Agenda and draft minutes

Overview & Scrutiny Committee - Thursday, 30th July, 2020 6.00 pm

Venue: Virtual Meeting/Remote - please use the links on the AGENDA FRONT SHEET to join the virtual meeting

Contact: Andy Ellis Email: (andy.ellis@enfield.gov.uk 020 8132 1111 

Items
No. Item

6.

WELCOME & APOLOGIES

Members of the Council are invited to identify any disclosable pecuniary, other pecuniary or non-pecuniary interests relevant to the items on the agenda.

 

Minutes:

The Chair, Councillor Susan Erbil welcomed all attendees to the meeting.

 

 

7.

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

Minutes:

None received

8.

CABINET PRIORITIES FOR 2020/21

The Leader of the Council, Councillor Caliskan will outline the Cabinet priorities for 2020/21.

Minutes:

The Chair invited the Leader of the Council, Cllr Nesil Caliskan to out-line the Cabinet Priorities for the coming year.

 

The Leader emphasised that as we meet in the context of a global pandemic, Covid-19 must remain a focus in the Local Plan. The Leader also paid tribute to the many staff members in Enfield for their response to the current situation.

There remains a degree of instability as a result of unclear funding from Central Government, with a £40m loss in income and Council Tax.

 

Commissioned in late 2019, The Council Plan contains 3 main themes:

 

Good Homes in Well Connected Neighbourhoods – In addition to more council/social housing, the existing stock will be redeveloped, for example, the Joyce and Snells scheme. Housing will be increased on sites such as Alma Road and Meridian Water. The Council will look to support this growth with grants from Central Government and The Mayor of London.

 

Safe, Healthy and Confident Communities – The Council will consider the youth offer, post covid-19, reviewing courses and activities available. With a growing, older population, The Council will plan for both independent living and care homes.

 

An Economy that Works for Everyone – Skills academies will be established, providing training to a high-level. Grants are available from the GLA to support  town centres and the plans for Enfield Town will be rolled out. In tackling inequality, the Government will be lobbied for more resources and powers. Working in partnership with the NHS, The Council are pressing for a primary care facility on the North Middlesex Hospital site.

 

Cllr Ian Barnes, Deputy Leader of the Council provided additional information on council priorities.

 

The Climate Change Task Force has developed the Enfield Climate Action Plan 2020, and now a section on Climate Change considerations must be included in all council reports. All council buildings will have renewable energy within the coming year. The Enfield Chase Restoration Project will see 100,000 trees planted, off-setting carbon reductions. 2 low traffic neighbourhood schemes are in place with another 12 being developed. The Council will consider how to change staff behaviours relating to travel. There will be a 47% reduction in energy consumption with the introduction of new street-lights. There will be 250 electric charging points in the borough by 2025.A film studio is being developed in Enfield, with the possibility of another 3 in the future. Young people will be encouraged to join the film industry as a career.

 

Ian Davis, Chief Executive Officer, provided information relating to Enfield on a regional and local basis. Enfield has been involved in much work at a pan-London level and it is noted how well the staff from Enfield have responded to London needs and not only the needs of Enfield. Enfield are part of the London Transition Management Group, working along-side the NHS and other public sector bodies to manage the on-going crisis and recovery plans. Our Outbreak Control Plan has been developed and is one of 5 in the North Central London  ...  view the full minutes text for item 8.

9.

MERIDIAN WATER SCRUTINY WORKSTREAM 2019/20 - REPORT

Members of the Meridian Water Scrutiny Workstream have prepared a report, summarising their findings and providing recommendations. Cllr Achilleas Georgiou (Workstream Chair) will provide an overview of the path the report will now take.

 

Minutes:

Cllr Achilleas Georgiou, Chair of the Meridian Water Scrutiny Workstream presented this item and confirmed that Cllr Susan Erbil had asked him to provide all members of OSC with a copy of the report.

 

The Workstream was agreed by OSC last year.  An initial site visit was undertaken and several scrutiny meetings with officers were held. Members of the Workstream spent a period of time considering the largest development project in Enfield, especially how if would effect the people of Edmonton.

 

Meridian Water is a very ambitious project, with 10,000 new homes and 6,000 new jobs. However, the projects destiny is determined by Central Government and GLA funding, for example the Housing Infrastructure Fund. It is important to establish how the people of Enfield and in particular that part of Edmonton will benefit?

 

At a previous OSC meeting, it was agreed to ask the new Regeneration and Economic Development Panel (Chaired by Cllr Greer) to take this work forward.

The Regeneration Panel would be provided with a copy of the Meridian Water Scrutiny Report and at the meeting of OSC on 15th September, there will be an item on the agenda relating to how the recommendations from the report will be monitored.

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It was re-iterated that the tracking of recommendations must be undertaken.

 

 

10.

OVERVIEW AND SCRUTINY COMMITTEE - WORK PROGRAMME 2020/21

The Committee will discuss Work Programme items for 2020/21

Minutes:

The Chair introduced this item and requested members to put forward suggestions for the coming year. It was acknowledged that some suggestions may be more appropriate on the work programme of any of the new scrutiny panels. OSC would need to consider more cross-cutting themes and areas not picked up by the individual scrutiny panels. The OSC meeting in December will be dedicated to the budget process.

 

The range of suggestions included the following:

 

·         HR issues, staffing and sickness levels

·         Procurement

·         ICT and digital services – the customer experience

·         Public Health – the covid-19 aftermath, budgets, care homes

·         Complaints, MEQs and FOIs

·         Building the Change, the Council’s real estate

·         Partnerships with businesses

·         Updates from Panel Chairs

·         Corporate Performance Dashboard

·         Equality and Diversity

·         Fly-tipping, especially in Eastern Enfield

 

 

 

The Chair stated that there may need to be a limit to the number of items considered at each meeting, in order to give suitable scrutiny to each topic. OSC can roll-over any items in to next year if necessary and must be flexible in taking important, unplanned items, should they occur.

 

A draft Work Programme will be circulated for initial comments and  amendments and brought to the next meeting of  OSC on 15 September. In addition, the draft work programmes from each of the other Scrutiny Panels will be on the agenda.

 

Cllr Greer requested that all hard copies of papers were to be sent to her home address.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11.

DATES OF FUTURE MEETINGS

To note the dates of future meetings as follows:

 

Business Meetings

 

Tuesday 15th September 2020

Thursday 17th December 2020 (Budget Meeting)

Wednesday 17th February 2021

Thursday 1st April 2021

 

Provisional Call-in Meetings

 

Tuesday 4th August 2020

Thursday 24th September 2020

Wednesday 21st October 2020

Wednesday 25th November 2020

Wednesday 13th January 2021

Thursday 4th February 2021

Wednesday 3rd March 2021

Thursday 25th March 2021

Tuesday 27th April 2021

 

Minutes:

To note the dates of future meetings as follows:

 

Business Meetings

 

Tuesday 15th September 2020

Thursday 17th December 2020 (Budget Meeting)

Wednesday 17th February 2021

Thursday 1st April 2021

 

Provisional Call-in Meetings

 

Thursday 24th September 2020

Wednesday 21st October 2020

Wednesday 25th November 2020

Wednesday 13th January 2021

Thursday 4th February 2021

Wednesday 3rd March 2021

Thursday 25th March 2021

Tuesday 27th April 2021