Agenda and draft minutes

Overview & Scrutiny Committee - Tuesday, 15th October, 2019 10.00 am

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

Items
No. Item

78.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 62 KB

To approve and sign the minutes of the meeting held on 17 September, 2019.

 

Minutes:

The Minutes of the meeting held on 17 September, 2019 were approved as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.

79.

Declarations of interest

Minutes:

None

80.

Public questions (if any) under Council Procedure Rule 5.8(h)

Minutes:

None.

81.

Councillor Questions (if any) under Council Procedure Rule 5.8(i)

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None.

82.

Call-ins

Minutes:

None.

83.

Connecting Devon and Somerset Broadband (CDS) pdf icon PDF 75 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Economy Manager referred Members to the report circulated with the agenda for the Committee to evaluate the Council’s commitment to contributing £250,000 towards the Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS) superfast broadband rollout programme Phase 2, following the announcement by CDS that they had terminated the contract of the chosen provider Gigaclear. The £250,000 commitment made by the Council in 2016 was budgeted for the 2019/20 financial year. Should the Council continue with the contribution, the commitment would be for the 2022/23 financial year at the earliest. The contribution would be match funded by Building Digital UK (BDUK), part of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and tasked with the delivery of superfast broadband and local full fibre networks across the UK. As such, the loss of TDC’s commitment would mean that there would be £500,000 less invested in the rollout programme for Devon and Somerset as a whole.

 

The Committee welcomed Matt Barrow and Phil Roberts from the CDS project, who updated Members on the CDS programme. 

 

The superfast broadband programme was introduced in 2011 in response to concerns that the commercial deployment of superfast broadband (defined as download speeds of at least 24 megabits per second) would fail to reach many parts of the UK. The Phase 1 programme in Devon and Somerset sought to extend superfast coverage to 90 percent of UK premises by 2016, from a starting point of 66%. By the end of the phase, coverage in Teignbridge was up to 80% from a starting point of 50%. While this figure was below the national target, Teignbridge was in the top quartile with respect to the CDS programme delivery.

 

There was a commitment from CDS that the £500,000, would provide services within Teignbridge but because of the nature of the build programme the facilities might require to be located outside of the geographic boundaries of Teignbridge.

 

Background Paper 1 to the report set out alternative and additional approaches to the CDS Programme, such as community led solutions.

 

Concern was expressed that there was no assurance that the Council’s contribution would be used entirely for improving broadband speeds and coverage for Teignbridge residents, when Teignbridge was the only Devon Authority that had previously agreed to financially commit to the CDS project.

 

It was proposed by Councillor Purser and seconded by Councillor Gribble that the Council continues with its commitment to contribute £250,000 to the Connecting Devon and Somerset broadband rollout programme, as set out in the report circulated with the agenda. This proposal was lost.

 

It was noted that the Executive at its meeting on 31 October would be advised accordingly.

 

 

84.

Strata Joint Executive 24 September, 2019 pdf icon PDF 80 KB

Minutes:

The minutes of the Strata Joint Executive meeting held on 24 September were received and noted.

85.

Executive Forward Plan

The Executive Forward Plan can be found here.

Minutes:

The Committee noted the Executive Forward Plan.

 

The Chairman advised that he would report to the next meeting on 12 November, 2019 on suggested items scheduled in the Executive Forward Plan to bring forward to the Committee to decide if there was merit in task and Finish/Spotlight Review groups being set up.

 

86.

Work Programme pdf icon PDF 59 KB

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

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee Work Programme circulated with the agenda was received.

It was noted that it would be updated with regards to additional items for the meeting on 12 November as discussed.