Venue: Merton Civic Centre
|1. Apologies for absence
Apologies were received from:
|2. Declarations of pecuniary interest
There were no declarations of pecuniary interest.
|3. Minutes of the previous meeting PDF 90 KB
The minutes were agreed as a true and accurate record of the previous meeting, with one addition as below.
“The Panel requested Cabinet identify timescales for the Idverde recommendations. Cllr Natasha Irons, Cabinet Member for Local environment, agreed to return to the Panel in June with timeframes for these, with the caveat that the timeframes presented back could change”.
|4. Waste and Street Cleansing PDF 284 KB
The item was introduced by Cllr Natasha Irons, Cabinet Member for Local Environment, Green Spaces and Climate Change.
Paper focuses on delivery model, not spec (that will be the next phase).
Current satisfaction rates are 63% satisfaction rate for waste collection and 30% for street cleaning.
Various options were considered – insourcing, outsourcing, joint venture, arm’s length. All options were analysed based on BAU (business as usual) and the recommendation is to split the service. Contracting out collections will give us more resilience and the opportunity to use the technical know how of the wider industry. Also, we don’t have the capacity to bring that service in house. This recommendation will also enable us to take control of street cleaning.
The Chair invited questions on the review in general – so looking at how the review was put together, the considerations in the choices of services put forward to scrutinise etc. In response to Panel Member’s questions, the Cabinet Member for Local Environment, Green Spaces, and Climate Change gave further information:
The Chair invited questions on the assessment of the best value solutions- how the council carried out its analysis of the options put forward such as the metrics it chose to look at it etc. The Cabinet Member for Local Environment, Green Spaces and Climate Change and the Assistant Director of Public Space provided further information.
The Chair invited recommendations from the Panel.
A Panel Member asked if the spec for waste collections could be presented to the Sustainable Communities Panel before going out to tender. The Assistant Director for Public Space responded that there are statutory requirements for the waste specification and the spec will need to be provided to GLA by a certain deadline. The street cleaning spec, however, could come to Panel as we have 18 months to mobilise and develop that service.
There are two separate timelines for the services and subject to dialogue with external market and Cabinet before awarding any contract, there are several interjections where scrutiny could play a role.
The Panel RESOLVED (all votes in favour) to send the following recommendations to Cabinet.
A Panel member asked whether the Clarion Housing model to install underground waste bins in some of the newer blocks in the high path estate, could be rolled out further and extended to areas where it’s suitable (flats above shops for example). The Cabinet Member explained that again, we need to see what the Environment Bill contains because it would require investment in heavy infrastructure.
The Chair brought the meeting to a close and thanked everyone for attending.
|5. Resident Insight Report PDF 2 MB
This was taken with Item 4.
|6. Exempt Appendix A
This was taken with Item 4.