Agenda and draft minutes

Venue: Council Chamber, County Hall, Isle of WIght

Contact: Megan Tuckwell  Email: democratic.services@iow.gov.uk

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23.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 223 KB

To confirm as a true record the Minutes of the meeting held on 7 September 2021.

Minutes:

RESOLVED:

 

THAT the Minutes of the meeting held on 7 September 2021 be confirmed.

24.

Declarations of Interest

To invite Members to declare any interest they might have in the matters on the agenda.

Minutes:

Cllr Karen Lucioni declared a personal interest as the partner of the Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Community Protection, Digital Transformation, Housing Provision and Housing Needs.

 

Cllr Karen Lucioni declared an interest in any matters related to adult social care as a self-employed Personal Assistant.

 

Cameron Palin declared an interest in Minute item 31.9, Options for the Future of Chillerton and Rookley Primary School, as an employee of a local authority-maintained school.

25.

Public Question Time - 15 Minutes Maximum

Members of the public are invited to make representations to the Committee regarding its workplan, either in writing at any time or at a meeting under this item. Questions may be asked without notice but to guarantee a full reply at the meeting, a question must be put including the name and address of the questioner by delivery in writing or by electronic mail to Democratic Services at democratic.services@iow.gov.uk, no later than two clear working days before the start of the meeting. Normally, Corporate Scrutiny is held on a Tuesday, therefore the deadline for written questions will be Thursday 7 October 2021.

Minutes:

No public questions were received.

26.

Progress on outcomes and recommendations from previous meetings pdf icon PDF 209 KB

The chairman to give an update.

Minutes:

The chairman presented the report which provided an overview of the progress against outcomes from previous meetings. Reference was made to two issues that the Audit Committee had recently requested the Committee to look at.

 

The committee sought an update with regards to the progress with Southampton’s City of Culture Bid 2025, of which the Isle of Wight Council was a supporting regional partner. The Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Business Development and Tourism advised that Southampton had made the final 8 cities and shortlisting would take place in February 2022 ahead of the final announcement in May 2022.

 

RESOLVED:

 

THAT the progress on outcomes and recommendations from previous meetings be noted.

27.

Corporate Complaints Annual Report and Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman Annual letter 2020-21 pdf icon PDF 297 KB

To consider the annual report on Corporate Complaints, the LGSCO annual letter and arrangements for the review of the current policy.

Minutes:

The Strategic Manager - Business Centre was in attendance to present the corporate complaints annual report for 2020-21. The committee welcomed the actions taken following its recommendations made on 10 November 2020, and the progress made in resolving complaints at Stage 1 from 50% to 90% by 2022 was noted.

 

Questions were raised in relation to lessons learnt, Ombudsman statistics, satisfactory outcomes, and complaint acknowledgements. The proposal to make more effective use of the ICT portal to assist with the recording and dissemination of learning outcomes was supported. The annual report for 2020-21 was noted and it was felt that it demonstrated encouraging progress with the handing of complaints.

 

RESOLVED:

 

THAT the report be noted.

28.

Commercialisation Strategy pdf icon PDF 363 KB

To monitor progress with the actions contained within the strategy.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the report which provided the committee with an update on progress against the Council’s agreed Commercialisation Strategy and the associated action plan, launched in October 2019. It was advised that the strategy would be refreshed as a result of the pandemic, and to align with the new Corporate Plan in relation to social value. It was agreed that a draft of the refreshed strategy would be submitted to the Committee for comment at the appropriate time.

 

RESOLVED:

 

THAT the draft of the refreshed Commercialisation Strategy be submitted to the Committee for comment at the appropriate time, by the Cabinet Member for Strategic Finance, Corporate Resources and Transformational Change and Assistant Chief Executive.

29.

Island Planning Strategy Task and Finish Group

To consider an verbal update from the Lead Member of the Task and Finish Group, Councillor Peter Spink.

