Finance Scrutiny Working Group - Tuesday, 19th December, 2017 5.30 p.m., NEW

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Proposed venue: Brooks Room - Council Offices, Narborough. View directions

Contact: Linda McBean  0116 272 7708

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Consider notes of previous meeting pdf icon PDF 91 KB


The notes of the meeting held on 21 September 2017 were approved.


Lubbesthorpe - progress update pdf icon PDF 132 KB

Additional documents:


The Working Group consider the report of the Planning & Economic Development Group Manager.


From discussion the following comments and questions were raised:-


Lubbesthorpe progress updates - Members asked that future updates include the ‘Total number of houses occupied’ figure against target and the number of houses sold.


1.    Proposed express bus lane


With the bus route for Thorpe Astley/Kingsway withdrawn,  the only bus route to the Kingsway GP surgery and Fosse Park is via the city and out again.    Members asked,

a)    what the timescale for the new bus route would be to open up Baines Lane as a bus only route? 

b)    could the bus company be asked to reinstate the previous route.


In the meantime, it is essential that the CCG and bus companies liaise.


ACTION – Planning & Economic Development Group Manager to advise on taking this up with County and/or District/Ward Councillors to lobby.


2.    Travel Pack


Members were keen that take-up of the free bus travel pass offer is fully utilised by each new household.   Although the Travel Pack, which includes an application form enabling the occupant to a free travel pass for Arriva buses, is hand delivered shortly after occupation Members queried:-


a)    Residents awareness of the opportunity for free bus travel; how is it being promoted and if the application form might be overlooked if part of the full welcome pack or even considered a hassle to apply for?

b)    The ‘take-up’ of bus passes to date, is there a percentage target?

c)    If the budget for the travel pack is ring-fenced what happens if it’s not fully utilised?

d)    What other information is included as part of the welcome pack – which should be in Plain English and simple to use. 


NOTE – a response to questions 2 a-d is attached as minute 2.


3.    Business and employment skills


Members felt the update lacked detail and didn’t answer:

a)    How and what the Council and Skills Training Co-ordinator is doing to encourage high skill business to the district?

b)    How are we feeding the Council’s ambition into school academies and linking into universities too?

c)    Where are we on this journey?

d)    How is the new training facility being promoted and what will it be used for – are digital skills being championed?

e)    How does new Lubbesthorpe feed into the Leicester and Leicestershire Local Enterprise Partnership growth targets?


ACTION – that the Planning & Economic Development Group Manager respond to the questions raised in the next update to the working group.














Blaby North Area Primary Care Services


Cllr L Richardson provided the working group with verbal feedback following a briefing at Leics County Council by East Leics & Rutland CCG and a meeting with the CCG Chief Operating Officer and Leic Forest East, Narborough, Thorpe Astley Ward Councillors.

Key points

·        GP recruitment – treatment options and specialisms areas are being looked at

·        North Blaby GP provision being reviewed

·        Thorpe Astley Community Centre – options to open an existing facility at the centre are being discussed in close collaboration with Braunstone Town Council and one off funding from Blaby District Council.

The Chairman explained oversight of this issue provides evidence on the importance of having the right building blocks in place for a community to thrive and from which conclusions and recommendations can be developed for the working group’s review of new Lubbesthorpe.




Use and Cost of Consultants Review - Draft final report pdf icon PDF 256 KB


The Working Group reviewed the draft final report and discussed the conclusions and recommendations.


ACTION - Scrutiny Officer to finalise the report for submission to 7 February Scrutiny Commission



Date of the next meeting - to be confirmed.


Date of the next meeting 15 March 2018