Neighbourhood, Environment and Communities Cabinet Member – Minutes – 24 December 2008

53 (14) ENVIRO CRIME – FLYERS/INFORMATION LEAFLETS – The Service Director Neighbourhood and Environment submitted a report seeking approval for the direct leafleting/distribution of flyers relating to enviro-crime / low-level anti-social behaviour.

The Neighbourhood Response Team (NRT) responded to service requests from the public and partner agencies relating to enviro-crime and low-level anti-social behaviour. Service requests included flytipping, littering, graffiti, abandoned cars, noise nuisance, dog fouling etc.

The NRT rarely witnessed offences and much of its work involved investigations and partnership working to detect and deliver outcomes. The NRT’s biggest and most influential partners were the general public and business community in North Lincolnshire as it was in their neighbourhoods and communities that enviro-crime and low-level anti-social occurred.

The NRT wished to develop its partnership working by way of informing the public of incidents of enviro-crime and low-level anti-social behaviour in their community / neighbourhood. This required the NRT to proactively approach the public to ask for assistance, information etc. and highlight the work the council is undertaking to make communities cleaner, safer and greener.

It was proposed that appropriate messages were distributed in the locations where an incident of enviro-crime and low-level anti-social behaviour had occurred. Attached at appendix 1 of the report was a sample flyer relating to fly tipping that could be distributed to dwellings and business premises in the vicinity of an incident. Others would be made up for other types of incidents.

Resolved – That the practice of direct leafleting/distribution of flyers in hot spots and during investigations relating to enviro-crime / low-level anti-social behaviour be adopted.

54 (15) RECYCLING FOR HARD TO REACH PROPERTIES – The Service Director Neighbourhood and Environment submitted a report to update members on the outcome of the consultation exercise involving residents on ‘Round 18’ and to consider a range of options for delivering recycling collections to those properties concerned.

The households that currently comprised ‘Round 18’ were defined as ‘hard to reach’ by virtue of the limited access arrangements and/or their remote location. A total of 3180 individual properties were affected, mainly in the Crosby area of Scunthorpe.

A consultation event was undertaken in the area in order to better understand the practical problems likely to be encountered, before the delivery of waste and recycling services commenced. The consultation involved meetings with identified community groups, briefing of ward members, use of ‘doorsteppers’ and a blanket communication to all households. The letter and questionnaire were appended to the report with the responses received.

Three options were presented to the Cabinet Member. Option 3 proposed that two wheeled bins (green, red) be provided to all properties plus a brown wheeled bin or home composter if requested, and the blue and green boxes be re-issued to all properties where required. Collections of residual waste (green bin) would also be completed on an alternate weekly basis. Specific reference was made to this in the covering letter sent to all households.

Resolved – (a) That the implementation of a recycling scheme as set out in option 3 of the report for the ‘Hard to Reach Properties’ be approved, and (b) that subject to the time taken to procure bins and vehicles and the identification of adequate additional resources, if required, implementation of a scheme be progressed as soon as possible.

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55 (16) RESTRUCTURE OF THE STREETSCENE AND LANDSCAPES DIVISION – The Service Director Neighbourhood and Environment submitted a report seeking approval from the Cabinet Member for a restructure of the Area Management within Neighbourhood Services.

When Neighbourhood Services was created in 2001 it was split into 5 areas: Scunthorpe North/South, Brigg, Barton and the Isle of Axholme. Four years ago the two Scunthorpe area teams merged. The vacancy of the Area Manager (Urban) post had presented an opportunity to further review the area team structure.

The Isle of Axholme, although larger in area than any of the other three, is the smallest in terms of activity, but occasionally required plant and equipment which it did not hold at the depot in Ealand, therefore a request was made to another area.

There was an opportunity to merge the management arrangements for Scunthorpe and the Isle of Axholme, but create an Assistant Manager position to operate from the Ealand depot.

Resolved – (a) That the change to the Area Management within Neighbourhood Services as set out in the report be supported, and (b) that the report be referred to the Corporate Services Cabinet Member for approval.

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