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Apologies for absence had been received from Councillor Warr.
Declarations of Interest
Members and Officers are invited to make any declaration of pecuniary, personal and/or prejudicial interests that they may have in relation to items on this agenda, and are reminded that they should re-declare their interest before consideration of the items or as soon as the interest becomes apparent.
Members and Officers should make their declaration by stating:
a) the item they have the interest in
b) whether it is a pecuniary/personal interest and/or prejudicial interest
c) the nature of the interest
Councillor Greenway declared a Personal Interest in Agenda Item 11 as a Member of West Sussex County Council.
Councillor Elkins declared a Personal Interest in Agenda Item 11 as a Member of West Sussex County Council.
The Committee will be asked to approve as a correct record the Minutes of the Special Environment Committee meeting held on 27 February 2023.
The Minutes of the meeting held on 27 February 2023 were approved by the Committee. These would be signed at the end of the meeting.
ITEMS NOT ON THE AGENDA THAT THE CHAIRMAN OF THE MEETING IS OF THE OPINION SHOULD BE CONSIDERED AS A MATTER OF URGENCY BY REASON OF SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES
The Chair confirmed that there were no urgent matters for this meeting.
Public Question Time
To receive questions from the public (for a period of up to 15 minutes)
The Chair confirmed that no questions had been submitted for this meeting.
The Committee is required to agree its start times for meetings for the year 2023/24.
That its start times for meetings for 2023/24 be 6.00pm.
This report provides a summary of the proposed projects to make improvements at Lion’s Den, Brookfield Adventure and Bluebell play areas in Littlehampton. The report recommends that the funding allocated from the capital play funding budget should be drawn down and allocated for expenditure at the play areas, and that contracts are awarded to the preferred suppliers following a procurement process for the delivery of the schemes.
Upon the invitation of the Chair, the Principal Landscape Officer presented the report to the Committee. The report provided a summary of the proposed projects which had been identified for improvement under the new capital programme. These were Lion’s Den, Brookfield Adventure and Bluebell play areas in Littlehampton. The process of delivering these projects would follow the same steps as other schemes, and consultation would be caried out to establish what the public would like to see included. The result of this consultation would be used to produce the design brief for each play area. Companies would then be invited to submit designs and costs for these and the highest scoring tender would be appointed following evaluation. Further information was set out in the report and the recommendations linked to the procurement and delivery of the schemes.
Members then took part in a question-and-answer session and the following points were made:
Councillor Greenway proposed an amendment to the third recommendation as follows (additions have been shown in bold):
Delegate authority to Officers, in conjunction with the Chair of the Environment Committee, to increase the contract value(s) at recommendation 2 should additional funding become available ahead of, during, or following the procurement process.
The amendment was seconded by Councillor Elkins and following a vote was declared CARRIED.
Turning to the substantive, the question and answer session resumed as follows:
· Were the 2015 regulations mentioned in the report the most current? The Principal Landscape Officer confirmed they were.
· 14.1 said Contractors would be required to provide evidence of their environmental sustainability policies, including any carbon impact footprints. Was this really necessary? The Principal Landscape Officer explained that the Council was looking at its carbon footprint and working towards becoming carbon neutral, and although this could be challenging for contractors, it was important that it was encouraged.
The recommendation was proposed by Councillor Greenway and seconded by Councillor Blanchard-Cooper.
1) The drawdown and expenditure of £205K funding allocated from the capital play budget plus ... view the full minutes text for item 73.
This report seeks approval to commence public consultation on proposals to extend the current Public Space Protection Orders (PSPO) for the control of dogs, which expire on 5 November 2023, for a further three years until 2026.
[Councillor Elkins declared a Personal Interest during discussion of this item as a Member of Ferring Parish Council and West Sussex County Council]
Upon the invitation of the Chair, the Environmental Health Team Manager presented the report to Committee. This report sought approval to commence public consultation on proposals to extend the current Public Space Protection Orders for Dogs (PSPOs), which would expire on 5 November 2023, for a further three years until 2026. A further report would be presented to the Environment Committee on 7 September detailing the outcome of the consultation, with recommendations regarding renewal of the existing PSPO and any other changes or amendments advised. Internal consultation had identified potential minor amendments to the current PSPO in relation to dogs on leads which were detailed in the report.
Members then took part in a question-and-answer session and the following points were made:
The recommendation was proposed by Councillor Blanchard-Cooper and seconded by Councillor Elkins.
That the undertaking of public consultation on proposals to renew the current PSPO for the control of dogs for a further three years, be approved.
[Councillor Brooks declared a Personal Interestduring discussion of this item as his business used LED signs]
Upon the invitation of the Chair, the Environmental Health Team Manager presented the report to Committee, which provided an update on the actions taken to investigate and address the causes of the Poor bathing water classification for the Bognor Regis Aldwick, and the progress of the Bognor Regis (Aldwick) Bathing Water Quality Partnership Group.
