Agenda and decisions

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Apologies for Absence

To receive any apologies for absence.


Apologies for absence were received fromCllr Marcus Kravis (Cllr MikeRigby as sub), Cllr Tom Power, Cllr Adam Boydon (Cllr Ashton as sub), Cllr Rob Reed (Cllr Martin Lovell as sub) 


Declarations of Interest

To receive and note any declarations of interests in respect of any matters included on the agenda for consideration at this meeting.

(The other registrable interests of Councillors of Somerset Council, arising from membership of City, Town or Parish Councils and other Local Authorities will automatically be recorded in the minutes: City, Town & Parish Twin Hatters - Somerset Councillors 2023 )


There were no declarations of interest received.


Minutes from the Previous Meetings

To approve the minutes of the previous meetings held on

·         Wednesday 20th March 2024.

·         Friday 26th April 2024 – Special Water Quality in Somerset meeting.

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That the minutes of the meeting held on 23rd March 2024 be approved as a correct record. 

That the minutes of the Special meeting held on 26thApril 2024 be approved as a correct record, subject to the following amendments;  


Item 9: Recommendations 4 & 5 to be swapped around and numbered as agreed at the meeting, 

Item 9:A member asked for it to be notedthat some members had understood the proposed task and finish group would also look at how to bring the Somerset Levels and Moors back into favourable conditions. 



Public Question Time pdf icon PDF 43 KB

The Chair to advise the Committee of any items on which members of the public have requested to speak and advise those members of the public present of the details of the Council’s public participation scheme.

For those members of the public who have submitted any questions or statements, please note, a three minute time limit applies to each speaker and you will be asked to speak before Councillors debate the issue.

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One member of the public, Mr David Orr, had registered to speak at the meeting.


The committee heard Mr Orr’s statement and the response from Somerset Council officers, and the Chair advised that Mr Orr would receive a full written response within 5 days of the meeting.


Scrutiny Climate and Place Work Programme pdf icon PDF 79 KB

To receive an update from the Service Manager, Governance Scrutiny. To assist the discussion, the following documents are attached:-


(a)  The Committee’s forward plan

(b)  The Committee’s outcome tracker


Please use the following links to view the latest Somerset Council Forward Plans and Executive Forward Plan of planned key decisions that have been published on the Council’s website:


Somerset Council Forward Plans


Somerset Council Executive Forward Plan


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Presentation from Lancaster University on the Somerset Catchment Phosphorus Project Update pdf icon PDF 972 KB

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The committee noted the presentation.


Executive response to Scrutiny committee recommendations from Special meeting on 26th April 2024

To receive a verbal update on the feedback from the Executive (5th June 2024 meeting), to the Scrutiny recommendations report from the special Water Quality in Somerset meeting held on Friday 26th April 2024.


Executive Report - Scrutiny Recommendations Water Quality.pdf (




The committee noted the response to the Scrutiny recommendations report.


In summary, the Chair asked that those members of Scrutiny Climate and Place Committee who would like to sit on a Task and Finish group (Scrutiny recommendation 4) should look to arrange a members-only meeting, to discuss if and how the debate can be taken forward, as soon as possible.


Update on Waste Services

To receive an update on Waste Services.


See Executive report agenda Item 12, Wednesday 8th May 2024.


(Public Pack)Supplement 4 - Item 12: Presentation Waste Services Agenda Supplement for Executive, 08/05/2024 10:00 (


Item deferred to the next meeting.


Items for Information pdf icon PDF 86 KB

This is a standing agenda item for ‘information only’ that cover the Committee’s policy areas.


Members are asked to note the following items for information -


1) Development of the Economic Strategy  

2) Connecting Devon and Somerset 

3) Local Nature Recovery strategy

4) Bus service improvement plan


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Item deferred to the next meeting.