Agenda and minutes

Covid-19 Recovery, Shareholder Sub Committee
Thursday, 18th February, 2021 7.30 pm

Venue: Zoom - Online. View directions

Contact: Adam Rees 

No. Item


Apologies for absence




Declarations of Interest

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




Minutes pdf icon PDF 188 KB

To approve the minutes of the meeting held on 29 September 2020.


RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting held on 29 September 2020 are agreed as a correct record and signed by the Leader.


Matters Arising

Any matters arising from the minutes of the previous meeting.


In response to questions about electric vehicles John Phillips, Managing Director HTS (Property and Environment) Ltd, informed the Sub Committee that HTS’ current electric fleet were being used for short journeys and were lasted for the entire day. HTS was looking to invest in more electric vehicles as it renewed its fleet. There were some issues around transit sized vans due to the size of the battery. HTS had been in contact with Jewsons about the use of just in time delivery so that operatives can take tools in a smaller vehicle.


Operation and Finance Report pdf icon PDF 1004 KB


John Phillips, Managing Director HTS (Property and Environment) Ltd, presented a report on HTS’ operational and financial performance. He explained that overall performance had been good, and that lessons had been learnt from the first lockdown.


In response to questions about tree works, John Phillips said that HTS was looking to develop a tree maintenance programme that would allow it become more proactive. This involved discussions with the Council about the logging of trees and buildings so a long term approach could be taken.


John Phillips explained that the lessons learnt from the first lockdown included focussing on the prioritisation of works, once non-essential work could re-commence, as well as improvement in how HTS could protect its staff and customers from Covid-19. There was currently an estimated six months’ worth of work which needed to be carried out. Performance on street scene would improve as things became closer to normal.


RESOLVED that the report was noted.


Emerging from Covid-19 (Lockdown 3) pdf icon PDF 228 KB


John Phillips said that HTS had learnt from experience, and from others, on how to emerge from lockdown. HTS understood what order it needed to take actions, but the timescales were not clear yet and would depend on changes to Government guidance.


It was agreed that another meeting of the Sub Committee would be arranged before the currently scheduled meeting in July to discuss recovery.


RESOLVED that the report was noted.


Action Plan for Business Resilience and Efficiency pdf icon PDF 239 KB


John Phillips presented an action plan for business resilience and recovery. In response to questions by Councillor Johnson, John Phillips said it hoped that the HTS (Housing and Regeneration) Ltd five business plan would be considered at the July Sub Committee meeting, but because of the pandemic that may no longer be possible.


RESOLVED that the action plan was noted.


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.