Agenda and minutes

Stronger Place Select Committee - Tuesday 15th March 2022 7.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber - Civic Offices. View directions


No. Item


Webcasting Introduction

This meeting is to be webcast. Members are reminded of the need to activate their microphones before speaking. The Chairman will read the following announcement:


“The Chairman would like to remind everyone present that this meeting will be broadcast live to the internet (or filmed) and will be capable of repeated viewing (or another use by such third parties).


If you are seated in the lower public seating area it is likely that the recording cameras will capture your image and this will result in the possibility that your image will become part of the broadcast.


This may infringe your human and data protection rights and if you wish to avoid this you should move to the upper public gallery.”

Additional documents:


The Vice Chairman made a short address to remind everyone present that the meeting would be broadcast live to the internet, and would be capable of repeated viewing, which could infringe their human and data protection rights.



Substitute Members

To report the appointment of any substitute members for the meeting.

Additional documents:


There were no substitute Members at the meeting.


Declarations of Interest

To declare interests in any item on the agenda.

Additional documents:


There were no declarations of interest pursuant to the Council’s Members’ Code of Conduct.



Notes of Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 155 KB

a)    To agree the notes of the meeting of the Select Committee held on 13 January 2022.


b)    To note the updated information in relation to:


                      i.        Minute 34:  The business case for charging for additional waste containers and prioritising repairs over replacements will be fully developed and form part of the Cabinet report for July 2022.  This initiative will be implemented within existing budgets and resources.



Additional documents:


That the minutes of the meeting held on 13 January 2022 were agreed as a correct record.




Terms of Reference & Work Programme pdf icon PDF 271 KB

(Chairman/Lead Officer) The Overview and Scrutiny Committee has agreed the Terms of Reference and work programme for this select committee. Members are invited at each meeting to review both documents.

Additional documents:



Clarity was provided that the term spatial did include farmland and covered all areas and activities under landscape and place. The Select Committee noted their terms of reference and work programme.




Transport Strategy and Sustainable Transport pdf icon PDF 269 KB

To consider and comment on the Transport Strategy and Sustainable Transport update report.

Additional documents:


The Select Committee were advised on the Strategic Overview and Status of the Transport Strategy and Sustainability by Stephen Lloyd Jones (Sustainable Transport Officer). This included: off-street electric vehicle (EV) charging; on-street EV charging, licensed minicab engagement and DaRT87 Demand Responsive Transport.


Details of the approach and proposals for off and on street EV charging schemes were highlighted. Alternative models for the delivery of EV charging points were being considered in areas where the Council or Parish Councils had some control. The Committee were advised that an integrated approach to EV charging was required, ECC had a critical role and there were opportunities for a combined approach with the private sector.


The Sustainable Transport Officer informed the Select Committee that the licensed mini cab base was a high local mileage user group in the district, whose vehicles were kept at home, and over 50% had no viable means to charge an EV. This group were aware of the business advantage of EV, acquisition costs and viable means to charge a vehicle were the key barriers to the adoption of EV and work would continue with this group. A paper would be presented to the Licensing Committee on 21 March 2022.


The Committee were informed that an additional years funding had been approved by Cabinet for DART 87 ‘hybrid’ Demand Responsive Transport (DRT), this was a bookable service operated by Epping Forest Community Transport. ECC were developing a bus service improvement plan and the Council was working with ECC on the cycling legacy from Ride London.


The Committee considered the report and suggested that: the location, numbers and priority areas for on-street charging point requirements should be developed to allow effective liaison with Essex County Council, they were advised that there was an array of information available but this needed to be collated   The Committee also suggested that car clubs could be of value to the district, the officer detailed that the population density was not high enough to attract car club providers at this stage, although there was scope in the future developments near stations.

The Committee commented on the environmental pressures created by paving over front gardens and that greater consideration needed to be given to the balance between the restrictions on driveways, street parking pressure and charging points without trailing leads across the pavements. They also raised concerns on how communal charging points, especially in housing estates, could be controlled so that these spaces were not just used for parking.

The Committee noted that Essex County Council was responsible for highways including street furniture and lampposts and that concrete lampposts or lamp columns set away from the edge of the road were not suitable as electric charging points.


The Portfolio Holder, N Bedford, suggested that the uptake of home electric charging points at the point of EV purchase by private residents and Motability users should be encouraged. He confirmed that this work was being considered by the Portfolio Advisory Group on Air Quality and encouraged any member to  ...  view the full minutes text for item 41.


Dates of Future Meetings

This is the last meeting for this municipal year.

Additional documents:


It was noted that this was the last meeting of the municipal year.