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To confirm and sign, as a correct record, the Minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 8th June 2023 (Appendix ‘A’).
The minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 8th June 2023 were confirmed and signed as a correct record
Apologies for absence
There were no apologies for absence.
Declarations of interest
Members are invited to declare any disclosable pecuniary interests or other registrable and non-registrable interests in items on the agenda.
Councillor S Jenkins declared an interest in item 4 as he is a PCC Governor at St Jude’s Infant and Junior Schools. Councillor Jenkins left the room for the debate and did not partake in the vote on this item.
The Committee was asked to determine which option presented in the report they wished to adopt in relation to parking by parents in car parks located near to schools.
Members were advised that the current arrangement was informal and potentially involved three schools in the Borough; St. Jude’s, St Cuthbert’s and St. Anne’s.
Committee raised concerns regarding the possible alternative
parking options detailed in the report and didn’t consider
them as viable for various reasons including: needing to cross a
busy A road, narrow footpaths, unpleasant/unsafe walk particularly
during the darker months.
The existing arrangement should be regularised and extended to all primary schools across the Borough where Council owned car parks were within a reasonable walking distance and for the Council to cover the total cost within existing budgets. The arrangement would be managed through an electronic parking permit system administered by Runnymede Borough Council; and
A recommendation be made to Corporate Management Committee as part of the growth bids for 2024/25. If approved any changes would not be implemented until September 2024.
draft bin policy covering street recycling bins, litter bins and
dog waste bins was proposed at Environment and Sustainability
Committee on 9th March 2023.
The introduction of recycling litter bins was approved at that
A survey was posted via Runnymede Borough Council’s social media account on 9th May. The survey ran for four weeks.
There were 70 respondents, 60 (86%) agreed with the proposed policy to phase out dog waste bins and 10 (14%) disagreed.
The Committee reviewed the proposed sticker which would be placed on new litter bins. It was agreed that as some residents wouldn’t have the capacity to scan a QR code a contact telephone number should also be added.
Members agreed it was a very sensible policy and were supportive.
It was noted that any replacement bins/new bins should be at a height and in a location that was wheelchair accessible.
The new litter and dog waste bin policy outlined in 1.2 of the reported be adopted.
The Committee was asked to consider an application for a new street trading consent at The Broadway, New Haw.
The Council had one location in the Borough designated a consent street for street traders, which was The Broadway, New Haw.
handful of enquiries about street trading were received on an
annual basis, however this was the first formal application since
January 2017, which was considered by this Committee and
Officers had sought views from statutory consultees as detailed
in 2.5 of the report.
The establishment of a food stall at the location would have a knock-on effect on antisocial behaviour, particularly the prospect of noise and littering. Additionally, cooking smell permeating into nearby homes was a concern.
It was agreed that all concerns raised were valid and was echoed by local Councillors and residents.
The application for a new street trading consent at The Broadway, New Haw be refused due to the reasons detailed in the report.
The Committee was asked to consider a new sandbag policy following a review carried out against current best practice implemented by the Environment Agency and other Councils in the region.
Members were advised that the proposed policy change was that the Council would not provide sandbags during a flood situation. The Borough was not mandated to provide flood risk management. The primary duty of district and boroughs was to support residents affected by flooding by providing refuge and/or emergency accommodation.
Environment Agency advised that sandbags were not effective against
Government guidance was to not enter floodwater. It was not possible to distribute sandbags without entering floodwater. Additionally, sandbag distribution centres were not practical to man or maintain. Untrained volunteers were at risk of injury as sandbags are heavy, bulky and difficult to manage.
Sandbags also required significant storage facilities. The Council didn’t have enough storage space for sufficient number of sandbags which would be needed. It was noted that a minimum of 30 sandbags would be needed to protect a residents from ingress of flood water at a level of 6 inches.
