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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:          Monday 6 July 2020

Time:          6.00 pm                                    

Place:         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 Andrew Gant (Chair)


 Councillor Dr Joe McManners (Vice-Chair)


Councillor Mohammed Altaf-Khan


Councillor Lubna Arshad


Councillor Shaista Aziz


Councillor Tiago Corais


Councillor Dr Hosnieh Djafari-Marbini


Councillor James Fry


Councillor Richard Howlett


Councillor Pat Kennedy


Councillor Ben Lloyd-Shogbesan


Councillor Craig Simmons





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.












Apologies for absence





Declarations of interest





Chair's Announcements






9 - 16


Recommendation: That the minutes of the meeting held on 17 June 2020 be APPROVED as a true and accurate record.






Report back on recommendations

17 - 20


At its meeting on 24 June Cabinet considered the recommendations made to it by the Committee and the Finance and Performance Panel on the reports on “Covid-19 update and work areas moving forward” and the “April Budget Monitoring Report”. Cabinet’s responses to those recommendations are attached.






Feedback from Panel representatives






Local Growth Funded Workspace Projects

21 - 34


Cabinet, at its meeting on 15 July,  will consider a report on Local Growth Funded Workspace Projects. This item offers the Committee the opportunity to comment on the report and make recommendations to Cabinet if it wishes.

Councillor Susan Brown, Leader of the Council, Matt Peachey, Economic Development Manager  and Andrew Humpherson, Regeneration Manager,  have been invited to attend for this item.










Local Development Scheme (LDS) 2020-2025

35 - 62


Cabinet, at its meeting on 15 July,  will consider a report on the Local Development Scheme 2020-25. This item offers the Committee the opportunity to comment on the report and make recommendations to Cabinet if it wishes.

Councillor Alex Hollingsworth, Cabinet Member for Planning & Housing Delivery and Carolyn Ploszynski, Planning Policy and Place Manager have been invited to attend for this item.






Longlist of potential items for Scrutiny Committee review



This report will give the Committee the opportunity to firm up the list of subjects it wishes to review in the present Council year. 

The report will include, as appendices, the Committee’s current workplan and a summary of the Cabinet Forward Plan.

This report will be published as a supplement to the agenda.






Dates of future meetings



Scrutiny Committee

·         04 August 2020

·         01 September 2020


Standing Panels

·         Housing & Homelessness: 03 August

·         Finance & Performance: 07 July, 29 September

·         Companies Scrutiny:  14 September


All meetings start at 6.00 pm.









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.