Agenda, decisions and minutes

Regeneration and Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee
Tuesday, 1st December, 2020 5.30 pm

Venue: Remote

Contact: Su Booth - 07814 073884 

Items
No. Item

22.

ALTERNATE MEMBERS (Standing Order 34)

The City Solicitor will report the names of alternate Members who are attending the meeting in place of appointed Members. 

 

Minutes:

Apologies were received from Councillor Ahmed and Councillor Stubbs attended the meeting as alternate.

23.

DISCLOSURES OF INTEREST

(Members Code of Conduct - Part 4A of the Constitution)

 

To receive disclosures of interests from members and co-opted members on matters to be considered at the meeting. The disclosure must include the nature of the interest.

 

An interest must also be disclosed in the meeting when it becomes apparent to the member during the meeting.

 

Notes:

 

(1)       Members may remain in the meeting and take part fully in discussion and voting unless the interest is a disclosable pecuniary interest or an interest which the Member feels would call into question their compliance with the wider principles set out in the Code of Conduct.  Disclosable pecuniary interests relate to the Member concerned or their spouse/partner.

 

(2)       Members in arrears of Council Tax by more than two months must not vote in decisions on, or which might affect, budget calculations, and must disclose at the meeting that this restriction applies to them.  A failure to comply with these requirements is a criminal offence under section 106 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992. 

 

(3)       Members are also welcome to disclose interests which are not disclosable pecuniary interests but which they consider should be made in the interest of clarity.

 

(4)       Officers must disclose interests in accordance with Council Standing Order 44.

 

Minutes:

Councillor Stubbs declared an interest as a member of his immediate family was employed as part of the Active Travel - School/Play Streets initiative (Minute 26). 

 

Councillor Berry declared an interests as a member of his immediate family was co-presenting a report on the Active Travel – School/Play Streets initiative (Minute 26).

24.

REFERRALS TO THE OVERVIEW AND SCRUTINY COMMITTEE

Any referrals that have been made to this Committee up to and including the date of publication of this agenda will be reported at the meeting.

Minutes:

There were no referrals to the Committee.

 

25.

INSPECTION OF REPORTS AND BACKGROUND PAPERS

(Access to Information Procedure Rules – Part 3B of the Constitution)

 

Reports and background papers for agenda items may be inspected by contacting the person shown after each agenda item.  Certain reports and background papers may be restricted. 

 

Any request to remove the restriction on a report or background paper should be made to the relevant Strategic Director or Assistant Director whose name is shown on the front page of the report. 

 

If that request is refused, there is a right of appeal to this meeting. 

 

Please contact the officer shown below in advance of the meeting if you wish to appeal. 

 

(Asad Shah - 01274 432280)

 

Minutes:

There were no appeals submitted by the public to review decisions to restrict documents.

 

26.

ACTIVE TRAVEL SCHOOL STREETS AND PLAY STREETS pdf icon PDF 222 KB

This report (Document “M”) of the Strategic Directors of Health and Wellbeing, Children’s Services and the Interim Strategic Director of Place follows a motion at full Council in asking for the approach to School Streets and Play Streets to be explored by Bradford Council across three key services: Health and Wellbeing, Place and Children’s Services

 

Recommended –

 

(1)       The Regeneration and Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee notes the report.

 

(2)       That a future report be presented to the Regeneration and Environment Overview and Scrutiny on completion of the pilots to give details of their delivery, experiences of the schools and community and realisation of the outcomes and provide details of a Play Streets Policy.

 

(Sarah Possingham & Andrew Smith & Michael Bunting

Phone:07582 100244, 07582 102287, 07970 828949)

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The report of the Strategic Directors of Health and Wellbeing, Children’s Services and the Interim Strategic Director, Place (Document “M”) was presented to Members in response to the motion at full Council on 16 July 2019 which requested that workstreams explored School and Play Street schemes by the three key services (Health and Wellbeing, Children’s Services and Place).

