Agenda and minutes

Communities & Housing Scrutiny Committee
Monday, 7th December, 2020 6.00 pm

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Items
No. Item

1.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 159 KB

To approve as a correct record and order that the Minutes of the meeting held on 21 December 2020 be signed.

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Minutes:

The Minutes (copies of which had been circulated) of the meeting held on 21 September 2020 were approved as a correct record and signed by the chair.

2.

Declarations of Interest

Councillors and officers to declare any interests which they have in any of the items on the agenda for the meeting.

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Minutes:

Councillors and officers were invited to declare any interests which they had in any of the items on the agenda for the meeting.

 

No declarations were made.

3.

Call-In

To consider call-in items (if any).

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Minutes:

There were no call-in items to consider.

4.

Exclusion of the Public and the Public Interest Test

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Minutes:

RESOLVED – That in order to prevent the disclosure of information which was not for publication, the disclosure of which would not be in the public interest, the public be excluded from the meeting during consideration of any of the exempt information in Agenda Item 10 – ‘Future Active Communities/ Leisure Delivery Arrangements’.

5.

Portfolio Performance and Resources - Mid-Year Reports 2020/21 pdf icon PDF 163 KB

To consider a report of the Corporate Director for Place Management & Regeneration.

 

The Mid-Year Portfolio Performance and Resource Reports (PPRRs) for the Sustainable Stockport and Inclusive Neighbourhoods Portfolios are presented for consideration by the Committee. These provide a summary of progress in delivering the portfolio priorities, reform programmes and other key projects in the first half of the year, with a particular focus on the second quarter (July to September) and up to the end of October where possible. These include forecast performance and financial data (where this is available) for the Portfolios, along with an update on the portfolio savings programmes.

 

The Scrutiny Committee is recommended to:

 

(i)        Consider the Mid-Year Portfolio Performance and Resource Reports;  

(ii)      Review the progress against delivering key projects, priority outcomes, targets and budgets for 2020/21;

(iii)     Highlight key areas of and responsibility for taking forward corrective action to address any performance or resource issues;

(iv)     Highlight any significant issues or changes to be fed back to the Cabinet alongside the Corporate Performance and Resource Report;

(v)      Identify how areas of strong performance and good practice can be shared in other services.

 

Officer contacts:

 

Sustainable Stockport Alan Lawson on 474 5397 or email:

alan.lawson@stockport.gov.uk  or Lisa Joy on 474 4044 or email:

lisa.joy@stockport.gov.uk

 

Inclusive Neighbourhoods Gaynor Ward on 474 3186 or email: gaynor.ward@stockport.gov.uk or Stephen Pate on 218 1086 or email:

stephen.pate@stockport.gov.uk 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Corporate Director (Place) and Deputy Chief Executive submitted a report (copies of which had been circulated) providing the Mid-Year Portfolio Performance and Resource Report (PPRR) for the Inclusive Communities and Sustainable Stockport Portfolio. The report provided a summary of progress in delivering the portfolio priorities, reform programme and other key projects in the first half of the year, with a particular focus on the second quarter (July to September). The report also included a forecast on performance and financial data (where this was available) for the Portfolio, along with an update on the portfolio savings programme.

 

The Cabinet Members for Inclusive Communities (Councillor Amanda Peers) and Sustainable Stockport (Councillor Sheila Bailey) attended the meeting to respond to questions from the Scrutiny Committee.

 

The following comments were made/ issues raised:-

 

Sustainable Stockport Portfolio

 

·         Members welcomed the launch of the Portfolio Performance Dashboards that provided easy access to the latest data, including detailed trend, comparative analysis and commentary for portfolio performance measures.

·         In response to a comment about the number of erroneous complaints in relation to missed bin collections, it was stated that this was largely attributed to when there had been changes to the cycle of bin collections due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic that some residents were not aware of.  It was stated that the Council had made significant efforts to communicate these necessary changes to residents and new schedules had been distributed to residents which should mitigate against this in the future.

·         It was noted that the report stated that lower targets had been set for the Active Communities programmes as it had been anticipated that there would be lower levels of physical activity during periods of ‘lockdown’.  However, it was suggested that anecdotal evidence suggested that more people had taken advantage of parks and green spaces as alternative options had become more limited. 

 

Inclusive Communities Portfolio

 

·         Further information was requested in relation to the 11% reduction in the number of charity organisations that were known to the Council.  It was noted that the report stated that this was due to a change in the search functionality on the Charity Commission’s website.

