Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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Environment Select Committee Minutes

Date:
Monday, 4th October, 2010
Time:
2.00pm
Place:
Ground Floor Committee Room, Town Hall, High Street, Stockton-on-Tees. TS18 1AU
 
Please note: all Minutes are subject to approval at the next Meeting

Attendance Details

Present:
Cllr Mrs Maureen Rigg (Chair), Cllr Dick Cains, Cllr Mrs Jean O'Donnell, Cllr Andrew Sherris, Cllr Michael Smith, Cllr Mick Womphrey, Cllr Bill Woodhead
Officers:
M Chicken, N Gibb, B Trewick (DNS); A Bryson (R); Mrs J Ballinger (CESC); G Birtle Mrs T Harrison (LD)
In Attendance:
no other persons were present
Apologies for absence:
Cllr John Gardner and Cllr Roy Rix
Item Description Decision
Public
ENV
19/10
DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
 
ENV
20/10
MINUTES OF THE MEETINGS HELD ON 4TH JANUARY 2010, 15TH FEBRUARY 2010, 29TH MARCH 2010 AND 28TH JUNE 2010
CONCLUDED that the minutes of the meetings held on 4th January, 15th February and 29th March were signed by the Chair.

The minutes of the meeting held on 28th June 2010 will be signed by the Chair upon the deletion of the paragraph 'Members were advised that, following consultation with dog owners at Preston Park, the proposal to consider the introduction of Dog Control Orders had now been withdrawn'
ENV
21/10
MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON 9TH AUGUST 2010
CONCLUDED that the minutes of the meeting held on 9th August 2010 be agreed as a correct record.
ENV
22/10
EIT REVIEW OF BUILT AND NATURAL ENVIRONMENT
CONCLUDED that the report be noted.
ENV
23/10
PROGRESS UPDATES OF PREVIOUSLY AGREED RECOMMENDATIONS

CONCLUDED that:

1. The updates be noted.

2. Recommendation 20 of the Carbon Management review be amended to show that it has slipped but a paragraph be added to explain that it will no longer be achievable due to the abolition of Building Schools for the Future.

3. The Scrutiny Officer will provide Members with the results of the mystery shopping undertaken in respect of Customer First.
ENV
24/10
WORK PROGRAMME
CONCLUDED that the Chair will make enquiries as to whether it would be possible for Stockton Council to lobby supermarkets to provide long life bulb bins for the safe disposal of used bulbs and will then put it to full Council.
ENV
25/10
CHAIRS UPDATE
 
2.00 - 3.30pm

Preamble

ItemPreamble
ENV
19/10
There were no declarations of interest.
ENV
21/10
Consideration was given to the minutes of the meeting held on 9th August 2010.
ENV
22/10
Members were provided with information regarding car parking charges with comparisons to other authorities including the provision of blue badge parking. Discussion took place regarding investigating the incorporation of charges in car parks for blue badge holders.

Officers noted the need to consider how charges encouraged or discouraged visitors and consumers to the Town Centre.

Members received further information with regards to the school crossing patrols service.
ENV
23/10
Members received progress updates on the previously agreed recommendations for Customer First, Waste Management and Carbon Management

Members discussed the fact that building schools for the future had been abandoned and therefore recommendation 20 of the Carbon Management review would not be achieved therefore the Committee agreed that the recommendation would be shown as having slipped with an additional paragraph advising the it would not be possible to achieve that recommendation.

Members requested results from the mystery shopping undertaken in respect of Customer First. The Scrutiny Officer advised that he would obtain the information and provide it at a future meeting.
ENV
24/10
The Scrutiny Officer informed Members that they would be advised if any additional meetings needed to be scheduled. For this review it was hoped to receive a presentation from Sunderland City Council at the next meeting to learn what improvements had been introduced regarding the Blue Badge Scheme.

A query was raised as to whether there would be any more meetings to discuss rats and pigeons; the Scrutiny Officer advised it would be part of the annual overview meeting.

Discussion took place regarding long life light bulbs and their safe disposal. It was suggested that Stockton Council could lobby supermarkets to provide collection bins for long life bulbs as was done for batteries. The Chair advised that she would make enquiries and then it could be put to full Council.
ENV
25/10
The Chair had nothing further to report.

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