Decision details

Work Programme and Forward Plan

Decision Maker: Overview and Scrutiny Committee

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


The Legal, Governance and Democracy Lead Specialist, introduced the latest version of the Forward Plan and the Overview and Scrutiny Committee’s 2019/20 Work Programme.


At this point, Councillor Doug Rathbone provided a verbal update on his dialogue with Northern Rail, as agreed at the 12 July 2019 Overview and Scrutiny Committee meeting. He informed the Committee that while there had been little movement following the previous meeting, there were now new trains operating on the Lakes and Furness lines that provided new facilities and new lengths for trains in the district. Councillor Rathbone requested agreement from Members for him to maintain liaison with Northern Rail so that the Overview and Scrutiny Committee could continue to hold them to account, particularly on punctuality, which had been a considerable issue across the district. He also highlighted a celebration event arranged on the 21st August at 11 a.m. with Northern Rail regarding new trains.


The Legal, Governance and Democracy Lead Specialist (Monitoring Officer) suggested that inviting Northern Rail back to the Committee’s January meeting for their representative to provide an update to Members. She also undertook to circulate details of the upcoming Northern Rail event.


Councillor Mark Wilson provided an update on an event in Ulverston with Northern Rail and the Safety Group.


The Legal, Governance and Democracy Lead Specialist (Monitoring Officer) informed Members that a request for expressions of interest in the Task and Finish Group on Health and Wellbeing Strategic Review were still required, as only four members had returned an expression of interest to date.


The Legal, Governance and Democracy Lead Specialist (Monitoring Officer) also provided an update on the Locality Working Task and Finish Group. Due to annual leave and work commitments of those officers involved, the date for the first session was fixed as 10 October 2019. Members were informed that the meeting would be a focused session, with all Members being invited to provide input into the localities discussion. The next meeting would involve stakeholders.


The Legal, Governance and Democracy Lead Specialist (Monitoring Officer) answered questions from Members. She undertook to provide them with a list of those who had expressed an interest in taking part in the Health and Wellbeing Task and Finish Group. A question having been raised by a Member with regard to bringing forward the date of the Private Water Supplies Task and Finish Group, it was explained that this would not be possible, due to the Committee’s large work programme, and therefore the Task and Finish Group would be held in January 2019.




(1)        the latest Forward Plan published on 13 August 2019 be received;


(2)        Councillor Rathbone be authorised to continue with his efforts in liaising with Northern Rail; and


(3)        the Overview and Scrutiny Committee’s current work programme be noted and updated to include an invitation to Northern Rail to attend the January 2020 meeting.

Publication date: 03/09/2019

Date of decision: 16/08/2019

Decided at meeting: 16/08/2019 - Overview and Scrutiny Committee

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