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16 September 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 16 September 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 17 June 2010 (previously circulated).
05NOTIFICATION OF URGENT BUSINESS TO BE CONSIDERED UNDER ITEM 24
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.
08SERCO - FIRST QUARTER 2010/11

The report compiled by Serco in accordance with the agreed Monitoring Framework which gives an overview of the performance of Serco from April 2010 to June 2010.
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09UPDATE OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH AND LICENSING SERVICE NOISE POLICIES

Report of the Director (Strategy and Development) asking Members to agree a set of revised and updated policies relating to the Council's role in investigating and controlling noise.
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10UPDATE ON THE NOISE RESPONSE SERVICE "OPERATION REPRISE"

Report of the Director (Strategy and Development) updating Members on "Operation Reprise" which deals with out of hours noise nuisance.
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11UPDATE OF CERTAIN PUBLIC HEALTH POLICIES

Report of the Director (Strategy and Development) asking Members to agree a set of revised and updated policies relating to the Council's role in investigating complaints relating to certain matters which affect public health.
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12PROPOSAL TO PARTICIPATE IN THE NATIONAL FOOD HYGIENE RATING SCHEME

Report of the Director (Strategy and Development) updating Members on hygiene rating schemes for food establishments and proposing that the Council adopts the national model for such schemes which has been introduced by the Food Standards Agency.
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13SNOW CLEARANCE - SCRUTINY ACTION PLAN REVIEW

Report of the Director (Finance and Operations) informing Members of the outcome of the review of the Scrutiny Action Plan in respect of Snow Clearance.
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14ALTERNATE REFUSE AND RECYCLING COLLECTIONS (ARRC)

Report of the Director (Finance and Operations) informing Members of the introduction of Alternate Refuse and Recycling Collections (ARRC) and the initial actions put in place to implement the scheme.
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15WELWYN HATFIELD COMMUNITY CHEST

To consider any applications for funding under the Council's Community Chest Scheme for recommendation to the Cabinet.
16COMMITTEE OVERVIEW WORK PROGRAMME 2010/11

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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17RESPONSE FROM CABINET TO RECOMMENDATIONS FROM OVERVIEW AND SCRUTINY COMMITTEE

Community Chest Applications were approved at the Cabinet meeting of 5 July 2010 (Minute 23 refers) for the following:

Northaw and Cuffley £3,645.00 Improvements to Fire Protection
Welwyn East £5,070.00 English Oak Signage for Mardley Health

The Food Safety Service Plan was approved by Cabinet at its meeting of 5 July 2010 (Minute 24.1 refers).

The Health and Safety Service Plan was approved by Cabinet at its meeting of 5 July 2010 (Minute 24.2 refers).
18SECTION B - Scrutiny Items - Executive Members are excluded from this part of the meeting
19CONSIDERATION 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).
20COMMITTEE SCRUTINY WORK PROGRAMME 2010/11

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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21CONSIDERATION 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.
22RESPONSE FROM CABINET/COUNCIL TO SCRUTINY RECOMMENDATIONS/REPORTS

There are no responses to report to this meeting.
23COUNCILLOR 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.
24SUCH OTHER BUSINESS AS, IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIRMAN, IS OF SUFFICIENT URGENCY TO WARRANT IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION
25EXCLUSION 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 27 (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.
26PART II - Private and Confidential Items
27ANY 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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