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Meeting of the Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee held on 24/04/2002
Minutes 24th April 2002



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MINUTES of the MEETING of the ENVIRONMENT OVERVIEW AND SCRUTINY COMMITTEE held on 24th April 2002

(To be read in conjunction with the Agenda for the Meeting)
*Dr R A Thomas (Chairman)*Mrs C J Howard
*Mr M W Byham (Vice-Chairman)*Mrs M V M Hunt
*Mr P BetlemMr P B Isherwood
*Mrs C Craig*Mrs M T King-Hele
*Mr D H DarbishireMr D G Kinsella
*Mrs J E Dodd*Mr J C S Mackie
*Mr V DuckettMrs A Mugford
*Mrs J M HarrisMrs C E Savage
*Mrs P Hibbert
* Present

Mr S D Steel attended as a substitute
Also present: Mrs J M Mansley

74. MINUTES

The Minutes of the Meeting held on 19th March 2002 were confirmed and signed.

75. APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE AND SUBSTITUTIONS

Apologies for absence were received from Mr D G Kinsella and Mrs C E Savage with Mr S D Steel attending the meeting as a substitute.

76. DISCLOSURE OF PECUNIARY AND OTHER INTERESTS (Agenda Item 3)

There were no disclosures of interest made under this heading.

77. EXECUTIVE FOUR-MONTH ROLLING PROGRAMME (Agenda Item 4; Appendix A)

RESOLVED that the Executive Four-Month Rolling Programme of key decisions be received and noted.

78. COMMITTEE WORK PROGRAMME (Agenda Item 5; Appendix B and Annexe 1)

RESOLVED that the work programme be agreed subject to the following amendments:-

1. with regard to East Street Regeneration and Tourism, it was noted that the Co-ordinating Panel, consisting of the Leader and the Chairmen of the Overview and Scrutiny Committees, would be discussing how particular projects would go through the Committee process. It was hoped that the first meeting of the Co-Ordinating Panel would be held soon after the beginning of the new Council year and would consider these two issues;


2. with regard to the Adoption of Dogs (Fouling of Land) Act 1996, it was noted that this item would be added to the Committee work programme, with a view to a report being presented to the Committee in May 2002;

3. with regard to Best Value and Strategies, it was noted that a scoping report outlining the proposed review would be presented to the Committee in May 2002; and

4. with regard to Waste Management, it was agreed that the Special Interest Group should report to this Committee before the report is considered by the Executive.

79. FUNDAMENTAL SERVICE REVIEWS – INTERIM REPORT ON YEAR 3
(Agenda Item 6; Appendix C)

The Committee considered this report and expressed the following views:-

(i) the Overview and Scrutiny Committees should have an input into the selection of Fundamental Service Reviews; and

(ii) it was noted that Action Plans would result from the reviews and be presented to Members with the Fundamental Service Review reports.

RESOLVED to RECOMMEND to the Executive that:-

(i) the scope of the Best Value Process Review includes the matters as set out in paragraph 5 of the report; and

(ii) the flow diagram at Annexe 2 to the report be agreed.

80. USE CLASSES ORDER – CONSULTATION ON POSSIBLE CHANGES TO THE USE CLASSES ORDER AND TEMPORARY USE PROVISIONS (Agenda Item 7; Appendix D)

RESOLVED that:-

(i) the response agreed by the Executive, which has been forwarded to the DTLR, be noted; and

(ii) the following concerns raised by the Committee be forwarded to the DTLR:-

(a) with regard to Option 2 “A” Uses, the Committee expressed concern about the old A3 uses being kept separate and warehouse clubs being classified as sui generis;

(b) with regard to the Council’s draft response to Question 16, the Committee requested clarification as it was felt that Use Class D was inappropriate use, Members felt that nightclubs would be more suited to Option 1; and


(c) with regard to the Council’s draft response to Question 18, the Committee expressed concern about reducing the time period from 14 to 7 days.

81. AIRTRACK PROJECT – RAIL LINKS TO HEATHROW (Agenda Item 8; Appendix E)

The Committee considered this report and made the following comments:-

(i) this had been a long-standing issue and the Committee hoped that progress would be made quickly;

(ii) the Committee supported the project enthusiastically; and

(iii) Members noted that the project would have a significant impact on the reduction of traffic levels, both in the Borough and on the M25.

RESOLVED to RECOMMEND to the Executive that:-

(i) the Council supports the AirTrack proposals and advises the AirTrack Forum accordingly;

(ii) the Council thanks Spelthorne Borough Council for the opportunity to comment on its Draft Planning Brief and advises Spelthorne that Waverley supports the AirTrack proposals in principle, but recognises that the project would have a range of local environmental impacts which are best resolved through a comprehensive Environmental Impact Assessment (including the consideration of alternative options) and through detailed discussions between Spelthorne and the scheme promoters on the basis of the framework set out in the Brief; and

(iii) Waverley welcomes the proposal that this long-standing plan be implemented as soon as possible because of its potential benefits to traffic flow in the Borough and the M25.

82. GOVERNMENT CONSULTATION – DEVELOPMENT ON LAND AFFECTED BY CONTAMINATION (Agenda Item 9; Appendix F)

With regard to paragraph 4 of the report, the Committee noted that as the Council was unaware of exactly how many sites there were in the Borough, the words “relatively few” should be deleted.

In addition to this observation it was:-

RESOLVED that the Executive consider this report, together with the Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committees observation, as above.

83. SUPPLEMENTARY PLANNING GUIDANCE – STREET CAFÉS AND PLACING OF TABLES AND CHAIRS ON THE HIGHWAY (Agenda Item 10; Appendix G)

RESOLVED that, as there had been no suggestions for any changes to the original Draft Advice Note, the Draft attached at Annexe 1 of the report be forwarded to the Executive for adoption.


84. FUNDAMENTAL SERVICE REVIEW ACTION PLAN PROGRESS REPORT (Agenda Item 11; Appendix H)

RESOLVED that the report be received and noted and that in future reports Annexe 3 be omitted.


The meeting concluded at 8.32 pm.






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