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Meeting Details

Executive Scrutiny Committee
29 Mar 2017 - 18:30 to 22:40
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  • Attendance
  • Officers in Attendance
  • Declarations of Interests

Documents

Agenda

Items
1. Welcome and Introductions

The Chair to welcome Councillors and officer colleagues to the meeting and introduce those who are present.

2. Apologies
To receive any apologies of absence.
3. pdf Minutes (78Kb)

To approve, and the Chair to sign as a correct record, the Minutes of the meeting of the Executive Scrutiny Committee held on 16 January 2017 (Item 3).

4. Disclosures of Interest

Councillors to declare any disclosable pecuniary interests, or personal interests (including other pecuniary interests) they may have in the business to be transacted, and officers to disclose any interests they may have in any contract to be considered.

The Chair to outline the procedure to be adopted for the meeting.

On 7 March 2017, the Cabinet made the following decision in respect of the Draft Waste Strategy:

“1. That the Waste Strategy be approved, subject to:

(a)    implementing garden waste charging from September 2017 at an annual price of £33 per bin, with a delegated authority given to the Cabinet Member to Public Realm to establish a discount scheme for people in receipt of benefits;

(b)    not implementing the Waste Strategy until the MK Waste Recovery Park is in full operation;

(c)    a full implementation and communications plan for the Strategy be developed by the Service Director for Public Realm in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Public Realm; and

(d)    the new Strategy be reviewed after not less than 12 months from this decision for its effectiveness, performance against projections, and specifically the impact on the MK Waste Recovery Park.

2.    That resource allocation and spend approval of £0.4m be approved as an addition to the Capital programme 2017 /18.”

The Cabinet’s decision has been called in by:

(a)    Councillors Bald and McLean for the following reasons:

"We do not believe, from the evidence avaialble in the papers and elsewhere, that the actions and changes proposed in the Strategy will meet the stated aim 'To deliver a high quality waste service that provides value for money and costs substantially less than it did in 2016'.

We note that 2016 waste costs may include exceptional charges arising from the delay to the Waste Park and expect these will be adjusted out when comparing costs of the proposed strategy with 2016 costs.

We cite the following major concerns:

1.    The impact of the  new waste strategy fails to adequately consider how changing the behaviour of 104k households will be managed; what the various reactions could  be and how they will be addressed,   including the impact on costs and on the environment.

2.    The changes, despite their impact, were not included in the very recent budget consultation nor were they exposed to the cross party Task and Finish Group set up specifically to look at a new waste strategy.

3.    The quoted annual cost savings of £330k on a total cost of £25m are   marginal and the costs and savings are insufficiently detailed in the financial case to give credence to the strategy.

4.    There is no sensitivity analysis, risk analysis or substantial economic evidence accompanying the costings to demonstrate the strategy will achieve the proposed savings. 

5.    The performance indicator predictions in the strategy are presented without evidence; on these vital indicators affecting 104k households that are not sufficient.

Overall we are unconvinced by the evidence and arguments put forward; we believe that the strategy will fail to meet its objectives and that the Cabinet's decision is unsound.”

(b)    Kents Hill and Monkston Parish Council for the following reasons:

“It is an abuse of process; no consultation; danger of increase in fly-tipping; cost of new scheme; disposal of food waste changing from one scheme to the other.”

A copy of the report and Annex considered by the Cabinet is attached at Item 5.

The Committee is requested to consider the reasons set out in the call-in request and, in accordance with the Council’s Constitution, either:

(a)        refer the item back to the Cabinet, setting out the nature of the Committee’s concerns;

(b)        not refer the item back; or

(c)        refer its views to the Council.

Attendance

Name
No other member attendance information has been recorded for the meeting.
NameReason for Sending ApologySubstituted By
Councillor Paul Alexander Councillor Robin Bradburn
Councillor Derek Eastman Councillor Ric Brackenbury
Councillor Elaine Wales Councillor Charlie Wilson-Marklew
NameReason for AbsenceSubstituted By
No absentee information has been recorded for the meeting.

Declarations of Interests

Member NameItem Ref.DetailsNature of DeclarationAction
No declarations of interest have been entered for this meeting.

Officers in Attendance

Also in attendance at the above meeting were:

Sharon Bridglalsingh (Service Director [Legal and Democratic Services])

Nicole Jones (Corporate Director [Resources])

Tom Blackburne-Maze (Service Director [Public Realm])

Anna Rulton (Strategic Finance Business Partner)

Gill King (Programme Manager [Waste Strategy])

David Proctor (Waste Contracts Manager)

Councillor Bald

Councillor McLean

Councillor D McCall

Councillor Geary


36 Members of public expressed a desire to address the meeting.

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