Venue: Committee Room 2, Civic Offices, New Road, Grays, RM17 6SL
Contact: Lucy Tricker, Senior Democratic Services Officer Email: Direct.Democracy@thurrock.gov.uk
To approve as a correct record the minutes of Cabinet held on 9 March 2022 and 23 March 2022.
The Leader and Deputy Leader
thanked outgoing Cabinet Members for their hard work within their
Portfolios and welcomed new Cabinet Members to their first meeting.
Items of Urgent Business
To receive additional items that the Chair is of the opinion should be considered as a matter of urgency, in accordance with Section 100B (4) (b) of the Local Government Act 1972.
There were no items of urgent business.
Declaration of Interests
There were no interests declared.
Statements by the Leader
The Leader began his statement
and felt it had been good to see Thurrock come together to
celebrate the Platinum Jubilee weekend, including community events
across the borough such as street parties and five beacon lighting
ceremonies, including one at Tilbury Fort. He stated that Thurrock
had also been represented in the Thank-You Dance at the Mall on
Sunday 5 June with fifty Thurrock volunteers included. He thanked
residents for leading and participating in a variety of community
events and felt that this proved the excellent and close-knit
communities across the boroughs. He added that he had also attended
the opening of the Little Thurrock Community Park in Delafields. He
stated that the project had turned a stretch of scrubland that had
been little used for decades into an outstanding park. He stated
that the work had been undertaken by community volunteers and
financed through donors and local businesses in either money or
materials, alongside a small input from the Council. He felt that
the outcome was a brilliant new open space in Thurrock and provided
an excellent example of a community-led project.
Briefings on Policy, Budget and Other Issues
There were no briefings on policy, budget and other issues.
Petitions submitted by Members of the Public
No petitions had been submitted by members of the public.
Questions from Non-Executive Members
No questions had been submitted by non-Executive Members.
Matters Referred to the Cabinet for Consideration by an Overview and Scrutiny Committee
Other than those items already contained within the agenda, no items had been referred to the Cabinet for their consideration by an overview and scrutiny committee.
Councillor Huelin introduced
the report and stated that the report included in the agenda did
not contain the Chair’s forward, so she requested that an
updated version be sent to Cabinet and uploaded onto the website.
She explained how the new strategy would form stronger alliances
between the NHS and the Council, and would allow the Health and
Wellbeing Board to hold bodies such as the NHS accountable. She
commented that the Health and Wellbeing Board had a statutory duty
to write a Health and Wellbeing Strategy, which the NHS had to take
due regard of, and would be one of two high level strategic
documents. She explained that the report in the agenda provided a
high-level overview and was supported by a 140-page document, which
went into more detail regarding areas such as health inequalities.
Councillor Huelin added that the strategy sought to undertake a
holistic approach to health and wellbeing as it considered other
areas such as communities, housing, and the environment, which were
outlined in the six domains. She thanked the volunteering sector
for their hard work during the consultation phase of the strategy
and felt their input had been invaluable. She also thanked the
Public Health team and other officers for their hard work in
putting the report together. She summarised and invited Cabinet
Members to make comment and review the document.
Councillor Huelin introduced
the report and stated that in July 2021 the government had proposed
new legislation to increase the level of joined up working between
the NHS and local authorities. She explained that this had received
royal assent in April 2022, and the report therefore outlined how
Thurrock would implement this legislation through the introduction
of both an Integrated Care Partnership (ICP) and Integrated Care
Board (ICB). She mentioned that both the NHS and local authorities
would be equal partners on the ICP, and would be meeting next month
to finalise governance arrangements. She felt that Thurrock were
already working well with the NHS and hoped that the new ICP would
encourage closer working. She stated that recommendation 1.2 asked
Cabinet Members to delegate authority to the Director of Public
Health to act as a founding representative on the Mid and South
Essex ICP, as the partnership required professional experience and
knowledge. She added that the Director of Public Health also sat on
the Health and Wellbeing Board, so Members would have the chance to
discuss the ICP at this forum. Councillor Huelin highlighted page
59 of the report and sought confirmation that the relevant
Portfolio Holders had been consulted with. The relevant Cabinet
Members confirmed they had been consulted.
The Leader also felt concerned
that regarding the democratic aspects of the Integrated Care
Partnership and Integrated Care Board and wanted to ensure that the
new boards included elected member participation. He asked that the
report be brought back to Cabinet once governance arrangements had
been agreed and asked for this to be included at recommendation
Councillor Coxshall introduced
the report and stated that it outlined good consultation practice
and would help therefore help to increase the number of people
engaging with the Local Plan, which was a critical document for the
future of the borough. Councillor Hebb felt that it was important
to build homes in Thurrock in the right way, and this document
would help residents contribute their views. He stated that it
would approve the approach of involvement and would make the
consultation process easier for residents. Councillor Coxshall
added that officers would be working to ensure that the Local Plan
consultation was as quick and simple for residents as possible. He
felt that the Local Plan would improve outcomes for local
communities, as it would not just outline the future of
housebuilding, but also open spaces, education, and employment
opportunities in Thurrock.
The Leader introduced the
report and stated that it was a statutory duty for Cabinet to
nominate Members to sit on a variety of Outside Bodies, and the
report outlined Councillors who had sat on Outside Bodies last
year. He stated that all Cabinet outside bodies nominations would
remain the same, other than Impulse Leisure where Councillor
Jefferies would be nominated; and the Mid and South Essex NHS
Foundation Trust Council of Governors where Councillor Polley would