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Scrutiny Committee

This meeting will be held by Zoom and streamed to the Council's YouTube channel when the meeting starts,https://www.youtube.com/oxfordcitycouncil


This meeting will be held on:

Date:          Tuesday 2 June 2020

Time:          6.00 pm                                    

Place:         Zoom - Remote meeting


For further information please contact:

John Mitchell, Committee Services Officer, Committee Services Officer

)  01865 252217                    * democraticservices@oxford.gov.uk


Members of the public can attend to observe this meeting and.

·         may register in advance to speak to the committee in accordance with the committee’s rules

·         may record all or part of the meeting in accordance with the Council’s protocol

Information about speaking and recording is set out in the agenda and on the website

Please contact the Committee Services Officer to register to speak; to discuss recording the meeting; or with any other queries.



Committee Membership




Councillor Mohammed Altaf-Khan


Councillor Lubna Arshad


Councillor Shaista Aziz


Councillor Tiago Corais


Councillor Dr Hosnieh Djafari-Marbini


Councillor James Fry

Councillor Andrew Gant


Councillor Richard Howlett


Councillor Pat Kennedy


Councillor Ben Lloyd-Shogbesan

Councillor Dr Joe McManners


Councillor Craig Simmons




Quorum is 4 Councillors


Apologies and notification of substitutes received before the publication are shown under Apologies for absence in the agenda. Those sent after publication will be reported at the meeting. Substitutes for the Chair and Vice-chair do not take on these roles.












Election of Chair for the Council Year 2020-21





Election of  Vice Chair for the Council Year 2020-21





Apologies for absence





Declarations of interest





Chair's Announcements






7 - 12


Recommendation: That the minutes of the meeting held on 03 March 2020 be APPROVED as a true and accurate record.






Work Plan and Forward Plan



The Scrutiny Committee operates within a work plan which is agreed at the start of the Council year. The Committee will be asked to review and suggest items for the 2020/21 council year at its next meeting on 06 July .

The work plan is driven to a very large extent by the Cabinet Forward Plan.  At the time of publication of this agenda the Cabinet Forward Plan is subject to a major review in the light of Covid 19. An updated version of the Forward Plan will be published in a few days’ time. A summary of the updated Forward Plan, together with an updated work plan, will be then be published as a supplement to this agenda.






Scrutiny Operating Principles and Standing Panel Arrangements

13 - 22


The proposed Scrutiny Operating Principles and Standing Panel Arrangements are attached.






Adoption of Oxford Local Plan 2036

23 - 620


At its meeting on 08 June, Cabinet will consider a report on the Adoption of the Local Plan 2036. This item provides an opportunity for the Committee to comment on the report and make such recommendations to the Cabinet as it wishes. Councillor Alex Hollingsworth, Cabinet Member for Planning and Housing Delivery, and Sarah Harrison, Team Leader, Planning Policy have been invited to attend for this item.

Please note that because of the size of the documentation associated with this item, its delivery via ‘Mod Gov’ will be in two parts. The first with this agenda, the second via a supplement.  Please note also that Members will receive a hard copy of all the Local Plan documentation early next week.






2019-20 Annual Update on the Oxford City Council Corporate Plan 2016-20

621 - 642


At a meeting in June, the date of which is to be confirmed, Cabinet will consider a report on the Annual Update on the Oxford City Council Corporate Plan 2016-20. This item provides an opportunity for the Committee to comment on the report and make such recommendations to the Cabinet as it wishes. Councillor Susan Brown, Leader of the Council and Mish Tullar, Corporate Policy, Partnership and Communications Manager have been invited to attend for this item.







Report back on recommendations

643 - 646


Cabinet’s responses to the Committee’s recommendations in relation to the Blackbird Leys Development Project and  the Annual Report on Gender Pay Gap are attached.






Dates of future meetings



Meetings are scheduled as followed:

Scrutiny Committee



06 July 2020

04 August 2020

01 September 2020


All meetings start at 6.00 pm unless otherwise advised.

Standing Panels

Housing Standing Panel: 23 July, 08 October, 05 November

Finance Standing Panel: 30 June, 29 September

Companies Standing Panel: 22 June, 14 September







Information for those attending

Recording and reporting on meetings held in public

Members of public and press can record, or report in other ways, the parts of the meeting open to the public. You are not required to indicate in advance but it helps if you notify the Committee Services Officer prior to the meeting so that they can inform the Chair and direct you to the best place to record.

The Council asks those recording the meeting:

·         To follow the protocol which can be found on the Council’s website

·         Not to disturb or disrupt the meeting

·         Not to edit the recording in a way that could lead to misinterpretation of the proceedings. This includes not editing an image or views expressed in a way that may ridicule or show a lack of respect towards those being recorded.

·         To avoid recording members of the public present, even inadvertently, unless they are addressing the meeting.

Please be aware that you may be recorded during your speech and any follow-up. If you are attending please be aware that recording may take place and that you may be inadvertently included in these.

The Chair of the meeting has absolute discretion to suspend or terminate any activities that in his or her opinion are disruptive.

Councillors declaring interests

General duty

You must declare any disclosable pecuniary interests when the meeting reaches the item on the agenda headed “Declarations of Interest” or as soon as it becomes apparent to you.

What is a disclosable pecuniary interest?

Disclosable pecuniary interests relate to your* employment; sponsorship (ie payment for expenses incurred by you in carrying out your duties as a councillor or towards your election expenses); contracts; land in the Council’s area; licenses for land in the Council’s area; corporate tenancies; and securities. These declarations must be recorded in each councillor’s Register of Interests which is publicly available on the Council’s website.

Declaring an interest

Where any matter disclosed in your Register of Interests is being considered at a meeting, you must declare that you have an interest. You should also disclose the nature as well as the existence of the interest. If you have a disclosable pecuniary interest, after having declared it at the meeting you must not participate in discussion or voting on the item and must withdraw from the meeting whilst the matter is discussed.

Members’ Code of Conduct and public perception

Even if you do not have a disclosable pecuniary interest in a matter, the Members’ Code of Conduct says that a member “must serve only the public interest and must never improperly confer an advantage or disadvantage on any person including yourself” and that “you must not place yourself in situations where your honesty and integrity may be questioned”. The matter of interests must be viewed within the context of the Code as a whole and regard should continue to be paid to the perception of the public.

*Disclosable pecuniary interests that must be declared are not only those of the member her or himself but also those member’s spouse, civil partner or person they are living with as husband or wife or as if they were civil partners.