Environment and Communities Scrutiny Committee
Monday, 13th January, 2020 10.30 am

Venue: County Hall, Chichester

Contact: Sally Manning on 033 022 23883  Email:

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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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Minutes of the last meeting of the Committee pdf icon PDF 143 KB

The Committee is asked to agree the minutes of the meeting held on 7 November 2019 (cream paper).

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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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Responses to Recommendations pdf icon PDF 127 KB

The Committee is asked to note the responses to recommendations made at the 7 November 2019 meeting from:


Cabinet Member for Environment


Cabinet Member for Fire & Rescue and Communities


Cabinet Member for Highways & Infrastructure

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10.45 am


West Sussex Fire and Rescue Services HMICFRS Improvement Plan Progress Report pdf icon PDF 120 KB

Report by the Chief Fire Officer


It is proposed to consider the item in two parts


A)   Readiness for HMICFRS revisit


B)   Progress in implementing the Improvement Plan


To include discussion on the Final Report of the Task and Finish Group – Report attached. In respect of this part of the discussion the Committee is asked to be guided by the focus for scrutiny, as set out in section 4 of the report.

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Adjournment for lunch at 1.15pm

The Committee will adjourn for 30 minutes for lunch.

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1.45 pm


Road Safety Framework Progress pdf icon PDF 585 KB

Report by Director Highways, Transport and Planning.


The Committee is asked to consider WSCC’s performance together with the suggested future approach noting that any additional funding would be subject to further business case and approval.


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2.45 pm


Consultation by Transport for the South East on a Draft Transport Strategy pdf icon PDF 88 KB


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


The Committee is asked to approve theCounty Council’s Consultation Response (Appendix B) for submission to Transport for the South East.


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3.25 pm


Business Planning Group Report pdf icon PDF 120 KB

The report informs the Committee of the Business Planning Group meeting held on 15 November 2019, setting out the key issues discussed.


The Committee is asked to endorse the contents of this report, and particularly the Committee’s Work Programme revised to reflect the Business Planning Group’s discussions (attached at Appendix A).

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3.45 pm


Appointment to the Business Planning Group

A vacancy has arisen for a member of the Conservative group on the Business Planning Group.

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3.50 pm


Requests for Call-in

There have been no requests for call-in to the Select Committee and within its constitutional remit since the date of the last meeting.  The Director of Law and Assurance will report any requests since the publication of the agenda papers.

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Forward Plan of Key Decisions pdf icon PDF 333 KB

Extract fromthe ForwardPlan dated 2 January 2020 – 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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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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Date of Next Meeting

The next meeting of the Committee will be held on 5 March 2020 at 10.30 am at County Hall, Chichester.  Probable agenda items include:


·         Household Waste Recycling Sites

·         Community Hubs Update

·         Road Space Audit Progress Report

·         Licensing of Tables and Chairs on the Highway

·         Environment and Climate Change Strategy


Any member wishing to place an item on the agenda for the meeting must notify the Director of Law and Assurance by 24 February 2020.

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