Agenda and minutes

Venue: COUNCIL CHAMBER

Contact: Democratic Services Department 

Items
No. Item

1283.

Apologies for absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor H Barrett, Councillor Ray Thomas and Nicola Mahoney.

1284.

Declarations of Interest (including whipping declarations)

Members of the Committee are reminded of their personal responsibility to declare any personal and prejudicial interest in respect of matters contained in this agenda in accordance with the provisions of the Local Government Act 2000, the Council’s Constitution and the Members Code of Conduct.   In addition, Members must declare any prohibited party whip which the Member has been given in relation to the meeting as per the Local Government (Wales) Measure 2011.  

 

Note:

 

a.    Members are reminded that they must identify the item number and subject matter that their interest relates to and signify the nature of the personal interest; and

 

b.    Where Members withdraw from a meeting as a consequence of the disclosure of a prejudicial interest they must notify the Chair when they leave.

 

Minutes:

None were received.

1285.

Overcoming the Blight of Fly-tipping and Litter in the County Borough pdf icon PDF 3 MB

To meet with external Organisations and Partners, Councillors and Council Officials.

Minutes:

The Chair welcomed invited partners, outside organisation representatives, Gareth Chapman the Chief Executive and the Leader Councillor Brendan Toomey to the meeting and emphasised the important issues to be discussed.  He then outlined the procedures and format of the meeting.

 

The Chair referred the committee to the purpose of the report and outlined the lines of enquiry that are to be discussed:-

 

  • What is the local problem – why do people fly-tip and why is there a prevalence of litter and rubbish about our streets, estates and the countryside;
  • What legal responsibility does the Council have for dealing with fly tipping and litter/rubbish clearance;
  • What legal responsibilities do landowners have and how does the Council ensure that they clear fly-tipping and litter/rubbish from their land;
  • Who does what within the Council;
  • What effect have the 3GS litter enforcement officers had in the short time they have been operational; and what is their exact remit within the County Borough;
  • What are the current systems for reporting litter and fly-tipping; how many reports and complaints is the Council receiving (are they increasing?), and what are the clearance response times;
  • What is the Council doing to deter fly-tippers (including what penalties are imposed);
  • Are there any problems or issues with existing practices within the Council that exacerbate the problem;
  • Which other partners/agencies/organisations are involved, and what are their responsibilities and what actions do they take;
  • What are Public, Councillor and Officer views on how to tackle the issues in a sustainable way.

 

The Chair then handed over to the Leader, Councillor Brendan Toomey.  The Leader thanked the chair and panel for the invitation to this meeting and also thanked the partners for attending.

 

He outlined in detail the importance of tackling the Blight of Fly-tipping and Litter in the County Borough and emphasised that this problem is a national one.  Funding has been identified to provide around 15 covert cameras to be placed in known hotspots these are to be set up in the next couple of weeks.

 

Councillor David Jones then referred to six main categories to be discussed:-

 

·         Enforcement

·         Education

·         General Fly-tipping

·         Commercial Waste

·         Residential Waste

·         Street littering.

Councillor D Jones announced that a new Enforcement Team has now been set up which compiles of:

 

·         Craig Arnold, Operations Director 3GS

·         Martin Gowdy, Enforcement Officer 3GS

·         Jemma Rough, Environmental Officer MTCBC

·         Val Steele, Waste Strategy Manager MTCBC

·         Stephen Thomas, Waste Manager Supervisor MTCBC

·         Paul Davies, Waste Management Operations, Environmental Services MTCBC

·         Paul Jones, Street Cleansing MTCBC.

 

a)    Enforcement

 

The Chair then opened up the meeting for debate and the following questions on enforcement issues were raised.

 

·         To date how many enforcement notices have we given out and will 3GS be patrolling out of the town centre?

·         Are we going to be working with partner agencies and Probation Service?

·         Are 3GS looking to increase Enforcement Officers patrolling the County Borough?

·         Regarding Fixed Penalty Notices what age group does this cover, it is over 18’s or 16 to 18’s?

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1286.

Any other business deemed urgent by the Chair

Minutes:

The Chair advised the task and finish group are to meet, date to be agreed, also that a report to council with recommendations should be submitted.

 

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