Greenwich Council

Agenda and minutes

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Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence

To receive apologies for absence from Members of the Panel.

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received on behalf of Councillors Mehboob Khan and Chris Lloyd.

2.

Urgent Business

The Chair to announce any items of urgent business circulated separately from the main agenda.

Minutes:

There was no urgent business.

3.

Declarations of Interest pdf icon PDF 49 KB

Members to declare any personal and financial interests in items on the agenda.  Attention is drawn to the Council’s Constitution; the Council’s Code of Conduct and associated advice.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

There was no interest declared at the meeting.

 

Resolved –

 

That the list of Councillors’ memberships as Council appointed representatives on outside bodies, joint committees and school governing bodies be noted.

4.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 93 KB

Members are requested to confirm as an accurate record the Minutes of the meeting held on 16 September 2015.

 

No motion or discussion may take place upon the Minutes except as to their accuracy, and any question on this point will be determined by a majority of the Members of the body attending who were present when the matter in question was decided.  Once confirmed, with or without amendment, the person presiding will sign the Minutes.

Minutes:

Resolved -

 

That the Minutes of the meeting of the Community Safety and Environment Scrutiny Panel held on 16th September 2015 be agreed and signed as a true and accurate record.

5.

Review of Cleansweep Report pdf icon PDF 88 KB

Members to consider the report which explains the functions undertaken by the environment services formerly known as “Cleansweep”, the improvements delivered over recent years, the reasons for changing the management arrangements and the future challenges.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Senior Assistant Director (Environment) gave an illustrative presentation to the report.  He informed the Panel on performance, and the scope of the responsibilities of senior managers in view of the new management structure of environment services, which was formerly known as “Cleansweep”.

 

The Panel noted the report, and that the management structure was a combination of various positions to create Heads of Service in the following areas: Waste and Street, Parks, Estates and Open Spaces, Corporate Client Management, and Safer Public Spaces.  Improvements delivered in recent years were also noted by the Panel.  It was recognised that environment services was managing risks to deal with financial pressures because of uncertainties associated with future funding arrangements, and challenges presented as a result of the Council’s growth agenda.

 

Representatives of local community groups, namely, the Charlton Central Residents’ Association, Avery Hill Housing Panel, Flowers Estate (Abbeywood), Colharbour Tenants’ Association, Glyndon Housing Panel, Kidbrooke Housing Panel and Wonderful Woolwich addressed the meeting.  They expressed pride in their respective community, but were of a view that more work was needed to deal with environmental cleanliness in ways to ensure the quality of lives of residents, and of those who work and visit a borough that was marketing itself as an attractive tourist location. 

 

The Panel noted that the concerns expressed by the representatives were similar.  The following were raised:

·                   the Contact Centre was not as effective because of difficulties by residents to access it via the telephone to report issues and/or provide feedback;

·                   the Council was not adequately addressing littering as a result of waste from take-away outlets, particularly at and around residential areas, bus stops, and train stations;

·                   some bus stops had insufficient litter bins and, in some cases, none.  Cigarette butts in the grounds of public areas around schools’ premises were unsightly;

·                   litter was left unattended on streets longer than necessary because of different days for bin collections and road sweeping;

·                   the length of time taken by the Council to clean up dog fouling and clear leaves away from parks and open spaces was unacceptable and

·                   waste from mowed weeds and grass in public areas was not cleared away, creating environmental litter and nuisance to users.

 

Suggestions made by the representatives were also noted by the Panel as follows:

·                    a dedicated telephone contact to the Council should be in place to report on environmental issues;

·                    community engagement with residents on cleanliness should be improved

·                    caravan sites in open spaces should be maintained

·                    care-takers’ services in housing estates should be reviewed for improvements

·                    weekly caretaking schedule should be reinstated in housing estates, and copies sent to tenants’ representatives, including publication via the Council’s website

·                    the Council should arrange patrols, perhaps involving environmental champions, in order to investigate and identify schools whose employees loitered to smoke in public spaces, with the aim discuss appropriate areas for disposing cigarette butts

·                    as a deterrent to crime anti-social behavioural activities, patrols should take place around housing estates, including parks and open spaces,  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.

6.

Commissioning Future Reports - Specification of Requirements pdf icon PDF 42 KB

Members to note the work items that are scheduled to be presented to the meeting of the Community Safety and Environment Scrutiny Panel on 14 January 2016 and consider the scope of forthcoming reports and specify its detailed requirements.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Scrutiny Officer presented a report on items that would be presented to the meeting of the Panel on 14th January 2016

 

Resolved –

 

That the report be noted.