Agenda and minutes

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Contact: Lisa Thornett 

Items
No. Item

17.

Apologies for Absence

To receive any apologies for absence from Councillors.

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Mike Garnett.

18.

Declarations of Interest

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

Minutes:

None.

19.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 182 KB

To approve the minutes of the meeting held on 29 November 2018.

Minutes:

RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting held on 29 November 2019 be agreed as a correct record.

20.

Matters arising

Any matters arising from the minutes of the previous meeting.

Minutes:

None.

21.

Work Plan pdf icon PDF 180 KB

To review the Overview Working Group’s work plan for the current year.

Minutes:

The Chair expressed concern that it appeared that the panel mainly delegated activity to sub groups that meet in private. The Chair suggested to show more openness that sub groups should be restricted and more should be directly dealt with by the main panel in open session. The Chair will review the function of the panel with the Leader of the Council. Members supported this proposal.

 

            RESOLVED that the work plan was agreed.

22.

Regeneration Strategy - Interim Report pdf icon PDF 203 KB

Minutes:

AGREED that the report would be noted and a small sub group consisting of Councillors Simon Carter, Edwards and Hulcoop be set up to bring a more substantive report to the group.

 

23.

Houses of Multiple Occupation - Scoping Report pdf icon PDF 224 KB

Minutes:

RESOLVED that:

 

1.    A special meeting of the Working Group would be set up in February inviting Councillor Ingall, the appropriate Portfolio Holder and Senior Officers for the options and implications of moving forward with implementing an Article Four Direction.

 

2.    Clear direction from the Cabinet would be obtained with regards to proceeding with the review and the implementation of Article Four Direction.

 

3.    The review would look at the process Stevenage Borough Council followed. Officers from Stevenage Borough Council who implemented the Article Four Direction would be invited to the meeting.

 

4.    The timeline changes within the terms of reference be agreed. This included an Interim Report in March and Final report to the first meeting in the new municipal year. 

24.

Housing Strategy - Scoping Report pdf icon PDF 228 KB

Minutes:

AGREED that Jane Greer would forward papers to the Working Group and a report would be brought back to the Group with evidence with timescales for panel to determine a way forward.

25.

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.