Agenda and minutes

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Declarations of Disclosable Pecuniary or Personal Interests and/or Non-Registrable Interests


No declarations of interest were made.


Minutes pdf icon PDF 81 KB



that the minutes of the meeting of the Panel held on 21 July 2022, be

received and approved as a correct record.


Scrutiny Review: Dog Fouling and Littering pdf icon PDF 103 KB


The Chairman introduced the report and reminded the Panel that the ‘Dog Fouling and Littering’ review had been added to the Scrutiny Work Programme by the Overview and Scrutiny Committee in June 2022.  Having already held one meeting to discuss the topic in July 2022, Members were now poised to gain insight into how littering and dog fouling issues were currently being addressed within the portfolios of the two Executive Lead Members in attendance at the meeting.


The Chairman welcomed the following Members/Officers to the meeting:


·       Robert Docherty (Director of Place and Communities)

·       Alastair Blunkett (Assistant Director for Neighbourhoods and Environment)

·       Councillor Helen-Ann Smith (Deputy Leader and Executive Lead Member for Community Safety and Crime Reduction)

·       Councillor Samantha Deakin (Executive Lead Member for Parks, Town Centres and Environmental Services.)


The Panel undertook a Question/Answer session and deliberated on a series of discussion topics as follows:




What work is being undertaken to find a replacement service now the WISE pilot contract has ended?

The Council is looking at an internal solution following the end of the WISE contract.  No Government funding is available so the Council will be seeing a budget deficit once a new system is in place.  All options are being considered with one being the intermittent use of agency staff in hotspot areas (Cllr. Helen-Ann Smith)


Are we currently still issuing Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) in hotspot areas?

Yes, the Community Protection Officers (CPOs) are still undertaking this enforcement role amongst a vast array of other duties (Cllr. HAS)


Residents are now reporting incidences of littering and dog fouling through the ADC online portal which has proved effective.  Recent and comparative data in respect of this service will be submitted to the January 2023 meeting for consideration (Alastair Blunkett)


As the enforcement work undertaken by WISE was cost neutral to the Council, how can we replicate the service without additional cost?

Similar companies to WISE are on the market and other authorities are providing the service by covering the cost of agency staff with the income generated from fines but should an internal solution be preferred, there will almost inevitably be a growth in budget to cover costs (AB)


WISE were very efficient in their enforcement measures if not somewhat over-zealous at times and were also cost-neutral to the Council. This is what is needed to keep the streets/parks clean, and the Council should have continued with the contract.  It is now going to cost the tax-payer money to provide another solution.


A service review of the Community Protection and Waste Collection Teams are underway at present and any potential savings/efficiency measures from this will be examined as part of all the options for a replacement service going forward. (Robert Docherty)

What were the issues surrounding the enforcement methods used by WISE?

Many complaints were received that WISE employees were persistently following people (oftentimes women) and making them feel vulnerable and uncomfortable.  They were failing to have their camera equipment operational at all times and were  ...  view the full minutes text for item SB.7