Highways & Neighbourhoods Cabinet Member – Minutes – 10 October 2014

131  (9) RELAXATION OF CAR PARKING CHARGES FOR LATE NIGHT CHRISTMAS SHOPPING EVENTS – The Director of Places submitted a report considering the relaxation of car parking charges as in previous years to coincide with the Late Night Christmas Shopping Events in Scunthorpe and Brigg.

In previous years, the council had relaxed charges for car parking from 4.00pm on the evening when the Late Night Shopping Events were taking place (six in total last year).

Any monies taken through the ticket machines after 4.00pm had been donated to charity (The Mayor’s Appeal Fund/Brigg Mayor’s Appeal Fund).  The public had been advised of this fact if they wished to make a contribution.

The Late Night Christmas Shopping Events this year were taking place following the switch on of the lights on Thursday 20 November in Scunthorpe.

Resolved That the proposal to waive the car parking charges after 4.00pm on 20 November, 27 November, 4 December, 11 December and 18 December in Scunthorpe and Ashby and on 28 November in Brigg, and donate any revenue received to the relevant Mayors’ Appeals Funds, be approved.

132  (10) FOOD SERVICE PLAN 2014/2015 – The Director of Places submitted a report seeking approval of the council’s Food Service Plan for 2014/2015.

The Foods Standards Agency (FSA) required the council to write a plan that set out how food work would be carried out.  The council enforced both Food Safety and Food Standards (Consumer Protection) legislation.  It also carried out work on the composition and safety of Animal Feed products.

Appendices 1 and 2 to the report contained two documents which made up the council’s Food Service Plan.  The planned activity was in two documents, one for Food Safety and one for Food Standards, as the latter now included Feed Law Enforcement work.  The FSA required the council to approve the food service plan.

The report gave details of what was included in the plan and work that the council would continue to carry out within the Environmental Health Team and Trading Standards Service.  The council would report to the FSA on its performance against the plan at the end of March 2015.

Resolved That the Food Service Plan 2014/2015 be approved.

133 (11) HEALTH AND SAFETY (H&S) SERVICE PLAN 2014/2015 – The Director of Places submitted a report seeking approval for the Health and Safety Service Plan 2014/2015.

The council had to make suitable arrangements to carry out H&S work within its area, HSE guidance which set out an enforcement framework was used for the purpose.  The H&S Service Plan 2014/2015 at Appendix 1 to the report required approval by the Cabinet Member.

The plan showed the resources needed to provide the different aspects of the H&S service.  The council would again be carrying out fewer visits this year, only high risk premises would be visited.  Support and advice would still be given to businesses and complaints and enquiries would be responded to quickly.  Work would be carried out in line with the council’s H&S Enforcement Policy.

The council had signed up to the ‘HSE Working Together Partnership’ and included HSE high risk issues in their work plan.  The aim was to reduce the number of work related deaths, injuries, ill health and working days lost.

Public safety would also continue to be promoted, the council would work with partners on the Ground Safety Certificate for Glanford Park and give advice to groups organising shows, fairs and events through the Event Safety Advisory Group.

Resolved That the Health and Safety Service Plan for 2014/2015 be approved.