Councillors Edwards (Leader and Portfolio Holder (Growth and City Development) Councillor Harvey (Portfolio Holder Place & Commercialisation) Councillor Bialyk (Portfolio Holder Health and Wellbeing, Communities & Sport) Councillor Denham (Portfolio Holder City Transformation) and Councillor Sutton (Portfolio Holder Economy & Culture) to present half yearly updates for 2017/18.
additional rubbish collections at the end of term, including purpose built student accommodation with the appropriate number of bins. The Director (DB) added that additional recycling bins and a series of educational campaigns, the latest of which was about to commence with the new cohort of students, had all resulted in an improved situation.
The Portfolio Holder also confirmed that Faithfull & Gould had finished a study on the Belle Isle site. The Director (DB) added that improvements to the welfare facilities were proposed and a report to Committee would be made at the appropriate time.
A Member congratulated the Portfolio Holder and the team for the excellent recycling service in Exeter.
· the establishment of a Transport Steering Group with representatives from both the City and County Councils with an intention by Stagecoach to look at a data sharing agreement for specific projects; and
· a workshop hosted by the Exeter Cycling Campaign had produced 28 recommendations, which were accepted in principle, as well as a commitment to share good practice, and improve future engagement and communication to hopefully see real action on the ground.
· she welcomed the report and presentation from Exeter City Futures which set out the stance to reduce the city’s congestion, and to look about doing things in a different way, along with advice from like-minded individuals in the start-up support at Exeter City Futures; and
· she acknowledged the relationship between congestion and air quality, and the air quality around surrounding roads such as the Heavitree Road or Alphington corridors presented a challenge due to the built constraints around the roads. Change would not happen overnight, and physical improvements to the network would be difficult, but it was important to improve the community for both pedestrians and cyclists and reduce the conflict with traffic by potentially creating corridors that were not dominated by cars. It was important to continue to take the right approach including offering transport alternatives and build on the good existing transport links to the city centre.
· support for the Innovation Exeter programme and the submission to establish an Institute of Technology within the city, with Exeter College and the University as partners;
the consolidation of the work with Exeter City Futures; and
· the meshing of shared objectives as part of the inclusive growth agenda which had been successful in attracting hi-tech companies and academic research and scientists. It was an ambition that everyone who lived in the city had the best possible opportunity for employment, and for the city to grow its own world academics. The recent Jobs Fair offered a greater focus on the skills agenda, and was well supported by employers and potential employers.
Place Scrutiny Committee noted the reports of the Portfolio Holders.