Agenda and minutes

Venue: Remote Meeting

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Items
No. Item

11.

Declarations of Interest

To receive any declarations of interest.

Minutes:

None.

12.

Public Representations

Up to a total of fifteen minutes can be allowed, with 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 Committee.

Minutes:

None.

13.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 71 KB

Of the meeting held on15th June 2020 to be approved and signed.

Minutes:

RESOLVED: That the minutes of the meeting held on 15th June 2020 be  approved as a correct record and signed remotely by the Chair.

14.

Environmental Health Activity Data Report 2019-2020 pdf icon PDF 97 KB

That the contents of the Community Environmental Health Report for 2019-2020 be noted and in particular the activity data included at Appendix 1.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Senior Practitioner – Food and Health and Safety presented to the Committee a report on Environmental Health Activity from 2019-2020.

 

The Senior Practitioner – Food and Health and Safety summarised key points from the report. It was noted that the COVID-19 pandemic had had a major impact on environmental health activity during 2020 and this was reflected within the report.

 

Officers responded questions by Members on specific aspects of the data included at Appendix 1 of the report, concerning the opening and closing of businesses.

 

Members took the opportunity to ask more general questions regarding measures taken by Environmental Health in dealing with increased demand on services caused by the pandemic.

 

The Chair thanked the Senior Practitioner and the Environmental Health Team for their ongoing work.

 

RESOLVED: That the Committee note the contents of the Community Environmental Health Report for 2019-2020 and in particular the activity data included at Appendix 1.

 

 

15.

Licensing Annual Report 2020 pdf icon PDF 117 KB

That the Licensing Annual Report 2020 be noted.

Minutes:

The Committee considered the Licensing Annual Report 2020 presented by the Senior Practitioner -Licensing.

 

The Senior Practitioner – Licensing summarised the key points of the report and informed the Committee of the impact the pandemic has had on licensing activity. It was noted that WRS Officers have been working closely with the police to ensure businesses are operating safely and in line with regulations.

 

The Senior Practitioner – Licensing responded to questions from Members about the enforcement of taxi ranking and what actions Worcestershire Regulatory Services (WRS) was taking to support taxi drivers during the pandemic.

 

Members noted the reduction in scrap metal collectors’ licenses. The Senior Practitioner – Licensing informed the Committee there had been a slight increase in complaints regarding scrap metal and that WRS would be completing active checks of scrap metal sites and licenses. Additionally, WRS has been active on social media about the issue and would be looking at sending information out to residents.

 

RESOLVED: That the Committee note the Licensing Annual Report 2020.

16.

Annual Air Quality Update 2020 pdf icon PDF 100 KB

That the contents of this report are noted.

Minutes:

The Committee considered an annual update report on Air Quality for 2020.

 

The Technical Services Manager presented the report and summarised what monitoring activity had been carried out.  The Technical Services Manager advised the Committee on the updated recommendations for the Air Quality Action Plan.

 

Members expressed disappointment with the lack of progress on air quality. The Corporate Director – Homes and Communities noted Members disappointment and advised that the internal working group responsible for air quality had been occupied by additional work caused by COVID-19 in recent months. The Technical Services Manager advised, as a result of the government lockdown, that a significant amount of traffic monitoring work was still to be completed and it would not be advisable to progress with an Action Plan without accurate traffic data.

 

The Corporate Director – Homes and Communities informed the Committee that Air Quality would be discussed at the Taxi Task and Finish Group.

 

RESOLVED: That the Committee note the contents of the Annual Air Quality Update 2020 report.

17.

Pavement Licences – Business and Planning Act 2020 pdf icon PDF 91 KB

Members are asked to note the details of the implementation of the new pavement licensing scheme introduced by the Council as a result of the Business and Planning Act 2020.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report on Pavement Licences.

 

The Senior Practitioner – Licensing presented the report, which provided the Committee with an update on new regulations for Pavement Licences as a result of the Business and Planning Act 2020. Appendix 1 of the report provided Committee with the “Worcester City Council Policy Statement on Pavement Licences”.

 

RESOLVED: That the Committee note the details of the implementation of the new pavement licensing scheme introduced by the Council as a result of the Business and Planning Act 2020.

18.

Street Collections Update Report pdf icon PDF 93 KB

That the contents of the report be noted.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered an update report on Street Collections.

 

The Senior Practitioner – Licensing in presenting the report drew the Committee’s attention to the Street Collection Policy, attached as Appendix 1 to the report.  Details of all the street collection applications received and processed by the Council (to date) for 2020 were outlined in Appendix 2 attached to the report.

 

It was noted that due to the COVID-19 pandemic many approved collections did not take place and it is anticipated that application numbers will be lower than previous years.

 

The Senior Practitioner – Licensing responded to questions from Members on the impact of COVID-19 for street collections, unauthorised collections and house to house collections.

 

RESOLVED: That the Committee note the content of the Street Collections Update report.

 

19.

Sale and Use of Fireworks – Regulatory Framework pdf icon PDF 108 KB

Report to follow.

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report on the sale and use of fireworks within regulatory framework.

 

The Licensing and Support Services Manager presented the report and explained the limited regulatory role District Councils have in regulating the use of fireworks.

 

Councillor Andy Roberts addressed Committee on the item and informed Committee that he had submitted a petition to Parliament to amend legislation for public sales of fireworks, specifically to prohibit the sale of fireworks which were louder than 90 decibels.

 

Members debated concerns raised by residents about public and private firework displays.

 

The Corporate Director – Homes and Communities noted concerns raised by Members regarding the City Council’s public firework displays.

 

RESOLVED: That the Committee notes the contents of the report.

20.

Licensing and Environmental Health Committee Forward Plan 2020-2021 pdf icon PDF 33 KB

To note the Committee’s Forward Plan 2020-2021.

Minutes:

RESOLVED: That the Committee note the Forward Plan.

21.

Any Other Business

Which in the opinion of the Chairman is of sufficient urgency as to warrant consideration.

Minutes:

None.