Overview and Scrutiny Management Committee
Wednesday, 18th September, 2019 7.00 pm

Venue: David Hicks 1 - Civic Offices, Shute End, Wokingham RG40 1BN

Contact: Neil Carr  Democratic & Electoral Services Specialist

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To receive any apologies for absence.


Minutes of Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 237 KB

To confirm the Minutes of the Meeting held on 17 July 2019.



Declaration of Interest

To receive any declarations of interest.


Public Question Time

To answer any public questions.


A period of 30 minutes will be allowed for members of the public to ask questions submitted under notice.


The Council welcomes questions from members of the public about the work of this Committee.


Subject to meeting certain timescales, questions can relate to general issues concerned with the work of the Committee or an item which is on the Agenda for this meeting.  For full details of the procedure for submitting questions please contact the Democratic Services Section on the numbers given below or go to


Member Question Time

To answer any Member questions.


Gary Cowan has asked the Chairman the following question:

There is a general public perception that the Council’s planning service is not fit for purpose. Most Councillors have experienced residents’ disquiet on decision making, enforcement actions and the protection or lack of protection of trees especially those with TPO’s on them or where protective TPO’s are not considered when trees are at risk to development to have a community value. This perception is also evident by articles in the press.


Whether there is any truth in this or not  a review  would be beneficial as it would have two effects, one, it would be assure residents that the service functions correctly in a transparent manner and two, it might identify areas where the service could be improved for the benefit of all.  


Will the Committee agree to review the Planning service to address the points raised above and to ensure that the service is fit for purpose?



Declaring a Climate Emergency pdf icon PDF 136 KB

To consider a progress report following the Council’s decision to declare a Climate Emergency.


Quarter 1 2019/20 Performance Monitoring Report pdf icon PDF 230 KB

To consider proposed Key Performance Indicators for 2019/20 and the Quarter 1 Performance Report.

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Executive-Overview & Scrutiny Protocol pdf icon PDF 137 KB

To approve the final text for the Executive-Overview and Scrutiny Protocol.

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Managing the Scrutiny Workload pdf icon PDF 145 KB

To give further consideration to measures aimed at managing the workload of the Overview and Scrutiny Committees.


Consideration of the Current Executive and Individual Executive Member Decision Forward Programmes pdf icon PDF 303 KB

To consider the current published version of the Executive Forward Programme and the Individual Executive Member Decision Forward Programme.

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Committee Work Programmes pdf icon PDF 323 KB

To discuss the work programme of the Overview and Scrutiny Management Committee and Overview and Scrutiny Committees

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Update reports from Chairmen or Nominated member of the Overview and Scrutiny Committees

For the Chairman or nominated Member of the Committee to report back in its activities including any requests to undertake reviews.


Any other items which the Chairman decides are urgent

A Supplementary Agenda will be issued by the Chief Executive if there are any other items to consider under this heading.