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8.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

No apologies for absence were received.  Councillor P Brindley joined the meeting for discussion on the Committee’s work plan (minute number 17).

9.

Minutes of the Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 260 KB

Minutes:

The minutes of the previous meeting of the Infrastructure Safety & Growth Scrutiny Committee held on 8th July 2020 were approved as a correct record.

 

(Moved by Councillor Dr S Peaple and seconded by Councillor T Clements)

10.

Declarations of Interest

To receive any declarations of Members’ interests (personal and/or personal and prejudicial) in any matters which are to be considered at this meeting.

 

When Members are declaring a personal interest or personal and prejudicial interest in respect of which they have dispensation, they should specify the nature of such interest.  Members should leave the room if they have a personal and prejudicial interest in respect of which they do not have a dispensation. 

 

 

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest.

11.

Update from the Chair

To receive an update from the Chair

Minutes:

The Chair welcomed Councillor Patrick Standen as a new member of the Committee to his first meeting and thanked the retiring member, Councillor Richard Kingstone.

12.

Responses to Reports of the Infrastructure Safety & Growth Committee

Update on responses received to Reports of the Infrastructure Safety & Growth Committee.

Minutes:

The Chair reported that he had attended the Cabinet meeting on 30th July 2020 to make this committee’s recommendations from it’s July meeting. 

 

He reported that, in terms of the Electric Vehicle Charging Project update, Cabinet:

 

1.     Chose operating Model 2

2.     Agreed a further marketing exercise to secure a supplier / operator is carried out with Council Officers given delegated authority to offer financial incentives in the form of low rental value and / or a financial contribution towards the capital cost

3.     Agreed to a private sector location on the Ventura retail parks is investigated

4.     Agreed an Action Plan is developed that focuses on new on-street fast charging sites and on-street residential charging sites

5.     Agreed that Electric vehicle charging infrastructure is installed in the borough by the end of the municipal year 2020/21 as a target date.

 

 

 

 

13.

Renewal of Tamworth Dog Control and Alcohol Restricted Zone PSPO pdf icon PDF 137 KB

(Report of the Assistant Director, Partnerships)

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Chair welcomed the Portfolio Holder for Regulatory and Community Safety, who introduced this item which was to consider the extension of the Public Space Protection Order (Tamworth Dog Control) and Public Space Protection Order (Alcohol Control in a Public Space) before handing over to the Assistant Director, Partnerships.

 

The Assistant Director reminded members that Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) were a tool under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, which could be put in place for up to three years following which extensions can be made if the order continues to meet the required criteria.

 

Both these PSPOs were converted in October 2017 and therefore the proposal before the Committee was to extend both PSPOs by a further three years. The Assistant Director provided an overview of the coverage of the current orders and their effectiveness.

 

The Committee sought and received clarification in the following areas:

·       How the PSPO (Alcohol Control) worked in circumstances when the Council is running an event in the town.  The Assistant Director reported that in such cases the Council would invoke a licence to enable the sale of alcohol however, the powers under the PSPO continued, such that designated officers could request cessation of the drinking of alcohol and could remove alcohol where it was considered to be causing alarm harassment or distress.

·       The area of the PSPO (Alcohol Control) in Amington near the canal and whether coverage of the green space adjacent to the canal tow-path had been considered.  The Assistant Director reported that the extent of any PSPO must be proportionate.  It was agreed that the Assistant Director would contact Staffordshire police to determine whether there was any evidence which could require further coverage (extension, which in itself would require further consultation) and would report back to this committee.

 

RESOLVED that the Committee:

 

Approved delegation to the Portfolio Holder, Regulatory and Community Safety for the extension of the Public Space Protection Order (Tamworth Dog Control) and Public Space Protection Order (Alcohol Control in a Public Space (as set out in the Report)

 

(Moved by Councillor Dr S Peaple and seconded by Councillor A Farrell)

 

 

14.

ICT Strategy Briefing pdf icon PDF 132 KB

(Report of the Head of Technology and Informtaion Services)

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Chair welcomed the Assistant Director, People and the Head of Technology and Information Services to the meeting to update the Committee on the ICT Strategy.

