Highways & Neighbourhoods Cabinet Member – Minutes – 17 June 2014

The corresponding report of the following item (Minute 124 refers) contains exempt information as defined in Paragraphs 1 and 2 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended)

124  (2) NEIGHBOURHOOD WARDENS – The Director of Places submitted a report considering proposals to extend the role of the Civil Enforcement Team to deal with a wider range of ‘street scene’ type issues, and to consider consequential changes to the establishment of the team to enhance support to residents and improve service for customers.

The council took over responsibilities for civil enforcement of on street parking from Humberside Police in 2010.  This had yielded a number of benefits.  The council had taken a number of positive steps to extend the availability of free off street town centre parking with the view to boosting the prosperity of the county’s town centres, particularly for retailers.  The changes provided a trigger to review civil parking enforcement arrangements.

A broader role for the council’s Civil Enforcement Team was proposed to include dealing with a range of neighbourhood issues, which could include dog fouling, littering, graffiti, fly posting and abandoned vehicles etc.  The concept of a role of Neighbourhood Warden was suggested to achieve this, with officers having a broad understanding of the priorities within the communities in which they worked.

The report set out full details of the proposals, including financial implications.

Resolved – (a) That the adoption of a wider role for the Civil Enforcement Team, as set out in the report and accompanying appendices, be approved; (b) that the new staffing structure, as set out in the report and accompanying appendix, be approved; (c) that the transfer of the new Car Parking and CCTV team from Planning and Regeneration to Technical and Environment Services, be approved, and (d) that the effectiveness of the new arrangements be reviewed after six months of operation.

Note: Where there is no report this is because it is exempt, as it contains information which is considered to be of a confidential nature, as detailed in the Local Government (Access to Information) Act.