Agenda and minutes

WORKSHOP, Cleaner Communities Overview & Scrutiny Committee
Thursday, 9th May, 2019 1.30 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, Civic Centre, Hanbury Road, Pontypool, NP4 6YB

Contact: Rachel Beale  Senior Business Support Officer - Democratic Services

No. Item


Welcome & Apologies / Croeso ac Ymddiheuriadau


1.1       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 interests declared.


Minutes - 06/03/2019 / Cofnodion - 06/03/2019 pdf icon PDF 402 KB


3.1       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 icon PDF 414 KB


4.1       The minutes of the meeting held on 28th March 2019 were confirmed as an accurate record.


Action Sheet / Taflen Weithredu pdf icon PDF 130 KB


5.1       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 email. 


The Development of a Litter Strategy / Datblygu Strategaeth Sbwriel pdf icon PDF 303 KB

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6.1       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.


6.2       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.


6.3       Councillor Cross gave an introduction commenting on the following:

  • The development of a Litter Strategy was needed as Clean and Green was one of the Council’s Corporate Priorities.
  • The 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.
  • It was not acceptable to drop litter, but when people saw litter on the floor they felt that the behaviour was acceptable.
  • It 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 litter.
  • 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.
  • She 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 were situated.
  • There were occasions when the waste and recycling collectors dropped litter which was a result of residents not containing their waste correctly.
  • 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.


6.4       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 Strategy.


6.5       Members unanimously agreed that there was a need for the development of a Litter Strategy and offered the following views:

  • It 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. 
  • The A4042 dual carriageway was a big source of litter and it was costly to pick up the litter due to having to have  ...  view the full minutes text for item 6.


Date of Next Meeting / Dyddiad y Cyfarfod Nesaf


7.1       The Chair informed Members that the next Committee Meeting would take place in September, however there would be a visioning session in June.


7.2       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.