·         It was commented that it was notoriously difficult to fully understand the number of voluntary and charity organisations operating in the borough due to rapid change and turnover within the sector.

 

RESOLVED – That the report be noted.

 

                      

6.

Responding To Our Medium Term Financial Plan - Update Following The 2020 Spending Review pdf icon PDF 426 KB

To consider a report of the Corporate Director (Corporate and Support Services) and Deputy Chief Executive.

 

The update will build on the Medium Term Financial Plan (MTFP) Update report presented to the Cabinet meeting in October to ensure the MTFP forecasts and assumptions continue to be robust and based on the latest information. This will include an update on the financial impact of announcements made since October including:

 

·         The ongoing national and local response to the COVID19 pandemic; and

·         The Government’s 2020 Spending Review.

 

The Scrutiny Committee is recommended to comment on and note the report.

 

Officer contact: Michael Cullen on 0161 474 4631 or email: michael.cullen@stockport.gov.uk

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Corporate Director (Place) and Deputy Chief Executive submitted a report of the Corporate Director (Corporate and Support Services) and Deputy Chief Executive. (copies of which had been circulated) building on the Medium Term Financial Plan (MTFP) Update report presented to the Cabinet meeting in October to ensure the MTFP forecasts and assumptions continued to be robust and based on the latest information.

 

The report included an update on the financial impact of announcements made since October including the ongoing national and local response to the COVID19 pandemic; and the Government’s 2020 Spending Review.

 

The Deputy Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Commissioning, Resources & Governance (Councillor Tom McGee) and the Cabinet Members for Inclusive Communities (Councillor Amanda Peers) and Sustainable Stockport (Councillor Sheila Bailey) attended the meeting to respond to questions from the Scrutiny Committee.

 

The following comments were made/ issues raised:-

 

·         It was commented that the accompanying report was circulated relatively late due to matters outside of the Council’s control and members were encouraged to feedback any further comments they might have on the report directly to officers once the meeting had concluded.

·         The detail in report around the ongoing impact of the Covid-19 pandemic was welcomed.

·         It was requested that any further reports should include an analysis of the impact of Brexit and any planning undertaken so far.

·         It was commented that proposals to reduce the budget provision for the consultation team may have a negative impact on the Council’s ability to effectively engage with local communities.  In response it was stated that the report did not make any proposal to reduce capacity in this area.

·         Concern was raised in relation to the potential for an increase in Council Tax of up to 4.99% in addition to any increase in the Greater Manchester Mayoral and policing precepts which would constitute a significant burden on local residents.

·         The savings identified in the Sustainable Stockport portfolio were to be met through vacancy management and income generation from commercial waste collections.

 

RESOLVED – That the report be noted.

7.

2019 Flooding - Final Investigation Report pdf icon PDF 258 KB

To consider a report of the Corporate Director (Place) and Deputy Chief Executive.

 

This report presents the various aspects of the flood events in July 2019 and specifically incorporates the Final Independent Section 19 Investigation Report in accordance with the Flood & Water Management Act (FWMA) 2010 on the investigation into the flooding events undertaken independently by Mott MacDonald Consulting Engineers.

 

The Scrutiny Committee is recommended to:-

 

(1) Comment on the Final Mott MacDonald Section 19 Flood Investigation Report for the July 2019 floods in Appendix A and recommend that the Cabinet approves the final report.

 

(2) Endorse the proposed response and request an annual Flood Resilience Plan is brought to Communities and Housing Scrutiny each year

 

Officer contact: Mark Glynn on 0161-474-3700 or email:  mark.glynn@stockport.gov.uk or Sue Stevenson on 0161 474 4351 or email: sue.stevenson@stockport.gov.uk.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Corporate Director (Place) and Deputy Chief Executive submitted a report (copies of which had been circulated) presenting the various aspects of the flood events in July 2019 and specifically incorporates the Final Independent Section 19 Investigation Report in accordance with the Flood & Water Management Act (FWMA) 2010 on the investigation into the flooding events undertaken independently by Mott MacDonald Consulting Engineers.

 

The Cabinet Member for Sustainable Stockport (Councillor Sheila Bailey) attended the meeting to respond to questions from the Scrutiny Committee.

 

The following comments were made/ issues raised:-

 

·         Further work needed to be done to capture and retain water where it landed, and it was welcomed that the report identified this as a priority.

