Agenda and minutes

Cabinet Overview Working Group
Thursday, 15th January, 2015 7.30 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, Civic Centre. View directions

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Apologies for Absence

To receive any apologies for absence from Councillors.


Apologies of absence were received from Councillor Manny Doku.


Declarations of Interest

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


Councillor Simon Carter declared a non pecuniary interest in Agenda Item 5, Community Based Asset Review, for his role as Chairman of Streets2Homes, which has a lease at 2 Wych Elm at a community rent.


Councillor Christine O’Dell also declared a non pecuniary interest in Agenda item 5, Community Based Assets Review, for her role as representative of Harlow Council on Great Parndon Community Association Board.


Minutes pdf icon PDF 26 KB

To approve the minutes of the meeting held on 27 November 2014.


RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting held on 27 November 2014 are agreed as a correct record.


Matters arising

Any matters arising from the minutes of the previous meeting.




Community Based Assets Review pdf icon PDF 82 KB

Presentations will be made from representatives of Community Groups, following this there will be an opportunity for the Overview Working Group to ask the representatives questions that will support future policy and use of assets.



The Cabinet Overview Working Group received a report from the Head of Regeneration, Graeme Bloomer.  Graeme summarised and Joe McGill introduced the report.


Presentations were made from representatives of three community groups, namely Neil Brierley of BATT’s Norman Booth Centre, Karen Bartlett of Great Parndon Community Association and Jackie Sully of Rainbow Services.


Each community group explained how they were established and what they have achieved since inception.  They also explained how they operate.


Councillors asked the groups how service provision may be improved and whether they felt they could continue to operate in a climate of decreasing Council funding. 


Councillors congratulated all three community groups on their impressive achievements and thanked them for attending the meeting.  The community groups offered to use their experience to assist the Council with the Community Based Asset Review where appropriate.


RESOLVED that a detailed options appraisal for disposal/alternative operation of the community assets, be received at a future meeting.




Work Plan pdf icon PDF 17 KB

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


The Overview Working Group received a report that outlined its work plan for the current year.


Councillors noted that further consideration of the Community Based Asset Review would be allocated to a future meeting.


RESOLVED that the 2014/15 Work Plan is noted, subject to the addition of further consideration of the Community Based Asset Review at a future meeting, to be allocated. 



Matters of Urgent Business

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