Agenda, decisions and minutes

Regeneration and Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee - Tuesday, 26th July, 2022 5.30 pm

Venue: Council Chamber - City Hall, Bradford. View directions

Contact: Su Booth - 07814 073884 

Items
No. Item

9.

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:

No Alternate members.

10.

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 must consider their interests, and act according to the following:

 

Type of Interest

You must:

 

 

Disclosable Pecuniary Interests

Disclose the interest; not participate in the discussion or vote; and leave the meeting unless you have a dispensation.

 

 

Other Registrable Interests (Directly Related)

OR

Non-Registrable Interests (Directly Related)

Disclose the interest; speak on the item only if the public are also allowed to speak but otherwise not participate in the discussion or vote; and leave the meeting unless you have a dispensation.

 

 

 

Other Registrable Interests (Affects)

OR

Non-Registrable Interests (Affects)

Disclose the interest; remain in the meeting, participate and vote unless the matter affects the financial interest or well-being

 (a) to a greater extent than it affects the financial interests of a majority of inhabitants of the affected ward, and

(b) a reasonable member of the public knowing all the facts would believe that it would affect your view of the wider public interest;

in which case speak on the item only if the public are also allowed to speak but otherwise not do not participate in the discussion or vote; and leave the meeting unless you have a dispensation.

 

(2)        Disclosable pecuniary interests relate to the Member concerned or their spouse/partner.

 

(3)        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. 

 

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

 

Minutes:

In the interests of transparency, the following declarations were received:

Councillor K Hussain, Councillor Elahi, Councillor Watson, Councillor Cunningham, declared that they had been involved with or had contact with groups or campaigns connected to the CAZ (minute no.6)

 

11.

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. 

 

(Su Booth – 07814 073884)

 

12.

REFERRALS TO THE OVERVIEW AND SCRUTINY COMMITTEE

Members are requested to consider how they wish to deal with referrals.


Any additional 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.


The following referral has been made:

 

1.    Council – 12 July 2022

 

At the meeting of full Council on 12 July 2022 the following motion was considered and referred to the Regeneration and Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee:

 

Eliminating the use of pesticides in our community

 

The Council notes that:

 

The debate concerning the possible harmful effects of glyphosate is continuing to take place within organisations, including councils and governmental bodies across the world.

The motion approved by full council on 16 July 2019 titled ‘Use of glyphosate herbicides by CBMDC’ requested that the Regeneration and Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee commission and publish a report covering these issues, the steps taken to protect both staff and the public from harm and examine alternative measures for weed control with a view to making recommendations for the reduction or cessation of glyphosate use.


Council therefore requests:


That the Regeneration and Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee, which has recently completed work on climate emergency, green space, water management, biodiversity and single-use plastics, progress the report, which was inevitably delayed by the Covid pandemic, at its earliest opportunity.


That the Local Nature Recovery Strategy, which is under development and incorporates the existing Strategic Action Plan for bumblebees, be sent to the Regeneration and Environment Overview & Scrutiny Committee for review and feedback by members before it is adopted.

Minutes:

The following referrals to the Council were considered:

 

The following referral has been made:

 

1.    Council – 12 July 2022

 

At the meeting of full Council on 12 July 2022 the following motion was considered and referred to the Regeneration and Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee:

Eliminating the use of pesticides in our community

The Council notes that:

The debate concerning the possible harmful effects of glyphosate is continuing to take place within organisations, including councils and governmental bodies across the world.

The motion approved by full council on 16 July 2019 titled ‘Use of glyphosate herbicides by CBMDC’ requested that the Regeneration and Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee commission and publish a report covering these issues, the steps taken to protect both staff and the public from harm and examine alternative measures for weed control with a view to making recommendations for the reduction or cessation of glyphosate use.


Council therefore requests:


That the Regeneration and Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee, which has recently completed work on climate emergency, green space, water management, biodiversity and single-use plastics, progress the report, which was inevitably delayed by the Covid pandemic, at its earliest opportunity.


That the Local Nature Recovery Strategy, which is under development and incorporates the existing Strategic Action Plan for bumblebees, be sent to the Regeneration and Environment Overview & Scrutiny Committee for review and feedback by members before it is adopted.

 

Note: In receiving the above referral the Committee resolved that the matter be added to the Committee’s 2022/23 programme of work.

 

Action: Overview and Scrutiny Lead

 

 

 

13.

BEREAVEMENT SERVICES STRATEGY - CREMATORIA PROVISION UPDATE pdf icon PDF 425 KB

The report of the Strategic Director, Place (Document “D”) will be submitted to the Committee to provide a brief overview of progress to deliver the Council’s crematoria investment programme and requests the committee to note the intended spend in excess of £2m to construct the second new crematorium in Bierley.

 

Recommended –

 

1.         That the Committee welcomes and supports the progress made to date on delivering the crematoria investment programme within the Council’s Bereavement Services Strategy.