The Committee was keen to offer discretionary support to smaller localised flood issues. It was noted small, localised flooding happened quite often across the Borough and in these cases sandbags would be effective.
member of the Committee suggested some amendments to the
resolution, however the Committee felt that until the proposed
amendments could be investigated by Officers for impact the
Committee was unable to support.
Officers to prepare another draft sandbag policy taking into account concerns raised by the Committee; and
A further sandbag policy and report be brought back to the November Environment and Sustainability Committee
Exclusion of press and public
By resolution of the Committee, for the reasons set out in the agenda, the press and public were excluded from the remainder of the meeting during the consideration of the remaining matters under Section 100A (4) of the Local Government Act 1972 on the grounds that the discussion would be likely to involve the disclosure of exempt information as set out in Schedule 12A to Part 1 of the Act.
Tree Audit Proposal
exemption from publication
The Committee was advised that a budget
provision had been made within the General Fund and Housing Revenue
Account to undertake an audit of all trees owned by Runnymede
Borough Council in the financial year 2023/24.
It was estimated that Runnymede Borough
Council owned 35,000 trees sited on communal land, in parks, open
spaces, SANG sites, on amenity land and across estates etc.
The Committee asked Officers to share the criteria for the tree audit with them. They were interested to establish whether carbon sequestration and biodiversity would be included in the audit.
Officers be authorised to release the budget provision to undertake an audit of all trees owned by Runnymede Borough Council in the financial year 2023/24.
Approval of ANPR in 4 Car Parks
Reason for exemption from publication
This report discloses the budget available to the Council for a procurement exercise, which would put the Council at a commercial disadvantage when seeking to secure the best possible value for money for these works.
The Committee was asked to consider a report which detailed the delivery method and costs associated with the procurement and implementation of the Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) systems in four Council owned car parks.
July 2021, the Environment and Sustainability Committee approved
the Parking Services Review where three distinct phases were
agreed. Phase 1 and 2 had been
The Committee was supportive of this approach, but some concerns were raised regarding the ease of use for Blue Badge Holders and the loss of a cash payment option. Members were reassured by Officers that Blue Badge holders would be supported in various ways to ensure an easy transition. It was also noted that whilst the car parks would be cashless there would be an array of payment options available.
It was resolved:
That the business case for the procurement and implementation of Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) systems in four Council owned car parks be approved; and
That, subject to the Corporate Management Committee approving the provision set aside in the Capital Programme (as detailed above);
The Committee approve the release of the provision set aside in the General Fund Revenue Budget and Business Plan for this purpose.
Procurement of Replacement Pay and Display Machines
Reason for exemption from
The Committee was asked to approve the procurement of Pay and Display machines in up to 20 of the Council owned car parks. Funds had been set aside in the 2023/24 budget, however, the Committee was asked to recommend that additional finance be approved following changes to the previous plans.
Officers advised members that the current pay and display machines were over 20 years old. The machines were now expensive to repair and getting parts for them was being increasingly difficult.
A procurement process would be undertaken. The contract term would be for 10 years with a five-year extension to ensure value for money on the capital investment.
The new pay and display machines would be cashless. Some Members raised concerns regarding the removal of a cash option. The Committee was advised that there would be various options for payment including; Ringo, a payment line, via our website or paying for tickets in advance by contacting the Council’s customer service team.
Members were reassured that there would be a communication strategy included in the procurement process and details of the new machines would be communicated by various means, including via social media, signage and the Council’s website.
Committee supported the proposal but advised Officers that the use
of the new machines should be made as accessible as possible and
include a freephone number for parking payments.
It was resolved:
To recommend to Corporate Management Committee that: a capital estimate in the sum of £146,000 for the purchase and implementation of the new pay and display machines be approved; and
That, subject to the Corporate Management Committee approving the capital estimate detailed above, the Committee approved;
a) the release of the revenue provision set aside in the General Fund Revenue Budget and Business Plan for the ongoing additional support and maintenance costs; and
b) a procurement process via the ESPO 509_23 (Lot 1) Framework Agreement to provide pay and display machines in relation to Council owned car parks.