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Meeting of the Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee held on 23/09/2002
Local Agenda 21 Strategy - Annual Leave



As part of the monitoring process for Waverley’s Local Agenda 21 Strategy, it was agreed that an update would be presented annually to the Executive and twice a year to the Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee. This report is the second such update on progress with implementation to the Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee and the first of the annual reports to the Executive.

The environmental implications are contained in the annexes, and there are no resource implications directly associated with this report.
APPENDIX G
WAVERLEY BOROUGH COUNCIL

ENVIRONMENT OVERVIEW AND SCRUTINY COMMITTEE - 23RD SEPTEMBER 2002

Title:
LOCAL AGENDA 21 STRATEGY – ANNUAL UPDATE
[Wards Affected: All]


Summary and Purpose

As part of the monitoring process for Waverley’s Local Agenda 21 Strategy, it was agreed that an update would be presented annually to the Executive and twice a year to the Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee. This report is the second such update on progress with implementation to the Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee and the first of the annual reports to the Executive.

The environmental implications are contained in the annexes, and there are no resource implications directly associated with this report.

Introduction

1. This report sets out an account of the implementation of this Council’s Local Agenda 21 Strategy. The Strategy itself was officially launched on 7th February 2002 and a number of actions and commitments it contains have been progressed since it was adopted by The Council in July 2001, and these are described. An interim update was presented to the Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee on 22nd January 2002.

2. In accordance with the wishes of this Committee, progress reports will continue to be made twice a year. These will be in the Spring and Autumn (the next being in the Spring next year) in order to best fit around other corporate commitments, such as the completion of the Best Value Performance Plan.

Background

3. Members of this Committee will be aware that the Council’s Local Agenda 21 Strategy was drawn up as a result of the work of the Local Agenda 21 Task Group of the then Environment and Planning Committee.

4. Following a period of public consultation, the Strategy was subsequently adopted by the Council on 17th July 2001. Since that time, detailed work has begun on the implementation of the Action Plan contained in the Strategy. In the course of drawing up the Strategy it became apparent that whilst some activity would be new, a great amount of work was already being undertaken which contributes to Sustainable Development in Waverley. Examples include recycling, ensuring food safety and dealing with contaminated land.


5. An interim progress report was presented to the Environment Overview and Scrutiny committee in January 2002. That report contained details about the implementation of the environment-related aspects of the Strategy, including recycling, pollution control and planning. This report provides Members with a full update on progress with the implementation of the Local Agenda 21 Strategy, including the social and economic aspects of sustainable development, together with the environmental sections.

Content of Progress Report

6. There are three annexes attached to this report, which together contain information about the implementation of the Strategy since it was adopted. Annexe 1 reports on progress with implementing the Action Plan contained in the Strategy. Annexe 2 relates to other actions, also contained in the Strategy, mainly at a corporate/organisational level that Waverley committed to implementing. Annexe 3 contains the updated sustainability indicators contained within the Strategy.

Community Strategy

7. The experience of developing the Local Agenda 21 Strategy is being drawn upon in the development of the Council’s emerging Community Strategy. A wide range of key priorities for the community have been identified as a result of holding Ward Events across the Borough, which themselves draw a number of parallels with the three aims and eleven themes contained in the Local Agenda 21 Strategy.

Environmental and “Opportunities for All” Implications

8. There are a number of positive Environmental and “Opportunities for All” implications associated with this report since the three main aims of Waverley’s Local Agenda 21 Strategy are:-
Resource Implications

9. There are no resource implications directly associated with this report. However, it can be seen from the annexes that a significant amount of activity is currently being undertaken which contributes to the Action Plans contained in the Strategy.

Recommendation

It is recommended that this Committee:-

1. note and accept the information contained in annexes 1, 2 and 3 to this report as the first full update of progress made in the implementation of Waverley’s Local Agenda 21 Strategy since its adoption;

2. request that the information referred to in recommendation 1 above be reported to the Executive; and

3. request that a further progress report be made to this Committee in the spring of next year, and continue to be made twice a year thereafter.

Background Papers (DoE&L)

There are no background papers (as defined by Section 100D(5) of the Local Government Act 1972) relating to this report.

CONTACT OFFICER:

Name: Susan Gilfrin Telephone: 01483 523448
E-mail: sgilfrin@waverley.gov.uk


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