Environment, Communities and Fire Select Committee
Wednesday, 10th July, 2019 10.30 am

Venue: County Hall, Chichester

Contact: Sally Manning on 033 022 23883  Email:

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10.30 am


Declarations of Interest

Members and officers must declare any pecuniary or personalinterest in any business on the agenda. They should also make declarations at any stage such an interest becomes apparent during the meeting. Consideration should be given to leaving the meeting if the nature of the interest warrants it.  If in doubt please contact Democratic Services before the meeting.

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Urgent Matters

Items not on the agenda which the Chairman of the meeting is of the opinion should be considered as a matter of urgency by reason of special circumstances, including cases where the Committee needs to be informed of budgetary or performance issues affecting matters within its terms of reference, which have emerged since the publication of the agenda.

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Responses to Recommendations pdf icon PDF 119 KB

The Committee is asked to note the responses to recommendations made at the 13 March 2019 meeting from:


Cabinet Member for Highways and Infrastructure

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10.50 am


Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services' Inspection Report and the Improvement Plan pdf icon PDF 78 KB

Report by Chief Fire Officer (Acting)


The Committee is asked to scrutinise the Inspection Report, and the Improvement Plan to address the findings.


The Chairman has allotted 20 minutes to receive verbal evidence from representatives of four invited unions – The Fire Brigades Union, the Fire and Rescue Services Association, the Fire Officers’ Association and UNISON.


The Chairman further wishes to invite any member of the County Council in attendance to pose questions after the Committee members have completed their questioning.

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12.45 pm


Requests for Call-in

There have been no requests for call-in to the Select Committee and within its constitutional remit since the date of the last meeting.  The Director of Law and Assurance will report any requests since the publication of the agenda papers.

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Forward Plan of Key Decisions pdf icon PDF 122 KB

Extract fromthe ForwardPlan dated 1 July 2019 – attached.


Anextract fromanyForwardPlan publishedbetween the date of despatchof the agenda and the date of the meetingwill be tabled at the meeting.


The Committee is asked to consider whetheritwishes to enquireinto any of the forthcoming decisions withinits portfolio.

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Possible Items for Future Scrutiny

Members to mention any items which they believe to be of relevance to the business of the Select Committee, and suitable for scrutiny, e.g. raised with them by constituents arising from central government initiatives etc.


If any member puts forward such an item, the Committee’s role at this meeting is just to assess, briefly, whether to refer the matter to its Business Planning Group (BPG) to consider in detail.

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12.55 pm


Date of Next Meeting

The next meeting of the Committee will be held on 20 September 2019 at 10.30 am at County Hall, Chichester.  Probable agenda items include:


·         Fire Rescue Service – Review of Integrated Risk Management Plan Action Plans to include the People and Culture Strategy

·         Road Safety – Safer Sussex Roads Partnership

·         Findings of the Executive Task and Finish Group on Bus Subsidies 

·         Business Planning Group Report

·         Review of Major Projects Cost Estimating

·         Savings Proposals



Any member wishing to place an item on the agenda for the meeting must notify the Director of Law and Assurance by 11 September.

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