Decision Maker: Environment Committee
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: No
Is subject to call in?: No
Councillor Alan Schneiderman – Protecting the Welsh Harp
Councillor Alan Schneiderman was invited by the Chairman to introduce the item. Councillor Schneiderman gave a summary of the issue and requested that the Committee give support to this item.
The Chairman noted that at the last meeting there had been a request for an update and therefore the Executive Director for Environment provided a verbal update.
During the debate the Governance Officer in attendance noted that recruitment decisions to Officer posts was not in the remit of the Environment Committee. It was further noted that the recruitment decision of a biodiversity Officer was within the realm of the Executive Director for Environment and that power was contained within the Chief Officer’s Scheme of Delegation.
The Chairman noted his support for the item and said that the efforts of volunteers in clearing up the Welsh Harp should be recognised and therefore the Committee’s thanks were noted.
During the consideration of the item Councillor Alan Schneiderman made a request that his item be voted on, he therefore moved the following which the then Chairman then put this to the vote.
1. That the Committee requested the recruitment of an in-house council biodiversity officer and asks the Executive Director for Environment to come back to the committee with options and arrangements for doing this.
For – 4
Against – 6
2. That the Committee requested that Policy and Resources Committee considers the use of strategic CIL funding for the Welsh Harp.
3. There is a commitment to using the remaining s106 'SSSI mitigation fund' on protecting and enhancing the Welsh Harp and implementing the new 'vision document' when it is adopted.
4. The Council will continue consulting with local conservation and community groups.
Councillor Laithe Jajeh requested to add the following resolution, this was put to the vote:
5. That the Committee requested that the Environment Committee bring back a progress report to a future including an executive summary of the work of roles and responsibility of the various groups associated with the Welsh harp and what they do.
Geof Cooke – Barnet Citizen’s Climate emergency Panel
Councillor Geof Cooke was invited by the Chairman to introduce the item. Councillor Cooke gave a summary of the issue and requested that the Committee supported his item. He stated that there was a climate emergency.
The Committee had the opportunity to consider this item. The Chairman put this to the vote.
1. To declare a climate emergency.
For – 4
Against – 5
Abstained – 1
2. Ensure that all Council’ decision-making reporting processes includes an assessment on environmental impact, and therefore this be added to Council’s reporting framework. That the Committee requested this be reported to the Constitutional and General Functions Committee, if required.
All – as amended above.
3. To set up a Barnet citizen's climate emergency panel to support the development of climate change and sustainability action plans and to monitor the council's progress in implementing the plans and mitigating climate change.
Against – 6
4. To start a recruitment process for the panel, inviting Barnet residents and representatives from businesses, community groups and local climate change and environmental groups to join.
For – 4
Councillor Laurie Williams was invited by the Chairman to introduce the item. He gave a summary of the issue and requested that the Committee supported his item.
The Committee considered the item, in doing so the Chairman stated he fully supported the item. He therefore requested the matter be voted on.
The Environment Committee unanimously agreed that:
- The Environment Committee requested a report or future item on how through Council maintenance, the below be can be enhanced
o That Hedges allow wildlife to move about between gardens and other spaces and provide feeding and breeding opportunities.
Councillor Claire Farrier was invited by the Chairman to introduce the item. She gave a summary of the issue and requested that the Committee supported her item.
Councillor Peter Zinkin said that the decision to suspend food waste collection was done with the Mayors Officers. He spoke in detail on the subject and concluded that he was unable to support the item.
Councillor Farrier requested that the below be voted on.
1. That the council makes a firm commitment to restart separate food waste collections.
2. That the Environment Committee should receive a report at the next meeting on 6 October 2021 setting out details of how food waste collections will be restarted, including the timescale, cost and communications plan.
That the item be noted
Publication date: 09/07/2021
Date of decision: 02/06/2021
Decided at meeting: 02/06/2021 - Environment Committee