Agenda for Overview and Scrutiny Committee (Regeneration and Skills) on Tuesday 12th March, 2019, 6.30 pm

Agenda and minutes

Venue: Committee Room, Town Hall, Bootle

Contact: Paul Fraser  Senior Democratic Services Officer

Items
No. Item

37.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Bill Welsh and Councillor Atkinson, Cabinet Member – Regeneration and Skills.

 

38.

Declarations of Interest pdf icon PDF 37 KB

Members are requested to give notice of any disclosable pecuniary or personal interest  

 

An advice note on declaration of interests is attached

 

 

 

Minutes:

In accordance with Paragraph 9 of the Council’s Code of Conduct, the following declarations of personal interest were made:

 

 

Member

Minute No.

Nature of Interest

Councillor John Sayers

Minute No. 40 – Called-In Item - Land east of Maghull Masterplan heading

Was one of the three elected Members who called-in the item and is a Member of Maghull Town Council. Councillor Sayers vacated the Chair, remained in the room but took no part in the consideration of the item and did not vote thereon

Councillor Carragher

Minute No. 40 – Called-In Item - Land east of Maghull Masterplan heading

Is a Member of Maghull Town Council. Stayed in the room but took no part in the consideration of the item and did not vote thereon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

39.

Minutes of the Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 108 KB

Minutes of the meeting held 22 January 2019

Minutes:

RESOLVED:

 

That the Minutes of the meeting held on 22 January 2019 be confirmed as a correct record.

 

40.

Vacation of Chair

Minutes:

Councillor John Sayers had declared a personal interest in the following item and vacated the Chair. The Chair was taken by the Vice-Chair, Councillor Michael O’Brien.

 

41.

Item Called In - Land East of Maghull Masterplan pdf icon PDF 83 KB

Report of the Chief Legal and Democratic Officer

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered (a) the report of the Chief Legal and Democratic Officer, which set out the decision of the Cabinet Member – Planning and Building Control in relation to land east of Maghull Masterplan, and the reasons why the decision had been called-in; and (b) the report of the Chief Planning Officer that was considered by the Cabinet Member –  in relation to this matter.

 

The decision taken by the Cabinet Member – Planning and Building Control on 11 February 2019 in relation to this matter was as follows:

 

Decision Made: That:

 

(a)  the Land East of Maghull Masterplan, as detailed within the report and its annexe, as a means to ensure a comprehensive approach to the development of the Land East of Maghull Local Plan allocation site be approved; and

 

(b)  the Land East of Maghull Masterplan, as detailed with the report and its annexe, for use as a material planning consideration in determining planning applications in so far as it accords with the Sefton Local Plan, Maghull Neighbourhood Plan and Land East of Maghull Supplementary Planning Document be approved.

 

Reason for Decision:

 

To ensure that development of the strategic development allocation at Land East of Maghull is managed and development in a coordinated manner.

 

Alternative Options Considered:

 

None. The Sefton Local Plan specifies that no development will be permitted in the absence of an approved detailed masterplan for the whole site.

 

Paul Fraser, Senior Democratic Services Officer, reported on the validity of the call-in and highlighted that the call-in requisition:

 

·       had been received within the specified call-in period;

·       had been signed by three Members (Councillors McKinley, John Sayers and Yvonne Sayers) of the Council who were not Members of the Cabinet, in accordance with the provisions in Chapter 6, Paragraph 38(a) of the Council’s Constitution; and

·       referred to a specific decision made by the Cabinet Member and provided a reason for call-in, in accordance with Chapter 6, paragraph 40 of the Constitution.

 

The call-in notice specified the following reasons for call-in:

 

To question the soundness of the decision based on facts taken or not taken        into account; including:

 

·       Lack of detailed information that would/may impact of the robustness of the Master Plan relating to;

·       Flood Mitigation: research and evidence to substantiate the proposed methodology

·       Research based evidence on the amount of time the ‘linear park’ will be inaccessible because of flood events

·       How public safety will be protected as a result of the proposals for flood mitigation

·       How the Environment Agencies objections to the proposals have been dealt with and if the EA is still objecting to the proposals

·       Traffic assessments, including measures to protect the community from pollutants from site traffic. And amount of pollution in residential areas asa result of development (including risk to the health of vulnerable groups such as young children and the ageing population (25% of total are over 65 years of age) in line with the Council’s Clean Air Policy.

·       Little evidence of robust assessment of the risk of  ...  view the full minutes text for item 41.

42.

Vacation of Chair

Minutes:

The Chair was vacated by Councillor Michael O’Brien and re-taken by the Chair, Councillor John Sayers.

 

43.

Work Programme 2018/19, Scrutiny Review Topics and Key Decision Forward Plan – March 2019 pdf icon PDF 82 KB

Report of the Chief Legal and Democratic Officer

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered the report of the Chief Legal and Democratic Officer that sought views on the Work Programme for 2018/19, the identification of potential topics for scrutiny reviews to be undertaken by a Working Group appointed by the Committee and identification of items for pre-scrutiny by the Committee from the Key Decision Forward Plan.

 

RESOLVED: That

 

(1)

 

the Work Programme for 2018/19 be noted;

(2)

the update report on Leasehold House Sales be considered at the meeting of the Committee to be held on 3 March 2020;

 

(3)

the update report on the Housing Licensing Performance Framework be considered at the meeting of the Committee to be held on 2 July 2019; and

 

(4)

the up to date position regarding the Effectiveness of the Council’s Enforcement Activities Working Group be noted; 

 

 

 

44.

