Environment, Communities and Fire Select Committee

Information about the Committee and access to meeting dates, locations, agendas and minutes.

1 What are select committees?

Select committees are the means by which proposed decisions are scrutinised, the effectiveness of existing policy is reviewed and the budget and performance monitoring of service delivery is undertaken.

The County Council has a Cabinet of eight county councillors, which makes the day-to-day decisions about issues affecting West Sussex. It is the role of those county councillors who are not in the Cabinet to make sure that the Cabinet is held to account for all its decisions and to consider whether service improvements could or should be put in place.


This 'scrutiny' role is carried out by county councillors on select committees, which meet regularly to review key decisions and service performance. Select committees scrutinise strategic issues affecting the whole of West Sussex.

The purpose of scrutiny is to improve outcomes for West Sussex by providing:

  • robust challenge to the Cabinet
  • input into the annual cycle of budget setting and planning corporate priorities
  • quarterly budget and performance monitoring of each portfolio area
  • constructive joint scrutiny of partnerships and other services which have an impact on the local community, including the examination of decisions taken by some external organisations.

West Sussex County Council has four select committees. Select committees typically meet in public. Items considered to be of significant public interest are webcast live and are archived after the meeting.

Details of recent select committee work can also be found in the Scrutiny Newsletter.

The County Council has identified three key corporate priority themes as part of the Future West Sussex Vision and three of the select committees are aligned to these themes:

  • early life - Children and Young People's Services Select Committee
  • the economy - Environment, Communities and Fire Select Committee
  • later life - Health and Adult Social Care Select Committee.

2 What the ECFSC does

 This committee is responsible for the overview and scrutiny of:

  • economic strategy
  • coast and countryside (including rights of way) and environment - rural and urban, national parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty
  • transport planning and highway services, public transport, aviation
  • land-use planning, minerals, waste (minimisation, management and planning)
  • fire and rescue
  • community safety
  • Trading Standards
  • Gypsies, Roma and Travellers
  • emergency planning
  • police liaison
  • registration services
  • coroner's services
  • libraries
  • arts, heritage and archive
  • crime and disorder matters (as per the Police and Justice Act 2006)
  • drug and alcohol action.

The Committee was formed when the Strategic Environmental Services Select Committee and the Community Services Select Committee merged in April 2012. It was previously known as the Environmental and Community Services Select Committee.

3 Agendas and minutes

Note: The Environmental and Community Services Select Committee was renamed to the Environment, Communities and Fire Select Committee in December 2017.


13 June 2018

4 June 2018

16 March 2018

7 February 2018

31 January 2018


30 November 2017

15 November 2017

28 September 2017

7 September 2017

10 July 2017

10 March 2017

11 January 2017


16 November 2016

14 October 2016

15 September 2016

8 July 2016

22 June 2016

11 May 2016

17 March 2016

11 March 2016

10 February 2016

13 January 2016


14 December 2015

18 November 2015

11 November 2015

17 September 2015

23 July 2015

10 July 2015

10 June 2015

13 March 2015

27 February 2015

25 February 2015

21 January 2015

14 January 2015


15 January 2014

26 February 2014

28 March 2014

1 May 2014

14 May 2014

11 June 2014

4 July 2014

  • Minutes (PDF, 37KB) - Environmental and Community Services Select Committee and Performance and Finance Select Committee
  • Agenda (PDF, 49KB) - Environmental and Community Services Select Committee and Performance and Finance Select Committee

11 July 2014

18 September 2014

19 November 2014


16 January 2013

27 February 2013

12 June 2013

12 July 2013

25 September 2013

20 November 2013


20 April 2012

20 June 2012

27 September 2012

21 November 2012

Community Services Select Committee and Strategic Environmental Services Select Committee agendas and minutes prior to 1 April 2012, when they were replaced by the Environmental and Community Services Select Committee.

4 Meeting dates and locations

When and where it meets

  • 31 January 2018
  • 7 February 2018
  • 16 March 2018
  • 24 May 2018
  • 4 June 2018 - 2.15pm
  • 13 June 2018
  • 21 September 2018
  • 6 December 2018
  • 14 January 2019
  • 13 March 2019

Start time - 10.30am (unless otherwise stated)
Location - County Hall, Chichester (unless otherwise stated)

These meetings are open to the public.

5 Get involved

Select Committee meetings are held in public and although welcome to attend and observe, members of the public may not speak at these sessions (unless appearing as a witness, by prior arrangement).

Suggest a topic for scrutiny

The Committee is open to suggestions on what it should scrutinise. Careful consideration is given to each proposal, with members first needing to satisfy themselves that scrutiny could have a positive impact before agreeing to add an item to a future agenda.

Bear in mind that select committees do not examine individual problems or complaints about the County Council, but focus on County Council decisions, services and policies affecting the whole of West Sussex.

Please use our online Scrutiny suggestions form to submit your ideas, or contact the Senior Adviser – Democratic Services.

7 Contact details

Last updated:
4 July 2018

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