Agenda and minutes
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Declarations of Interest
The following councillors declared an interest in the minutes as follows:
Personal – he is the council’s appointed Director of SeaChange Sussex and Hastings and Bexhill Renaissance Limited
Personal – he is the East Sussex County Council appointed member of the Safer Hastings Partnership
Personal – he sits on the Adult Social care Scrutiny Committee
Minutes of the meeting held on 13 February 2014
RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting held on 13 February 2014 be approved as a true record.
Corporate Plan Part III - Year End Performance Information and Target Setting 2014/15
The Senior Corporate and Democratic Services Officer submitted a report to advise Members of year-end actual performance against targets and performance indicators in Part II of the Corporate Plan for 2013/14. The report also provided a summary of financial information. The committee’s views were sought on the proposed performance indicator targets for 2014/15.
Consideration was given to areas of shortfall in performance and the actions that would be taken to address them in 2014/15. Following the results of the local place survey in August 2013, which had indicated that public satisfaction in street cleanliness in some areas of the town had reduced, efforts were underway to deliver improvements to this service. Senior officers held monthly management meetings with the council’s street cleansing contractor, Kier, to discuss planned improvements. Kier had adapted their training and guidance programme for street cleansing staff, and had issued new equipment to tackle this issue. The committee may also wish to invite a representative of Kier to attend an Overview and Scrutiny committee meeting, as part of their 2014/15 work programme. The Head of Environmental Services noted that Hastings continued to perform well against national averages for street cleansing, the new waste management contract also made provision for an enhanced package of street cleansing and waste collection services.
Members noted that 93% of premises in the town were broadly compliant with the standards for food hygiene, 29% of premises also had an improving score. Although not all of the programmed food hygiene inspections had been carried out in 2013/14, all of the highest risk food businesses had been inspected.
The committee acknowledged that the transition to a new system for the council’s CCTV monitoring had been a complex process, which had resulted in slippage in the projected timescale. The technical requirements for the wider CCTV replacement project had also been greater than originally anticipated. The Head of Environmental Services informed Members that specialist advice had been sought, which would assist with the completion of the project.
Members noted that visitor figures at the Johns Place museum were just below the updated target of 40,000. The Head of Amenities, Resorts and Leisure responded that, whilst there was little capacity to expand the programme of exhibitions, it was intended to further develop the use of the museum as a wedding venue. She also agreed to provide members with attendance figures for the National Science and Engineering Week and The Big Draw, which the museum had also participated in. Recent improvements to facilities at the Old Town Hall museum had resulted in it exceeding its target attendance figures for 2013/14.
The council continued to monitor attendance figures at the White Rock Theatre. Attendance figures had increased over recent years, although the target for 2013/14 had not been met. A new sound system was due to be installed in July 2014, which it was hoped would improve the flexibility of the theatre in attracting a broad range of acts, particularly touring shows. A new Theatre Director was also due to ... view the full minutes text for item 3.
Overview and Scrutiny Work Programme 2013-14 Year End Update
The Senior Corporate and Democratic Services Officer presented an update on the Overview and Scrutiny Work Programme. Members had completed two of the three reviews they had selected at the Annual Joint Meeting of the Overview and Scrutiny Committees. The Scrutiny review of changes to the welfare system was due to report to quarter 4 Overview and Scrutiny committee for Resources.