Agenda and draft minutes

Overview & Scrutiny Committee
Tuesday, 25th June, 2019 10.00 am

Venue: Council Chamber, Forde House, Brunel Road, Newton Abbot, TQ12 4XX

Contact: Trish Corns  Email: comsec@teignbridge.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

53.

Agreement of the agenda between Parts I and II

Minutes:

There are no Part II items.

54.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 81 KB

To confirm the minutes of the previous meeting.

Minutes:

The Minutes of the meeting held on 28 May 2019 were approved as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.

55.

Declarations of interest

Minutes:

None.

 

56.

Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership (HofSWLEP) pdf icon PDF 3 MB

Presentation by David Ralph, LEP Chief Executive, and Heidi Hallem. 

Minutes:

David Ralph, Chief Executive of the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and Heidi Hallem, Partnership Manager, gave a presentation to Members on the LEP – attached to minutes.

 

Members were advised of the LEP’s objective to double economy by 2038 and the strategy from 2014 to 2020. Particular focuses were improving productivity and the local industrial strategy.

In response to Members questions, the following was clarified:-

·         the region would need to advance a circulator economy to increase investment and jobs

·         with the changes taking place in town centres there was a need to look how to support they could be supported with the development of work hubs and enterprise centres

·         the LEP wanted to be at the forefront of the changing economy

·         there was a need to invest and support the development of Artificial Intelligence in the region

·         there was a presumption that growth was good - LEP was emphasising the need to deliver bettergrowth

·         the LEP did not directly invest in public transport but worked with Peninsula Transport to support transport investment

·         LEP could only fund development where there was a clear market failure

·         concerns about local employment land noting that there was a distribution challenge across the region.

·         the make-up of the Partnership and procedure regards to any members possible conflict of interest – must be minimum 2/3 private sector.

·         LEPs were Community Interest Companies.

The Chairman thanked David and Heidi and asked that the HoSW consider:

·         Public transport, in particular the need for new train station at Marsh Barton

·         Communication, to support the improvement programme and delivery to outlying Teignbridge District Council areas.

·         To put pressure on government to provide a mechanism for funding small businesses.

 

Heidi Hallem clarified the staff and finance resources of LEP and that they competed for funding against other national projects.

 

57.

Performance Report 2018-19 Q4 pdf icon PDF 251 KB

To consider the report attached.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Eve Bates, Corporate Policy & Projects Officer and Steve Wotton, Finance Systems Manager presented the Council’s quarter four 2018-19 strategy performance report.

 

Members were advised that the Council Strategy was formally adopted by Full Council in April 2016 and would run until the end of the financial year 2025/26.  It was the Council’s top overarching business plan. The contents, actions and expected outcomes within it were based on the statistical evidence and ensured that the Council focused on the key areas and improvements to ensure Teignbridge remains a healthy, desirable place where people want to live, work and visit.

 

There were 10 Super Projects each led by a Manager and Portfolio Holder who were responsible for driving forward the projects, performance indicators, regularly monitoring and reviewing their delivery.

 

Members were advised of the Councils key achievements for 2018/19:

 

·         Household waste recycling was 56.32%  Teignbridge would be either top or having one of the top recycling rates out of all the Devon authorities

·         Amount of residual household waste per household for 2018/19 was 337.44 kgs, the lowest figure ever reported at Teignbridge

·         Reduced the number of empty homes to 0.54% below the national average of 0.85%  - had been a reduction year on year for the last 10 years

·         92% of registered businesses have a food hygiene rating of five

·         250 vulnerable and elderly residents had received assistance to remain in their own homes

·         289 properties had received free or subsidised energy efficiency measures to improve their homes, just under 500 since the start of the strategy

·         98% return rate of registration of elector’s forms during the canvas in 2018/19

·         The Council itself recycled 38.5% of waste produced

·         Less miles were travelled in 2018/19 for operational work purposes than in the previous year

·         Less gas, electricity and water consumption was used across Council assets in 2018/19 than in the previous year.

 

In response to comments and questions from Members, the Committee was advised:-

 

·         CSROH 5.1 - Number of rough sleepers - Outreach Workers regularly go out and speak to rough sleepers, offering advice and assistance. There had been success in reducing the number of rough sleepers from 7 to 1.

·         CSROH 5.2 & 5.3 - Homelessness prevented - the targets would be reviewed to reflect changes to legislation.

·         Clarification why grants for disabled facilities to reduce homelessness are included in the data but no other benefits included. – attached to minutes

·         Empty properties - the data included empty properties managed by Teign Housing; no empty dwelling management orders were issued by Teignbridge in the past year; 0.54% equated to 338 empty homes

·         CSROH 1.3 Number of self-build homes provided – the Council Policy was for a target of 5% allocation of self-build homes, this was not a National requirement

·         CSGP 1.1 Satisfaction with new development in your area - survey was sent to people who had bought new housing, the drop could be for various reasons which include living on a building site most comments were on the build quality rather than  ...  view the full minutes text for item 57.

58.

Executive Forward Plan pdf icon PDF 155 KB

Minutes:

The Committee noted the Executive Forward Plan circulated with the agenda.

59.

Work Programme pdf icon PDF 60 KB

To identify any areas of work for future meetings of the Committee.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee received and noted the Overview and Scrutiny Work Programme circulated with the agenda. The Chairman noted that members should submit items for consideration using the form attached.