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Agenda and minutes

Venue: Council Chamber - County Hall, Bythesea Road, Trowbridge, BA14 8JN. View directions

Contact: Stuart Figini  Email: stuart.figini@wiltshire.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

59.

Apologies

To receive any apologies or substitutions for the meeting.

Minutes:

Apologies were received from Cllr Jerry Kunkler (Chairman) and Cllr Nick Murry.

60.

Minutes of the Previous Meeting

To approve and sign the minutes of the Environment  Select Committee meeting held on 7 September 2021.

 

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

Resolved:

The minutes of the Environment Select Committee meeting held on 7 September 2021 were approved and signed.

61.

Declarations of Interest

To receive any declarations of disclosable interests or dispensations granted by the Standards Committee.

 

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest.

62.

Chairman's Announcements

To receive any announcements through the Chair.

Minutes:

The Vice-Chairman announced that in October 2021, Full Council approved the following changes to this Committee’s membership:

 

         Cllr Paul Sample JP was removed from the Committee’s membership and replaced by Cllr Derek Walters

 

The Vice-Chairman thanked Cllr Sample for his contribution to this committee’s work and welcomed Cllr Walters to the Committee.

 

Recent meetings

The Vice Chairman commented on meetings he had attended with the Chairman since the last Environment Select Committee meeting in September 2021. Due to the range of the committee’s remit, there have been a number of meetings with the Executive to discuss the forward work plan, details of which are included in the forward work plan at agenda item 9.

 

63.

Public Participation

The Council welcomes contributions from members of the public. To ensure Wiltshire Council COVID-19 public health guidance is adhered to, a capacity limit for public attendance at this meeting will be in place. You must contact the officer named on this agenda no later than 5pm on Friday 5 November 2021 if you wish to attend this meeting. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis and all requests may not be accommodated if there is high demand.

Statements
Members of the public who wish to submit a statement in relation to an item on this agenda should submit this electronically to the officer named on this agenda no later than 5pm on Friday 5 November 2021. Up to 3 speakers are permitted to speak for up to 3 minutes each on any agenda item. Please contact the officer named on the front of the agenda for any further clarification

 

Questions

To receive any questions from members of the public or members of the Council received in accordance with the constitution.

 

Those wishing to ask questions are required to give notice of any such questions in writing to the officer named on the front of this agenda no later than 5pm on Tuesday 2 November 2021 in order to be guaranteed of a written response. In order to receive a verbal response questions must be submitted no later than 5pm onThursday 4 November 2021. Please contact the officer named on the front of this agenda for further advice. Questions may be asked without notice if the Chairman decides that the matter is urgent.

 

Details of any questions received will be circulated to Committee members prior to the meeting and made available at the meeting and on the Council’s website.

 

Minutes:

There was no public participation.

64.

Leisure In-Sourcing

As resolved at the Environment Select Committee meeting on 14 July 2021 the committee is to receive an update on the leisure facilities in-sourcing.

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

The Select Committee received a presentation from the Head of Service for Community Development, Louise Cary, which provided an update on the leisure facilities in-sourcing.

 

Cllr Ian Blair-Pilling, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Libraries, Governance, FM and Operational Assets, introduced the presentation made by the  Head of Service for Community Development.

 

The Head of Service confirmed that the 10 Leisure facilities managed by Places Leisure were successfully brought in-house on 01 October 2021 and outlined the following during the presentation:

 

         The background to the in-sourcing

         Key principles

         current status of the transition

         HR update

         Leisure update

         ICT update

         Procurement/legal and Comms update

 

The Head of Service and Cllr Blair-Pilling responded to a number of questions and comments from the Select Committee which included the following areas:

 

         It was clarified that it was too early to say at this stage how profitable the in-sourcing has been and any impact on footfall, with the main priority on managing the transition. Data was coming in, but it would take a longer period of time to work through that information. It could be presented at a later date.

         Some customers had experienced a price increase but there is now a broader range of concessionary memberships available. There would be clearer data on how changes to prices and membership options have affected people going forwards.

         It was noted that leisure in-sourcing was an opportunity to consider public holiday opening.

         It was too early to know if in-sourcing has had an impact on membership.

         It was clarified that swim tag service is not currently available as the current priority was alignment across the sites. Further digital review of the service would be undertaken.

         Upgrades to facilities would be looked at to ensure that they are fit for purpose.

         In-sourcing would enable the Council to improve the health and wellbeing of communities.

         The subject of a new leisure centre in Trowbridge was raised.

 

Cllr Blair- Pilling noted that so far the project has been a success and thanked Places Leisure, Louise Cary and Sam Fox for their work.

