Agenda

Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee
Tuesday 29th January 2019 7.30 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, Council Offices, The Campus, Welwyn Garden City, Herts, AL8 6AE

Contact: Helen Johnson 

Items
No. Item

SECTION A - Procedural Business and Policy Review and Development Items

1.

SUBSTITUTION OF MEMBERS

To note any substitution of Members made in accordance with Council Procedure Rules 19-22.

2.

APOLOGIES

3.

MINUTES

To confirm as a correct record the Minutes of the meeting held on 13 November 2018 (previously circulated).

4.

ACTIONS UPDATE pdf icon PDF 69 KB

Report of the Corporate Director (Public Protection, Planning and Governance) lists the actions from previous meetings and their current status.

5.

NOTIFICATION OF URGENT BUSINESS TO BE CONSIDERED UNDER ITEM 25

6.

DECLARATIONS OF INTERESTS BY MEMBERS

To note declarations of Members’ disclosable pecuniary interests, non-disclosable pecuniary interests and non-pecuniary interests in respect of items on the Agenda.

7.

PUBLIC QUESTION TIME AND PETITIONS

Up to fifteen minutes will be made available for questions from members of the public on issues relating to the work of the Committee and to receive any petitions.

8.

PERFORMANCE INDICATORS QUARTER TWO pdf icon PDF 92 KB

Report of the Corporate Director (Resources, Environment and Cultural Services) which sets out the performance data collected for those services that fall within its remit. It provides Quarter Two for 2018-19, along with comparative information. 

Additional documents:

9.

DRIVEWAY KEEP CLEAR POLICY AND PRICING STRATEGY pdf icon PDF 98 KB

Report of the Corporate Director (Resources, Environment and Cultural Services) which sets out changes to applications for and installations of H-B road markings. H-B road markings ensure that an area adjacent to a dropped curb is kept clear of parked vehicles.

10.

PEST CONTROL UPDATE pdf icon PDF 90 KB

Report of the Corporate Director (Public Protection, Planning and Governance) which updates Members on the current pest control contract, activities of the team and levels of pest control enforcement action over the past year.

Additional documents:

11.

DEFRA'S RESOURCES AND WASTE STRATEGY- SUMMARY pdf icon PDF 97 KB

Report of the Corporate Director (Resources, Environment and Cultural Services) which updates Members on the key aspects of DEFRA’s Resources and Waste Strategy.

12.

SAFETY ADVISORY TEAM UPDATE

Report of the Corporate Director (Public Protection, Planning and Governance) which updates members on the Safety Advisory Team’s work, via a presentation.

13.

RESILIENCE UPDATE pdf icon PDF 91 KB

Report of the Corporate Director (Public Protection, Planning and Governance) which updates Members on the principal resilience activities that have been carried out by the Risk and Resilience Team over the last year.

14.

SERVICE STANDARDS FOR REGULATORY WORK pdf icon PDF 80 KB

Report of the Corporate Director (Public Protection, Planning and Governance) which sets out the requirement for a consultation on potential updates to the Council’s current standards of regulatory work, which is carried out by various teams, to ensure that it is still valid.

Additional documents:

15.

EAT OUT EAT WELL UPDATE pdf icon PDF 91 KB

Report of the Corporate Director (Public Protection, Planning and Governance) which updates Members on the delivery of the Eat Out Eat Well healthy eating award for food business complaint with food hygiene and food standard regulations.

16.

DEFRA CONSULTATION - PROTECTING AND ENHANCING ENGLAND'S TREES AND WOODLANDS pdf icon PDF 85 KB

Report of the Corporate Director (Resources, Environment and Cultural Services) which sets out the recent DEFRA consultation on Protecting and Enhancing Britain’s Trees and Woods which looks to protect urban trees and imposes duties on local authorities, in particular to consult communities on the felling of street trees. The report includes the Council’s proposed responses to the consultation.

Additional documents:

17.

COMMUNITY TOILET SCHEME pdf icon PDF 89 KB

Report of the Corporate Director (Planning, Public Protection and Governance) which sets out the case to implement a community toilet scheme within Welwyn Hatfield.

Additional documents:

18.

REVIEW OF HACKNEY CARRIAGE TERMS AND CONDITIONS pdf icon PDF 74 KB

Report of the Corporate Director (Public Protection, Planning and Governance) which sets out the revised Hackney Carriage terms and conditions (Appendix A) as agreed by the review group which was set up last year.  The revised terms and conditions specify the requirement for wheelchair accessible vehicles, and it is requested they are released for consultation (as set out in Appendix B).

Additional documents:

19.

COMMITTEE OVERVIEW WORK PROGRAMME 2018/19 pdf icon PDF 51 KB

The pro-forma which sets out the Committee’s overview work programme has been updated since the last meeting to enable forward planning of items to be considered to take place.  Items which the Committee agrees it would like to consider will be scheduled into the work programme.

20.

RESPONSE FROM CABINET/COUNCIL TO RECOMMENDATIONS FROM OVERVIEW AND SCRUTINY COMMITTEE

There are no responses to report.

SECTION B - Scrutiny Items - Executive Members are excluded from this part of the meeting

21.

CONSIDERATION OF ITEMS FOR SCRUTINY

To consider

 

(1)     whether any Cabinet decisions should be scrutinised post-implementation (Paragraph 14.1 of the Overview and Scrutiny Procedure Rules)

 

(2)     whether any items which relate to areas covered by the Committee which a member of the Committee may wish to raise with a view to deciding whether an issue should be scrutinised.

 

The Administration and Opposition Groups each have the right within the Municipal Year to have one scrutiny topic referred to a Sub-Committee.

 

Where the Committee decides an issue should be scrutinised, a scrutiny Sub-Committee should be appointed to carry out the specific piece of scrutiny work (Paragraph 6.3 of the Procedure for the Operation of the Overview and Scrutiny Function).

22.

COMMITTEE SCRUTINY WORK PROGRAMME 2018/19

No scrutiny reviews are currently programmed.

23.

RESPONSE FROM CABINET/COUNCIL TO SCRUTINY RECOMMENDATIONS/REPORTS

There are no responses to report to this meeting.

24.

COUNCILLOR CALL FOR ACTION

To receive any request from a Councillor for a discussion on behalf of residents on an issue affecting a single council ward where local problems have arisen and other methods of resolution have been exhausted.

25.

SUCH OTHER BUSINESS AS, IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIRMAN, IS OF SUFFICIENT URGENCY TO WARRANT IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION

26.

EXCLUSION OF PRESS AND PUBLIC

The Committee is asked to resolve:

 

That under Section 100(A)(2) and (4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the press and public be now excluded from the meeting for item 27 and 28 (if any) on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of confidential or exempt information as defined in Section 100(A)(3) of Paragraphs 2 (identity of an individual) and 7 (prevention, investigation or prosecution of crime) of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the said Act (as amended).

 

In resolving to exclude the public in respect of the exempt information, it is considered that the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.

Part II - Private and Confidential Items

27.

HACKNEY CARRIAGE ENFORCEMENT REVIEW 2017-2018

Exempt report of the Corporate Director (Public Protection, Planning and Governance) which provides Members with a summary of work carried out over the last year, including officer’s decisions that have contributed to public protection.

28.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS OF A CONFIDENTIAL OR EXEMPT NATURE AT THE DISCRETION OF THE CHAIRMAN