Agenda and minutes

Scrutiny & Overview Committee - Wednesday, 19th January, 2022 6.30 pm

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No. Item


Disclosure of Interests

Members and co-opted Members of the Council are reminded that, in accordance with the Council’s Code of Conduct and the statutory provisions of the Localism Act, they are required to consider in advance of each meeting whether they have a disclosable pecuniary interest (DPI), an other registrable interest (ORI) or a non-registrable interest (NRI) in relation to any matter on the agenda.  If advice is needed, Members should contact the Monitoring Officer in good time before the meeting.  

If any Member or co-opted Member of the Council identifies a DPI or ORI which they have not already registered on the Council’s register of interests or which requires updating, they should complete the disclosure form which can be obtained from Democratic Services at any time, copies of which will be available at the meeting for return to the Monitoring Officer.

Members and co-opted Members are required to disclose any DPIs and ORIs at the meeting.  

·             Where the matter relates to a DPI they may not participate in any discussion or vote on the matter and must not stay in the meeting unless granted a dispensation.  

·             Where the matter relates to an ORI they may not vote on the matter unless granted a dispensation.   

·             Where a Member or co-opted Member has an NRI which directly relates to their financial interest or wellbeing, or that of a relative or close associate, they must disclose the interest at the meeting, may not take part in any discussion or vote on the matter and must not stay in the meeting unless granted a dispensation.  Where a matter affects the NRI of a Member or co-opted Member, section 9 of Appendix B of the Code of Conduct sets out the test which must be applied by the Member to decide whether disclosure is required.

 The Chair will invite Members to make their disclosure orally at the commencement of Agenda item 3, to be recorded in the minutes.



There were no disclosures of interest made at the meeting.



Urgent Business (if any)

To receive notice of any business not on the agenda which in the opinion of the Chair, by reason of special circumstances, be considered as a matter of urgency.



There were no urgent items of business for consideration by the Scrutiny & Overview Committee at this meeting.



Call-In: Key Decisions Relating To The Introduction Of Croydon Healthy Neighbourhoods pdf icon PDF 153 KB

The Scrutiny & Overview Committee is asked to consider and respond to the Call-In in accordance with the procedure set out in the Council’s constitution.

Additional documents:


The Committee considered a call-in request set out on pages 5 to 38 of the agenda. In introducing the item, the Chair explained the process for considering a call-in, confirming that the Committee needed to agree whether to review the decision and if it was decided to proceed, to confirm how much time it wished to allocate for the discussion of the item. The Committee agreed that it would review the decision and allocated one hour for its consideration.

The Chair went on to explain that there were three outcomes the Committee could reach as a result of its review. These were:-

1.    That no further action was necessary and the decision could be implemented as originally intended.

2.    To refer the decision to the Cabinet for its consideration, outlining the nature of the Committee’s concerns

3.    To refer the decision to Council, if the Committee considered that the decision taken was outside of the Budget and Policy Framework.

At the outset of the item the Chair gave Councillor Scott Roche, as the spokesperson for the call-in, the opportunity to outline his concerns on the original decision. Councillor Roche advised that there had been a number of reasons for submitting the call-in request, firstly there was no clear evidence that the type of traffic scheme to be installed would make a difference to local air quality. There was also a question about whether the Council was listening to the views of the public, as the results from a recent consultation indicated that 61% of responders were in favour of removing existing schemes. Given it had been estimated that £26m would be raised from penalty charge notices issued as a result of introducing the proposed schemes, there was also concern that it was being used to increase revenue.

Given these concerns, the outcomes sought from the call-in were confirmation on how the success of the schemes would be measured, confirmation on how the baseline evidence would be determined, confirmation on what quantative and qualitative data would be used and reassurance that the Council had sufficient resources in place to manage these schemes. 

Following the introduction to the call-in, the Council’s Head of Strategic Transport, Ian Plowright and the Head of Highways & Parking Services, Jane Rusbatch delivered a presentation to the Committee addressing the concerns raised. During the presentation the following points were noted:-

·         Central Government had been calling on local authorities to take action to lower vehicle usage and as a result councils across the country were in the process of introducing similar traffic management schemes.

·         In the guidance provided by the Secretary of State, it was made clear that local authorities needed to implement the schemes for at least a year to measure whether they worked or not. If schemes were removed early, it would be considered a misuse of the funding provided for implementation.

·         It had also been made clear that the funding provided to introduce these schemes had been provided for this specific purpose and could not be  ...  view the full minutes text for item 3/22


Exclusion of the Press and Public

The following motion is to be moved and seconded where it is proposed to exclude the press and public from the remainder of a meeting:


“That, under Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act, 1972, the press and public be excluded from the meeting for the following items of business on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information falling within those paragraphs indicated in Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972, as amended.”




This motion was not required.