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Contact: Stacey Gilmour
WELCOME & APOLOGIES
Councillor Levy welcomed all attendees to the meeting. The following substitutes were noted:
Councillor Chris Bond for Councillor Gina Needs
Councillor Hass Yusef for Councillor Huseyin Akpinar
Councillor Levy reminded everyone that discussion would be about the specific reasons for call-in given in the papers and responses to them.
DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
Members of the Council are invited to identify any disclosable pecuniary, other pecuniary or non-pecuniary interests relevant to the items on the agenda.
Councillor Susan Erbil declared a non-pecuniary interest for discussion of agenda item 3: ‘Call-In - Potential Changes to Waste and Recycling Collections’ as she is related to Councillor Guney Dogan, Cabinet Member, Environment.
Jeremy Chambers, Director of Law & Governance advised that as the decision was that of the full Cabinet and not the individual Cabinet Member a declaration of interest was not therefore required. It was however a personal choice of the Member should they still wish to declare an interest.
To receive and consider a report from the Director of Law and Governance outlining details of a call-in received on the Cabinet Decision taken on Potential Changes to Waste and Recycling Collections (Report No. 199).
The decision that has been called in was a Cabinet Decision taken on 13 February 2019 and included on the Publication of Decision List No: 51/18-19 (List Ref: 1/51/18-19) issued on 15 February 2019.
It is proposed that consideration of the call-in be structured as follows:
· Brief outline of the reasons for the call-in by representative (s) of the members who have called in the decision
· Response to the reasons provided for the Call-in by a Cabinet Member responsible for taking the decision
· Debate by Overview and Scrutiny Committee and agreement of action to be taken
Please also see the Part 2 agenda.
The Committee received the information provided on the call-in report: Potential Changes to Waste and Recycling Collections.
1. The information was considered in conjunction with the report on the part 2 agenda.
2. Councillor Laban set out the reasons for calling in the decision:
· conflicting statements at 3.13 and 3.30 of the part 1 report.
· What are the additional recycling and enforcement resources detailed in Table 9 of the part 1 report?
· The report fails to talk about missed collections because as it stands you need to report them within one working day. If you are away or cannot get through to the call centre etc, are you expected to wait another two weeks before collection? There is no mention of giving a slightly longer time period for people to get in contact.
· 3.59 - £1.06 million for dedicated mobilisation team – the report does not set out whether new vehicles are needed for weekly food waste collection.
· 6.1.6 - vehicle and staffing costs are calculated from the reduced number of vehicles rounds but how is weekly food waste fitting into this?
· 6.1.16-talks about reducing existing agency staff. It does not go into detail on the number of agency staff that will leave.
· The result of the consultation was that 66% of respondents wanted to keep the current service yet the option taken forward was the least supported out of them all.
· The decision does not state how much Eunomia was paid for its works on this decision.
· Redbridge Council moved to a paid for garden waste collection service and had to reverse its decision. Eunomia states that it has high confident levels for the take up of this, but this was not the case in Redbridge, and it is a very similar borough to Enfield. Why was there not any information on this and how will we not have the same problems?
· Why did the Cabinet Member put three options that did not comply with the Mayor’s Environment Strategy on the table as part of the consultation?
The Chair reminded the committee that the decision was not just passed on the report but was also based on a robust 70-minute debate that took place at the Cabinet meeting
3. The response of Councillor Dogan, Cabinet Member Environment. He highlighted the following:
· Paragraph 3.30 states the primary driver of the evaluation is the financial savings that can be achieved. This paragraph clearly states that the evaluation also takes into account conformity with the Mayor’s Environment Strategy, and the responses to the Consultation. Paragraph 3.13 states that the Consultation sought residents’ views on the seven proposals and retaining the current collective system. The feedback from the Consultation has been conscientiously considered to help inform the recommendation for change and is demonstrated in the report at paragraph 3.45 which sets out ‘you said, we will’ and covers four pages of the report (pages 13-16). This means paragraph 3.13 supports paragraph 3.30 rather than be at odds.
· A comprehensive response was provided ... view the full minutes text for item 1015.
To agree the minutes of the meeting held on 12 February 2019.
AGREED the minutes of the meeting held on the 12th February 2019.
DATES OF FUTURE MEETINGS
To note the dates of future meetings as follows:
Call in meeting
· Monday 11th March, 6pm
· Tuesday 26 March 2019
· Thursday 11 April 2019
Please note, the business meeting of the Overview & Scrutiny Committee will
be held on:
· Wednesday 3 April 2019
NOTED the dates of future meetings as follows:
• Thursday 11 April 2019
Please note, the business meeting of the Overview & Scrutiny Committee will be held on:
• Wednesday 3 April 2019