Overview and Scrutiny Committees

The Overview and Scrutiny Committees play an important role in guiding and examining our policies and performance.

They are involved in keeping the Council’s activities under review. They scrutinise the proposals, actions and decisions of the Cabinet and Council; as well as developing and reviewing policy areas and making recommendations of their own.

We have three Overview and Scrutiny Committees with different areas of responsibility:

  • Finance and Resources
  • Housing and Community
  • Strategic Planning and Environment

Each committee's membership is appointed at Annual Council each year. The committees are politically balanced, to reflect the composition of the Council as a whole. The Chairman and Vice-Chair can be from any of the political groups.

List of committees

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  • Strategic Planning and Environment

    Find agendas, minutes and reports for Strategic Planning and Environment meetings on our calendar

    The scope of this committee includes areas of the Council’s work relating to:

    • Waste management
    • Street care
    • Highways liaison
    • Passenger transport
    • Parking
    • Environmental strategy
    • Emergency planning
    • Street naming
    • Local development framework
    • Development control
    • Building control
    • Land charges
    • Economic development 
    • Town centre management

    It performs the overview, scrutiny and policy development role in relation to all matters and business associated with the Cabinet Portfolios for 'Planning and Regeneration', ‘Environment and Sustainability', 'Residents and Regulatory'. It also monitors the performance of relevant Council services, including those that are provided under contract or agreement by external organisations or private sector partners.

    Committee membership

    Strategic Planning and Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee membership
    Conservative Party Liberal Democrat Party  Labour Party 
    Cllr Adshead Cllr Ransley Cllr Fisher
    Cllr Anderson (Chair)
    Cllr Ashbourn    
    Cllr Bateman
    Cllr E Collins
    Cllr Hearn
    Cllr Hicks
    Cllr Howard
    Cllr Matthews
    Cllr Riddick
    Cllr C Wyatt-Lowe (Vice-Chair)

    Substitutes

    Cllr Birnie Cllr Link  
    Cllr McLean Cllr Tindall
    Cllr Ritchie
    Cllr Sutton

    Annual report

      Strategic Planning and Environment Overview and Scrutiny 2014 - 2015 Annual Report (PDF 98 KB)

  • Finance and Resources

    Find agendas, minutes and reports for Finance and Resources meetings on our calendar
     
    The scope of this committee includes areas of the Council’s work relating to:

    • Human resources
    • Support services
    • Corporate Plan
    • Performance management
    • Political management
    • Finance
    • Legal and member support
    • Asset management
    • Business strategy
    • Procurement
    • Risk management
    • Customer relations
    • Information and communications technology
    • Communications
    • Voluntary sector
    • Parish and town councils
    • Anti-poverty
    • Concurrent services element of community support

    It performs the overview, scrutiny and policy development role in relation to all matters and business associated with the Cabinet Portfolio for ‘Finance and Resources’ and 'Service and Performance Improvement'. It also monitors the performance of relevant Council services, including those that are provided under contract or agreement by external organisations or private sector partners.

    Committee membership

    Finance and Resources Overview and Scrutiny Committee membership
    Conservative Party  Liberal Democrat Party Labour Party 
    Cllr Ashbourn Cllr Tindall Cllr Fethney
    Cllr Barnes
    Cllr Birnie
    Cllr Chapman (Chairman)
    Cllr E Collins
    Cllr Clark
    Cllr Douris (Vice-Chair)
    Cllr Imarni
    Cllr Taylor
    Cllr Mills
    Cllr Silwal    

    Substitutes

    Cllr Anderson Cllr Link
    Cllr W Wyatt-Lowe Cllr Ransley
    Cllr Brown
    Cllr Guest    
    Cllr Matthews    

    Annual report

      Finance and Resources 2014 - 2015 Annual Report (PDF 65KB)


  • Housing and Community

    Find agendas, minutes and reports for Housing and Community meetings on our calendar
     
    The scope of this committee includes areas of our work relating to:

    • Care
    • Youth
    • Health
    • Dacorum Sports Trust
    • Heritage and tourism
    • Arts and entertainment
    • Community support
    • Cemeteries
    • Environmental health
    • Licensing
    • Anti-social behaviour
    • CCTV
    • Housing strategy and delivery
    • Private sector housing
    • Crime and disorder
    • Community planning
    • Social inclusion
    • Neighbourhood action

    It performs the overview, scrutiny and policy development role in relation to all matters and business associated with the Cabinet Portfolios for 'Residents and Regulatory' and ‘Housing’. It also monitors the performance of relevant council services, including those that are provided under contract or agreement by external organisations or private sector partners.

    Co-opted members

    Each Scrutiny Committee may co-opt persons who are not members of the Council in a non-voting capacity.

    Councillors and co-opted members are required by Section 30 of the Localism Act 2011 to declare their financial interests and keep these up to date – within 28 days of election/appointment or a change of circumstances.

    This duty is spelled out in our Code of Conduct for Members - see   the Council’s Constitution; Part 5 Codes and Protocols (PDF 296 KB).

    Committee membership

    Housing and Community Overview and Scrutiny Committee membership
     Conservative Party Liberal Democrat Party  Labour Party 
    Cllr S Adshead Cllr Link Cllr Fethney
    Cllr Banks
    Cllr Mrs Bassadone
    Cllr Conway
    Cllr Hearn    
    Cllr Imarni
    Cllr Mahmood (Chairman)
    Cllr McLean (Vice-Chair)
    Cllr Silwal
    Cllr Timmis    
    Cllr W Wyatt-Lowe

    Substitutes

    Cllr D Collins Cllr Ransley
    Cllr Howard Cllr Tindall
    Cllr Clark

    Annual report

      Housing and Community Overview and Scrutiny Annual Report 2014 - 2015 (PDF 69 KB)