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Meeting of the Council held on 12/12/2006
Environment and Leisure Overview and Scrutiny Committee



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WAVERLEY BOROUGH Council

ENVIRONMENT AND LEISURE OVERVIEW AND SCRUTINY Committee

REPORT TO THE MEETING OF THE COUNCIL ON 12TH DECEMBER 2006

This report details the work undertaken by the Environment and Leisure Overview and Scrutiny Committee over the municipal year 2005/06 and invites Members to endorse the topics included in the work programme for future consideration by the Environment and Leisure Overview and Scrutiny Committee.

A. REVIEW OF ITEMS CONSIDERED BY THE ENVIRONMENT AND LEISURE OVERVIEW AND SCRUTINY COMMITTEE 2005/06

A.1 Items considered by the Environment and Leisure Overview and Scrutiny Committee during the course of the municipal year 2005/06 (May 2005 to April 2006) are set out below:-

Local Development Framework
o Local Development Framework Core Strategy
o Response to the consultation on the LDF – core strategy principles
o Local Development Framework draft annual monitoring report
o Housing DPD issues and options
Proposed Extension to the Haslemere Conservation Area
Waste Management SIG Updates (Various)
Modernising Planning SIG updates (Various)
Clean Neighbourhood and Environment Act 2005
Best Value and Local Performance Indicators
o 2004/05 Performance
o Review of Performance in First 6 months of 2005/06
o Review of Targets for 2006/07
o Proposed Targets for 2007/08
o Performance in First 9 months of 2005/06
Update on outside Bodies Review/ Review of representation on Outside Bodies
Annual Review Report 2004/5
A New Development Management Committee System
De-criminalised Parking Enforcement
Surrey Hills AONB Organisation
Farnham Urban Safety Management
Draft 2006/7 Capital Programme
2006/7 draft general fund revenue estimates
Possible Scrutiny Review – Effects of the Licensing Act 2003 on Waverley’s Town Centre
Godalming Leisure Centre – Interim Capital Investment Requirements
Revenue Grant to JSJ Trust
Surrey Waste Plan/ New Joint Municipal Waste Management Strategy
Revenue Estimates
Capital Programme
Services for Young People SIG Progress Report
Sponsored Organisation Scheme 2006-2007 Grant Eligibility, Criteria And Timetable and applications for Revenue Funding 2006/2007
Community Partnership Fund Application Process, Criteria And Timetable For 2006/07/ Main Grant application

B. IN-DEPTH ANALYSIS

CURRENT ISSUES REGARDING MOBILE PHONE TECHNOLOGY B1. At the outset, the Committee agreed that the review should focus on addressing the following questions:

What is the national context (including the statutory framework) surrounding this Council’s interest in mobile telephone technology?
What are the Council’s current policies in respect of mobile telephones (planning policy, view as a landowner; and view as a user of the technology)?
Mobile telephone technology:
o How many mobile telephone masts are there currently in the Borough and where are they?
o What is the local usage of mobile telephones?
o what recent developments have been made in the technology?
o what infrastructure will network suppliers require in the future?
What does the Community think?
What issues have other Councils faced?
What impact does mobile telephone technology have on quality of life? In particular:
o What are the health implications of mobile telephone technology?
o What impact do mobile telephone masts have on the environment?
Does anything in the Council’s policies require changing as a result of the review?

B2. It was agreed that the review would be conducted along similar lines to this Committee’s previous reviews; that is, by the Committee hearing a range of evidence from invited witnesses. In addition, it was agreed that a consultation should be undertaken with members of the community through a random sample of the population, and that an open invitation (by means of a press release) be made for members of the public to submit written evidence to the review.

B3. The review started with a special hearing held on 28th November 2005 when evidence was received from invited witnesses on a range of issues including the current planning policy regarding mobile telephone masts, the future plans of the mobile telephone operators, the concerns of local residents regarding the location of mobile phone masts, the main features of the Police communications system known as TETRA and finally the health and safety issues associated with mobile telephone usage.

B4. After the hearing, the evidence was collated from the hearing, consultation and written evidence, and Members of the Committee received a summary report setting out all the evidence gathered. The Committee reached the following conclusions and accordingly the Committee recommended to the Executive: (a) the Council should make representations to central government on giving local planning authorities greater control over the determination of planning applications for telecommunications masts; (b) provided that national policy remains unchanged, there is no need for the Council to review its policy as landowner in respect of the location of masts and antennae; (c) there is no need for the Council to have a specific policy on the use of mobile technology by Members and officers, beyond that which already exists on health and safety issues; (d) no further research is required on the views of the local community; (e) the Committee is content with the information provided by the mobile operators in their presentation at the special meeting on 28th November, and does not require further clarification of any issues; (f) the Committee supports the proposal that the roll-out plans for 2007 should be the subject of a Development Control Forum in October/November this year; (g) the Committee is content for officers to review data on emissions provided on the Web and report back as necessary; (h) the Council should make representations to either the LGA or central Government that the current approach to the assessment of health considerations needs to be revisited; (i) there is no need for the Council to undertake its own monitoring of radiation emissions from telecommunication masts in Waverley; and

(j) members have received sufficient information on the design of masts. C. CALL- IN

C.1 There were no items called-in for scrutiny in the municipal year 2004/05.

D. EXECUTIVE CONSIDERATION OF THE IN- DEPTH REVIEW

CURRENT ISSUES REGARDING MOBILE PHONE TECHNOLOGY

D.1 The Committee’s final report of the review into Mobile Phone Technology was reported to the Executive on 7th March 2006 and it resolved as follows that:

(a) the Council should make representations to central government on giving local planning authorities greater control over the determination of planning applications for telecommunications masts; (b) provided that national policy remains unchanged, there is no need for the Council to review its policy as landowner in respect of the location of masts and antennae; (c) there is no need for the Council to have a specific policy on the use of mobile technology by Members and officers, beyond that which already exists on health and safety issues; (d) no further formal research be undertaken at present on the views of the local community; (e) it is content with the information provided by the mobile operators in their presentation at the special meeting on 28th November, and does not require further clarification of any issues; (f) there should be a pre-planning application discussion to involve possibly ward councillors and local residents, and this system and the roll-out plans for 2007 should be the subject of a Development Control Forum in October/November this year; (g) officers to review data on emissions provided on the Web and report back as necessary; (h) the Council should make representations to both the Local Government Association or central Government that the current approach to the assessment of health considerations needs to be revisited; (i) there is no need for the Council to undertake its own monitoring of radiation emissions from telecommunication masts in Waverley;

(j) members have received sufficient information on the design of masts; and

(k) officers review studies undertaken by other Councils and report back as necessary.

D.2 Officers have begun to take these actions forward in 2006/7.

E. WORK PROGRAMME

E.1 The items to be included on the work programme for 2006/07 for in-depth reviews were selected at the June 2006 meeting. These are:-
(ii) Haslemere Museum; and
(iii) The Olympics in 2012 and its impact on Waverley.


It is recommended that:

1. the work carried out by the Environment and Leisure Overview and Scrutiny Committee in 2005/06 be noted; and

2. the topics included in the future work programme of the Environment and Leisure Overview and Scrutiny Committee be noted and endorsed.




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