What should the Environment and Communities Board look at next year?

It’s the time of year that the Overview and Scrutiny Boards start thinking about what topics they should focus their attention on for the coming year. At their meeting yesterday the Environment and Communities Board received a report which reviewed the work they have completed over the past year and began the process of identifying areas of work for the coming year – 2011/12. You can find the report here.

The Environment and Communities Overview and Scrutiny Board has the widest remit of any of the Boards, which can make the job of deciding what to look at in detail very difficult! The Board’s terms of reference can be found here.

What has been done this year?

During 2010/11 the board carried out an in-depth review into waste minimisation, recycling and composting (more details on this can be found here). This review is due for completion in the next few weeks and the final report will be widely publicised. As well as this the board spent time considering a number of key services of the council including:

  • Libraries, sustainable development, flood risk assessment, follows up to Communities First review recommendations and follow ups to previous reviews on the Metro Bus Service and the Cycling Strategy.

Ideas for next year

 These are some of the ideas for the board’s work during 2011/12 that have been suggested by Councillors and officers of the Council:

  • Tourism: Swansea/Cork ferry, are the benefits being fully realised?
  • Affordable housing and access to social housing
  • Houses of multiple occupation
  • Street cleansing and maintenance, including dog fouling
  • Homelessness
  • Civil parking enforcement
  • Resident’s parking

 What are your suggestions?

 The board is keen to find out what the residents of Swansea think are important issues, so if you have any comments on the ideas listed above, or any other suggestions that you think would be relevant, please let us know.

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