The Committee is asked to consider its work programme for 2018/19. At the meeting, senior officers from the department will introduce their areas of work and the key priorities for the service in 2018/19 to help inform the Committee’s work programme.
The Chair welcomed the Committee to consider its work programme for 2018/19. Nick Austin provided an overview of the key priorities for the service and noted that there were some items from the previous work programme that had not been considered in 2017/18 such as parks police and electrical vehicle charging points.
He also noted that a report on recycling would be brought to a future meeting subject to the approval of the Chair and Councillor Wesley Harcourt. This would provide an overview on the Council’s plan for recycling, the issues it faced and options on how this would be improved.
Councillor Victoria Brocklebank-Fowler noted that she would like a discussion around street scene and pavements, particularly around the Council’s weed killing strategy. She explained that residents had complained about the amount of weed on the pavements. In addition, she noted that fly tipping had increased within the borough, therefore the strategy for this should also be reviewed. Nick Austin said that weed control on pavements was an issue across the borough and agreed that a report would be brought to a future Committee for consideration. Furthermore, it was important that the concerns of residents were addressed and therefore, noted that he would bring a presentation on comparatives around different techniques that could be used to tackle this issue. Councillor Wesley Harcourt said that the Council used a product called Glyphosate to kill weeds in the past, however this was stopped due to the toxic effects associated with this to residents.
Councillor Victoria Brocklebank-Fowler also noted that she was keen to discuss the Council’s gritting policy in further detail and what actions were taken to minimise the risks during snowfall. She said that pavements were dangerous around this time of the year as snow eventually turned into ice and posed a danger to residents. Councillor Wesley Harcourt said that schools across the borough closed last year due to the weather conditions and agreed that the policy needed further exploration to ensure appropriate measures were in place.
Cllr Victoria Brocklebank-Fowler said that she would like to review the parks and open spaces policy, including the overall strategy for dog bins. This should be widened to include normal waste bins in parks, graffiti removal, public toilets and the Council’s pest policy.
Councillor Ann Rosenberg noted that she was contacted by residents in relation to the electrical car charging points and was keen to discuss the Council’s approach to electrical vehicle charging points in further detail. In addition, she would like a discussion around the progress made and what plans were in place for the future.
The Chair explained that the main focus for the Septemeber PAC would be on crime and security as this had not been a key area for discussion in the past. She said that she would like to see a report on the Council’s strategy around it’s CCTV network, moped and bike crime. Additionally, she would like an overview around crime and disorder, including a presentation on the Council’s key priorities. She requested that Councillor Sue Fennimore (Deputy Leader) and third sector organisations be invited to the September PAC meeting to discuss this in further detail. Councillor Victoria Brocklebank-Fowler asked that the discussion also referenced ward panels.
Councillor Victoria Brocklebank-Fowler noted that parking also needed reviewing. She was keen to explore the financial implications of the parking system and comparisons between Ringo and other operators. Furthermore, she also mentioned telephone parking, visitor permits and 20p zones and the effects of 20mp zones on traffic flow, including the accident rates in the borough before and after the introduction of 20mph.