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 Infrastructure', ‘Environmental Services' and 'Community and Regulatory Services'. 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 Anderson (Chair) Cllr Ransley Cllr Fisher
    Cllr Bateman
    Cllr Birnie (Vice Chair)    
    Cllr S Hearn
    Cllr Hicks
    Cllr Howard
    Cllr Matthews
    Cllr Riddick
    Cllr Timmis    
    Cllr C Wyatt-Lowe

    Substitutes

    Cllr Bateman Cllr England  
    Cllr McLean Cllr Link
    Cllr Ritchie Cllr Tindall

    Annual report

      Strategic Planning and Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee Annual Report 2017-2018 (PDF 100KB)

  • 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 'Corporate and Contracted Services'. 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 Adeleke Cllr Tindall Cllr Fethney
    Cllr Armytage
    Cllr Barrett    
    Cllr Banks (Vice Chair)    
    Cllr Chapman (Chairman)
    Cllr E Collins
    Cllr Douris
    Cllr Howard
    Cllr McLean
    Cllr Taylor
    Cllr Silwal

    Substitutes

    Cllr Anderson Cllr England
    Cllr Brown Cllr Pringle
    Cllr Guest Cllr Ransley  
    Cllr Matthews    
    Cllr W Wyatt-Lowe    

    Annual report

      Finance and Resources Overview and Scrutiny Committee Annual Report 2017-2018 (PDF 64KB)

  • 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 'Community and Regulatory Services' 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 Adeleke Cllr England Cllr Fethney
    Cllr Armytage Cllr Pringle
    Cllr Banks
    Cllr Bassadone
    Cllr Conway    
    Cllr P Hearn
    Cllr Imarni (Vice Chair)
    Cllr Mahmood (Chair)
    Cllr Mills
    Cllr W Wyatt-Lowe    

    Substitutes

    Cllr Howard Cllr Link
    Cllr McLean Cllr Ransley
    Cllr Clark Cllr Tindall

    Annual report

      Housing and Community Overview and Scrutiny Committee Annual Report 2017-2018 (PDF 203KB)