Agenda and minutes

Communities and Economic Development Cabinet Advisory Board - Wednesday, 21st August, 2019 6.30 pm

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Venue: Committee Room A, Town Hall, Royal Tunbridge Wells, TN1 1RS. View directions

Contact: Mark O'Callaghan  Scrutiny and Engagement Officer

Items
No. Item

COM9/19

Apologies for Absence pdf icon PDF 5 KB

To receive any apologies for absence.

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Simmons. Councillor Ms Palmer was not present.

COM10/19

Declarations of Interests pdf icon PDF 6 KB

To receive any declarations of interest by members of the Council in items on the agenda. For any advice on declarations of interest, please contact the Monitoring Officer before the meeting.

Minutes:

Councillor Hamilton noted that she was a member of Kent County Council which was a party to the Kent and Medway Energy and Low Emissions Strategy under consideration on the agenda. However, this did not constitute a beneficial interest.

COM11/19

Notification of Visiting Members Wishing to Speak pdf icon PDF 6 KB

To note any members of the Council wishing to speak, of which due notice has been given in accordance with Council Meeting Procedure Rule 18, and which items they wish to speak on.

Minutes:

Councillor Dr Basu was registered, as the relevant Portfolio Holder, to speak on item COM14/19.

COM12/19

Minutes of the meeting dated 05 June 2019 pdf icon PDF 191 KB

To approve the minutes of a previous meeting as a correct record. The only issue relating to the minutes that can be discussed is their accuracy.

Minutes:

Councillor Bruneau noted that in relation to the discussion on Public Art Guidance at minute COM6/19, it had been her intention to highlight to potential financial burden on residents and suggested adding “and residents” to the final bullet item.

 

RESOLVED –

 

1.    That minute COM6/19 be amended to add the words “and residents” to the end of the final bullet point; and

 

2.    That, subject to the above amendment, the minutes of the meeting dated 05 June 32019 be approved as a correct record.

COM13/19

Work Programme as at 24 July 2019 pdf icon PDF 160 KB

To note the Board’s forward work programme as attached.

Minutes:

Members considered the work programme. In response to a question from Councillor Ellis, Councillor March agreed to look into the expected Economic Development Healthcheck report. No amendments were proposed.

 

RESOLVED – That the Work Programme as at 24 July 2019 be noted.

COM14/19

Draft Kent and Medway Energy and Low Emissions Strategy - Councils Consultation Response pdf icon PDF 225 KB

To consider and provide a recommendation to Cabinet on the proposals set out in the attached report.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Councillor Dr Basu, as the relevant Portfolio Holder, had registered to speak. He and Karin Grey, Sustainability Manager, introduced the report set out in the agenda which included the following points:

·         Climate change was a particular concern and everybody needed to take action.

·         There was a typographical error in paragraph 1.1 of the report which would be corrected when the report was submitted to Cabinet.

·         The strategy was supported by Kent Leaders and Kent Chief Executives

·         The strategy was not intended to duplicate but to compliment other policies.

·         Officers’ response to the consultation urged more ambitious responses

·         The strategy would provide a strong evidence base on which to make sound policy

 

Discussion included the following points:

·         Air quality in Hawkhurst was poor and the monitoring tubes were inappropriate for the task. Complaints about taxis idling outside the station were insignificant compared to the miles of traffic queues in Hawkhurst.

·         Monitoring tubes provided average reading which were most useful in the circumstances. Alternative equipment to provide more frequent readings was expensive and would not affect the action taken. Air quality in Hawkhurst did not exceed safety limits.

·         Pollution levels could always be reduced further but were not currently at problem levels.

·         A significant number of new homes were planned for the Borough which would increase vehicle journeys.

·         The draft responses were out in the papers had been formulated through a collaborative approach amongst several teams in the Council.

·         The strategy talked about supporting various initiatives but lacked specific actions.

·         There needed to be greater action on cycle and active travel routes to reduce the number of car journeys.

·         People needed to take responsibility, idling in a car was an offence which could be reported.

·         Further reductions in pollution would need to utilise new technology, smart energy and simply the planting of trees. Links to biodiversity should be highlighted in the strategy.

·         Technology was moving quickly, adoption of electric vehicles to replace combustion engines was mandated by the Government.

·         Use of the title ‘strategy’ was misleading as it was too vague and lacked a definitive ‘end state’

·         The strategy was a good start which fit into a wider plan. Action should start sooner rather than later.

·         The strategy was intended to be high level but included an implementation plan which had milestones and measures.

·         The targets set out in the strategy were those agreed by the constituent council for the Kent and Medway area. Kent County Council had its own targets under consideration.

·         Aviation and maritime pollution was an important factor as demonstrated by the restrictions imposed on development in the Ashdown Forest area. Whilst aviation and maritime pollution was outside the scope of the strategy, greater lobbying of Government could be suggested.

·         Dumped aviation fuel would be an environmental contamination issue rather than an air quality issue.

·         Bus companies were reducing emissions by retrofitting diesel engines and moving towards electrification. The Council could not order Bus companies to change. The change would be gradual but could be helped by bidding  ...  view the full minutes text for item COM14/19

COM15/19

Urgent Business pdf icon PDF 6 KB

To consider any other items which the Chairman decides are urgent, for the reasons to be stated, in accordance with Section 100B(4) of the Local Government Act 1972.

Minutes:

There was no urgent business.

COM16/19

Date of the Next Meeting pdf icon PDF 6 KB

To note that the date of the next scheduled meeting is Wednesday 02 October 2019 at 6.30pm.

Minutes:

The next meeting was scheduled for Wednesday 02 October 2019 at 6.30pm.