Minutes:

The Lead Member for the task and finish group, Cllr Peter Spink, was invited to provide an update on progress with the draft Island Planning Strategy task and finish group.

 

It was advised that three meetings had taken place which focussed on the housing and environmental aspects of the Island Plan, with contributions from IWALC and Bob Seeley MP. There was one further meeting to be held, and it was anticipated that final report would be presented to the Committee at its meeting in November 2021.

 

The Cabinet Member for Planning and Community Engagement provided an update on the Island Planning Strategy consultation. It was confirmed that the consultation had closed, and the analysis and summary of the responses would be available by the end of November 2021. The work undertaken by the team supporting the consultation exercise was highlighted.

 

RESOLVED:

 

THAT the update be noted, and a final report be submitted to the Committee at its meeting to be held on 9 November 2021.

30.

Corporate Plan

To receive a verbal overview from the Leader of the Council in relation to the proposed Corporate Plan.

Minutes:

The Leader presented the report which set out the vision and aspirations of the council’s administration in its revised corporate plan.

 

Questions were raised in relation to engagement with the youth council and youth MP, ongoing bids for future funding, reducing the environmental impact of council-run facilities, the timeframe for a permanent working solution for the floating bridge, a review of protocol 16 in the constitution, and progress with the Island deal.

 

It was agreed that the aspirations and key activities within the Corporate Plan would be used as the basis of the workplans of this Committee and that of the three Policy and Scrutiny Committees.

 

RESOLVED:

 

THAT the draft Corporate Plan be supported, and the aspirations and key activities within the Corporate Plan be used as the basis of the workplans of this Committee and that of the three Policy and Scrutiny Committees.

31.

Items to be considered by the Cabinet:

To review items due to be considered by the Cabinet at its meeting on 14 October 2021, and where appropriate, make comments or recommendations that the committee believe should be considered prior to Cabinet making a decision. The items currently shown on the latest forward plan at the time of publication of this agenda are:

31a

Isle of Wight Council Corporate Plan

Minutes:

This item had been considered under a previous agenda item and no further comments were made.

31b

Implications of the Health and Social Care Bill (2020-21) for the Council and the future of the Isle of Wight Integrated Care Partnership

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the report which recommended that the Cabinet explores the potential for forming a place-based joint committee for the delivery of NHS and Council Services on the Isle of Wight.

 

The committee noted the concerns of the Policy and Scrutiny Committee for Health and Social Care in relation to the transparency and accountability of the Integrated Care Partnership (and the full involvement of adult social care in its membership), together with the impact of the current level of dentistry provision on the Island and on acute and primary care services. It was agreed that future developments related to this matter would be referred through the Policy and Scrutiny Committee.

 

RESOLVED:

 

THAT the Committee offers no further comment as this matter has been previously discussed by the Policy and Scrutiny Committee for Health and Social Care.

31c

Better Care Fund Update 2021/22 and 2022-23

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the report which provided an update on the review and direction of travel of the current Better Care Fund (BCF) Section 75 Agreement; the national direction and principles for management of 2021-22 BCF; and the development of the 2022-23 BCF. No comments or questions were raised and it was requested that the Policy and Scrutiny Committee for Health and Social Care be requested to monitor the matter.

 

RESOLVED:

 

THAT the report and proposed recommendations be noted, and the Policy and Scrutiny Committee for Health and Social Care be requested to monitor the matter.

31d

Living Well and Early Help Service - Adults

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the report which sought authority from the Cabinet to approve the continued funding for the Living Well and Early Help services for adults within the community. No comments or questions were raised.

 

RESOLVED:

 

THAT the report and proposed recommendations be noted.

31e

Ryde Transport Interchange Consultation Feedback

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the report which provided the Cabinet with an update on the planned improvements to the transport interchange in Ryde, the outcomes of the public consultation, and the project delivery programme.

 

Discussion took place regarding the proposals and concerns were raised in relation to misinformation. The chairman of the Policy and Scrutiny Committee for Neighbourhoods and Regeneration advised that the matter had been considered and the committee was in support of the project.

