Neighbourhood, Environmental and Communities Cabinet Member – Minutes – 1 October 2009
73 (7) AIR QUALITY UPDATING AND SCREENING ASSESSMENT 2009 – The Service Director Neighbourhood and Environment submitted a report seeking approval for the Air Quality Updating and Screening Assessment Draft Report submitted to DEFRA on 17 August 2009.
As part of the National Air Quality Strategy, North Lincolnshire Council was required to periodically undertake a review and assessment of air quality within its boundaries All potential sources of pollution (including industrial, domestic and traffic related sources) had to be considered and compared against objectives for seven major pollutants.
The Updating and Screening Assessment (USA) was required to consider areas that had changed since the last report The council had to consider the emissions against the Air Quality Objectives.
In November 2005 an Air Quality Management Area (AQMA) was declared for breaches of the 24 hour mean PM10 air quality objective in Scunthorpe, with a further declaration in December 2008 for breaches of the annual mean at Santon.
The assessment was conducted in accordance with updated Technical Guidance LAQM.TG(09) issued by DEFRA in April 2009. The report had identified no additional breaches of Air Quality Objectives other than those detailed above. The council would not need to proceed to a detailed assessment for any of the pollutants listed.
Policy Guidance PG(09) required that councils consulted on their draft air quality reports. A list of consultees was appended to the report.
Resolved – That approval be given to consult with the organisations listed at Appendix 1 of the report, and the public via use of the internet.
74 (8) COMMERCIAL GLASS RECYCLING – The Service Director Neighbourhood and Environment submitted a report to advise on the arrangements made to implement kerbside collections of glass from licensed and other premises.
Representations had been received from members of the licensed trade who wished to recycle waste glass (cullet).
As a consequence of the expansion of schemes into ‘Round 18’, sufficient capacity existed within the waste collection vehicle fleet to offer a service for mixed glass recovery from commercial organisations
Due to the legal requirement to levy charges for this service, initial take up had been limited.
Resolved – (a) That appropriate publicity be given to the launch of this new service, and (b) that those licensed premises with whom the council is not currently contracted be offered the opportunity to participate in the collection scheme at the agreed rate.
75 (9) CREATION OF ‘FIT FOR FOOTBALL CO-ORDINATOR’ POST – The Service Director Neighbourhood and Environment submitted a report seeking approval to create a new post, based within the Health Improvement and Partnerships Team, to administer and co-ordinate the Fit for Football scheme.
Fit For Football was established in 2003, specifically at that time to address healthy lifestyle issues for children in disadvantaged communities in the Humber area, through the provision of fun, interactive games. The project had worked in partnership with three Football in the Community schemes – Hull City, Scunthorpe United and Grimsby Town.
The project had now developed a comprehensive package of Fit For Football training and support, resource materials, monitoring and evaluation which was available to other Football in the Community schemes. North Lincolnshire Council had the rights to the use of the Fit for Football brand and income from the sale and any associated merchandise.
The training element of the package was currently delivered by the Health Promotion Officer from the Health Improvement team, supported on a goodwill basis by three other staff members.
Resolved – (a) That the creation of the post of Fit for Football Co-ordinator be supported, and (b) that the report be submitted to the Corporate Services Cabinet Member for approval.
76 (10) ROUND 18 PROGRESS REPORT – The Service Director Neighbourhood and Environment submitted a report to provide an update on the performance of the kerbside recycling schemes recently introduced into the Crosby area of Scunthorpe.
The implementation of kerbside recycling schemes into ”Round 18” had been relatively successful. articipation rates and material capture rates remained low relative to the average performance recorded for the rest of North Lincolnshire, but anticipated operational difficulties had not been encountered.
Further work was required to improve performance of the scheme.
Resolved – (a) That the efforts to date, of ‘Round 18’ residents, be commended, and (b) that the strategies outlined in the report for improving resident participation in recycling schemes be maintained.
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77 (11) DOORSTEPPING INITIATIVE – The Service Director Neighbourhood and Environment submitted a report seeking approval for the continued employment of the Recycling Officers.
The report detailed the activities and achievements of the Recycling Officers employed within the Waste Management Division of Neighbourhood and Environmental Services (NES).
The Recycling Officer posts were created for a two year fixed term appointment following a reorganisation of NES at the beginning of 2008. Their specific remit was to increase awareness of and active participation in the recycling schemes operating throughout North Lincolnshire. This was achieved partly through an intensive campaign of ‘Doorstepping’ i.e. direct face-to-face contact with occupiers of domestic property.
Resolved – (a) That the retention of both Recycling Officers as permanent staff members on existing terms and conditions be supported, (b) that further reports on progress be submitted periodically, (c) that the report be submitted to the Corporate Services Cabinet Member for approval.
78 (12) CATERING AND CLEANING DIVISION REVISED STRUCTURE – The Service Director Neighbourhood and Environment submitted a report seeking approval for a restructure of the catering and cleaning division.
Following a request for flexible retirement for one post and a vacancy in another, the opportunity for a restructure had presented itself.
Further details were set out in the report.
Resolved – (a) That the proposed restructure as set out in the report and its appendices be supported, and (b) that the report be submitted to the Corporate Services Cabinet Member for approval.
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