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Apologies for absence
Apologies for absence were received from Cllr
Gurjit Bains and Cllr Gurdip Bungar; Cllr Frank Wardle and Cllr
John Caller appeared as their respective substitutes.
To sign the minutes of the previous meeting PDF 143 KB
The minutes of the meeting of Overview
Scrutiny Committee held on Thursday, 9 June 2022 were signed by the
To declare any interests which members may have on the items contained on this agenda. When declaring an interest members must state what their interest is.
Cllr Jordan Meade declared an ‘other
interest’ in item 5 as he was the Chair of Gravesham’s
Street Pastors Group.
Scrutiny Topic Review Report - Review of Street Cleanliness, Littering, and Fly-tipping throughout the Borough PDF 218 KB
The Committee were
presented with the topic review report for the Street Cleanliness,
Littering, and Fly-tipping throughout the Borough. It was
recommended that Members approved the topic review report at
appendix one and agree to its submission to Cabinet for further
The Chair of the
Scrutiny Topic Review, Cllr Baljit Hayre, outlined the key points
from the report and explained the following:
- In September 2019,
the Overview Scrutiny Committee selected the subject of Street
Cleanliness, Littering, and Fly-tipping for a topic
- The start of the
topic review was delayed due to Covid -19, which meant the Street
Cleansing and Enforcement Team had developed significantly since
the beginning of the topic review.
The review commenced
at the start of 2022, where three recommendations have been
proposed as a result. Cllr Hayre guided Members through each of the
groups three recommendations which were listed below:
- Introduction of a
business scheme similar to Street Champions
- Roll out the digital
version of Duty of Care Training
- Funding for Days of
The Committee gave
their thanks to the Officers who had
dedicated their time and effort to the topic review.
The Chair also asked
that the Committee’s thanks be passed to the Street Cleansing
Team for their hard work.
The Assistant Director
(Operations) fielded questions from members and explained the
- Regarding The Days of
Action Programme, there was a funding gap of about £5,000 per
each Borough Council in Kent Council. This can be covered through
- Regarding the high
attendance rate for the digital Duty of Care Training in 2020, the
Waste Team reached out and engaged with many local businesses to
increase the take up which neighbouring local authorities
didn’t. There were no statistics for uptake of the training
since the original training session as it hadn’t been rolled
out to businesses yet. Statistics on attendance to future training
sessions will be made available to Members
- After a question about the Business litter picking scheme, the
Assistant Director (Operations) states that a trial scheme could be
created, and businesses engaged to see if they would be willing to
join the scheme and pick up rubbish outside their shops which if
successful, could be progressed further. There were a number of responsible business
owners in the Borough, and it was likely that a large number
already picked up rubbish outside their businesses of their own
- A proposal was being
drafted for lockers to be given to the Street Cleansing and Waste Teams; a
location for those lockers had been identified. The previously broken shower had been
repaired and was now suitable for staff use.
- With regard to Youth Council involvement in the local
environment, they were invited to a meeting of the Climate Change
Advisory Board last year and made some excellent contributions to
the meeting. The Waste Projects Officer and the Communications
Manager had been in contact with local schools and delivered
presentations on the environment/litter etc. Further contact and
meetings have been had ...
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The Chair advised that there weren’t any
calls in as the majority of reports that went to the previous
meeting of Cabinet were largely for information only. The Chair was
keen to call in the UK Shared Prosperity Fund and had received
assurances that in the near future another report on the UKSPF
would be submitted to Cabinet with recommendations.