Greenwich Council

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Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence

To receive apologies for absence from Members of the Panel.

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Chris Lloyd and Christine May. Councillor Barbara Barwick gave apologies for leaving early (7.45pm – End of Item 6).

2.

Urgent Business

The Chair to announce any items of urgent business circulated separately from the main agenda.

Minutes:

There was no urgent business.

3.

Declarations of Interest pdf icon PDF 34 KB

Members to declare any personal and financial interests in items on the agenda.  Attention is drawn to the Council’s Constitution; the Council’s Code of Conduct and associated advice.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Resolved –

 

That the list of Councillors’ memberships as Council appointed representatives on outside bodies, joint committees and school governing bodies be noted.

4.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 48 KB

Members are requested to confirm as an accurate record the Minutes of the meeting held on 26 January 2017.

 

No motion or discussion may take place upon the Minutes except as to their accuracy, and any question on this point will be determined by a majority of the Members of the body attending who were present when the matter in question was decided.  Once confirmed, with or without amendment, the person presiding will sign the Minutes.

Minutes:

Members noted that Ms Karen Kenna should read Ms Carol Kenna in item 5 and it was agreed that this should be amended.

 

Resolved -

 

That the amended minutes of the meeting of the Community Safety and Environment Scrutiny Panel held on 26 January 2017 be agreed and signed as a true and accurate record.

5.

Cabinet Member's Priorities Update pdf icon PDF 38 KB

Provide an update on performance against the priorities set by the Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Environment.

 

Provide information on additional services covered by the Community Services Department, that the Panel may wish to receive more detailed reports on during the forthcoming year, as noted in the draft work programme.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The report was presented by the Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Environment and the Senior Assistant Director Community Services. The Cabinet Member invited questions from the Panel.

 

The Panel queried the progress made regarding recycling in blocks of flats, the Cabinet Member responded that there was a large volume of blocks within the borough and it was difficult to pinpoint offenders. She highlighted that it is easier to identify households that are contaminating waste, whereas flats tended to use a communal service. There were more issues regarding older blocks of flats which still used a chute system. In new developments a lot of design work was undertaken to ensure waste and recycling services were easier to use, well positioned and properly resourced. She added that the smaller refurbishment developments in the Borough were of concern as some developers do not alert the Council of the sub-divisions and as a result the new residents’ waste was not collected.

 

The Chair asked for a progress update on street cleaning. The Cabinet Member replied; even though there had been reductions in staffing and budget, she was well aware that there was a need for a greater level of supervision on the streets and to ensure that monitoring mechanisms were in place and this was being implemented.  She continued that there was a need to create a more mobile team to be able to address problem areas and to engage with residents and stop bad habits, for example littering.

 

In response to a question regarding Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) issued 2016/17 shown in the Four Year Performance Measures, the Senior Assistant Director responded that he would provide a breakdown of these figures to the Panel.

Action: Senior Assistant Director Community Services

 

The Panel asked about the missed bin collections data and the Senior Assistant Director explained that 1/1500 were missed and two new monitoring officers were working on this. The figure had halved since August/September 2016.

 

The proportion of household waste going to landfill had also risen in 2016/17. The Senior Assistant Director summarised that this was subject to the maintenance requirements of the Energy Waste Facility which was based in Lewisham. If the waste was not required; it was sometimes  sent to landfill and this was out of the Royal Borough of Greenwich’s control. Negotiations were underway for a move to a modern facility in Southwark, which would also regulate bulky waste.

 

The Panel requested the provision of comparative data with other Local Authorities be included in future reports.

Action: Senior Assistant Director Community Services / Community Safety, Policy & Performance Manager

 

Councillor John Hills drew the Senior Assistant Director’s attention to shop keepers in The Mound using residents bins to dispose of their waste. The Senior Assistant Director asked the Councillor to provide him with details to enable this to be investigated by Enviro Crime Enforcement Officers.

Action: Councillor John Hills/ Senior Assistant Director Community Services

 

The Chair raised that work undertaken to cut back trees in Charlton Church Lane had  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.

6.

Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 Update pdf icon PDF 50 KB

Note the uses of powers under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (the Act) for the period 1 October 2015 to 28 February 2017.

Minutes:

The Principal Lawyer (Housing and Litigation Team) presented the report and gave an overview of the Council’s functions under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA). She highlighted that the powers can only be used if the offence carries a custodial sentence of 6 months or more, that cost was not a determining factor but if there was a conviction the Council would try to recover the costs. She gave the example of the Lisa White case which resulted in an eighteen-month prison sentence and the Council were also working to recoup the fraudulently claimed funds and were confident of success.

 

A Panel member asked how long it took for surveillance to be authorised and was it costly, to which the Principal Lawyer responded that   it took one day and the notional cost was circa £50. She added that the authorisation was limited to three months but could be extended.

 

The Panel questioned how it was decided if a case was significant. The Principal Lawyer replied that there were seven officers within the Council authorised to agree the use of surveillance. They considered all available information before making a decision. The use of surveillance had to be proportionate and its use had to balanced against the rights of the subject of the surveillance and other individual’s likely to be affected.

 

The Principal Lawyer informed the Panel that the Council is due to be inspected by the Office of the Surveillance Commissioners on 30 March 2017.

 

Resolved:

 

That the Panel noted the update and use of powers under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 for the period 1 October 2015 to 28 February 2017.

 

Councillor Barbara Barwick left the meeting (7.45pm).

7.

Update Report on the Municipal Waste Strategy pdf icon PDF 60 KB

Consider the annual review of Greenwich’s Waste Management Strategy for 2016-2025 and the progress made towards meeting its aims.

Minutes:

The report was presented by the Senior Assistant Director Community Services who explained the Council’s aspirations and aims for the Waste Management Strategy 2016-2025 and gave an update on progress.

 

In respect of the procurement of new waste treatment and disposal contracts, the current ones were due to expire 2023 and 2027; options and alternatives would be brought back to Members for consideration.

 

The Chair asked when the new environmental management system would be ‘live’, to which the response was October 2017.

 

In response to a question querying the difference between housing and blocks of flats recycling, the Senior Assistant Director Community Services replied there was a differential of 25%. The aim was to reduce the gap by removing chutes from blocks, thus encouraging residents to sort their own recycling waste.

 

The Chair asked the Senior Assistant Director to expand on the targets of the Resource London project, he replied that it was a pan London study to collect data to look at ways of improving recycling in flats. One report would be produced for all the boroughs involved and this would be brought back to the Panel once it was completed.

 

Resolved:

 

That the Panel noted the Municipal Waste Strategy update.

8.

Greenwich Inclusion Project (GrIP) - Delivery of Community Based Hate Crime Service pdf icon PDF 83 KB

Note and comment on the progress of the Greenwich Inclusion Project [GrIP] in respect of its funding activities relating to delivery of its community-based hate crime service.

Minutes:

This item was deferred.