Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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Environment Select Committee Minutes

Date:
Monday, 27th February, 2012
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 Mrs Maureen Rigg, Cllr Steve Walmsley, Cllr David Wilburn, Cllr Mick Womphrey, Cllr Bill Woodhead
Officers:
Tanya Harrison, Michelle Jones, Judith Trainer (LD)
In Attendance:
Cllr David Rose (Cabinet Member for Environment)
Apologies for absence:
Cllr Jean Kirby
Item Description Decision
Public
ENV
35/11
DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
 
ENV
36/11
MINUTES FOR SIGNATURE - 24TH OCTOBER 2011
AGREED that the minutes be signed by the Chairman as a correct record.
ENV
37/11
DRAFT MINUTES - 16TH JANUARY 2012
AGREED that the minutes be approved.
ENV
38/11
QUARTERLY PROGRESS UPDATES ON PREVIOUSLY AGREED RECOMMENDATIONS
AGREED that:

1. The progress updates be noted and the assessments for progress be confirmed, other than those issue highlighted above.

2. Further information be provided as requested.
ENV
39/11
SCRUTINY DEVELOPMENT SESSION
AGREED that:

1. The information noted

2. Further information be provided as requested.
ENV
40/11
WORK PROGRAMME
AGREED that the information be noted.
ENV
41/11
CHAIRS UPDATE
 
2.00 - 3.00pm

Preamble

ItemPreamble
ENV
35/11
There were no declarations of interest.
ENV
36/11
The minutes of the meeting were signed as a correct record.
ENV
37/11
Consideration was given to the draft minutes of the meeting held on 16th January 2012.

The Chair welcomed Cllr Walmsley back, following his absence due to ill health. Cllr Walmsley thanked the Committee for its letter, which had conveyed its best wishes.
ENV
38/11
Consideration was given to progress of the implementation of previously agreed recommendations. There were outstanding recommendations from the following reviews:

- Built and Natural Environment
- Carbon Management
-Cemeteries

The Committee raised the following comments relating to the reviews:

Built and Natural Environment - Recommendation 2, Members requested further information on the savings made by increasing changes for blue badges to 10 before signing off the recommendations.

Carbon Management - Recommendation 13, The committee were disappointed more progress had not been made and requested more detail on the progress of introducing wireless connectivity and e-readers for meetings.

Carbon Management - Recommendation 17, Members asked for clarification on how Workwise had addressed the carbon footprint and costs for staff working at home before signing off the recommendation.

Scrutiny Officers advised that information regarding Members queries would be sought and reported back at the next committee.
ENV
39/11
The Scrutiny Officer informed Members that due to the Efficiency, Improvement and Transformation (EIT) reviews coming to a close, the process which had been used prior to EIT would now be re-introduced.

Members received a presentation highlighting the necessary tools and ingredients needed for a successful review.

It was explained that Members could, in future, take time to evaluate the work which they had carried out, reviewing the process and looking at the implementation of the recommendations.

Members asked if there were examples of outstanding reviews which could be used to inform the process for future reviews. The Scrutiny Officer agreed to look into this further. It was also suggested that agreeing key questions to ask witnesses before the meeting would be useful.
ENV
40/11
Members were advised that the next Environment Select Committee meeting would be held 30th April, at which point the new review would begin and the annual overview of services within the committees remit would be presented.
ENV
41/11
The Chair had nothing to report.

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