·         Concern was expressed that residents were frequently passed from agency to another with each denying responsibility.

·         It was important the United Utilities and the Environment Agency were fully committed to implementing the recommendations in the report and it was suggested that they be invited to future meetings of the Scrutiny Committee when update reports were submitted.

·         Concern was expressed that members had previously requested that language such as ‘quick wins’ should be removed from the report following repeated requests from ward councillors, and that this had not been acted upon.  In response, it was stated the report would be corrected prior to its submission to the Cabinet.

 

RESOLVED – (1) That the report be noted.

 

(2) That it be noted that annual update reports would be submitted to meetings of the Scrutiny Committee.

8.

Statement of Licensing Policy Review pdf icon PDF 91 KB

To consider a report of the Corporate Director (Place) and Deputy Chief Executive.

 

Stockport Council is the Licensing Authority for the area of Stockport, under the provisions of the Licensing Act 2003 (the Act). It is therefore responsible for the regulation of licensing matters within the borough.  The Act requires us to have a Statement of Licensing Policy which must be reviewed every 5 years. Our policy was last published in 2016 and so a review and publication is now due.

 

This report outlines the approach taken to review the policy and the next in readiness for ongoing approval up to Full Council on 21st January 2021.  

 

The Scrutiny Committee is recommended to comment on and note the report.

 

Officer Contact: Ian O'Donnell on 0161 474 4175 or email: ian.odonnell@stockport.gov.uk

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Corporate Director (Place) and Deputy Chief Executive submitted a report (copies of which had been circulated) stating that Stockport Council was the Licensing Authority for the area of Stockport, and under the provisions of the Licensing Act 2003 (the Act) it was therefore responsible for the regulation of licensing matters within the borough.  The Act further required the Council to have a Statement of Licensing Policy which must be reviewed every five years. The current policy policy was last published in 2016 and so a review and publication was now due.

 

The reported outlined the approach taken to review the existing Statement of Licensing Policy and the next steps in readiness for ongoing approval up to the Council Meeting on 21 January 2021. 

 

The Cabinet Member for Sustainable Stockport (Councillor Sheila Bailey) attended the meeting to respond to questions from the Scrutiny Committee.

 

RESOLVED – That the report be noted.

 

9.

Agenda Planning pdf icon PDF 106 KB

To consider a report of the Democratic Services Manager.                                                       

 

The report sets out planned agenda items for the Scrutiny Committee’s next meeting and Forward Plan items that fall within the remit of the Scrutiny Committee.

 

The Scrutiny Committee is invited to consider the information in the report and put forward any agenda items for future meetings of the Committee.

 

Officer contact: Damian Eaton on 0161 474 3207 or email: damian.eaton@stockport.gov.uk

Additional documents:

Minutes:

A representative of the Strategic Head of Service & Monitoring Officer (Legal & Democratic Governance) submitted a report (copies of which had been circulated) setting out the planned agenda items for the Scrutiny Committee’s next meeting and any relevant Forward Plan items.

 

The Chair commented that he hoped that the Scrutiny Committee’s Scrutiny Review Panel would shortly get underway.

 

It was further requested that the Scrutiny Committee be provided with a report identifying the Council’s approach to gully cleansing and reactive maintenance.

 

RESOLVED –That the report be noted.

Item 'Not for Publication'

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10.

Future Active Communities/ Leisure Delivery Arrangements pdf icon PDF 121 KB

To consider a report of the Corporate Director (Place) and Deputy Chief Executive.

                                                                              

The report details proposals to move to new delivery arrangements for Council-owned leisure facilities and Active Communities programmes.

 

(NOTE: The report contains a ‘not for publication’ report that has been circulated to members of the Scrutiny Committee only).

 

The Scrutiny Committee is recommended to comment on and note the report.

 

Officer contact: Paul Richards on 0161 474 2940 or email: paul.richards@stockport.gov.uk

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Corporate Director (Place) and Deputy Chief Executive submitted a report (copies of which had been circulated) detailing proposals to move to new delivery arrangements for Council-owned leisure facilities and Active Communities programmes.

 

The Cabinet Member for Sustainable Stockport (Councillor Sheila Bailey) attended the meeting to respond to questions from the Scrutiny Committee.

 

(NOTE: This item consisted of a ‘not for publication’ report that was circulated to members of the Scrutiny Committee only).

 

RESOLVED – That the report be noted.