Agenda and minutes

Policy and Performance Scrutiny Panel
Thursday, 9 November 2017 7:00 pm

Venue: Ground Floor, Eastleigh House, Upper Market Street, Eastleigh SO50 9YN

Contact: Cheryll Kemsley, Democratic Services Officer Tel: 023 8068 8112 Email:  cheryll.kemsley@eastleigh.gov.uk  Natalie Wigman, Corporate Director Tel: 023 8068 8405 Email:  natalie.wigman@eastleigh.gov.uk

Items
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15.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 145 KB

To consider the Minutes of the meeting held on 6 July 2017.

Minutes:

It was AGREED -

 

That the Minutes of the meeting of the Panel held on 6 July 2017 be confirmed and signed by the Chairman as a correct record.

16.

Declarations of Interest

Members are invited to declare interests in relation to items of business on the agenda.  Any interests declared will be recorded in the Minutes.

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest in relation to items of business on the agenda.

17.

Chairman's Report

Minutes:

The Chair tendered her thanks to Councillor Cross and colleagues for holding the fort while she had been off.

 

The working groups had slipped a little but it was hope that there would be an update on ‘Tackling Congestion’ in January 2018.

 

The Chair thanked Richard Pemberton, Sustainable Transport Manager and representatives for Bluestar and Uni-link, Xelabus, Three Rivers Partnership, One Community, and Hampshire County Council for attending the meeting.  

18.

Late Reports to Committee pdf icon PDF 124 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Performance and Governance Manager tabled an update to her Late Report item as it had come to light that the data from the democratic system from which the ‘Late Reports to Committees’ report was written, had produced incorrect figures which had only just been identified.

 

Member felt that they had not been given long enough to consider the amendments and requested that it be brought back to the 11 January 2018 meeting.

 

19.

Public Transport Annual Report pdf icon PDF 288 KB

Minutes:

The Sustainable Transport Manager thanked the operators for attending the meeting, gave apologies from South Western Railway representatives, and introduced his annual report that provided a full update on public transport provision and development in the Borough over the last year, together with the activities undertaken by the Council to support this. 

 

The Council continued as one of only three local authorities in Hampshire that provided assistance to transport services. It worked proactively wherever it could with partners, including Hampshire County Council (HCC), public transport operators and other stakeholders to try and secure benefits and improvements to public transport options across the Borough. It helped ensure that the Borough had a voice at a strategic level and input into high level strategies and planning to shape public transport in the area in the medium and longer term.

 

He was at present compiling a response to South Western Railway regarding their timetables for 2018, and had concerns over the proposed cuts in the HCC transport budget for 2019 and the effect it would have on residents.

 

He thanked Paul Coyne, the Bluestar and Uni-link representative, for his support over the years and wished him well in his move to the Swindon Bus Company. He added that he himself was leaving the Council at the end of the year to join Solent Transport, and thanked Councillor Airey for his support as Cabinet member, and everyone else that he had worked with over the past five years.

 

One Community representatives reported that, on the whole, it had been a good year; however they were nervous about the future as there was great concern that the proposed 2019 cut in funding from HCC would impact on Eastleigh Dial-a-Ride, and consequently to its passengers, especially those that were vulnerable and used the service as a lifeline. These services were jointly funded with HCC and the Borough Council, each contributing fifty percent of the cost of operating the services. It was the second largest Dial-a-Ride in Hampshire with over 20,000 trips per annum and possible losing of funding was a terrible blow.  One Community were concerned that users would become more isolated, and in turn this would impact on other services such as adult mental health.

 

The Hampshire County Council representative reported that he worked closely with Eastleigh Borough Council (EBC), which was one of the three authorities that promoted public transport in Hampshire. HCC had used Bus Service Operators Grant (BSOG) to successfully ‘match fund’ with the operators a project to provide contactless’ ticket machines on the Bluestar, First and Stagecoach routes across the County including in Eastleigh. This project “went live” this summer and had proved very popular with young people as they could now pay by card.

 

HCC were currently developing and consulting on budget proposals for April 2019 onwards. It had to achieve significant savings and proposals include removal of £4M funding from bus subsides and community transport. This would likely result in withdrawal of all HCC funded bus and community transport services from that time unless other sources of income to support services could be found.  It was obviously very contentious and HCC was looking at options and would work with Dial-a-Ride to help those that were vulnerable.

 

The Three Rivers Community Partnership representative thanked EBC for consistently funding the partnership over the last ten years. The Partnership is a voluntary organisation that promoted most of the stations in the Borough and carried out various actions aimed at raising usage of the rail network. They had achieved a number of highlights during the year, including: winning two national Association  ...  view the full minutes text for item 19.

20.

Action List pdf icon PDF 135 KB

Minutes:

The Panel considered its action list from previous meetings, many of which predated some current Members.

 

It was AGREED -

 

That previous actions be removed as completed and the action from the Public Transport Annual Report be added.

21.

Forward Plan pdf icon PDF 82 KB

Minutes:

The Panel considered the Forward Plan of Key Decisions.

 

It was AGREED -

 

That the report be noted

22.

Work Programme pdf icon PDF 133 KB

Minutes:

It was proposed that Panel members may wish to consider how their Work Programme could fit in with the new strategic priorities and enable them to have more impetus to scrutinise the policies prior to Cabinet. 

 

It was AGREED that the proposed changes to the Work Programme be made.