Environment Act Forward Plan Measures & Actions objectives report at End of Year 2017/18

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Organisation - Carmarthenshire County Council Source document - Environment Act Forward Plan

 

 

 

This report should be read with the understanding that while the PIMS actions it contains were all circulated to the relevant Head of Service when they were drafted, the Head of Service did not necessarily see the first PIMS reporting round. As a result some of the actions were not reported on although progress in their delivery had nonetheless been achieved. This is now being addressed.

 

Updates on each action where available have been included in blue for this report.

 

Additional notes have been provided where these are considered to be relevant

 

 


The table below providesa summary progressagainst target for the Actions and Measures contained withinthe selected document

 
 Total 
 On target 
 Off target 
 Not reported 
 Not available 
 Annual / Not started % on target Overall
 % on target
 PLANNING Actions 4 3 0 1 N/A 0 75% 75%
 PROPERTY Actions 1 0 0 1 N/A 0 0% 0%
 TRANSPORT & HIGHWAYS 
 Actions 
 7 
 2 
 1 
 4 
 N/A 
 0 
 29% 
 29%
 WASTE & ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES 
 Actions 
 3 
 1 
 0 
 2 
 N/A 
 0 
 33% 
 33%
 GROUNDS MAINTENANCE 
 Actions 
 11 
 0 
 0 
 11 
 N/A 
 0 
 0% 
 0%
 LEISURE Actions 6 0 0 6 N/A 0 0% 0%
 JOINT Actions 3 2 0 1 N/A 0 67% 67%
 Overall Performance Actions and Measures 
 35 
 8 
 1 
 26 
 0 
 0 
 23%

 


Performance against Target


 

On         Off         Not

NBtarget    target reported

 

 


The table below provides a breakdown by organisational structure

 

 

 

Total

On target

Off target

Not reported

Not available

Annual / Not started

% on target

Overall

% on target

Environment

Planning

Actions

35

8

1

26

N/A

0

23%

23%

 

Overall Performance

Actions and Measures

 

35

 

8

 

1

 

26

 

0

 

0

 

23%

 

Updates on targets not previously reported -  noted below in blue

 

 

 

 

17

 

 

 

 

Actions where there has been no reporting or updating

 

 

 

 

9

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OFF TARGET

Environment Act Forward Plan Measures & Actions objectives report at End of Year 2017/18

 

Objective: TRANSPORT & HIGHWAYS

Outcome: Not defined

Action

12975

Target date

31/01/2018

 

Action promised

Safe Routes to School - pilot project for schemes to be implemented in 2018/19 proposals for SRtS will be passed to Rural Conservation Assessment of likely impacts on biodiversity & ecosystem resilience will be assessed & any issues to be addressed. Proposals in Sept-Dec 17, to be implemented 2018, will be submitted to Rural Conservation

Comment

The Rural Conservation Team has yet to be consulted on the 2018/19 Safe Routes to School programme.

 

Remedial Action

In order to comply with its published Env Act Forward Plan, which will be audited by WG and its S6 duties under the Env Act , the Rural Conservation Section is to be consulted on the 2018/19 Safe Routes to School programme. Generally routes are put for wards for consideration in the autumn for works to commence early in the financial year.

Service Head: Stephen Pilliner

Performance status: Off target

 

The Rural Conservation section is happy to be consulted on the SRtS for 2018/19 and 2019/20, as appropriate, so as to ensure that CCC delivers its S6 duties. In many instances the proposed routes are not expected to impact on the natural environment

 

 

 

Objective: GROUNDS MAINTENANCE

Outcome: Not defined

Action

13043

Target date

31/03/2018

Action promised

Review grass cutting heights and frequency for amenity cut areas with objectives to: i) blade height ii) identify areas where cutting can be less frequent iii) trial this approach iv) use this approach v) consider use of small signs/press coverage

Service Head: Ainsley Williams

Performance status: Action not reported

 

On going discussions with Grounds.

 

 

 

 

 

Action

13044

Target date

31/03/2018

Action promised

Arrange a ‘service improvement’ with meeting with grass cutters to discuss mowing regime (see above) and benefits of higher cuts/leaving areas for pollinators

Service Head: Ainsley Williams

Performance status: Action not reported

 

RC and IM have met with Grounds Maintenance to discuss this subject. Advice has been provided

 

 

Action

13045

Target date

31/03/2018

Action promised

Continue cut and collection of arisings from cutting grass at Delta Lakes and Burry Port (adjacent to Shoreline Caravan park) – cut paths through site to allow people to walk through site

Service Head: Ainsley Williams

 

 

 

Performance status: Action not reported

 

The Burry Port site is continuing to be managed in this way

 

 

