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Paper  3 -  30 November 2001Meeting

ASSOCIATION OF HAMPSHIRE & ISLE OF WIGHT LOCAL AUTHORITIES

Minutes of the Association meeting held at Fareham Borough Council on 28 September 2001 at 10.30 am

Present:

Basingstoke and Deane

Councillor B Gurden
Mrs K Sporle (Chief Executive)

East Hampshire

Councillor C Butler
Councillor Mrs E Cartwright
Mr P Burton (Chief Executive)

Eastleigh

Councillor Mrs A Winstanley
Mr C Tapp (Chief Executive)

Fareham

Councillor R Price
Councillor S Woodward
Mr A Davies (Chief Executive)

Gosport

Councillor N Redrup
Mr M Crocker (Chief Executive)

Hampshire

Councillor Mrs F Hindson
Councillor W Wheeler
Councillor M Woodhall
Mr P Robertson (Chief Executive)
Mr A Brooker (Assistant Director, Social Services Dept.)

Hart

Councillor P Hutcheson
Councillor D Simpson
Mr G Jelbart (Chief Executive)

Havant

Councillor D Gillett (Chairman)
Councillor K Moss
Mr R Smith (Hon. Secretary and Chief Executive)

Isle of Wight

Councillor Mrs B Lawson

New Forest

Councillor S Hayes
Councillor Mrs M Robinson
Mr D Yates (Chief Executive)

Portsmouth

Councillor R Pettigrew
Mr N Gurney (Chief Executive)

Rushmoor

Councillor P Moyle
Mr A Lloyd (Chief Executive)

Test Valley

Councillor A Jackson (Vice-Chairman)
Councillor B Palmer
Mr B Sully (Corporate Director)

Winchester

Councillor R Sabine
Mr D Cowan (Chief Executive)

Hampshire Association of Parish and Town Councils

Councillor Mrs J Pittfield
Mrs S Hudson (Director)

Isle of Wight Association of Parish and Town Councils

Mrs B Lawson

Also in attendance:

Havant Borough Council

Councillor Mrs J Fulcher (Chair of the Joint Advisory Gypsy and Travellers Panel)

Community Action Hampshire

Mr R Tulloch (Chief Executive)

Eastleigh Community Service

Mr K Dufton

Hampshire Constabulary

Inspector M Dickinson
K Seely

Government Office for the South East

Mrs P Dark

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Health Authorities

Mr G Cruddace
Mr A Osborne

Association of Hampshire and Isle of Wight Local Authorities

Mr N Goulder (Policy Manager)

43.01 WELCOME

The Mayor of Fareham, Councillor Arthur Mandry, welcomed all those present to the meeting.

44.01 APOLOGIES

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor R Donnelly, Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council; Councillors K House and Mrs M Kyrle, Eastleigh Borough Council; Councillor P Edgar, Gosport; Councillor K Thornber and Mr T Butler, Director of Social Services, Hampshire County Council; Councillors H Rees and Mrs S Smart, Mr A Kaye, Acting Head of Paid Service and Mr D Price, Isle of Wight Council; Councillor M Kendal, New Forest District Council; Councillor T Blair, Portsmouth City Council; Mr A Jones, Chief Executive, Test Valley Borough Council; Mr C Byrne, GOSE and Mrs D Allen, HIOW. Southampton City Council also tendered apologies.

45.01 MINUTES

The minutes of the annual meeting held on 29 June 2001 were signed by the Chairman as a correct record.

Arising from the minutes, Councillor Mrs E Cartwright, East Hampshire District Council, noted that the Association had amended its action plan to include a new section on Rural Affairs. East Hampshire District Council drew attention to its motion (passed at full Council on 26 September):-

"East Hampshire calls on the Government to hold a Statutory Public Inquiry into the outbreak of foot and mouth disease. The inquiry should be set up and held as soon as possible. It should be concluded within one year and make recommendations to prevent a reoccurrence. It should have powers to insist on the appearance of witnesses and the production of all relevant papers. East Hampshire District Council also seeks the support of all local authorities for this motion."

