Agenda and minutes

Environment and Economy Scrutiny Committee
Thursday, 5th November, 2015 10.30 am

Venue: Cabinet Room, Town Hall, Scarborough

Contact: Heather Donaldson-Boldyn 

Items
No. Item

1.

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST pdf icon PDF 43 KB

Members are reminded of the need to consider whether they have a personal or prejudicial interest to declare in any of the items on this agenda.  If so, the nature of the interest must be declared at the start or as soon as the interest becomes apparent, of the meeting.  In addition, the attached form must be completed and passed to the Committee Administrator.  The Officers will be pleased to advise, if necessary, and any request for assistance should be made, in the first instance, to the Committee Administrator whose name appears at the end of this agenda.  Ideally, such advice should be sought before the day of the meeting so that time is available to consider any uncertainty that might arise.

Minutes:

Councillor G Allanson declared a personal and prejudicial interest in Agenda Item 4 (CALL-IN OF A CABINET DECISION: GARDEN WASTE COLLECTION STRATEGY), on the grounds that he was related to an employee of Scarborough Borough Council based within one of the waste/recycling teams. He remained in the Chair for the duration of Agenda Items 1 and 2 (DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST; and ELECTION OF CHAIRMAN), and then left the room for the remainder of the meeting. 

2.

ELECTION OF CHAIRMAN

To receive nominations and elect a Chairman for the meeting. 

Minutes:

Due to the absence of both the Chairman and Vice-Chairman, the Committee was required to elect a Chairman for the meeting. 

 

RESOLVED:  that Councillor S Green be elected Chairman for the remainder of the meeting.  

3.

PUBLIC QUESTION TIME

Public questions of which due notice has been given and which are relevant to the business of the Scrutiny Committee.

Minutes:

There were no questions received from members of the public. 

4.

CALL-IN OF A CABINET DECISION: GARDEN WASTE COLLECTION STRATEGY pdf icon PDF 171 KB

To consider a report of the Director, Mr N Edwards (Reference 15/285) submitted to the Cabinet on 20 October 2015, and to determine whether to recommend to the Cabinet that it amends its following decision:

 

that the Cabinet approve the implementation of charging for garden waste collections from 1 March 2016 on a voluntary subscription basis with:

 

a)    detailed promotional literature to all households explaining the scheme and their options;

b)    an annual charge of £38 per licensed bin or £38 for 50 compostable sacks;

c)    a £20 discount in year one for residents who have previously purchased a brown bin from the Council.

   

The Cabinet’s decision has been called in for urgent scrutiny pursuant to Section 4.7 of the Constitution, Additional Overview and Scrutiny Committee Procedure Rules, paragraph 10 (vi).

 

The Cabinet report, extract of the minute of the Cabinet meeting, and the call-in form are attached.

 

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

[Note: Councillor Chatt was in attendance at the meeting in his capacity as portfolio holder.  He left the meeting during the decision-making element of the discussion, in accordance with good practice.]

 

Members considered a report on the Council’s proposed Garden Waste Collection Strategy (ref. 15/285), which had been considered by Cabinet on 20 October 2015.  Members also considered the relevant extract of the minutes and the call-in document.  Cabinet’s decision at that meeting was as follows:

 

that the Cabinet approve the implementation of charging for garden waste collections from 1 March 2016 on a voluntary subscription basis with:

 

a)    detailed promotional literature to all households explaining the scheme and their options;

b)    an annual charge of £38 per licensed bin or £38 for 50 compostable sacks;

c)    a £20 discount in year one for residents who have previously purchased a brown bin from the Council.

 

Councillor D Cluer had called in the decision on 22 October 2015, and the call-in had been deemed urgent pursuant to Section 4.7 of the Constitution, Additional Overview and Scrutiny Committee Procedure Rules, paragraph 10 (vi). The Environment and Economy Scrutiny Committee was required to determine whether to recommend to the Cabinet that it amended its decision.

 

Councillor Cluer presented her case as the originator of the call-in as follows:

 

She said that although the strategy was of significant public concern, to date there had been only a limited consultation which had included Cabinet, and not the public and not other members of the Council.  This was contrary to the Council’s agreed measures to mitigate risk, which cited that there should be “full elected member support”.  She expressed concern that the lack of public engagement might also lead to reputational damage for the Council.

 

Councillor Cluer commented that the authorities used as benchmarking for the proposed scheme differed in significant respects from Scarborough Borough.  She felt that the proposed strategy had not identified all of the risks, including the potential for an increase in fly-tipping and rubbish burning, which were known to contribute to increases in carbon dioxide emissions, pollution and anti-social behaviour. She referred to the Council’s Corporate Plan, which included a commitment to help reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

 

She suggested that, should the Council adopt a policy of charging for the collection of garden waste, this change should be accompanied by a campaign to encourage home composting and other environmentally friendly disposal methods.  

 

Councillor W Chatt, portfolio holder for Housing, Property Maintenance, Public Health and Sustainability conceded that there would have been merit in broadening the scope of the consultation.  He said that this had not been possible, however, given the time constraints presented by the Council’s annual budgetary timetable.  He added that any new financial proposals needed to be viewed in the light of the Council’s requirement to make financial savings/cuts in the region of £8.7 million over the next four years, due to year-on-year reductions in settlement grant imposed by central government. This would inevitably lead to more challenging and hard-hitting  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4.