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Apologies for Absence and Substitutions

The Committee is asked to note any apologies for absence and substitutions received from Members.


An apology for absence was received from Councillor Ferguson (substituted by Councillor Guglielmi).




Minutes of the Last Meeting pdf icon PDF 147 KB

To confirm and sign as a correct record, the minutes of the last meeting of the Committee, held on Tuesday 7 March 2023.


It was RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on Tuesday 7 March 2023 be approved as a correct record.


Declarations of Interest

Councillors are invited to declare any Disclosable Pecuniary Interests or Personal Interest, and the nature of it, in relation to any item on the agenda.



There were no declarations of interest by Councillors in relation to any item on the agenda for this meeting.


Questions on Notice pursuant to Council Procedure Rule 38

Subject to providing two working days’ notice, a Member of the Committee may ask the Chairman of the Committee a question on any matter in relation to which the Council has powers or duties which affect the Tendring District and which falls within the terms of reference of the Committee.



On this occasion no Councillor had submitted notice of a question.


Work Programming including Monitoring of Previous Recommendations and Scrutiny of Forthcoming Decisions pdf icon PDF 162 KB

The report provides the Committee with an update on its approved Work Programme for 2022/23 (including progress with enquiries set out in its Work Programme), feedback to the Committee on the decisions in respect of previous recommendations from the Committee in respects of enquiries undertaken and a list of forthcoming decisions for which notice has been given since publication of the agenda for the Committee’s last meeting.


The report also provides an update of the current position on the development of the work programme for 2023/24. This Committee is specifically invited to submit a proposed Work Programme to the meeting of Council on 11 July 2023 for consideration.


Additional documents:


The Committee heard an update on the Work Programme item from the Head of Democratic Services and Elections (Keith Simmons).


The Work Programme


In considering the Work Programme of enquiries, the Committee regarded the Corporate Plan 2020-24 and the themes of that Corporate Plan were:


·         Delivering High Quality Services

·         Building Sustainable Communities

·         Strong Finances and Governance

·         A Growing and Inclusive Economy

·         Community Leadership through Partnerships


The Committee was made aware that the Corporate Plan for 2024-28 was currently being worked on and provisions would have to reviewed once the new Plan was adopted.


An invitation had been sent to Councillors on 16 May 2023 asking for their input into the development of both Overview and Scrutiny Committees Work Programmes.


Responses were received from Councillors that included the following suggestions in relation to this Committee:


·         Essex Highways – The state of roads and pavements

·         Essex Highways- Public right of ways

·         Education – SEND provision


A meeting with the Chairman of the Committee was held on Tuesday 20 June 2023 at which time suggestions set out in Appendix D.


A meeting of the Committees Chairman with the Chairman of the Community Leadership Overview and Scrutiny Committee and the Councils Leader and their Deputy Leader was held on 20 June 2023 by virtue of the Cabinet-Scrutiny Protocol of the Council.


The Committee agreed upon the following items to be included in its draft Work Programme 2023/24 and submitted to Full Council for consideration (each item included the more detailed scope of the enquiries).


·         Active Essex/Sport England Local Delivery Pilot – Off agenda briefing note

·         Policy on Events on Council Land

·         Crime and Disorder

·         School Age Education provision – Task and Finish

·         NHS Dentistry

·         Mainstream and community transport provision -Task and Finish Group

·         Health Inequalities – Off Agenda Briefing Note

·         On Street Parking Arrangements in the District – January Committee


After a short debate the Committee RESOLVED that:


a)    the Committees Work Programme (as set out at Appendix D) to the report be approved and recommended to Council on 11 July 2023 for adoption.


b)    To authorise officers subject to the recommendation in a) above being appropriate, in consultation with the Committee Chairman, to formally constitute and appoint members to a Task and Finish Group to undertake the overview and scrutiny enquiry into ‘Council Enforcement Arrangements’.


The Committee discussed the value of inviting to each of the next meeting of the Committee, the Portfolio Holder for Partnerships to address it on the focus for their Portfolio. The suggestion gained broad agreement from the Members of the Committee. In the debate on this item the opportunity to obtain update on “County Lines” (and measures to disrupt them) as part of the Committees consideration of crime and disorder. The Committee members considered that the opportunity to visit the Police Station as part of the preparation for the Crime and Disorder enquiry should be pursued.


In respect of the enquiry into school aged education provision, there may be a need to consider interim reports around mental health  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.


Joint Annual Scrutiny Report pdf icon PDF 66 KB

To provide the Committee with a draft copy of the Joint Annual Scrutiny Report and invite its comments on the report prior to submission to Council on 11 July 2023.


The Draft Annual Scrutiny Report to follow.


Additional documents:


The Committee was presented with Draft Annual Scrutiny Report as it related to work

undertaken by this Committee during the year 2022/23.


The Committee RESOLVED to approve the Annual Scrutiny Report in so far as it

related to the work of this Committee in 2022/23 and authorise is submission to Council.


Possible Change to The Scheduled Meeting of The Committee pdf icon PDF 68 KB

To enable the Committee to determine whether or not to proceed with the programmed meeting, scheduled for Tuesday 18 July 2023.



The Head of Democratic Services and Elections asked the Committee to consider the value the meeting of the Committee that was scheduled for 18 July 2023 as Full Council was to be held on 11 July 2023.


The Committee RESLOVED to cancel this meeting.