Agenda item

Overview of Operational Services Portfolio

To provide the Cabinet Committee with an overview of the service areas included within the Operations Services Portfolio.

Minutes:

Members were provided with an overview of the service areas included within the Operational Services portfolio.

 

The Assistant Director Environment guided Members through pages 14-19 of the report explaining key information regarding the overview of the service area, activities/current issues and the officer contact for each of the below areas covered under the remit of the Committee:

 

  • Waste & Recycling
  • Street Cleansing
  • Horticulture
  • Cemeteries
  • Vehicle Workshop

 

The Regulatory Services Manager guided Members through pages 19-21 of the report explaining key information regarding the overview of the service area, activities/current issues and the officer contact for each of the below areas covered under the remit of the Committee:

 

  • Environmental Health
  • Licensing
  • Health & Safety

 

The Assistant Director Environment and the Regulatory Services Manager fielded questions from the Committee and further explained that: 

 

  • Mandy Cartwright is the Corporate Health & Safety Advisor for the Civic Centre and she is located on the 3rd floor in the Environmental Health section
  • The £250K that Kent County Council set aside to help tackle and clear flytipping is for the whole of Kent
  • There are a number of ideas that have been put forward as to how that £250K could be spent; one such idea is to pay to have mobile cameras installed in flytipping hotspots to catch fly-tippers in the act
  • Village greens were not within the remit of the Committee; they fell under the remit of the Strategic Environment Cabinet Committee
  • Creating and setting up new allotments is a very costly process so current tenants that haven’t maintained their lots well enough are being encouraged to give up their leases for new tenants to take over. Additionally when a full allotment is given back to the Council, that allotment is then split in half to make two smaller allotments which can be leased out and are more easily maintained
  • The Council has been pushing on increased communication with the public especially now with the new charges that have been implemented at KCC Household Waste Recycling Centres such as Pepperhill. More people are likely to use waste carriers and so more information will be rolled out which advises the public of what a proper waste carrier licence looks like, who they should be giving their rubbish too and the consequences  of getting it taken away by an unlicensed carrier and dumped illegally
  • An accreditation system is currently being investigated where the public can search for waste carriers that are fully licensed and have been vetted etc; it would allow the public to confidently get rid of their waste
  • A high proportion of the flytipped waste comes from London and can be linked to organised crime
  • The Pepperhill Household Waste Recycling Centre  will be closed  for 9 weeks for roof repairs and that will have a negative effect on Gravesham; however the Council is more prepared than with the previous closure and KCC will be providing financial support during the length of the closure period. The refuse crews will have to travel further to empty their vehicles such as in Crayford/Maidstone/Sevenoaks etc.

 

Members noted the contents of the report.

 

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