Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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Housing & Community Safety Select Committee (ceased to operate 03/06/2015) Minutes

Date:
Thursday, 19th July, 2012
Time:
2.30pm
Place:
Jim Cooke Suite, Stockton Central Library, Church Road, Stockton-on-Tees, TS18 1AU
 
Please note: all Minutes are subject to approval at the next Meeting

Attendance Details

Present:
Cllr Derrick Brown(Chairman), Cllr Michael Clark, Cllr Robert Gibson, Cllr Mohammed Javed, Cllr Eileen Johnson(sub Cllr Evaline Cunningham) Cllr David Wilburn
Officers:
Dave Kitching, Colin Snowdon(DNS), Graham Birtle, Sarah Whaley(LD)
Apologies for absence:
Cllr Julia Cherrett, Cllr Evaline Cunningham, Cllr Tina Large, Cllr Andrew Sherris
Item Description Decision
Public
HCS
26/12
EVACUATION PROCEDURE
 
HCS
27/12
DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
 
HCS
28/12
MINUTES FROM THE MEETING HELD ON THE 7TH JUNE 2012
AGREED that the minutes be signed.
HCS
29/12
DRAFT MINUTES FROM THE MEETING WHICH WAS HELD ON THE 28TH JUNE 2012
AGREED that the minutes be approved.
HCS
30/12
REVIEW OF TOBACCO CONTROL (PHASE 1)
AGREED that the information be noted.
HCS
31/12
WORK PROGRAMME
AGREED that contact be made and representatives be invited for a future meeting.
HCS
32/12
CHAIR'S UPDATE
 
2.30pm - 3.15pm

Preamble

ItemPreamble
HCS
26/12
The Evacuation Procedure was noted.
HCS
27/12
There were no declarations of interest.
HCS
28/12
Consideration was given to the minutes of the meeting which was held on the 7th June 2012 for signature.
HCS
29/12
Consideration was given to the minutes of the meeting which was held on the 28th June 2012 for approval.
HCS
30/12
Consideration was given to the report outlining the role of the Environmental Health and Neighbourhood Enforcement Service in relation to the Review of Tobacco Control.

The main issues discussed were as follows:

1)Smokefree Enforcement which came in to effect July 2007.

- the three offences under the legislation and the Fixed Penalties associated with each one.

- the number of fixed penalty notices issued within Stockton on an annual basis since the legislation was brought in to force.

- Smokefree legislation included work vehicles including taxis.

- Stockton premises were nearing 100% compliant on the introduction of the Smokefree legislation due to effective national publicity and officer led leaflet drops, seminars, meetings and visits with local businesses.

2)Consequences of Smokefree legislation and how it impacted on the environment

- noise and litter was highlighted as secondary issues which was a direct result from Smokefree legislation due to people congregating outside premises such as bars and pubs, increasing noise levels and dropping litter. Some public houses were extending the pub atmosphere into beer gardens including providing music, which also had an impact on noise pollution.

- licensing and planning legisltion helped overcome some secondary issues.

- since Smokefree implementation it was noted that people had a much higher intolerance to smoke infiltration.

- health and safety concerns were raised as a secondary issue especially where patio heaters were being used in smoking shelters.

- tobacco seizures amongst underage children and the course of action the authority took when dealing with these issues.

3)Advice

- Environmental Health were in an ideal position to ensure compliance with the Smokefree legislation and offer advice and guidance as they had access to every workplace and public building in the borough.

- the impact of the legislation had benefited the majority of none smokers, as they had not been exposed to second hand smoke. There had also been a notable reduction in smokers since the introduction of the legislation however the initial reduction levels had most likely come to an end.

4)Economic Effects

- many traditional public houses had seen a downturn in business since the introduction of Smokefree legislation however this was not considered to be the main cause. Many restauraunts had seen conversely an increase in trade.
HCS
31/12
The Committee discussed the possible attendance of representatives from FRESH and HM Revenues and Customs(HMRC) at a future meeting.
HCS
32/12
No update

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