Agenda and minutes

Environment, Communities and Fire Select Committee
Thursday, 20th June, 2019 10.30 am

Venue: County Hall, Chichester

Contact: Sally Manning on 033 022 23883  Email:  sally.manning@westsussex.gov.uk

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92.

Declarations of Interest

Members and officers must declare any pecuniary or personalinterest in any business on the agenda. They should also make declarations at any stage such an interest becomes apparent during the meeting. Consideration should be given to leaving the meeting if the nature of the interest warrants it.  If in doubt please contact Democratic Services before the meeting.

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92.1 None Declared

93.

Minutes of the last meeting of the Committee pdf icon PDF 66 KB

The Committee is asked to agree the minutes of the meeting held on 9 May 2019 (cream paper).

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Minutes:

93.1   Resolved – that the minutes of the Environment, Communities and Fire Select Committee held on 9 May 2019 be approved as a correct record, and that they be signed by the Chairman.

94.

Urgent Matters

Items not on the agenda which the Chairman of the meeting is of the opinion should be considered as a matter of urgency by reason of special circumstances, including cases where the Committee needs to be informed of budgetary or performance issues affecting matters within its terms of reference, which have emerged since the publication of the agenda.

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94.1   It was noted that Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary, Fire and Rescue Services’ Inspection Report was published at midnight. The Chairman confirmed that there will be an additional meeting of this Committee on 10July to discuss this and all County Councillors have been invited to attend. 

 

          A copy of the report was circulated.   

95.

Responses to Recommendations pdf icon PDF 794 KB

The Committee is asked to note the responses to recommendations made at the 9 May 2019 meeting from:

 

Cabinet Member for Safer, Stronger Communities

 

Leader

 

Cabinet Member for Highways and Infrastructure

 

Cabinet Member for Environment

 

Chief Executive

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Minutes:

a)  Recommendation on the West Sussex Crowd.

 

95.1   The Committee noted the Cabinet Member’s Response to the Committee’s          recommendation on the West Sussex Crowd.

 

95.2   The Committee was disappointed that £1000 maximum recommendation has not been taken up but welcomed that the 30% limit can be exceeded at the discretion of CLC Chairman.

 

b)  Economic Growth Plan

 

95.3   The Committee noted the Leader’s Response to the Committee’srecommendation on the Economic Growth Plan 2018-2023.

 

95.4   The Committee requests that officers work closely with district and borough councils and asked officers to supply a copy of the Strategy for this particularly in regards to the night-time economy.

 

 

c)   Highways Maintenance Service Procurement

 

 

95.5     The Committee noted the Cabinet Member’s Response to the Committee’s Recommendation on the Highways Maintenance Service Procurement.

 

95.6     The Committee noted the Chief Executive’s response to the Committee’s request for reassurance of governance on the Highways Maintenance Service Procurement.

 

 

d)  Halewick Lane Battery Storage Project

 

95.7     The Committee noted the Cabinet Member’s response to the Committee’s recommendation on the Halewick Lane Battery Storage Project.

 

 

96.

Framework for Considering Requests for Events on West Sussex Highways pdf icon PDF 56 KB

Report by Executive Director of Place Services and Director of Highways, Transport and Planning.

 

The Committee is asked to consider whether the proposed protocol enables events to happen in a beneficial way, whether it covers the issues sufficiently, has the right objectives and principles and otherwise addresses concerns arising from recent experience.

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Minutes:

96.1   The Committee considered a report by Executive Director for Place Services and Director of Highways, Transport and Planning (copy appended to signed minutes).

 

96.2   Jeff Elliott, Highway Network & Traffic Manager, introduced the report with a presentation (copy of slides appended to the signed minutes) which highlighted the work that has been carried out to produce the framework. It was emphasised that this is very much a draft document which has been produced with support from the district and borough council licensing teams.

 

96.3   With permission of the Chairman, Mr Bradford, Member for Rother Valley addressed the Committee and highlighted some of the issues that “Velo” had caused to his division. Similar concerns were received in writing from Mrs Duncton, Member for Petworth, Dr O’Kelly, Member for Midhurst and Mr Jupp, Member for Southwater and Nuthurst.

 

96.4     The Committee made comments including those that follow. It:

 

·         Welcomed the report and was broadly supportive and understood the need to have a framework. It noted that the framework balances both the positive and negative impacts of events and reassured that this framework would address many of the issues highlighted by the communities with regards to “Velo” and would allow the Cabinet Member to refuse permission for events to be held if the mitigation offered is not suitable or the risk to the community too high.

 

·         Welcomed the long lead-in time required for events to be organised (at least one year) as this would give sufficient time for the local member, County Council services and communities to be properly consulted at the earliest opportunity.

