Decision details

Work Programme and Forward Plan

Decision Maker: Overview and Scrutiny Committee

Decision status: For Determination

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


To consider the Overview and Scrutiny Work Programme 2018/19, and the contents of the latest Forward Plan.


The Solicitor to the Council presented a report including the Forward Plan published on 21 December 2018 and an up-to-date copy of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee’s 2018/19 Work Programme, which included a number of amendments made since the last meeting.  She drew attention to fact that, since updating the Programme, she had been advised that the Homelessness Strategy 2019-2024 included for consideration at the 1 February 2019 meeting of the Committee would be delayed and be included instead on the agenda for the 26 April meeting.


The Solicitor to the Council further reported that arrangements were due to commence for the Task and Finish Group for the development of locality working through Customer Connect.  Due to the significant nature of the topic, seven Members would be sought to form the group, in order to ensure membership from across the district, as well as gender and political balance.  A request for expressions of interest would shortly be sent out to all Members.


A suggestion was raised for the formation of a task and finish group to examine rail issues, with Northern Rail being invited to provide further information, including details on station improvements.  The Solicitor to the Council explained that the Chairman of the Committee had, following the presentation by representatives from Northern Rail earlier in the meeting, asked the representatives if they would be willing to return to speak to the Committee again, if necessary.  She also informed Members that consideration could be given to setting up a task and finish group on the topic at the April meeting of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee when the 2019/20 Work Programme would be set.


Attention was drawn to the fact that the Health and Wellbeing Portfolio Holder was due to present his report to the Overview and Scrutiny Committee on 26 April and to a request which had been made by a member of the public when the Committee had considered its 2018/19 Work Programme for a review of air quality within the district.  It was suggested that the individual who had submitted this proposal might be invited to attend the meeting on 26 April.  The Solicitor to the Council explained that the Committee had considered this particular suggestion in April 2018 when setting the 2018/19 Work Programme and that it had been felt at the time to be more effective to include the topic within the task and finish group which was to carry out a strategic review of the Council’s health and wellbeing priority.  She also clarified that the area of air quality fell within the remit of both the Environment and the Health and Wellbeing Portfolios.




(1)        the Forward Plan published on 21 December 2019 be received; and


(2)        the Overview and Scrutiny Committee’s current Work Programme, including the amendment raised at the meeting, be noted.

Report author: Anthea Lowe

Publication date: 24/01/2019

Date of decision: 11/01/2019

Decided at meeting: 11/01/2019 - Overview and Scrutiny Committee

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