Agenda and minutes

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Items
No. Item

34.

Appointment of Substitutes

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

Minutes:

Councillor Knight for Councillor Roberts;  Councillor Lamb for Councillor Udall.

35.

Declarations of Interest

To receive any declarations of interest.

Minutes:

The following declaration of interest was made:

 

Councillor Jones – Waste Recycling and Disposal Presentation (Minute 38) – As an employee of Worcestershire County Council – the Waste Services Manager was known to him who also an employee of Worcestershire County Council.

36.

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.

37.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 59 KB

Of the meeting held on 29th January 2019 to be approved and signed.

Minutes:

RESOLVED: That the minutes of the meeting held on 29th January 2019 be approved as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.

38.

Waste Recycling and Disposal - Presentation

To receive a presentation from Richard Woodward, Waste Services Manager, Worcestershire County Council.

Minutes:

The Committee received a presentation from Richard Woodward, Waste Services Manager, Worcestershire County Council, on the current processes for waste recycling and disposal.  He made reference to the County Council’s Waste Management responsibilities and the Joint Municipal Waste Strategy which is built on the principles of the Waste Hierarchy.

 

Following the presentation there was an opportunity for Members to ask the Waste Services Manager questions on various aspects of the processes to which he responded.

 

The Chairman, on behalf of the Committee, thanked the Waste Services Manager and welcomed a separate session on prevention and re-use part of the Waste Hierarchy when this has been reviewed.

 

RESOLVED: That the presentation be noted with thanks.

 

39.

Proposed Committee Performance Scorecard 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 86 KB

That the Committee consider the proposed content of the Environment Committee Performance Scorecard for 2019/20.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report on the proposed content of the Environment Committee Performance Scorecard for 2019/20.

 

Appendix 1 attached to the report included a proposed suite of refreshed priority projects and KPI’s which had been developed taking into account of the completion of the current projects and commencement of new activities. 

 

The content of the Performance Scorecards had been reviewed and discussed with the Chair and Vice Chair of the Committee to ensure that they remained relevant.

 

The Corporate Director – Finance and Resources and Corporate Director – Homes and Communities drew the Committee’s attention to the new projects and activities for 2019/20 as set out in Appendix 1 attached to the report.  The Committee’s attention was also drawn to the new KPI’s for 2019/20.

 

Officers responded to questions from Members in particular maintenance of arterial routes and the A449 maintenance and the feasibility study related to drinking water fountains in the City Centre.

 

RESOLVED: That the Committee note the proposed content of the Environment Committee Performance Scorecard for 2019/20.

40.

Perdiswell Park Improvements pdf icon PDF 88 KB

That the Committee notes the content of this report including the funding allocated to each phase of the works and progress made on Phase One.

 

 

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report on the improvements to Perdiswell Park.

 

In June 2018 the Council allocated funding of £100,00 towards improvements at Perdiswell Park.  This was split between work to enhance safety on the leased land following the transfer of 9 holes of the golf course to Ravenmeadow Golf Centre (£30,000), and improvement to work around the rest of Perdiswell Park (£70,000).  The work is being conducted in 2 phases.

 

The Environmental Operations Projects Manager in presenting the report highlighted the timeline for Phase One and Two as outlined in paragraphs 3.1 to 3.8 and responded to questions from Members.

 

A plan of Perdiswell Park in the form of a Power Point presentation was shown to Members highlighting the main park information signage which had now been redesigned to support the work being carried out in Phase One, it also included public access times for the golf course area and dog trail routes around the course. 

 

In response to a question regarding the public right of way link into Perdiswell the Environmental Operations Projects Manager stated that he was in touch with the Rights of Way Officer at the County Council on this matter. 

 

Members asked if the plan showing all this information could be uploaded onto the City Council website.  The Environmental Operations Projects Manager agreed to this and would also email to Members of the Committee.

 

The Chairman, on behalf of the Committee, thanked the Environmental Operations Projects Manager for all his work on this project.

 

RESOLVED: That the Committee note the contents of the report including the funding allocated to each phase of the works and the progress made on Phase One.

41.

Any Other Business

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

Minutes:

Schools Strike for Climate 15th March 2019

 

Councillor Laurenson made reference to the ‘School Strike for Climate Change’ that was taking place outside the Guildhall on 15th March 2019 and asked the Chairman if it was in the remit of the Committee to endorse this event to show support or was there another mechanism where this could be done.

 

The Chairman stated that on the advice given, this could be raised at this Committee.  On this basis Councillor Laurenson proposed a motion to support the event, this was seconded by Councillor Stalker.  A number of members expressed their support.

 

Retiring Councillors

 

Members were made aware that this would be the last Environment Committee that Councillors Feeney and Knight would be attending as they would be retiring in May 2019.

 

The Chairman formally gave thanks to Councillor Feeney as the Committee’s Vice Chairman and thanked him for all his efforts on the Committee, particularly the Street Scene Task and Finish Group, his contributions had been immense.

 

The Chairman, on behalf of the Committee, also gave thanks to Councillor Knight stating all respected his opinions and would miss his input.

 

Both Councillors acknowledged the Committee’s best wishes.