Agenda and minutes

Venue: Guildhall

Contact: Committee Administration 01905 722006, 722005, 722085 

Items
No. Item

26.

Declarations of Interest

To receive any declarations of interest.

Minutes:

None.

27.

Public Participation

Up to a total of fifteen minutes can be allowed, each speaker being allocated a maximum of five minutes, for members of the public to present a petition, ask a question or comment on any matter on the Agenda or within the remit of the Committee.

Minutes:

None.

28.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 73 KB

Of the meeting held on 31st October 2017 to be approved and signed.

Minutes:

RESOLVED: That the minutes of the meeting held on 31st October 2017 be approved and signed.

29.

Quarter 3 Performance Report 2017-18 pdf icon PDF 81 KB

That the Environment Committee considers the Council’s Quarter 3 performance for 2017/18.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report on performance against relevant Key Performance Indicators for Quarter 3.  Officers responded to questions from Members on detailed aspects of the report. 

 

Particular reference was made to the review of the environmental enforcement function which was to be considered during January 2018. It was confirmed that a policy had been drafted and was currently with Legal Services and would be presented to Committee at its March meeting.

 

RESOLVED: That the Committee note the Council’s Quarter 3 Performance report for 2017/18.

30.

Draft Medium Term Financial Plan 2018-2023 and Draft Budget 2018-2019 pdf icon PDF 100 KB

1.      That the Committee consider the draft budget for the Council for the financial year 2018/19.

 

2.      That the Committee consider whether to provide a formal response to the draft budget to the Policy and Resources Committee.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered the draft budget for the Council for the financial year 2018/19.

 

Members considered a number of specific budget proposals and decided whether these should be taken forward to the Policy and Resources Committee.  In summary, following discussion on the proposals, the Committee’s recommendations were:

 

Proposal

Proposed allocation

Allocate funding for the development  of the riverside to:

 

-          Give greater identity to the area

-          Improve the visitor experience of Worcester

-          Provide more and better information and signage

-          Improve access

-          Improve landscaping

 

£300,000

Allocate funding to improve gateways into the city, including:

 

-          Commissioning design engineers to bring forward proposals

-          Engaging communities on options for improvement

-           

£100,000

Improve arterial routes into and around the city, including:

 

-          Improving the visibility and environmental character of these routes

-          replacing litter bins with larger bins and capacity for recyclables

-          increase signage to deter littering

 

£50,000 for capital items

 

£50,000 as a one-off item to implement a trial scheme

Improve the look and feel of the city through floral displays

£100,000 for capital items

 

 

 

 

 

 

£50,000 revenue for planting regimes

Maintain the 2017/18 funding for dealing with gulls

£15,000

 

RESOLVED: That the Committee, having considered the draft budget for the Council for the financial year 2018/19, recommend the Policy and Resources Committee to consider the amendments as set out in the table above.

31.

Play Area Condition Update pdf icon PDF 594 KB

That the Committee notes the content of the report in relation to the current condition of play areas and the good progress that has been made over the last five years to improve the quality and standard of play areas provided across the City.

 

Minutes:

The Committee received a report on play area condition update.

 

Worcester City currently owned and operated 46 play areas across the City.  The Committee’s attention was drawn to the full list of play areas and the play areas location map attached as Appendix 1 to the report.

 

In 2011 a cross party review established a set of guiding principles to form and manage a programme of investment for the play sites in response to high cost repairs and replacement equipment across the city’s play site as outlined in paragraph 2.2 of the report.

 

An improvement programme was to continue as the Council considered what would be required in  the future in terms of play provision and maintenance costs.  It was important that any changes to play areas were communicated to local Ward Members, community organisations and other local stakeholders with consultation on proposed changes or removal undertaken when required.

 

Officer responded to questions from Members when reviewing the list of play areas and their current condition.  Following concerns by some Members that the appendix made reference to the ‘removal of site’ by some play some areas, it was emphasised that this related to the equipment only and not the site itself.

 

The Chairman gave thanks to Officers for the report which gave a basis for continued progress.

 

RESOLVED: That the Committee notes the content of the report in relation to the current condition of play areas and the good progress that has been made over the last five years to improve the quality and standard of play areas provided across the City.

 

 

32.

Recycling Task and Finish Group - Draft Action Plan pdf icon PDF 166 KB

That the Committee note the draft action plan to progress the recommendations made by the Recycling Task and Finish Group.

 

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report on the Recycling Task and Finish Group draft action plan.

 

At its meeting in June 2017 the Environment Committee formed a Task and Finish Group to look at recycling services and performance.  The Group agreed that its focus was on what could be done to maximise recycling levels and reduce residual waste.

 

The Group’s work concluded in September and a report presented to the Committee on 31st October outlined the Group’s findings and recommendations related to 4 key themes.  These recommendations had now been developed into draft action plan which was attached as Appendix 1 to the report.

 

Following comments and any further additions by the Committee, further input would be sought from the Council’s Communications and Officers at County and Districts before it was finalised.  As part of this Officers will also consider any budgetary implications in relation to funding the plan.  An update on progress would be brought back to the Committee later in the year 2018/19.

 

It was recognised that the Council should lead by example and offer good recycling facilities to staff and its offices.  There was a desire to reduce and remove the utilisation of single use plastic items in catering etc. These items had been included in the draft action plan.

 

RESOLVED: That the Committee note the draft action plan to progress the recommendations made by the Recycling Task and Finish Group.

 

 

33.

Any Other Business

Which in the opinion of the Chairman is of sufficient urgency as to warrant consideration.

Minutes:

None.