Agenda and minutes

Venue: Guildhall

Contact: Committee Administration 01905 722006, 722005, 722085 

Items
No. Item

1.

Appointment of Substitutes

To receive details of any Members appointed to attend the meeting instead of a Member of the Committee.

2.

Declarations of Interest

To receive any declarations of interest.

Minutes:

None.

3.

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.

4.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 47 KB

Of the meeting held on 13th March 2018 to be approved and signed.

Minutes:

RESOLVED: That the minutes of the meeting held in 13th March 2018 be approved and signed.

 

5.

Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) - Dogs pdf icon PDF 685 KB

1.       That the Environment Committee notes the outcome of the recent consultation.

 

2.       That the Environment Committee approves the implementation of a Public Space Protection Order as set out within the report.

 

Minutes:

The Head of Community Services presented a report regarding a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) relating to dogs. It was recommended that the PSPO was adopted with a review date of 3 year’s time.  A PSPO is enforceable; it is an offence not to comply and a person guilty of an offence is liable to a fine which is currently set at £70.00.

 

Consultation had taken place with West Mercia Police who fully support the proposals. Letters have also been sent to Community representatives. Worcester County Council responded to ask that they are consulted regarding the location and design of any signage.

 

The public were also consulted via an online survey. There were 212 responses which were evenly split between dog owners and non dog owners.

 

The Head of Community Services answered Members’ questions. When asked why only 4 dogs could be under the supervision of a single person, she explained that this was in line with RSPCA guidance. Questions were also asked regarding the need for extra staffing to enforce the PSPO. Officers felt that through the Poo Watch app identifying hotspots staff could be deployed more effectively. It was noted that additional red bins were not needed as any bin will do for disposal.

 

The was a discussion regarding the wording of signage – humour was felt to be a positive way of promoting dog owners to clean up after their dogs.

 

RESOLVED: That the Committee:

 

1. Note the outcome of the recent consultation

 

2. Approve the implementation of a Public Space Public Protection

    Order.

6.

Quarter 4 Performance Report 2017-18 pdf icon PDF 82 KB

That the Environment Committee considers the Council’s Quarter 4 performance for 2017/18.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Corporate Director – Commissioning and Delivery presented the Quarter 4 Performance Report to the Committee. She explained the scorecard presents information in a concise way and then provides further detail.

 

The Corporate Director and Operations Manager answered Members’ questions regarding the Scorecard, explaining that new projects will be added to the Scorecard in future. It was generally felt that it was important to recognise the improvement of cleanliness of Worcester’s streets.

 

RESOLVED: That the Committee considered the Quarter 4 performance for 2017/18.

7.

Street Scene Transformation - Update Report pdf icon PDF 147 KB

That the Committee notes the progress of Streetscene Transformation and next steps of carrying out trials to explore different ways of providing street scene services.

Minutes:

The Operations Manager presented an update report on Street Scene Transformation. Following a report on 31st October 2017 a set of high level principles was established as the foundation for the transformation work. A Task and Finish group was formed and has met on seven occasions. In addition a Project group was also created.

 

A full team workshop in March 2018 was attended by all Street Scene staff and the Chairman of the Environment Committee. This involved two sessions:

1. The review of current functions and arrangements

2. Team discussions and input regarding the areas of work identified by the Task and Finish Group.

 

Further research and scoping has also been carried out in relation to ‘Smart Bins.’ This includes research to help to increase recycling, review current types and location of litter, dog waste and recycling bins as well as reduce littering in general.

 

The Operations Manager and Environmental Operations Team Manager answered Members’ questions.

 

It was generally felt that communication was vital for the delivery of any improvement activity. The Committee acknowledged the large amount of work done by the Task and Finish Group and the Project Group.  

 

RESOLVED: That the Committee note the progress of Street Scene Transformation and next steps of carrying out trials to explore different ways of providing street scene services.

 

 

8.

Any Other Business

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

Minutes:

None.