 

·         Requested that the report be clearer on when West Sussex County Council can claim back costs, who would take the final decision on whether events would be permitted, and whether the decision could be taken as a key decision.

 

·         Suggested that screening points should be added to the timeline, to make it clear when political escalation is required.

 

·         Requested clarity on the process for implementing Temporary Traffic Regulation Orders.

 

96.5     Resolved – That the Committee welcomes the production of a draft protocol, and asks that the revised version be brought back to the Committee when ready.

 

 

 

97.

Highways, Transport and Planning Service Area Review & Highway Maintenance Infrastructure Plan pdf icon PDF 68 KB

Report by Executive Director of Place Services and Director of Highways, Transport and Planning

 

The Committee is asked to scrutinise the proposed Highway Maintenance Plan.

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97.1   The Committee considered a report by Executive Director of Place

Services and Director of Highways, Transport and Planning (copy

appended to signed minutes).

 

97.2  Matt Davey, Director of Highways, Transport and Planning, Michele Hulme, Head of Local Highway Operations, Chris Stark, Area Manager Highways – Horsham and Richard Speller, Area Highways Manager – Mid Sussex introduced the report with a presentation (copy appended to signed minutes) which highlighted the risk-based approached that has been adopted and that this report has brought together all the Service Level Agreements that exist into the one document. This document has taken into account what can reasonably be carried out within the allocated budget and Safety Plus inspections will not change.

 

97.3  The Committee made comments including those that follow. It:

 

·        Raised concerns around the service standards going down and how this sits with the expectations in the West Sussex Plan.

 

·        Raised concern over the past budget overspend and asked if this is just a way of moving the burden of cost to others including parish and town councils.

 

·        Raised concerns particularly regarding the reduction of grass cutting and that there did not appear to be any mention in the report to having any reactive budget should weather conditions cause significant growth.  Similar concerns were raised with regards to the significant reduction in the winter salting network.

 

·        Asked whether a full period of community engagement will be undertaken before any changes are made particularly with town and parish councils.

 

97.4  Mr Jones proposed a recommendation that the Committee does not support the reduction in grass-cutting, winter salting routes and line painting. This was seconded by Mr Oppler. The resolution was lost.

 

97.5   Resolved – That

 

1.   This Committee notes with concern the consequences of past budget decisions and asks that they inform future budget discussions going forward.

 

2.   The communication with members, parishes and communities going forward must be robust particularly around the changing levels of service. Also the Highways team should continue to encourage town and parish councils to take on additional works.

 

 

 

 

 

98.

A259 Littlehampton Corridor Improvements pdf icon PDF 86 KB

Report by Executive Director of Place Services and Director of Highways, Transport and Planning

 

The Committee is asked to preview the Cabinet Member’s proposed decision, and to consider the measures undertaken to improve the accuracy of budgeting for future schemes.

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98.1   The Committee considered a report by Executive Director of Place Services and Director of Highways, Transport and Planning (copy appended to the signed minutes).

 

98.2   Matt Davey, Director of Highways, Transport and Planning, Alex Sharkey, Manager Highways Projects and David Lambert, Project Manager - Major Projects introduced the report with a presentation (copy appended to signed minutes) which highlighted that this project is one which is being delivered in partnership with the Local Enterprise Partnership, Coast to Capital and that this is therefore time critical. It is also part of a larger programme of road improvements in the area.

 

98.3   The Committee made comments including those that follow. It:

 

·         Welcomed the report was broadly supportive, appreciated the importance of delivering this project and noted the support that this project has with the local community.

 

·         Questioned the impact on other programmes of maintaining funding for this programme. Questioned whether such cost escalations inhibited our corporate desire to commit to future major infrastructure projects.

 

·         Raised concerns that this is another major scheme where the budget has risen significantly and wanted reassurance that processes are being put in place to reduce this risk in future.

 

98.4     Resolved – That the Committee has reviewed the decision and recommends that this is passed to the Cabinet Member for approval and look forward to the process review being undertaken as soon as possible.

 

99.

Street Lighting LED Conversion Programme and Central Monitoring (CMS) Programme pdf icon PDF 98 KB

Report by Executive Director of Place Services and Director of Highways, Transport and Planning

 

Members are asked to consider the implementation of the Street Lighting LED conversion programme, the associated ongoing cost saving and the future proofing and flexibility of installing a central monitoring system (CMS).

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99.1   The Committee considered a report by Executive Director of Place Services and Director of Highways, Transport and Planning (copy appended to the signed minutes).