 

 

Resolved:

 

That the Committee,

 

1.       Notes the update on the Leisure facilities in-sourcing.

2.       Requests an update be brought to a future select committee that includes financial information and membership trends

3.       Asks officers to review operating leisure facilities on public holidays and reports back to the committee

65.

Library Services

The Select Committee to receive an update on the library service post-pandemic.

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

The Select Committee received a presentation from David Redfern, Head of Service Communities about the library services post-pandemic.

 

Cllr Ian Blair-Pilling, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Libraries, Governance, FM and Operational Assets introduced the presentation.

 

The Head of Service outlined the Library Service’s response to the pandemic which included details on:

 

         the re-opening of the service , with the aim of  achieving a normal service by April 2022.

         the relocation of Market Lavington Library following an innovative partnership with the Parish Council. 

         Responses to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport about returning to a normal service provision

         Comments about performance trends between April and Sept 2019 and April and Sept 2021

 

The Head of Service, Libraries Specialist Manager, Rebecca Bolton, and Cllr Blair-Pilling responded to a number of questions and comments from the Select Committee which included the following areas:

 

         The possibility of contacting individuals about renewing their library cards instead of letting them go out of date.

         Tributes paid  to Warminster Library for its outstanding work during the covid crisis.

         The lack of volunteers across the board though effort has been made to fill the vacancies.

         Possibility of mobile library routes being reviewed to ensure that they reach everywhere they need to and whether there could be a shift to electric vehicles.

         It was noted library models should be tailored to the community that they serve, which could include mobile libraries, improving transport to libraries and the, development of online provision.

         The need to consider what already exists within communities, such as phone box libraries, possibility to collect data on this.  

 

Resolved:

 

That the committee,

 

1.       Notes the update on the Library Services.

2.       Notes that a further update will be brought to the select committee in 2022, as per the forward work plan.

66.

Global Warming & Climate Emergency Task Group Update

To receive an update from the Task Group on its work since September 2021.

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

The Select Committee received a report from the Senior Scrutiny Officer, Simon Bennett, which provided an update of the activities of the Global Warming & Climate Emergency Task Group since May 2021.

 

The Vice Chairman welcomed Cllr Graham Wright, Chairman of the Task Group, who introduced the report. The report included details on changes to the name and terms of reference of the Task Group, the Task Group’s response to the draft Climate Strategy 2022-2027 and Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Plan 2021-2024 and the draft forward work plan.

 

Cllr Wright responded to questions and comments from the Select Committee which included the following areas:

 

         Current outcome with EV charging not as impressive as the plan. Should take inspiration from Scotland with a park ride that has 50 chargers and a free bus into town. Should look to make Salisbury an ideal tourist destination for electric vehicles.

         Possibility to look at other options as well as electric vehicles, issues with obsolescence’s in some technology already in place were pointed out.  

         Noted importance of seeing how the council’s own budget would be used to deal with the climate crisis.

         Attention was drawn to council owned farms with a query on what the plans were regarding this so that the people renting that land could be informed.

 

Resolved:

 

That the Committee,

 

1.       Notes the update on the Task Group activity provided.

2.       Endorses the task group’s new terms of reference, as set out at paragraph 9.

3.       Endorses changing the task group’s name to the Climate Emergency Task Group.

4.       Notes the task group’s draft forward work plan.

5.       Within its future work plans looks at longer term technical innovation (particularly vehicles), the alignment of council’s budgets to addressing the climate emergency and the longer term future of the council’s farms

67.

Forward Work Programme

To note and receive updates on the progress of items on the forward work programme.

 

Under the revised Overview and Scrutiny (OS) arrangements there is now a single OS work programme controlled by the OS Management Committee, linked to priorities in the Business Plan.

 

Therefore it should be noted that, whilst any matters added by Members are welcome, they will be referred to the OS Management Committee for approval before formal inclusion in the work programme for the Environment Select Committee.

 

A copy of the Overview and Scrutiny Forward Work Programme for the Environment Select Committee is attached for reference.

 

 

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

The Select Committee considered its Forward Work Programme. It was noted that the council’s senior restructure meant that parts of the plan may need to be updated accordingly. It was then noted that Jessica Gibbons, mentioned in the Forward Work Programme, has now been replaced by Adrian Hampton in the role of Director Neighbourhood and Community Services.

 

Resolved:

 

1.       To approve the Forward Work Programme, subject to updates to the Director positions and inclusion of the additional items agreed by Committee at today’s meeting

68.

Urgent Items

Any other items of business which the Chairman agrees to consider as a matter of urgency.

Minutes:

There were no urgent items.

69.

Date of Next Meeting

To confirm the date of the next scheduled meeting as 12 January 2022 starting at 2.30pm.

 

Minutes:

The next meeting of the Environment Select Committee will take place at 2.30pm on 12 January 2022.

 

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