllr Maurice Perry(Chairman), Cllr Norma Wilburn(Vice-Chairman), Cllr Michael Clark, Cllr Ian Dalgarno, Cllr Kevin Faulks, Cllr Paul Kirton, Cllr Mrs Maureen Rigg, Cllr Andrew Sherris, Cllr Norma Stephenson
Officers:
Andy Bryson(RES), Brian Buckley, Richard Poundford(DNS), Peter Mennear and Kirsty Wannop(LDS)
In Attendance:
None
Apologies for absence:
Cllr Michael Smith(Cabinet Member)
Item Description Decision
Public
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25/11
DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
 
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26/11
MINUTES FOR SIGNATURE - 12TH SEPTEMBER 2011
 
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27/11
DRAFT MINUTES - 24TH OCTOBER 2011
AGREED that the minutes be agreed subject to the above change.
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28/11
EFFICIENCY, IMPROVEMENT AND TRANSFORMATION (EIT) REVIEW OF REGENERATION AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
- TO CONSIDER THE DRAFT FINAL COMMITTEE REPORT

AGREED that subject to the above mentioned being added the final report be agreed and forwarded to Executive Scrutiny Committee, prior to submission to Cabinet for approval.
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29/11
EFFICIENCY, IMPROVEMENT AND TRANSFORMATION (EIT) TASK AND FINISH REVIEW OF HIGHWAY SERVICES
- - TO CONSIDER THE BASELINE REPORT

CONCLUDED that
1. The information be noted
2. The highways task and finish group report back to Committee in January with the proposed options for efficiency.
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30/11
WORK PROGRAMME
- TO CONSIDER THE WORK PROGRAMME FOR UPCOMING MEETINGS
- TO SUGGEST TOPICS FOR INCLUSION IN THE SCRUTINY WORK PROGRAMME

CONCLUDED that the information be noted.
9.00am/10.15am

Preamble

ItemPreamble
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25/11
Cllr Norma Wilburn declared a personal non prejudicial interest in the item titled Efficiency, Improvement and Transformation (EIT) Review of Regeneration and Economic Development as she was a Member of the Know How North East Board.

Cllr Michael Clark declared a personal non prejudicial interest in the item titled Efficiency, Improvement and Transformation (EIT) Review of Regeneration and Economic Development as he occasionally provided paid consultancy work for Know How North East.
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26/11
The Chair signed the minutes as a correct record.
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27/11
Consideration was given to the minutes of the meeting held on 24th October 2011.

Cllr Michael Clark requested that the declaration which he declared at the last meeting be changed from 'he was a Member of the Know How North East Board.' to 'as he occasionally provided paid consultancy work for Know How North East.'
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28/11
Consideration was given to the draft report for EIT review of regeneration and economic development. Members considered each recommendation individually and agreed the final report subject to amending the paragraph after recommendation 12 starting 'In order to deliver on the recommendations' so that the following be added 'The Committee note that the final composition of the new staff structure, and the number of posts within it, is delegated to the Head of Service. Members have requested that this information be provided to the Committee once finalised, as part of the established monitoring procedures.'
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29/11
Members received the baseline information for the EIT task and finish review of highway services. The main issues discussed were:-

- The type of work carried out by the highways team and the need to take into account the different codes of practice.
- The service delivery of highway maintenance and the different areas in which it covered.
- The importance of well-maintained highways, and the funding mechanisms for highway improvements;
- The cumbersome nature of highway inspections and the purchase of IT packages to address this;
- The financial analysis and impact that a reduction in money would have to customer satisfaction, performance management and insurance costs.
- The dimmer switch trials on street lights and whether the technology could be on all street columns across the borough in order to reduce energy costs. It is recognised that this would require significant investment and ‘invest to save' approaches are being considered.

The Committee was informed that the Head of Technical Services would lead the highways task and finish officer group to highlight the areas in which savings could be made and report back to the Committee in January.
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30/11
Members were reminded that the next meeting was 5th December 2011 and the presentation on the Borough's events would be shown at the meeting. Members were also reminded that if there was any topics which the wanted to be considered for future reviews that they inform a member of the scrutiny team.

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