Action

13046

Target date

31/03/2018

Action promised

Consider amendments to grass cutting on land around sheltered housing/old age homes, etc. as part of review of contract with housing to undertake this work (This could be linked to consultation with residents to identify areas by IM and CT – for 2018)

Service Head: Les James

Performance status: Action not reported

 

Discuss with Clare Tinkler

 

 

 

 

 

Action

13047

Target date

31/03/2018

Action promised

Talk to Emily Hughes re sites that are being transferred to T&CCs, where trees may become under threat and where TPOs may be appropriate. Liaise with Steve Edwards, regarding the Tree Safety Surveys. Also refer to guidance that could be provided to T&CCs on biodiversity when land is being transferred

Service Head: Jonathan Fearn

Performance status: Action not reported

 

 

 

 

Action

13048

Target date

31/03/2018

Action promised

Land transfer to community Councils. Look at opportunities for liaising with Community Development Officers of key Town and Community Councils and Rural District Councils re Env Act duty and grass cutting and biodiversity management of land under their control

Service Head: Rosie Carmichael

Performance status: Action not reported

 

Guidance notes sent to  CC and TC subject to S6 duty on managing land for biodiversity

 

 

 

 

 

Action

13049

Target date

31/03/2018

Action promised

Check if bedding plants are grown in peat-free compost and, if not, discuss with supplier how this can be achieved with objective to switch to peat-free compost

Service Head: Ainsley Williams

Performance status: Action not reported

 

 

 

 

Action

13050

Target date

31/03/2018

Action promised

Eastgate roundabout Llanelli - investigate if our landscape officer could prepare a simple planting design for this that would be a low cost, sustainable low maintenance and meet the Council’s expectations

Service Head: Ainsley Williams

Performance status: Action not reported

 

Discussions have been initiated between Conservation and Grounds Maintenance regarding alternative more environmentally friendly design for the roundabout

 

 

 

 

 

Action

13051

Target date

31/03/2018

Action promised

Aim to visit schools to discuss content of SLA agreement with head teachers and revise SLAs to reflect new approaches to grass cutting, with a view to reducing the amount of grass that is cut regularly, where this is appropriate

Service Head: Andi Morgan

Performance status: Action not reported

 

 

 

 

Action

13052

Target date

31/03/2018

Action promised

Parc Howard. Work in collaboration with Friend’s group/landscape officer/biodiversity officer to look at management of the park and review its management for biodiversity and generally improve horticulture here

Service Head: Rosie Carmichael

Performance status: Action not reported

 

IM has met with Grounds –partnership work is on going with  Llanelli TC

 

 

 

 

 

Action

13054

Target date

31/03/2018

Action promised

Produce a Pollinator Strategy for the Council to inform positive action for pollinators throughout the Council’s work. This could be endorsed by Community Councils, PSB and strategic developments, etc.

Service Head: Llinos Quelch

Performance status: Action not reported

 

IM has draft a Pollinator Strategy for CCC which is currently being considered by Environment DMT It will contain action plans for specific sites

 

 


 

Objective: JOINT

Outcome: Not defined

Action

12969

Target date

31/03/2018

Action promised

Environment Department to deliver an integrated and long term approach to the implementation of projects on the Llanelli Levels. Identify and work with partners and stakeholders e.g. Network Rail, Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, Wildlife Trust, local communities

 

Comment

Creation of new ponds outside WWT reserve on CCC land that will provide additional suitable habitat for water vole using s106 money that as raised for this purpose. WWT supervised the work and will assist in monitoring in future years.

Worked with NRW to ensure flood alleviation benefits both drainage and biodiversity. Working with Persimmon Homes to ensure long term management of wetland area in Llanelli Levels

Service Head: Llinos Quelch

Performance status: On target

 

 

Action

12977

Target date

31/03/2018

Action promised

Commissioning of ecological surveys - In order to demonstrate that CCC is embedding biodiversity into its ways of thinking, in- house ecological surveyors and consultants appointed by Highways and Transportation and Property will be asked to consider, when assessing a site or a building, issues relating to ecosystem resilience

 

Comment

As part of our design process and commissioning work we require contractors and consultants to commission ecological surveys as appropriate to the developments being undertaken and include consultation with the in-house ecology team on bio-diversity and ecological resilience

Service Head: Jonathan Fearn***

Performance status: On target

This action must also apply to Highways and Transportation so will need to be designed for both Service Areas within the PIMS system

 

 

 

Action

13055

Target date

31/03/2018

Action promised

Seek funding for a pollinator project for Llanelli, which seeks to include elements involving schools, communities, housing, MCP, PCP, grounds maintenance, highways. It would include practical management (purchase of kit and wild flower seed), public events, workshops

Service Head: Llinos Quelch

Performance status: Action not reported

 

See links with 13043 above On-going discussions with GM. This would need to be a project running across several service areas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Objective: LEISURE

