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Appointment of Substitute Members
To be notified of the appointment of any Substitute Members.
Pursuant to the council’s constitution the appointment of the following substitute members was made:
Councillor B Burdis for Councillor W Samuel
Councillor P McIntyre for Councillor J Wallace
Declarations of Interest and Dispensations
You are invited to declare any registerable and/or non registerable interests in matters appearing on the agenda, and the nature of that interest.
You are also invited to disclose any dispensation in relation to any registerable and/or non-registerable interests that have been granted to you in respect of any matters appearing on the agenda.
Please complete the Declarations of Interests card available at the meeting and return it to the Democratic Services Officer before leaving the meeting.
Councillor Liam Bones declared a Non-Registerable Personal in Item 4 Our North Tyneside Plan 2021-2025 Performance report, he has a family member who is employed by is employed by North Tyneside Council.
Councillor Martin Murphy declared a Non-Registerable Personal in Item 4 Our North Tyneside Plan 2021-2025 Performance report, he has a family member who is employed by is employed by North Tyneside Council.
Councillor Tommy Mulvenna declared a Non-Registerable Personal in Item 4 Our North Tyneside Plan 2021-2025 Performance report, he has a family member who is employed by is employed by North Tyneside Council.
Councillor Matthew Thirlaway declared a Non-Registerable Personal in Item 4 Our North Tyneside Plan 2021-2025 Performance report, he has a family member who is employed by is employed by North Tyneside Council.
Councillor Lewis Bartoli declared a disclosable Pecuniary Interest in Item 5 – Emergency Care in North Tyneside – Task and Finish Group, his wife is Chief Operating Officer of Northumbria Healthcare Trust. Cllr Bartoli indicated that he would leave the meeting for this item.
To provide an update on progress of the Our North Tyneside Plan 2021-2025.
The Senior Manager - Policy, Performance and Research and Assistant Chief Executive presented an update on progress with delivering the Our North Tyneside Plan 2021-2025.
The Committee was provided information that highlighted the work undertaken in each of the plans priorities;
A Thriving North Tyneside
Regeneration of the highstreet
Improvements were ongoing in North Shields, including a new integrated transport hub, town square, new Riverside Embankment Walkway to connect the town centre and Fish Quay, with planned new homes at the former Unicorn House site.
A member raised that the report stated that the improvements to Northumberland Square was complete. It was believed that some outstanding works in relation to railings were still required and it was asked when the works would be completed. It was stated that this would be looked into and a response would be circulated to the committee.
Master Planning activity would commence in summer 2023 for Whitley Bay Town Centre.
Engagement on the Wallsend draft Masterplan had been carried out, with funding secured from the North of Tyne Combined Authority (NTCA) to fund projects in and around Wallsend High Street.
A member requested in relation to the Wallsend draft Masterplan that an update be provided of the future vision for the Segedunum World Heritage Site.
In the North West, £75k of feasibility funding had been secured from NTCA for Northumberland Line Economic Corridor priorities included funding to re-design, scope and map a visitor/heritage trail using the existing wagonways and heritage assets. Concept plans had been developed for Killingworth Lake and eligible funding streams were being identified to progress proposals.
Adult education and apprenticeships
Figures for 2020/21 showed the number of intermediate (level 1) apprenticeships decreased in 2020/21 in part due to national changes. However advanced (level 2) and higher (level 3) apprenticeship starts increased during 2020/21.
libraries and leisure centres offer
Visits to Sport and Leisure Facilities in 2021/22 were two thirds the usual number pre-pandemic. Visits to Customer First Centres had reduced by 55% and Branch Libraries by 59%. Work was progressing to develop Community Hubs.
Visitor destination of choice
All three beaches retained their Blue Flag international status, as well as attracted Seaside Awards. Eight managed parks were awarded Green Flag Awards, however the number of day visits and overnight stays to North Tyneside remained low in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Long-term vacant dwellings were at the lowest level in 7 years at just over 1,000 dwellings.
A Secure North Tyneside
Working in partnership to prevent anti-social behaviour (ASB)
The trend of ASB reported to Northumbria Police was decreasing and the rate per population was at the lowest level in four years.
A member asked for further information to be circulated to the operation of Project Vita that was launched in Wallsend and Howdon as a joint initiative between North Tyneside Council and Northumbria Police.
Additional £2m on road and pavement repairs
Only 3% of principal roads and 3% of non-principal roads managed by the Authority should be ... view the full minutes text for item OV3/23
To give consideration to establishing a Task and Finish Group in relation to Emergency Care in North Tyneside.
The Committee received a report that outlined the establishing of a Task and Finish group to look at Emergency Care in North Tyneside.
It was informed that following the consideration of a Council Motion at its meeting on 16 March 2023. The Elected Mayor asked the Chair of the Overview and Scrutiny Co-ordination and Finance Committee if scrutiny would undertake this work.
The report detailed what the task and finish group would consider along with method, reporting and timescales for completion.
The Committee considered and agreed that an Emergency Care in North Tyneside Task and Finish Group be established. The Chair indicated that he would like to be part of the task and finish group. Members raised that Health Watch could be an important body to be invited to participate.
It was Agreed to establish an Emergency Care in North Tyneside Task and Finish group.
To give consideration to the Committee’s work programme for the 2023-24.
The Committee received a report that detailed a proposed approach to the work planning of the Overview and Scrutiny Co-ordination and Finance Committee for 2023-24.
It was emphasised that it was for the Committee to determine its own work programme, however a number of standard topics in relation to finance had been identified and had been included.
The Committee was informed that each scrutiny committee had its own link with lead Cabinet portfolio and Authority Directorate. The linked Cabinet Members and Senior Leadership Team officers had been identified for all scrutiny committees and the Overview, Scrutiny Co-ordination and Finance Committees were the Deputy Mayor, and Cabinet Member responsible for Finance and Resources along with the Assistant Chief Executive and Director of Resources.
A member raised that the work programme should be guided by the committee and that no Cabinet Members were in attendance.
A member raised if the Cabinet Members had been invited to the meeting. The Assistant Chief Executive informed that the Cabinet Members had been invited and sent apologises as they were required to attend another meeting. It was stated that there was an intention from the Cabinet Members to attend future meetings when appropriate and they were available.
The link Cabinet Members and Directors would be invited to attend each meeting to provide information on policy direction, answer questions and offer support to the committee.
Appended to the report was an initial suggested work programme which was expected to evolve through the year to incorporate emerging topics.
Members were requested to inform the Chair and Head of Governance via email of any suggestions for placing on the Work Programme and those for the Sub-committees.
It was Agreed that the Work programme 2023-24 be noted.