Councillor Webbe, Executive
Member for Environment & Transport presented the Q2 Performance
Report which set out the corporate performance indicators related
to Environment and Transport.
· The meeting was informed that most of the measures were positive in terms of targets being met with the exception of household recycling rates and the fall in the number of leisure visits. With regards to the quarterly recycling rate slippage to 28.6% from the 29.5% reported in 2017/18, the Executive Member for Environment and Transport reiterated that industry tolerances had become tighter hence the increase in tonnage rejected as contaminated.
· In response to concerns about the annual slippage on the recycling rates, the Executive Member informed the meeting that the Service will be producing a new Waste Minimisation and Recycling Plan and is working with both the London Waste Reduction Board and the NLWA.
On the issue
of consultation on the Waste Action Plan, the Executive Member said
that although the guidance does not stipulate community engagement,
it is good practice for councillors to be given the opportunity to
contribute before it is finally approved in the autumn
· Members were reminded that although annually the Council’s Waste Action and Recycling plan is reported to Executive, this plan will be incorporated into the new Rescue Plan which the Mayor of London has requested, especially as it has a new set of criteria. The Executive Member agreed that committee will be kept informed and requested that the Waste Action plan be circulated to members.
to a question on how the Council measures the success of the
Council’s fuel poverty initiative, SHINE, the Executive
Member for Environment and Transport reiterated that the scheme is
about interventions which has resulted in positive outcomes for
residents. A suggestion that the SHINE team be invited to committee
to give a presentation was noted.
to raising the profile and promoting the success of Islington Bloom
and its award ceremonies, and especially in recognition of the
magnificent work of volunteers, the Park and Open Spaces Manager
informed Members that the competition and the awards are publicised
via social media, Islington Life magazine and Homes and
Communities. There are plans for a strategy to be produced to
increase coverage which will be shared with members in due
· On the timeline with regards to the Council’s Transport strategy and public consultation, the meeting was advised that councillors and the public will have the opportunity to contribute to the strategy after March with the intention to have it signed off in September. In response to inaccurate information on the Council website relating to the Strategy, the meeting was advised that this would be looked into and corrected.
to a question on reasons for the fall in fly-tipping figures
compared to the previous year, the Park and Open Spaces Manager
reminded members that there was an issue with the waste data
however the fault with the IT software has now been
to the question of whether there were any recurring issue following
the implementation of the street cleansing regime, the initial
teething problems which related to the logistics around the refuse
vehicles have been resolved. The new
regime has resulted in cleaner streets. Members were informed that
this change has resulted in Islington Council being nominated for
an award for its innovation on street cleansing by Keep Britain
· The Chair reminded Members to email the committee clerk if they had any questions on the report.