Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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Environment Select Committee Minutes

Date:
Monday, 18th July, 2011
Time:
2.00pm
Place:
Lecture Theatre, Stockton Library, The Square, Stockton-on-Tees
 
Please note: all Minutes are subject to approval at the next Meeting

Attendance Details

Present:
Cllr Nigel Cooke(Chairman), Cllr Derrick Brown, Cllr Ray McCall, Cllr Mrs Maureen Rigg, Cllr Steve Walmsley, Cllr David Wilburn, Cllr Mick Womphrey, Cllr Bill Woodhead
Officers:
R Bradley, Mrs S Daniels, P Diggins, J McCann (DNS); Mrs T Harrison, Miss M Jones (LD)
In Attendance:
Cllr Rose (Cabinet Member for Environment)
Apologies for absence:
Cllr Jean Kirby
Item Description Decision
Public
ENV
8/11
DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
 
ENV
9/11
MINUTES TO BE SIGNED BY THE CHAIR - 18TH APRIL 2011.
AGREED that the minutes were signed by the Chairman.
ENV
10/11
MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON 20TH JUNE 2011.
AGREED that the minutes be approved.
ENV
11/11
EIT REVIEW OF CARE FOR YOUR AREA SERVICES

AGREED that:

1. The information be noted.

2. Further information be provided as requested.
ENV
12/11
OFFICER LED GATEWAY REVIEW OF WASTE MANAGEMENT
AGREED that the item be noted.
ENV
13/11
MEMBER DEVELOPMENT
AGREED that the item be noted.
2.00 - 4.30pm

Preamble

ItemPreamble
ENV
8/11
There were no declarations of interest.
ENV
9/11
The minutes of the meeting held on 18th April were signed by the Chair as a correct record.
ENV
10/11
Consideration was given to the draft minutes of the meeting held on 20th June 2011.
ENV
11/11
Members received information regarding Care For Your Area, from the Head Of Direct Services, Care For Your Area Service Manager, Improvement Manager and the Head of Performance and Business Services which included:

- History of the service and how it had been developed
- How the service was performance managed
- Key achievements following the development of the service
- Current performance (2010/11)
- Nearest neighbours comparison data
- Summary of financial data

Members were presented with the baseline information on the following topics:

- Green Waste
- Horticultural Services
- Kerbside Recycling
- Plastic and Cardboard Recycling
- Public Conveniences
- Domestic Refuse Collection
- Street Cleansing
- Urban Parks
- Vehicle Workshops
- Markets

The main issues that were discussed were:

- The service was highly valued and performed well, however efficiencies were still required.
- Bedding plants were bought from a private nursery. This was more cost effective than operating a nursery to produce plants and increased the quality of the plants used in displays.
- Kerbside recycling was collected separately, rather than operating comingled collections, as this increased the value of the waste collected.
- Reduction in green waste, plastic and cardboard, and kerbside recycling collections would impact upon the amount of domestic refuse to be collected, as residents dispose of recycling items as regular waste, which would ultimately cost the service more money.
- Fortnightly collection would impact on recycling.
- There was a market to tap into for vehicle workshops that would provide MOT and servicing which would save the Council money in the long term, however the lack of workspace capacity was an issue. This required further investigation.

The Committee requested the following further information:

- Breakdown of how the greenwaste service labour and vehicles were utilised in periods of reduced tonnage
- How the allotment rents compared to other Local Authorities
ENV
12/11
Consideration was given to the draft scope. It was noted that the service was part of a 20 year Joint Tees Valley Waste Management Agreement which was in Year 11, therefore transformation of the service was limited in the short to medium term. However there were strategic decisions to be taken in the long term which could lead to transformation.
ENV
13/11
Discussion took place regarding training and development needs of Scrutiny Members.

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