Agenda and minutes

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Items
No. Item

34.

Declarations of Interest

To receive any declarations of interest.

Minutes:

None.

35.

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.

36.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 56 KB

Of the meeting held on 30th January 2018 to be approved and signed.

Minutes:

RESOLVED: That the minutes of the meeting held on 30th January 2018 be approved and signed.

37.

Enhancements to Tennis Provision and Cripplegate Park pdf icon PDF 116 KB

1.      To note progress being made in relation to the development of a Local Tennis Network for Worcester City, and the partnership approach to securing funding.

 

2.      To delegate responsibility to Officers to submit a grant application in consultation with the Committee Chair and Vice Chair, to the Lawn Tennis Association’s Transforming British Tennis Together fund through the new Worcester Tennis Network utilising £50,000 County Council contribution as match funding.

3.      To bring a further report to the Communities Committee to outline options for the management of tennis courts in Cripplegate and Gheluvelt Parks.

 

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report on the enhancements to tennis provision and Cripplegate Park.

 

The report outlined the opportunity to improve Worcester City Council owned tennis facilities through a grant application to the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA), and also improve access to community sporting facilities for Worcester residents.

 

The Green Flag reports and Place Partnership Ltd had both highlighted the need for investment in both Cripplegate and Gheluvelt Parks based on inspections carried out in 2017.  An analysis of strategic need had also been undertaken and was attached as Appendix 1 to the report.

 

The tennis courts at Cripplegate Park had deteriorated in condition over a number of years and represented an outstanding liability to the Council in the region of £200,000 over the coming 5 years.

 

As part of the works to New Road an agreement had been negotiated with the County Council Highways Department to use two of the tennis courts at Cripplegate Park as a works depot.  In return the County Council were to contribute a sum of £50,000 towards carrying out the resurfacing works.

 

Officers had also identified a further £50,000 of grant funding through the LTA’s Transforming British Tennis Together fund, which required an application to be submitted.  In addition the LTA would make available an interest free loan of up to 25% of the total value of the project.  The LTA had developed a new online booking system the installation of which was a condition of the grant (within the £200k budget).

 

The Corporate Director – Finance and Resources drew the Committee’s attention to the financial and budgetary implications at paragraph 6.1 of the report for clarification on the funding.  The remaining element of match funding could be charged to the Income Generation Fund, which would be replenished from the income generated by the scheme.  The allocation would be subject to the agreement of the Income Generation Sub-Committee on presentation of the full business case for the scheme. 

 

Officers responded to questions from Members on various aspects of the scheme.

 

The Chairman thanked officers on the Committee’s behalf and acknowledged that work had been going on for some time to bring about this development which had so many positives.  A further report would come back to the Committee in due course outlining management options for the courts.

 

RESOLVED That the Committee:

 

1.      note progress being made in relation to the development of a Local Tennis Network for Worcester City, and the partnership approach to securing funding.

 

2.      delegate responsibility to Officers to submit a grant application in consultation with the Committee Chair and Vice Chair, to the Lawn Tennis Association’s Transforming British Tennis Together fund through the new Worcester Tennis Network utilising £50,000 County Council contribution as match funding.

3.      note that a further report to come back to Committee to outline options for the management of tennis courts in Cripplegate and Gheluvelt Parks.

 

 

38.

Environmental Enforcement Policy pdf icon PDF 110 KB

To adopt the proposed Environmental Enforcement Policy for Worcester City.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report on the adoption of a proposed Environmental Enforcement Policy for Worcester City attached as Appendix 1.

 

In October 2016 the environmental enforcement function for the Council was introduced within the Parking Enforcement Team.  This report proposed the adoption of the Environmental Enforcement Policy to provide a framework for this function to be undertaken.

 

Enforcement activity undertaken since the service was established was highlighted at paragraph 2.5 of the report.  The policy covered key items and these were highlighted in paragraph 3.3 of the report.  The policy also captured the latest national guidance including Principles of Good Regulation; The Regulator’s Code; and a Code for Crown Prosecutors.

 

Officers responded to questions from Members relating to various aspects in the policy document.

 

In conclusion, Committee Members unanimously agreed the policy for adoption.

 

RESOLVED: That the Committee adopt the proposed Environmental Enforcement Policy for Worcester City.

 

39.

Proposed Committee Performance Scorecards 2018/19 pdf icon PDF 90 KB

That the Environment Committee consider the proposed content of the Environment Performance Scorecard for 2018/19.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered the proposed content of the Environment Committee Performance Scorecard for 2018/19.

 

The Committee’s attention was drawn to Appendix 1 outlining the key projects and activities and were informed that two items were to be added namely Cinderella Sports Ground (currently on Communities Committee Scorecard) and Car Parking Management (currently on Planning and Economic Development Committee Scorecard).

 

Committee Members were satisfied with the proposed content of the Environment Committee Scorecard with the inclusion of the two items identified.

 

RESOLVED: That the Committee note the proposed content of the Environment Committee Performance Scorecard for 2018/19 with the inclusion of the Cinderella Sports Ground and Car Parking Management projects.

 

40.

Projects Funded Through the 2018/19 Budget - Discussion Item

To discuss the next steps in respect of projects agreed by Council for inclusion in the budget.

Minutes:

Committee Members discussed the next steps in respect of the projects that had been identified at the meeting on 30thJanuary 2018.

 

The Chairman confirmed that the Committee’s recommendations put forward to the Policy and Resources Committee for consideration had all been agreed with the exception of the floral displays. 

 

It was noted that all of the proposed projects would require Member involvement in the form of Task and Finish groups.

41.

Any Other Business

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

Minutes:

None.