Agenda and minutes

Scrutiny Streets, Environment & Homes Sub-Committee
Tuesday, 9th October, 2018 6.30 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, Town Hall, Katharine Street, Croydon CR0 1NX. View directions

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No. Item


Minutes of the Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 114 KB

To approve the minutes of the meeting held on 26 June 2018 as an accurate record.


The minutes of the meeting held on 26 June 2018 were agreed as an accurate record.



The Chair informed the Sub-Committee that a response to the letter of recommendations sent to the Department of Transport had been received following the meeting of 26 June 2018. This would be circulated to Members.



Disclosure of Interests

In accordance with the Council’s Code of Conduct and the statutory provisions of the Localism Act, Members and co-opted Members of the Council are reminded that it is a requirement to register disclosable pecuniary interests (DPIs) and gifts and hospitality to the value of which exceeds £50 or multiple gifts and/or instances of hospitality with a cumulative value of £50 or more when received from a single donor within a rolling twelve month period. In addition, Members and co-opted Members are reminded that unless their disclosable pecuniary interest is registered on the register of interests or is the subject of a pending notification to the Monitoring Officer, they are required to disclose those disclosable pecuniary interests at the meeting. This should be done by completing the Disclosure of Interest form and handing it to the Democratic Services representative at the start of the meeting. The Chair will then invite Members to make their disclosure orally at the commencement of Agenda item 3. Completed disclosure forms will be provided to the Monitoring Officer for inclusion on the Register of Members’ Interests.


There were none.


Urgent Business (if any)

To receive notice of any business not on the agenda which in the opinion of the Chair, by reason of special circumstances, be considered as a matter of urgency.


There were no items of urgent business.


Cabinet Member Question Time: Cabinet Member for Clean Green Croydon pdf icon PDF 1 MB

Question Time with the Cabinet Member for Clean Green Croydon, Councillor Stuart Collins.


Councillor Stuart Collins, Cabinet Member for Clean Green Croydon gave a presentation outlining the visions for his portfolio and the aims required to fulfil the intended outcomes.


During the course of the presentation it was noted that Croydon was a large and heavily populated borough with 24 Wards all different in character which presented a range of varying challenges. Croydon’s recycling rate had been improving year on year, with 37.91% for 2017/18, and Q1 so far at 45.5% with 2019/20 targeted to achieve a rate of over 50%.


It was also noted that there were many areas of challenge and priorities which included the following:

  • Croydon was looking to establish its leadership in effective waste management and sustainability by achieving a 50% plus recycling rate.
  • A national campaign was needed on behavioural change in order to collectively tackle issues of fly tipping through an intelligence led approach. The Cabinet Member has written to separate ministers on this issue and would welcome support from Members about who else should be contacted directly on this matter.
  • Opportunities to utilise the platform given by being part of the South London Waste Partnership (SLWP) to lobby the government on environmental issues were being considered.
  • The Grounds Maintenance contract will be returning in-house and it was acknowledged that a lot of work was required to successfully manage the transition process.
  • Further work was needed with Veolia on the prevention of bins on Croydon pavements.
  • The process for the cutting of grass verges across the borough would be reviewed.
  • The Free Bulky Waste service would be reviewed and take account of the financial implications for the Council.
  • The Education Programme on recycling continued to be successful with 52 primary schools signed up. The target remained for all primary schools in the borough to be signed up by 2019/20.
  • There had been a restructure within the ‘Place Department’ which included the merger of two existing posts and the amalgamation of frontline and operational services to ensure a more strategic approach to waste enforcement. An appointment had been made to the position of Director of Public Realm.


The Sub-Committee were advised that the borough was currently in week six of a twelve week roll out of the new waste service, which had been implemented as part of a drive to promote behavioural change and encourage more recycling. Prior to the roll out, notice of the changes had been sent to all residents. The initiative had been predominantly successful to date, with people within the waste and recycling industry commenting that it had been one of the most successful roll outs of a new scheme. There has been some issues which was to be expected, but overall there had been minimal disruption to services, with missed collection rates under 1%. The contractor had been given this 12 week period to identify and address any issues, after which there were strict targets that would be challenging for Veolia and could result in sanctions if not met.


It was noted that  ...  view the full minutes text for item 29/18


South London Waste Partnership Update pdf icon PDF 253 KB

To receive an update on the progress of the new South London Waste Partnership(SLWP) Lot 1 contract which commenced for street cleansing in March 2018 and waste and recycling in September 2018


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It was agreed that no further discussion would take place on this item as all discussion had taken place under the Cabinet Member Question Time section of the meeting.


The Sub-Committee NOTED the contents of the report.


Work Programme 2018/19 pdf icon PDF 110 KB

To note the Work Programme for the 2018/19 municipal year.

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The Sub-Committee NOTED the work programme for the remainder of the  2018/19 municipal year.


Exclusion of the Press and Public

The following motion is to be moved and seconded where it is proposed to exclude the press and public from the remainder of a meeting:


“That, under Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act, 1972, the press and public be excluded from the meeting for the following items of business on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information falling within those paragraphs indicated in Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972, as amended.”


This was not required