 

The Assistant Director noted that the response to COVID-19 and the need to move staff to remote working had meant that progress had been made in certain areas much faster than initially expected.  The Assistant Director highlighted that the report provided a briefing on progress made to date on the ICT Strategy for the period 2020 to 2025 and the next steps.

 

The Head of Technology provided an overview of the report and the accompanying working draft strategy, which aimed to set out the IT vision, principles and strategic themes in a non-technical way.  Broad themes had been identified as the focus for this strategy with the three following objectives remaining the focus throughout:

 

  1. Customer agenda - To digitally enable customer access to council services.
  2. Organisation agenda - To enable a digitally skilled workforce to make effective use and obtain the maximum benefit from ICT.
  3. Technical agenda - To provide a robust, reliable, available, effective and resilient ICT infrastructure which is future fit and value for money. The technical agenda must be accompanied by business process transformation with digital service delivery remaining at the forefront.

 

The Head of Technology provided an overview of the key influencing factors, nationally, locally and legislatively as well an overview of the current position of the organisation from an ICT perspective.  The draft ICT Vision, Service Principles and the five Strategic Themes were highlighted to the committee and the Head of Technology reported that the draft ICT Strategy remained a working document, into which the reset and recovery plans would need to be included.

 

The Committee sought and received clarification in the following areas:

 

·       The financial resources required to deliver as well as the timescales for delivery of the strategy.  The Chair confirmed that he would review the membership of the working group and how it would operate and report back to the committee.  The Portfolio Holder for Assets and Finance reported that he would ensure that this strategy would be considered as part of the budget work which was due to commence shortly.

·       How cloud based solutions would tie in with the need ensure good disaster recovery processes. The Head of Technology reported that the cloud first strategy would provide resilience and greater flexibility in this area. 

·       Standardisation of hardware to assist in the delivery of ongoing ICT support. The Head of Technology confirmed that a more rationalised and standardised approach did assist, generally, and in the roll out software.

·       The review of best practice, generally, including in other local authorities, which was supported by the Committee.

·       Details on the timelines for achieving the goals in the ICT Strategy, within the five year framework indicated. The Head of Technology confirmed that delivery of the goals was expected to be made progressively over the five year time frame and that detailed timelines would be set out in the IT  ...  view the full minutes text for item 14.

15.

Forward Plan

(Discussion item – link to Forward Plan is attached)

 

http://democracy.tamworth.gov.uk/mgListPlans.aspx?RPId=120&RD=0&bcr=1

 

Minutes:

No further items were identified from the Forward Plan for consideration by this Committee at the current time.

16.

Working Group Updates

To receive updates from any Working Groups

Minutes:

The Chair reported that other than the formation of an ICT working group, there was no further update to provide.

17.

Infrastructure Safety & Growth Scrutiny Committee Work Plan pdf icon PDF 105 KB

(Update and discussion on the Infrastructure Safety & Growth Scrutiny Work Plan)

Minutes:

Councillor P Brindley joined the meeting.

 

The Committee considered the Work Plan and updated it as follows:

 

Infrastructure, Safety and Growth Scrutiny Work Plan

Work Plan 2020 - 2021

DATE

SUBJECT

March / April 2020

Review of Taxi Licensing Policy – Points System – 12 month review

When clarity on legislation

Fire Safety Update

November 2020

Castle Update

January 2021

CCTV implementation review

January 2021

Waste Management developments

25 March 2021

Crime Figures for Tamworth and Community safety

xx 2020 (tbc)

Development of Tamworth Community Offer – interim update

 

ICT Strategy

TBC

Review of taxi evidence

TBC

Public Transport and taxis

TBC

People Helping People ( Community Safety)

TBC

Town Centre Growth

TBC

Events Offer (possible working group)

TBC

Review of West Midlands Combined Authority – Green / Climate Strategy – targets and data for Tamworth

TBC

Development of Tamworth Community Offer – review of draft Strategy

 

 

Upcoming Infrastructure, Safety and Growth Scrutiny Committee Meetings

13th October 2020

24th November 2020

20th January 2021

25th March 2021