Agenda and draft minutes

Community Safety and Environment Policy and Accountability Committee - Tuesday, 16th March, 2021 6.30 pm

Venue: Online/Virtual

Contact: Amrita Gill  Email: amrita.gill@lbhf.gov.uk

Link: Watch live on YouTube

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Fiona Smith.

 

2.

Roll Call and Declarations of interest

To confirm attendance, the Chair will perform a roll call. Members will also have the opportunity to declare any interests.

 

If a Councillor has a disclosable pecuniary interest in a particular item, whether or not it is entered in the Authority’s register of interests, or any other significant interest which they consider should be declared in the public interest, they should declare the existence and, unless it is a sensitive interest as defined in the Member Code of Conduct, the nature of the interest at the commencement of the consideration of that item or as soon as it becomes apparent.

 

At meetings where members of the public are allowed to be in attendance and speak, any Councillor with a disclosable pecuniary interest or other significant interest may also make representations, give evidence or answer questions about the matter. The Councillor must then withdraw immediately from the meeting before the matter is discussed and any vote taken.

 

Where Members of the public are not allowed to be in attendance and speak, then the Councillor with a disclosable pecuniary interest should withdraw from the meeting whilst the matter is under consideration. Councillors who have declared other significant interests should also withdraw from the meeting if they consider their continued participation in the matter would not be reasonable in the circumstances and may give rise to a perception of a conflict of interest.

 

Councillors are not obliged to withdraw from the meeting where a dispensation to that effect has been obtained from the Audit, Pensions and Standards Committee.

 

Minutes:

The Chair carried out a roll call to confirm attendance. There were no declarations of interest.

 

3.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 316 KB

To approve the minutes of the meetings held on the 11th November 2020 and 25th January 2021.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

RESOLVED:

That the minutes of the meeting held on 11th November 2020 and 25th January 2021 were approved.

 

4.

Public Participation

This meeting is being held remotely via Zoom. If you would like to make a comment or ask a question about any of the items on the agenda, either via Zoom or in writing, please complete the following form by 12pm on Thursday 11th March 2021: https://tinyurl.com/cse-questions

 

Minutes:

The Chair noted that the Committee had received questions and comments on both of the items on the agenda. The questions and answers can be found under Item 5, Climate and Ecological Emergency Commission and Item 6, Prototype Containerisation and Food Waste Collection Service.

 

5.

Climate and Ecological Emergency Commission Recommendations pdf icon PDF 136 KB

This report sets out the findings and recommendations of H&F’s resident-led Climate and Ecological Emergency Commission.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Chair explained that the Committee had received some written questions/ comments from members of the public in advance of the meeting and officers would be invited to answer the questions or make a comment to address the main areas of concerns raised as follows:

 

1:  A resident commented that keeping Hammersmith Bridge traffic free would send a positive message about the Council’s commitment towards climate change.

 

Bram Kainth (Chief Officer - Public Realm) explained that there were many ways that the Council sent positive messages about its commitment towards climate change. Hammersmith Bridge was a key transport arteria for the borough carrying public transport and it was important to reinstate this, and this objective was aligned with the terms of reference of the Department of Transport Taskforce. The Council continued to work with the government, Mayor of London and Transport for London (TfL) to deliver transport related polices and drivers like Ultra Low Emission Zone that would help make great progress towards the Council’s net zero carbon by 2030.

 

2:  A resident suggested increasing the number and quality of cycling lanes and encouraging more people to walk and cycle more. They highlighted the physical and mental health benefits of walking and cycling.

 

Bram Kainth (Chief Officer - Public Realm) noted that the Councilaimed to increase cycling and walking from 43% of journeys to 60% by 2030.The Council was building on a good foundation, with 72% of journeys by walking, cycling or public transport compared to 64% for London as a whole. Extensive temporary cycle routes had been in place since the beginning of the pandemic. New cycle hangars had been introduced to enable people in flats to keep bikes and added over 100 new Sheffield cycle stands at key locations across the borough to add to the Council’s on street parking provision. The Council was working with TfL on a number of new cycle routes in the borough from north to south along key strategic routes, these would be re-visited when new funding became available. Cycle training was also offered to all adults across the whole borough.

