Venue: Council Chamber, Civic Centre, Hanbury Road, Pontypool, NP4 6YB
Contact: Rachel Beale
Senior Business Support Officer - Democratic Services
Welcome & Apologies / Croeso ac Ymddiheuriadau
Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Giles Davies,
Dave Thomas and Co-opted Member Alun Williams.
Declarations of Interest / Datganiadau o Fuddiant
2.1 There were no
Minutes - 06/03/2019 / Cofnodion - 06/03/2019 PDF 402 KB
The minutes of the meeting held on 6th March 2019 were confirmed as
an accurate record.
Minutes - 28/03/2019 / Cofnodion - 28/03/2019 PDF 414 KB
The minutes of the meeting held on 28th March 2019 were confirmed
as an accurate record.
Action Sheet / Taflen Weithredu PDF 130 KB
Members noted the action sheet and asked for an update on the
outstanding actions. The Senior Business Support Officer
(Democratic Services) agreed to provide Members with an update via
The Development of a Litter Strategy / Datblygu Strategaeth Sbwriel PDF 303 KB
The Chair welcomed Councillor Fiona Cross, Executive Member for
Environment, the Assistant Chief Officer, Environment and
Technical, Group Leader, Natural Environment Policy &
Streetscene Operations and the Street Scene Operations Co-ordinator
to the workshop.
Councillor Cross thanked Members for agreeing to accept the item to
discuss as it was important that the Scrutiny Committee were
involved in the development of the Litter Strategy.
Councillor Cross gave an introduction commenting on the
development of a Litter Strategy was needed as Clean and Green was
one of the Council’s Corporate Priorities.
Council had received a positive reaction to the Council’s
Spring Clean initiative and there were many residents who were
committed to tackling litter, however there was a need for more
volunteers to help with litter picking.
was not acceptable to drop litter, but when people saw litter on
the floor they felt that the behaviour was acceptable.
was important to prevent and change behaviour using nudge
principals. It was unacceptable to think that if there were no bins
in the location that it was okay to drop litter.
- Keep Wales Tidy issued posters around the community last year
which had a pair of eyes on them which gave the impression that you
were being watched, which was a good way to help prevent
- Chewing Gum and Cigarettes were not seen by everyone as items of
litter, however they had a big impact on the environment and were
often found in water courses.
agreed that the presence of bins enabled people to make the right
decision, however the Council currently did not have a budget for
the installation of new bins.
- Council owned bins were currently being inputted on the
Council’s GIS system to be able to identify where all bins
- There were occasions when the waste and recycling collectors
dropped litter which was a result of residents not containing their
- Councillor Cross wanted solutions for the future and the litter
strategy would help make more efficient use of resources and work
on the preventative element.
The Chair felt that it was great that the committee were being
consulted before the strategy was developed and asked Members
whether they felt there was a requirement for a Litter
Members unanimously agreed that there was a need for the
development of a Litter Strategy and offered the following
was surprising that the Council did not have a budget for new or
replacement bins and asked whether it would be possible for the
Community Councils in the borough to help fund new and replacement
bins and for Torfaen Council to engage with the Community Councils
on the development on the strategy.
- Members added that each Community Council had already funded
bins in their localities, however relied on Torfaen Council to
empty the bins.
A4042 dual carriageway was a big source of litter and it was costly
to pick up the litter due to having to have ...
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Date of Next Meeting / Dyddiad y Cyfarfod Nesaf
The Chair informed Members that the next Committee Meeting would
take place in September, however there would be a visioning session
Members thanked the Chair for his work throughout the year and
stated their appreciation on the marvellous work on the Task and
Finish Group given the remit and time scales.