 

2.         That the Committee notes the intention to tender the construction of a new crematorium at Bierley at a value in excess of £2m, the anticipated construction costs (including access) for the new crematorium is circa £10.5m

 

(Phil Barker – 01274 432616)

 

 

Minutes:

The report of the Strategic Director, Place (Document “D”) was submitted to the Committee which provided a brief overview of the progress to deliver the Council’s crematoria investment programme and requested the committee to note the intended spend in excess of £2m to construct the second new crematorium in Bierley.

 

The report provided Members of the Committee with an overview of progress to deliver the Council’s Crematoria investment programme. Members were requested to note the intended spend in excess of £2m to construct the second new crematorium in Bierley, the anticipated construction cost (including access) for the new crematorium was circa £10.5m.

 

The Officer stated that the major element of the investment would be required for the Council’s 3 crematoria. Due to all existing sites having limited facilities and capacity and no mercury filtration equipment fitted, the adopted delivery programme sees the intended replacement of Scholemoor Crematorium with a new purpose built facility at Bierley, central to the communities currently making the greatest use of Scholemoor.

The Officer further explained that the land acquisition had not yet been completed for the Bierley site although terms had been agreed. Local companies within Bradford would be used to carry out works with large amounts of works already carried out and only slightly behind schedule.

Members were then given the opportunity to comment and ask questions, the details of which and the responses given are as below.

o   What energy would be used at the crematoriums?

o   The Officer explained that gas would be used and its efficiency. The new crematoria would operate to national standards of emissions including the removal of mercury and nitrogen oxide pollutants to make them as environmentally friendly as possible. The facilities would be market leading by also using nitrous oxide abatement technology.

 

Resolved: -

 

(i)       That the progress made to date on the delivery of the crematoria investment programme within the Council’s Bereavement Services Strategy be welcomed; and

 

(ii)      That the intention to tender the construction of a new crematorium at Bierley

at a value in excess of £2m, be noted.

 

(Phil Barker – 01274 432616)

 

14.

BRADFORD CLEAN AIR ZONE (CAZ) UPDATE pdf icon PDF 3 MB

The report of the Strategic Director, Place (Document “E”) will be submitted to the Committee to provide an update on the delivery and operation of the CAZ which will launch on 26 September 2022.

 

Recommended –

 

That the information provided in the report be noted.

 

(Andrew Whittles – 07581 007609)

Minutes:

The report of the Strategic Director, Place (Document “E”) was submitted to the Committee to provide an update on the delivery and operation of the CAZ which would be launching on 26 September 2022.

 

The Officer reported that the Council has been directed by the Government to achieve compliance with legal limits for nitrogen dioxide (NO2) in the shortest possible timeframe and implement a Class C Clean Air Zone (CAZ).

The Officer explained that other Clean Air Zones had already been introduced in Bath, Birmingham and Portsmouth and further CAZ have been scheduled for Greater Manchester, Bristol, Newcastle, Sheffield, Stoke on Trent and Liverpool.

The implementation of the CAZ class C was entirely funded by Government under the New Burdens provisions and a total of £41.2m had been provided for the development of the CAZ enforcement systems and Clean Air Funding (CAF), to help local businesses upgrade to CAZ standard. It was reported that areas covered by CAZ would be enforced by using 360 ANPR cameras which would be a number of databases.

Members of the Committee were informed that the Government would make a charge of £2 for every payment that was made to enter a CAZ as the Government has set a range of charging levels for each vehicle type and the Council has negotiated the lower levels of charging for CAZ authorities and the lowest charging level for taxis in the UK.

The Officer informed Committee Members that CAZ will be enforced from 26th September 2022, however the Council has planned to collect a weeks’ camera data in July and August, prior to CAZ launch, and would send Early Notice Letters (ENL) in August and September, respectively, notifying non- compliant vehicle operators that entered the Zone about the CAZ requirements and sources of information such as the Breathe Better Bradford webpages.

The Officer further reported that the Council would be providing  grant funding to help businesses to upgrade their vehicles to CAZ standards. There would be a dedicated CAZ contact centre that would deal with a variety of calls, providing advice on CAZ, grants and exemptions programme. The Council will monitor the introduction of the CAZ to ensure that there is no unintended traffic displacement.

 

It was reported that Born in Bradford (BiB) had been awarded funding to undertake a health impact assessment (HIA) of the Clean Air Zone. As this is the only CAZ HIA being undertaken it has been described by the Government as a project of national significance. BiB has recorded a survey of 1,770 families in the District that has shown that 71% are in support of CAZ.

 

The Officer explained that the Clean Air Plan would reduce greenhouse gases by an estimated 150,000 tonnes over the life of the Clean Air Zone, this would be one of the most significant climate change projects in Yorkshire and Humberside region.

 

Members were then given the opportunity to comment and ask questions, the details of which and the responses given are as  ...  view the full minutes text for item 14.

15.

WORK PROGRAMME 2022-23 pdf icon PDF 159 KB

The report of the Chair of the Regeneration and Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee (Document “F”) will be submitted to the Committee to present the Committee’s Work Programme for 2022-23.

 

Recommended –

 

That the Work programme 2022-23 continues to be regularly reviewed during the year.

 

(Caroline Coombes – 07970 413828)

Additional documents:

Minutes:

 

No resolution was passed on this item