Agenda and draft minutes

Scrutiny Committee
Tuesday, 18th February, 2020 7.30 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, Civic Centre. View directions

Contact: Adam Rees 

Items
No. Item

35.

Apologies for Absence and Substitutions

Minutes:

None.

36.

Declarations of Interest

To receive Councillors’ declarations of interest (if any) in relation to any matters on the agenda.

Minutes:

None.

37.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 1 MB

To approve the minutes of the meeting held on 15 October 2019.

Minutes:

RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting held on 15 October 2019 are agreed as a correct record and signed by the Chair.

38.

Matters arising

Minutes:

None.

39.

Written questions from members of the public

To receive any questions from members of the public in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 10.

Minutes:

None.

40.

Written questions from Councillors

To receive any questions from Councillors in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 11.

Minutes:

None.

41.

Responses of the Cabinet to Reports of the Scrutiny Committee

To consider responses (if any) of the Cabinet to reports and recommendations from the Committee.

Minutes:

RESOLVED that the following response was noted.

41a

Response of the Cabinet to the Review of Overview and Scrutiny - Initial Report

RESOLVED that the process for developing the Cabinet Overview Working Group’s Work Plan is adapted in line with paragraph 17 of the original report, attached as Appendix 1 to the report.

42.

Review of Paddling Pools - Final Report pdf icon PDF 70 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee received a final report on the review of paddling pools. It was recommended that health and safety issues across the sites were addressed, opportunities to improve toilet and changing facilities were explored and that a pilot scheme at Staple Tye to introduce toilet and changing facilities, along with a splash park facility alongside the paddling pool was approved.

 

The Committee agreed that health and safety works should be prioritised. Councillor Charles requested that a timeline for the works was provided, along with a detailed breakdown of costs. It was agreed that these would be provided.

 

RESOLVED that it was recommended to Cabinet that:

 

A     Health and safety issues including staff access to the pump rooms at Norman Booth and Town Park be addressed.

 

B    Perimeter railings at Town Park paddling pool to prevent water contamination mainly from domestic and wild animals, particularly at times when the pool is ‘closed’ and therefore unsupervised would be installed.

 

C    On a site-by-site basis, opportunities for the provision of either mobile toilet/changing facilities sited for the duration of the school summer holidays or the provision of permanent toilet/changing facilities where possible would be considered.

 

D     Internal railings to separate play park equipment from water play at Sumners, Norman Booth and Staple Tye would be installed.

 

E     A pilot scheme at Staple Tye to introduce toilet and changing facilities, with a new splash park alongside the paddling pool was approved.

 

F     Detailed timelines and costings in respect of each of the proposals would be provided.

43.

Review of Adult Social Care in Harlow - Agreement of Questions

Minutes:

It was agreed this would be considered in the next council year, following the implementation of new work planning procedures due to be considered at the next Committee meeting on 17 March 2020.

44.

Work Plan pdf icon PDF 74 KB

To review the Committee’s work plan for the current year.

Minutes:

The Committee received a report summarising its work plan for 2019/20. It was agreed that a note on the review of Permitted Development would be circulated to Committee members. This would be in place of the report due to be considered at the meeting on 17 March 2020.

 

RESOLVED that the work plan be noted.

45.

References from Other Committees

Minutes:

None.

46.

Matters of Urgent Business

Such other business which, in the opinion of the Chair, should be received as a matter of urgency by reason of special circumstances to be specified in the minutes.

Minutes:

None.