Cabinet Member Reports - January 2019 to March 2019 pdf icon PDF 68 KB

Report of the Chief Legal and Democratic Officer

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered the report of the Chief Legal and Democratic Officer that included the most recent report from the Cabinet Members for Communities and Housing; Health and Wellbeing (Green Sefton), Locality Services; Planning and Building Control; and Regeneration and Skills. 

 

Members of the Committee asked questions/made comments on the following issues:

 

·       The additional Houses in Multi-Occupation(HMO) licensing schemes to cover more types of HMO properties

·       The number of landlords who had signed up to the private rented sector licensing schemes

·       Enforcement action undertaken where private rented property landlords had not applied for a license 

 

RESOLVED: That

 

(1)

the update report from the Cabinet Members for Communities and Housing; Health and Wellbeing (Green Sefton), Locality Services; Planning and Building Control; and Regeneration and Skills be noted;

 

(2)

the Interim Head of Economic Growth and Housing be requested to provide Members of the Committee with the up to date position regarding enforcement action undertaken where private rented property landlords had not applied for a license; and

  

(3)

Councillor Veidman, Cabinet Member – Planning and Building Control be thanked for his attendance and contribution at the meeting.

 

 

 

45.

Mental Health & Employment Task Group pdf icon PDF 77 KB

Report of the Interim Head of Economic Growth and Housing to follow

Minutes:

The Committee considered the report of the Interim Head of Economic Growth and Housing that provided an overview of the work undertaken by the Corporate task group on Mental Health and Employment (the Task Group), an informal cross-sectoral, multi-agency grouping that focused on key practical objectives to improve service delivery for residents across Sefton and to encourage employers to adopt best practice in this area.

 

The report detailed the Task Group’s objectives, namely:

 

·       To provide an inclusive multi-disciplinary networking opportunity for national, regional and local agencies to share information to promote better outcomes for residents and businesses

·       To map relevant health and economic data sets to better understand the particular challenges facing Sefton

·       To create a more coherent customer journey for residents through increased collaboration between partners

·       To identify and promote instances of good practice in local employers supporting staff with mental ill health or poor well-being to remain in and thrive at work

·       To promote new delivery mechanisms to fill identified gaps, such as through social investment

 

the many practical key actions overseen by the Task Group which had been designed to lead to service improvements; and the programme of work for the coming period which included:

 

·       Rollout of Suicide prevention training to local employment advisors (including Sefton@work, Jobcentreplus staff etc)

·       Identification of Employer best practice examples across diverse occupational sectors and “Employer champions”

·       Clarify the linkages between employment support and social prescribing in Sefton

·       Focus on the availability of mental health support for adult learners and apprentices

·       Update of data sources on mental health, economic growth and welfare reform impacts

·       Identify suitable means to disseminate the work of the Group through the Localities model so workers in these settings are equipped with referral information

 

The report concluded by providing a list of the wide representation on the Task Group.

 

Members of the Committee asked questions/raised issues on the following matters:

 

·       How austerity budget pressures over the last 10 years had affected the provision of frontline welfare services  

·       The possibility of getting private sector representation on the Mental Health and Employment Task Group, for example as an employer champion, and could Peel Ports and other major Sefton employers be contacted to provide this role

·       The provision of support for people running small businesses to help them succeed in their enterprises and retain employment

·       The Council’s dealing with Job Centre Plus and the department for Work and Pensions

 

RESOLVED: That

 

(1)

the report providing an overview of the work undertaken by the Corporate task group on Mental Health and Employment be noted; and

 

(2)

the Interim Head of Economic Growth and Housing be requested to contact Peel Ports and other major Sefton employers with the aim of securing their representation on the Mental Health and Employment Task Group.

 

 

 

 

 

 

46.

United Utilities – Update on Increase in Charges pdf icon PDF 70 KB

Report of the Head of Corporate Resources to follow

Minutes:

The Committee considered the report of the Head of Corporate Resources that updated on the Committee’s previous request that United Utilities, OFWAT, DEFRA, BEIS, SALIX, BITC and Waterplus be contacted to establish their further involvement to highlight the need and encouragement of the development of the needed funding arrangements regarding United Utilities’

increase in charges.

 

The report provided details of the consultation responses received to date from the above-mentioned organisations.

 

Members of the Committee asked questions/raised issues on the following matters:

 

·       Concern was expressed about the poor response rate from the above mentioned organisations

·       United Utilities splitting their business between retail and wholesale which made it more difficult to address a wholesale issue, via the retailer

·       Pressure needs to be maintained on United Utilities to ensure that water/drainage saving measures can be introduced to not only reduce costs but to provide environmental sustainability

·       The United Utilities facility at Altcar and its close proximity to the River Alt training bank

·       The very good cross-party cooperation in respect of supporting officers in their dealings with United Utilities

·       The Chief Executive should write to the Chief Executives of the above-mentioned organisations expressing the Committee’s concern at the poor response to Council correspondence

·       This matter should be a standing item on the Committee’s Work Programme so that updates can be provided on progress made. Furthermore, in the event of unsatisfactory progress being made, the Committee should be prepared to request those organisations presence at the Overview and Scrutiny Committee   

 

RESOLVED: That

 

(1)

the Chief Executive be requested to write to the Chief Executives of DEFRA, OFWAT and United Utilities to highlight the poor response to previous requests for information and to advise that officers have been instructed to ascertain those organisations further views; as well as to discuss suitable funding arrangements, at the earliest opportunity, with the contacts provided; and that the Committee would expect an update at its next meeting; and

 

(2)

the Head of Corporate Resources be requested to submit a further report to the next meeting of this Committee to be held on 2 July 2019 updating on progress made in respect of the courses of action referred to in (1) above.