Venue: Havering Town Hall, Main Road, Romford
Contact: Anthony Clements 01708 433065 Email: anthony.clements@oneSource.co.uk
Note: The meeting is likely to be held in an exempt session and hence will not be webcast or recorded.
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.
The Chairman reminded Members of the action to be taken in an emergency.
ELECTION OF CHAIRMAN FOR THE MEETING
The Chairman proposed a different Member of the Overview and Scrutiny Board to lead the meeting as it was a matter of public record that he was one of the signatories of the requisition being considered. In order to ensure the scrutiny process being would be seen to be as even-handed as possible, Councillor Gerry O’Sullivan proposed that a new Chair be nominated.
The nominated Chairman was Councillor Bryan Vincent and the proposal was seconded by Councillor Philip Ruck. The proposal was agreed without a formal vote being required.
DISCLOSURE OF INTERESTS
Members are invited to disclose any interest in any of the items on the agenda at this point of the meeting.
Members may still disclose any interest in an item at any time prior to the consideration of the matter.
There were no disclosures of interest.
EXCLUSION OF THE PUBLIC
To consider whether the public should now be excluded from the remainder of the meeting on the grounds that it is likely that, in view of the nature of the business to be transacted or the nature of the proceedings, if members of the public were present during these items there would be disclosure to them of exempt information within the meaning of paragraph 3 of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972; and, if it is decided to exclude the public on these grounds, the Sub-Committee to resolve accordingly on the motion of the Chairman.
The Board agreed to exclude the public from the remainder of the meeting on the grounds that it was likely that, in view of the nature of the business to be transacted or the nature of the proceedings, if members of the public were present during these items there would be disclosure to them of exempt information within the meaning of paragraph 3 of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972.
Report attached (exempt appendices and grounds not available to press or public).
In accordance with paragraph 17 of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee Rules, a requisition signed by six Members representing more than one Group (Councillors Gerry O’Sullivan, Phillip Ruck, Mandy Anderson, Kathy Tumilty, David Godwin and Matthew Stanton) had called in the Key Executive Decision dated 3 January 2023.
The authorisation to award a contract for the extension and modification of Central Depot was linked to the public realm contract that has already been let. Councillors had stated that they were unaware of the full costs for the extension and modification of Central Depot at the time of the initial meeting of the Places Overview and Scrutiny Sub-Committee to carry out pre-decision scrutiny of the public realm contract on 8th December 2022.
A procedural motion was proposed that, given the grounds of the requisition, only made reference to the decision in respect of the authorisation to award a contract for the extension and modification of Central Depot, that the debate and any subsequent vote on the requisition should relate to the extension and modification of Central Depot only. The procedural motion was proposed by Councillor Gerry O’Sullivan and seconded by Councillor Phillip Ruck. The procedural motion was agreed unanimously.
Officers responded to the grounds for call in through a presentation and written report.
It was noted that there was a contingency arrangement in the estimated cost of works to cover any potential increase in costs such as supplier chain risks. Officers answered Members’ questions concerning how the preferred bidder was selected and this included officers evaluating Local Authority references and quality of work, all of which, along with the other evaluation criteria was included in the full, exempt report submitted at the Places OSSC meeting on 8th December 2022.
Officers responded to Members in relation to how the evaluation took into account if suppliers elected to use the Council’s operational site or their own. There was a discussion around costs of capital borrowing and officers presented the Council’s assumptions on this.
The requisition of the Key Executive Decision for authorisation to award a contract for the extension and modification of Central Depot was not upheld.
The requisition was NOT UPHELD by 10 votes to 1.
Members voting not to uphold the requisition:
Councillor Gerry O’Sullivan
Councillor Philip Ruck
Councillor Laurance Garrard
Councillor Patricia Brown
Councillor Timothy Ryan
Councillor Christine Smith
Councillor Natasha Summers
Councillor David Taylor
Councillor Katharine Tumilty
Councillor Bryan Vincent
Members voting to uphold the requisition:
Councillor Martin Goode
The Board further requested the following recommendations to be noted:
- All agendas including partially exempt and completely exempt items, should be open to councillors to access for effective scrutiny for their respective committees. Officers are to email members when agendas and documentation are available.
- Reports for new projects should only be brought to Committee meetings and Cabinet when all the relevant information is available especially noting capital costs, the associated chargeable interest to the general fund and the impact of such expenditure on Council resources. ... view the full minutes text for item 29.