Agenda and minutes

Special Meeting, Growth, Infrastructure and Resources Scrutiny Committee - Thursday, 7th October, 2021 7.00 pm

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Contact: Jane Narey  01572 758311


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Councillor Fox welcomed everyone to the special meeting of the Growth, Infrastructure and Resources Scrutiny Committee.  Apologies were received from Councillor Miranda Jones (Committee Member), Councillor Lucy Stephenson (Portfolio Holder) and Councillor Ian Razzell (Portfolio Holder)



In accordance with the Regulations, Members are invited to declare any personal or prejudicial interests they may have and the nature of those interests in respect of items on this Agenda and/or indicate if Section 106 of the Local Government Act 1992 applies to them.


None were received



To receive any petitions, deputations and questions received from Members of the Public in accordance with the provisions of Procedure Rule 216.


The total time allowed for this item shall be 30 minutes. Petitions, declarations and questions shall be dealt with in the order in which they are received. Questions may also be submitted at short notice by giving a written copy to the Committee Administrator 15 minutes before the start of the meeting.


The total time allowed for questions at short notice is 15 minutes of the total time for 30 minutes. Any petitions, deputations and questions that have been submitted with prior formal notice will take precedence over questions submitted at short notice. Any questions that are not considered within the time limit shall receive a written response after the meeting and be the subject of a report to the next meeting.


None were received



To consider any questions with notice from Members received in accordance with the provisions of Procedure rule No. 218 and No. 218A.


None were received



To receive Report No. 110/2021 presented by Councillor A Walters, Portfolio Holder for Health, Wellbeing and Adult Care and Penny Sharp, Strategic Director for Places.

Additional documents:


Report No. 110/2021 was received from Penny Sharp, Strategic Director for Places.  During the discussion, the following points were noted:


·         Councillor Walters requested a steer from scrutiny as to which options were acceptable and which were unacceptable.  He stated that ultimately it would be his recommendation to Cabinet/Council as to which option would be the best for the Council but that he would like to work with Scrutiny to agree on the best option.

·         Penny Sharp confirmed that the current contract had been extended but that a decision was required as to which option to go with in the future and that a significant project plan had been undertaken to identify options to choose from.

·         Councillor Brown queried what evidence there was to identify the ‘need’ stated in the report.  Penny Sharp confirmed that a very detailed needs analysis report had been completed which the committee had been briefed about but that the full report was available to view if the committee wished to see it.

·         A need for public access to swimming in Oakham had been identified.  This would be alongside continued public access to the private schools’ pools in Oakham & Uppingham as well as access to pools located outside of Rutland e.g. Corby, Melton Mowbray and Stamford etc.

·         Penny Sharp stated that the identified ‘need’ was not about replicating current facilities but more about identifying options that would give different facilities for the future whilst still meeting the identified need.  She confirmed that the current facilities provided met the community’s needs.

·         Councillor Waller queried how the ‘need’ was calculated and what the legal requirement for the LA provision of leisure facilities was.  She stated that we must not mistake ‘desires’ for ‘need’.  Councillor Walters stated that the ‘need’ had been identified as having access to a pool within 20 minutes travelling time.

·         Penny Sharp confirmed that the dry stand provision at Catmose and at other locations was sufficient to meet residents’ needs as set out in the Sport England guidelines.  She continued that the provision needed to meet the guidelines to obtain funding from Sport England.

·         Councillor Ainsley asked if there was still an issue with the floor at Catmose.  Robert Clayton confirmed that there were issues with the floor and that specialists had identified a solution, which should be resolved by the time the facilities opened to the public.  The repairs would be funded by Stevenage Leisure Ltd (SLL) as the costs would be under £3k. 

·         Councillors requested a full list of all wet and dry facilities within Rutland that would be accessible by the public e.g. Edith Weston School pool, pool at Greetham Golf Club, Rutland Hall Hotel and Spa pool.

·         Penny Sharp briefed attendees on the possible options for the Rutland Leisure Offer detailed in the presentation.



Councillor Fox closed the Public Session at 7:57 p.m.





The Committee is recommended to determine whether the public and press be excluded from the meeting in accordance with Section 100(A)(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, as amended, and in accordance with the Access to Information provisions of Procedure Rule 239, as the following item of business is likely to involve the disclosure of exempt information as defined in Paragraph 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Act:


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