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66.

Announcements

When the continuous alarm sounds you must evacuate the building by the nearest available fire exit. Members and visitors should proceed to the visitors’ car park at the front of the building and await further instructions (during office hours staff should proceed to their usual assembly point; outside of office hours proceed to the visitors’ car park). Please do not re-enter the building unless instructed to do so.

 

In the event of a fire any person with a disability should be assisted in leaving the building.

Minutes:

66.1          The evacuation procedure, as noted on the Agenda, was advised to those present.

66.2           The Chair welcomed the Deputy Chief Executive of GFirst Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) to the meeting and indicated that he was in attendance for Agenda Item 7 – Gfirst LEP Presentation.  He also introduced the representatives from Ubico who were present for Agenda Item 10 – Trade Waste Services.

67.

Apologies for Absence and Substitutions

To receive apologies for absence and advise of any substitutions. 

Minutes:

67.1          Apologies for absence were received from Councillors R J G Smith and P N Workman.  There were no substitutions for the meeting. 

68.

Declarations of Interest

Pursuant to the adoption by the Council on 26 June 2012 of the Tewkesbury Borough Council Code of Conduct, effective from 1 July 2012, as set out in Minute No. CL.34, Members are invited to declare any interest they may have in the business set out on the Agenda to which the approved Code applies.

Minutes:

68.1           The Committee’s attention was drawn to the Tewkesbury Borough Council Code of Conduct which was adopted by the Council on 26 June 2012 and took effect from 1 July 2012.

68.2          There were no declarations made on this occasion.

69.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 108 KB

To approve the Minutes of the meeting held on 3 December 2019.

Minutes:

69.1          The Minutes of the meeting held on 3 December 2019, copies of which had been circulated, were approved as a correct record and signed by the Chair. 

70.

Executive Committee Forward Plan pdf icon PDF 230 KB

To determine whether there are any questions for the relevant Lead Members and what support the Overview and Scrutiny Committee can give to work contained within the Plan.

Minutes:

70.1          Attention was drawn to the Executive Committee Forward Plan, circulated at Pages 13-16.  Members were asked to determine whether there were any questions for the relevant Lead Members and what support the Overview and Scrutiny Committee could give to the work contained within the plan.

70.2          It was noted that the Agenda for the meeting on 4 March 2020 only contained one item and the Chair requested that Officers be engaged to ensure that this was populated prior to the next meeting.  The Deputy Chief Executive provided assurance this had already been raised as an issue and would be discussed at the forthcoming management team away day on Monday 20 January. 

70.3          It was

RESOLVED          That the Executive Committee Forward Plan be NOTED.

71.

Overview and Scrutiny Committee Work Programme 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 253 KB

To consider the forthcoming work of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee.

Minutes:

71.1          Attention was drawn to the Overview and Scrutiny Committee Work Programme 2019/20, circulated at Pages No. 17-24, which Members were asked to consider.

71.2          It was

RESOLVED          That the Overview and Scrutiny Committee Work Programme 2019/20 be NOTED.

72.

GFirst Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Presentation

To receive a presentation from the GFirst Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

Minutes:

72.1          The Chair introduced the Deputy Chief Executive of GFirst LEP and indicated that he would be giving a presentation which would cover LEP investments related to Tewkesbury Borough; the Growth Hub network; the inward investment team; and the Local Industrial Strategy.

72.2          Members were informed that the primary role of GFirst LEP was to drive economic growth and create jobs.  It was set-up in 2011 and there were 38 LEPs across the country; it was noted that the GFirst LEP consistently appeared in the top five or 10 within the various league tables.  In terms of the investments made, the GFirst LEP had been successful in securing £101m of growth deal funding which had been used to fund high profile projects within the county such as the roundabout at Elmbridge Court which had cost £10m and was an example of a development that had made a real difference.  Members were advised that £550,000 had been invested in the south camp at Gloucestershire Airport which had provided two new hangars and associated road infrastructure, and a further £1.8m on Anson Park which would open up infrastructure and create more employment land for hangar space which could be used for aircraft, innovation, training etc.  There had also been a £4.5m investment in Innsworth Gateway, which was key for traffic mitigation to release the strategic housing site.  Members were informed that £1.6m had been allocated to the B4063 Staverton Bridge but this work had actually been done by Highways England as an element of the junction connected to the Cyber Park.  It was noted that the LEP was funding the road infrastructure to open up the Cyber Park rather than anything actually on the Park itself.

