The item was introduced by the Area Council Manager, who reminded Members that the current contract providing advice services would finish at the end of June, 2019. From 1st July, 2019 a new contract would commence, which would provide a similar service, but with triage strengthened to ensure those not able to be seen would also be assisted.
The new Tidy Team contract commenced on 1st April, 2019, and featured an increasing focus on environmental education. Members noted that there would be a steering group convened shortly and the attendance of community activists and residents was encouraged.
Members heard how the contract with Kingdom Security to provide environmental enforcement finished at the end of March, 2019. Though there were no targets for issuing of Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) the numbers issued in the final quarter were drastically reduced when compared to previous quarters. Queries had been raised whether the target for patrolling hours had been met. Evidence for this was being sought, and currently payment was being withheld until this information was forthcoming.
The delays in recruiting the Private Sector Housing Officer were noted, and the candidate was expected to start in approximately 8 weeks, pending confirmation of appropriate checks. Members noted the difficulty in recruiting and the educational requirements of the post.
RESOLVED that the report be noted.