 

RESOLVED:

 

THAT the proposed recommendations be supported.

31f

Bus Service Improvement Plan

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the report which sought the Cabinet’s approval of the Isle of Wight Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP) in line with the  national bus strategy, in preparation for an enhanced partnership with local bus operators. Discussion took place regarding the timeliness of the development of a minimum emissions specification to be included within all future tenders to work towards a requirement for zero emission vehicles by 2030. No other comments were made.

 

RESOLVED:

 

THAT the proposed recommendations be supported.

31g

Floating Bridge 6 Next Steps

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the report which advised that the continuation of the legal mediation process was to be concluded by December 2021, and that the commissioning of an independent review was to be undertaken by an appropriately qualified technical organisation which is independent of the development and submission of the business cases for the floating bridge project. The report sought the Cabinet’s approval to provide a further report in early 2022 upon the completion of the independent review and the conclusion of the legal mediation process.

 

RESOLVED:

 

THAT due to the on-going legal case the Committee would not discuss the matter until the Gateway 5 Review and associated report had been completed for the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership.

31h

Housing Civil Penalties

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the report which sought the Cabinet’s approval of the Civil Penalties Policy and the associated financial charging process. No further questions or comments were made at this stage.

 

RESOLVED:

 

THAT the report and proposed recommendations be noted.

31i

Options for the Future of Chillerton and Rookley Primary School

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the report which sought the Cabinet’s approval for a six-week public consultation on the options for the future of Chillerton and Rookley Primary School. No further questions or comments were made at this stage.

 

RESOLVED:

 

THAT the report and proposed recommendations be noted.

31j

Rough Sleepers Accommodation Grant

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the report which sought the Cabinet’s approval to initiate and deliver the Rough Sleepers Accommodation Project (RSAP) following a successful funding bid to the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, in July 2021. No further questions or comments were made at this stage.

 

RESOLVED:

 

THAT he report and proposed recommendations be noted.

31k

Newport Football Club - proposal to relocate to Seaclose Park

Minutes:

This item was not considered as it was no longer was on the forward plan.

32.

Committee's Workplan

32a

Forward Plan pdf icon PDF 371 KB

To identify any item contained within the published forward plan that would benefit from early consideration within the workplan for either this committee or one of the policy and scrutiny committees.

Minutes:

The committee were invited to identify any item contained within the published forward plan that would benefit from early consideration within the Committee’s own workplan or one of the policy and scrutiny committees. No comments or questions were raised that this stage.

 

It was confirmed that an additional meeting of the Cabinet was planned for December 2021 and therefore an additional meeting of the Corporate Scrutiny Committee would be convened.

 

RESOLVED:

 

THAT the forward plan, and the need hold an additional meeting of the Committee to be held on 15 December 2021, be noted

32b

Workplan 2021-22 pdf icon PDF 135 KB

To identify any amendments required to the committee’s future workplan.

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the current workplan for 2021-22.  Items on the workplan for the additional meeting in December would those items referred by the Audit Committee at its meeting in September 2021; the digitalisation strategy and commercial acquisitions.

 

Cllr Michael Lilley raised a question in relation to scrutiny of utility companies particularly Wightfibre. It was advised that the matter would be referred to the Policy and Scrutiny Committee for Neighbourhoods and Regeneration as this came within its remit.

 

RESOLVED:

 

THAT the workplan be noted, and the Policy and Scrutiny Committee for Neighbourhoods and Regeneration be requested to include an item in its workplan to consider utility companies particularly Wightfibre.

33.

Members' Question Time

To guarantee a reply to a question, a question  must be submitted in writing or by electronic mail to democratic.services@iow.gov.uk no later than 5pm on Friday, 8 October 2021. A question may be asked at the meeting without prior notice but in these circumstances there is no guarantee that a full reply will be given at the meeting.

Minutes:

No written questions were received.