Deputy Leader - Neighbourhood, Environmental and Communities Cabinet Member - Minutes - 7 August 2007
13 (13) EXTERNAL FUNDING FOR WALKING THE WAY TO
HEALTH – The Service Director Neighbourhood and
Environment submitted a report to update the Cabinet Member on the
outcome of a recent bid for external funding for a post to broaden
the appeal of walking for groups currently under represented in
Walking the Way to Health was a project targeted particularly at
those who did little exercise and lived in areas of poor health.
The project commenced in July 2003. The project had proved very
popular with well over 1,000 different participants attending.
Currently, there were 20-25 led walks taking place around North
Lincolnshire every month, each attracting on average 30-40 walkers.
The initiative has received a 3 heart quality mark award (the
highest level possible) from the Countryside Agency.
The project originally received funding for a part time
Co-ordinator from the Countryside Agency. This expired in July 2006
and the Corporate Services Cabinet Member subsequently approved a
report in October 2006 (minute 462 refers), which recommended
filling the post of Healthy Walks Co-ordinator for two days per
week until 31 March 2007.
Natural England had made funding of £90,000 per project
available for three years for nine projects nationally that would
work with groups currently under represented in Walking the Way to
Health schemes. North Lincolnshire had been chosen to receive the
funding in the Yorkshire and Humber region for its innovative ideas
to engage children and overweight/obese adults in walking.
It was proposed to recruit a Walking for Health Development
Officer as a full time post for three years on Grade 6 (awaiting
confirmation of grading) to deliver this project.
Resolved - (a) That agreement be given to
accept the funding from Natural England and sign its Memorandum of
Agreement, and (b) that the report be submitted to the Corporate
Services Cabinet Member for approval of the creation of a three
year fixed-term post as described in the report.
14 (14) HOME INFORMATION PACKS – The
Service Director Neighbourhood and Environment submitted a report
to update the Cabinet Member on the current situation in relation
to Home Information Packs, which came into effect on 1 August 2007
and to give delegated powers to the Service Director Neighbourhood
and Environment so that he may authorise officers to enforce the
Housing Act 2004 and the Regulations made thereunder.
Proposals for the introduction of Home Information Packs (HIP)
were first introduced in 2003 and subsequently incorporated into
part 5 of the Housing Act 2004. The Home Information Pack
Regulations 2007 and the Energy Performance of Buildings
(Certificates and Inspections) Regulations 2007 provided the
The Act required that vendors commission a HIP for the property
being sold, so that copies could be given to prospective purchasers
free of charge on request. Similar duties were imposed on estate
agents where they handled the sale of a property. The component
parts of the HIP were prescribed in the regulations. There was a
distinction between ‘required’ documents, which must be
included in the packs and ‘authorised’ documents, which
may be included in the pack. The required documents were listed in
Home Improvement Packs including Energy Performance Certificates
would be implemented on a phased basis from 1 August 2007. From
then, packs would be required for the sale of four bedroom
properties and larger. A timetable for the implementation of the
remainder of the measures was set out in the report.
Resolved – (a) That the report be noted,
and (b) that Council be asked to delegate responsibility under the
Housing Act 2004 and its associated Regulations to the Service
Director Neighbourhood and Environment to enable officers to be
duly authorised to enforce the Act.
15 (15) OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY SERVICE PLAN
2007/08 – The Service Director Neighbourhood and
Environment submitted a report seeking approval for the
Occupational Health and Safety Service Plan 2007/08.
Mandatory guidance from the Health and Safety Commission (HSC)
required the council to make adequate arrangements for the health
and safety enforcement function. The guidance stipulated an
enforcement framework that had to be adopted to enable the council
to demonstrate that adequate arrangements were being made.
The Plan had to be approved in order for it to have the
appropriate status as a strategic document on occupational health
The Occupational Health and Safety Service Plan 2007/2008 was
appended to the report and detailed how the available resources
would be deployed to deliver the broad range of activities which
constituted the council’s arrangements for heath and safety
enforcement in North Lincolnshire.
Resolved – That approval be given to the
Occupational Health and Safety Service Plan 2007/2008.
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16 (16) MOBILE BEAT SWEEPERS - The Service
Director Neighbourhood and Environment submitted a report seeking
approval for the change in post title and grade of four Beat
Sweepers to Mobile Beat Sweepers.
The need to improve the gateways to main urban areas within
North Lincolnshire had meant the council implementing a fast track
mobile response service Beat Team. These members of staff were
essentially Beat Sweepers that had the ability to move around to
where the problems occur, thus the need for transport.
The need to re-evaluate the posts had become necessary as the
Beat Sweepers were originally engaged as Pedestrian Sweepers with
no need to drive. Essential criteria now in the job description
included the need to drive and be responsible for a small pick up
vehicle to carry out the duties as a mobile beat sweeper.
Resolved – (a) That approval be given for
the change in post title and grade of four Beat Sweepers to Mobile
Beat Sweepers, as outlined in the report, (b) the changes be
implemented in accordance with the council’s Review Protocol,
and (c) that the report be forwarded to the Corporate Services
Cabinet Member for approval.
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