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Agenda item

Media Relations


The Overview and Scrutiny Officer referred Members to recent press articles relating to the remit of Environment and Sustainable Communities Overview and Scrutiny Committee.


The articles were:


  • 16 ordered to pay thousands for failing to remove waste – Almost £15,000 worth of legal bills have been handed out in court to people who failed to remove waste from their garden or yard. – This also links to the fly-tipping report which will be considered by the Committee on the 10 October 2018.


  • Why the plastic bag charge could rise to 10p and where the money goes – At present the charge only applies to retailers with 250 employees or more. Money raised through the scheme does not go to the Government but instead goes towards good causes chosen by businesses themselves. The Government is expected to launch a consultation which would see the cost double to 10p and would also consider making all retailers and not just larger businesses pass the existing charge on to customers.


  • ‘Plastic Roads’ trialled in County Durham – Motorists on the A689 near Sedgefield in County Durham are now driving along a “plastic road”. Durham County Council is the first local authority in the North East to try out the new technology as part of the recently completed work to resurface a section of the A689 with hot rolled asphalt. The scheme used 6.5 tonnes of plastic which was the equivalent of 60,000 shopping bags. This process reduces the amount of new bitumen that is required and reduces the carbon footprint. This links into an item on Highways Maintenance that will come to a future special meeting of the Committee.


  • Durham and Chester-le-Street among In Bloom trophy winners – The County won a series of awards in Northumbria in Bloom, including best overall entry and best small city for Durham and best large town for Chester-le-Street.


Councillor Hicks sought clarification on the life span of the ‘plastic road’. The Chairman responded that as it was a trial there were no statistics available, there were other authorities’ trialling ‘plastic roads’ but Durham County Council were the first. Once the statistics were available a report would be brought to a special meeting of the committee.


Resolved: That the presentation be noted.


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