Overview and Scrutiny Commission - Thursday, 16 March 2023 6.30 pm

Venue: Council Chamber - Time Square, Market Street, Bracknell, RG12 1JD. View directions

Contact: Louise Connelly  01344 353108


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Apologies for Absence

To receive apologies for absence and to note the attendance of any substitute Members.



Minutes of previous meeting pdf icon PDF 131 KB

To approve as a correct record the minutes of the meeting of the Overview and Scrutiny Commission held on 12 January 2023.



Declarations of Interest and Party Whip

Members are asked to declare any disclosable pecuniary or affected interests and the nature of that interest, including the existence and nature of the party whip, in respect of any matter to be considered at this meeting.


Any Member with a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest in a matter should withdraw from the meeting when the matter is under consideration and should notify the Democratic Services Officer in attendance that they are withdrawing as they have such an interest. If the Disclosable Pecuniary Interest is not entered on the register of Members interests the Monitoring Officer must be notified of the interest within 28 days.


Any Member with an Affected Interest in a matter must disclose the interest to the meeting.  There is no requirement to withdraw from the meeting when the interest is only an affected interest, but the Monitoring Officer should be notified of the interest, if not previously notified of it, within 28 days of the meeting.



Urgent Items of Business

Any other items which, pursuant to Section 100B(4)(b) of the Local Government Act 1972, the Chairman decides are urgent.


Public Participation

To receive submissions from members of the public which have been submitted in advance in accordance with the Council’s Public Participation Scheme for Overview and Scrutiny.


Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service - consultation on draft Corporate Plan and Corporate Risk Management Plan 2023-2027

The Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service are carrying out an 11 week consultation on Royal Berkshire Fire Authority’s (RBFA) draft Corporate Plan and Community Risk Management Plan (CRMP) for the years 2023-2027.


Representatives from RBFA, Tim Readings (CRMP Group Manager) and Fayth Rowe (Democratic Support Lead), will be in attendance to explain how the organisation has set out its intentions to meet its goals to create safer and more resilient communities by preventing incidents, protecting homes and businesses and responding to emergencies.


The CRMP explains how all fire and rescue-related risk in the community is evaluated and how resources are allocated to manage those risks. These risks include house fires, road traffic collisions and chemical spills, but they also include other less common hazards such as wide area flooding, terrorist attacks and building collapse.


Please read the documents via the link below in advance of the meeting.


Have Your Say on the Future of Your Fire and Rescue Service | Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (


Also, please bring your smart phones to the meeting as you will be asked to scan a QR code and actively participate in the online survey individually as representatives from RBFA take you through the questions.


Council Plan Overview Report pdf icon PDF 115 KB

Council Plan Overview Report (CPOR) covering the third quarter of 2022/23 is attached.


Members of the Commission are asked to submit technical or detailed questions in advance of the meeting.

Additional documents:


Overview and Scrutiny Commission Report 2019-2023 pdf icon PDF 2 MB

The Council’s Constitution requires the Overview and Scrutiny Commission to submit an annual report to the Council on overview and scrutiny activities and their outcomes.


However, this report covers the workload undertaken throughout the past four years to cover the Commission’s whole term of office.


To Follow.


Enforcement Strategy Review pdf icon PDF 107 KB

To consider the draft Enforcement Strategy review report prepared by the Environment and Communities Overview and Scrutiny Panel for submission to the Executive on 21 March 2023.

Additional documents:


Evaluation of Recommendations - Blue Badge Review pdf icon PDF 104 KB

To consider the draft Evaluation of Recommendations to the Executive which arose from the Blue Badge prepared by the Health and Wellbeing Overview and Scrutiny Panel for submission to the Executive on 21 March 2023.

Additional documents:


Child Criminal Exploitation Review pdf icon PDF 277 KB

To consider the draft Child Criminal Exploitation Review report prepared by the Education, Skills and Growth Overview and Scrutiny Panel for submission to the Executive on 21 March 2023.

Additional documents:



Exclusion of the Public and Press

To consider the following motion:


That pursuant to section 100A of the Local Government Act 1972, as amended, and having regard to the public interest, members of the public and press be excluded from the meeting for consideration of item X which involves the likely disclosure of exempt information under the following category of Schedule 12A of that Act:


(1)        Information relating to any individual

(3)        Information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information).


Date of next meeting

The next Overview and Scrutiny Commission meeting is scheduled for 8 June 2023 but this may change to 1 June - TBC. The focus of the meeting will be the new work programme for 2023-2027.

Forward plan and decisions taken

Commission members are able to view upcoming decisions by looking at Browse forward plans | Bracknell Forest Council ( and consider decisions taken since the last Commission meeting by using this link What's newly published | Bracknell Forest Council ( and altering the date range.