Agenda and minutes

Overview and Performance Scrutiny Forum
Thursday, 23rd January, 2020 5.00 pm

Venue: Town Hall, Chesterfield

Contact: Charlotte Kearsey  01246 345236

Items
No. Item

36.

Declarations of Members' and Officers Interests relating to items on the Agenda

Minutes:

No declarations of interest were received.

37.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Dyke and Kelly.

38.

Deputy Leader - More Environmentally Friendly Council pdf icon PDF 47 KB

5:05pm to 6:05pm

Minutes:

The Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing and Assistant Director – Health and Wellbeing attended to present a progress report on the efforts which were being made to make Chesterfield Borough Council (CBC) a more environmentally friendly council.

 

CBC declared a Climate Emergency on 17 July, 2019 and resolved to establish a Chesterfield Climate Change Working Group to respond to this challenge.

 

The influence of CBC as a direct contributor of emissions was small and the challenge was to influence the majority of emissions outside of CBC’s control. The areas CBC could influence included: -

 

·        Service provision;

·        Social landlord;

·        Employer;

·        Lead by example;

·        Contact with partnerships and collaborating organisations;

·        Purchasing of goods and services;

·        Communication;

·        Lobbying central Government.

 

The key responsibility of the working group was to inform the action plan and the group were on schedule to deliver the plan to the set deadlines. The key requirements of the plan were to be realistic and achievable.

 

The working group had established eight themes and action areas to be included in the action plan. The Assistant Director provided examples of action areas for the themes:-

 

·        Housing: thermal / energy efficiency investment in CBC stock, planning guidance, energy efficiency standard for new CBC housing, CBC asset management strategy – clean energy.

 

·        Power: LED lighting in CBC premises, support for a local organisation to help residents source sustainable energy suppliers, CBC electricity supply from renewable, explore energy generation opportunities.

 

·        Transport: residential developments need links to cycle and foot path networks, assessment of integrated transport across the borough, electrification of public transport, CBC fleet electrification.

 

·        Business: engagement with local enterprise partnership, engagement with local business community to facilitate sharing of good practice.

 

·        Land use: maximise carbon capture opportunities, explore opportunities for nature friendly corridors, borough wide tree planting programme, planning guidance.

 

·        Waste: sustainable waste policies, community sharing, sustainable waste education programme, focus on reduce and recycle.

 

·        Engagement: communication plan for climate change, suite of marketing collateral, reinforce reduce, reuse, recycle message, encourage use of local labour, services, goods and sustainable food.

 

·        Policy: joint working with neighbouring local authorities on climate change, communicate sustainable initiatives, procurement and governance, resource to support CBC climate change work.

 

Members asked about the government funding issues and were advised that funding was one of the biggest challenges give the size and scale of actions required. Resource and support from Central Government was really important given that limited direct influence of CBC. The working group included a large amount of knowledge about grant funding and a lottery funding application had been started.

 

The Assistant Director was asked how the action points in the action plan would be measured. Nottingham City Council had been commissioned to carry out an assessment to understand the current position and enable the future position to be monitored and measured.

 

A discussion took place regarding whether the working group would have the longevity to stay with the issue. The original remit of the working group was time limited as it was specific to the notice  ...  view the full minutes text for item 38.

39.

Forward Plan

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Forward Plan

 

6:05pm to 6:10pm

Minutes:

The Forward Plan was considered.

 

RESOLVED –

 

That the Forward Plan be noted.

40.

Scrutiny Monitoring pdf icon PDF 125 KB

6:10pm to 6:15pm

Minutes:

The Scrutiny Monitoring Schedule was considered.

 

RESOLVED –

 

That the Scrutiny Monitoring Schedule be approved.

41.

Scrutiny Project Group Progress Updates

·        Air Pollution Scrutiny Project Group – Lead Member Councillor Lisa Collins

 

6:15pm to 6:20pm

Minutes:

Councillor Lisa Collins, Lead Member for the Air Pollution Scrutiny Project Group, provided an update on the progress of the group.

 

42.

Work Programme for the Overview and Performance Scrutiny Forum pdf icon PDF 86 KB

6:20pm to 6:25pm

Minutes:

The Work Programme for the Overview and Performance Scrutiny Forum was considered.

 

RESOLVED –

 

That the Work Programme be approved.

 

43.

Overview and Scrutiny Developments

6:25pm to 6:30pm

Minutes:

There was nothing to report.

44.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 88 KB

6:30pm to 6:35pm

Minutes:

The Minutes of the Overview and Performance Scrutiny Forum held on 21 November, 2019 were presented.

 

RESOLVED –

 

That the Minutes be approved as a correct record and signed by the Chair.