Deputy Leader - Neighbourhood, Environmental and Communities Cabinet Member - Minutes - 9 April 2008
32 (32) WASTE AND RECYCLING CONTAINER PROVISION
– The Service Director Neighbourhood and Environment
submitted a report seeking agreement to amendments to policies
relating to the provision of waste and recycling containers to
households within North Lincolnshire.
Current policies on the provision of wheeled bin and other waste
containers were agreed by the Health and Public Protection
Committee of the council in June 1999. When the current policies
were adopted, most households were in possession of a single
container. The general policy of charging for both new issues and
replacements acknowledged the relatively high individual cost of
bins at that time.
Changes made to waste and recycling service delivery in the
intervening period had prompted a review of the relevant policies,
a number of which were no longer appropriate in the current
Resolved - That the following policies for
waste and recycling container provision be approved:
(a) That new and replacement containers be provided to
households free of charge in the standard sizes of 140L for
residual waste and organic and plastics/cardboard recyclables, and
38L boxes for glass, cans and newsprint.
(b) That 240L residual waste bins be available in lieu of a 140L
container for an additional charge (of £30 inc VAT for
(c) That 240L organic and plastics/cardboard recycling
containers be available on demand and free of charge, provided the
total capacity in wheeled containers does not exceed 520L or 640L
for households of 5 or more persons.
(d) That householders can downsize from a 240L residual
container to a new 140L container free of charge.
(e) That existing defective wheeled containers be replaced free
of charge on a like for like basis, with an option of a 140L
(f) That a larger 360L container for residual waste be loaned to
households which contain one or more incontinence sufferers.
(g) That the other existing policies which relate to provision
of larger containers and replacement of containers remain
33 (33) INTRODUCTION OF ‘SCORE ON THE DOORS’
SCHEME FOR NORTH LINCOLNSHIRE – The Service Director
Neighbourhood and Environment submitted a report seeking approval
for the introduction of a ‘Scores on the Doors’ scheme
for food premises in North Lincolnshire.
The council had a statutory duty to inspect food businesses in
its area and to enforce legislation to ensure that the requirements
of relevant food law were being met. Food hygiene legislation was
aimed at protecting consumers and required the business to comply
with minimum standards.
When officers of the Food and Safety Team inspected food
businesses they were scored in accordance with the Food Standards
Agency’s (FSA) national risk rating scheme. This score was
used to determine how often a business was inspected. The national
scoring system, which related overall risk to inspection frequency,
was complex and was not generally conveyed to the public.
Assessment of the business by consumers was based upon ‘front
of house’ areas, which might not always represent a true
reflection of hygiene standards throughout the premises.
The Freedom of information Act 2000 and the Environmental
Information Regulations 2004 provided a right of public access to a
range of information held by public authorities. Previously
legislation prevented local authorities from releasing information
about inspections to the public. Since the introduction of the
above legislation, local authorities had received an increasing
number of requests for information on hygiene inspections of local
food businesses both from local journalists and the public.
The proposed ‘Scores on the Doors’ scheme would use
the scores generated by the FSA’s risk assessment scheme to
generate a star rating which would be made public. Under the scheme
businesses were awarded up to five stars. The higher the standard
of compliance the more stars were awarded. Very poor standards
could be awarded a no star rating. Business would be provided with
a window sticker/certificate for optional display on the
It was proposed to launch the scheme during National Food Safety
Week which would be 9 – 13 June 2008 as this would provide a
raised level of awareness and increased local exposure.
Resolved – (a) That approval be given for
the adoption of the ‘Scores on the Doors’ scheme and
(b) that the scheme be launched on 9 June 2008 to coincide with
National Food Safety Week.
34 (34) LAUNCH OF AIR QUALITY WEBSITE FOR NORTH
LINCOLNSHIRE – The Service Director Neighbourhood
and Environment submitted a report for consideration of the launch
of the new air quality web site in order to raise the profile of
air quality issues.
In 2005 after significant expansion of the air quality
monitoring network in North Lincolnshire and operational
difficulties with existing analysers the council sought to
harmonise the way in which data from the numerous different systems
was collected, managed, ratified and retained on a day to day
The website project involved colleagues from IT and was funded
by a successful air quality grant from DEFRA to the value of
£32,000. A financial contribution was also received from the
Environment Agency and a number of local companies.
The web site www.nlincsair.info was completed
in January 2008 and was recently made available to the public but
without a formal launch.
