Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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Executive Scrutiny Committee Minutes

Date:
Friday, 7th April, 2006
Time:
11.00am
Place:
Ground Floor Committee Room, Town Hall, High Street, Stockton on Tees
 
Please note: all Minutes are subject to approval at the next Meeting

Attendance Details

Present:
Cllr D Cains, Cllr I J Dalgarno, Cllr J A Fletcher, Cllr B Jones, Cllr K Lupton, Cllr Mrs K F Nelson, Cllr W Noble, Cllr Mrs M Rigg, Cllr R Rix, Cllr Mrs A Trainer, Cllr B Woodhead, Mr A.Maxwell (Diocesan Representative)
Officers:
Ms H Dean (CE); Miss S Connolly, N Hart, Mrs M Waggott (LD).
Apologies for absence:
Apologies for absence were submitted on behalf of Councillors Mrs Beaumont, Frankland, Lynch, Narroway, Mrs Nesbitt, Mrs Womphrey (Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council); Mr I Bartle, Mrs Mustafa (Parent Governor Representatives).
Item Description Decision
Public
21 TIMING OF MEETINGS
RESOLVED that the report be noted.
22 MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON 1ST FEBRUARY 2006
RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting held on 1st February 2006 be signed by the Chairman as a correct record.
23 MATTERS ARISING
RESOLVED that the proposed action be approved.
24 EXECUTIVE SCRUTINY COMMITTEE TERMS OF REFERENCE
RESOLVED that the amended terms of reference be agreed.
25 SCRUTINY LIAISON FORUM MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON 8TH MARCH 2006
RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting of the Scrutiny Liaison Forum held on Wednesday 8th March 2006 be approved subject to the following correction:-

Declarations of Interest-with regard to the interests expressed by Councillor Mr and Mrs Fletcher; delete ‘friendship with one of the organisers' and insert ‘their membership of Friends of the Festival'.
26 REPORT OF SELECT COMMITTEE CHAIRS ON PROPOSED SCRUTINY REVIEW TOPICS:-
RESOLVED that the proposed reviews be adopted by the above Select Committees.

27 SELECT COMMITTEE WORK PROGRAMME 2006/07
RESOLVED that the report be noted.
11.00am-12 noon

Preamble

ItemPreamble
21It was noted that draft dates and times for meetings of this Committee had been scheduled into the Democracy Diary for 2006/2007. In the absence of any concensus with regard to a preferred time for meetings, the Chairman would determine future times of meetings in accordance with other known diary commitments.
23i) Regard was made to the agreed terms of reference of the Committee; and in particular the ability for employees to identify suggested areas for scrutiny work. It was proposed that, in addition to the issue being raised at future Setting the Standard sessions; and the inclusion of an appropriate article in the Keeping You in Touch employee newsletter; the Team Leader for Democratic & Development Services contact all Heads of Service to illicit from them their preferred mechanism for alerting their employees to this facility. An update report on this issue would be reported to the next meeting of the Committee.

ii) Copies of the Scrutiny Guidance Toolkit, incorporating all recent changes, would be sent to all members of the Council for comment. The content of the Guidance would thereafter be reviewed after a period of six months.
24At the previous meeting of this Committee members considered the Terms of Reference following approval of them at Council on 25th January 2006 and made an amendment to include the ability for employees to identify suggested areas for scrutiny work; and from quasi judicial committees/appeals panels within the Council. The amended Terms of Reference were submitted for members consideration.
26The following proposed scrutiny reviews were considered by Members:-

Adults, Leisure and Culture Preston Hall & Park/Museum Strategy

Children and Young People Reducing Teenage conception rate in
Stockton Borough

Corporate Policy Consultation

Environment and Regeneration Street Lighting

Health NHS Dentistry Provision in Stockton
Borough

Housing and Community Safety Access to Tristar Services/
Pre Inspection monitoring
27It was noted that each Select Committee, under the direction of the Chairman as Project Manager, would now undertake a full project planning exercise for each review. It would be the responsibility of this Committee to ensure that each Select Committee was able to achieve the aims of their intended review.

To assist in the above process, consideration was presently being given to the future training needs of Chairman and Vice Chairman with regards to chairmanship skills, project management, interview questions/analysis etc..

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