The Committee considered a report from the
Task and Finish Group on a review of the measures to improve air
The Technical Services Manager in presenting
the report drew the Committee’s attention to each of the six
appendices attached to the report.
At the September 2017 meeting of the Licensing
and Environmental Health Committee, a Task and Finish Group was
recommended. The group had met on four
occasions between January and August 2018 with technical
presentations and discussions on air quality measures selected by
the group as highlighted in paragraph 2.7 of the
report. These options were selected for
further discussion, based on the potential for them to contribute
to the resolution of Worcester’s air quality concerns.
The preferred option at paragraph 4.1 set out
where the Task and Finish Group had identified a number of measures
it believed should be considered by the appropriate Council service
area in terms of viability and recommends that the Committee
instruct the service area to lead on the investigation into the
viability of each measure and report back.
It was recognised that a number of measures
would require the co-operation and active involvement of more than
one service area and logistics, resource and cost would have an
impact on the viability of each measure. The measures were grouped by lead service area
rather than priority as shown in table 1 attached to the back of
The Committee’s attention was drawn to
paragraph 4.2 of the report which identified the recommendations
which Members were being asked to consider together with the
recommendation at 1.3 of the report.
The Technical Services Manager responded to
questions from Members on the various air quality measures outlined
in the report.
Members commended the Task and Finish Group,
and those Officers who had been involved, for a very valuable
report. Members saw recommendation 1 at
4.2 of the report as the most important in terms of health and well
being. The Committee’s attention
was also drawn to paragraph 6.7 of the report which identified the
health and safety implications and the public health issues that
needed to be addressed.
In response to a question from Members the
Technical Services Manager stated that if approved by the Committee
then each recommendation would be passed to the relevant Corporate
Director who would report to Worcestershire Regulatory Services on
progress on the action plan. A report
to this Committee and potentially other Committee’s would
follow where appropriate in due course.
RESOLVED: That the
1. note the contents of the
report from the Task and Finish Group;
2. agree to the
recommendations in 4.2 of the report; and
3. agree to request WRS
Officers to include the considerations of the Task and Finish
Group, the recommendations listed in the report and the decision of
this Committee as progress with the measures within the City
Council’s Air Quality Action Plan update for submission to