 

3:  A resident applauded the ambition of the Council’s 2030 zero carbon pledge, and of the excellent report from the Commission. But they felt that the Council was behind other boroughs in relation to cycle lanes and recycling rates and asked when would we see the kind of urgency and radical policies that the commission was encouraging?

 

In response Bram Kainth (Chief Officer - Public Realm) noted that recently the Council had seen very encouraging increases in the recycling rate in the food waste pilot areas. Collecting an average of 1.6Kgs of food waste per household, which was extremely good performance, with 6,000 kg per week waste reduction in the pilot areas. However, the ultimate aim was to minimise waste, which the Council had been very successful with to date by producing particularly low residual household waste. Various initiatives were being developed to help residents reduce waste, including the food  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.

6.

Prototype Containerisation and Food Waste Collection Service pdf icon PDF 311 KB

The report outlines the engagement and communication that has taken place and is planned, relating to the council’s prototype wheeled bin and food waste collection service in the borough.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Chair explained that the Committee had received some written questions/ comments from members of the public in advance of the meeting and officers would be invited to answer the questions or make a comment to address the main areas of concerns raised as follows:

 

1.  A resident commented that there was no food waste collection system in place at Latymer Court.

 

Richard Shwe (Assistant Director Street Environment Services) explained that food waste collections from flats required a different approach to those living in street level properties. To ensure effective service delivery, careful consideration needed to be given to the siting of food waste bins and intensive engagement with residents and other key stakeholders was required. These activities were resource intensive and a dedicated project was crucial to achieve successful outcomes. Once the prototype scheme had settled in, the Council would look to make recommendations around expanding the food waste service to other settings.

 

1.             A resident asked what percentage of residents used their food waste boxes in the pilot of 6000 households? And how quickly it could be rolled out to the rest of the borough?

 

Richard Shwe (Assistant Director Street Environment Recovery) noted that the food waste service had been welcomed across the prototype area. The Council was currently collecting an average of 1.6Kgs of food waste per household, which was good performance. Participation in the food waste service across the borough ranged from 45%-85%. The Council thanked residents for their engagement in the service. To ensure these positive results continued, the food waste service needed to be delivered alongside other service changes, like the current prototype area. This method would assist residents to contextualise their waste outputs and increase collection of both food and mixed recycling. In addition, these service changes contributed towards waste minimisation and we had seen weekly waste reduction savings of 6000kg in the prototype area.

 

The Council was keen to ensure high quality service delivery. To achieve this the number of properties within the service change area must be practicable and properly resourced. Therefore, any service changes need to be managed accordingly, with a gradual launch to achieve borough wide coverage. Once the prototype scheme had settled in, officers would evaluate the service and make recommendations.

 

3.  A resident asked if there had been an assessment of the carbon footprint of carrying out the food waste scheme to assess how much carbon was saved?

 

Richard Shwe (Assistant Director Street Environment Recover) explained that waste and recycling was collected in the same vehicle, which reduced the number of vehicles required and the associated carbon emissions.  

 

A carbon footprint assessment had not been carried out for the food waste collection; however, this was something officers were looking to do in collaboration with the Climate Emergency Team.  Reducing and minimising waste was one of the best environmental options for reducing carbon emissions. The Council had a commitment for all the waste collection vehicles to be zero carbon by 2030.  

 

Richard Shwe (Assistant Director Street Environment Recovery)  ...  view the full minutes text for item 6.

7.

Future Meetings

Future meeting dates are:

 

-        19th July 2021

-        8th November 2021

-        24th January 2022

-        21st March 2022

 

 

 

 

Minutes:

RESOLVED:

That, the Committee noted the future meeting dates.