72.3           A Member questioned whether the GFirst LEP funded any infrastructure that was not road-based, for example, trams or trains, and was advised that £6m had been invested in improving Cheltenham Spa Railway Station and funding was also being provided for the underpass at Gloucester Railway Station.  The GFirst LEP was supporting four main road projects – A417 missing link, Junction 9, Junction 10 and A46 – and the focus would then be on rail, cycling and public transport, for instance, the proposed mass transit station between Gloucester and Cheltenham.  It was noted that the GFirst LEP had asked for information on investment priorities arising from the Gloucestershire Rail Strategy in order to establish what would give the best return and that information would be available over the next month or so.  Another Member went on to question how much employment was generated from the significant investment in Gloucestershire Airport and was informed that this had resulted in approximately 200 jobs.  Assurance was provided that any project funded by the GFirst LEP had to go through scrutiny and it was noted that green credentials were becoming increasingly important.  A Member indicated that he would be very interested in additional detail about the mass transit centre and was advised that this was contained within the Local Industrial  ...  view the full minutes text for item 72.

73.

Enviro-Crimes Update pdf icon PDF 134 KB

To consider progress made and agree future monitoring via the performance tracker with any significant matters to note being reported through the Member Update Sheet. 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

73.1           The report of the Head of Community Services, circulated at Pages No. 25-32, provided an update on progress against the Enviro-Crimes Action Plan and asked Members to agree that, as tackling enviro-crime was now fully embedded within the day to day operations of Environmental Health, no further reports would be brought unless there was any change in this position but any significant matters of information would be included on the Member Update Sheet and performance would continue to be monitored in the quarterly performance tracker.

73.2           The Head of Community Services advised that there were 15 actions contained within the action plan at Appendix 1 to the report and he was pleased to report that nine had been completed and the remaining six would be taken forward in due course.  He hoped that Members would agree there had been significant improvement in the way the Council dealt with enviro-crimes in recent years which was in no small part due to interrogation and monitoring by the Overview and Scrutiny Committee and tackling enviro-crime was now part of the day to day business of the Environmental Health Team.  He pointed out that the Council had taken delivery of a new waste vehicle earlier in the year which had been branded with the Council’s new waste aware website which was aimed at promoting the Council’s approach to tackling enviro-crime and he encouraged Members to have a look following the meeting.  It was now proposed that monitoring of enviro-crimes should be via the quarterly performance report as opposed to separate reports to the Committee.

73.3           A Member expressed the view that a lot of good work had been done by Officers to get to this point and the approach to enviro-crimes had improved inordinately over the last few years.  The Support Member for Clean and Green Environment echoed these sentiments and extended his thanks to the team who had done a fantastic job for the whole borough.  A Member drew attention to the action to introduce a schedule of Parish Council liaison meetings that would achieve contact with a minimum of 50% of Parish Councils which was due to be completed in June 2019.  She noted that 14 Parish Councils had been visited to date and questioned what percentage that represented and whether the action was ongoing.  The Head of Community Services advised that 14 Parish Councils equated to approximately 28% and he explained that the 50% target had been extremely ambitious; however, this would be a permanent target and Officers would continue to work with all Parish Councils going forward.  A Member expressed the view that there was a need to work together and for Borough Councillors to get out into the Parishes and speak directly to them to promote the service.  It was also suggested that Officers should to ensure Members were aware when they were going to the various Parishes so they could be there as well. 

73.4           A Member noted that one of the actions involved recruiting a GIS/Systems  ...  view the full minutes text for item 73.

74.

Separate Business

The Chairman will move the adoption of the following resolution:

 

That under Section 100(A)(4) Local Government Act 1972, the public be excluded for the following items on the grounds that they involve the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Act.

Minutes:

74.1           The Chair proposed, and it was

RESOLVED          That, under Section 100(A)(4) of the Local Government Act                               1972, the public be excluded from the meeting for the following                              items on the grounds that they involve the likely discussion of                                    exempt information as defined in Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the                          Act. 

75.

Trade Waste Services

(Exempt –Paragraph 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972 –Information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information))

 

To consider progress to date and recommend to the Executive Committee the preparation of a detailed business case for a pilot proposal.

Minutes:

(Exempt – Paragraph 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972 – Information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information)) 

75.1           The Committee recommended to the Executive Committee that a detailed business case on the pilot proposal, building on the work that had already been undertaken as set out in Paragraphs 7 and 9 of the report, be prepared, and other third party options be presented for review by the Overview and Scrutiny Committee in order that a recommendation on the way forward could be made by the Executive Committee.