Agenda and minutes

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An apology for absence was received from Councillor B Ayres.



Minutes pdf icon PDF 92 KB

To approve the minutes from the Corporate Performance Panel held on 13 January 2020.



The minutes of the Corporate performance Panel held on 13 January 2020 were agreed as a correct record and signed by the Chair.




Declarations of Interest

Please indicate if there are any interests which should be declared.  A declaration of an interest should indicate the nature of the interest (if not already declared on the Register of Interests) and the agenda item to which it relates.  If a disclosable pecuniary interest is declared, the Member should withdraw from the room whilst the matter is discussed.


These declarations apply to all Members present, whether the Member is part of the meeting, attending to speak as a local Member on any item or simply observing the meeting from the public seating area.


There were no declarations of interest.



Urgent Business Under Standing Order 7

To consider any business which, by reason of special circumstances, the Chairman proposed to accept as urgent under Section 100(b)(4)(b) of the Local Government Act 1972.


There was no urgent business.



Members Present Pursuant to Standing Order 34

Members wishing to speak pursuant to Standing Order 34 should inform the Chair of their intention to do so and what items they wish to be heard before a decision on that item is taken.



Councillors F Bone, M de Whalley, A Kemp, C Morley and T Parish for all items.



Chair's Correspondence (if any)


There was no Chair’s correspondence.



Presentation on Improving Attainment in West Norfolk pdf icon PDF 4 MB

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The Panel received a presentation from Neil Groves, Education and Early Years Service, Norfolk County Council and Becky Box, Assistant Director Central Services.


Officers responded to questions from the Panel in relation to:


·        Embedding new practice vision and ways of working to achieve consistently high quality – Ofsted inspection due end of 2020 or early 2021.  N Groves advised that this key issue was in relation to social care and undertook to email the information to the Panel.

·        An overview of how to drive up attainment levels.

·        Languages available in schools – French, German, Spanish, Latin.  The offer of languages would be an area to focus on.  It was highlighted that the language offer varied from school to school.

·        Overview of requirements for Ofsted Inspections.

·        Provision in schools for students where English was not their first language.

·        Attendance rates within both primary and secondary schools.

·        Education provision in both private and mainstream schools.

·        Progress from starting points in relation to middle level attainers.

·        Support available for lowest attainment students.

·        Transition arrangements from Primary to Secondary Schools.

·        Teacher recruitment in Norfolk and nationally and access to teacher training school within Norfolk.

·        Provision in school for higher achiever pupils.  It was noted that the support varied in each school.

·        Overview of the working undertaken by the Borough Council to support the education service provided by Norfolk County Council.

·        How schools could access PiXL funding, who was a not for profit organisation.

·        Physical education activities – the national curriculum allows access to a physical activity once a week.

·        Support for pupils with mental health issues.

·        Raising student aspirations.

·        School budgets.

·        Other school initiatives such as theatre trips and cultural activities.

·        Borough Council’s role in providing support to the education authority.  It was noted that the Borough Council used Second Homes Money to deliver the Improving Attainment Programme to support specific projects.

·        Parental engagement.

·        Learning Catalyst Programme to be relaunched by the Borough Council.


The Leader explained that the council did not have a Portfolio Holder for Education, but the Borough Council provided support in a number of ways to improve attainment in the west and congratulated the Assistant Director, Central Services and her team on the improving attainment programme.


The Chair thanked officers for attending and giving an informative annual update.


RESOLVED:  1) The Panel to receive an annual update in 2021.


2) N Groves to forward the following information for circulation to the Panel:


·        Draft Strategic Overview of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk.

·        Embedding new practice vision in relation to social care.



The Committee had a comfort break at 7.35 pm and reconvened at 7.41 pm.


Call-in - King's Lynn Transport Study pdf icon PDF 64 KB

To consider the Call In on the King’s Lynn Transport Study.

