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Venue: Oswestry Room, Shirehall, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY2 6ND. View directions

Contact: Amanda Holyoak  Committee Officer

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Election of Chairman


Councillor Cecilia Motley was elected Chairman.


Apologies for Absence and Substitutions


Apologies were received from Councillors Nigel Hartin, Roger Hughes and Tina Woodward.


Councillor Jonny Keeley substituted for Councillor Hartin and Councillor Christian Lea substituted for Councillor Woodward.


Appointment of Vice Chairman


Councillor Nick Hignett was appointed Vice Chairman.


Disclosable Pecuniary Interests

Members are reminded that they must not participate in the discussion or voting on any matter in which they have a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest and should leave the room prior to the commencement of the debate.


None were declared.


Minutes of the last meetings pdf icon PDF 85 KB

To confirm the minutes of the meetings held on 4 February 2019 and 18 March 2019.  [To follow]

Additional documents:


The minutes of the meetings held on 4 February 2019 and 18 March 2019 were confirmed as a correct record, subject to the correction of the work ‘county’ to ‘country’ in the second paragraph of section 48 of the March minutes. 


The Overview and Scrutiny Officer reported that a detailed report on the Community Overview Committee’s concerns regarding Rights of Way was being prepared for the Committee’s consideration at its next meeting, with a view to the Chairman presenting this at Cabinet. 


The Chairman reported that she and the Overview and Scrutiny Officer would be clarifying which areas relating to Public and Community Transport came within the remit of the Committee, to ensure that all scrutiny activity was undertaken in a coherent and structured way. 




Public Question Time

To receive any public questions or petitions from the public, notice of which has been given in accordance with Procedure Rule 14.  The deadline for this meeting is Friday 7 June at 10.00 am


There were no public questions.


Member Question Time

To receive any questions of which members of the Council have given notice.  Deadline for notification for this meeting is Friday 7 June at 10.00 am


There were no Member questions.


Communities Overview Committee - Work Programme 2019 - 2020 pdf icon PDF 79 KB

To consider the Work Programme for the Committee for 2019 – 2020, proposals attached

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The Overview and Scrutiny Officer provided an update on existing work programme topics:


22 July 2019 - Further work on Public Rights of Way

16 Sept 2019 – Digital Transformation Programme (from a Customer perspective)

16 Sept 2019 – Food Poverty


Much of the Committee’s work was currently being undertaken through Task and Finish Groups.


The Chairman referred to the need for the Committee’s input on Engaging Diverse Communities and the development of the Council’s Rural Strategy.  The Chair reported that she was about to  meet with the Director of Place to discuss development of the Rural Strategy and she envisaged this as a significant piece of work for the Committee. 


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