Venue: Hybrid - Neuadd Cyngor Ceredigion, Penmorfa, Aberaeron / remotely via video conferrence
Contact: Lisa Evans
Worrall apologised for his inability to attend the meeting.
Disclosures of personal interest (including whipping declarations. Members are reminded of their personal responsibility to declare any personal and prejudicial interest in respect of matters contained in this agenda in accordance with the provisions of the Local Government Act 2000, the Council’s Constitution and the Members Code of Conduct. In addition, Members must declare any prohibited party whip which the Member has been given in relation to the meeting as per the Local Government (Wales) Measure 2011.
Henson, Cabinet Member, explained that the recommendation by Ceredigion County
Council Carbon Management and Climate Change Group (20/06/2022) was for the
committee members to consider the draft Strategy and Action Plan prior to
presentation to Cabinet for formal adoption. It was noted that the Strategy was
in the process of being developed.
Phil Jones referred to the background and the current
situation as outlined in the report.
Chris Wilson provided a presentation to the Committee
focusing on the Current Situation & Locations (appendix 1). It was noted
that the focus of the early stages of the programme was to install EV
charge-points (EVCPs) in County Council-owned or managed public car parks and
Council premises. It was also mentioned that due to potential trip hazards
linked with EVCPs, it would be important to manage this. In respect of the 25%
match-funding by the Welsh Government (WG), ministerial approval is required;
once this is granted, phase one will commence. It was noted that identifying
funding streams for phases 3 and 4 will prove challenging along with attracting
private investment due to the county’s rurality. The number of EVCPs throughout
the county was possibly lower than in more urban areas due to population and
demand. The aim was to provide an even distribution of EVCPs throughout the
county. Despite uncertainty in terms of technology, it would be key to consider
all options including hydrogen.
Members were provided with the opportunity
to ask questions which were answered by Phil Jones and Chris Wilson. The main points raised were as follows:
terms of funding, £420,000 was received from the Welsh Government’s Ultra Low
Emission Transformation Fund (ULEVTF) in the 2021/22 Financial Year. Grant
funding of up to £300,000 has also been allocated to the Council by the Welsh
Local Government Association (WLGA). A sum of £273,171 from the UK Government
has been awarded to enable a second phase during the 2022/23 financial year
(£204,878.20 (75%) from the Office of Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEC) On-street
Residential Charge-point Scheme (ORCS) with the remaining £68,293 (25%) to be
provided as match-funding by the WG).
uncertainty around whether the match-funding (25%) would be given, WG were
aware that there were no private investors in the county. Hopefully, written
confirmation from WG of the funding would be sent in due course. Consideration
of other sources of funding remained key.
Green Energy has assisted the Council following a tendering process to install
and operate the public EVCPs at Penmorfa and Canolfan Rheidol. An agreement is
in place to ensure both the company and the Council have a share of the profit,
which was impacted by the slow take-up.
Strategy is key to the Council’s 2030 net zero carbon ambition and delivery of
the Council’s Net Zero Action Plan. It would also provide access to people who
wish to charge their vehicles.
· No consideration was given to installing EVCPs at schools including the new area school in Dyffryn Aeron; Officers confirmed there was currently a condition ... view the full minutes text for item 3.
Gerwyn Jones provided an overview of Waste
Management Services and highlighted that the service itself had a high profile
in terms of the public. The background to the previous strategy and the need
for a new one to set out the future direction of the service was provided. Reference
was made to the household waste sites, waste transfer stations, contracted out
facilities and the kerbside collection model as outlined in the report. A brief
explanation of the current co-mingled service implemented in 2019 was provided
along with the WG’s preferred method of kerbside sort, as published in WG’s
Collections Blueprint in 2012. In moving forward, there will be significant
pressures to save money- there were currently 9 large lorries (worth around
£186,000) and 7 smaller lorries (worth around £136,000) in the fleet which will
be due for replacement in 3-4 years. Due to the lead-in time for vehicles and
the lengthy options appraisal process, it is vital to consider the strategic
way forward for Ceredigion. Opportunities such as the recent offer of
purchasing two 26-ton lorries for £155,000 each as opposed to £272,000 with the
support of government grants need to be considered. The Officer gave an
overview of the proposed scope of the consultancy work.
Members asked many questions relating to
their area of interest which were answered in turn by Gerwyn Jones. The main
points raised are as follows:
appointment of independent consultants to undertake the work would follow the
fleet of vehicles will need to be in place by 2027-28- due to the complex
technology required and the need to consider different options, the work needs
to begin imminently.
pressures were highlighted- although the team is near capacity, the service runs
at 70% staffing levels due to annual leave, training and illness. In addition,
the Council are not immune to the lack of HGV drivers and technicians- there
are training programmes to attract staff. As the waste service is a priority
for the department, staff in other roles with HGV licences are shared and
agency staff are used occasionally.
that the same routes are impacted on Bank Holidays as most are on Mondays. As
staff were not contracted to work bank holidays, revising staff contracts was
suggested and also a retained scheme similar to the fire service. Further
suggestions were welcomed by the officer.
reported that they increasingly receive calls from the public around waste
collections. The officer suggested directing the public to Clic
or the Council’s website, where efforts were made to share information around
changes to services including performance indicators.
· In response to a member’s question about electric lorries, the officer explained that the staff had trialled a lorry and it had gone well but at present, the lorries were worth around £450,000 each. Consideration should be ... view the full minutes text for item 4.
and Budget Reductions
The Officer clarified there were a team of 4
staff members and a manager who routinely inspected the 2260km of public roads
which the Council were responsible for, by following The Highway Inspection
Code of Inspection. Due to the lack of funding, there was currently a £34
million highway maintenance backlog and as it increases, as the condition of
the roads would obviously deteriorate.
Following a question from a member, the
Officer stated that the introduction of pavement parking legislation proposed
previously by WG may be implemented following the introduction of 20mph speed
limits in due course.
The Chair noted there had been communication
between officers and members around identifying potential roads where 20mph
speed limits should be reduced in each ward under the Welsh Government’s proposal.
There would be an opportunity to revisit this next year.
Councillor Elizabeth Evans acknowledged that
the service had been under significant financial pressure for several years.
She added that consultation between officers and members around the introduction
of 20mph had been beneficial and appreciated.
The Officer clarified that the late grants
awarded by the WG at the end of the financial year may account for the reported
£250,000 underspend from waste disposal.
Following questions by the Members of the
Committee, members agreed to note the services and functions provided by
Highways and Environmental Services.
Matters arising: In response to the Chair’s query
related to whether National Resources Wales had responded to a letter following
the committee held on 11 March 2022, Lisa Evans clarified that no response had
been received despite following up on this several times.
Following a discussion, it was agreed that
another letter from the current Chair would be sent to National Resources Wales
highlighting the members' disappointment and the need for an urgent response.