Agenda and minutes

Growth Overview and Scrutiny Committee
Tuesday, 29th May, 2018 9.30 am

Venue: Witham Room - South Kesteven House, St. Peter's Hill, Grantham. NG31 6PZ. View directions

Contact: Anita Eckersley 

Items
No. Item

1.

Membership

    The Committee to be notified of any substitute members.

    Minutes:

    The Committee was informed that Councillor Judy Smith, Councillor Brenda Sumner and Councillor Judy Stevens were substituting for Councillor Graham Jeal, Councillor David Taylor and Councillor Paul Wood for this meeting only.

2.

Disclosure of interests

3.

Cabinet Decision regarding InvestSK made on 10 May 2018 pdf icon PDF 133 KB

    On Thursday 10 May 2018, the Cabinet made the following decision:

     

    1.      The Cabinet agrees Option 4, as set out at clause 6.5 in this report iSK002, to establish InvestSK as a private company limited by guarantee, with the Council as the sole member.

    2.      The Company, as a company limited by guarantee, will not have a share capital. Rather, as sole member, the Council will guarantee the liabilities of the Company up to the amount of £1.

    3.      The following be appointed as Directors of the Company:

              3.1      Councillor Matthew Lee, the Leader of the Council (Chairman).

              3.2      Councillor Kelham Cooke, the Deputy Leader of the Council

              3.3      Aidan Rave, the Chief Executive of the Council

    4.      The Board determines who should be nominated to become the Company Secretary.

    5.      The Board appoints an interim Chief Executive.

    6.      Delegated Authority be given to Councillor Mike King, Cabinet Member for Economy and Development, to put in place the proposed Memorandum of Understanding, to determine membership of the Advisory Committee, agree the Articles of Association for InvestSK and to agree an initial award of seed funding to allow the incorporation process to take place.

     

    This decision has been subject to a call-in request, made in accordance with Article 6.18 of the Council’s Constitution, by Councillor Ashley Baxter, Councillor Nick Craft, Councillor Phil Dilks, Councillor Charmaine Morgan and Councillor Paul Wood on the following grounds:

     

    ·                     It is a Key Decision which has not been included in the   Schedule of Decisions

     

    ·                    There has been inadequate/insufficient consultation

     

    A copy of report iSK002InvestSK is enclosed.

     

    Minutes:

    The Chairman welcomed everyone to the meeting and outlined why the meeting had been called.  He confirmed that:

     

    a decision made by the Cabinet on Thursday 10 May 2018 had been called-in by five members of the Council. The decision as set out in Report iSK002 was:

     

    a)    The Cabinet agrees Option 4, as set out at clause 6.5 in the report iSK002, to establish investSK as a private company limited by guarantee, with the Council as the sole member.

     

    b)    The Company, as a company limited by guarantee, will not have a share capital.  Rather, as sole member, the Council will guarantee the liabilities of the Company up to the amount of £1.

     

    c)     The following be appointed as Directors of the Company:

     

    Councillor Matthew Lee, The Leader of the Council (Chairman)

    Councillor Kelham Cooke, The Deputy Leader of the Council

    Aidan Rave, The Chief Executive of the Council

     

    d)    The Board determines who should be nominated to become the Company Secretary.

     

    e)    The Board appoints an interim Chief Executive.

     

    f)      Delegated Authority be given to Councillor Mike King, Cabinet Member for Economy and Development to put in place the proposed Memorandum of Understanding, to determine membership of the Advisory Committee, agree the Articles of Association for investSK and to agree an initial award of seed funding to allow the incorporation process to take place.

     

    The Chairman noted that the Leader and the Councillors who called in the decision had all been invited to the meeting and would have the opportunity to speak to the Committee during the course of the meeting. A copy of the report iSK002 relating to the decision had been circulated with the agenda papers to Committee Members, the Councillors who called in the decision and the Leader.

     

    In accordance with the Constitution, the item had been called in by five Councillors, these being Councillor Ashley Baxter, Councillor Nick Craft, Councillor Phil Dilks, Councillor Charmaine Morgan and Councillor Paul Woods.

     

    Councillor Baxter, Councillor Dilks and Councillor Morgan were in attendance for this meeting.

     

    The reasons given for the call-in were that the decision had not been included in the Schedule of Decisions and there had been inadequate / insufficient consultation.

     

    The Chairman acknowledged the list of questions and the amount of work undertaken to ensure these and the responses were provided in advance of this meeting. The Chairman assured those Councillors present that they would be provided with an opportunity to address the Committee.

     

    The Call-in Councillors were invited to explain their reasons in more detail.

     

    The Committee was informed that:

     

    A presentation on investSK had been given at a Councillor briefing in November 2017 but there had been no mention of it becoming a company then or during the more recent budget planning and scrutiny process. During that briefing Councillors were informed that Opportunity Peterborough, a Company owned by Peterborough Council, would act as consultants to SKDC at a cost of around £250k. A few weeks later an urgent decision was made for investSK  ...  view the full minutes text for item 3.