Agenda and minutes


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Apologies for absence


No apologies for absence were received.


Declarations of Interest (including whipping declarations)

Members 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 and Finance Act 1992 relating to Council Tax, the Local Government Act 2000, the Council’s Constitution and the Members Code of Conduct




(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


No Declarations of Interest were received.


Environmental Enforcement Across The County Borough pdf icon PDF 284 KB

To consider the attached report


Paul Jones provided a month on month update up until Quarter 3 on environmental enforcement across the County Borough.  He advised of an amendment to the report, there are 16 community groups, not 14 as detailed and a further three potential groups have shown an interest.


The following questions/comments were raised by Committee and responded to in detail by the officers:-


·         Fly tipping

-       unregistered land

-       no. of reported incidents

-       areas most affected

·         FPN’s

-       reasons for revoking fines

-       formal investigations

-       how many have reached Court

-       prosecutions out for warrant

-       duty of Local Authority on private land

-       difficulties in getting people to pay FPN’s/payment options

-       fines issued by the Magistrates Court

-       costs awarded

-       publicity, promotion and awareness

·         Community Groups

-       what areas are community groups clearing

-       how do groups register

-       what support is offered

-       should fly tipping be removed before officers have investigated.

·         Surveillance cameras

-       how many are available

-       how are hotspot areas prioritised

-       staff capacity

·         Court warrants

·         Replacement of 3GS litter wardens

·         Do we have workers who do litter picks


Recommended that:


Committee note the content of the report.


Update on Carbon and Energy Management Activities pdf icon PDF 317 KB

To consider the attached report


The Chair welcomed Mick Campbell and Iain Goldsworthy the new Energy Officer to the meeting. 


Mick Campbell provided an update on the carbon and energy management activities.


The Chair referred to the background papers identified and requested that links are provided when background papers are referred to.


The following questions/comments were raised by Committee and responded to in detail by the officers:-


·         British Gas (bill)

·         High level energy assessment

·         Energy Services company costs

·         Potential energy projected costs

·         Remaining 10% not connected to a “Stark” M & T system

·         Gas meters and gas consumption

·         ReFIT programme

·         Carbon Management Plan

·         CRC scheme

·         “Save Energy Online”


A Committee member welcomed the Energy Officer’s appointment and looked forward to the future savings this post would bring.


The Chair requested officers to bring an update report including any proactive results to Committee in approximately six months.


Recommended that:


a)    Committee note the content of the report.


b)    Officers to bring an update report to Committee in approximately six months.



Scrutiny Committee Work Programme 2018/19 pdf icon PDF 362 KB

To consider the attached report

Additional documents:


The Chair advised that the street cleansing performance reports scheduled for 3rd December 2018 Committee and deferred due to VER, should now be available for 15 April 2019.


A member requested that this is reported as a matter of urgency in April 2019.


Discussion took place with regard to the future work programme.


Scrutiny Referrals, Feedback and Follow up Actions


No action.


Reflection and Evaluation of Meeting

To receive an update from the Chair.


The Chair welcomed Tom Butler, Youth Forum representative to his first meeting and thanked him for his questions.



Any other business deemed urgent by the Chair


The Chair advised there was no business deemed urgent.


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