Agenda and minutes
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Declarations of Interest
The following Councillors declared an interest in the minutes:
Personal – she is employed by East Sussex County Council
RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting held on 9 February 2015 and the minutes of the Joint Budget Overview and Scrutiny Committee held on 29 January 2015 be approved as a correct record
- Appendix A - Retrospective Report Back on 2014/15 Targets and Performance Indicators , item 3. PDF 219 KB
The Senior Corporate and Democratic Services Officer presented the report which outlined year-end performance against the targets and milestones set out in part II of the corporate plan for 2014/15, the report also set out actions that would be taken in 2015/16 to address any areas of shortfall. The committee’s views were sought on the proposed performance indicators for 2015/16.
Discussion took place regarding changes to the way crimes are recorded by the police. Members acknowledged that accurate data on crime was essential to informing the council’s approach to supporting community safety. The Assistant Director for Environment and Place advised that alcohol related crime had been reduced significantly as a result of a range of initiatives by the council and its partners, including the reduce the strength campaign.
Consideration was given to the arrangements for the waste and street cleansing contract with Kier Services. The Lead Member for Environment, Leisure and Amenities advised that the next Joint Waste Committee was due to receive update reports on recycling, efforts to improve streetscene and staffing arrangements across the contract. The Assistant Director for Environment and Place explained that officers in the council’s waste team continued to monitor performance closely and applied rectifications where necessary to ensure the contractual requirements were met. The Leader of the Council commented that the recent launch of My Hastings Online would make it easier for residents to report waste and streetscene issues directly to the council’s contractor.
Members noted that specialist contractors had temporarily been recruited to enable the council to carry out food hygiene inspections, due to staff shortages within the team. The council had completed 95% of its scheduled inspections for the year; the team also offered advice on food safety requirements to new businesses. The Assistant Director for Environment and Place advised that the department had since been restructured, and the staff vacancies filled, which should reduce the need to employ specialist contractors in the future.
The Head of Amenities, Resorts and Leisure advised that the council was working in partnership with the Environment Agency and East Sussex County Council to review the Bulverhythe Flood Plan, and extend the flood prevention measures to cover the whole town.
Discussion took place regarding attendance at the White Rock Theatre performances; the council had exceeded its target for March 2015 achieving audience figures of 76,743. The Head of Amenities, Resorts and Leisure highlighted that this was largely due to better than expected attendance at the Christmas Pantomime. The committee recommended that the year end target for March 2016 should be increased, to reflect the increased attendance.
RESOLVED (by 4 for 1 against with 0 abstentions) to recommend to Cabinet that performance indicator target 2.1, the number of people attending White Rock Theatre performances, for March 2016 be increased from 75,000 to 77,000.
The committee also thanked Virginia Gilbert, who was due to leave the council, for her efforts during her time as Head of Amenities, Resorts and Leisure.
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Final report of the Overview and Scrutiny review of the council's role in raising educational achievement in Hastings and educational outcomes for the town's children and young people in an academised context PDF 143 KB
- Appendix A - Project Initiation Document , item 4. PDF 86 KB
- Appendix B - Structure Chart , item 4. PDF 179 KB
- Appendix C - Summary of the Tendring Partnership Model , item 4. PDF 52 KB
Councillor Batsford, as Chair of the review, presented the review team’s findings to the committee. He explained that the review had arisen because of the changing educational landscape in the town, the role of a number of key education agencies, including the Local Education Authority, had also changed. Hastings had a history of below average educational attainment, and members noted that this issue was shared by a number of other coastal towns. The review had examined the role of Hastings Borough Council in supporting partnership working between key stakeholders to help improve educational performance and outcomes for the town’s children and young people.
The review had included contributions from both education providers and non-educational partners. Members had been encouraged by the commitment of all partners to working in partnership to help improve educational outcomes for young people. Members identified a number of key themes impacting educational attainment, including the recruitment and retention of high calibre staff, support for pupils with special educational needs and the image of Hastings as place to live and work. The team considered examples of good practice from other authorities, including a model for partnership working adopted by Essex County Council and Tendring District Council.
The review team recommended formation of a task and finish group consisting of key partners to consider a model for future partnership working. The recommendations of the task and finish group would then be considered by the Local Strategic Partnership.
The committee thanked all those who had contributed to the review for their efforts.
RESOLVED (by 4 for 1 against with 0 abstentions) that –
1) The committee support recommendations and next steps set out, and;
2) The committee thank those involved in this review
The reason for this decision was:
To consider the review team’s recommendations.
The Senior Corporate and Democratic Services Officer presented an update on the Overview and Scrutiny work programme for 2014/15. Members had completed all three pieces of work that they had identified as a high priority for this year.