Agenda and minutes

Streetscene and Engineering Scrutiny Committee
Friday, 5th April, 2019 10.00 am

Venue: Committee Rooms A/B - Neath Civic Centre. View directions

Contact: Jason Davies 

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Minutes of the Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 61 KB

Additional documents:


That the Minutes of the meetings held on 10 December, 2018 and 11 January, 2019, be approved.




The Committee chose to scrutinise the following Cabinet Board items:


Combined Highways and Neighbourhood Works Programme 2019/2020


The Committee received information in relation to the Combined Highways and Neighbourhood Works Programme 2019/2020, as contained in the circulated report.


Officers agreed to look at producing a list/map of planned works included in the 2019/20 Works Programme in advance of Member Surgeries.


Following scrutiny the Committee was supportive of the proposal to be considered by Cabinet Board.


New Fixed Penalty Notice in respect of Fly Tipping


The Committee received information in relation to the introduction of a new Fixed Penalty Notice under the “Household Waste Duty of Care Regulations (Wales) 2019”.


It was emphasised that it was the duty of the householder of any domestic property to dispose of waste through an authorised person or a person with authorised transport.  If they fail to comply an authorised officer could serve a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) on householders.


Members discussed how Officers would identify waste if it was found in a lane with numerous houses.  Officers explained that there had to be evidence, and that in some areas the only way to find this evidence was to go through the waste.  It was noted that three additional Enforcement Officers had been hired.


Members questioned the procedure to request a permit.  Officers explained that there was a permit for trade and an exemption scheme for people with additional recyclable waste.  The permits could be obtained on-line or requested over the telephone.


Officers explained that waste was disposed of using authorised transport, a “Duty of Care” Notice was available from the collector, this would show waste was being disposed of properly. The same applied with skips.


Members asked what was the definition of a “small scale fly tip”, Officers clarified that there were guidelines available on the Neath Port Talbot web site, it was added that this was also an element of judgement by the Enforcement Officers.


Members queried whether fly tipping had increased since the change in side waste restrictions.  Officers stated that as this was only implemented on 1 April, 2019 there had not been sufficient time for consistent measures, it was agreed that this would be timetabled in the Forward Work Programme and a report would be brought back to Committee.


Officers informed the Committee that information regarding side waste reduction and fly tipping was available on Neath Port Talbot web site and Facebook pages. It was added that Officers were currently working with a TV Company on an information film.  It was agreed that it was about getting the message out to the public and it was agreed that information could be put into the leaflets sent to every household regarding waste collection over the Christmas period.


It was noted that a permit for waste collection was supplied by Natural Resources Wales, and that the Council did not see this permit.    Officers added that they worked in conjunction with the Police in stopping waste carriers, if they were are unable  ...  view the full minutes text for item 2.


Forward Work Programme pdf icon PDF 80 KB


The Committee was informed that the Forward Work Programme Workshops would be programmed for May/June 2019 in order for the Committee to decide areas to focus on in the new civic year.


Members agreed that if they had any queries regarding the new Waste Strategy they could contact Officers directly. A monitoring report would be brought back to the meeting in approximately twelve months, when more data was available.


The Committee requested for an information report to be brought back to the next meeting on the Missed Bins Collection Policy and process, with a years’ worth of data.


The Committee noted the Forward Work Programme.