Manchester City Council

The Council & democracy Neighbourhoods Scrutiny Committee

Our Current Investigations

Over the next couple of months the Committee will be looking at the following areas of work:

  • Parking meter charges in the city centre
  • Community Events
  • Libraries Service

Latest News

26/08/14 - Petition for Debate: Ban Plastic Bags
At the August meeting the Committee considered a petitiont hat had been submitted by the Manchester Bag It Campaign. The petition organisations had collected over 1000 valid signatures in support of their call for Manchester City Council to impose a ban on plastic shopping bags.

A representative from the petition organisers was invited to the meeting and she delivered a presentation which argued the economic and environmental reasons why such a ban should be imposed. The presentation also provided examples of other countries and cities where such a ban has been successfully adopted. The Committee discussed the benefits of introducing a plastic bag ban and agreed that they were in favour of exploring ways that such a ban could be achieved in Manchester .

The Committee thanked the petition organisers for raising this issue and recommended that the Executive Member discusses with the City Solicitor the possibilities of Manchester introducing a By Law to ban single use plastic bags.  The members requested that this information be reported back to the Committee in six months time.

24/07/14 - Drainage Maintenance Task and Finish Group
Over the past few months a subgroup of the Neighbourhoods Scrutiny Committee has been carrying out an investigation into the ongoing maintenance and repair of the highways drainage system. The Drainage Maintenance Task and Finish Group examined the current service operation, financial implications and future considerations. Members made a number of recommendations to improve processes. The Group was pleased to hear that two bids had been submitted for Clean City funding to undertake additional maintenance and repair of the drainage system and made recommendations on how the work should be prioritised. The Neighbourhoods Scrutiny Committee endorsed the Group’s recommendations at its July meeting and has asked for a report on the implementation of the revised approach to drainage maintenance to be submitted to a future meeting of the Committee.

25/06/2014
The first meeting of the Committee following the election took place on Tuesday 10 June. The Chair opened the meeting by welcoming all those present, and in particular to those new members of the Committee. At this first meeting of the year the Committee took an update report on the development of the HOME Arts Centre and invited Dave Moutrey, Artistic Director of HOME to join the meeting and aid the discussion. Members were pleased with the positive progress that has taken place at the site since the Committee last considered this. Members particularly welcomed the news that HOME is currently in discussion with a local charitable Trust about a scheme that would deliver theatre tickets for HOME productions at £1 each, targeted to local communities. The aim would be to offer 10% of these tickets in this way. The Committee was also particularly pleased with the ambition to maximise resident participation with the offer of work based training and internships and looked forward to the opening of this world class cultural facility in early 2015.

20/03/14 - Summary of the Year
Over the previous 12 months the Neighbourhoods Scrutiny Committee has continued to examine the many services that are based in local areas that have an impact on communities.  

The Committee has received and considered reports on a varied range of subjects including Winter Services, Central Library, the Manchester International Festival, Street Lighting, the expansion of Metrolink and Waste Disposal.

In addition to these varied subjects, the Committee has also established smaller groups to investigate specific subjects of interest in much more detail. These have included a group looking at Drainage Maintenance across the city, and a group examining the role of Letting Agents and Managing Agents in the Private Rented Sector. These groups will continue their investigations into the next municipal year and will report the findings of their investigation to the main Committee

Members of the Committee also contributed to the Environmental Sustainability Subgroup which was established in conjunction with the Economy Scrutiny Committee. It was recognised that the remit of the investigation covered both committees and it was agreed that a joint subgroup was appropriate. The final report along with its recommendations was published in January of this year.

28/10/13 - Manchester International Festival
This month the Committee looked at the evaluation of Manchester's recent International Festival and invited Alex Poots (MIF's Artistic Director) and Christine Cort (MIF's Managing Director) to join the meeting to aid discussions.  It was a very positive picture of substantial achievements: members heard about good levels of engagement with a wide cross-section of Manchester's residents and a discounted ticket initiative for residents on lower incomes, which members warmly welcomed and wished to see more of.  The Committee were also pleased to hear that the international profile of the Festival had grown considerably and that the extent of private sector funding for the Festival had significantly grown and commended Alex, Christine and the wider team on their hard work. 

Get Involved

To find out more information have a look at our full work programme.  This includes what topics we will be looking at, what specific issues we will be considering and who we will be hearing from.  Please bear in mind that the programme is continually updated, and so dates and agenda items may change from those listed in the programme.

If there's an issue you want to contribute to, let us know.  You can either send a written contribution to scrutiny@manchester.gov.uk or you can attend a meeting and ask the Chair if you can speak.  You can also suggest a topic for us to look into by filling in our 'suggestions form.' 

If you want to speak to somebody about contributing to the committee, please call our scrutiny support officer on 0161 234 3376 or e mail scrutiny@manchester.gov.uk.   

Role of the Committee 

Councillor Basil Curley

 "Our focus, as members of the Neighbourhoods Scrutiny Committee, is on the services that are based in local areas that have an impact on communities. It is our role to ensure that they are being run in the best interests of the residents who use them. These services include those that are vital to the effective running of a city, such as waste and planning, but also those that bring benefits to residents who access them such as culture, leisure and libraries. Our key priority is ensuring that the views of local people are influencing those making the decisions that affect them and that services are being run to benefit residents.

Our areas of interest include waste, street management, carbon emissions and climate change, planning, highways, culture, housing, libraries and theatres, leisure and sport, and neighbourhood working.

Through this page you'll be able to keep in touch with what we've been doing, find out what we'll be investigating over the next few months and how you can get involved." Councillor Basil Curley, Chair of the Neighbourhoods Scrutiny Committee.


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