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Apologies for Absence and Substitutions

The Committee is asked to note any apologies for absence and substitutions received from Members.


An apology was submitted on behalf of Councillor V E Guglielmi.


Minutes of the Last Meeting pdf icon PDF 100 KB

To confirm and sign as a correct record, the minutes of the last meeting of the Committee, held on Monday 13 July 2016.


The minutes of the last meeting of the Committee held on Monday 13 July 2016 were signed as a correct record by the Chairman.


Declarations of Interest

Councillors are invited to declare any Disclosable Pecuniary Interests, or other interest, and the nature of it, in relation to any item on the Agenda.


There were none declared.


Dog Fouling and Bin Provision

The Council’s Street Scene Officer (Jonathan Hamlet) will give a presentation on the provision of waste bins and also the issue of the District’s problem with dog fouling.


Councillor Talbot (Environment Portfolio Holder) introduced this item on the agenda by reminding Members that this particular subject had originally been raised by Councillor Ferguson when she had been a member of the Committee.  He also said that a suggested special week’s blitz of certain areas would have resource implications, particularly with regard to the back office involvement in issuing Penalty Notices.


            A Member asked if there had been any improvement of incidents of dog fouling along the seafronts and the Street Scene Officer (Jonathan Hamlet) said there had been some improvement although not extensive.


Mr Hamlet informed Members that the Council had two designated dog wardens that covered the whole of the Tendring District and that they could issue a fixed penalty notice to any dog-fouling or littering offenders. He also mentioned that other authorised Officers, including himself, had the ability to issue Fixed Penalty Notices.


Councillor Talbot commented that the new beach at Holland-on-Sea could not be cleaned by the tides like other beaches as the sea did not reach the whole of the beach area.  When asked by another Member about how often the seafront areas were cleaned Mr Hamlet said that the cleaning programme covered the seafront areas on a daily basis or even twice a day in the summer and during winter this would be less often.  Mr Hamlet added that he considered the winter season ran from the start of October to Easter when the summer schedule would start.


                                                                Mr Hamlet informed the Committee that there were around 1,200 litter bins around the District and that wrapped or bagged dog waste could also be put in the normal black waste bins.  He added that the small red dog waste bins were gradually being replaced by the larger black, floor standing bins as the smaller red dog waste bins were rusting and falling apart and all black bins would have signage indicating that bagged dog waste could be put in them.  When asked a question about the disposal of cat litter Mr Hamlet informed those present that wrapped/bagged cat litter could be put in the normal weekly collection black sacks or in the District waste bins.


Mr Hamlet said that the street sweeping contract also had a dog waste disposal machine called Faeces Intake Disposal Operation (FIDO) which could collect dog waste on grassed areas such as the Greensward and other grassed areas and playing fields.  He added that it did not work on concreted areas as the vacuum brushes were only designed for grass.


When asked by a Member about Brightlingsea seafront and if offenders of leaving dog waste behind were being fined, Mr Hamlet informed the Committee that quite a number of people had been caught not collecting their dog’s waste and that indeed fines had been issued.  When asked about FIDO collecting dog waste in Brightlingsea, Mr Hamlet said that FIDO worked to a schedule and he would check to see when it was scheduled for that area and when asked said  ...  view the full minutes text for item 18.


Work Programme 2016/17 pdf icon PDF 60 KB

The Committee is asked to consider proposed amendments to the Service Delivery and Development Committee’s Work Programme for 2016/17.


The Chairman informed the Committee that Councillor Turner (Portfolio Holder for Commercialisation) would be invited to the next meeting of the Committee scheduled for 10 October 2016 to update the Committee on Public Conveniences as the Council had been let down twice by the toilet cleaning contractor and that the service was now coming back ‘in-house’ to the Council. He also raised concern about the proper monitoring of Contractors.


The Chairman added that he would like to see lone worker working arrangements discussed at a meeting with the attendance of Human Resources as he was concerned that perhaps a lone worker could get into difficulties possibly including Anti-Social Behaviour.


The Chairman said that Spendalls House and Honeycroft would be discussed at the 23 November 2016 meeting and Councillor Miles said that she would like to be involved with the Officers in putting together the Feasibility Study, concerning Spendalls House, and that to date the Officers had not involved her at all.  The Chairman agreed and asked Mr Westall to ensure that Ward Members would be involved along with the appropriate ECC Councillors.  He added that he would like to see a report before the Feasibility Study was published and said that he wanted a site visit arranged so that the members of the Committee could see the sheltered accommodation for themselves.


Councillor Miles reminded the Committee that she had been involved with Spendalls House for a long time and did not want the Committee to be the last opportunity to have a say on the Feasibility Study.  The Chairman confirmed that he had requested that input from the local Ward Members and appropriate County Councillors were consulted.  He added that he would be happy for the appropriate Town Council to also be involved.  Councillor Miles added that she wanted to be more proactive as she tended to hear one voice from the residents and others from Officers and the Chairman commented it might be a good idea for a resident to be in attendance when the Committee made its site visit to Spendalls and Honeycroft.


The Chairman said perhaps this could be added to the 10 October agenda to discuss Spendalls House and Honeycroft sheltered accommodations with the appropriate Portfolio Holder being invited.  He added that after that meeting he would meet with Mr Westall and Mrs Nice to discuss further ways forward which might involve having a special meeting before the end of this year.