Residents, businesses, organisations and academia of Bournemouth Christchurch and Poole have made representations to the Council in relation to the introduction of 5G connectivity to the area. In response to this, the Chairman of the Overview and Scrutiny Board, Councillor Philip Broadhead, has provided an opportunity for views to be provided to the Council in a call for evidence on 5G.
All views received will be used as evidence to determine whether further inquiry work is required by the Overview and Scrutiny Board in respect of 5G connectivity implementation.
Key lines of inquiry
At this initial stage, the Chairman is posing the following broad questions:
- What are the perceived benefits to the area as a result of the implementation of 5G?
- What are the perceived concerns relating to the implementation of 5G?
These questions are prompts to assist respondents and all comments are welcome.
An inquiry is only as good as the evidence it receives. Hearing from as many people as possible will give the Board an opportunity to understand the views of the public. This may include submissions from business owners, industry experts, those within the health profession, representatives of action groups and organisations and those acting alone.
What is overview and scrutiny and a call for evidence?
Overview and scrutiny (O&S) is a function of the Council which enables councillors to look in greater detail at decisions being made inside and outside the Council and matters of concern to residents. Overview and Scrutiny in BCP Council is formed of three separate committees with councillors sitting on them. If councillors feel that action is required, some of the options available for O&S are:
- Recommendations to other parts of the Council;
- Recommendations to external organisations;
- Assistance in the development of policy.
Overview and Scrutiny has the power to look at anything which affects ‘the area, or the area’s inhabitants’.
A call for evidence is a way for councillors to gather views on a matter which they may believe is an important issue for residents and consider whether further investigation is required into the topic. If further work is undertaken, it can lead to recommendations to positively shape future policy.
The Overview and Scrutiny Board is a committee formed of 15 councillors who meet monthly.
Have your say
The call for evidence has now closed and the responses are being analysed. The Overview and Scrutiny Board will consider the written and verbal responses received through the call for evidence at its meeting of 11 November 2019. The meeting will take place at 2pm and be held in Council Chamber, Civic Offices, Bridge Street, Christchurch BH23 1AZ.
Call for evidence stages
| Stage||Date || Activity|
| Opening date for call for evidence (written submissions)
||10 September 2019
Written submissions can be provided until 7 October in the following ways:
The O&S Specialist, Democratic Services, BCP Council, Town Hall, Bourne Avenue, Bournemouth, BH2 6DY
Overview and Scrutiny Board meeting, at:
Council Chamber, Civic Offices, Bridge Street, Christchurch, BH23 1AZ
23 September 2019
Opportunity for verbal submissions. Speakers can inform 5GEvidence@bcpcouncil.gov.uk of their intention to speak by no later than 12 noon, Friday 20 September 2019. A maximum of 5 minutes per speaker will be provided on a first come first served basis. The Chairman will provide equal opportunity for perceived concerns and benefits to be expressed.
| Closing date for call for evidence (written submissions)
|| 7 October 2019
|| All submissions will be circulated to Overview and Scrutiny Board members for consideration after this date.
Overview and Scrutiny Board meeting
Time and venue of this meeting will be confirmed and advertised on the Council’s website.
| 11 November 2019
Submissions received through the call for evidence are discussed by the Overview and Scrutiny Board. Further action and associated timescales determined.