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Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence and Temporary Appointments

2.

Declarations of Interest - Guidance note on back page of the agenda

3.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 207 KB

To approve the minutes of the meeting held 13 December 2018 and to receive information arising from them.

4.

Petitions and Public Address

5.

Corporate Plan

10.05

 

The Corporate Plan sets out the County Council’s overarching strategy. It states our vision for ‘thriving communities’ in Oxfordshire and describes the council’s main priorities.

 

The Corporate Plan 2018-2021 was agreed by Council in July 2018. A light touch review and update has been done to this document to ensure it accurately reflects Council priorities and areas of focus for 2019/20 and beyond. A Corporate Plan for 2019-2021 is therefore presented to provide this update.

 

The intended audience for the Plan is Councillors, staff, partners, inspectors and residents with a specific interest.

 

The Committee is RECOMMENDED to:

 

a)            consider the draft Corporate Plan 2019-2022 ahead of its presentation for agreement by Council on 12 February 2019; and

 

b)           provide any comments on the outcomes and indicators to ensure corporate performance reporting remains effective.

Additional documents:

6.

Service and Resource Planning 2019/20 - 2028/29

10.35

 

To consider draft capital proposals and draft Treasury Management Strategy and provide comment to the Cabinet before proposals are reviewed on 22 January. Council will meet to agree the budget and MTFP on 12 February 2019.

 

(Note: this item will no longer include a discussion about the Investment Strategy.)

 

The Committee is RECOMMENDED to consider and comment on the

 

a)            Review of Charges for 2019/20;

 

b)           Capital & Investment Strategy incorporating the Treasury Management Strategy Statement 2019/20; and

 

c)            proposed capital programme portfolio allocations for 2019/20 to 2028/29.

Additional documents:

7.

Highways Deep Dive Report pdf icon PDF 347 KB

11.15

 

The condition of roads has a significant impact on levels public satisfaction with the Council and their local area. As a result, the Performance Scrutiny Committee commissioned a deep dive into the factors affecting public perception and experience of highways and the Council’s approach to improving this. From July to November a small group of councillors worked with officers to identify opportunities for improving the condition of the road network, tackling congestion, better managing the impact of street works and adapting our approach to maintenance contracts and partnership working on highways. This report presents the findings and recommendations from the deep dive for the Performance Scrutiny Committee to consider.

 

The Performance Scrutiny Committee is RECOMMENDED to:

 

a)            Ensure there is councillor input into the review of the Highways Asset Management Plan, and that this includes consideration of flexibility for local prioritisation.

 

b)           Ask Cabinet to ensure there is a smarter process for developing a programme of work to utilise the additional capital investment in highways and that a robust capital governance process is in place to help shape this and improve risk management.

 

c)            Ensure officers consider the impact on public perception when developing a programme of work and improve opportunities for councillors to influence this based on local priorities.

 

d)           Ask officers to work with SKANSKA to explore a business case for greater levels of supervision that will ensure the quality of work remains high, including a consideration of how in-house resources could be utilised differently.

 

e)            Ensure that opportunities to utilise staff in flexible ways are explored further with SKANSKA, so that the maximum benefit of having staff on site can be realised.

 

f)             Encourage officers to explore more innovative maintenance methods and tools.

 

g)           Ask Cabinet to ensure an effective approach to publicly publishing and communicating the highways programme of work is in place.

 

h)           Ask officers to develop a more robust process for informing councillors of local road improvements in their division, so that they can advise on works that need to be prioritised and support early communication with residents.

 

i)             Ask officers to ensure all responses to highways enquiries / reports through Fix My Street include a named officer contact.

 

j)             Ensure direct points of contact are communicated and established for key stakeholders (e.g. town and parish councils) to ensure that local highway priorities can be followed up and dealt with more efficiently.

 

k)            Support the Council’s ambition to become a Permitting Authority and request a report on the expected impact of this in mid-2019.

 

l)             Support the development of a comprehensive out of hours traffic management provision to ensure effective management of the impact of major incidents and network failures at these times.

 

m)          Support the principle of a having greater focus on enforcement.

 

n)           Ask the Cabinet to instruct officers to explore a case for employing dedicated resource for enforcement across all Highways services/functions.

 

o)           Ask the Director of Infrastructure Operations to ensure that a structured and robust approach to managing  ...  view the full agenda text for item 7.

8.

Scrutiny of Partnerships pdf icon PDF 133 KB

11.35

 

This report sets out the way in which work with key partnerships in Oxfordshire has been presented to Councillors. It proposes that in future, scrutiny of each partnership will be undertaken throughout the year via specific, targeted discussions at appropriate meetings and reported on as part of the scrutiny annual report to Council in July.

 

The Committee is RECOMMENDED to:

 

a)            note the revised approach to scrutiny of partnership arrangements moving forward; and

 

b)           agree which Partnerships they may wish to scrutinise in more detail as part of their forward plan.

 

9.

Committee Work Programme pdf icon PDF 164 KB

11.45

 

To agree the Committee’s work programme for future meetings based on key priorities and discussion in the meeting.