Climate Change and Environmental Wellbeing Committee

Councillor Pat Garbutt 

Chair: Councillor Olivia Rowley

The committee is the designated crime and disorder committee and will scrutinise, monitor and review:

Climate Change

  • The work of the Climate Emergency Programme Board;
  • The delivery of the Council’s ten-year Climate Change Action Plan;
  • Work being undertaken to make the Council a carbon neutral organisation before 2030, taking into account both production and consumption emissions;
  • How the Council is working and engaging with all other public and private sector bodies towards making the entire District zero carbon within the same timescale;
  • The Council’s practices, policies, and procedures to develop an understanding of emission impacts on the District;
  • Development of mitigation strategies to enable communities to become more resilient in the face of climate change;
  • Learning from best practice in other cities;
  • The extent to which Cabinet and Council recommendations are reducing carbon emissions and are developed in the context of environmental responsibility, economic prosperity and social equity.

Biodiversity Emergency and Ecological Crisis

  • Contribute to the update of the Biodiversity Strategy and the development of a dedicated Biodiversity Recovery Strategy in 2021
  • The Council’s annual review of the strategy and to measure its impact;

  • Implementation of the Council’s bio-diversity net gain policy to ensure planning development is sustainable and not exacerbating the crisis;
  • The Council’s commitment to deliver improvements to parks and green spaces around the District with the intention of improving biodiversity;
  • The creation of a network of pollinator corridors;
  • The promotion of biodiversity;
  • The Council’s commitment to review the use of any harmful pesticides within the District and its success in implementing environmentally friendly grounds maintenance practices.

Environmental Wellbeing

  • Duties described / provided under the Flood and Water Management Act 2010
  • Work undertaken to address issues in relation to waste collection and disposal including the measures in place to increase recycling rates and the reduction of landfill costs.
  • Work undertaken to address issues relating to the streetscene and public open spaces.
  • Environmental enforcement.

Safer and Stronger Communities

  • Monitor and review the effectiveness and performance of the Community Safety Partnership.
  • Measures undertaken to reduce and prevent crime and anti-social behaviour. 
  • Tackle domestic abuse and improve support to victims.
  • Duties relating to the policing function including linkages with the District’s Community Safety Partnership, the West Yorkshire Police and Crime Panel and the office of the Deputy Mayor of West Yorkshire with regard to Police and Crime Commissioner functions. 
  • Night time economy.
  • Community cohesion.
  • Services to Gypsy / Travellers
  • Voluntary and community sector.

Transportation and Highways

  • Delivery of the West Yorkshire Transport Plan
  • Transportation and Highways issues including (the network, connectivity, road safety, footpaths and public rights of way).
  • The work of Leeds City Region and the Combined Authority - and/or other public bodies or partnerships (e.g. WEP) that deliver services to the people of Wakefield in relation to transport.

Committee Membership


  • Councillor David Dagger
  • Councillor Harry Ellis

  • Councillor Nick Farmer

  • Councillor Pat Garbutt

  • Councillor Annemarie Glover

  • Councillor Thomas Gordon

  • Councillor Julie Medford

  • Councillor Olivia Rowley (Chair)

  • Councillor Paul Stockhill

  • Councillor Richard Taylor
  • Councillor Tony Wallis

Co-opted Members (recruited from the general public)

  • Eric Burkes
  • Lawrence Doyle
  • Steve Wise
  • Ian Bain

Minutes, agendas and future meetings

Our meetings database contains minutes, agendas and future meeting dates of the Management Board and the committees.

Contact us

Overview and Scrutiny Office

County Hall

01924 306736/5133