Urgent by Reason of the Need to Obtain Approval for Fees and Charges Proposals by 1st April 2012
Agenda Item No.
THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN COUNCIL
CABINET: 14TH MARCH, 2012
REFERENCE FROM SCRUTINY COMMITTEE (ECONOMY AND ENVIRONMENT): 13TH MARCH, 2012
“ VISIBLE SERVICES PROPOSED FEES AND CHARGES FOR 21012/13
The report detailed proposed increases in service charges for functions managed by Visible Services for the financial year 2012/13. Members were advised that the Council delivered a number of chargeable services for the Directorate of Environmental and Economic Regeneration and these charges were set on an annual basis. With the exception of commercial waste and car parking charges, it was proposed to increase charges by 3.75% to assist in covering the cost of inflation. The proposed charges for services were set out in the appendices to the report as detailed below:
· Appendix 1 - Waste Management and Cleansing
· Appendix 2 - Highways and Engineering
· Appendix 3 - Parks and Grounds Maintenance
· Appendix 4 - Parks and Grounds Maintenance and Porthkerry Cemetery.
Committee was informed that due to ongoing increases in landfill charges it was proposed to increase commercial waste charges for residual waste by 10%. Although noting that whilst the above inflation level cost may detrimentally affect a number of commercial businesses, the private sector had a choice as to whether to use the Council’s refuse collection and recycling service or an alternative service provider. The Council, in addition, also had a requirement to pass on the full costs of the service to the commercial sector and not to part subsidise any commercial waste activities via either the Council’s direct budgets or the Welsh Government’ specific waste grants.
Members were also informed that as part of the continuing initiative to increase kerbside recycling, it was proposed not to increase the cost of reusable green bags (currently priced at £1.00) and that the charges for biodegradable sacks would also be set at the same value as the previous five years at 3 sacks for £1.00. In order to limit the use of plastic carrier bags and as part of the Wales Awareness campaign it was further proposed to keep the cost of the jute useable shopping bags to 50p each.
The Operational Manager stated that with regard to coastal car parks it was not proposed to increase these charges but to keep them the same as 2011/12 at £4.00 per day.
In considering the report Members referred to fees and charges for Cosmeston but were advised that this was not within the remit of Visible services the responsibility for that service area lay within the Countryside and Economic projects division.
In the promotion of waste awareness and to assist in the promotion of the sale of jute reusable shopping bags Members suggested that officers should contact Town and Community Councils within the Vale to assist in the campaign.
Having considered the report it was
(1) T H A T the charging and fee proposals for Visible Services as set out in the report and its appendices be accepted.
(2) T H A T the proposed fees and charges for 2012/13 be forwarded to Cabinet for approval.
Reasons for recommendations
(1) To demonstrate the Committee’s approval of the charge increases proposed for 2012/13 as contained within the report and its appendices.
(2) For Executive approval..”
NB. Cllr Gwyn John vacated the room during consideration of this item
Attached as Appendix - Report to Scrutiny Committee (Economy and Environment): 13th March, 2012.