Agenda and minutes

Overview and Scrutiny Board
Tuesday, 4th September, 2018 6.00 pm

Venue: Crompton Suite, Civic Centre, Oldham, West Street, Oldham, OL1 1NL. View directions

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies For Absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Sheldon and Taylor.

2.

Declarations of Interest

To Receive Declarations of Interest in any Contract or matter to be discussed at the meeting.

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest received.

3.

Urgent Business

Urgent business, if any, introduced by the Chair

Minutes:

There were no items of urgent business received.

4.

Public Question Time

To receive Questions from the Public, in accordance with the Council’s Constitution.

Minutes:

There were no public questions received.

 

5.

Minutes of Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 153 KB

The Minutes of the Overview and Scrutiny Board held on 24th July 2018 are attached for approval.

Minutes:

RESOLVED that the minutes of the Overview and Scrutiny Board held on 24th July 2018 be approved as a correct record.

 

6.

Minutes of the Performance and Value for Money Select Committee pdf icon PDF 129 KB

The minutes of the Performance and Value for Money Select Committee meeting held on 28th June 2018 are attached for noting.

Minutes:

RESOLVED that the minutes of the Performance and Value for Money Select Committee held on 28th June 2018 be noted.

7.

Minutes of the Health Scrutiny Sub-Committee pdf icon PDF 201 KB

The minutes of the Health Scrutiny Sub-Committee held on 20th March 2018 are attached for noting.

Minutes:

RESOLVED that the minutes of the Health Scrutiny Sub-Committee held on 20th March 2018 be noted.

8.

Minutes of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) Economy, Business Growth and Skills Scrutiny Committee pdf icon PDF 469 KB

The minutes of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) Economy, Business Growth and Skills Scrutiny Committee meeting held on 13th July 2018 are attached for noting.

Minutes:

RESOLVED that the minutes of the GMCA Economy, Business Growth and Skills Scrutiny Committee held on 13th July 2018 be noted.

9.

Minutes of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) Housing, Planning and Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee pdf icon PDF 428 KB

The minutes of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) Housing, Planning and Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee meeting held on 12th July 2018 are attached for noting.

 

Minutes:

RESOLVED that the minutes of the GMCA Housing, Planning and Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee held on 12th July 2018 be noted.

10.

Minutes of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) Corporate Issues and Reform Overview and Scrutiny Committee pdf icon PDF 57 KB

The minutes of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) Corporate Issues and Reform Overview and Scrutiny Committee meeting held on 19th June 2018 are attached for noting.

Minutes:

RESOLVED that the minutes of the GMCA Corporate Issues and Reform Overview and Scrutiny Committee held on 19th June 2018 be noted.

11.

Who Put That There?: A Street Charter for Oldham pdf icon PDF 297 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Board gave consideration to a report which provided an update on the implementation of the street charter and the implementation plan.  Work had been taking place since the agreement by Council in March 2017 for the adoption of a “Who Put That There” Street Charter for Oldham which sought to make Oldham more accessible for the blind and partially sighted.

 

The requirement of the Charter were outlined in the report.  A draft ‘A Board’ policy was also being prepared in consultation with the working group.  The policy would be reported separately to a later Overview and Scrutiny Board.

 

A working group had been formed to progress the implementation of the Street Charter.  The group had met over the last 12 months and prioritised key areas within the street charter which included general awareness raising, regeneration specifically through the Town Centre Master planning team and obstructions on the highway – specifically overhanging bushes and bins.  An implementation plan aimed to track the actions identified by the group and those within the charter.

 

Members were advised of the work that had been undertaken and of the positive response received. Parking hotspots had been highlighted to the Enforcement Team and action taken. Obstructions could be dealt with by the police.

 

Members asked about issues which arose as part of building development and link to planning issues. Members were advised that when new schemes were considered the group be consulted on those schemes as well as highways schemes. Members also sought and received confirmation that the language used in the implementation had been agreed.

 

Members also sought and received clarification on how issues could be reported which included telephone.

 

Members were informed that the “A” board strategy would include a more general approach to street furniture.

 

Members asked about the maintenance of crossing lights. This would be investigated and reported back.

 

Members raised the fact that overhanging branches and obstructions affected all residents. Members were advised that there was a standard letter sent to homeowners to rectify any issues. After a set period of time, action would be taken by the Council.

 

Members were advised that the working group had ceased.

 

RESOLVED that:

1.    The progress made and the final conclusions of the working group on the implementation of the street charter be noted.

2.    It be agreed the street charter is embedded within all relevant responsible service areas.

3.    It be agreed that service areas should utilise the working group as a network for any relevant issues which were undergoing consultation, which would potentially have an impact on blind and partially sighted residents and visitors to Oldham.

4.    A further report led by the Licensing Team in respect of “A” Board and Street Furniture be reported to the Overview and Scrutiny Board separately.

 

12.

Land Value Taxation pdf icon PDF 200 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Board gave consideration to a report of the Assistant Director of Finance which was in response to a motion entitled “Land Value Taxation” which had been referred to the Overview and Scrutiny Board by Full Council on 28th March 2018.

 

The report explained the history of Land Value Taxation (LVT) and its bases in economic theory along with the advantages and disadvantages associated with this form of taxation.  The motion had suggested that LVT could replace taxation levied through Council tax and business rates.  The report also considered the implications for tax administration at local authority level and highlighted issues for the Local Government Finance System which may arise on transition from current forms of local taxation to LVT.

 

The history, advantages and disadvantages of LVT were outlined.  Liability for paying