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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.
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.
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
To review the work programme
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