Agenda and minutes

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Items
No. Item

19.

Declarations of Interest

To receive any declarations of interest.

Minutes:

None.

20.

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.

21.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 62 KB

Of the meeting held on 23rd October 2018 to be approved and signed.

Minutes:

With reference to Minute 13, last paragraph, the Head of Environmental Operations, in response to a question, confirmed that she had spoken with officers at Worcestershire County Council with regard to obtaining a statement on waste disposal/recycling.  It was also intended that a presentation would be given to Members in the new year.

 

With reference to Minute 18, the penultimate paragraph, the Head of Environmental Operations, in response to a request for an update, confirmed that she had attended a meeting with representatives from Plastic Free Worcester on 14th November 2018, whereby information was shared and discussions held on what could be done jointly.  It was agreed that a meeting would be scheduled for the new year which would be more action focused.

 

RESOLVED: That the minutes of the meeting held on 23rd October 2018 be approved as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.

22.

Riverside Project pdf icon PDF 473 KB

1.      That Environment Committee agrees that the area defined in the report will be referred to as ‘Riverside Park’;

2.      That Environment Committee notes progress on the Riverside Project and agrees to the recommended short term priorities and actions working towards Green Flag Award status for the Riverside Park;

 

3.      That Environment Committee instructs officers to appoint a landscape officer to design and specify works to deliver the short term priorities recommended within this report; and

4.      Subject to Environment Committee approval, that actions identified in the Income Generation Task and Finish Group are adopted within the Riverside Project.

 

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report on the Riverside Project.

 

The Team Manager for Community Engagement presented the report and explained that Worcester City Council had set out in its City Plan how it wanted to promote the City, with specific reference to the riverside, to inspire residents and visitors to access and enjoy high quality public spaces with complimentary facilities.

 

Attainment of Green Flag status was an initial step in a larger project looking at the Riverside which included recommendations from the Income Generation Task and Finish Group along with the wider Masterplan for the City.  The report recommended to Members key short term actions necessary to achieve Green Flag Award accreditation.

 

Since the inception of the project stakeholders representing a wide range of user groups, Councillors and statutory bodies had been involved in the scoping and evolution of the project.  Part of this discussion included defining the boundary of the park.  It was recommended that this extended to the boundary of Pitchcroft to the north and to Diglis bridge to the south as outlined in Appendix 1 attached to the report.

 

The Team Manager for Community Engagement drew the Committee’s attention to paragraph 2.8 of the report which outlined a number of projects which form the larger Riverside Project.  The preferred option recommended that the Riverside Project focused the next phase of work on short term actions to achieve Green Flag Award status these were set out in paragraph 3.1 of the report.

 

Subject to Committee approval, Officers would appoint a Landscape Architect to progress the short term action outlined in the report.  The financial breakdown of the costs were shown at paragraph 5.2 of the report.

 

The Team Manager for Community Engagement responded to questions from Members on various aspects of the riverside.

 

Members welcomed the report and were pleased to see that the Council would be engaging with the residential communities within the Riverside to consult on improvements and to identify how communities can be involved in the future of the Riverside.

 

On being proposed and seconded the Committee unanimously agreed the report.

 

RESOLVED: That the Committee

 

1.      agrees that the area defined in the report will be referred to as ‘Riverside Park’;

2.      notes progress on the Riverside Project and agrees to the recommended short term priorities and actions working towards Green Flag Award status for the Riverside Park;

 

3.      instructs officers to appoint a landscape officer to design and specify works to deliver the short term priorities recommended within this report; and

4.      approve the actions identified in the Income Generation Task and Finish Group to be adopted within the Riverside Project.

 

 

 

23.

Referral Report from Income Generation Sub-Committee pdf icon PDF 84 KB

That the Committee consider the report and findings of the Riverside Task and Finish Group and the recommendation from the Income Generation Sub-Committee to give the Severn Café priority as part of the consideration of Riverside Improvements.

 

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered a referral report from the Income Generation Sub-Committee on the findings of the Riverside Task and Finish Group, which was presented the Corporate Director – Finance and Resources.

 

At it’s meeting on 9th October 2018 the Income Generation Sub-Committee considered the report and findings of the Riverside Income Generation Task and Finish Group, which was established to explore opportunities to increase income from  the river and riverside.  The full report was attached as Appendix 1.

 

With regard to the Severn Café, the development potential of the facility was highlighted by the Sub-Committee and the view had been expressed that improvement proposals should be considered a priority.

 

During the discussions at the meeting the Sub-Committee had agreed that the Task and Finish Group’s report and findings should be referred to Environment Committee and recommended that the Severn Café be given priority as part of the consideration of the Riverside Improvements.

 

Officers responded to questions from Members.  The Corporate Director – Finance and Resources stated that the intention to lease the café on a three year basis was for the generation of income. 

 

Members also had indicated that the generation of income could be made from events on the river such as a river carnival, but Members were aware that there were other users of the river and there would need to be careful liaison with these groups.

 

Members were pleased to see that work was to be carried out to the moorings, particularly South Quay, but the standard was important, perhaps in developing a brand like Gheluvelt Park.

 

RESOLVED: That the Committee note the report and findings of the Riverside Task and Finish Group and agree to Severn Café being given priority as part of the Riverside Improvements.

24.

Any Other Business

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

Minutes:

None.