To consider the report of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee Working Group, (copy enclosed).
The Committee considered the report of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee Working Group (the Working Group) updating Members on discussions and recommendations from the Working Group on two requested scrutiny items.
The report set out the review of two scrutiny items that had been reviewed by the Working Group.
The first, from Councillor K M H Lagan regarding the decision-making processes associated with the proposed conversion of a seating shelter at Promenade Park. This had been supported by the Working Group for inclusion in the Committee’s workplan and detailed in Appendix A to the report. It was noted that Officers had drafted several questions to be addressed through scrutiny.
The second request was from Councillor C Swain in relation to flood risk in Heybridge and the various agencies involved with a variety of different assets. The detail of this request was set out in the report and the Chairman reported that the Working had concluded that as this was essentially an information gathering exercise and Officers had provided an explanatory note of the Council’s responsibilities and Officers were prepared to run a question and answer (Q&A) session for Members to promote greater understanding and assurance. This approach had been supported by the Working Group for endorsement by the Committee. The Working Group had also observed that there was still a flooding problem in Heybridge and the Council’s understanding of the reason for this needed to be better communicated to the public.
The Chairman moved the recommendations as set out in the report and these were agreed by assent.
i) That the recommendation of the Working Group on the requested scrutiny item (Councillor K Lagan) as set out in Appendix A to the report be noted and added to the Scrutiny Workplan;
ii) That the conclusions of the Working Group in relation to the request by Councillor C Swain that this item is not added to the Scrutiny Workplan but dealt with as set in paragraph 3.3 of the report, be noted.