Environment and Communities Scrutiny Committee - Wednesday, 24th June, 2020 10.30 am

Venue: Virtual meeting with restricted public access

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 137 KB

The Committee is asked to agree the minutes of the meeting held on 5 March 2020 (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 53 KB

The Committee is asked to note the responses to recommendations made at the 5 March 2020 meeting from the Cabinet Member for Highways and Infrastructure.

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10.40 am


Integrated Parking Strategy pdf icon PDF 53 KB

Report by the Director of Highways, Transport and Planning.


The Committee is invited to consider and comment on the extent to which the proposed Strategy:


a.   Meets the needs of residents and businesses.

b.   Reflects advances in technology, both those already realised, and those anticipated.

c.    Fits with the Council’s other strategies and policies, for example in respect of climate change, and with those of the district and borough councils, such as in respect of air quality.

d.   Addresses the scale of planned development in West Sussex.

e.   Whether the present COVID-19 crisis and its consequences might have implications for the Strategy


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Break at 11.40am

The Committee will adjourn for 5 minutes for a break.

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11.45 am


Reallocating Road Space in Response to COVID-19 pdf icon PDF 55 KB

A report by the Director of Highways, Transport and Planning.


The Committee is invited to review the initiative, and consider:


(1)        Any lessons learned from the work undertaken so far;


(2)        Member involvement in the process ahead;


(3)        How assurance is provided that the schemes proposed under the programme represent the best value for money, given the volume of suggestions;


(4)        The impact of compressed time scales, including on any limitations to the depth and scope of investigatory work; and


(5)        The implications for the Council of resourcing the work to support and develop these schemes, including consideration of any prioritisation that may be required.


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Adjournment for lunch at 12.45pm

The Committee will adjourn for 30 minutes for lunch.

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1.15 pm


Climate Change Strategy 2020/30 pdf icon PDF 52 KB

Report by Executive Director Place Services and Director of Environment and Public Protection


The Committee is asked to scrutinise and comment on


a.   The scope and depth of the draft Strategy

b.   Whether the Strategy is sufficiently challenging/ambitious

c.    How it is foreseen that the required changes in organisational culture will be brought about.

d.   Whether the present COVID-19 crisis and its consequences might have implications for the Strategy



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2.00 pm


Requests for Call-in

There have been no requests for call-in to the Scrutiny 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 167 KB

Extract fromthe ForwardPlan dated 11 June 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 Scrutiny 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 21 October at 10.30 am at County Hall North, Horsham.  Probable agenda items include:


·       Highways and Transport Delivery Programme 2020/21

·       Pagham Harbour

·       Serious Violence

·       Local Flood Risk Management Strategy

·       Report from the Waste Strategy Task and Finish Group


Any member wishing to place an item on the agenda for the meeting must notify the Director of Law and Assurance by 9 October 2020.

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