Venue: Council Chamber, The Arc, Clowne
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Appointment of Chair for Meeting
The Governance Officer explained that because of the absence of the Chair and Vice-Chair, a Chair for this meeting would have to be appointed.
The Governance Officer invited nominations from Members on a Chair for the meeting.
Councillor David Dixon as Chair was moved by Councillor Janet Tait and seconded by Councillor Evonne Parkin. There were no other nominations and Councillor David Dixon was appointed unopposed.
RESOLVED that Councillor David Dixon be appointed to Chair this meeting of Climate Change and Communities Scrutiny Committee.
Apologies for Absence
Apologies for absence were received on behalf of Councillors Anne Clarke, Nick Clarke and Dan Salt.
There were no urgent items of business to consider.
Declarations of Interest
Members should declare the existence and nature of any Disclosable Pecuniary Interest and Non Statutory Interest as defined by the Members’ Code of Conduct in respect of:
a) any business on the agenda
b) any urgent additional items to be considered
c) any matters arising out of those items and if appropriate, withdraw from the meeting at the relevant time.
Members were requested to declare the existence and nature of any disclosable pecuniary interests and/or other interests, not already on their register of interests, in any item on the agenda and withdraw from the meeting at the appropriate time.
There were no declarations of interest made.
To consider the minutes of the last Healthy, Safe, Clean and Green Communities Scrutiny Committee meeting held on 2nd March 2021.
Moved by Councillor Janet Tait and seconded by Councillor Evonne Parkin.
RESOLVED that the Minutes of a Healthy Safe Clean and Green Communities Scrutiny Committee held on 2nd March 2021 be approved as a correct record.
(Members should contact the officer whose name appears on the List of
Key Decisions for any further information. NB: If Members wish to discuss an exempt report under this item, the meeting will need to move into exempt business and exclude the public in accordance with the Local Government (Access to Information) Act 1985 and Local Government Act 1972, Part 1, Schedule 12a for that part of the meeting only).
Committee considered the List of Key Decisions and items to be considered in private document.
RESOLVED that the List of Key Decisions and items to be considered in private document be noted.
Committee considered the Work Programme for 2021/22.
The Scrutiny & Elections Officer explained that the report included two attached suggested Scrutiny Review topics and Members must decide whether or not to undertake them for 2021/22:
1) To undertake a review of the Council’s Grant to Voluntary Organisations Budget allocations.
2) To consider where health and leisure activities have brought positive, best value
outcomes for customers.
The Scrutiny & Elections Officer added that there were two incomplete reviews that were being undertaken by the now defunct Healthy Safe Clean and Green Communities Scrutiny Committee, and this Committee could pick them up for 2021/22 if they wished:
1) A review of the Council’s Policy on Sky Lanterns and Helium Balloons
2) A review of the Council’s Policy on Fireworks
Councillor David Downes explained some of the work that had been undertaken for these existing reviews as the former Chair of Healthy Safe Clean and Green Communities Scrutiny Committee.
Members agreed to undertake the two suggested review topics and carry on with the two review topics left by Healthy Safe Clean and Green Communities Scrutiny Committee.
Councillor David Dixon asked what kinds of powers were available in terms of dealing with the misuse of fireworks. The Scrutiny & Elections Officer explained that North East Derbyshire District Council had recently done a review on the same subject and that review had looked more towards enforcement.
Councillor David Downes asked if light displays instead of fireworks was possible, and also asked what the requirements from Licensing were for fireworks used at home. The Scrutiny & Elections Officer agreed she would investigate these questions.
Members agreed that the need for the review of fireworks should take priority with bonfire night coming up soon.
The Scrutiny & Elections Officer suggested the Committee could begin at the scheduled meeting on 7th September 2021 by discussing Fireworks as part of a formal item and discussing Sky Lanterns/Helium Balloons and Grants to Voluntary Organisations as part of the informal item, and then discuss health and leisure activities at the next meeting on 12th October 2021 to allow some research to be done for it. Members agreed with this approach.
The Scrutiny & Elections Officer explained that prior to the 7th September 2021 meeting, she would:
1) Find out the answer to the Licensing question asked by Councillor David Downes
2) Circulate all of the information Healthy Safe Clean and Green Communities Scrutiny Committee looked at in terms of Fireworks and Sky Lanterns/Helium Balloons so it could be discussed at the 7th September meeting
3) Ask officers from Legal and Environmental Health to attend the 7th September meeting so they can explain precisely the powers the Council has in terms of Fireworks and Sky Lanterns/Helium Balloons.
It was moved by Councillor David Dixon and seconded by Councillor Janet Tait to note the Work Programme for 2021/22, accept the two suggested review topics and take on the two old review topics.
RESOLVED that the Committee:
(i) Notes the report and the ... view the full minutes text for item CLI721/22