Agenda and minutes

Scrutiny Commission - Thursday, 27 January 2022 6.30 pm

Venue: Virtual meeting. View directions

Contact: Rebecca Owen  Democratic Services Manager Email: rebecca.owen@hinckley-bosworth.gov.uk

Note: see 'media' below to watch the meeting on YouTube 

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Items
No. Item

304.

Apologies and substitutions

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were submitted on behalf of Councillor Webber-Jones. It was noted that Councillor Pendlebury would arrive late.

305.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 138 KB

To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 18 November 2021.

Minutes:

It was moved by Councillor Williams, seconded by Councillor Sheppard-Bools and

 

RESOLVED – the minutes of the meeting held on 18 November be confirmed as a correct record.

306.

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.

Minutes:

No interests were declared at this stage.

307.

Healthcare in Leicestershire

A representative of the CCG will be in attendance to update on health plans for the area.

Minutes:

A representative of Leicestershire & Rutland CCG provided an update on healthcare in the borough.

 

(Councillor Pendlebury entered the meeting at 6.35pm).

 

The update focussed on the development of a health plan for Hinckley & Bosworth and an update on reconfiguration of the hospital. It was noted that CCGs would cease to exist in July and would be replaced by integrated care systems and the Integrated Care Board. It was confirmed that £7m funding commitment from the NHS was in place for reconfiguring the district hospital site and a further opportunity was being developed for the expansion of the project to deliver a diagnostic centre in Hinckley.

 

(Councillor Cope entered the meeting at 6.47pm).

 

At this juncture, Councillor Pendlebury declared a personal interest as an employee of the NHS.

 

During discussion, reference was made to:

 

·         The exceptional work of healthcare workers during the pandemic

·         The value of local access to diagnostic treatment

·         Schemes to increase capacity in general practice, not only GPs but within the wider workforce

·         Work to improve access to general practice

·         S106 contributions

·         The move towards Integrated Care Boards

·         Work of the council on prevention

·         Advanced discussions on co-locating some NHS services to the Hinckley Hub.

 

It was agreed that a report on the council’s health prevention work be added to the work programme.

308.

Infrastructure Funding Statement 2020-2021 pdf icon PDF 395 KB

To inform members of the requirement for an infrastructure funding statement (IFS) and provide a copy of the IFS report for the financial year 2020/21.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the infrastructure funding statement for the financial year 2020/21.

 

The report was welcomed but it was felt that, whilst reporting was more transparent than previously, there were still some gaps. It was agreed that a link to Leicestershire County Council’s infrastructure funding statement would be sent out to members. It was requested that some analysis of the county council’s spend of S106 contributions be included in future reports.

 

Concern was expressed about the local community not benefitting from contributions from developments in their area. In response, members were assured that S106 money must be linked to the development itself and should mitigate the impact of a development in a particular area or present an improvement. Contributions requested were challenged by officers if they were not appropriate.

 

Discussion ensued on management companies and the lack of monitoring of them. It was noted that the council had no direct control over the establishment by developers of local management companies for new development. It may, however, become involved in enforcement matters arising from issues on sites but did not have the resources to monitor them proactively. It was explained that in some cases, the parish council hadn’t wanted to take on land from developers as it didn’t have the facilities to maintain it, but in other cases developers weren’t offering it to parish councils. It was suggested that the use of management companies be added to the work programme as a future agenda item.

 

309.

Scrutiny Commission Work Programme

To receive an update on the recent work programming exercise.

Minutes:

Members were updated on progress in drafting a new work programme and were invited to make suggestions.

310.

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.

Minutes:

On the motion of Councillor P Williams seconded by Councillor Crooks, 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 and 10 of Part I of Schedule 12A of that Act.

311.

Leisure Centre Financial Support 2021-22

Minutes:

Members were updated on the financial position of the leisure centre following the impact of the covid pandemic. Representatives of Places Leisure were in attendance, along with the council’s specialist consultant. It was noted that the pandemic had had a direct impact on the trading position of leisure centres nationally with Hinckley leisure centre being no exception. However, Hinckley leisure centre had seen an improved trading position resulting from the excellent collaboration between HBBC and Places Leisure, although not to pre-pandemic levels. It was noted that the contract fee position offered for 2022/23, whilst below the contract position, was the most favourable offered nationally by Places Leisure, reflecting its confidence in the centre. It was

 

RESOLVED – the financial position for 21/22 be noted and the proposal for 22/23 acknowledged.