Agenda

Environment Scrutiny Committee
Wednesday 22 May 2019 10.00 am

Venue: Cabinet Suite - Shire Hall, Gloucester. View directions

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies

To note any apologies for absence.

2.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 91 KB

To confirm and sign the minutes of the meeting held on 6 March 2019.

3.

Declarations of interest

Members of the Committee are invited to declare any pecuniary or personal interests relating to specific matters on the agenda.

 

Please see note (a) at the end of the agenda.

4.

Motion 828: Making Gloucestershire's Countryside Safe And Accessible pdf icon PDF 123 KB

RESOLVED that this Council notes the exceptional countryside in Gloucestershire and the significant economic and cultural benefits that this already gives to businesses and residents within the county.

 

However, this Council recognises that the county’s countryside could be made safer and more accessible for people, including walkers, those with limited physical movement and equine users.

 

This Council also recognises that relatively small infrastructure changes could further cement the county’s position as a tourist destination of choice for country pursuits. Such improvements could include, but are not limited to:

 

1.    Safe connections between walking routes and bridlepaths

2.    Gates on walking paths and bridleways that are more accessible for all users and easier to open on a horse

3.    Well-drained surfaces in gateways

4.    Parking facilities on popular routes

 

This Council resolves to send this matter to the Environment and Communities Scrutiny Committee, for consideration on how the Council and the Local Enterprise Partnership can work with the tourist industry to turn Gloucestershire into an centre of excellence for walkers and equine users, helping businesses develop new and innovative practices.

 

5.

Biodiversity Task Group Update pdf icon PDF 270 KB

The Committee to receive a verbal update on the Biodiversity Task Group from Chair of the group Cllr Rachel Smith.

6.

Director's Report, Communities & Infrastructure pdf icon PDF 202 KB

Colin Chick, Strategic Adviser (Communities & Infrastructure) to update the Committee on current issues.

Additional documents:

7.

Work Plan pdf icon PDF 56 KB

To review the committee work plan and suggest items for consideration at future meetings. (Work plan attached).

8.

Future Meetings

17 July 2019

18 September 2019

26 November 2019