Agenda and minutes

Gloucestershire Economic Growth Scrutiny Committee
Wednesday 15 March 2017 1.30 pm

Venue: Cabinet Suite - Shire Hall, Gloucester. View directions

Contact: Jo Moore 01452 324196 

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies

To note any apologies for absence.

 

Minutes:

Apologies were received from Cllrs Tim Harman and Barry Kirby from Gloucestershire County Council; Cllr Bruce Hogan from the Forest of Dean District Council and Cllr Martin Whiteside from Stroud District Council.

2.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 75 KB

To confirm the minutes of the last meeting.

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held at the Growth Hub on 23 February 2017 were confirmed and signed as a correct record of that meeting.

3.

Declarations of Interest

Members of the committee are invited to declare any pecuniary or personal interests relating to specific matters on the agenda.

 

Please see note (a) at the end of the agenda.

 

Minutes:

No declarations of interest.

4.

Current Issues

To receive an update on current issues from: -

 

a)    Gloucestershire Economic Growth Joint Committee/GFirst Local Enterprise Partnership

 

Scrutiny members will be invited to comment on the issues considered at the Gloucestershire Economic Growth Joint Committee meeting held earlier the same day. (The Economic Growth Joint Committee meeting will be held in the Cabinet Suite, Shire Hall, Gloucester at 10.00 am on Wednesday 15 March 2017). Scrutiny members are invited to attend this meeting in an observer capacity. 

 

Please refer to the following link to view the agenda and supporting documents for the Gloucestershire Economic Growth Joint Committee meeting. Hard copies of the agenda for both meetings will be available at the meeting.

 

http://glostext.gloucestershire.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=725&MId=8454&Ver=4

 

To aid discussion, scrutiny committee members are encouraged to read the papers for the Economic Growth Joint Committee meeting in advance of both meetings. 

 

b)   Gloucestershire County Council

 

Commissioning Director: Communities and Infrastructure for Gloucestershire County Council to give a verbal update on issues that might require decisions by the Gloucestershire Economic Growth Joint Committee.

Minutes:

 

a)    Gloucestershire Economic Growth Joint Committee/GFirst Local Enterprise Partnership

 

Scrutiny members were invited to comment on the issues considered at the Gloucestershire Economic Growth Joint Committee meeting held earlier that day.

 

Please refer to the following link to view the agenda and supporting documents for the Gloucestershire Economic Growth Joint Committee meeting. Hard copies of the agenda for both meetings will be available at the meeting.

 

http://glostext.gloucestershire.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=725&MId=8454&Ver=4

 

 

b)   Gloucestershire County Council

 

Commissioning Director: Communities and Infrastructure for Gloucestershire County Council gave a verbal update on issues likely to require decisions by the Gloucestershire Economic Growth Joint Committee. 

5.

Task Group Update

To receive a verbal report on the Community Pub Workshop held on 6 March 2017.  

Minutes:

In response to a motion at the Gloucestershire County Council meeting in November 2014, a ‘Pub is the Hub’ workshop was held at Shire Hall on 6 March 2017. The workshop was attended by District and Parish Councillors from the Cotswold, Stroud and Forest of Dean Districts with an interest in promoting the extended and wider use of licensed premises within their areas to meet the needs of the local community. Pub is the Hub received a positive response to the offer of providing financial assistance and advice. It was suggested Community Engagement Officers from the relevant authorities be invited to participate in future activities. 

6.

Work Plan pdf icon PDF 57 KB

Members to note the committee work plan and consider items for discussion at future meetings.

 

Members to review the work of the committee over the past few years before drawing up a work plan for discussion at the first meeting of the new committee on 21 June 2017.

Minutes:

At the Economic Growth Scrutiny Committee meeting on 23 February 2017, members expressed concerns about the engagement between the Economic Growth Joint Committee, (executive body), and the Economic Growth Scrutiny Committee.

 

Comments were also made about the role of district members in communicating the work of the committee to the districts and in advising the committee of key issues within their areas.

 

At the committee meeting on 15 March 2017, the following proposals were suggested for the new committee to consider at the first meeting of the committee on 21 June 2017, (post the county council elections on 4 May 2017): -

 

      i.        Review the attached terms of reference and, (subject to the agreement of the new committee), make a recommendation to the Constitution Committee/Full Council to amend the wording of the terms of reference from ‘review the decisions of the Gloucester Economic Growth Committee’ to ‘review the work of the Gloucester Economic Growth Committee’. A course of action to be agreed at the first meeting of the new committee. .

 

    ii.        Reflect on the current arrangements/cycle of meetings. One member proposed a change to the current arrangement of holding scrutiny committee meetings on the same day as the joint committee. It was noted that this arrangement was set to run until 2018. Any changes would be subject to the agreement of the incoming committee and could only be implemented from 2019.

 

   iii.        Promote awareness of the role and purpose of ‘Leadership Gloucestershire’. Following the committee meeting on 23 February 2017, a new arrangement was put in place to publish information for Gloucestershire County Council members, (terms of reference; membership; responsibilities; working arrangements; priorities and links to meeting papers), via the council’s weekly ‘Members Matter’ publication. The committee welcomed the proposal that the information be shared with committee representatives and the Democratic Services Teams from each district, (Democratic Services to share the information with district councillors via local authority newsletters); 

 

   iv.        Propose that the Chairman of the Economic Growth Scrutiny Committee attend the meetings of the Economic Joint Committee to report the views of the committee, based on the information reported to OSMC and GCC meetings. The proposal has since received the approval of the County Council’s Overview and Scrutiny Management Committee and Full Council.

 

    v.        That the update report presented to the County Council’s Overview and Scrutiny Management Committee and Council meetings be circulated to committee (district) members and the Democratic Services Teams at each district;

 

   vi.        That the new committee consider and reinforce the role of district members as ‘Ambassadors’ to local authorities;

 

  vii.        That two ‘stand alone committee meetings’ held each year to be held at one of the 6 district council offices, (arranged on a rotational basis), with an invitation to the councillors from that authority to attend the meeting and ask questions on a ‘localised’ related issue. Lead officers to adapt the committee work plan to include ‘localised issues’ relevant to the agenda for the district where the meeting is being held.

 

viii.        Alternatively, invitations  ...  view the full minutes text for item 6.

7.

Future meetings

To note the dates of future meetings.

Minutes:

21 June 2017

6 September 2017

19 October 2017

29 November 2017