Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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Environment Select Committee Minutes

Date:
Monday, 30th April, 2012
Time:
2.00pm
Place:
Jim Cooke Conference Suite, 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:
M Chicken, P Diggins, N Ellison, J McCann, Richard McGuckin (DNS); G Birtle, T Harrison, M Jones (LD)
In Attendance:
Cllr David Rose (Cabinet Member for Environment)
Apologies for absence:
Cllr Jean Kirby
Item Description Decision
Public
ENV
1/12
DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
 
ENV
2/12
MINUTES FOR SIGNATURE - 16TH JANUARY 2012
AGREED that the minutes be signed by the Chairman as a correct record.
ENV
3/12
DRAFT MINUTES - 27TH FEBRUARY 2012
AGREED that the minutes be approved.
ENV
4/12
ENVIRONMENT OVERVIEW

AGREED that:

1. The report be noted.

2. Officers would circulate leaflets providing more information regarding parking on pavements and grass verges.
ENV
5/12
UPDATE ON THE PROGRESS OF PREVIOUS REVIEWS

AGREED that:

1. The report be noted.

2. The Blue Badge Scheme be monitored.

3. Regular advertising be undertaken to direct people to the Contact Centre in Stockton Library for blue badge applications, rather than Gloucester House.
ENV
6/12
REVIEW OF AFFORDABLE WARMTH
AGREED that the scope and project plan be approved and an additional meeting be scheduled.
ENV
7/12
WORK PROGRAMME
AGREED that the additional meeting would be scheduled for 21st May 2012, subject to availability of a venue.
ENV
8/12
CHAIR'S UPDATE
AGREED that the report be noted.
2.00 - 3.30pm

Preamble

ItemPreamble
ENV
1/12
There were no declarations of interest.
ENV
2/12
The minutes were signed by the Chairman as a correct record.
ENV
3/12
Consideration was given to the draft minutes of the meeting held on 27th February 2012.
ENV
4/12
Members were provided with an overview, highlighting the responsibilities, key achievements, current performances and emerging issues of the following service areas:

DIRECT SERVICES
- Care For Your Area
- Waste Management
- Fleet Management
- Countryside and Greenspace

TECHNICAL SERVICES
- Domestic Energy Advice and Fuel Poverty
- Environmental Policy
- Food Risk Management
- Power Purchase and Energy Supply
- Climate Change
- Carbon Reduction Agenda
- Carbon Reduction Commitment
- Active Travel

Discussion took place regarding damage caused by parking on grass verges. Members noted that parking on grass verges was not illegal, however, if it was proved to be unsafe, or an obstruction, action could be taken. Members were advised that advice should be sought on an individual basis from the relevant officer. A leaflet regarding parking on pavements and grass verges would be circulated to the Committee.

Members discussed litter prevention and recycling and expressed the need for a strategy to promote these issues to young people via schools, particularly in secondary schools.
ENV
5/12
Members were provided with further detailed progress of the EIT Reviews of the Built and Natural Environment Service Areas and the Carbon Management Programme.

Members discussed the new Blue Badge scheme application process. The Committee requested that the process be monitored and that regular advertising take place directing people to the contact centre in Stockton Library, rather than Gloucester House.

The use of tablets at committee meetings and wifi was discussed and it was noted that trials with wifi were taking longer than expected.
ENV
6/12
Members considered the scope and project plan.

The Scrutiny Officer recommended an additional meeting be arranged to accommodate the review in lieu of the August recess.
ENV
7/12
The Scrutiny officer advised that an additional meeting would be scheduled for 21st May 2012, subject to availability of a venue.
ENV
8/12
The Chair reported that he had attended a Delivering Wellbeing Through Warmth conference regarding the warm home healthy people scheme.

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