Agenda and minutes

Prosperous Staffordshire Select Committee
Tuesday, 12th September, 2017 10.00 am

Venue: Oak Room, County Buildings, Stafford

Contact: Julie Roberts  Email:

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Declarations of Interest


Paul Woodhead declared an interest in the item on Staffordshire’s Library Strategy in his capacity as a volunteer at his local library, and on the item on Staffordshire’s Safer Roads Partnership as he was a member of a Community Speed Watch group.


Minutes of the Prosperous Staffordshire Select Committee held on 31 July 2017 pdf icon PDF 134 KB


RESOLVED – That the minutes of the meeting of the Prosperous Staffordshire Select Committee held on 31 July 2017 be confirmed and signed by the Chairman.


Staffordshire's Libraries Strategy pdf icon PDF 660 KB

Report of the Cabinet Member for Communities

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Members considered a report outlining a proposed Strategy for Staffordshire’s Libraries offer for 2018-21.  The paper included an assessment of progress to date following the implementation of the new delivery model in April 2016 and evidenced the impact of the introduction of Community Managed Libraries (CMLs), on which members received three case studies.  The paper also outlined a proposed strategy for further service development supported by technology and described how the existing community focused model would be expanded to realise further MTFS savings. 


The Libraries and Arts Service invited comments from the Select Committee on the current and proposed Library Offer. This would help shape the future development of Staffordshire County Council’s Strategy for their Library Services from 2018-21.  Members’ views were also sought on the principles to determine where community management or self-service was considered as an option and on the principles proposed for the future planning of the Mobile and Travelling Library Service.


Members considered a range of statistics around membership, visits, virtual visits, items issued, pc bookings, the Summer Reading Challenge, bus passes issued and volunteers.  During the first phase of transformation no libraries had been closed and all 43 libraries remained part of the statutory network, with 20 libraries managed and delivered by the Council and 23 libraries becoming Community Managed and Delivered by April 2018. 19 libraries would be managed and delivered by community organisations, or South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (SSSFT) by the end of October 2017.  The Committee were informed that Library visits, issues and new members continued to decrease in line with national trends.


The Libraries Transformation Programme – part 1 had delivered savings of £1.675m, however further savings of £1.3m have been identified in the MTFS between 2018 and 2021 (part 2).  There was a need therefore to continue transforming Staffordshire Libraries to enable the delivery of these savings and ensure a sustainable library service for the future.  Consequently, subject to Cabinet approval and to comply with the statutory duty, it was proposed that Staffordshire Libraries explore and consult on the following:

·       The introduction of self-service libraries

·       An increased number of community managed libraries

·       Options for any community libraries that have not yet transferred to Community Management

·       Reviewing and re-modelling the Mobile and Travelling Library Service

Members’ views were sought on the principles that would help to inform the criteria which could determine where community management or self-service could be considered as an option for each community:

  1. Community Management could be considered at the least well used libraries. OR
  2. Community Management could be considered for any library where based on the existing model, the service considers that the opportunity for community management could be tested.
  3. Self-service could be considered for all SCC libraries.


  1. Self-service could be considered for any library where the service considers that the opportunity for self-service could be tested, with the core staffed hours determined by the current level of use.
  2. For some libraries this could result in consulting on more than one option.  ...  view the full minutes text for item 51.


Staffordshire Safer Roads Partnership pdf icon PDF 282 KB

Report and Presentation of the Cabinet Member for Commercial


Members received a report and presentation on the Staffordshire Safer Roads Partnership (SSRP).  They were informed that it was set up in 2001 with the aim of bringing partner organisations together to reduce road casualties in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.  The current key partners were: Staffordshire County Council; Stoke-on-Trent City Council; Staffordshire Police; Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service; and Highways England. 


The joint governance group for the SSRP agreed in January 2016 to strengthen the governance of the Partnership.  This prompted a redesign of the governance arrangements, delivery model and staffing structure to ensure that the future work of the Partnership would receive appropriate direction and scrutiny.  Members were informed that a key element to note was that the SSRP did not exist as an autonomous entity.  It was an informal collaboration designed to improve road safety through sharing resources and skills across all partner organisations.  It planned to use a range of measures including Education, Engagement, Enforcement and Engineering to support a wider culture change that would see excessive speed and careless behaviour on our roads as socially unacceptable.


The Cabinet Member informed the Select Committee that twelve years ago 438 people were killed or seriously injured in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent on our roads, which included 81 fatalities.  Last year the figure was 370, which included 30 fatalities, a significant improvement.  His vision was not only that this figure would constantly reduce but that it would become zero. 


Under the new governance arrangements a Strategic Board was set up, comprised of political representatives of partner organisations and representatives from wider organisations such as public health and RoSPA.  This provided strategic direction, and was responsible for financial decision making and scrutiny.  There was also an Operational Board, comprised of senior members of partner organisations.  This managed operational delivery and made recommendations to the Strategic Board. A Core Team was also established comprised of a Strategic Governance and Commissioning Manager from Staffordshire County Council, an Education and Training Co-ordinating Manager from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, and an Insight and Intelligence Officer from Stoke-on-Trent City Council.  Members were presented with a chart showing statistics of casualties by year and their severity. This showed a consistent downward trend.  However the figures had shown an increase from 2015 owing to a change in recording practices and this would be monitored. 


Members were given pictorial examples of the types of initiatives which came under Education, including a range of education provided at schools, immersive experiences with emergency services, posters, and running National Driving Offender courses on behalf of Staffordshire Police.  Examples of Engineering initiatives included vehicle activated signs, the redesign of a junction on the A515 to make it safer, and modified crash barriers as part of a motorcycle safety exercise.  As part of Engagement, examples included speed indicator devices, wheelie bin stickers, community speed watch and an event held for motor bikers.  In relation to Enforcement Members were informed that there were three combined red light and speed cameras, 259 Gatso cameras, 3 average  ...  view the full minutes text for item 52.


Work Programme pdf icon PDF 276 KB

Report of the Scrutiny and Support Manager


The Select Committee received a copy of their draft 2017/18 Work Programme.  They were informed that the Chairman and Vice-Chairman had met with the Scrutiny and Support Manager to discuss this, and it had been agreed that an additional meeting should be scheduled for 4 April 2018.  Members noted the following amendments: that

  • the item on the Impact on Staffordshire of Britain’s Vote to Leave the European Union (EU), to Include the EU Funding Programme be referred to the All Party Member Group on External Relations
  • the item on Superfast Staffordshire Broadband – Going Forward should be referred to the All Party Member Group on Improvement
  • the item on the Sportshire Strategy and Major Events Evaluation should now be dealt with as a briefing note
  • the item Heritage Lottery Fund Bid should now be dealt with as a briefing note
  • the item on Hanford Energy be referred to the Corporate Review Committee
  • the item on the Constellation Partnership be referred to the Corporate Review Committee
  • the item on Rights of Way be the subject of a discussion between the Vice-Chairman and the Cabinet Member for Communities


RESOLVED – That the above amendments be noted.