Agenda and minutes

Venue: Guildhall

Contact: Committee Administration 01905 722027, 722006, 722085 

Items
No. Item

9.

Appointment of Substitutes

To receive details of any Members appointed to attend the meeting instead of a Member of the Committee.

Minutes:

Councillor Barnes for Councillor Biggs; Councillor Berry for Councillor Collins; Councillor Laurenson for Councillor Bisset.

 

With regard to the vacancy arising from the death of Councillor Denlegh-Maxwell, Members asked if consideration could be given to making provision in the Constitution to enable a Member to be appointed to a Committee on an interim basis in such circumstances.

10.

Declarations of Interest

To receive any declarations of interest.

Minutes:

None.

11.

Public Participation

To receive details of any Members appointed to attend the meeting instead of a Member of the Committee.

 

Minutes:

None.

12.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 61 KB

Of the meeting held on 29th May 2019 to be approved and signed.

Minutes:

RESOLVED: That the minutes of the meeting held on 29th May 2019 be approved as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.

13.

Quarter 1 Performance Report for 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 81 KB

Report to follow.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report on performance against relevant Key Performance Indicators for Quarter 1. Officers responded to questions from Members on detailed aspects of the report.

 

In the ensuing discussion, the following main points were made:

 

·           Small Community Grants – Officers will include information in the narrative to indicate how many applications have been received and the value of those applications.

 

·           Number of Affordable Housing Completions – It was highlighted that some Worcester households are relocated to new developments outside the city, which the target figure does not include. Officers stated that some information about this can be given in the narrative.

 

·           Tennis in the Park – Officers acknowledged that there has been some delay in proceeding with this project. The tender will be published shortly.

 

·           City Centre Public Space Protection Order – Member comments about skateboarding in Cathedral Square were noted. A final proposal will be brought to this Committee in October 2019 so that a detailed options appraisal can be presented.

 

·           Health Inequalities in the Homeless Population in the City – Following the Worcestershire Housing First Workshop on 1st July there will be continued discussion with key agencies on what the model should look like for Worcester City.

 

·           Report format – Officers acknowledged that where graphs show zero, the narrative should provide further explanation. With regard to year-on-year comparisons, Officers will look at 2019/20 targets and establish whether any should be revised.

 

·           Percentage of HMOs Licensed – Officers can provide Members with information on numbers by Ward.

 

RESOLVED: That the Committee note:

 

1.    the Council’s Quarter 1 performance for 2019/20; and

 

2.    the proposed revised due dates for key projects as stated in the relevant project narrative in Appendix 1.

14.

Museums Worcestershire Annual Review pdf icon PDF 96 KB

That the Committee note the activities undertaken in museums in 2018-19 and the impact made.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered the annual review of Museums Worcestershire activity in 2018-19 and also the Museums Worcestershire Strategic Plan 2019-24. The Corporate Director – Place and the Museums Audience Manager presented the review and highlighted key points, including examples of how the museums can make a difference for individuals and communities, as illustrated through case studies, comments from users and performance figures.

 

In the ensuing discussion, Officers advised that a report will be presented to the Joint Museums Committee in September on introducing a joint ticket with the Royal Porcelain Museum.

 

In response to a question, Officers agreed to investigate opportunities to forge links between the Joint Museums Service and Libraries Service.

 

Members thanked Officers for a useful and well-presented report.

 

RESOLVED: That the Committee note the activities undertaken in museums in 2018-19 and the impact made.

15.

Worcestershire Housing Partnership Plan: Progress and Outcomes for Year 2 (2018/19) pdf icon PDF 106 KB

That the Committee notes the progress made and outcomes achieved  in delivering the Worcestershire Housing Partnership Plan.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee received an update on progress being made against the Worcestershire Housing Partnership Plan and the outcomes achieved during year 2. The Head of Strategic Housing summarised the main points and responded to questions from Members on detailed aspects of the report.

 

Officers advised that Members will be invited to view the properties that have been acquired in both Bromyard Road and Oldbury Road before they are brought into use.

 

RESOLVED: That the Committee note the progress made and outcomes achieved  in delivering the Worcestershire Housing Partnership Plan.

16.

Update on the Worcester City Private Housing Strategy - Year 4 pdf icon PDF 151 KB

To note the contents of the report providing an update for the year 4 delivery of actions contained in the Worcester City Private Sector Housing Strategy 2015 - 2020.

Minutes:

The Committee considered an update for year 4 delivery of actions contained in the Worcester City Private Sector Housing Strategy 2015 - 2020. The Private Sector Team Manager summarised the main points and responded to questions from Members on detailed aspects of the report.

 

In response to a question, it was highlighted that use of assistive technology is a growth area. This is a County Council responsibility and Officers can provide Members with information about the budget for this.

 

The Chairman thanked Officers for their report.