At present there was no clear link between the elevated sample results seen in 2022 and operation of storm overflows for Bognor Regis Aldwick, and initial investigations had been focused on identifying misconnections. 5 misconnections had so far been identified and addressed, including one toilet misconnection, but investigations were still ongoing. Routine bathing water samples would continue to be taken by the Environment Agency (EA) during the bathing season, as part of the bathing water classifications process. DNA analysis would be considered should high results be found which would give further insight into potential sources of contamination. The Bathing Water Regulations 2013 required Local Authorities, during the bathing season, to display information at each designated bathing water detailing the classification, and at Aldwick advise against swimming. As part of Arun’s participation in the short-term pollution risk forecasting (PRF) scheme, additional signage was also required to be displayed when a PRF was issued. PRFs were issued during the season at Aldwick, Littlehampton, Felpham and Bognor Regis East. This currently involved manually displaying signage and could mean delays in information being provided to the public due to the time taken to reach each location and post the required signage. Automated signage would eliminate the need to manually place hand-written signs at each location when a PRF was issued, and mean information and any advice against swimming would be available in real-time. There were costs associated with this. Southern Water had indicated their intentions were to provide funding for the majority of the costs of installation of two of the signs.
Councillor Blanchard-Cooper proposed an amendment to the second recommendation as follows (additions have been shown in bold):
The Environment Committee support the installation of automated bathing water signage at Aldwick, Littlehampton, Felpham, and Bognor Regis East and asks Officers to return to Southern Water seeking funding for signage at all four locations.
The amendment was seconded by Councillor Madeley and a short debate took place. It was asked whether it should be stipulated that the signage be solar powered. The Environmental Health Team Manager explained both options were being looked at and it was important the best option was chosen. The Group Head of Technical Services also explained the electricity purchased by the Council was from renewable sources. It was also asked whether the Committee would have any say in what signage was used. The Environmental Health Team Manager explained this would be an operational decision.
Following a vote the amendment was declared CARRIED.
Turning to the substantive, Members and a non-Committee Member given permission to speak, took part in a ... view the full minutes text for item 75.
Upon the invitation of the Chair, the Group Head of Technical Services introduced the report to Committee. The Key Performance indicators (KPIs) were measures of operational performance. The same indicators would be measured each year for the four year period to allow for comparison and trends to be measured both in-year and between years. Some of these KPIs were new this year so comparisons with the previous year were not available. Each Committee had its own indicators which would give them specific relevant information for that Committee and were mainly reported quarterly. The Policy and Finance Committee was responsible for overseeing performance across the Council and received the full KPI report for all Committees.
Members were then given the opportunity to ask questions, and these are summarised as follows:
The Committee noted the report.
The Council Vision 2022-2026 was approved at Full Councill in March 2022. To support the Vision, we have a comprehensive set of measurable performance indicators which allow us to identify how well we are delivering across a full range of services. Two kinds of indicators were agreed at the Policy and Finance Committee on 17 March 2022. The first of these are the subject of this report, the ’Vision Indicators’ and this is the first annual report on them. These annual indicators primarily update the progress against strategic milestones.
Covered in a separate report are the Key Performance Indicators which are primarily numeric and measured and reported quarterly to Committees.
[Councillor Greenway declared a Personal Interestduring discussion of this item as a member of Friends of Bersted Brooks and a member of Bersted Parish Council. He also redeclared his Personal Interest in the Item as a Member of West Sussex County Council]
[Councillor Blanchard-Cooper declared a Personal Interestduring discussion of this item as a member of Friends of Mewsbrook Park]
Upon the invitation of the Chair, the Group Head of Technical Service introduced the report to the Committee. He explained the Council Vision for the period 2022- 26 had been developed with Councillors at a series of workshops and then agreed by Full Council. It set out goals and would guide decision making for this period. The Vision was divided into 4 key themes: improving the wellbeing of Arun; delivering the right homes in the right places; supporting our environment to support us; fulfilling Arun’s economic potential. There were overall aims for each of these themes and some specific objectives to be achieved over the four year period. These were strategic and longer term objectives. Some of them may be changed or added to as priorities changed. The Policy and Finance Committee were responsible for overseeing performance across the Council . The annual report (appendix 2) set out progress against these objectives. It was intended as a useful and informative report for all Members which would give an overview of progress in all areas of the Council. These were grouped by Council Vision theme, rather than Committee.
Members were then given the opportunity to ask questions, summarised as follows:
There were no updates from Members regarding Outside Bodies.
The Committee is required to note the Work Programme for 2023/24.
The Group Head of Environment and Climate Change presented the Work Programme to the Committee. He gave a brief update on work around Beach Access, a full update on which was on the Work Programme for November. He updated that surveys of the ramps in Bognor Regis had been carried out, two of which had been identified and cleared of shingle. These were the ramps at Gloucester Road and at Felpham, adjacent to the sailing club. Questions regarding the progress of Beach Access were asked by Members, which would be provided after the meeting by the Group Head of Environment and Climate Change.
It was asked why there was currently nothing on the Work Programme for the March meeting. The Group Head of Technical Services explained that this was an evolving Programme, and there were already additional Items that he was aware of to be added to the Programme for later in the municipal year.
One Member noted that there was no mention of cemeteries on the Work Programme, and there was concern relating to memorial safety. The Group Head of Environment and Climate Change would take this up after the meeting and discuss with the Chair.
The Committee noted the Work Programme.