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Environmental Report - SAC

Decision Maker: South Area Committee

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No

Purpose:

Actions taken by the environmental departments, reporting on private/public realm data and priority setting.

Decisions:

The Committee received a report from the Operations Manager – Community Engagement and Enforcement. She brought the report up to date by stating a typographical error incorrectly listed the reporting period as February-July instead of June-November.

 

The report outlined an overview of City Council Refuse and Environment and Streets and Open Spaces service activity relating to the geographical area served by the South Area Committee.  The report identifies the reactive and proactive service actions undertaken in the previous year, including the requested priority targets and reports back on the recommended issues and associated actions to be targeted in the following period.  It also includes key officer contacts for the reporting of waste and refuse and public realm issues

 

The following were suggestions for members on what action could be considered for priority within the South Area for the upcoming period.

 

Number

Priority details

1

Enforcement targeted approach to areas where Addenbrookes site joins residential areas such as Hills Road and Red Cross Lane and to work with Addenbrookes to work towards the bus station area being cleaned up.

2

Enforcement to work with the County Council, against utilities and companies that damage the verge on Mowbray and Fendon Road.

3

Enforcement action to deal with bins left on pavements in Anstey Way.

 

The Committee discussed the following issues:

  i.  Needle finds in Trumpington.

 

Action Point: Operations Manager – Community Engagement and Enforcement to inform Councillor O’Connell if needle find figures (report P10) had increased or decreased in Tumpington.

 

  ii.  The sharp decline in dry recycling and composting figures.

 

Action Point: Operations Manager – Community Engagement and Enforcement to ask Waste Recycling Manager to liaise with Councillor Taylor concerning decline in dry recycling and composting figures.

 

  iii.  Area between Cherry Hinton Road and Rustat Road required cleaning. As did Hills Road slip road between Queen Edith’s Way and Nightingale Avenue.

 

Action Point: Operations Manager – Community Engagement and Enforcement to advice Streets and Open Spaces Community Engagement Team of street cleaning issues:

·  Between Cherry Hinton Road and Rustat Road.

·  On Hills Road slip road between Queen Edith’s Way and Nightingale Avenue.

 

  iv.  By-laws may limit possible actions that could be taken against people who parked on verges.

 

In response to Members’ questions the Operations Manager – Community Engagement and Enforcement said the following:

  i.  There was a new team called the Streets and Open Spaces Community Engagement Team (formerly the City Rangers).  The team would work with residents in future. Issues could be reported:

a.  On-line.

b.  To the Customer Access Centre.

c.  To Rangers directly.

  ii.  There has been no change to Ranger numbers or contact details. The South Area Ranger had experienced problems with his phone, so he had not received some messages from residents.

  iii.  Central Government decriminalised leaving bins on the pavement where they could be obstructions. The City Council now had to go through a complicated process to take enforcement action. This required the Council to review the cost/benefit of taking action.

 

Action Point: Operations Manager – Community Engagement and Enforcement to advice Councillor Taylor which Public Realm Enforcement Officer will be responsible in future for Anstey Way (when appointed).

 

Councillors queried if priority 3 in the Officer’s report was required.

 

Action Point: Councillors Thornburrow and O’Connell to liaise with Operations Manager – Community Engagement and Enforcement to determine if priority (iii) was still required: Enforcement action to deal with bins left on pavements in Anstey Way.

 

Following discussion, Members unanimously resolved to approve priorities for action as follows:

  i.  Enforcement targeted approach to areas where Addenbrookes site joins residential areas such as Hills Road and Red Cross Lane and to work with Addenbrookes to work towards the bus station area being cleaned up.

  ii.  Enforcement to work with the County Council, against utilities and companies that damage the verge on Mowbray and Fendon Road.

Report author: Wendy Young

Publication date: 05/02/2019

Date of decision: 14/01/2019

Decided at meeting: 14/01/2019 - South Area Committee

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