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Minutes PDF 144 KB
The minutes of the meeting held on Thursday,
24 November 2022 were signed by the Chair.
Declarations of Interest
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Parks & Open Space 2022 Annual Report PDF 21 MB
The Committee were presented
with the Parks and Open Spaces Annual Report (January –
December 2022), which could be found on page 9 of the agenda
pack. The purpose of this report was to
inform Members of the achievements and activities over the last
year. The Parks and Open Spaces Manager
areas of the report which included:
- Work carried out
throughout the borough to regenerate 15 play parks, that were
identified as requiring attention and investment. It was noted that some parks had not been updated
for 20 years. The development of the
chosen sites were possible due to a successful grant funding
bid. This injection of funds had
accelerated the regeneration plans and meant the project was
completed within months rather than years. Members were given an overview of the work carried
out at each of the 15 play parks. Improvements varied at each site
but included themed play areas, accessibility for all ages and
abilities with inclusive play and sensory equipment.
- The Parks and Open
Spaces Manager updated the Committee on Gravesham’s tree
planting efforts over the past year, as part of the Council’s
drive to deliver a greener Gravesham.
Gravesham had planted 20 trees across the borough for the
Queen’s Jubilee plus 250 native whips to create The Forest of
Memories in Instead Rise, to remember those who had died during the
Covid19 pandemic. Members were
advised that unfortunately due to the drought in 2022, a number of
whips had died but would be replaced.
- Following devastation caused by
Storm Eunice along the Gordon Promenade, a review of the location
had been carried out and in order to promote the biodiversity of
the area and to enhance the annual colour, there would be mixed
perennial flower beds created. This
option would also prove more cost effective.
- Members were informed about the
dedication of the Windmill Hill Association to promote the natural
habitat through the Buzz Garden. The
Parks and Open Spaces Manager also advised that to promote habitats
for wildlife 20 bat, bird and owl boxes had been installed in
various locations throughout the borough.
- The Committee were informed of the
Mindful Moment benches that had been installed throughout the
borough. It was hoped that
especially during the current economic climate, these benches would
offer a place to reflect. Individuals
could be signposted for help and support via a QR code on the
- The Parks and Open
Spaces Manager informed Members of the Growing Your Community
scheme that was introduced this year.
This saw the introduction of raised beds to involve the community
in creating and maintaining herb and vegetable plots, which had so
far been a success.
The Parks and Open Spaces
Manager outlined the aspirations for 2023.
The Chair thanked the Parks and Open Spaces Manager and team for
everything that had been achieved in the past year.
The Committee were invited to ask questions and make
Members raised concern about future maintenance of the parks and
how often they would ...
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Waste Management Update Report PDF 2 MB
The Committee were presented
with the Waste Management Update Report. The purpose of this report was to provide
Members with an update on Waste Management & Street Cleansing
projects & performance in the 2022 calendar year.
The Waste Projects and
Compliance Officer highlighted key areas of
the report which included:
- In November 2022
the Council’s Recycling, Refuse & Street Cleansing
frontline staff were provided with a new orange uniform. The new
uniform has made the staff within these services look smarter, as
well as more visible on dark mornings.
Feedback from staff had been positive.
- Members attention was drawn to p.35 section 3.1 which gave an
overview of the recycling performance for 2022. It was highlighted that if 2022 was compared to
2020/21 then there had been a slight drop in recycling, however if
compared to the pre-pandemic year of 2019 then this year had seen a
rise in recycling of 4%. It was noted
that during 2020/21 there was a higher amount of recycling due to
the increase of online ordering during the lock down
Committee were informed that in relation to food waste recycling,
2022 had seen a 19% decline. This drop
was however consistent with the rest of Kent. The Waste Projects and Compliance officer stated
that with the current economic climate, this could have been due to
residents not wasting food and a reduction in consumption
Waste and Projects
Compliance Officer explained how contamination of waste in 2022
had improved slightly. He advised
Members that since January 2023 KCC has become more stringent with
the waste they would accept and rejected 65 tonnes of recycling due
to contamination, this in turn was a cost to the
Council. In order to mitigate this
going forward, the crew had undertaken further training and were
required to put red stickers on contaminated resident bins, that
must be rejected due to contamination. There had also been
an education campaign for residents.
tipping incidents had fallen in 2022 by 8.9%. Waste management and the Environment Enforcement
team continued to work closely to combat the issue. It was noted
that 2022 had seen a reduction in tonnage of 12.7%.
- Members attention
was drawn to section 3.4 of the report.
The Kent Resource Partnership (KRP) organised residual waste (black
sack waste) audits to be conducted in May 2022 in all Kent
districts. The findings from the audit revealed that in Gravesham,
2.8 kilograms of waste per household per week could have been
recycled at the kerbside.
- Gravesham had continued to increase the number of flats that
were offered a recycling service.
- The Street
Champions initiative was awarded a Certificate of Excellence by
IESE in January 2022 and Gravesham Borough Councils’ Waste
Management Team were also shortlisted for two awards in the
‘Local Authority Success’ Category at the National
Recycling Awards 2022
- Members we informed that in 2022 the team had undertaken a one
off project to clear alleyways which had become
overgrown/suffered from fly-tipping, whether the alleys were
privately- or council ...
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