Resolved – (a) That the North
Lincolnshire air quality web site be formally launched with a press
release and public relations involvement, and (b) that a briefing
and ‘hands on’ access session be held for elected
members and senior officers.
35 (35) ANNUAL REVIEW OF FEES AND CHARGES
– The Service Director Neighbourhood and Environment
submitted a report seeking approval for the level of fees and
charges for the financial year 2008/09 for services provided by
Neighbourhood and Environmental Services.
Neighbourhood and Environmental Services provided a wide range
of services, some of which were rechargeable to members of the
public and the local business community.
The proposed fees and charges were set out in the report. All
charges were inclusive of VAT where this applied.
Resolved – That the schedule of
Neighbourhood and Environmental fees and charges
for the financial year 2008/09 attached to the report be
36 (36) CREATION OF MOBILE PARK KEEPERS –
The Service Director Neighbourhood and Environment submitted a
report seeking approval to create two Mobile Park Attendants within
Streetscene and Landscapes, Neighbourhood Services.
North Lincolnshire parks and open spaces were maintained to a
high standard resulting in the council being successful in gaining
green flag status for two parks in Scunthorpe at Kingsway Gardens
and Sheffield Park.
The parks and open spaces were kept looking at their best by
dedicated teams of skilled craftmen gardeners. Nevertheless, it was
increasingly difficult to deter anti social behaviour and general
misbehaviour in some parks that had no permanent personnel working
In the past, councils throughout Great Britain employed park
keepers to help manage the parks and inform the public of events
and field general enquiries. They were able to deal with situations
at the time and could pass on information to relevant authorities
should the need arise.
The implementation of park attendants would enable the work
invested within parks, particularly the status of the Green Flag
parks, to be maintained and restrict anti social behaviour within
the boundaries of parks and open spaces. It was intended to deploy
a vehicle suitably equipped to transfer the park attendants around
the area so they could cover all the areas on a cyclic basis.
Resolved – (a) That the implementation of
a mobile park keeper service as set out in the report and appendix
be endorsed, and (b) that the report be referred to the Corporate
Services Cabinet Member for approval.
37 (37) FOOD AND SAFETY TEAM – EXTENSION OF
SMOKEFREE ENFORCEMENT OFFICER POST – The Service
Director Neighbourhood and Environment submitted a report seeking
approval for the three month extension of the post of Smoke Free
The council approved the creation of the 12-month temporary post
of Environmental Health Officer with responsibility for Smoke Free
Enforcement in April 2007. The post was filled in May 2007. Funding
was provided by the Department of Health with a grant of
£68,340. The post became vacant on the 11 February 2008.
The Department of Health had confirmed that surplus funds from
2007/08 (£5,700) could be carried forward into 2008/09. The
balance of extending the post for a three-month period could be
funded from Food and Safety budget vacancy management savings.
The post had been instrumental in engaging with business and the
public delivering an information campaign and has been successful
in implementing a business friendly introduction to the new
Resolved - That the extension of the post of
Environmental Health Officer with responsibility for Smoke Free
Legislation for three months from the date of appointment be
38 (38) ANIMAL WELFARE ACT 2006 – The
Service Director Neighbourhood and Environment submitted a report
informing the Cabinet Member for Neighbourhood, Environment and
Communities that the Animal Welfare Act received Royal Assent on 8
November 2006 and had now come into force, and seeking authority to
appoint officers within Trading Standards, Communities and
Environment and Licensing as Inspectors in accordance with section
52 of the Animal Welfare Act 2006.
A report was presented to the Licensing Committee on 27 March
2007, detailing the provisions contained in the Animal Welfare Act
2006, which received Royal Assent on 8 November 2006.
Animal welfare issues were currently dealt with by officers in
Neighbourhood and Environmental Services, in Licensing, Trading
Standards and Communities and Environment. The Licensing Division
licensed and regulated activities which included, animal boarding
establishments, dog breeding, dangerous wild animals and pet shops.
Trading Standards enforced Animal Health legislation to prevent and
control disease in farm animals and ensure the welfare of the
animals on the farm, in transport and at markets. It also enforced
the provisions of the Performing Animals Act and Rabies
legislation. Communities and Environment had responsibility for the
Section 51 of the Act created the role of Inspector. Inspectors
would have a number of enforcement powers under the act. In order
to make use of these powers, the appropriate officers within
Trading Standards and Communities and Environment needed to be
authorised as inspectors.
Resolved – That the report be submitted
to full Council for the appropriate delegations.
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