Councillor Chris Butler spoke to this motion, and asked all constituent authorities to support the call for a statutory public inquiry.

46.01 TRAVELLERS

Councillor Mrs June Fulcher (Havant), Chair of the Joint Advisory Gypsy and Travellers Panel referred to the Panel’s work and inaccuracies in recent publicity.

RESOLVED

That the officers be asked to prepare a report for the next meeting, taking into account the legal framework and partner organisations e.g. the Police.

47.01 THE NEW CONSTITUTIONS - JOINT AGENDA FOLLOWING THE OPEN FORUM

The Honorary Secretary introduced the report and drew attention to Annex 2 listing the key action for the Association. He updated the proposals by announcing that a preliminary workshop for Scrutiny Members would be arranged by Havant. He proposed that workshops should be hosted in turn by Member authorities.

Another Open Forum would be planned for the full Association meeting on 22 March in Winchester.

The letter to the Secretary of State (Annex 3) was amended to take account of the recent letter from the Rt. Hon. Stephen Byers MP to Council Leaders.

With these amendments, it was

RESOLVED

(1) That the action following the Open Forum as set out in Annex 2 of the report be approved; and

(2) That the Chairman writes to the Secretary of State.

48.01 BETTER VALUE FROM BEST VALUE

The Policy Manager introduced his report referring to the original work carried out by East Hampshire District Council.

RESOLVED

(1) That the LGA’s proposals for streamlining Best Value be supported;

(2) That the joint statement on better inspection be supported; and

(3) That the Association re-iterates its concern about bureaucratic aspects of both best value regulation and inspection to the LGA and DTLR.

49.01 IMPLEMENTING ELECTRONIC GOVERNMENT IN HAMPSHIRE AND THE ISLE OF WIGHT

Peter Robertson introduced the report of the Association’s E-government Steering Group. He hoped that DTLR would let authorities know the outcome of their funding bids for 2002/3 by mid October. He expected DTLR to be holding local meetings on E-government.

RESOLVED

That the joint IEG statement be endorsed.

50.01 DATE OF NEXT MEETING

It was noted that the next meeting of the Association would be held at 10.00 am on Friday 30 November at the Institute of Maritime and Heritage Studies in Portsmouth Dockyard when Alan Whitehead, MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, at DTLR would attend.

51.01 INVOLVING PATIENTS AND THE PUBLIC IN HEALTHCARE

Adrian Osborne, Public Involvement and Communications Manager for the North and Mid-Hants Health Authority presented the Government’s proposals.

The main thrust of comments was that the proposals were too complex, and seemed to represent change for the sake of change. In discussing the future the following points were made:

* need to use/build on existing Community Health Council experience

* avoid excessive costs

* retain local credibility

* encourage the public and users to get involved e.g. evening meetings

* County Council/District Councils to work together on scrutiny

* Appointments to Patients’ Forums need to be carefully tailored to the particular hospital or other service concerned.

The County Council was already thinking about implementation and cross border issues. District Councils would be consulted. The County Council member on each local strategic partnership would need to be involved.

RESOLVED

That the Chief Executives’ Group be asked to prepare a joint response which all authorities in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight could approve by 12 October.

52.01 SHIFTING THE BALANCE OF POWER IN THE SOUTH EAST: THE IMPLICATIONS FOR HAMPSHIRE AND THE ISLE OF WIGHT

Adrian Osborne presented the Government’s proposals, supported by Pat Dark representing the Department of Health and Government Office of the South East.

The main points in the discussion were:

* In the case of the Isle of Wight, the Primary Care Trust (PCT) would be taking on work from the existing Health Authority.

* The importance of public health must be recognised. PCTs may be too small to carry out some public health and health promotion activities effectively.

Pat Dark responded to this last point to say that collaboration between PCTs would be encouraged.

RESOLVED

That a response be drafted for consideration at the next meeting of the Association on 30 November.

Last update: 21/11/2001
Author: Nick Goulder, Policy Manager

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