The Chair invited Members to raise items for general discussion arising from the Information Booklet of Executive Member reports (previously circulated) which detailed activities carried out within the respective Executive Member portfolios (Section 1), Executive decisions taken (Section 2) or to be taken where known, prior to and following the meeting (Sections 3 and 4).
Members commented or posed questions in relation to the following matters and Executive Members responded where appropriate:-
(a) Environmental Windfall for Tees Charity
The Executive Member for Regeneration and Economic Development acknowledged Members supportive comments and congratulations for the hard work carried out involved with Middlesbrough Environment City securing £999,928 from the BIG Lottery, Communities Living Sustainably programme to encourage communities across Middlesbrough to adopt greener and healthier lifestyles.
(b) Community Events
The Executive Member for Regeneration and Economic Development acknowledged Members supportive comments and thanks for community engagement work and events held or to be organised.
(c) University Ward Rat Service
In response to a Members comments regarding the recently launched service to control rats in the University Ward the Executive Member for Community Protection confirmed that there were ongoing discussions with a number of agencies regarding how to deal with the problems including those associated with the Beck.
(d) Council Risks
In response to Members concerns the Deputy Mayor and Executive Member for Resources gave an indication of ongoing discussions with Middlesbrough College regarding the current problems associated with poor local skills profile restricting employment opportunities.
The Executive Member for Children, Families and Learning acknowledged the supportive comments of Members regarding the joint working and hard work undertaken regarding School inspections and specific Thematic Inspections regarding the impact of children of parental mental health difficulties and substance mis-use problems.
(f) Key Stage 4 Results
In response to Members concerns the Executive Member for Children, Families and Learning confirmed that although the Key Stage 4 results may be subject to change as a result of appeals there had been sustained improvement over the past five years of pupils achieving 5 A*-C including English and Mathematics.
(g) Overgrown Hedges on Pavements - Parking on Green Verges
In response to a Members concerns regarding the hazards of branches or overgrown hedges that overhang footpaths and/or highway and illegally parked vehicles the Executive Member for Streetscene Services and Transport gave an indication of the options available to the Council to alleviate such problems and confirmed that a more detailed response would be given to the Member concerned.