Hounslow Council


Agenda and minutes

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30.

Declarations of interest

Members are reminded that if they have a pecuniary interest in any matter being discussed at the meeting they must declare the interest.  They may not take part in any discussion or vote on a matter in which they have a pecuniary interest.

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest.

31.

Victoria Road Household Reuse and Recycling Centre pdf icon PDF 224 KB

Minutes:

See report of the Director and Chief Technical Adviser (agenda item 3).

 

Jim Brennan, Director, updated Members of the Authority on the latest position regarding the provision of household reuse and recycling services at Victoria Road and the negotiations with the London Borough of Hillingdon about the future operation of the site.  He explained the issues and options which had been explored.  He explained the cost structure.  He described the capital works required at the site in order for operations to continue.  He referred to the general review of HRRC sites operated by the Authority.  He confirmed that Victoria Road was the most expensive HRRC site.  However direct comparison of costs between different sites was difficult.  Victoria Road did incur a substantial commercial rent.  There was a low trade waste income.  Closure of the site would not lead to any failure of the Authority to meet its statutory duties.  However, there would be the loss of an amenity site used by residents living in the area of the Authority.  In response to questions from Councillor Ellar, he stated that running costs of this site, apart from the commercial rent, were not particularly high.  The option of looking for a cheaper site nearby had not been considered.

 

Councillor Burrows circulated and read out a written statement at the meeting which is reproduced in full below:

 

"I wish to draw to the attention of the committee the following matters which I believe should be given serious consideration, before any decision is taken today. Firstly, I wish to state that Hillingdon wants this site to continue for the convenience of residents and it wants to protect the jobs of the staff who work at this local amenity, as far as is reasonably possible.

 

I question the need for a rushed decision on closure at this meeting, and I challenge any so called urgency from a budget perspective - if the site were to be closed on 1st June, redundancy and de-commissioning costs would follow and still be required to carry out at least some physical works to separate the site from the new SITA operation.

 

Furthermore, overheads would surely continue in the form of business rates and rental for the lease. Putting aside the one-off costs of closure from redundancy etc., which are estimated at £124,000.  The report itself states that there are ongoing running costs (i.e. fixed costs) of £239,000 per annum. The latter will be incurred whether the Civic Amenity Site remains open or not. It is also Hillingdon's understanding that the agreement with DB Schenker is for use of the whole site - it is not two separate leases.

 

I am offended by the way that Hillingdon has been portrayed by West London Waste Authority Officers in this report, and particularly with the references to historical underfunding by my Borough in paragraph 23 of the report. Any underfunding that may have occurred is due to the financial practices of the WLWA and would more accurately be described as  ...  view the full minutes text for item 31.

32.

Impact of HS2 rail link on Victoria Road Waste Transfer Station and Household Reuse and Recycling Centre pdf icon PDF 161 KB

Minutes:

See report of the Director and Chief Technical Adviser (agenda item 4).

 

Jim Brennan, Director, updated members on the potential impact of the HS2 rail link on the Authority's site and operations at Victoria Road.

 

Resolved –

 

(a)      That the potential impact of the HS2 rail link on the Authority's site and operations at Victoria Road be noted.

 

(b)      That authority be delegated to the Director in consultation with the Clerk, Treasurer and Chief Technical Advisor to submit a petition or otherwise object to the HS2 hybrid bill to protect the Authority’s use of the site.

 

(c)      That the Director bring an update report to the next  meeting of the Authority, to include formal approval of the Authority’s petition against the HS2 hybrid bill if appropriate.