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Agenda, decisions and minutes

Venue: The Craven Room - Ground Floor, West Offices (G048). View directions

Contact: Louise Cook  Democracy Officer

Webcast: video recording

Items
No. Item

10.

Declarations of Interest

At this point in the meeting, the Executive Member is asked to

declare:

·        any personal interests not included on the Register of

Interests

·        any prejudicial interests or

·        any disclosable pecuniary interests

which he might have in respect of business on this agenda.

Minutes:

The Executive Member confirmed that she had no personal interests not included on the Register of Interests, nor any prejudicial or discloseable pecuniary interests, to declare in the business on the agenda.

 

 

11.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 89 KB

To approve and sign the minutes of the Decision Session held on 7 October 2019.

Minutes:

Resolved:  That the minutes of the Decision Session held on  7 October 2019 be approved and signed by the Executive Member as a correct record.

12.

Public Participation

At this point in the meeting, members of the public who have registered to speak can do so. The deadline for registering is 5.00pm on Friday 8 November 2019.  Members of the public can speak on agenda items or matters within the Executive Member’s remit.

 

To register to speak please contact the Democracy Officer for the meeting, on the details at the foot of the agenda.

 

Filming, Recording or Webcasting Meetings

Please note that, subject to available resources, this meeting will  be filmed and webcast, or recorded, including any registered public speakers who have given their permission. The broadcast can be viewed at http://www.york.gov.uk/webcasts or, if recorded, this will be uploaded onto the Council’s website following the meeting.

 

To register to speak please contact the Democracy Officer for the meeting, on the details at the foot of the agenda.

 

Filming, Recording or Webcasting Meetings

Please note that, subject to available resources, this meeting will be filmed and webcast, or recorded, including any registered public speakers who have given their permission. The broadcast can be viewed at http://www.york.gov.uk/webcasts or, if recorded, this will be uploaded onto the Council’s website following the meeting.

 

Residents are welcome to photograph, film or record Councillors and Officers at all meetings open to the press and public. This includes the use of social media reporting, i.e. tweeting.  Anyone wishing to film, record or take photos at any public meeting should contact the Democracy Officer in advance of the meeting. Contact details are at the foot of this agenda.

 

The Council’s protocol on Webcasting, Filming & Recording of Meetings ensures that these practices are carried out in a manner both respectful to the conduct of the meeting and all those present.  It can be viewed at

 

https://www.york.gov.uk/downloads/file/11406/protocol_for_webcasting_filming_and_recording_of_council_meetings_20160809

 

Minutes:

It was reported that there had been one registration to speak at the session under the Council’s Public Participation Scheme.

 

Cllr Warters, Member for Osbaldwick & Derwent Ward, spoke on Agenda Item 5, Graffiti Removal Policy. He highlighted some gaps within the policy and felt that it should contain a preventative strategy and an enforcement policy. He addressed the difficulties in the current arrangements for reporting graffiti on street telecoms cabinets and would welcome a service level agreement between the Council and the telecoms companies to enable a more simple and effective reporting system. 

 

A written representation was also received from Mr Galloway regarding Agenda Item 5, Graffiti Removal Policy. He welcomed the proposed enhancement of the graffiti removal service but felt that the report failed to address two important aspects of the problem, enforcement and preventative measures. 

13.

Air Quality - Annual Status Report 2018 pdf icon PDF 487 KB

This report details the continuing improvements in air quality monitored across York and progress on delivering the measures in York’s third Air Quality Action Plan, and recommends that the Air Quality Management Area in Fulford be revoked.

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved:

 

(i)           That the contents of the report be noted, including the continuing trend in air quality improvements in York.

 

(ii)         That the decision to revoke the Fulford Road Air Quality Management Area (Order No. 2) (subject to any comments by the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)), be approved.

 

Reason: Concentrations of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) monitored in the Fulford Air Quality Management Area (AQMA) remained well below the health based objective in 2018.  Annual mean concentrations of nitrogen dioxide monitored in this area have not exceeded 35?g/m3 in the last 2 years (the objective level is 40?g/m3)

Minutes:

The Executive Member was asked to consider a report that detailed the continuing improvements in air quality monitored across York and the progress on delivering the measures in York’s Third Air Quality Action Plan (AQAP3) to deliver further improvements. As a result of these improvements, the Executive Member was recommended to revoke the current Air Quality Management Area (AQMA) in Fulford whilst retaining the current air quality monitoring network there.

 

The Assistant Director of Economy and Place and the Public Protection Manager gave an update on the air quality in York following submission of the Annual Status Report to the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) in June 2019. They confirmed that air quality was improving across York and that:

·        The concentrations of NO2 monitored in Fulford over the last 2 years had not exceeded 35.3?g/m3.

