Steve Woodward, Head of Environmental
Services, gave a detailed presentation on the range of services and
the performance against key standards.
Andy Jervis, Head of Public Protection, explained that the current
contract with Kingdom Security is out for tender and the
expectations of the Council in terms of quality and performance
expected from the successful bidder. The Head of Public Protection
explained the reasons for appointing Kingdom Security and the range
of work they currently undertake.
The Head of Environmental Services commented
on the reduction in the number of complaints about fly-tipping.
The panel commented on the use of mechanical
sweeper street cleaners and litter pickers. The Head of
Environmental Services explained that it is difficult to use
sweeper machines because of parked vehicles which limit the space
to operate the machine effectively. The current arrangement is that
a mechanical sweeper is used every 12 weeks, but the service will
respond to requests from the public.
The panel queried the policy of dealing with
litter on orphan land or areas next to land managed by
Wolverhampton Homes. The Head of Environmental Services explained
that fly-tipping on orphan land is an issue in determining
ownership. The Head of Environmental Services reassured the panel
that the Council is working together well with Wolverhampton Homes
to deal with issues relating to maintenance and grass cutting
issues in areas next to each other, which make best use of the
available resources and benefit both organisations.
Steve Evans, Cabinet Member for City
Environment, commented on work being done to improve the systems to
allow the public to report issues and for them to be dealt with
The panel wanted to formally record their
thanks to employees working in Bereavement Services for the high
standard of excellent service they offer relatives.
The panel welcomed the report.
The panel agreed to note the presentation.