Agenda

Informal, Communities & Housing Scrutiny Committee
Monday, 17th January, 2022 6.00 pm

Venue: Webcast - Remote Meeting. View directions

Contact: Damian Eaton  (0161 474 3207)

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Substitutes

Councillors who require a substitute to be appointed should inform Democratic Services by 4.00pm on Thursday, 13 January 2022 (Councillors who wish to arrange their own substitute should inform Democratic Services of their substitute prior to the commencement of the meeting).

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1.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 225 KB

To approve as a correct record and sign the Minutes of the meeting held on 22 November 2021.

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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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Exclusion of the Public and the Public Interest Test

To consider whether it is in the public interest to exclude the press and public from the meeting during consideration of the following item:

 

Item

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Reason

 

 

 

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Active Communities: Update on Transition to New Arrangements for Operation of Council-Owned Leisure Centres and Delivery of Active Communities Programmes

Category 3 ‘Information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority)’ as set out in Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended)

 

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Call-In

To consider call-in items (if any).

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5.

Responding to our Medium-Term Financial Plan pdf icon PDF 176 KB

To consider a joint report of the Cabinet Members for Inclusive Neighbourhoods and Sustainable Stockport.

 

The Cabinet has previously set out its approach to responding to the opportunities, challenges and uncertainty outlined within the review of the medium-term financial plan at its meeting on 21st September 2021. This was shared for further discussion and comment with scrutiny committees in October 2021.

 

Following these discussions further development of proposals have been undertaken and these are now being shared again with Scrutiny for comment and consideration.

 

The Scrutiny Committee is requested to comment on the proposals within the four business cases alongside feedback from consultation and equalities analysis.

 

Officer contact: Holly Rae on 0161 474 3014 or email: holly.rae@stockport.gov.uk

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Housing Revenue Account (HRA) Budget and Rent Levels for 2022/23 pdf icon PDF 571 KB

To consider a joint Report of the Deputy Chief Executive and the Deputy Chief Executive (Section 151 Officer).

 

The purpose of this report is to provide the Scrutiny Committee with the opportunity to comment on an illustrative Housing Revenue Account (HRA) Budget. The Cabinet will be meeting on 1 February to recommend to Council a HRA budget for 2022/23, including the level of rent and service charges.  The illustrative budget is based on a number of key assumptions set out in the report regarding income from rent and service charges; expenditure commitments contained within the HRA 30 year Business Plan and Asset Management Strategy and indicative spending requirements to support inflationary pressures and identified investment priorities.

 

This report takes account of the HRA Rent Strategy 2020 - 2025 which was approved by the Cabinet on 20 August 2019.

 

The Scrutiny Committee is asked to comment on the report and the illustrative HRA Budget for 2022/23. 

 

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

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EPC Ratings On New Residential Developments pdf icon PDF 270 KB

To consider a report of the Director (Place Management).

 

At its meeting on 22 November 2021, whilst considering the CAN report, the Chair of the Communities and Housing Scrutiny Committee requested that further information on EPCs (Energy Performance Certificates) be provided.

 

This report provides the information requested together with an analysis and explanation of the results.

 

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

 

Officer contact: Andy Kippax  on 0161 474 4319 or email: andy.kippax@stockport.gov.uk

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Fair and Inclusive Stockport - Update pdf icon PDF 2 MB

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

 

The purpose of this report is to provide an overview of the actions being taken by Stockport Council and partners to tackle inequality. The report gives an overview of the inequalities picture in Stockport and the impact of COVID-19 has had on these inequalities. 

 

The report also summarises some of the main national and Greater Manchester reviews of inequality, the recommendations made by these reviews and how Stockport’s approach to tackling inequalities responds to these recommendations.

 

Finally the report also sets out the outputs from work that is being taken forward to develop our Fair and Inclusive Framework and delivery plans.

 

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

 

Officer contact: Kirsteen Roe on 0161 474 3376 or email:  kirsteen.roe@stockport.gov.uk or Jennifer Connolly on 0161 474 2442  or email: jennifer.connolly@stockport.gov.uk

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Stockport Local Transport Strategy, Local Implementation Plan and Neighbourhood Transport Plans pdf icon PDF 241 KB

To consider a report of the Director of Place Management.

 

This report provides an overview of several recent requests from Councillors, motions to Council and a Scrutiny Review requesting a more joined up approach to managing the highway networks and transportation improvements within Stockport. Councillors have also requested more visibility of proposed schemes within their areas and a clearer overview of how individual schemes fit together.

 

The Scrutiny Committee is asked to:-

 

(1)  Comment on the proposed approach to developing neighbourhood transport plans and note the responses to the motion to council regarding slower speed 20mph and the Scrutiny Review on Active Streets and School Streets.

 

(2) Comment on the proposal to sign the Walking Charter.

 

Officer contact: Mark Glynn on 0161-474-3700 or email: mark.glynn@stockport.gov.uk

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Portfolio Dashboards

The Scrutiny Committee has the opportunity to consider the portfolio dashboards for the Inclusive Neighbourhoods and Sustainable Stockport portfolios and raise any issues with regard to performance.

 

Members can view the portfolio dashboards by visiting the following pages:-

 

Inclusive Neighbourhoods Portfolio Dashboard

Sustainable Stockport Portfolio Dashboard

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Item including information 'Not for Publication'

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Agenda Planning pdf icon PDF 146 KB

To consider a report of the Strategic Head of Service (Legal & Democratic Governance and Monitoring Officer).

 

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

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Active Communities: Update on Transition to New Arrangements for Operation of Council-Owned Leisure Centres and Delivery of Active Communities Programmes pdf icon PDF 428 KB

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

 

The report provides an update on the transition to new arrangements for the operation of Council-owned leisure centres and delivery of programmes to improve physical activity amongst the least active in the Borough from Stockport Sports Trust (trading as Life Leisure) to Stockport Active CIC, who will retain the trading name Life Leisure.

 

The report provides updates on how the different areas of Life Leisure’s work will be monitored by the Council in future, how they will be scrutinised by Members and the governance structures which will be in place between Life Leisure and the Council.

 

The report provides an indication of the level of management fee which is likely to be required to support Life Leisure in 2022/23 and in the following two years (2023/24 and 2024/25), subject to their trading performance.

 

(NOTE: The report contains a confidential appendix that has been circulated to members of the Scrutiny Committee only).

 

The Scrutiny Committee is requested to comment on the approach proposed above and is recommended:-

 

(a)       To note the transition to new arrangements for the operation of Council-owned leisure and delivery of programmes to improve physical activity amongst the least active in the Borough from Stockport Sports Trust (trading as Life Leisure) to Stockport Active CIC, who will retain the trading name Life Leisure.

 

(b)       To note the arrangements for how the different areas of Life Leisure’s work will be monitored by the Council in future, how their will be scrutinised by Members and the governance structures which will in place between Life Leisure and the Council.

 

(c)       To note the indicative level of management fee which is likely to be required to support Life Leisure in 2022/23 and in the following two years (2023/24 and 2024/25), subject to their trading performance.

 

Officer contact: Peter Ashworth on 0161 474 2392 or email: peter.ashworth@stockport.gov.uk

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