Agenda and decisions

Cabinet Member for Environment and Planning Decisions
Thursday, 23 March 2017 10.00 am

Venue: Ashcombe Suite, County Hall, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey KT1 2DN. View directions

Contact: Andrew Baird 

No. Item



    All Members present are required to declare, at this point in the meeting or as soon as possible thereafter

    (i)            Any disclosable pecuniary interests and / or

    (ii)           Other interests arising under the Code of Conduct in respect of any item(s) of business being considered at this meeting


    ·         Members are reminded that they must not participate in any item where they have a disclosable pecuniary interest

    ·         As well as an interest of the Member, this includes any interest, of which the Member is aware, that relates to the Member’s spouse or civil partner (or any person with whom the Member is living as a spouse or civil partner)

    ·         Members with a significant personal interest may participate in the discussion and vote on that matter unless that interest could be reasonably regarded as prejudicial.





Members' Questions


Public Questions



    Notice of Petition


    Received from Mrs Janet Holah, 7060 signatures


    The new recycling and waste charges to be introduced on 1st September 2016 are exorbitant and will mean that the problem of fly tipping will increase. Only being able to take one bag per day will result in people making daily trips. How environmentally friendly is that? Hundreds of cars making additional journeys and sitting in queues at the dump! I don't think this policy has been thought through as, far from generating an income for the County Council, it will cost them as much, if not more, in having to clear up all the fly tipping which is sure to result.


    A response will be tabled at the meeting.


    Notice of Petition


    Received from Mr Michael Gibson, 4250 signatures


    The Council’s plan to cut funding under its 50-year agreement with the Surrey Wildlife Trust to zero by 2021 will result in all the jobs of the Trust’s 16 rangers becoming redundant. Few of these very experienced and dedicated staff are going to be re-employed in the much smaller organisation that will replace them. The loss of experience and capacity will be highly detrimental to Surrey’s countryside - the likelihood is that footpaths and bridleways will not be properly maintained; woodlands, downlands and heaths will increasingly be taken over by scrub and invasive plants, and sensitive habitats - heaths, chalk downland and coppiced woodlands (homes to nationally rare and threatened species such as the dormouse) will be lost. If we care about and enjoy the places that make Surrey special, these unnecessary and damaging funding cuts must be reversed. The funding to avoid these job losses is small – less than 15p per head of population – in comparison to the risk of the harm caused.


    A response will be tabled at the meeting.



    That the petition responses, attached as annex 1, be approved.