·        The concentrations of NO2 monitored in Salisbury Terrace AQMA continued to remain well below the health based annual mean objective of 40?g/m3.

·        The annual mean NO2 concentrations monitored at all but one real-time monitoring station, around the inner ring road, either decreased or remained the same apart from Gillygate, where annual mean concentrations of NO2 had increased by 7.8%.

·        The city centre AQMA would be extended to include Coppergate and the breaches of the short-term hourly objective along George Hudson Street/Rougier Street/Bridge Street would be removed, based on recent monitoring results in this area.

·        National air quality objectives for Particulate Matter (PM10) were currently met at all monitoring locations in York and health based objectives levels for fine particulates (PM25) had not yet been set for local authorities but were well within the EU limit value.

·        The World Health Organisation (WHO) Air Quality Guidelines were currently under revision and would be published in 2020.

 

The Executive Member noted the actions, priorities and challenges going forward and she welcomed the improvements made across the city. 

 

She thanked officers for their report and

 

Resolved:

 

(i)           That the contents of the report be noted, including the continuing trend in air quality improvements in York.

 

(ii)         That the decision to revoke the Fulford Road Air Quality Management Area (Order No. 2) (subject to any comments by Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)), be approved.

 

Reason: Concentrations of Nitrogen dioxide (NO2) monitored in the Fulford Air Quality Management Area (AQMA) remained well below the health based objective in 2018.  Annual mean concentrations of nitrogen dioxide monitored in this area have not exceeded 35?g/m3 in the last 2 years (the objective level is 40?g/m3).

14.

Graffiti Removal Policy pdf icon PDF 171 KB

This report seeks approval for a proposed policy and procedures for the removal of graffiti on property throughout the city, including private property.

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved:

 

(i)           That the Graffiti Policy be approved, and the set of parameters and expectations for the team to operate within, be agreed.

 

(ii)         That the use of a consent form for signing by property owners for graffiti removal from private property be noted. Without written consent from the property owner, City Of York Council would not remove graffiti from private property (except where, in exceptional circumstances, the Council may have chosen to serve a notice on the owner requiring removal of offensive graffiti using statutory powers and the owner had not complied with such a notice). 

 

(iii)        That the proposed charging structure, which will be built into the fees and charges for consideration in budget setting, be noted.

 

Reason: To give effect to the Council decision to fund graffiti removal from private property. 

Minutes:

The Executive Member considered a report that sought approval of a graffiti removal policy and agreed set of parameters and expectations for the team to operate within.

 

The Assistant Director of Transport, Highways and Environment and the Head of Highways and Fleet were in attendance to give an update and they confirmed that the supplementary budget, approved by Full Council, had provided additional funding to extend the removal of graffiti to private property.  They highlighted the proposed policy and procedures regarding  the new graffiti removal service and confirmed that:

 

·        Enforcement action was not within the purview of the Assistant Director of Transport, Highways and Environment or within the Executive Members portfolio but the Council had, in exceptional circumstances, enforcement powers.

 

·        Written consent must be received from the property owner before removing graffiti from private property, however if the property owner refused to give such consent and declined to remove the graffiti themselves, the Council had statutory powers to serve a notice on the owner requiring them to remove graffiti classified as offensive and could enter the land, remove the graffiti itself and recover the cost of doing so from the owner, if the owner did not comply with such notice.

 

·        Graffiti could only be removed from a surface on which graffiti wipes or a specialist pressure washing system could remove it and in some instances, it would be necessary to paint over the graffiti.

 

·        Graffiti removal was offered free of charge to domestic properties and would cost commercial/industrial properties including utility companies/public bodies and other service providers £57m2.

 

·        The ability to remove graffiti and the method used would be assessed on a case by case basis taking the health and safety of the operatives undertaking the work and the potential damage to properties into account.

 

In answer to the Executive Members questions regarding statutory undertakers, officers agreed to discuss the Councils statutory powers with the enforcement team and consult with the statutory undertakers regarding a service level agreement that would permit the Council to improve the current process of reporting, monitoring and removing graffiti from telecoms cabinets.

 

The Executive Member noted the proposed charging structure and thanked officers for their report.

 

Resolved:

 

(i)           That the Graffiti Policy be approved, and the set of parameters and expectations for the team to operate within be agreed.

 

(ii)         That the use of a consent form for signing by property owners for graffiti removal from private property be noted. Without written consent from the property owner, City Of York Council would not remove graffiti from private property (except where, in exceptional circumstances, the Council may have chosen to serve a notice on the owner requiring removal of offensive graffiti using statutory powers and the owner has not complied with such a notice). 

 

(iii)        That the proposed charging structure, which will be built into the fees and charges for consideration in budget setting, be noted.

 

(iv)        That officers be requested to consult with the statutory undertakers regarding a service level agreement that would improve the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 14.

 

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