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Sustainable Environment Policy and Scrutiny Committee - 11 January 2011

Penn Chamber, Three Rivers House11th January 2011

  NOTICE AND AGENDA

For a meeting to be held in the Penn Chamber, Three Rivers House, Rickmansworth, on Tuesday, 11 January 2011 at 7.30pm.

Members of the Policy and Scrutiny Committee:-

Councillors:-

Alison Scarth (Chairman)

Les Mead

 

Peter Wakeling (Vice-Chairman)

Amrit Mediratta

 

Malcolm Butwick

Brian Norman

 

Steve Drury

Ron Spellen

 

David Major

 

David Gardner, Director of Corporate Resources and Governance
30 December 2010

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 16 November 2010 (copy enclosed for Members of the Policy and Scrutiny Committee).

10 11 16 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.

PRIORITIES FOR CAPITAL EXPENDITURE 2011-2014

 

The purpose of this report is to allow the Committee to recommend to the Executive Committee its priorities for capital expenditure.

11 01 11 SE i - (05) capital priorities (doc)

6.

THE INTRODUCTION OF CHARGING FOR PRE APPLICATION ADVICE IN DEVELOPMENT MANAGEMENT

 

This report deals with the introduction of charging for pre application advice in the Development Management Section.  Pre application advice is currently a free service for those who wish to seek an informal opinion from Planning Officers on development proposals.  This report seeks confirmation of the introduction of charges and the level of charging.  The principle of charging was agreed by the Sustainable Environment Policy and Scrutiny Committee as part of the current cost reduction exercise.

11 01 11 SE i - (06) pre application fees (doc)

11 01 11 SE i - (06) pre application fees-app a (doc)

7.

REVIEW OF PARKING ENFORCEMENT INCOME

 

To review options for parking charges.

11 01 11 SE i - (07) parking enf income (doc)

11 01 11 SE i - (07) parking enf-app (doc)

8.

BUS SERVICE SUPPORT 2011/12

 

To agree a level of support for uneconomic bus services in 2011/12.

11 01 11 SE i - (08) bus services (doc)

11 01 11 SE i - (08) bus services-app 1 (doc)

11 01 11 SE i - (08) bus services-app 2 (doc)

9.

A REPORT SEEKING AUTHORISATION FOR THE CONTRACTING OUT OF HOMELESSNESS REVIEWS BY AN INDEPENDENT REVIEWER UNDER SECTION 202 OF THE HOUSING ACT 1996 AND SECTION 69 OF THE DEREGULATION AND CONTRACTING OUT ACT 1994

 

This report provides details of the process for dealing with requests by applicants under Section 202 of the Housing Act 1996 for reviews of the Council’s homelessness decisions.  Officers are seeking authorisation and delegation of powers from Executive to contract out the function of homelessness reviews as part of this process.

11 01 11 SE i - (09) contract out homeless reviews (doc)

10.

AMENDMENT TO THE COUNCIL’S HOUSING ALLOCATION POLICY

 

To amend the Council’s Housing Allocation Policy on bedroom eligibility. Homeseekers (i.e. those not already social housing tenants), including homeless applicants, with one child under two years will be eligible for one-bedroom accommodation with Thrive Homes only. Thrive Homes are the major supplier of social housing in the district having taken over the Council’s housing stock in March 2008.  Only homeseekers and social housing tenants will therefore be eligible for two-bedroom properties if they have at least one child over the age of two years.

11 01 11 SE i - (10) hsg alloc policy (doc)

11.

TRDC LOCAL INVESTMENT PLAN AND INVESTMENT PRIORITIES

 

The Local Investment Plan sets out the Council’s housing and regeneration priorities.

11 01 11 SE i - (11) local inv plan (doc)

11 01 11 SE i - (11) local inv plan-app a (doc)

11 01 11 SE i - (11) local inv plan-app b (doc)

11 01 11 SE i - (11) local inv plan-app c (doc)

SCRUTINY

12.

HERTFORDSHIRE WORKS

 

To review this Council’s membership of the countywide economic development organisation – Hertfordshire Works.

11 01 11 SE i - (12) herts works (doc)

WORK PROGRAMME

13.

WORK PROGRAMME

 

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

11 01 11 SE i - (13) work prog (doc)

11 01 11 SE i - (13) work prog-app 1 (doc)

14.

OTHER BUSINESS – if approved under item 3 above.

15.

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 of business on the grounds that it involves 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.

PROPOSAL TO LET OFFICE ACCOMMODATION, IN BASING HOUSE, HIGH STREET, RICKMANSWORTH

 

It has been agreed that the Police Service will be occupying only part of the ground floor of the East Wing of Three Rivers House and there is therefore approximately 140 sq m of vacant office space remaining in the East Wing. Consequently, staff located on the first floor of Basing House could be moved to the unused space in the East Wing, releasing office area in Basing House which can be offered for let on the open market.

2.

OTHER BUSINESS – if approved under item 3 above.