Agenda and minutes

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Items
No. Item

1.

Appointment of Substitutes

To receive details of any Members appointed to attend the meeting instead of a Member of the Committee.

Minutes:

Councillor Willmore for Councillor Scott.

2.

Declarations of Interest

To receive any declarations of interest.

Minutes:

Councillor Sobczyk declared an interest in the exempt item (minute 12) regarding the change in conditions relating to the Home Upgrade Grant phase two as a landlord with properties in Worcester.

3.

Public Participation

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 Committee.

Minutes:

None.

4.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 85 KB

Of the meeting held on 12th March 2024 to be approved and signed.

Minutes:

RESOLVED: That the minutes of the meeting held on 12th March 2024 be approved as a correct record and signed by the Chair.

5.

Quarter 4 and Annual Performance Report for 2023/24 pdf icon PDF 90 KB

That the Environment Committee notes the Council’s quarter 4 and annual performance for 2023/24.

 

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered the annual and quarter 4 performance report. The Corporate Director – Finance and Resources presented the report and highlighted the main points.

 

Officers responded to questions and comments from Committee Members on detailed aspect to the report.

 

In the ensuing discussion, the Corporate Director – Operations, Homes and Communities stated that reports can be brought to a future meeting in respect of Water Quality, household waste recycling rates (including waste contamination) and continuation of garden waste collection in the Winter months.

 

RESOLVED: That the Committee agree to note the Council’s quarter 4 and annual performance for 2023/24.

6.

Proposed Committee Performance Scorecard for 2024/25 pdf icon PDF 87 KB

That the Environment Committee consider the proposed content of the Environment Performance Scorecard for 2024/25.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered the proposed content of the Environment Performance Scorecard for 2024/25. The Corporate Director – Finance and Resources presented the report and explained the proposed new indicators for the forthcoming year. Officers responded to questions and comments from Committee members.

 

In the ensuing discussion, several Members made suggestion for refining the indicators set out in the proposed scorecard. The Chair suggested that a small working group could be established to undertake this piece of work. She clarified that the purpose of this piece of work was to look more closely and the measures and the supporting narrative. There was support from Committee members for the proposed key performance indicators as set out in the report. Officers will agree the composition of the working group in consultation with the Chair and Vice-Chair. Any revisions to the scorecard will be reported to the next meeting.

 

RESOLVED: That the Committee agree to:

 

1.    note the proposed content of the Communities Performance Scorecard for 2024/25; and

 

2.    delegate authority to the Corporate Director – Operations, Homes and Communities authority to establish a working group to establish a working group to consider refining the indicators set out in the proposed scorecard.

7.

Domestic Waste and Recycling Collections - Standardisation of Collection Weeks pdf icon PDF 142 KB

That the Committee notes the contents of the report and in particular the intention to standardise collection weeks as of week commencing 22nd July 2024.

 

Minutes:

The Committee received a report on a service change intended to be introduced during July 2024. The Head of City Services presented the report and explained that, since the introduction of the current service in Autumn 2017, growth in various parts of the city had led to a disparity and imbalance of workload between waste & recycling rounds. This change will seek to address this imbalance and ensure that the domestic waste and recycling service increases its resilience in respect of operational challenges and future housing growth. It was now proposed to implement the changes with effect from 29th July 2024.

 

The Head of City Services and the Waste and Street Scene Manager responded to questions and comments from Committee members.

 

RESOLVED: That the Committee agree to note the contents of the report and in particular the intention to standardise collection weeks as of week commencing 29th July 2024.

8.

Progress Update for the Environmental Sustainability Strategy Action Plan pdf icon PDF 151 KB

1.       That Members note progress in delivery of the environmental sustainability strategy action plan; and

 

2.       That Members note the receipt of grant awards for capital works to support decarbonisation of leisure and bereavement services, and to investigate electrification of the Sixways depot.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee received an update on progress to deliver the Environmental Sustainability Strategy Action Plan 2022-24, following the last update to this Committee in November 2023. The report included a summary of the activity under each theme of the Strategy and an action-by-action update. The Sustainability Team Leader presented the report and Officers responded to questions and comments from Committee members on detailed aspects of the report.

 

In the ensuing discussion, Clean Air Day was raised, as it is understood the County Council will not be promoting the event. The Corporate Director – Operations, Homes and Communities stated that he will look to establish what the City Council can do in terms of public communications.

