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Appointment of Vice-Chairperson for the remainder of the Municipal Year 2022/23
Apologies and Deputy Members
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Minutes of the previous meeting held on 6 December 2022.
That the minutes of the previous meeting held on the 6 December 2022 be approved and adopted.
To receive and note questions asked and statements made from members of the public on matters which fall within the remit of the Committee.
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Georgina Palmer (also reading statements on behalf of James Murray and Councillor Mark Smith of Otterbourne Parish Council), Councillor Cook, Councillor Thompson (reading a statement on behalf of Danny Chambers), Dr Martin Burton, Ian Diver, Howard Boardman, Councillor Frances Strange (Chairman of Compton and Shawford Parish Council), Nicola Williams, Dr Paul Spencer (on behalf of Winchester BID) and Councillor Wallace spoke raising questions and comments in respect of agenda Item 6 (Water Quality), as summarised under the relevant minute below.
In addition, Tim Perry and Ian Tait addressed the committee in relation to agenda item 7 (Winchester District Youth Provision) and their comments are summarised under the relevant minute below.
Water Quality: Representatives from Natural England and Southern Water in attendance (Verbal Update)
The Chairperson welcomed Graham Horton of Natural England and Toby Willison (Director of Environment) and Rena Perri (Stakeholder Engagement Manager) from Southern Water to the meeting to provide a verbal update following the motion taken to Council on 6 July 2022. The detailed matters in the motion had been referred to the committee, for a better understanding of the current levels of pollution and remedial action being taken to enable conclusions to be published to inform local community action groups. In addition, Southern Water were also asked to address the committee in light of the impact of water outages on residents within the Winchester district and wastewater discharges into waterways.
Georgina Palmer (also reading statements on behalf of James Murray and Councillor Mark Smith of Otterbourne Parish Council), Councillor Cook, Councillor Thompson (reading a statement on behalf of Danny Chambers), Dr Martin Burton, Ian Diver, Howard Boardman, Councillor Frances Strange (Chairman of Compton and Shawford Parish Council), Nicola Williams, Dr Paul Spencer (on behalf of Winchester BID) and Councillor Wallace addressed the Committee. In summary, they made reference to the following points and raised detailed questions, as summarised below:
Where it was available, a response was provided by Southern Water representatives as summarised below, with all outstanding responses to be given in writing by Southern Water following the meeting.
1. Regular clearance of raw sewage from drains off the boundary and beneath the foundations of the property.
Response: This was a result of combined sewer overflow (CSOs) relief valves on drainage systems. When the systems are overloaded with rain and surface water, the valves were in place to prevent properties flooding and raw sewage backing up through internal facilities (toilets, baths and sinks). It was accepted this was not ideal and that some residents were experiencing impacts from this system. A task force had been established specifically to look at how to eradicate this issue. A regional plan was due to be published in the next month detailing how spills would be eliminated in the region. An application had been made to OFWAT to accelerate funding to tackle immediate issues.
2. Quality of water for residents in Twyford and the poor quality of water for open water swimmers using the River Itchen.
Response: As above. The driver from Government was primarily about protecting nature conservation sites (including the River Itchen and bathing waters) as a priority.
3. Do Southern Water recognise hobbyists (wild swimmers and anglers in particular) as conscientious custodians of the river, and are they willing to work with them to turn around the environmental destruction pollution?
Response: The important role of hobbyists, including anglers, was recognised and the importance of working in partnership was considered key. It was noted that rivers trust were representatives on independent climate and environment groups which comprised of external stakeholders who challenged and scrutinised the performance and plans of Southern Water
4. Difficulties contacting Southern Water (long waiting times, calls being cut off etc)
Response: These issued would be reported to ... view the full minutes text for item 7.
Tim Perry and Ian Tait addressed the Committee on this item.
In summary, Tim Perry made reference to the following points:
· Campaigning for a Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA) to be built in one of the parks in North Winchester.
· Survey undertaken to establish the need for such a facility with positive response – 97% responding that they would welcome a MUGA in their community.
· Believed there to be a lack of MUGA and all-weather recreational facilities in this area of Winchester for children and young people with over 4,000 young people in the St Paul and St Barnabas wards and no MUGA provision available.
· Suggested building of a MUGA at Dean Land of St Matthews Park to address concerns about the lack of free to use facilities in these communities.
· Wishes to partner with the council to agree a location for the MUGA, agree a plan to finance this with the use of Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) being suggested as an option and set a timetable for the works. Also committed to fundraising for part of the MUGA if required as experienced fundraisers.
In summary, Ian Tait made reference to the following points:
· Report highlights that Stanmore, by a large margin, has the highest proportion of young people but has very few facilities for youngsters with a high percentage of students, issues of drug and alcohol abuse amongst young people and pressures on their mental health and wellbeing.
· New development in The Valley do not trigger and CIL contribution which it would have if it was a private residential development – Stanmore badly requires these resources for facility provision. There was an ongoing reliance on the Carroll Centre as the only community centre in the area.
Councillor Becker introduced the report which outlined an audit of community youth provision. This was intended to establish what the council and other organisations have in place as a starting point for any additional work in developing facilities, whilst listening to the needs of young people through the vision for Winchester. In particular, there would be close working with teenage girls on what community and recreational facilities they would like to see, with discussions to continue further going forward.
The Corporate Head of Economy and Community gave a detailed presentation which provided an overview of the provision for the Winchester District Youth Offer including, the work carried out to collect data, insight at national, county and district levels, an audit of the facilities available across the district and some early conclusion from these initial findings.
The committee proceeded to ask questions on the following matters which were responded to by the relevant Cabinet Members and the Corporate Head of Economy and Community:
(i) Comprehensive/Community School facilities – provision within schools data had been collected but work to understand when facilities were available etc was required and further information needed to be worked through at this stage. However, this data would be included going forward.
(ii) The use of general CIL funds for the provision ... view the full minutes text for item 8.
That the work programme for 2022/23 be noted.