Scrutiny and Performance Committee Minutes

Date:
Tuesday 17 January 2017
Time:
10:30am
Place:
Council Offices, English Street, Dumfries

Attendance Details

Members:
Ivor A Hyslop (Chairman) - Lochar
Richard Brodie (Vice-Chairman) - Annandale South
Brian Collins - Castle Douglas and Glenkens
Yen Hongmei Jin - Lochar
Marion McCutcheon - Stranraer and North Rhins
Alastair Witts - Nith
Andrew S Wood - Mid and Upper Nithsdale
Officials:
Lorna Meahan - Director Corporate Services
Gillian McLeod - Policy and Performance Advisor
Andrew Reed - Policy and Performance Advisor
Lucy Irons-Young - Governance Officer
Apologies:
Ian Carruthers - Annandale South
Gillian Dykes - Mid and Upper Nithsdale
Patsy Gilroy - Dee
Item Number Item/Description
PUBLIC
1 SEDERUNT AND APOLOGIES

4 Members present, 3 apologies and 3 Members not present at the start of the meeting.

2 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

NONE declared.

3 MINUTE OF MEETING OF 5 DECEMBER 2016

Decision

 

APPROVED subject to an amendment on the frontis which should state the members present as being:- Ivor Hyslop, Chairman, Gillian Dykes, Patsy Gilroy, Alastair Witts and Andrew Wood; and at item 1 which should state that there were 5 Members present, 5 apologies.

MEMBERS - Andrew Wood, Alastair Witts and Yen Hongmei-Jin entered the meeting - 7 Members present.
 

4 SCRUTINY REVIEW - TOWN AND VILLAGE IMPROVEMENTS: FURTHER UPDATE OF THE DESKTOP REVIEW OF SHOP FRONT IMPROVEMENT SCHEMES IN OTHER LOCAL AUTHORITIES - REPORT BY DIRECTOR CORPORATE SERVICES

Decision

 

CONSIDERED


4.1     the further evidence from the desktop review of shop front improvement schemes from other Local Authorities as detailed in the Appendix to the report, noting in particular the criteria and approach deployed by Renfrewshire Council;
 

4.2     the summary of the updated information included in 3.5 and 3.6 of the report;

 

AGREED

 

4.3     that this would be added to the evidence gathered for the Town and Village Improvements Scrutiny Review; and


4.4     that information on the role of Building Standards in relation to town centre buildings and the deterioration of property would be gathered for the next Committee meeting. 
 

5 SCRUTINY REVIEW - TOWN AND VILLAGE IMPROVEMENTS: TOWN CENTRE LIVING - REPORT BY DIRECTOR CORPORATE SERVICES

Decision


5.1     CONSIDERED the evidence and information detailed in paragraphs 3.4 to 3.6 of the report;
 

AGREED


5.2     that this should be added to the evidence gathered for the Town and Village Improvements Scrutiny Review; and

 

5.3     the need to consider strengthening the link to sustainability of town and village centres and Planning through the Local Development Plan 2 (LDP2) and add this to the evidence gathered for the Town and Village Improvements Scrutiny Review.


 

6 SCRUTINY REVIEW ON TOWN AND VILLAGE IMPROVEMENTS - ACTIONS, NEXT STEPS AND INITIAL OBSERVATIONS - REPORT BY DIRECTOR CORPORATE SERVICES

Decision

 
6.1     NOTED the progress and actions taken for the Town and Village Improvements Scrutiny Review;

REVIEWED AND AGREED

6.2     the next steps for the Scrutiny Review as set out in Appendix 1 to the report and highlighted at paragraph 3.5 of the report; and

6.3     the evidence and analysis so far from the scrutiny review and detailed in Appendix 2 to the report and reflected in the summary at 3.7 of the report;

AGREED

6.4     that the initial observations are developed into recommendations to be considered at the next meeting of this Committee;

 

6.5     to receive further evidence in relation to the activity of Registered Social Landlords in developing town and village centres locally;

 

6.6     to receive further information on whether there is consistency and clarity for the regions car parks and on street parking including information relating to length of stay, restrictions and where to find further information whether locally or through on line sources;

 

6.7     that further evidence is gathered on the availability of signage and information to assist visitors and the public at bus stops and transport links;

6.8     that further evidence is gathered on the consistency of signage when entering the regions town and village centres and to assist the promotion of local attractions and make them more accessible to tourists; and

6.9     that an update on the uptake of the Shop Front Improvement Scheme within the region be provided at the March meeting of this Committee. FURTHER AGREED that this include feedback from the shops which had applied for this.

7 ANY OTHER BUSINESS DEEMED URGENT BY THE CHAIRMAN DUE TO THE NEED FOR A DECISION

Decision

 

NOTED that there was no business deemed urgent by the Chairman due to the need for a decision.