Our Current Investigations
The scrutiny committees will be taking a break from meeting over the election period, and we'll be back in June 2014.
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 we 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: we 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 we warmly welcomed and wished to see more of. We 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.
29/07/13 - Annual Carbon Reduction Plan
This month, we took a report on the Council’s most recent Annual Carbon Reduction Plan for the current financial year which described progress since the last report and actions that the Council intends to take to reduce carbon emissions for the year as well as governance, delivery and performance management structures that will ensure that the Council remains on track in the longer-term. We heard about plans for the Council to become one of the Greater Manchester pilot authorities this year that will put forward a number of buildings for the first round of a building retrofit programme to deliver both deep cuts in our carbon emissions and boost the growth of the local low carbon economy to enable the authority to make savings in future years. This and other major planned programmes will require a timespan greater than the current one-year planning cycle and so we supported the proposal to move to the production of rolling three year Carbon Reduction Plans, with annual milestones to be updated each year. We also listened to representations from representatives of Manchester Friends of the Earth and Manchester Climate Monthly which asked for like for like comparisons between total emissions across the years and regular in-year progress updates as a future reporting mechanism. They also suggested that greater emphasis should be given to integrate the climate change agenda Manchester's ward plans. We supported these views and asked have asked officers to explore the most effective way in which this can be achieved and for them to report back to us at a later stage.
01/07/2013 - Draft Residential Growth Prospectus
At our June meeting, we heard about plans to accelerate housing growth and deliver tens of thousands of new homes over the next 14 years to meet a predicted growth in Manchester's population which would result in the need for 55,000 new homes by 2027. Plans are being put together for an estimated 5,000 new homes to be delivered in the next three years – with 13,000 new homes up to 2019 to encourage high quality new home building across the city. Proposals are for the Council to work in partnership with private developers, social landlords and housing providers to increase the range of housing that is available across tenure and budgets. Amongst the obvious potential benefits of the proposals, are the provision of jobs, apprenticeships and education opportunities for Manchester residents. We look forward to hearing more about this through future meetings of this committee as the plans unfold
03/06/2013 - Waste and recycling update
At our May meeting we received an update on our waste and recycling service which contained proposed service changes for this year which included the phased introduction of smaller black waste bins and a weekly recycling pilot to 20,0000 households. We've asked officers to come back with more detail about the proposed changes so that we can establish the potential impact on local residents.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Role of the Committee
"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.