Agenda

Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee
Tuesday 12th March 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 29 January 2019 (previously circulated).

4.

ACTIONS UPDATE pdf icon PDF 71 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 21

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 INDICATOR REPORT pdf icon PDF 93 KB

Report of the Corporate Director (Resources, Environment and Cultural Services) which sets out the key performance indicator data collected for those services that fall within its remit. It provides Quarter 3 along with comparative information where possible.

Additional documents:

9.

FOOD SAFETY SERVICE DELIVERY PLAN 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 94 KB

Report of the Corporate Director (Public Protection, Planning and Governance) sets out the Food Safety Service Delivery Plan for 2019/20 (in Appendix A) for consideration by the Committee.

Additional documents:

10.

HEALTH AND SAFETY SERVICE DELIVERY PLAN 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 92 KB

Report of the Corporate Director (Public Protection, Planning and Governance) sets out the Health and Safety Service Plan for 2019/20 (in Appendix A) for consideration by the Committee.

Additional documents:

11.

OPERATION REPRISE AND BALSAM NOISE CALL OUT SERVICES UPDATE pdf icon PDF 105 KB

Report of the Corporate Director (Public Protection, Planning and Governance) updates Members on the work of the Environmental Health Team in conjunction with the Street Wardens in addressing noise complaints for Members to note.

Additional documents:

12.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITY (AUGUST 2017 - FEBRUARY 2019) pdf icon PDF 104 KB

Report of the Corporate Director (Public Protection, Planning and Governance) sets out the economic development activity that has taken place since the last report in July 2017 and the actions planned for 2019 – 2020 and beyond for Members to note.

13.

CLIMATE CHANGE pdf icon PDF 108 KB

Report of the Corporate Director (Public Protection, Planning and Governance) sets out the work of the Public Health and Protection Team in looking at mitigating the effects of climate change, including the Staff Travel Plan and energy efficiencies for Members to note and support.

14.

DRAFT ENVIRONMENT OVERVIEW AND SCRUTINY COMMITTEE ANNUAL REPORT 2018/2019 - REPORT IN ACCORDANCE WITH ARTICLE 6.3(C) OF THE CONSTITUTION pdf icon PDF 82 KB

Report of the Corporate Director (Public Protection, Planning and Governance) sets out the Environment and Overview Scrutiny Committee work this municipal year and makes recommendations for future work programmes for Members to note and consider.

15.

COMMITTEE OVERVIEW WORK PROGRAMME 2018/19 pdf icon PDF 49 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.

16.

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

17.

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).

18.

COMMITTEE SCRUTINY WORK PROGRAMME 2018/19

There is currently on a Scrutiny Subcommittee on how the Council can move forward with restricting parking on verges and footpaths.  An update is given under Item 4.

19.

RESPONSE FROM CABINET/COUNCIL TO SCRUTINY RECOMMENDATIONS/REPORTS

There are no responses to report to this meeting.

20.

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.

21.

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

22.

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 23 on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of confidential or exempt information as defined in Section 100(A)(3) 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

23.

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