THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN COUNCIL
CABINET: 2ND NOVEMBER, 2015
REFERENCE FROM SCRUTINY COMMITTEE (HOUSING AND PUBLIC PROTECTION): 7TH OCTOBER, 2015
“ CALL-IN: GYPSY TRAVELLER ACCOMMODATION ASSESSMENTS –
Committee, on 2nd September 2015, had recommended:
- That Cabinet be requested to consider the inclusion of Councillor K.P. Mahoney plus one other Member of the Scrutiny Committee (Housing and Public Protection) on the Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation. Assessment Steering Group.
Cabinet had, on 21st September 2015,
“RESOLVED – THAT the contents of the report and the recommendations of the Scrutiny Committee (Housing and Public Protection) be noted, and that Councillor Bronwen Brooks be included on the Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessment Steering Group given the relevance of the group to her role as Cabinet Member for Housing Maintenance, Building Services and Community Safety.”
A call-in had been received from Councillor A.G. Bennett, as follows:
“That the Cabinet decision to only include a Cabinet Member to the Steering Group, although welcome, does not provide sufficient scrutiny of the Assessment Process as recommended by the H&PP Committee and should be reconsidered by the Cabinet to include Members from outside the Executive of the Council.”
Councillors Ms. B.E. Brooks and N. Moore spoke on this matter with the consent of the Committee.
In support of his Call-In, Councillor Bennett stated that he believed that the Scrutiny Committee’s recommendation had represented a way forward. Whilst welcoming Councillor Ms. Brooks’ appointment to the Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessment Steering Group, the reason for Councillor Bennett’s Call-In was to seek to ask Cabinet to consider appointing a further Member to the Steering Group from outside the Executive.
Councillor Bennett requested that Cabinet be asked to reconsider appointing a Member of this Scrutiny Committee to the Steering Group and, if necessary, Councillor Bennett volunteered to be that person.
Members of the Scrutiny Committee appreciated that this was not a request for Councillor Ms. Brooks to stand down from the Steering Group, it would be a request to enhance the membership of the Steering Group.
Following discussions, it was
RECOMMENDED - T H A T Cabinet be requested to reconsider its decision of 21st September, 2015 and to consider the appointment of Councillor Bennett to the Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessment Steering Group.
Reason for recommendation
To enable non-Executive Members to express a view of the work of the Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessment Steering Group.”