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Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee - 16 June

Published: 14/06/2017

Waste report The Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee will consider the planned changes to the Council waste collection service, which will increase the types of material that residents can recycle each week, at their meeting on Friday 16 June. New waste collection vehicles are currently being purchased by the Council which will allow a wider range of plastics, including yogurt pots and some food trays and household batteries to be separated from the general waste and collected on a weekly basis. The report also covers the operational arrangements at the Council’s Household Recycling Centres, which will help the Council maximise the recycling levels at the sites and reduce the amount of waste material sent to landfill each year. Flintshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Streetscene and Countryside, Councillor Carolyn Thomas, said: “These changes will improve the environment, save money and help ensure the Council achieves the challenging targets for recycling, set by Welsh Government for every Council in Wales.” A494/A55 consultation Welsh Government has been undertaking a wide ranging consultation process on the proposed improvements to the A494/A55 gateway into Wales. Flintshire County Council’s Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee will discuss the Council’s proposed response to the proposals at their meeting on Friday, 16 June. The route is of strategic importance to the economy of both Flintshire and North Wales and congestion on the road has a huge impact both on the local highway network and businesses in the County, particularly during busy periods. The committee will review the advantages and disadvantages of each of the two options put forward by Welsh Government before making a recommendation to go before the Council’s Cabinet next week. Cabinet will make a decision on the formal response to the consultation document. Car parking The Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee will consider the Council’s car parking strategy when it meets on Friday 16 June. The Council introduced its car parking strategy across all towns in the County during 2015, to ensure car parking spaces were available for shoppers and visitors to the town centres at minimal cost. In Flint town centre, the charges were suspended, due to the redevelopment works which were on-going at the time. However, as the majority of the works are now moving towards completion, the committee will discuss details of the phased introduction of the charges across the car parks in the town. The committee will also discuss the possibility of providing some free short stay on-street parking in Flint, Buckley and Holywell, by changing the current traffic orders within the town centres and will make a recommendation to the Council’s Cabinet on the first stage of public consultation on the proposals.