SPED Draft work plan

Item 6

               Strategic Planning and Economic Development                                                          

Policy and Scrutiny Panel

 Work Plan – March 2009 – Item 6


The panel will consider issues of significant public concern, areas of poor performance, and areas where members think the council could provide better value for money.



Area for investigation

What does the topic include?

Why should panel consider?

How should panel proceed?


Urban Extensions and the Council’s Core Strategy

In the Regional Spatial Strategy North Somerset has to accommodate two urban extensions of 9,000 houses each, as well as ~9,000 units in the remainder of the area, including Weston Town Centre, over the next 20 years.

Panel to consider the council’s emerging Core Strategy, which will include principles for these developments.

Ø      Emerging Council Policy – the Core Strategy.

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 consisting of Cllrs Pasley, Moulin, Webb, Dr Kellaway-Marriott and Cook, with involvement of relevant Ward Members.

Final report and recommendations in March 2009

Highways Maintenance

To consider issues arising from Executive’s response to working group’s report in February 2009.

Ø      Concern to local people.

Ø      Safety risk.

Ø      Corporate Priority: “Improve the roads”.

One-off meeting between working group and responsible officer.

Spring 2009


1.      Off-street parking in town centres outside Weston

2.      The Council’s Parking Strategy, investigating whether a low cost transferred parking services system is possible. 

3.      A register of applications for disabled parking bays.

Ø      Significant public interest.

Working Group with the following members; Cllrs. Webb, Pasley and Dr. Kellaway-Marriott to look into Transferring of Parking Services.

Parking in town centres currently under review, Panel to investigate afterwards.

Working Group to convene at the beginning of 2009



Area for investigation/


When were the recommendations to the Executive agreed?

Expect answer by (first panel meeting 2 months after recommendations were agreed)

Portishead Open Air Pool – the Executive has responded to the first three recommendations, but the panel still awaits answers to the following recommendations: that the council

1)     produces a Swimming Pool Strategy for all of North Somerset by April 2009 to help review the management of assets, consider how pools should be provided in the future and plan for such provision. Leisure and sports facilities may not be statutory, but they are very important to residents. There is a need to ensure measures are identified in order to deliver well-maintained, modern and inviting facilities.


2)      explores how it can work with private businesses and interested parties in the community to improve the appeal and profitability of our leisure centres.

2 December 2008

16 March 2009




Panel Recommendation

Date of Executive’s response

Executive actions – implementation progress

Improve member/community involvement in allocation of S106 monies

Spring 2008

Panel not happy with parts of the Executive response, and during winter 2008709 members also experienced that some recommendations had not been implemented. Original working group to reconvene at beginning of 2009 to discuss further actions.




Area for investigation

What does the topic include?

Why should panel consider?

How should panel proceed?


Weston Regeneration





Highways maintenance

To further investigate the following areas:

Ø      The pricing structure which contractors use when charging the council.

Ø      Rights of way issues/footpath maintenance.

Ø      Keeping rural public roads safe incl. increasing awareness among rural population.

Ø      Concern to local people.

Ø      Safety risk.

Ø      Corporate Priority: “Improve the roads”.

Working group consisting of Cllrs Cook, Morris and Moulin.


Bristol International 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.