Agenda and draft minutes

Towns & Communities Overview & Scrutiny Sub- Committee - Tuesday, 9th February, 2021 7.00 pm

Venue: Town Hall, Main Road, Romford

Contact: Luke Phimister 01708 434619  Email: luke.phimister@onesource.co.uk

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Items
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28.

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE AND ANNOUNCEMENT OF SUBSTITUTE MEMBERS

(if any) - receive.

 

Minutes:

There were no apologies for absence.

29.

DECLARATION OF INTERESTS

Members are invited to declare any interests in any of the items on the agenda at this point of the meeting.  Members may still declare an interest in an item at any time prior to the consideration of the matter.

 

Minutes:

There were no disclosures of interest.

30.

CHAIRMAN'S ANNOUNCEMENTS

The Chairman will announce details of the arrangements in case of fire or other events that might require the meeting room or building’s evacuation.

 

31.

PROTOCOL FOR VIRTUAL MEETINGS pdf icon PDF 308 KB

Protocol attached.

Minutes:

The Committee noted the protocol.

32.

MINUTES pdf icon PDF 341 KB

To approve as a correct record the minutes of the meetings of 16th Decemebr 2021 and to authorise the Chairman to sign them.

 

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 16 December 2020 were agreed as a correct record and would be signed by the Chairman at a later date.

33.

HOUSING ALLOCATION SCHEME pdf icon PDF 297 KB

Report and appendices attached.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The report presented to the committee gave an update on the Housing Allocation Strategy.

 

Members of the Committee noted that 1994 applicants were on the waiting list was 455 letting as of 31 March 2020 with an approximate waiting time of 2.5 years. It was noted that properties to re-let had increased since 2017-18 and applicants could wait up to 7 years to be permanently housed. It was also noted that the 5 bands for emergency rehousing had been updated to the following:

Band 1 – which covered moves due to risk of harm or important works and regeneration

Band 2a – which covered armed forces, care leavers and disabled residents

Band 2b – which covered foster carers

Band 2c – which covered volunteers and unsanitary conditions

Band 3 – which covered overcrowding, moderate medial needs and housing for older people

 

It was noted that the register would stay closed, the waiting numbers had stayed at 1,900 and there equality impacts have been mitigated. It was noted that evidence is needed to prove sufficient needs and the new bands would increase the waiting time of applicants.

 

The Committee agreed the statutory consultation on the draft Housing Allocation Scheme.

34.

QUARTER 3 PERFORMANCE REPORT pdf icon PDF 531 KB

Report and appendix attached.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee received a quarter 3 performance report.

 

It was noted that the response to claims was till under target but was improving, repairs completed had decreased into amber. HRA gas compliance had decreased from green to red and over debit had stayed in red but had improved. It was also noted by the Committee that he average days to re-let had reduced further into red and major/minor/other planning applications were green and above the national benchmark set at 65%.

 

The Committee noted the contents of the report.

35.

URGENT BUSINESS

To consider any other item in respect of which the Chairman is of the opinion, by reason of special circumstances which shall be specified in the minutes, that the item should be considered at the meeting as a matter of urgency.

 

Minutes:

Councillor Keith Darvill put before the Committee the issue in the reduction of public automated toilets in the Borough. The committee discussed the inconvenience that removing 7 public automated toilets.