Agenda and minutes

Scrutiny Commission - Monday, 21 June 2021 6.30 pm

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Apologies and substitutions


Apologies for absence were submitted on behalf of Councillors Sheppard-Bools and Williams, with the substitution of Councillor Findlay for Councillor Williams authorised in accordance with council procedure rule 10.


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To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 20 May 2021.


It was moved by Councillor Crooks, seconded by Councillor Pendlebury and


RESOLVED – the minutes of the meeting held on 20 May 2021 be confirmed as a correct record.


Declarations of interest

To receive verbally from members any disclosures which they are required to make in accordance with the Council's code of conduct or in pursuance of Section 106 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992.  This is in addition to the need for such disclosure to be also given when the relevant matter is reached on the agenda.


No interests were declared.


Matters from which the public may be excluded

To consider the passing of a resolution under Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972 excluding the public from the undermentioned item of business on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraphs 3 and 10 of Schedule 12A of the 1972 Act.


On the motion of Councillor Webber-Jones seconded by Councillor Cope, it was


RESOLVED – in accordance with section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the public be excluded from the following item of business on the grounds that it involves the disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraphs 3, 5 and 10 of Part I of Schedule 12A of that Act.


MIRA Enterprise Zone


Consideration was given to a report about investment opportunities linked to MIRA Enterprise Zone and the potential for the development of a new carbon innovation hub and attracting major new inward investment and, as a result, new high skilled jobs and apprenticeship opportunities to the borough.


Councillor Gibbens left the meeting at 7.55pm.


Whilst noting that Council would be recommended to delegate the final sign off of relevant legal agreements with the LLEP and Horiba Mira to the Chief Executive and S151 Officer in consultation with the Leader and the Executive Member for Finance, it was felt that the decision should be taken by Council, even if that necessitated an urgent extraordinary meeting.




(i)            The report be supported in principle;


(ii)          The concerns and risks be noted;


(iii)         Council be RECOMMENDED to resolve to bring the final decision back to a meeting of Council.