 

RESOLVED: That the Committee agree to note:

 

1.    progress in delivery of the Environmental Sustainability Strategy Action Plan; and

 

2.    the receipt of grant awards for capital works to support decarbonisation of leisure and bereavement services, and to investigate electrification of the Sixways depot.

9.

Draft Worcester City Council Air Quality Action Plan (2024-2029) pdf icon PDF 127 KB

That the Committee: 

 

1.       Note the contents of the report, and particularly the Draft Worcester City Air Quality Action Plan (2024 – 2029) included at Appendix 1;

 

2.       Approve the Draft Worcester City Air Quality Action Plan (2024 – 2029) for the purposes of:

 

a)   Undertaking a public consultation exercise

 

b)   Submission to DEFRA for initial appraisal and feedback; and

 

3.       Note that a further report will be presented to this Committee in November 2024, seeking full and final approval of a Worcester City Air Quality Action Plan, having had regard to any feedback received via the public consultation exercise and DEFRA.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report on the Draft Worcester City Council Air Quality Action Plan (2024 – 2029). The Principal Officer – Technical Pollution, Worcestershire Regulatory Services presented the report and explained the main features of the Draft Plan, which had also been presented to Licensing and Environmental Health Committee on 22 May 2024 to debate its content and consider any recommendations it wished to make to Environment Committee. Some minor changes had been made to the document since that meeting, and these were explained.

 

The Chair of the Licensing and Environmental Health Committee spoke and summarised the main points of that Committee’s discussion. He asked the Committee to be aware of these points and for them to be taken into consideration as the draft Plan is progressed.

 

Officers responded to questions and comments from Committee Members.

 

In response to a question about NOx measures, it is understood that the objective level in the Plan is a legislative requirement. Officers will check this point.

 

No recommendations relating to the Draft Plan were proposed. The Corporate Director – Operations, Homes and Communities explained the consultation process.

 

RESOLVED: That the Committee agree to: 

 

1.    note the contents of the report, and particularly the Draft Worcester City Air Quality Action Plan (2024 – 2029) included at Appendix 1.

 

2.    approve the Draft Worcester City Air Quality Action Plan (2024 – 2029) for the purposes of:

 

a)  Undertaking a public consultation exercise

 

b)  Submission to DEFRA for initial appraisal and feedback; and

 

3.    note that a further report will be presented to this Committee in November 2024, seeking full and final approval of a Worcester City Air Quality Action Plan, having had regard to any feedback received via the public consultation exercise and DEFRA.

10.

Any Other Business

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

Minutes:

The Chair summarised the items due to be presented to future meetings for the benefit of Committee members. She added that issues raised as part of the earlier discussion will be picked up for inclusion in the Committee’s forward plan, including improved levels of recycling and contamination, street cleaning, litter and fly tipping, and management of green and blue spaces.

 

11.

Item Involving the Disclosure of Exempt Information

The Committee is invited to pass the following resolution:-

 

That under Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the press and public be excluded from the meeting for the following item of business on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of information as defined in Schedule 12A of the said Act.

Minutes:

RESOLVED: That under Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the press and public be excluded from the meeting for the following item of business on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of information as defined in Schedule 12A of the said Act.

12.

Proposal to Withdraw From Home Upgrade Grant Phase Two (HUG2)

That the Committee:

 

1.       Note the change in conditions relating to the Home Upgrade Grant phase two (HUG2) scheme at the end of year one (2023/24) and in particular, the risks that have emerged to the Council as a result;

 

2.       Approves the Council withdrawing from the HUG2 Scheme with immediate effect (year 2) and instructs officers to progress the delivery of the four applications received during 2023/24; and

 

3.       Approves the allocation of up to £5,000 from the Environmental Sustainability Enabling Reserve to enable the delivery of the four applications received during 2023/24.

 

Minutes:

The Committee noted a report on the change in conditions relating to the Home Upgrade Grant phase two (HUG2) scheme at the end of year one (2023/24) and in particular, the risks that have emerged to the Council as a result.

 

The Committee approved the Council withdrawing from the HUG2 Scheme with immediate effect (year 2) and instructs officers to progress the delivery of the four applications received during 2023/24.

 

The Committee also approved the allocation of up to £5,000 from the Environmental Sustainability Enabling Reserve to enable the delivery of the four applications received during 2023/24.

 

(Exempt - not for publication because the item contains information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person including the authority holding that information – Paragraph 3)