 

99.2   Barry Edmunds, Traffic Signals and Street Lighting Manager introduced the report with a presentation (copy appended to the signed minutes), which highlighted the need to replace the majority of the street lighting over the next six years and for the introduction of a Central Monitoring System.

 

99.3   The Committee made comments including those that follow. It:

 

·       Welcomed the report and was supportive. It was encouraged to hear that this project would lead to £82M savings over 25 years but also a 17% reduction in carbon emissions.

 

·       Concerns were raised regarding health issues associated with LED lighting that have been raised over a number of years and were reassured to hear that Public Health England had been consulted and that they have identified no health risks to the public in having LED lighting and that this is now proven technology.

 

·       Welcomed that the introduction of a Central Monitoring System will now ensure that the will no longer be a lag in dimming times when the clocks change in March and October.

 

99.4     Resolved – That the Committee supports and recommends that the Council moves forward with this project

 

100.

2018/19 Fire and Rescue Service Performance Review and Annual Report pdf icon PDF 62 KB

Report by Chief Fire Officer

 

The Committee is asked to consider the performance of the Fire and Rescue Service.

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Minutes:

 

100.1Before the report was presented Ms Kennard, Cabinet Member for Safer, Stronger Communities read a statement to the Committee where she accepted the findings of the Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary, Fire and Rescue Services’ Inspection Report and highlighted some of the steps that are already being taken to address the issues.

 

100.2The Committee made comments regarding the Inspection Report including those that follow. It:

 

·         Raised concerns in particular areas such as staff morale and the perceived culture of bullying within the Fire and Rescue Service.

 

·         Asked whether the Chief Fire Officer had challenged some of the findings as some of the issues had already been highlighted on the Risk Management Plan. It was confirmed that such a challenge was made.

 

·         Raised concerns that the report did not reflect where issues had been highlighted earlier in the process and the progress that had subsequently been made. This good work has not been reflected.

 

·         Acknowledged that the Inspection Report will be discussed more fully at the additional meeting on 10 July 2019 where representatives of the unions will also be present.

 

 

100.3The Committee considered a report by the Chief Fire Officer (copy appended to signed minutes), which outlined the performance of the Fire and Rescue Service and highlighted some of the issues that the Service is facing.

 

100.4The Committee made comments including those that follow. It:

 

·         Raised concerns about the process for recruiting retained firefighters which appears to be complicated and can put people off. People’s expectations of the role also differ from what is expected.

 

·         Raised concerns that there appeared to be a mismatch between the Inspection Report and some of issues highlighted in the Annual Review and that this needs to be addressed before the final report is published. This was acknowledged and will be rectified.

 

100.5  Resolved – That the Committee continues to support the Fire and Rescue Service but it recommends that some changes are made to the Annual Report in light of the Inspection Report before it is published.

 

 

 

101.

Forward Plan of Key Decisions pdf icon PDF 134 KB

Extract fromthe ForwardPlan dated 11 June 2019 – attached.

 

Anextract fromanyForwardPlan publishedbetween the date of despatchof the agenda and the date of the meetingwill be tabled at the meeting.

 

The Committee is asked to consider whetheritwishes to enquireinto any of the forthcoming decisions withinits portfolio.

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101.1 The Committee considered the Forward Plan dated 17 June 2019 (copy appended to the signed minutes).

 

101.2 Resolved – That the Forward Plan be noted

102.

Possible Items for Future Scrutiny

Members to mention any items which they believe to be of relevance to the business of the Select Committee, and suitable for scrutiny, e.g. raised with them by constituents arising from central government initiatives etc.

 

If any member puts forward such an item, the Committee’s role at this meeting is just to assess, briefly, whether to refer the matter to its Business Planning Group (BPG) to consider in detail.

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Minutes:

102.1The Committee requested further details on Parking on New Developments. The Cabinet Member’s response is included on the agenda for 10 July meeting and it will be decided after this meeting whether the issue still needs to be brought back to the Committee.

 

102.2Chairman reminded the Committee that the next Business Planning Group meets on 1 July and to let him know if anyone wished to have any issue raised with them.

103.

Date of Next Meeting

An additional meeting of the Committee will be held on 10 July 2019 at 10.30am at County Hall, Chichester. This meeting will scrutinise the Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary, Fire and Rescue Services’ inspection report and Review of the Integrated Risk Management Plan Action Plans.

 

 

Any member wishing to place an item on the agenda for the meeting must notify the Director of Law and Assurance by 28 June 2019.

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Minutes:

An additional meeting of the Committee will be held on 10 July 2019 at 10.30am at County Hall, Chichester. This meeting will scrutinise the Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary, Fire and Rescue Services’ inspection report and Review of the Integrated Rick Management Plan Action Plans.