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Sustainable Environment Policy and Scrutiny Committee - 10 June 2008

Penn Chamber, Three Rivers House10th June 2008

NOTICE AND AGENDA

For a meeting to be held in the Penn Chamber, Three Rivers House, Rickmansworth, on Tuesday, 10 June 2008 at 7.30pm.

Members of the Policy and Scrutiny Committee:-

Councillors:-

Peter Wakeling (Chairman)

Graham Denman

 

Brian Norman (Vice-Chairman)

Barbara Lamb MBE

 

Mary Connolly

David Major

 

Kerron Cross

Les Mead

 

Harry Davies

 

David Gardner, Director of Corporate Resources and Governance
2 June 2008

The Policy and Scrutiny Committee welcomes contributions from members of the public to its discussion on agenda items.  Contributions will be limited to one person speaking for and one against each item for not more than three minutes.  Please note that, in the event of registering your interest to speak on an agenda item but not taking up that right because the item is deferred, you will automatically be given the right to speak on that item at the next meeting of the Policy and Scrutiny Committee.  Details of the procedure and the list for registering the wish to speak will be available for a short period before the meeting.

1.

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

2.

MINUTES

 

To confirm as a correct record the Minutes of the meeting held on 22 April 2008 (copy enclosed for Members of the Policy and Scrutiny Committee).

08 04 22 SE mins (doc)

3.

NOTICE OF OTHER BUSINESS

 

Items of other business notified under Council Procedure Rule 31 to be announced, together with the special circumstances that justify their consideration as a matter of urgency.  The Chairman to rule on the admission of such items.

4.

DECLARATION OF INTERESTS

 

To receive any declarations of interest.

 

POLICY

5.

A NEW HOUSING ALLOCATION POLICY AND HERTS CHOICE HOMES SUB-REGIONAL CHOICE BASED LETTING SCHEME

 

This report introduces a new Housing Allocation Policy proposal and “Herts Choice Homes” – sub-regional choice based letting scheme to replace the existing Housing Policy and officer led process of allocating social housing. 

It also proposes a new way of letting properties within the terms of the new policy – through Herts Choice Homes a sub-regional choice based lettings scheme.

The report summarises the results of consultation on the new Housing Allocation Policy and the choice based lettings approach.

08 06 10 SE i - (05) hsg allocs policy (doc)

08 06 10 SE i - (05) hsg allocs policy-app a (doc)

08 06 10 SE i - (05) hsg allocs policy-app b (doc)

08 06 10 SE i - (05) hsg allocs policy-app c (doc)

08 06 10 SE i - (05) hsg allocs policy-app d (doc)

6.

THE HOUSING RENEWAL GRANTS (AMENDMENT) (ENGLAND) REGULATIONS 2008 AND THE DISABLED FACILITIES GRANTS (MAXIMUM AMOUNT AND ADDITIONAL PURPOSES (ENGLAND) ORDER 2008

 

To report on the increase of the maximum Disabled Facilities Grant that must be paid and the new discretion for Local Authorities to impose a limited charge on adapted properties of owner occupiers if it is sold within 10 years.

08 06 10 SE i - (06) hsg renewal grants (doc)

 

SCRUTINY

7.

HOMELESSNESS STRATEGY ACTION PLAN 2003/08 – MONITORING REPORT

 

This report updates Members on the Homelessness Strategy Action Plan for the period April 2007 – March 2008.  The report also details the new draft Homelessness Strategy Action Plan 2008-13.

08 06 10 SE i - (07) homelessness strategy (doc)

08 06 10 SE i - (07) homelessness strategy-app a (doc)

 

8.

REVIEW OF SOUTH WEST HERTFORDSHIRE TRANSPORTATION STRATEGY – CONSULTATION DRAFT MAY 2008

 

To endorse the Review.

08 06 10 SE i - (08) review of s w herts transp strategy (doc)

9.

SERVICE PLAN 2007/10 MONITORING AND REPORTING FRAMEWORK

 

The purpose of reporting the service plans to the Committee is to enable Members to monitor ongoing performance up to the year end against a range of issues and to question the Head of Service on these and other service-related matters.

 

08 06 10 SE i - (9a) building control q4 (doc)

08 06 10 SE i - (9a) building control q4-app a (doc)

08 06 10 SE i - (9c) dev plans and transport q4 (doc)

08 06 10 SE i - (9c) dev plans and transport q4-app a (doc)

08 06 10 SE i - (9e) plan policy and admin q4 (doc)

08 06 10 SE i - (9e) plan policy and admin q4-app a (doc)

10.

SUSTAINABILITY WORK PROGRAMME

 

This report, with attached appendices, advises the Committee of the work programme for the new Sustainable Unit following the recent Council departmental re-structure.

08 06 10 SE i - (10) sustainability work prog (doc)

08 06 10 SE i - (10) sustainability wp-app a (doc)

08 06 10 SE i - (10) sustainability wp-app b (doc)

08 06 10 SE i - (10) sustainability wp-app c (doc)

11.

SUSTAINABLE ENVIRONMENT POLICY AND SCRUTINY COMMITTEE’S WORK PROGRAMME

 

To review and make necessary changes to the Policy and Scrutiny Committee’s work programme.

08 06 10 SE i - (11) work prog (doc)

08 06 10 SE i - (11) work prog-app a (doc)

12.

OTHER BUSINESS – if approved under item 3 above.

13.

EXCLUSION OF PRESS AND PUBLIC

 

If the Committee wishes to consider the remaining item in private, it will be appropriate for a resolution to be passed in the following terms:

 

“That under Section 100A of the Local Government Act 1972 the press and public be excluded from the meeting for the following item(s) of business on the grounds that they involve the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined under Paragraph 3 of Part I of Schedule 12A to the Act. It has been decided by the Council that in all the circumstances, the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.”

 

(Note:  If other confidential business is approved under item 3, it will also be necessary to specify the class of exempt or confidential information in the additional items).

1.

GADE VIEW GARDENS PROGRESS REPORT

 

To update Members on the delay and redevelopment issues in connection with Gade View Gardens.