Agenda and draft minutes

Venue: Committee Room 1, Civic Centre. View directions

Contact: Lisa Thornett 

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence

To receive any apologies for absence from Councillors.

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Simon Carter.

2.

Declarations of Interest

To receive Councillors’ declarations of interest (if any) in relation to any matters on the agenda.

Minutes:

None.

3.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 61 KB

To approve the minutes of the meeting held on 14 March 2019.

Minutes:

RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting held on 14 March 2019 be agreed as a correct record.

4.

Matters arising

Any matters arising from the minutes of the previous meeting.

4a

Houses of Multiple Occupation - Question and Answer Session with the Leader and Portfolio Holders

Minutes:

It was agreed that a briefing note would be circulated to the Working Group which would detail progress made on implementing a town-wide Article 4 Direction, Officer capacity for dealing with enforcement matters surrounding HMOs, and updates on the meetings taking place between Officers at London Boroughs and councils in Essex.

5.

Climate Change Strategy - Initial Report pdf icon PDF 240 KB

Minutes:

The Working Group received an initial report on the work being undertaken by the Council to reduce its environmental impact. The report set out short, medium and longer term actions split into three different work streams.

 

The Working Group considered the work streams and agreed the following items would be moved from medium term to short term:

 

             i)        Consider the building of new carbon neutral Council housing/retrofitting of existing Council housing stock to be carbon neutral;

 

            ii)        Consider planting of wildflower verges to reduce emissions, promote health and wellbeing and increase biodiversity; and

 

           iii)        Installation of water fountains in public places that reduces the use of single use plastic water bottles.

 

The Working Group also agreed that an audit of the electric car charging points in Harlow should be conducted, and that Officers would look at how engine idling restrictions worked in other areas.

 

It was noted that work was underway to install LED street lighting throughout Harlow.

 

RESOLVED that:

 

A     The following items would be moved from medium term to short term:

 

                             i)        Consider the building of new carbon neutral Council housing/retrofitting of existing Council housing stock to be carbon neutral;

 

                            ii)        Consider planting of wildflower verges to reduce emissions, promote health and wellbeing and increase biodiversity; and

 

                           iii)        Installation of water fountains in public places that reduces the use of single use plastic water bottles.

 

B    An audit is conducted in the short term on electric car charging points in Harlow.

 

C    Officers will look at how other councils are implementing car idling restrictions.

6.

Work Plan pdf icon PDF 28 KB

To review the Overview Working Group’s work plan for the current year.

Minutes:

RESOLVED that the Work Plan was noted.

 

7.

Matters of Urgent Business

Such other business which, in the opinion of the Chair, should be received as a matter of urgency by reason of special circumstances to be specified in the minutes.

Minutes:

None.