Outcome: Not defined

Action

13056

Target date

30/04/2020

Action promised

Develop simple biodiversity management plans for each countryside site that Leisure manage, linking the plan to recreation and the management of natural resources and WFG Act well-being goals, Environment Act biodiversity duty and WG Bee-friendly action guide: Pembrey CP, Llyn Llech Owain CP, Mynydd Mawr, Ynys Dawela, M Coastal Path, etc

Service Head: Ian Jones

Performance status: Action not reported

 

Leisure are developing management plans as part of WG funded work programme for 2018/19 with Simeon Jones

 

 

 

 

 

Action

13057

Target date

30/11/2018

Action promised

With the teams involved, identify wildlife and ecology training needs and consider which needs can be met through skill sharing and those which require external trainers. Summarise in a training plan, and identify trainers, and deliver

Service Head: Ian Jones

Performance status: Action not reported

 

 

 

 

Action

13058

Target date

31/03/2018

Action promised

Ensure rangers are familiar with biological recording and submit records to West Wales Biological Recording Centre in Whitland. WWBIC can provide training

Service Head: Ian Jones

Performance status: Action not reported

 

Bioblitz held at Pembrey CP 10th June 2018. Info on wildlife recording sent to all rangers and PROW staff rangers involved in recording with WWBIC at that event

 

 

 

 

 

Action

13059

Target date

31/03/2018

Action promised

Having developed management plans for sites, use laminated bilingual signs to explain changes in grass cutting regimes, and other management changes to the public in an informative way. Develop prototype sign

Service Head: Ian Jones

Performance status: Action not reported

 

See also 13043 On-going discussions with Grounds. Signage now being installed for sites where less frequent cutting is to be experimented with – e.g. at Sandy Water Park working with BBCT and MCP and Planning Ecology Graduate ( work based learning module for MSC)

 

 

 

 

 

Action

13060

Target date

31/03/2018

Action promised

Identify equipment needs to deliver long-term management objectives for habitats (as per management plans) within Leisure sites and identify training needs associated with any new management practice or piece of machinery to be used for conservation purposes, and deliver training

Service Head: Ian Jones

Performance status: Action not reported

 

 

 

 

Action

13061

Target date

30/09/2017

Action promised

Identify staff who would benefit from refresher course in Tree Inspections and liaise with Steven Edwards re arranging the necessary course

Service Head: Ian Jones

Performance status: Action not reported

 

In hand courses to be arrange for Summer 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Objective: PLANNING

Outcome: Not defined

Action

12965

Target date

31/03/2018

Action promised

Undertake workshops with relevant Divisions in other CCC Departments to generate action/s for these Divisions to incorporate into the Forward Plan in 2018

 

Comment

Workshops have been run with colleagues across the Environment Dept ( Planning, Property, Grounds Maintenance, Highways and Transportation, and with Leisure, in Community Service and recently we have had discussions with Chief Execs, so workshops have been run in 3/5 departments

Service Head: Llinos Quelch

Performance status: On target

 

 

Action

12966

Target date

28/02/2017

Action promised

Produce guidance notes on protected species for use by colleagues to ensure that we work within the legislation with regard to protected species and to be consistent with our duty under the Environment Act 2016

Service Head: Rosie Carmichael

Performance status: Action not reported

 

Bilingual guidance notes produced and circulated, colleagues will be contacted shortly to gain feed-back. Notes now on Council File Plan, aiming to get them on the intranet asap

 

 

 

 

 

Action

12967

Target date

31/03/2018

Action promised

Review the Local Biodiversity Action Plan for Carmarthenshire in light of the new legislation and guidance

 

Comment

The Biodiversity Officer has attended all-Wales meetings with WG to consider future local action in light of the emerging national drivers, including WG’s Nature Recovery Action Plan for Wales and current legislation (Env Act/WFG Act). Workshops are being arranged internally and with local partners to develop a local Nature Recovery Plan fo the county.

Service Head: Llinos Quelch

Performance status: On target

 

 

Action

12968

Target date

31/03/2018

Action promised

The Planning Division will develop a consistent approach to ensuring that biodiversity is maintained and enhanced, and that ecosystem resilience is promoted as part of the planning system and also within its Conservation, Minerals and Building Control activities

 

Comment

Workshops have been held with DM managers, and the Enforcement team where it has been identified how the planning service can evidence how it is ensuring that biodiversity is maintained and enhanced and how through its work ecosystems resilience is promotes. The new registration system , ARCUS will enable us to monitor those applications where it is considered by both planning ecologist and DM officers that a development is addressing these issues. This will be achieved by Dec 2018

Service Head: Llinos Quelch

Performance status: On target

 

 

 

 

 

Objective:  PROPERTY

Outcome: Not defined

Action

12978

Target date

31/03/2018

Action promised

Sites that are being retained - Carry out biodiversity assessments of these sites and identify both the biodiversity they support and the contribution that they make to ecosystem resilience. Review management of these sites

