Agenda and minutes

Scrutiny Committee
Tuesday, 16th July, 2019 7.30 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, Civic Centre. View directions

Contact: Adam Rees 

No. Item


Apologies for Absence and Substitutions


Apologies for absence were received from Councillors David Carter, Maggie Hulcoop and Shona Johnson.


Declarations of Interest

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




Minutes pdf icon PDF 54 KB

To approve the minutes of the meeting held on 19 March 2019.


RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting held on 19 March 2019 are agreed as a correct record and signed by the Chair.


Matters arising




Minute 69 - Review of Paddling Pools - Interim Report


In response to Councillor Charles, the Chair said that the focus group had met and their suggested changes had been incorporated into the consultation brief. The consultation had been through the tender process and a consultant was due to be appointed shortly.


It was agreed that a copy of the consultation brief would be circulated to all Committee members.


Written questions from members of the public

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




Written questions from Councillors

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




Committee Work Plan 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 205 KB

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

Additional documents:


The Committee received a report proposing a Work Plan for 2019/20.


Councillor Edwards requested that a Review of Adult Social Care was added to the Work Plan and that the relevant Officers from the County Council were invited to give a presentation. The Committee agreed that the presentation should provide an overview of Essex, and then focus on issues affecting Harlow. In particular barriers and challenges surrounding mental health and learning, and unpaid carers.


The Chair said that Councillors David Carter and Hulcoop had raised concerns about health care provision in the town. It was noted that the CCG had attended the Committee recently and it was therefore agreed that the Chair would write to the CCG about the effects of recent changes.


The Committee discussed the review of Permitted Development. Simon Freeman, Head of Finance and Deputy to the Managing Director said that a number of London boroughs and councils in Essex had met about the number of people who had been moved from London to housing in Essex which had been converted under Permitted Development rights. It had been agreed that the solution would be looked at this work would be carried out over the next months. As a result it was agreed that an update was brought to either the October or December Committee meeting with a final report at the meeting in March.


It was agreed that Essex Police would be invited to attend the meeting in February in order to discuss policing within the town.


Councillor Simon Carter referenced Minute 66 of the meeting on 13 March 2018. He said that following the resolution of Full Council on 11 July 2019 there were still outstanding issues relating to the Church Langley Fund. The Chair invited Councillor Carter to write to him listing any outstanding issues.


RESOLVED that the work plan be approved as attached to the minutes.


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.


Response of the Cabinet to the Review of Improving the Provision of Bus Services in Harlow


RESOLVED that the outcomes of the Local Bus Consultation relating to future requirements in Harlow and wider areas be referred to the Garden Town Board.


References from Other Committees





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.