SPED Draft work plan

                                                                                                 Item 6

 

Strategic Planning and Economic Development Policy and Scrutiny Panel – 1 July 2008

 

Work Planning

When identifying a topic for scrutiny involvement, the Panel should bear in mind some key principals:

1          Will the outcome make a difference?

2          What areas would benefit most from scrutiny involvement?

Scrutiny is most effective when focusing on a limited number of in-depth topics, so to help prioritise the items it may be useful to ask if the topic is…

Ø      Of particular concern to residents?

Ø      An area of poor performance?

Ø      A corporate priority?

Ø      An area that government is developing legislation?

Ø      An area that could represent better value for money?

Ø      Identified as strategic risk?

Ø      Potential for policy development?

Ways of Working

Members are reminded that a range of approaches can be considered, such as single issue agendas, individual panel members being assigned specific responsibilities, one-off workshops, site visits, or small working groups investigating a specific topic over a short period (but not ongoing sub-committees).

 


SPED working plan – June 2008

 

1.       CURRENT WORK.. 1

2.       ISSUES AWAITING RESPONSE FROM EXECUTIVE. 5

3.       ONGOING ISSUES.. 6

4.       ISSUES TO BE CONSIDERED IN FUTURE. 7

 

 

1.     CURRENT WORK

 

Area for investigation

 

(Broad title)

Scope

 

 

(What does the topic include?)

Rationale

 

 

(Why should scrutiny consider?)

Format

 

 

(suggested way for the panel to proceed)

Timescale

Highways maintenance

1.      The quality of work undertaken by contractors, how long repairs last, and the number of agencies digging up the road and minor repairs.

2.      Transparency of what is prioritised, policy formulation and how money is spent.

3.      How the public views input into policy.

Ø      Concern to local people.

Ø      Safety risk.

Ø      Corporate Priority: “Improve the roads”.

Working group consisting of Cllrs Cook, Morris and Moulin.

Working group was established in July 2007. To report back in July 2008.

Parking

1.   Strategies and Policies

Ø      Recent policy development.

Ø      The Council’s Parking Strategy including transferring parking services. 

Ø      A register of applications for disabled parking bays.

2.   Parking practices

Ø      Parking outside built up areas.

Ø      Parking in town centres.

Ø      Off-street parking.

Ø      Parking provision for new developments.

Ø      Significant public interest.

September 2007: Panel established a working group to investigate the issue. Working Group members; Cllrs. Webb, Pasley and Dr. Kellaway-Marriott.

December 2007: the Panel received reports on parking policy and made comments.

July 2008: the working group to reconvene and investigate further.

Working group to give a status report on their progress in September 2008

Sustainable travel

1.      Local transport plan (congestion charging)

2.      Policy development including:

Ø      Funding priorities for supported services.

Ø      Quality of local transport and service awareness.

Ø      Consistency of cycle paths.

Ø      Pro-active development management.

Ø      Of significant interest to local people.

Ø      Corporate priority: “Address environmental concerns”.

Ø      Corporate aim 2: “Enhancing health and well-being”.

Joint scrutiny with other authorities.

Three members volunteered to represent SPED: Cllrs Webb, Morris and Kellaway-Marriot.

Where applicable TBA with other local authorities.

Urban Extensions

To consider emerging policies and plans drafted to meet the Regional Spatial Strategy requirement to accommodate two urban extensions of approximately 10,000 houses each within a sustainable mixed use environment.

Ø      Emerging Council Policy.

Ø      Corporate priority to “ensure development is well planned, with a focus on creating quality facilities and employment opportunities”.

Working Group with involvement of relevant Ward Members.

On-going. Informal workshop on Urban Extensions and the Core Strategy (part of the Local Development Framework) on 30 June 2008.

Transport and Young People

Investigate whether bus services available to young people in North Somerset can be improved, including whether:

1)     young people, especially 16-17 yrs olds, can be offered a concession on their fares if they’re in full time education;

2)     there are sufficient busses servicing areas of North Somerset, particularly rural areas;

3)     there are any problems relating to running times.

 

Joint Transport and Young People Working Group established with Children and Young People’s Policy and Scrutiny Panel.

Working Group met 9 June 2008: Sustainable Transport Team to support Youth Parliament in preparing a survey. Draft survey to be presented to working group in September 2008.

 
2.     ISSUES AWAITING RESPONSE FROM EXECUTIVE

 

Area for investigation

 

(Broad title)

Scope

 

 

(What does the topic include?)

Rationale

 

 

(Why should scrutiny consider?)

Format

 

 

(suggested way for the panel to proceed)

Timescale

 

 

 

 

 


3.     ONGOING ISSUES

 

Area for investigation

 

(Broad title)

Scope

 

 

(What does the topic include?)

Rationale

 

 

(Why should scrutiny consider?)

Format

 

 

(suggested way for the panel to proceed)

Timescale

Finance and Performance quarterly report

Each quarter the Executive receives a report on the key corporate performance indicators (KCPIs) and the budget position.  These are referred to scrutiny panels and should inform the Panel’s work plan.

The panel should use the quarterly report as a means to interrogate performance to bring about improvement.

Report to panel.

Quarterly


4.     ISSUES TO BE CONSIDERED IN FUTURE

 

Area for investigation

 

(Broad title)

Scope

 

 

(What does the topic include?)

Rationale

 

 

(Why should scrutiny consider?)

Format

 

 

(suggested way for the panel to proceed)

Timescale

Local employment opportunities and Weston regeneration

Tied in with Urban Extensions above – issues related to increased population through new residential developments:

Ø      How does the development of new jobs in the area balance the development of new housing?

Ø      How do we monitor this balance?

To include consultation with Bristol City Council.

Ø      Concern for residents.

Ø      Corporate priority to “ensure development is well planned, with a focus on creating quality facilities and employment opportunities”.

Ø      Corporate aim 5 “Increasing prosperity”.

Working group

Awaiting the draft Core Strategy.

Review of Portishead Open Air Pool

Review of all options with the aim of reducing the subsidy.

Of concern to local residents.

Joint working group with Community Services Policy and Scrutiny Panel. Working group members: Cllrs Roberts, Pasley, McMurray, Webb, Cook and Moulin.

Awaiting Community Services Panel initiative.

Bristol Airport

Examine the local benefits and concerns surrounding the expansion plans.

Ø      Of significant interest to local people.

Ø      The issue potentially has a huge impact on the people, landscape and infrastructure of North Somerset. 

Members have received an initial briefing.  Now waiting for the Airport to submit their plans. 

Awaiting submission of plans. 

Motorway Junctions

Specific points on the road such as crossings and junction 19 and 21.

 

The Panel is aware that the Executive Member is looking at some of these issues. 

 

Cabstand     

 

 

 

 

Plastic Bags

District-wide strategies for reducing the quantity of free plastic bags provided by retailers.

Ø      Matter of public interest.

Ø      Corporate priority: “Reduce the amount of waste that goes to landfills.”

Ø      Corporate priority: “Address environmental concerns”.

Joint working group to be led by Environmental Services Policy and Scrutiny Panel (names of Cllrs Iles, Keating, Moulin and Dr Kellaway-Marriott put forward).

Not within SPED Panel remits – to be deleted from work plan.