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The Chair outlined the background to the call-in by Councillor Moriarty and drew the Panel’s attention to the ruling made by the Chief Executive as set out below:


“The call-in is valid in respect of Standing order 12.4(d):


Recommendations 2 and 3 to Cabinet 4 February 2020 from the Regeneration and Development Panel meeting held on 28 January 2020 as published as the supplementary item to the Cabinet agenda were not taken into account in making the decision:


The Chair explained that the debate on the call-in would only focus on Recommendations 2 and 3 and not the Transport document and wider issues.


The Chair then outlined the procedure that would be followed set out at section 5 of the report and advised Members that if any Councillor deviated from the specific reason for the call-in, then he would reserve the right to bring the meeting back to order.


The Chair invited Councillor Moriarty to present the call in of Cabinet Decision on the King’s Lynn Transport Study.


Councillor Moriarty addressed the Panel and outlined the reasons for the call in of the Cabinet Decision, welcomed the King’s Lynn Transport document and congratulated the Leader and Portfolio Holder for the work undertaken in collaboration with Norfolk County Council.  Councillor Moriarty stated that the recommendations from the Regeneration and Development Panel were not read out in the Cabinet meeting.


Councillor Moriarty commented that in his view, the Transport Strategy itself had never been voted on, and the Cabinet only voted on how some steps might be implemented, not on the strategy itself.


The Chair invited Councillor de Whalley to address the Panel.


Councillor de Whalley addressed the Panel and outlined four reasons why he had supported the call-in.  The reasons outlined by Councillor de Whalley were not specific to the recommendations to Cabinet from the Regeneration and Development Panel.


The Chair stated that the comments made by Councillor de Whalley did not address the specific reasons for the call-in.


The Chair invited Councillor Kemp to address the Panel.


Councillor Kemp addressed the Panel and provided an overview why she had supported the call-in.  The reasons outlined by Councillor Kemp were not specific to the call-in.


The Chair commented that two out of the four supporters of the call-in had not specifically addressed the reasons for the call in and drew Members’ attention to the two recommendations of the call-in and requested that the other supporters keep to recommendations 2 and 3 from the Regeneration and Development Panel.


The Chair invited Councillor Parish to address the Panel.


Councillor Parish addressed the Panel and explained that as Vice-Chair of the Regeneration and Development Panel he attended the Cabinet Meeting on 4 February and presented the comments from the Panel.  Councillor Parish made reference to the Regeneration and Development Panel Minutes of 28 January 2020 drawing attention to the three recommendations and highlighted that the Panel felt that the Strategy was not clearly defined and required further work.


Under Standing Order, Councillor Morley explained  ...  view the full minutes text for item CP90


Cabinet Forward Decision List pdf icon PDF 59 KB



Councillor Mrs Dickinson asked for clarification on the following reports for 17 March 2020:


·        Update to the Major Project Board Terms of Reference and

·        Review of Terms of Reference of the Major Projects Board being undertaken by the Audit Committee Cross Party Working Group.


The Democratic Services Officer undertook to clarify the reports with the Chief Executive.



Panel Work Programme pdf icon PDF 73 KB

To note the Panel’s Work Programme.



Councillor Moriarty explained that he had asked for the recording of meetings to be added to the work programme and understood that research was currently being undertaken to ascertain how other local authorities operated and asked if the item could be considered at the next meeting on 7 April 2020.  The Democratic Services Officer undertook to liaise with relevant officers.


In response to a question from Councillor Humphrey on the forthcoming items listed, the Democratic Services Officer advised that the 2020/2021 work programme was currently being drafted and the forthcoming items would be scheduled for future meetings.



Date of Next Meeting

To note that the date of the next meeting of the Corporate Performance Panel will take place on 7 April 2020 at 6 pm in the Council Chamber, Town Hall, King’s Lynn.


The next meeting of the Corporate Performance Panel will take place on 7 April 2020 at 6 pm in the Council Chamber, Town Hall, King’s Lynn.