Agenda and minutes
Venue: Council Chamber, Civic Suite. View directions
Apologies of absence were received from Cllr Alan Ridgers, Cllr Conrad Broadly and Cllr Emma Elliott.
The Minutes of the meeting held on 12 February 2019 were signed by the Chair.
Declarations of Interest
No declarations of interest were made.
To provide Members with a summary of the role of the Community Payback Service and a joint working initiative to improve the street scene environment with the town centre.
The Chair welcomed the new Members to the Committee and gave an introduction as to how he wanted the Committee to be run and how they should all work together apolitically during their time on the Committee.
Members were provided with a summary of the role of the Community Payback Service and a joint working initiative to improve the street scene environment within the town centre
The Assistant Director Environment advised Members of the background information relating to the Community Payback Service Scheme and the benefits of it to the Community.
The Community Payback Manager – KSSCRC was welcomed to the Committee and he delivered a presentation to Members explaining who the KSSCRC were and what rehabilitation services they could offer Gravesham (please see supplementary).
Following the presentation, the Community Payback Manager – KSSCRC fielded questions from the Committee explaining that:
The Chair invited Andrew Young to address the Committee and offer his insights into the Community Payback Scheme.
The Committee were in agreement that the service was very worthwhile as it helped clean up Gravesham while also giving ‘service users’ work to do and knowledge to help gain future employment.
The Assistant Director Environment suggested the following locations, to the Committee, that could benefit from the work of the service:
The Committee agreed with three
areas that were put forward but one Councillor
· The trees located on the pavement were unkempt and hung over the walkways
· The wooden frames that surrounded the trees were broken in places The ‘No Flytipping’ signs were very old and needed replacing to make them more prominent and fitting in with the local area
· The rubbish that is strewn across the pavements
· Grass pockets which could be used for green activities such as flower meadows etc
The Director (Environment & Operations) agreed that it would be a good idea to look expand the proposed work ... view the full minutes text for item 4.
To provide the Cabinet Committee with an overview of the service areas included within the Operations Services Portfolio.
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:
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:
The Assistant Director Environment and the Regulatory Services Manager fielded questions from the Committee and further explained that:
To present Members with:
1. Details of the local taxi trade’s request to review the current table of fares (“taxi tariff”) in the Borough.
2. A revised taxi tariff proposed by the local taxi trade.
3. The proposed consultation methodology relating to the requested revision of the taxi tariff.
Members were presented with:
1. Details of the local taxi trade’s request to review the current table of fares ("taxi tariff") for licensed Hackney Carriages (taxis) in the Borough
2. A revised taxi tariff proposed by the local taxi trade
3. The proposed consultation methodology relating to the requested revision of the taxi
The Regulatory Services Manager gave background information to the Committee explaining that the taxi tariff was last reviewed in 2018 in accordance with the previously agreed two-yearly timescale. It resulted in the previous two-tier taxi tariff structure (of one tariff for vehicles carrying 1 – 4 passengers and another for vehicles carrying 5 – 8 passengers) being replaced with a single, clear tariff structure.
The Regulatory Services Manager advised following the implementation of the current tariff structure, some members of the local taxi trade voiced a strong opinion against it; citing issues with the setting of meters, an adverse impact on the income of some drivers, and concerns over risks to their own health and safety arising from potentially disgruntled passengers. Subsequently, a small representative working group of four taxi drivers was formed to liaise with the wider trade with a view to creating a revised tariff structure to present to the council for consideration and consultation on.
Following discussions and meetings between the working group, Regulatory Services Manager and Licensing Officer, a revised tariff was drawn up in accordance with the trade’s proposals.
The Regulatory Services Manager advised that at the request of the Chair, a member of that working group had come to the meeting; Denise Stewart addressed the Committee regarding the proposed tariff.
The Regulatory Services Manager fielded questions from the Committee explaining that:
Members considered the taxi trade’s request to review the current taxi tariff, the tariff proposed by them, the proposed consultation methodology and instructed the Regulatory Services Manager to consult with the local taxi trade as proposed.
To update Members of the Committee on the performance of the recycling service and area s for future development of the service.
Members were updated on the performance of the recycling service and areas for future development of the service.
The Assistant Director guided Members through pages 25-26 of the report updating them on statistics of recycling in Gravesham, the progress made since the rollout of the wheelie bins and what Gravesham would do to improve the recycling rates in the future:
The Assistant Director Environment advised that to help combat some of the issues, the Council had been driving forward the progress of educational videos which showed residents what happened to their waste and recycling once it had been collected. Following the creation of successful Gravesham-based videos on contamination, Christmas and food waste, the Council are working with KCC and the Kent Resource Partnership to film a suite of videos that will clearly show residents the journey that the materials collected in their recycling bin follow to end up as raw materials for re-processing and conversion into new products. The aim of those videos is to provide residents with a clear, factual ‘picture’ of exactly what happens to those materials, with a view to dispelling some of the commonly held myths regarding what happens to the items placed in their recycling bins.
The Assistant Director Environment fielded questions from the Committee explaining that: