Venue: Council Chamber, The Arc, Clowne
Contact: Jo Wilson Scrutiny and Elections Officer
Apologies for Absence
Councillor Anne Clarke.
To note any urgent items of business which the Chairman has
consented to being considered under the provisions of Section 100(B)
4(b) of the Local Government Act 1972.
There were no urgent items of business.
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There were no declarations of interest made.
To consider the minutes of the last meeting on 24th May 2022
Moved by Councillor Evonne Parkin and seconded by Councillor David Dixon.
RESOLVED that the Minutes of a Climate Change & Communities Scrutiny Committee held on 24th May 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
Committee considered the List of Key Decisions and items to be considered in private document.
Due to the forthcoming item planned for August Executive, a discussion took place in relation to environmental enforcement and the balance between costs of enforcement and clearing of waste. Councillor Parkin noted a forthcoming event in the Pinxton area on 23rd July ‘Pinxton Freighter Day’, which was a Parish Council initiative in conjunction with BDC Streetscene. Residents would be able to take certain types of waste to a number of set collection points during the day in a bid to ensure excess waste could be easily disposed of, hopefully reducing fly-tipping. Councillor Dixon noted that a key issue with this related to professional companies who did not dispose of waste correctly despite advertising such a service.
Members agreed that the Council’s approach to setting of fines and enforcement should mirror that of neighbouring areas and national trends.
Moved by Councillor David Dixon and seconded by Councillor Evonne Parkin.
RESOLVED that the List of Key Decisions and items to be considered in private document be noted.
The Scrutiny & Elections Officer presented a summary of the work completed so far in relation to this review area, which was originally commenced by the previous Healthy, Safe, Clean & Green Communities Scrutiny Committee. Members refreshed their knowledge of how the approach at Bolsover compared to both neighbouring areas and nationally. It was noted that the Marine Conservation Society held a list of authorities with such policies/bans in place.
Members agreed that consideration should be given to the scope to lobby Government/the local MP, to add weight to the national campaign for change in policy.
Moved by Councillor Nick Clarke and seconded by Councillor Jen Wilson.
RESOLVED that (1) Members take forward the review topic previously commenced,
(2) Members review and amend the scope and core objectives agreed as required.
(Scrutiny & Elections Officer)
Committee considered their proposed work programme for 2022/23. Members agreed that to progress the piece of work around Sky Lanterns and Balloons, the relevant Environment Health officers should be invited to the September meeting. It was noted that further items were still being sought for the November meeting.
Moved by Councillor Nick Clarke and seconded by Councillor David Dixon
RESOLVED that the Work Programme 2022/23 be approved and noted.
(Scrutiny & Elections Officer)