Agenda and minutes

Environment and Regeneration Overview and Scrutiny Committee
Monday, 12th November, 2018 2.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, Municipal Buildings, Earle Street, Crewe CW1 2BJ. View directions

Items
No. Item

33.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors C Browne, P Groves and N Mannion.

34.

Minutes of the Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 61 KB

To give consideration to the minutes of the meeting held on 15 October 2018

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the minutes of the meeting held on 15 October 2018.

 

RESOLVED

 

That the minutes be approved as a correct record and signed by the Chairman

35.

Declarations of Interest

To provide an opportunity for Members and Officers to declare any disclosable pecuniary and non-pecuniary interests in any item on the agenda.

 

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest.

36.

Whipping Declarations

To provide an opportunity for Members to declare the existence of a party whip in relation to any item on the agenda.

 

Minutes:

There were no whipping declarations.

37.

Public Speaking/Open Session

A total period of 15 minutes is allocated for members of the public to make a statement(s) on any matter that falls within the remit of the Committee.

 

Individual members of the public may speak for up to 5 minutes, but the Chairman will decide how the period of time allocated for public speaking will be apportioned, where there are a number of speakers.

 

Note: In order for officers to undertake any background research, it would be helpful if members of the public contacted the Scrutiny officer listed at the foot of the agenda, at least one working day before the meeting to provide brief details of the matter to be covered. 

 

Minutes:

Ms H Faddes attended the meeting to speak about the bus routes review and its impact on the little bus service. She highlighted that to withdraw the service would have a negative impact on the elderly’s mental health, the Council needed to fully understand the impact of a reduced service and should look at all options including sponsorship from local businesses.

38.

Household Waste and Recycling Centres Review pdf icon PDF 119 KB

To give consideration to a report on the review of household waste and recycling centres.

Minutes:

Consideration was given to an update on the implementation of the changes to the household waste recycling centre provision in line with the authority’s waste strategy. The proposals that were introduced included:

 

·         Closure of Arclid household waste recycling centre in September 2017 – the closure of the smallest and least used site.  This proposal had been delivered with very few incidents of waste being abandoned at the closed site and no queueing issues at other sites

·         Introduction of rubble/construction waste charging – rolled out in January 2018, the amount of material through this waste stream had dropped significantly (over 80%) with no measured impact on rubble fly tipping rates. 

·         Reduction of opening hours at all sites – introduced in November 2017, this proposal had seen the sites open from 8.30-4pm in the winter and 8.30-5pm in the summer.

·         Enabling rubble trade waste to be accepted – this provided a new outlet for very small scale rubble trade waste, one of the sources of rural fly tipping.

 

It was noted that more time would be needed to fully analyse the impact of the changes and that a brakedown of the data by ward would be circulated to the committee.

 

RESOLVED

 

That a brakedown of the data by ward be circulated to the Committee.

 

39.

Air Quality Annual Status Report pdf icon PDF 80 KB

To give consideration to the annual report – Report to follow

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee received an update on the review of the Council’s 2018 Annual Status Report (ASR) prior to its submission to DEFRA, which provided an overview of air quality in Cheshire East 2017. The ASR is a requirement setting out the results of monitoring, strategies employed by the Council to improve air quality and any progress in regard to actions contained in the Council’s AQAP.

 

It was noted that two further air quality management areas had been declared for a small area of Chelford Road, Knutsford and part of Lewin Street, Middlewich.

 

Members made the following comments and observations:

 

·         The Councils departments need to work together to ensure that strategies did not conflict with each other.

·         Weather conditions can affect the readings in air quality management areas.

·         Most of the problems within Cheshire East relate to traffic flow.

·         Middlewich railway line should be re-opened.

·         Crewe should be reviewed to ensure that no further air quality management areas are required.

·         Any future growth resulting from HS2 would require infrastructure improvements.

 

  RESOLVED

 

That the Portfolio Holder give consideration to the comments highlighted above.

40.

Forward Plan pdf icon PDF 184 KB

To give consideration to the areas of the forward plan which fall within the remit of the Committee

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the areas of the forward plan which fell within the remit of the Committee.

 

RESOLVED

 

That the forward plan be received.

41.

Work programme pdf icon PDF 105 KB

To give consideration to the work programme

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the work programme. It was agreed that the visit to the Environmental Hub in Middlewich would be held on 24 January 2019.

 

RESOLVED

 

That the visit to the Environmental Hub in Middlewich be held on 24 January 2019.