Buckinghamshire County Council:

Minutes for Overview & Scrutiny Commissioning Committee meeting, Sep 7 2010, 10.00AM official page

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Venue: Mezzanine Room 1, County Hall, Aylesbury. View directions

Contact: Katy MacDonald  Helen Wailling

Items Note No. Item



Apologies/Changes in Membership


Declarations of Interest

To declare any personal and prejudicial interest


Minutes PDF 230 KB

The minutes of the meetings held on 13 July and 20 July to be agreed as a correct record. (20 July minutes – to follow)



Public Platform

Members of the public have the opportunity to put their point of view to the committee about any matter.  Each person will have a maximum of four minutes to put forward their views and comments on those items they wish to address. There will be an overall time limit of sixteen minutes. The Chairman will be expected to respond within 7 working days detailing any course of action resulting from the representation.



Councillor Calls for Action


Cabinet Member Decisions/Forward Plan





Transforming Support Services PDF 444 KB


  • Frank Downes, Cabinet Member for Resources
  • Nick Cave, Interim Head of Support Services



Members will have the opportunity to question the Cabinet Member for Resources and Interim Head of Support Services about the progress of the project to-date. The Committee may wish to explore how the services will be transformed, how the project will be taken forward, the potential costs and savings.



The current support services project has been developed on from the previous work completed through the Pathfinder Shared Services Project. Through this process the County Council has developed better understanding of the market and has gained more experience, which helps to shape the next phase of the support services programme.

The Council’s budget requires at least £27m savings over the next three years and support services efficiencies will need to be considered as part of meeting the challenges of reduced funding.



  • Support Services Presentation





Winter Maintenance Review- Draft Report PDF 3 MB


  • Michael Edmonds, Chairman of the Winter Maintenance Task and Finish Group



This is an opportunity for members of the Committee to discuss the key findings and recommendations presented in the final draft of the Winter Maintenance report. Members may also wish to ask the Chairman of the Task and Finish Group for points of clarification on any of the points raised within the draft report.



The winter of 2009/10 was one of the harshest the United Kingdom has experienced for around 30 years. Due to the prolonged nature of the snow event the Government requested that all local authorities restrict the amount of salt they use in order to conserve dwindling stocks. This led to the County Council implementing emergency routes to ensure that core roads were kept open during the worst of the weather.  



  • Draft Report




Chairman's Update


  • Trevor Egleton, Chairman of the Overview and Scrutiny Commissioning Committee



The Chairman will provide the committee with an update on overview and scrutiny work.



  • None




Overview and Scrutiny Commissioning Committee- Evaluation of Progress One Year On PDF 153 KB


  • All



The Committee will have an opportunity to debate the impact of Overview and Scrutiny over the previous year. Members will have the opportunity during this session to reflect on what has gone well, what has not been successful and areas for improvement.



  • Overview and Scrutiny Commissioning Committee- Evaluation of Progress One Year On



Date of Next Meeting

The date for the next meeting is 19 October 2010, Mezz 1, County Hall, Aylesbury.


Exclusion of the Press and Public

To resolve to exclude the press and public as the following item is exempt by virtue of Paragraph 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12a of the Local Government Act 1972 because it contains information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information)


To confirm the Confidential Minutes of the meeting held on 20 July 2010.

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