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EOSC - 1 August 2012

A meeting of the Environmental Overview and Scrutiny Committee held in the Council Chamber, Campus West, Welwyn Garden City, Herts at 19:30 on 1 August 2012

NumberItem
001SECTION A - Procedural Business and Policy Review and Development Items
002SUBSTITUTION OF MEMBERS

To note any substitution of Committee Members in accordance with Council Procedure Rules 19 - 22.
003APOLOGIES
004MINUTES

To confirm as a correct record the Minutes of the meeting held on 28 June 2012 (previously circulated).
005NOTIFICATION OF URGENT BUSINESS TO BE CONSIDERED UNDER ITEM 20
006DECLARATIONS OF INTERESTS BY MEMBERS

To note declarations of Members' personal interests and Members' personal and prejudicial interests in respect of items on this Agenda.
007PUBLIC QUESTION TIME AND PETITIONS

Up to fifteen minutes will be made available for questions from members of the public on issues relating to the work of the Committee and to receive any petitions.
008OPEN SPACE STRATEGY UPDATE

Report of the Director (Strategy and Development) to report on the progress against the targets in the Open Space Strategy 2010-2020.
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009COUNCIL POLICIES AND PROCEDURE FOR RESTORING GRAVES TO LAWN

Report of the Director (Finance and Operations) to provide detail of how to best encourage and ensure that the Welwyn Hatfield Lawn Cemetery is maintained now and in the future as a lawn cemetery.
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010EXPANSION AND IMPROVEMENTS OF HATFIELD HYDE CEMETERY

Report of the Director (Finance and Operations) to consider the options for additional burial plots to be made available; the creation of a new garden area for cremated remains; and the use of empty burial plots which are/have approached the end of their 75 licensing period.
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011UPDATE ON THE EXTENDED NOISE SERVICE

Report of the Director (Governance) to update Members on the work carried out by the Environmental Health team in relation to the out of hours Extended Noise Service (ENS) during the end of the academic year 2012.
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012ENERGY CONSUMPTION IN COUNCIL OWNED BUILDINGS

Report of the Director (Governance) to inform Members of the annual energy consumption and carbon dioxide emission in the Council's corporate buildings and to give a comparison on the previous year's consumption. Also to give details of water consumption at 3 main Council offices, Campus East, Campus West and Bridge Road East.
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013COMMITTEE OVERVIEW WORK PROGRAMME 2012/13

The pro-forma which sets out the Committee's overview work programme has been updated since the last meeting to enable forward planning of items to be considered to take place. Items which the Committee agrees it would like to consider will be scheduled into the work programme.
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014RESPONSE FROM CABINET TO RECOMMENDATIONS FROM OVERVIEW AND SCRUTINY COMMITTEE

There are no responses to report to this meeting.
015SECTION B - Scrutiny Items - Executive Members are excluded from this part of the meeting
016CONSIDERATION OF ITEMS FOR SCRUTINY

To consider

(1) whether any Cabinet decisions should be scrutinised post-implementation (Paragraph 14.1 of the Overview and Scrutiny Procedure Rules)

(2) whether any items which relate to areas covered by the Committee which a member of the Committee may wish to raise with a view to deciding whether an issue should be scrutinised.

The Administration and Opposition Groups each have the right within the Municipal Year to have one scrutiny topic referred to a Sub-Committee.

Where the Committee decides an issue should be scrutinised, a scrutiny Sub-Committee should be appointed to carry out the specific piece of scrutiny work (paragraph 6.3 of the Procedure for the Operation of the Overview and Scrutiny Function).
017COMMITTEE SCRUTINY WORK PROGRAMME 2011/12

The pro-forma which sets out the Committee's scrutiny work programme is attached to enable forward planning of items to be considered to take place as appropriate.
018RESPONSE FROM CABINET/COUNCIL TO SCRUTINY RECOMMENDATIONS/REPORTS

There are no responses to report to this meeting.
019COUNCILLOR CALL FOR ACTION

To receive any request from a Councillor for a discussion on behalf of residents on an issue affecting a single council ward where local problems have arisen and other methods of resolution have been exhausted.
020SUCH OTHER BUSINESS AS, IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIRMAN, IS OF SUFFICIENT URGENCY TO WARRANT IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION
021EXCLUSION OF PRESS AND PUBLIC

The Committee is asked to resolve:

That under Section 100(A)(2) and (4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the press and public be now excluded from the meeting for item 23 (if any) on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of confidential or exempt information as defined in Section 100A(3) and Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the said Act (as amended).

In resolving to exclude the public in respect of the exempt information, it is considered that the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.
022PART II - Private and Confidential Items
023ANY OTHER BUSINESS OF A CONFIDENTIAL OR EXEMPT NATURE AT THE DISCRETION OF THE CHAIRMAN

Exempt reports are available to authorised persons only.

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