Agenda and minutes

Consultation Call, Scrutiny Committee - Tuesday, 5th September, 2023 11.00 am

Venue: Virtual

Contact: Gary Rich 


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Welcome & Apologies

The Chair to welcome Members and the public to themeeting.

Lead: Chair

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1.1           The Chair welcomed all in attendance and informed Members that the meeting is being streamed live.  Apologies were received from Cllrs Kaushik, Furley and Burton.


Declarations of Interest

Members are required to declare any personal, prejudicial or disclosable pecuniary interest they may have relating to items on the agenda and state the nature of such interest.

Lead: Chair

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2.1           There were no declarations of interest.



Minutes of the Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 90 KB

To note the minutes of the meeting held on the 1 June 2023 (including updates on agreed matters as appropriate).

Lead: Chair

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3.1             The minutes of the meeting held on 1 June 2023 were considered and their accuracy as a correct record confirmed. The minutes were proposed by Cllr Davison and seconded by Cllr Connell.

3.2             The Chair stated that there was one matter arising from the previous minutes, namely the election of the minority party Vice Chair, but this item has been deferred.


That the minutes of the meeting held on 1 June 2023 be noted as a true and accurate record.



Strategic Transport Plan Update pdf icon PDF 154 KB

To consider the update following the public consultation.

Lead: Katie Day/Lucy Jacques

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4.1            Members received the report and presentation from the Acting Head of Strategy and Policy who highlighted the key points of the presentation. She talked the Committee through the first few slides and paused to gather the Committee’s feedback on the numbers who engaged in the consultation.


4.2            Cllr Dobson asked about the geographical breakdown of those who had participated in the consultation.  


The Acting Head of Strategy and Policy explained that this will be part of the further analysis that is taking place and this breakdown will only be available for those that participated in the virtual consultation room.  She explained that during the consultation demographic information was monitored in order that activities could be targeted at under represented or harder to engage groups.


4.3            Cllr Parish expressed disappointment that only 9 MPs from across the North had participated.


The Director of Strategy, Analysis and Communications explained that all Northern MPs from the all party parliamentary group were invited to participate in a drop in session.  Of the 9 who attended there was a good geographical split from across the North.  She further explained that separate briefings and materials were provided as well as it being promoted through other channels. 


The Committee was informed that there had been an excellent level of response from the Local Transport Authorities (LTAs) and that there had been significant engagement through various local groups and committees.  Additionally, she noted that the numbers who engaged in the consultation were comparable to the numbers who have participated in consultations for other Sub-national Transport Bodies.


4.4            Cllr Davison was disappointed with the numbers who participated and asked how many were members of the general public as opposed to other stakeholders.


The Director of Strategy, Analysis and Communications confirmed that 220 members of the public took part in the citizens’ panel and 94 responded via e-mail or letters.  She explained that the challenge with this work is who the plan is written for.  She stated that it is written at a strategic level so that it can support and guide the work of LTAs, as well as be provided as statutory advice to the Secretary of State on the outcomes and the ambitions for the region. With this taken into consideration she was satisfied with the number of people who had responded.


4.5            Cllr Salter commented that the consultation gives the impression that there should be a move towards reducing car travel which may be viewed in a negative light by the public. He added that whilst the information is useful the views expressed cannot be taken as representative of all of the public.


4.6            The Acting Head of Strategy and Policy then highlighted some of the key themes that emerged from the consultation.


4.7            The Chair focussed on the lack of ambition theme. He addressed the issue of carbon net zero and the perception that it is not ambitious enough, with which he agrees.  He also raised the issues of air quality, health and wellbeing, the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4.


Date and Time of Next Meeting

21 November 2023 11am Microsoft Teams

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Tuesday 21 November