Appointment of Substitutes
To receive details of any Members appointed to
attend the meeting instead of a Member of the Committee.
Declarations of Interest
To receive any declarations of interest.
The following declaration of interest was made:
Councillor Griffiths – Update on the Delivery and
Management of Allotments (Minute No. 50) – As an allotment
holder in the city.
Up to a total of fifteen minutes can be
allowed, each speaker being allocated a maximum of five minutes,
for members of the public to present a petition, ask a question or
comment on any matter on the Agenda or within the remit of the
Patrick Allfrey spoke about ongoing issues related to
Windsor Avenue Allotment site. He was concerned that there has been
no progress with reinstating the recreational area. The surface
material used for the replacement access road is unsafe and
unsuitable. Furthermore, the new entrance gates are not as good as
the previous ones and the water pipes are inadequate. The Chair
thanked Mr Allfrey and advised him that
Officers will provide him with a response to the points
Minutes PDF 148 KB
Of the meeting held on 25th January
2022 to be approved and signed.
RESOLVED: That the minutes of the meeting
held on 25th January 2022 be approved as a correct
record and signed by the Chair.
Act on Energy Update
Presentation by Rachel Jones, Chief Executive Officer, Act
The Committee received a presentation
from Rachel Jones, Chief Executive Officer, Act on
Councillor Collins spoke prior to the
presentation and explained the background to the invitation to
Rachel Jones to address the Committee.
Rachel Jones made her presentation. In
summary, Act on Energy aims to eliminate fuel poverty and reduce
carbon emissions by working with local communities and partners
across both the public and private sectors. She explained their
strategic aims, how they work with local authorities and the
support that they can provide for householders locally.
Following the presentation, there was an
opportunity for Committee Members to ask questions.
In conclusion, the Chair thanked Rachel
Jones and emphasised the role that the Council can play in
promoting the work undertaken by Act on Energy and signposting
Wild about Worcester
Presentation by Paul Snookes, Worcester Environmental
The Committee received a presentation
from Paul Snookes of Worcester
Environmental Group on the creation of a wildlife corridor around
Worcester, using existing rights of way to connect green spaces,
with the aim of improving mental health and wellbeing for local
In the ensuing discussion, Committee
Members expressed support for this scheme.
Reference was made to expanding the route
to incorporate the west side of the river. Local Members will
discuss this further with the Group.
The Chair explained that he has asked
Officer to present a paper to a future meeting, identifying how the
Council can support this project.
Cleaner and More Pleasant City: Anti-Litter Campaign Proposal PDF 232 KB
Committee supports the proposals set out in this paper to help
reduce the prevalence of litter in Worcester.
considered a report on a new collaborative strategy to encourage
the use of litter bins, in pursuance of a Notice of Motion agreed
by the Council at its meeting on 21 September 2021. The Deputy
Director – Policy and Strategy presented the report and
highlighted the main points.
In summary, the
proposals include a “Love Worcester” litter picking
competition, making litter-picking equipment available for
Community Groups and individuals, engaging with local schools and
encouraging Worcester businesses to take action on litter. The
report also made reference to some suggestions which have not been
In the ensuing
discussion, Members made a number of suggestions to promote the
proposals, including providing stickers which businesses can
display to show support for Love Worcester, listing businesses
which support Love Worcester on the Council website, using social
media platforms to encourage businesses and individuals to share
photos and stories, involving Parish Councils, celebrity
endorsement and civic recognition of citizens who are active in
reducing litter. Officers will consider all of these.
RESOLVED: That the Committee support the proposals set out in this
paper to help reduce the prevalence of litter in Worcester.
Update on the Delivery and Management of Allotments PDF 206 KB
That the Committee note the contents of this report, and in
particular the work undertaken on Allotment Management since
The Committee received
a report on work undertaken on Allotment Management since November
2021. The Head of City Services presented the report and summarised
the main points, including the appointment of a new dedicated
Allotment Officer and the issue of a new tenancy agreement which
will come onto force on 1st July 2022.
In the ensuing
discussion, it was clarified that the Allotments Forum has not been
disestablished by the Council, but it no longer has a role in the
Council’s management structure of allotments.
In response to a
question about the potential to develop new allotment sites, the
Corporate Director – Operations, Homes and Communities stated
that Officers will give consideration to this and discuss with the
Chair and Vice-Chair.
RESOLVED: That the Committee note the contents of this report, and
in particular the work undertaken on Allotment Management since
Proposed Committee Performance Scorecard 2022/23 PDF 108 KB
That the Committee
consider the proposed content of the Environment Performance
Scorecard for 2022/23.
considered the proposed content of the Environment Performance
Scorecard for 2022/23. The Corporate Director – Operations,
Homes and Communities presented the report and summarised the main
points, including new projects and indicators, and current projects
that have been removed. He made reference to the Bereavement
Services Facilities Review and explained that, due to commercial
sensitivity, this well be taken forward through Member briefings
rather that at this Committee.
Officers responded to
questions and comments from Committee Members.
In answer to a
question about the indicator for carbon emissions, and whether this
is consistent with the Council’s ambitions following the
declaration of a climate emergency, the Deputy Director –
Policy and Strategy explained that there is a substantial amount of
background information to this issue and a written response will be
Members also raised
the 60% satisfaction target for cemeteries and crematorium and the
proposed indicator for carbon emissions.
The Chair acknowledged
these points and made reference to the fact that targets for new
indicators have yet to be confirmed. He proposed that the Corporate
Director – Operations, Homes and Communities be authorised to
review and finalise the scorecard in consultation with the Chair
and Vice-Chair and Members agreed to proceed on this basis.
RESOLVED: That the Committee authorise the Corporate Director
– Operations, Homes and Communities to agree the proposed
Scorecard for 2022/23 in consultation with the Chair and
Any Other Business
Which in the opinion of the Chair is of
sufficient urgency as to warrant consideration.