Service Head: Jonathan Fearn

Performance status: Action not reported

 

On-going discussions with Property, including discussions re a possible pilot study on 2 county farms

 

 

 

Objective: TRANSPORT & HIGHWAYS

Outcome: Not defined

Action

12970

Target date

31/03/2018

Action promised

Verge Cutting - Continue to implement policy, deliver annual tool box talk and make provision for late cut verges

 

Comment

Verge Management has been the subject of a Member’s task and Finish Group in 2017/18. We continue to liaise with colleagues in Highways, provide tool box talks/guidance for contractors and raise awareness of alternative methods for managing roadside verges. Budget cuts will inevitably result in less cutting

Service Head: Stephen Pilliner

Performance status: On target

 

 

Action

12971

Target date

31/03/2018

Action promised

The review of Rights Of Way Improvement Plan will address new duties placed on LAs under this Act. The review will be completed in 2018

Service Head: Stephen Pilliner

Performance status: Action not reported

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Action

12972

Target date

31/10/2018

Action promised

The Highway Asset Management Plan that is being developed will address the LAs responsibilities under this new Act. Highway Asset Management Plan to be completed by October 2018 as recommended by Well Managed Highways Code of Practice

Service Head: Stephen Pilliner

Performance status: Action not reported

 

 

 

 

Action

12973

Target date

30/11/2017

Action promised

Integrated Network Plans - H and T to review these plans with Rural Conservation Section, and in particular the contribution PROWs, and other off road routes are making to ecological resilience, in terms of the habitats alongside these routes. Review the management of routes that have biodiversity interest

Service Head: Stephen Pilliner

Performance status: Action not reported

 

 

 

 

Action

12974

Target date

31/01/2018

Action promised

Carmarthenshire Cycling Strategy (currently in draft) Rural Conservation will be consulted on this plan to assess whether it creates opportunities for managing and enhancing biodiversity and promoting ecological resilience. Consultation with Rural Conservation in mid Jan 2017

 

Rural Conservation commented on Cycling Strategy in July 2017.Subsequest discussions have indicated that the theme groups that are to be set up to deliver this strategy will address S6 responsibilities. The Rural Conservation Section looks forwards to working with these groups to highlight the role of the natural environment in providing the backdrop for the delivery of the strategy, certainly in the rural areas

Service Head: Stephen Pilliner

Service Head: Rosie Carmichael

Performance status: Action not reported

 

 

 

 

Action

12976

Target date

28/02/2017

Action promised

Tywi Valley Cycle-Rural Conservation review impact of cycle way on biodiversity & ecosystem resilience (report done). Opportunities Scheme could deliver for promoting ecosystem resilience & enhancing biodiversity will be explored. Project team to discuss initial proposals & response by Feb 17; OUTPUT: Plan that addresses ecological concerns raised

 

Comment

Rural Conservation Section has been involved in regular liaison meetings with the TV Cycle way Project. To date these meetings have focused on the preparation of the EIA/ ES and the design of the scheme, so as to minimize impact on the natural environment. The S6 duty to maintain and enhance biodiversity has been discussed and ideas suggested. Now that the route crosses farmland owned by CCC there are greater opportunities for enhancement that could be realized.

Service Head: Stephen Pilliner

Performance status: On target


 

Objective: WASTE & ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES

Outcome: Not defined

Action

12979

Target date

30/06/2017

 

Action promised

Flood Defence - Develop working methods that address biodiversity issues. Build these into method statements for work being done at individual sites. Develop procedure for contractors carrying out works on site are aware of the site’s biodiversity. Review training needs for officers & contractors & provide training needs

Service Head: Ainsley Williams

Performance status: Action not reported

 

Rural Conservation Section has prepared a comprehensive guidance document for Flood Defence and applicants for these consents which is now in use. A training session using this guidance has also been delivered

 

 

Action

12980

Target date

31/01/2017

Action promised

Pride in your place - provide links to suitable sources of biodiversity information that can be added to Pride in your place web page

Service Head: Ainsley Willilams

Performance status: Action not reported

 

 

 

 

Action

12981

Target date

31/03/2018

 

Action promised

Management of land managed by the division e.g. Wern Ddu & Ammanford Cemetery; Carry out biodiversity assessments of sites & include contribution to ecosystem resilience; where appropriate develop management plans to protect, enhance biodiversity & promote ecosystem resilience

 

Comment

Field surveys have been completed at Wern Ddu and further work is required summer 2018. This will inform the development of a site management plan. 103 plant species have already been identified. An assessment of the biodiversity opportunities at Ammanford cemetery will be carried out in 2018/19

Service Head: Ainsley Williams

Performance status: On target