Agenda

Neighbourhood Services Scrutiny Commission - Thursday, 27 January 2022 5:30 pm

Venue: Meeting Rooms G.01 and G.02, Ground Floor, City Hall, 115 Charles Street, Leicester, LE1 1FZ

Contact: Anita Patel, Scrutiny Policy Officer, tel: 0116 454 6342  Jacob Mann, Democratic Support Officer, tel: 0116 454 5843

Items
No. Item

1.

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

2.

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

Members are asked to declare any interests they may have in the business to be discussed.

3.

CHAIR'S ANNOUNCEMENTS

4.

MINUTES OF THE PREVIOUS MEETING pdf icon PDF 149 KB

The minutes of the meeting of the Neighbourhood Services Scrutiny Commission held on 9 December 2021 are attached and Members are asked to confirm them as a correct record.

 

5.

PETITIONS

The Monitoring Officer to report on the receipt of any petitions submitted in accordance with the Council’s procedures.

6.

QUESTIONS, REPRESENTATIONS AND STATEMENTS OF CASE

The Monitoring Officer to report on the receipt of any questions, representations and statements of case submitted in accordance with the Council’s procedures.

 

A question had been received from Zina Zelter as follows:

 

Climate Action strongly support the introduction of Selective Licencing for private rental accommodation in the City requiring rental housing to reach specific standards of energy efficiency. At the moment you are suggesting a licencing requirement that Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) demonstrating band E are provided to get licences, and that properties are required to improve to band D by 2025. We understand that if you got full council agreement you could ask for higher energy efficiency standards. Is it correct that you have the power to do this if you choose to?

 

Given that it is both more energy efficient and cheaper, as well as less disturbing to tenants, to do housing improvements in one go, rather than in bits and pieces, and given that considerably higher that EPC band D is needed for the city’s housing in order to address climate change, would you consider requiring EPC certification band D for licencing now, rising to band C by 2025?

 

This will be considered in accordance with the Council’s Constitution under the Scrutiny Procedure Rule 10.

 

7.

DRAFT REVENUE BUDGET 2022/23 AND DRAFT CAPITAL PROGRAMME 2022/23 pdf icon PDF 724 KB

The Director of Finance submits the following reports setting out the City

Mayor’s proposed Draft Revenue Budget 2022/23 and Draft Capital Budget

2022/23. The Commission is recommended to consider and comment on the

Neighbourhood Services element of the budgets. The Commission’s comments will be forwarded to the Overview Select Committee as part of its consideration of the reports before they are presented at the Council meeting on 23 February 2022.

Additional documents:

8.

KNIFE CRIME STRATEGY

The Director of Neighbourhood Services will present an update on the Council’s knife crime strategy.

9.

AFRICAN CARIBBEAN CENTRE CONSULTATION FINDINGS pdf icon PDF 430 KB

The Director of Neighbourhood Services submits a report to provide a summary of the public consultation exercise undertaken to gather views on the usage and future running of the African Caribbean Centre.  The report provides options and a recommendation for the future running of the facility.

 

Additional documents:

10.

STATEMENT OF LICENSING POLICY - 2022-2027 pdf icon PDF 344 KB

The Director of Neighbourhood Services submits a report to update the Commission on the review of the Council’s Statement of Licensing Policy under the Licensing Act 2003 and seek any comments before the Policy goes to Full Council on 24 February 2022.

 

Additional documents:

11.

DRAFT WORK PROGRAMME pdf icon PDF 586 KB

The current work programme for the Commission is attached.  The Commission is asked to consider this and make comments and/or amendments as it considers necessary.

12.

ANY OTHER URGENT BUSINESS