 

RESOLVED: That the Committee note the contents of the report providing an update for the year 4 delivery of actions contained in the Worcester City Private Sector Housing Strategy 2015 - 2020.

17.

Update on the Additional City Plan Resources Being Used to Address Issues Within Private Sector Housing pdf icon PDF 128 KB

That Communities Committee:

         

1.   note the progress being made against the City Plan objectives set out in Appendix 1;

 

2.   note that a further progress report in 2020 will be submitted to the Communities Committee to review outcomes against City Plan objectives; and

 

3.   recommend continuation of staff funding to be included in the budget setting for 21/22.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee received a report on key Year 1 outcomes. The Private Sector Team Manager summarised the main points and responded to questions from Members on detailed aspects of the report.

 

In response to a question about continued staff funding after April 2021, Officers clarified that the financial implication was estimated to be an additional £45,883 year-on-year with additional inflation salary costs. There was a Member proposal that the budget provision should be £50,000. Officers advised that no budget provision can be agreed at this stage but, subject to agreement by the Committee, will be recommended for inclusion in the budget setting for 2021/22.

 

RESOLVED: That the Committee:

     

1.    note the progress being made against the City Plan objectives set out in Appendix 1 to the report;

 

2.    note that a further progress report in 2020 will be submitted to the Communities Committee to review outcomes against City Plan objectives; and

 

3.    recommend continuation of staff funding to be included in the budget setting for 2021/22.

18.

Healthy Worcester Plan 2019-2021 pdf icon PDF 139 KB

1.     To note the completion and progress against the Health and Well Being Activity Plan (HWB Activity Plan) 2017/19;

 

2.     To note the update of the priorities and actions in the draft Healthy Worcester Plan 2019/21 prepared by Healthy Worcester (attached at Appendix 1);

 

3.     That Communities Committee delegates authority to the Head of Strategic Housing and the Chair and Vice Chair of Communities Committee to sign off the Healthy Worcester Plan following the consultation process and based on any changes resulting from it; and

 

4.     To make a formal request to Malvern Hills & Wychavon District Council for a Worcester City Councillor to be nominated as the South Worcestershire elected member representative at the Worcestershire Health & Well Being Board.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee received a report on progress against the Health and Well Being Activity Plan 2017/19 and an update of the priorities and actions in the draft Healthy Worcester Plan 2019/21. Officers responded to questions from Committee members on the report.

 

Members were advised that the refreshed Healthy Worcester Plan will be circulated for public and partner consultation for a 4 week period from 1 - 31 August 2019.  Delegated authority was therefore sought to sign off the final Plan.

 

Reference was made to representation on the Worcestershire Joint Health and Wellbeing Board. The South Worcestershire local authorities were previously represented over a number of years by a local councillor from Wychavon District Council, who had now retired from this role. The position was therefore currently vacant and open to nomination.

 

In the ensuing discussion, it was explained that the North Worcestershire authorities had made a proposal to rotate representation. Committee Members agreed that it would be sensible to adopt the same approach, and asked Officers to make this proposal to the other South Worcestershire authorities. Subject to their agreement, the Committee proposed that the representative should be a Worcester City Member, who should chair the Board. Group Leaders should agree the City Council’s nominee.

 

RESOLVED: That the Committee:

 

1.    note the completion and progress against the Health and Well Being Activity Plan (HWB Activity Plan) 2017/19;

 

2.    note the update of the priorities and actions in the draft Healthy Worcester Plan 2019/21 prepared by Healthy Worcester (attached at Appendix 1);

 

3.    agree to delegate authority to the Head of Strategic Housing and the Chair and Vice Chair of Communities Committee to sign off the Healthy Worcester Plan following the consultation process and based on any changes resulting from it; and

 

4.        agree to make a formal proposal to Malvern Hills & Wychavon District Council to rotate the South Worcestershire elected member representative at the Worcestershire Health & Well Being Board, that a Worcester City Councillor be nominated to this role, and that the representative be appointed as Chairman.

19.

Task & Finish Groups - 2019/2020 pdf icon PDF 89 KB

Report to follow.

Minutes:

The Committee considered establishing a Task & Finish Group to investigate ways in which the City Council, in collaboration with its partners, can reduce child poverty within the City.

 

In the ensuing discussion, Committee Members expressed support for the proposal. Group Leaders would be asked to nominate Members to sit on the Group.

 

In response to questions, Officers advised that there is a formal definition of “child poverty” and this will be clarified when scoping the Task and Finish Group’s remit.

 

RESOLVED: That the Committee approve the establishment of a Task & Finish Group to investigate ways in which the City Council in collaboration with its partners can reduce child poverty within the City.

20.

Any Other Business

Which in the opinion of the Chairman is of sufficient urgency as to warrant consideration.

Minutes:

None.