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Minutes of the previous meeting pdf icon PDF 217 KB

Meeting of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee held on 21 September 2021

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RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee held on 21 September 2021 be confirmed and signed as a correct record.



Members' Declarations of Interest

Members may make any declarations of interest at this point and may also make them at any point during the meeting.

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There were no declarations of interest made at this stage of the meeting.


Matters Arising Schedule

There are no outstanding matters arising.

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There were no outstanding matters arising.


A Member of the Committee enquired as to additional information following the fly-tipping presentation and it was explained this would be included in the future report.


Presentation Item

Presentation by Inspector Gary Brockie, Lincolnshire Police, in line with Section 19 of the Police and Justice Act 2006 (Local Authority scrutiny of crime and disorder matters)

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The Chairman welcomed Inspector Gary Brockie to the meeting, explaining that it was the responsibility of the Committee to engage with Lincolnshire Police under Section 19 of the Police and Justice Act 2006 (Local Authority scrutiny of crime and disorder matters) and there was a long history of welcoming a number of Officers over the years to understand and support their work.


Inspector Brockie thanked the Committee for the invitation and explained that, having arrived in post in September 2020, during the pandemic, it had not been easy to get out and about to introduce himself. He welcomed the opportunity to now meet with the Committee as well as having already had meetings with some Members regarding specific issues. Members heard details of how the pandemic had impacted on the work of the police, for example with staff being advised to shield by the NHS, the introduction of home working and using online options more than had previously been the case. He explained that it had provided the opportunity to review standard practices and to change and adapt as circumstances changed, however, stations had remained open throughout and there was now a greater return to face-to-face working.


Note:              Councillor C. Grimble arrived at 6.35pm


Inspector Brockie provided Members with the staffing numbers across West Lindsey and explained how the district was split into areas, with Officers and PCSOs working out of each area. Response staff were based in Gainsborough and Market Rasen, with these Officers being those who would be responding to 999 calls. In addition, they were supported by the CID staff at Gainsborough as well as the specialist resources based at the headquarters in Nettleham.


Members heard that, in relation to the national uplift of 20,000 new Officers, there were 100 extra Police Officers projected to join Lincolnshire Police. This would lead to a number of positive changes, such as a new dedicated roads policing unit. He explained that there had not been a standalone unit for some time and not only would it open up opportunities for focussing on some of the known hot spots in the area, but it would also free up other resources to focus attention on other areas of need. There would also be a rural crime action team, the details of which were yet to be confirmed however, it was anticipated that this would reap positive results.


With regard to Neighbourhood Policing, there would be an uplift of 12 Officers across the Force, with one being located in Gainsborough. Numbers had been worked out centrally, with new Officers arriving in two tranches. It had been confirmed that Gainsborough would see their new Officer as part of the first tranche. With Response Policing being the largest department, they would see the most significant uplift, although numbers had not yet been confirmed.


Inspector Brockie explained to the Committee that the current focus for his team was supporting Community Gains, working with residents to identify the issues in their communities and support the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 19.


Request to Convene a Progress and Delivery Member Working Group pdf icon PDF 143 KB

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The Committee heard from the Performance and Programmes Team Manager, seeking approval for a time limited, cross-party Progress and Delivery Member Working Group as part of the process for setting the Council’s Progress and Delivery measures and targets for 2022-23. It was explained that this had last been undertaken in 2019 and the purpose of the Member Working Group was to review all of the Council’s proposed key performance indicators and corresponding targets; ensuring they reflected a balanced scorecard approach, were stretch based to reflect the Council’s ambitions and enabled a transparent view of performance across the Council’s service areas.


It was suggested that a group membership of five Councillors was preferable, with volunteers being sought from the Overview and Scrutiny Committee initially. Four Members volunteered to be involved, those being Councillors A. Lawrence, A. White, D. Rodgers and K. Panter.


The Chairman thanked those Members and, having been moved and seconded it was


RESOLVED that a time-limited, cross party Member Working Group, as part of the process for setting the Council’s Progress and Delivery measures and targets for 2022-23, be commissioned.


Forward Plan pdf icon PDF 201 KB

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A Member of the Committee enquired as to the details of the report regarding free parking for Christmas Markets, it was confirmed this information would be shared with him. With no further comments, the contents of the Forward Plan were NOTED.



Committee Workplan pdf icon PDF 12 KB

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With no comments from Members, the work plan was DULY NOTED.