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EOSC - 12 November 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 12 November 2012

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SECTION A - Procedural Business and Policy Review and Development Items

2.

APPOINTMENT CO-OPTED MEMBERS:

Director (Governance) to report that the Tenants Panel have appointed Geoff Clark and Paul Wren as their new representatives to serve as co-opted members of the Committee (non-voting). The reserve representative is Cliff Rogers.

3.

SUBSTITUTION OF MEMBERS:

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

4.

APOLOGIES:

5.

MINUTES:

To confirm as a correct record the Minutes of the meeting held on 1 August 2012 (circulated separately).

6.

NOTIFICATION OF URGENT BUSINESS TO BE CONSIDERED UNDER ITEM 23.

7.

DECLARATIONS OF INTERESTS BY MEMBERS:

To note declarations of Members' disclosable pecuniary interests, nondisclosable pecuniary interests and non-pecuniary interests in respect of items on this Agenda.

8.

PUBLIC 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.

9.

REVISION OF THE CURRENT TREE STRATEGY AND ACTION PLAN

DATED JANUARY 2007 - 2012:

Report of the Director (Strategy and Development) to approve the draft Tree and Woodland Strategy for consultation purposes. Page(s) 1 to 36
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10.

PERFORMANCE INDICATOR REPORT - ENVIRONMENT:

Report of the Director (Strategy and Development) to provide the Committee with details of the targets and outturns for the suite of Performance Indicators. Page(s) 37 to 50.
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11.

SERCO 1ST QUARTER CUSTOMER SATISFACTION PERFORMANCE 2012/13:

Report from the Contract Manager on performance against agreed targets. Page(s) 51 to 64.
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12.

PROPOSALS FOR A CORPORATE ENFORCEMENT POLICY:

Report of the Director (Governance) to agree work is undertaken to produce a corporate enforcement policy covering the areas set out in the report and that a draft policy is brought back to EOSC for agreement prior to release for consultation. Page(s) 65 to 68
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13.

ENVIRONMENTAL ENFORCEMENT:

Report of the Director (Finance and Operations) which advises Members of the extended range of enforcement within the Environment Team and the inclusion of Street Wardens to carry out environmental enforcement in line with the authorisation of the team. Page(s) 69 to 74.
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14.

STREET WARDEN STRATEGIC OVERVIEW:

Report of the Director (Finance and Operations) which sets out for Members a strategic overview of the Street Warden Service. Page(s) 75 to 82
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15.

ADOPTION OF THE WELWYN HATFIELD COUNCIL STATEMENT OF PRINCIPLES UNDER THE GAMBLING ACT 2005:

Report of the Director (Governance) report presents and asks Members to recommend adoption of the Council's Statement of Principles (Gambling Act 2005) for a 3-year period commencing 31 January 2013, as required by Section 349 of the Gambling Act 2005. Page(s) 83 to 128
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16.

COMMITTEE 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. Page(s) 129 to End
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17.

RESPONSE FROM CABINET TO RECOMMENDATIONS FROM OVERVIEW AND SCRUTINY COMMITTEE:

There are no responses to report to this meeting.

18.

SECTION B - Scrutiny Items - Executive Members are excluded from this part of the meeting.

19.

CONSIDERATION OF ITEMS FOR SCRUTINY:

To consider:

1. whether any Cabinet decisions should be scrutinised postimplementation (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).

20.

COMMITTEE 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.

21.

RESPONSE FROM CABINET/COUNCIL TO SCRUTINY RECOMMENDATIONS/ REPORTS:

There are no responses to report to this meeting.

22.

COUNCILLOR 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.

23.

SUCH OTHER BUSINESS AS, IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIRMAN, IS OF SUFFICIENT URGENCY TO WARRANT IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION:

24.

EXCLUSION 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 26 (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.

25.

PART II - Private and Confidential Items

26.

ANY 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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