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14 January 2010

A meeting of the Environmental Overview and Scrutiny Committee held in the Council Chamber, Campus West, Welwyn Garden City, Herts at 19:30 on 14 January 2010

NumberItem
01SECTION A - Procedural Business and Policy Review and Development Items
02SUBSTITUTION OF MEMBERS

To note any substitution of Committee Members in accordance with Council Procedure Rules 19 - 22.
 
03APOLOGIES 
04MINUTES

To confirm as a correct record the Minutes of the meeting held on 30 November 2009 (previously circulated).
 
05NOTIFICATION OF URGENT BUSINESS TO BE CONSIDERED UNDER ITEM 21 
06DECLARATIONS OF INTERESTS BY MEMBERS

To note declarations of Members' personal interests and Members' personal and prejudicial interests in respect of items on this Agenda.
 
07PUBLIC 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.
08UPDATE ON THE NOISE RESPONSE SERVICE "OPERATION REPRISE"

Report of the Director (Strategy and Development) updating and informing Members on the work carried out by the noise response service "Operation Reprise".
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09OPEN SPACE STRATEGY POLICY

Report of the Director (Strategy and Development) setting out the results of the consultation and the final strategy for recommendation to Cabinet.
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10ENVIRONMENTAL ENFORCEMENT REVIEW

Report of the Director (Finance and Operations) informing Members of a review of environmental enforcement. 
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11CLIMATE CHANGE STRATEGY REVIEW

Report of the Director (Strategy and Development) which brings to the Committee the amended Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan.
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12UPDATE ON THE EXPANSION TO THE BROWN BIN SCHEME

Report of the Director (Finance and Operations) which highlights the availability of a new composting facility in the area and its impact on recycling rates.
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13COMMITTEE OVERVIEW WORK PROGRAMME 2009/10

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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14RESPONSE FROM CABINET/COUNCIL TO OVERVIEW AND SCRUTINY COMMITTEES

The recommendation made by the Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee at its meeting of 10 September 2009 was approved at Cabinet on 6 October 2009 in respect of:-

Welwyn Hatfield Community Chest (Minute 39).

The recommendation made by the Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee at its meeting of 30 November 2009 was approved at Cabinet on 8 December 2009 in respect of:-

Allotment Policy (Minute 52).
15COUNCILLOR 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.
16SECTION B - Scrutiny Items - Executive Members are excluded from this part of the meeting
17CONSIDERATION 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).
 
18COMMITTEE SCRUTINY WORK PROGRAMME 2009/10

The pro-forma to set out the Committee's scrutiny work programme is attached to enable forward planning of items to be considered to take place as appropriate.
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19CONSIDERATION OF ITEMS FOR REVIEW GROUPS

To consider any issues for review relating to areas covered by the Committee.

Where the Committee decides an issue should be reviewed a Review Group (ratio 3:2 with an Administration Chairman) should be appointed to review the specific item.
20RESPONSE FROM CABINET/COUNCIL TO RECOMMENDATIONS FROM SCRUTINY COMMITTEE

There are no responses to report to this meeting.
21SUCH OTHER BUSINESS AS, IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIRMAN, IS OF SUFFICIENT URGENCY TO WARRANT IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION
22EXCLUSION 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 24 (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.
23PART II - Private and Confidential Items
24ANY 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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