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Apologies for Absence


 Apologies were received from Councillors Graham and Convery and Russell for lateness


Declarations of Substitute Members


There were no declarations of substitute members


Declarations of Interest

If you have a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest* in an item of business:

§  if it is not yet on the council’s register, you must declare both the existence and details of it at the start of the meeting or when it becomes apparent;

§  you may choose to declare a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest that is already in the register in the interests of openness and transparency. 

In both the above cases, you must leave the room without participating in discussion of the item.


If you have a personal interest in an item of business and you intend to speak or vote on the item you must declare both the existence and details of it at the start of the meeting or when it becomes apparent but you may participate in the discussion and vote on the item.


*(a)   Employment, etc - Any employment, office, trade, profession or vocation carried on for profit or gain.

(b)     Sponsorship - Any payment or other financial benefit in respect of your expenses in carrying out duties as a member, or of your election; including from a trade union.

(c)  Contracts - Any current contract for goods, services or works, between  
 you or your partner (or a body in which one of you has a beneficial
 interest) and the council.

(d)   Land - Any beneficial interest in land which is within the council’s area.

(e)   Licences- Any licence to occupy land in the council’s area for a month
   or longer.

(f)    Corporate tenancies - Any tenancy between the council and a body
   in which you or your partner have a beneficial interest.

 (g)   Securities - Any beneficial interest in securities of a body which has a place of business or land in the council’s area, if the total nominal value of the securities exceeds £25,000 or one hundredth of the total issued share capital of that body or of any one class of its issued share capital. 


This applies to all members present at the meeting.




There were no declarations of interest


Minutes of Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 84 KB

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That, subject to the amendment in the minute 434 to the deletion of the words 12 January and the insertion of the words 4 February, and the deletion of the words Holloway Road and the insertion of the words Holloway Prison on minute 438, the minutes of the meetings held on 8th  and 17th of  March 2021 be confirmed as an accurate record of proceedings and the Chair be authorised to sign them.


Chair's Report


The Chair referred to the successful meeting held on 17 March 2021 and that he hoped that these would be held each year and he had had a number of e mails following the meeting


The Chair stated that this was his last meeting would like to thank officers and Members for their support during his period as the Chair of the Committee. In addition he thanked members of the public who had contributed to the work of the Committee.


Order of Business


The Chair stated that the order of business would be as per the agenda


Public Questions

For members of the public to ask questions relating to any subject on the meeting agenda under Procedure Rule 70.5. Alternatively, the Chair may opt to accept questions from the public during the discussion on each agenda item.



The Chair outlined the  procedure for Public questions


Scrutiny Review: Presentation Net Zero Carbon Programme-Transport pdf icon PDF 872 KB


The Director of Environment and Regeneration, Keith Townsend and Martin Cooijmans, Interim Director Climate Change and Transport were present for discussion of this item, and made a presentation to the Committee, copy interleaved


During consideration of the presentation the following main points were made

·       Transport Scope – The aim is to reduce emissions from all forms of transport in the borough whether private, commercial and public. This workstream aims to reduce emissions from transport in the borough by reducing emissions from the Council’s fleet, reducing vehicle usage, encouraging use of electric vehicles, discouraging fossil fuel based plant usage, influencing Government policy, securing cleaner bus services

·       Transport deliverable – reduction in overall vehicle fleet and increase number of electric vehicles, waste recycling centre (WRC) initial smart charger installation to existing power supply, WRC new grid connection and substation, low voltage infrastructure and smart charger installations, smart charger installations at other council premises, increase solar capacity at Council charging sites, enable vehicle to Grid (V2G) at locations with parked vehicles, expanding on Town Hall V2G trial

·       Transport deliverable – Fleet replacement programme electrification – reduction in fleet and increase in electric vehicles, WRC smart charger installation, WRC grid connection and substation, low voltage infrastructure and smart charger installations, smart charger installations at other Council premises, increase solar capacity at council charging points, enable vehicle to Grid at locations with parked vehicles, expanding on Town Hall V2G trial.

·       Members were advised that so far the Council has delivered over 10% of its fleet is electric, WRC smart chargers have been installed using existing power supply, smart chargers operate at Randels Road and Laycock Centre, V2G trial at Town Hall has commenced. Meeting was advised that over the next 12-18 months, the Council will be procuring  new vehicles and EV chargers in line with updated procurement strategy; that its WRC new HV grid connection and substation will be completed, smart chargers will be sited at other Council  premises and further scoping will be carried out on additional sites. In addition support will be increased to the energy team to increase solar capacity at council charging sites, and complete Council’s VG2 trial

·       In terms of vehicle use reduction by residents and local businesses, the Council aims to make active travel the easiest and most enjoyable option. The Council has also implemented low traffic neighbourhoods and liveable neighbourhoods, network of cycle lanes and cycle routes, delivered school streets or similar interventions where possible at all primary schools in the borough. Members were informed of plans to introduce a borough wide lorry control scheme, working towards banning lorries (HGV) from driving through the borough on residential roads. Other initiatives by the council include ensuring that new developments are car free or have restricted on- site parking and access to controlled parking zones; provision of adequate cycling facilities, developing and delivering accessibility plan; walking and cycling action plan, developing a parking strategy, exploring workplace parking levies and working towards a freight consolidation strategy. It was noted that 16%  ...  view the full minutes text for item 457.


Work Programme 2020/21 pdf icon PDF 28 KB



That the report be noted, and that the Committee at its first meeting of the municipal year would consider a work programme for 2021/22, including continuation of the Scrutiny Review on the Net Zero Carbon strategy 2030 and proposals for consideration to take this forward