Agenda and minutes

Overview and Scrutiny Committee
Monday, 30th September 2019 6.30 pm

Venue: Civic Suite, North Warehouse, The Docks, Gloucester, GL1 2EP. View directions

Contact: Democratic and Electoral Services 

No. Item


Declarations of Interest

To receive from Members, declarations of the existence of any disclosable pecuniary, or non-pecuniary, interests and the nature of those interests in relation to any agenda item. Please see Agenda Notes.


11.1    Councillor Taylor declared an interest in agenda item 8 by virtue of a family member being employed by Barnwood Trust.


Declaration of Party Whipping

To declare if any issues to be covered in the Agenda are under party whip.



12.1    There were no declarations of party whipping.


Minutes pdf icon PDF 167 KB

To approve as a correct record the minutes of the meeting held on the 2nd of September 2019.


Public Question Time (15 minutes)

To receive any questions from members of the public provided that a question does not relate to:


·         Matters which are the subject of current or pending legal proceedings, or

·         Matters relating to employees or former employees of the Council or comments in respect of individual Council Officers


14.1    There were no public questions.


Petitions and Deputations (15 minutes)

To receive any petitions and deputations provided that no such petition or deputation is in relation to:


·         Matters relating to individual Council Officers, or

·         Matters relating to current or pending legal proceedings


15.1    There were no petitions or deputations.


Overview and Scrutiny Committee Work Programme and Council Forward Plan pdf icon PDF 50 KB

To receive the latest version of the Committee’s work programme and the Council’s Forward Plan.

Additional documents:


16.1    The Committee considered the Work Programme and Council Forward Plan. The Vice-Chair informed Members that a special meeting to consider the Supplementary Planning Documents for the Matson and Podsmead regeneration was confirmed to take place on Monday 4th November 2019. The meeting had been arranged due to a full agenda at the next ordinary Committee meeting.


16.2    RESOLVED:- That the Overview and Scrutiny Committee NOTE the Work Programme and Forward Plan.


Gloucester Community Building Collective pdf icon PDF 183 KB

To receive the report of the Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhoods informing Members of the City’s successful community building activities.


17.1    Councillor Watkins, the Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhoods introduced the report and highlighted key features. She stated that while Asset Based Community Development had been well embedded in the Council’s work,, the development of a Community Interest Company was the next step. Councillor Watkins advised Members that momentum had been gained from a number of national bodies and that the Key Cities group was looking to use Gloucester as a case study. She stated that she sought feedback from Committee Members particularly on the nomination of a charity should the company be wound up in the future.


17.2    Council Wilson expressed his concern that, as the Company’s work start in a limited number of areas, what checks were there to ensure some directors did not dominate the board and limit expansion. He also asked why it would only be the City Council with directorships. The Corporate Director (Partnerships) advised that the articles of association would define the Company as Community Building across the City. In respect of directorships, the Corporate Director stated that the proposal was for the City Council to start the process but to subsequently nominate community leaders.


17.3    Councillor Stephens asked about the financial implications of setting up the Company and whether any funding had been secured. He also expressed concern regarding how the Company would be accountable to the Council given it would fund the Company. The Head of Communities stated that all funding to date and up to April 2020 was through fundraising. The financial commitment contained within the report was for the purpose of underwriting but that fundraising would be possible, particularly for job security of the community builders. The Corporate Director (Partnerships) advised that the Council would cease funding of the Community Interest Company at the end of phase one. She further advised that the Company would be independent and she envisage secondments from independent bodies.


17.4    Councillor Stephens asked how the value and worth of the work would be gauged and stated that more could be done in terms of the level of engagement and projects. The Corporate Director (Partnerships) advised that consultants had been approached to work with the team to look at performance management  and that funders would expect such measure to be in place.


17.5    Councillor Haigh stated that there was an expectation that the Community Interest Company would deliver on making residents’ lives better and, as such, queried what oversight there would be from Members.  Councillor Watkins stated that many community builders were not paid and that their contribution was for the benefit of the community as a whole. The Corporate Director (Partnerships) advised that it had not yet been decided whether the Council would withdraw entirely at some stage. Councillor Haigh asked why the Roundtable had been suggested as the nominated charity in the event the Company is wound up. Councillor Watkins stated that she was very much open to suggestions and that the Roundtable charity was as all encompassing of the City as  ...  view the full minutes text for item 17.


Waste and Recycling Proposals pdf icon PDF 127 KB

To receive the report of the Cabinet Member for the Environment outlining proposals to improve the recycling and garden waste collection service.




18.1    Councillor Cook, Cabinet Member for Environment, introduced the report and informed Members that there had been further changes to costs since publication of the report. He informed Members that there would be an amended resolution to Cabinet which was as follows:


            2.1       Cabinet is asked to RESOLVE


2.1.1   that an investment of £135,000 per annum be approved for the lease of an additional Refuse Collection Vehicle (RCV) and crew for use on the garden waste service to be reviewed after 3 years.


2.1.2   that a one-off investment of £38,000 be approved to pigeon proof the recycling shed for the purpose of Health and Safety, quality of recycled material and longevity of operational equipment/building.


2.1.3   that business cases are developed based upon the latest information and market prices and that, where the case is beneficial, delegated authority is given to the Head of Place, after consultation with the Cabinet Member for the Environment to make the necessary investments:

(i)         a one-off capital investment for the upgrade of the existing aluminium/steel baler resulting in additional forecast income due to higher quality recyclates

(ii)        an investment in additional baler capacity to cater for all mixed fibres (paper and cardboard) resulting in additional forecast income due to higher quality recyclates

(iii)       a one-off investment for a communications campaign from November 2019 to market the benefits of recycling and the garden waste service our residents and promote the most effective ways of presenting waste for kerbside collection


2.1.4   That the proposals around a glass screen contained in para 3.13 – 3.15 are noted, and that if after further monitoring the situation there is a clear business case for implementation then the power to purchase the necessary equipment is delegated to the Head of Place.


18.2    Councillor Wilson agreed with the need to make the investment and queried if there were any other plans to promote take up of the service other than flyers. Councillor Cook stated that, with the increase in housing he would anticipate a greater take up over the coming years.


18.3    In response to a query from Councillor Stephens regarding whether the original business case had changed substantially, Councillor Cook advised that prices of recyclables had flutuated and that there was difficulty in predicting such prices. He further advised that the business case would be examined when new figures came back.


18.4    Councillor Haigh stated the importance of communicating change but that many leaflets could be expensive and would have an environmental impact. She noted that marketing would commence in November and asked that either the changes be postponed or that they be advised through another means. Councillor Cook stated the marketing was timed to coincide with providing advice on Christmas collections as the primary cost was postage but that other ideas such as communicating it alongside council tax statements could be considered.


18.5    Councillor Pullen stated that he supported the investment and hoped that prices would not be raised. Councillor Cook stated that the desire was to increase demand and  ...  view the full minutes text for item 18.


Date of Next Meeting

Monday 28th of October 2019.