Agenda and minutes

Strategic Planning & Environment Overview & Scrutiny - Wednesday, 1st December, 2021 7.30 pm

Venue: Conference Room 2

Contact: Corporate and Democratic Support  01442 228209

No. Item



To agree the minutes of the previous meeting.


There were no minutes to be approved


Apologies for Absence

To receive any apologies for absence.


Apologies were received from


Cllr Silwal

Cllr Timmis

Cllr Wilkie

Cllr McDowell

Cllr Rogers


Declarations of Interest

To receive any declarations of interest.


There were no declarations of interest.


Public Participation


There was no public participation.


Consideration of any matter referred to the Committee in relation to Call-In




Action Points from the previous meeting

To Follow


There were no action points to discuss.


Budget Preparations 22/23 pdf icon PDF 351 KB

Additional documents:


          Neighbourhood Delivery

R LeBrun introduced himself as the assistant director of Neighbourhood Delivery looking at (1) proposed savings, (2) proposed resources and (3) new and amended capital bids.

          In terms of savings:

1.      the clean safe green incremental saving of £40,000 in 2022/23 which is due to the amount of newly recuited staff commencing at the bottom of the pay structure and other officers being capped due to driving/skills.

2.      the Waste Transfer Site HRA Recharge saving of an estiamed £20,000 in 2022/23 where the housing and cleaning team pick up rubbish and discharge it at the depot and we can recharge for that waste.

          In terms of growth:

1.      Waste operaitons – additional rounds cost of £200,000 for 2022/23. Route optimsation was last carried out in 2014. More rounds need to be added.

2.      The waste transformation programme - £85,000 for 2022/23. This will look at work around depot services. RLB explained an audit had been carried out in 2018 to identify ways of making waste operations more efficient. The transformation programme resulting from thls audit will also feed into the local plan.

3.      Waste project officer position - £20,000 for 2022/23. RLB noted the importance of education to tackle climate change with this position as it is implementing the waste transformation programme.

4.      £95,000 for vehicles around Poppy Field Cemetary, retrofitting pest control vans to make them multipurpose and adding a vehicle to the fleet for maintaining play areas.

5.      Play area investment of £250,000 in 2022/23 and £250,000 in 2023/24. This is money to replace play areas across Dacorum Borough Council. Specifically looking at the skate park. Part of this is the responisiblty of Dacorum Borough Council and part is the responsibility of Tring Council and the costs will be split accordingly. It was confirmed that this investment did not relate to the play areas that were upgraded 5 years ago.

6.      Waste services IT upgrade - £80,000 for 2022/23. This is linked to the transformation programme.

7.      Gadebridge Park walled gardens pathway improvements - £30,000 in 2022/23.

8.      Litter bin improvement programme of £40,000 in 2022/23 and £35,000 in 2023/24 – this is a replacement of the basket type bins across the borough to replace them for better capacity bins with a greater lifespan.

9.      Sports pitch upgrades of £35,000 in 2022/23 to install new goal posts on adult and junior sports pitches across the borough. In the event that the Football Association can provide external funding, they will do so in the first instance.

10.   Waste transfer site upgrade works of £400,000 in 2022/23 to bring the Cupid Green depot up to standards, as required by a recent Environment Agency audit. It is a statutory requriement to provide this service so this expense is necessary.

11.   Implementing a health and safety database system - £40,000 in 2022/23. Currently health and safety information is held on different systems depending on the department/team involved. This is about implemeting 1 health and safety database across the borough. This  ...  view the full minutes text for item 7.


Work Programme pdf icon PDF 405 KB


          Air quality is to be added to the Work Programme, noting that revised figures from DEFRA are needed before this can be scheduled.


Air quality is to be added to the Work Programme.