Environment Cabinet Member – Minutes – 9 August 2016

7 (7) ISO14001 ENVIRONMENT MANAGEMENT REVIEW – The Director of Places submitted a report informing the Cabinet Member of the latest ISO14001 Standard review, and seeking approval for the action plan.

The ISO14001 Standard measured the council’s environmental impacts and helped measure what was used and what was wasted. The main idea of the standard was to reduce, reuse and recycle towards providing sustainable, value for money services.

Under the council’s vision and priorities the ISO Standard enabled the following to be worked towards:

•  Shaping
•  Commissioning
•  Transforming

To deliver this principle the following was achieved:

•  Real cost savings
•  Reduction of the council’s environmental impact
•  Improvement of the council’s environmental standing

The council was subject to two external audits per year against the standard. To maintain the Standard an annual Management Review was undertaken.

The report gave details of audits undertaken and areas that had been investigated by external auditors, along with outcomes of investigations, in the past year.

Resolved – That the ISO14001 audits and action plan be approved.

8 (8) A18 MELTON ROSS BRIDGE REPLACEMENT UPDATE – The Director of Places submitted a report updating the Cabinet Member on the preferred layout option for the replacement of the existing A18, Melton Ross Railway Bridge, and seeking approval to commence the final design for the replacement of the A18 Melton Ross Bridge.

In December 2014, an Options Report was produced which outlined the various alternatives available to remedy the structural problems affecting the A18, Melton Ross Railway Bridge.

In early 2015 a decision was taken to proceed with works to temporarily support the bridge.  This temporary propping solution was now in place and working effectively.  It was further agreed to thereafter proceed with an “off line” bridge replacement option with a design road speed of 70kph, which was the subject of the report.

Various options were considered for the replacement of the existing Melton Ross Railway Bridge and the realignment of the A18 and B1211 in the vicinity of the bridge.

The main objects of the scheme were as follows:

• To minimise the required land take for construction
• To minimise the disruption from working adjacent to and above the railway
• To minimise the expense of construction

The report gave details of the scope of the scheme, including financial implications and projected timescales.

Resolved – (a) That the preferred draft design and progress of detailed work towards a final scheme be approved, and (b) that progress reports on the final design be submitted to the Cabinet Member on a regular basis.

The corresponding report of the following item (Minute 9 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).

9 (9) APPLICATION FOR RE-GRADING: RANGER (WATERS’ EDGE) – The Director of Places submitted a report seeking approval for a change to grade of the post of Ranger (Waters’ Edge).

In accordance with the provisions of the council’s pay and grading policies, the Ranger at Waters’ Edge submitted a re-grading application. The application for re-grading reflected the way the role had evolved over a number of years reflecting a number of changes to the level of responsibility required of the post holder.

To bring the matter to a conclusion it was agreed to review the job description so as to better reflect the needs of the service. This was undertaken in consultation with the current post holder and trade union representative.

Resolved – That the change to the grade of the post of Ranger (Waters’ Edge), as set out in the report, be approved.