 

The work on developing the Play Streets scheme had commenced prior to lockdown but whilst this had stopped, the work on the School Streets pilot schemes was able to be accelerated with eleven across the District, targeting poor air quality areas.

 

Two pilot sites were selected in every constituency with three in Bradford East.  Concerns had been raised regarding the displacement of traffic and this was a key consideration in planning and selection.  It was stated that the pilots would not interfere with school transport and the aim was not to interfere with local businesses also.  It was noted that the Play Streets scheme was not being progressed at this time due to the need to avoid large gatherings during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, but this would be re-visited at a more appropriate time in the future.

 

Details were provided on how the decisions for selection had been reached as the focus was on primary schools due to the higher level of drop offs and pick ups as primary children were less independent.  Schools on bus routes were also ruled out for pilot schemes.

 

Prohibition for driving would be introduced at certain times of the day and signage erected would provide drivers with the details.  The detailed design process was underway and, acting on advice from the Legal Team, separate orders had been sought for each individual site.  The pilots would be in place for up to eighteen months, including a period during the first six months to allow for consultation and review.

 

The Chair expressed support especially in light of health inequalities which had been highlighted during the pandemic and lockdown.  One Ward Councillor commented that they had not been consulted even though a pilot was due to go ahead in their Ward. 

 

There was then an opportunity for Members to ask questions which are detailed as follows:

 

·         A Member and Ward Councillor for Wibsey expressed the need for the scheme to be tried, tested and evaluated and requested a pilot scheme be introduced at Wibsey Primary if possible.  He also requested a follow up be made on evaluation of the schemes.

·      Officers advised that the choices for schools to be selected had been difficult and there was a limit on what could be done due to financial constraints.  This was a small test with certain criteria used to select schools including air quality and ‘Active Travel’ schools.

 

·         A Member queried the number of schools who had responded as it was very low, had a follow up been done?

·      Officers stated that report had been written at the beginning of the consultation process and that consultation was now happening in earnest.  ...  view the full minutes text for item 26.

27.

BEREAVEMENT SERVICES STRATEGY - CREMATORIA PROVISION pdf icon PDF 124 KB

This report (Document “N”) of the Interim Strategic Director, Place provides a brief overview of progress to deliver the Council’s crematoria investment programme and requests the committee, in line with Council Contracts Standing Order 4.7.1, to note the intended procurement process in excess of £2m to construct the first new crematorium in Heaton.

 

Recommended -

 

That the Committee:

 

(1)       Notes the progress made to date on delivering the crematoria investment programme within the Council’s Bereavement Services Strategy.

 

(2)       Notes the intended procurement process to be adopted for construction of a new crematorium at Heaton at a value in excess of £2m.  

 

(Phil Barker – 01274 432616)

Minutes:

The report of the Interim Strategic Director, Place (Document “N”) was presented to the Committee to provide an update on the delivery of the Council’s crematoria investment programme.

 

The Strategy, adopted in late 2016, identified the challenges facing the Service and provided clear direction to enable the council to efficiently focus both capital and revenue resources, to deliver a sustainable service over a 15-20 year period.  The focus of the strategy was to improve service delivery to the public including the need for infrastructure investment to prevent potential service failure.  The major element of this investment would be required for the Councils three crematoria, only one of which was purpose built.

 

Progress on building works were on schedule and the purchase of land and final design stage were underway for the site at Heaton.  Planning had also been approved and issues with landowners for the Heaton site were being addressed.

 

A Member question and answer session followed, details of which are below:

 

·         Once a site becomes non-operational, was there a maintenance plan?  Would Nabb Wood still be open for burials?

·      Officers advised that Nabb Wood would still be available for as long as it was needed. .

 

·         A Member also commented on the work carried out by Officers but urged that wetlands be protected on the Heaton site.

 

Resolved -

 

(1)          That  the progress made to date on delivering the crematoria investment programme within the Council’s Bereavement Services Strategy be noted.

 

(2)          That the intended procurement process to be adopted for construction of a new crematorium at Heaton at a value in excess of £2m be noted.

 

ACTION – Interim Strategic Director, Place