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Agenda and minutes

Venue: Collingwood Room - Civic Offices. View directions

Contact: Democratic Services 

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

There were no aologies for absence.

2.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 158 KB

To confirm as a correct record the minutes of the Housing Policy Development and Review Panel meeting held on 20 September 2018.

Minutes:

RESOLVED that the minutes of the Housing Policy Development and Review Panel meeting held on 20 September 2018 be confirmed and signed as a correct record.

3.

Chairman's Announcements

Minutes:

There were no Chairman’s announcements.

4.

Declarations of Interest and Disclosures of Advice or Directions

To receive any declarations of interest from members in accordance with Standing Orders and the Council’s Code of Conduct and disclosures of advice or directions received from Group Leaders or Political Groups, in accordance with the Council’s Constitution.

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest made at this meeting.

5.

Deputations

To receive any deputations of which notice has been lodged.

Minutes:

There were no deputations made at this meeting.

6.

Introduction to the Housing Scrutiny Panel pdf icon PDF 15 KB

To receive a presentation by the Head of Democratic Services which outlines the role and functions of the new Scrutiny Panel.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Panel received a presentation by the Head of Democratic Services which provided an introduction to the newly formed Housing Scrutiny Panel and outlined the role and function of the new Panel.  A copy of the presentation is attached to these minutes as Appendix A.

 

Having considered the presentation, made comments and raised questions for clarification, the Panel RESOLVED to consider the scrutiny priorities for the Housing portfolio under item 11 of the agenda.

7.

Executive Business pdf icon PDF 70 KB

To consider any item of business dealt with by the Executive since the last meeting of the Panel that falls under the remit of the Housing Portfolio.  This will include any decisions taken by the Executive Member during the same time period.

Minutes:

The Panel considered the Executive items of business which fall under the remit of the Housing Portfolio, including Individual Executive Member decisions and Officer delegated decisions, that have taken place since the last meeting of the Scrutiny Board on 04 June 2018.

 

The Panel considered the decisions shown at items 7(1) to 7(2) of the agenda.

 

RESOLVED that the Housing Scrutiny Panel considered the following items of Executive Business:

7(1)

Appointment of Employer's Agent for Hampshire Rose and Bridge Rose Housing Development Sites pdf icon PDF 71 KB

Minutes:

The Panel asked for details of when work will commence on site.

7(2)

Housing Revenue Account Borrowing Programme Funding Bid pdf icon PDF 73 KB

Minutes:

No comments were received.

 

8.

Affordable Housing Update pdf icon PDF 15 KB

To receive a presentation by the Managing Director of Fareham Housing which provides Members with an update on Affordable Housing.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Panel received a presentation by the Affordable Housing Strategic Lead which provided Members with an update on the Affordable Housing position. A copy of the presentation is attached to these minutes as Appendix B.

 

The presentation outlined how the funding bids that were submitted to central government in September are now obsolete as the Government has abolished the cap on borrowing against the Housing Revenue account. The Panel was given a broad, example cost illustration to build a 2 bed-roomed house which demonstrates how any borrowing will need to be carefully considered and managed to ensure that the debt can be serviced.

 

The presentation also gave an update on the Hampshire Rose, Bridge Road, Sea Lane and Wynton Way sites which have been allocated for development.

 

RESOLVED that the Affordable Housing Strategic Lead be thanked for a very informative presentation. 

9.

Fire Issues and Precautions Report pdf icon PDF 28 KB

To consider a report by the Managing Director of Fareham Housing on Fire Issues and Precautions.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Panel considered a report by the Managing Director of Fareham Housing which informed Members of the progress with the fire issues and precautions in Fareham Housing.

 

Members were given an update to paragraph 17 of the report and heard that some types of the new composite doors that are now required to be exposed to additional testing to ensure their performance in the event of a fire are starting to become available and will be fitted where applicable.

 

Following discussion regarding the destruction of smoke alarms that reach their point of expiry it was agreed that the Property Manager will provide a response to Members to inform them how the process of disposing of smoke alarms is managed.  

 

The Panel commented on the excellent service provided by the Housing team and thanked the Managing Director of Fareham Housing for his report.

10.

Housing Association Scoping Report pdf icon PDF 71 KB

To provide Members with an opportunity to prepare a scoping report to enable Officers to extend an invitation to a Housing Association to attend a future meeting of the Panel.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Panel considered the draft Scoping report that has been prepared to extend an invitation to Vivid Housing Association to attend a future meeting of the Panel to provide information on the tenancy management services that they provide to tenants living in Fareham.

 

Members requested that the scoping report be amended to include a summary of how the Housing Association is motivated to provide good customer service and an understanding of delivery plans for future affordable homes.

 

RESOLVED that, subject to the inclusion of the additional items put forward by the Panel, the Scoping report be approved.

11.

Housing Scrutiny Panel Priorities

To provide an opportunity for Members to consider the scrutiny priorities for the Housing Panel.

Minutes:

The Panel considered the scrutiny priorities for the Housing Panel that align to the Corporate Strategy 2017-23 and which will help ensure that corporate priorities are delivered.

 

At the invitation of the Chairman, Councillor F W Birkett, Executive Member for Housing, addressed the Panel on this item.

 

Members discussed and put forward the following topics for consideration as Scrutiny Priorities:

 

-       Housing Options

-       External scrutiny of Vivid Housing Association - per scoping report (suggested for March 2019)

-       Homelessness and Rough sleeping (suggested for March 2019)

-       Update on the Impact of new Homelessness legislation (suggested for July 2019)

-       Affordable Housing Updates (at each meeting)

-       An update on Social Inclusion (suggested for March 2019)

-       External scrutiny of Two Saints to understand the challenges they face and what can be done to help. (Scoping report suggested for March 2019 with visit suggested for July 2019)

-       The Affordable Housing Strategy

-       An explanation of how the Housing Revenue Account operates.

-       Universal Credit and how it is impacting on residents.

-       New Allocations draft proposals (suggested for July 2019)

-       Tenancy Management Report & Maintenance Report (suggested for March and November each year)

 

RESOLVED that the topics put forward for consideration be discussed by the Chairman and the Managing Director of Fareham Housing for inclusion in the Scrutiny Priorities Plan for the Panel.

 

 

 

 




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