Agenda and minutes

Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee
Thursday, 5th September, 2019 2.00 pm

Venue: Committee Suite 1,2 & 3, Westfields, Middlewich Road, Sandbach CW11 1HZ. View directions

Contact: Mark Nedderman  Senior Scrutiny Officer

No. Item


Minutes of Previous meeting pdf icon PDF 54 KB

To approve the minutes of the meeting held on 6 June 2019.



RESOLVED – That the minutes of the meeting held on 6 June 2019 be confirmed as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.


Declarations of Interest

To provide an opportunity for Members and Officers to declare any disclosable pecuniary and non-pecuniary interests in any item on the agenda.


There were no declarations of interest.


Declaration of Party Whip

To provide an opportunity for Members to declare the existence of a party whip in relation to any item on the agenda.


There were no declarations of the existence of a party whip.


Public Speaking Time/Open Session

A total period of 15 minutes is allocated for members of the public to make a statement(s) on any matter that falls within the remit of the Committee.


Individual members of the public may speak for up to 5 minutes, but the Chairman will decide how the period of time allocated for public speaking will be apportioned, where there are a number of speakers.


Note: In order for officers to undertake any background research, it would be helpful if members of the public contacted the Scrutiny officer listed at the foot of the agenda, at least one working day before the meeting to provide brief details of the matter to be covered. 


There were no members of the public present who wished to speak.


Best for Business Programme Update pdf icon PDF 101 KB

To consider a report from the Executive Director, Place.


The Committee considered a report of the Executive Director of Place providing an update on the latest position regarding the implementation of a replacement HR and Finance system for this Council and Cheshire West and Cheshire Council.


The implementation had originally been expected to have been completed by April 2019 but at the end of the most recent phase of testing, both Council’s were unable to sign off the programme. A revised date was still awaited.


Cabinet had considered a report in part 2 of its meeting on 6 August regarding a financial matter related to the programme and the Director of Place undertook to provide a copy of that report to members of this committee for information.


A joint Services Committee was overseeing the programme at Executive level and it was intended that the frequency of meetings for that committee would increase.


The Committee sought clarification about the joint scrutiny working group which had also been in existence prior to the elections in May and whether there were any plans to reconvene that body too.




(a)  That the report be received;

(b)  The Best for Business Programme remain as a standing item on all future meetings of this Committee for the foreseeable future;

(c)  That the Executive Director of Place be requested to supply Members with a copy of the pervious cabinet report outside of the meeting

(d)  That the Scrutiny Manager be requested to contact counterparts at Cheshire West and Chester Council regarding the reconvening of the joint scrutiny working group.


Forward Plan pdf icon PDF 197 KB

To note the current forward plan, identify any new items, and to determine whether any further examination of new issues is appropriate.



The committee reviewed the current forward plan.




(a)That the Forward Plan be received and noted;


(b) That Alex Thompson be requested to provide a briefing note for members in respect of forward plan itemCE19/20/7ESAR



Work Programme Progress Report pdf icon PDF 75 KB

To review the work programme

Additional documents:


The Committee reviewed its work programme.


Resolved- That the work programme items listed below be dealt with by the Committee on the dates indicated:



Best for Business                                        All meetings


Communications protocol                          TBA


Fly Tipping                                                    31 Oct 2019


Performance Update                                   26 Sept 2019


MTFS                                                             26 Sept 2019


Pre Budget Consultation                            26 Sept 2019


ASDV Update                                               3 Feb 2020   


Member Facilities T&F                                TBA


ICT Investment                                             TBA


Redevelopment of Blue Light                    TBA


Anti Social behaviour RSLs                      9 Jan 2020


Stat Scrutiny Guidance/

Scrutiny Health check                                31 Oct 2019


Financial Aspects of

Review of Governance                               31 Oct 2019