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To protect and enhance the natural and physical environment and develop infrastructure in ways which are balanced and sustainable in order that present and future generations can live in a community which is clean, vibrant and prosperous.

Constituted as a Principal Committee of the States with effect from 1 May 2016.

  • Constitution

    • A President and four members who shall be members of the States: provided that neither the President nor any member of the Committee for the Environment & Infrastructure shall be the President or a member of the Policy & Resources Committee or the President of the Scrutiny Management Committee or the President or a member of the Development & Planning Authority or the President or a member of the Transport Licensing Authority; and up to two non-voting members appointed by the Committee who shall not be members of the States.
    • President: Barry Brehaut
    • Vice-President: Mark Dorey
    • Members: Shane Langlois, Lindsay De Sausmarez, Sarah Hansmann Rouxel
    • Acting Chief Secretary: Steve Wakelin
  • Purpose

    • To protect and enhance the natural and physical environment and develop infrastructure in ways which are balanced and sustainable in order that present and future generations can live in a community which is clean, vibrant and prosperous.
  • Responsibilities - Policy Advisory & General

    • To advise the States and to develop and implement policies on matters relating to its purpose, including:
    • 1. infrastructure, including but not limited to water, wastewater, the ports and the airports;
    • 2. spatial planning, including the Strategic Land Use Plan;
    • 3. climate change;
    • 4. protection and conservation of the natural environment;
    • 5. waste, water and stone reserves;
    • 6. energy, including renewable energy;
    • 7. solid waste;
    • 8. general housing policy in relation to land use, spatial planning and infrastructure;
    • 9. the coast and coastal defences and the breakwater in Alderney;
    • 10. traffic and transport;
    • 11. the road network;
    • 12. biodiversity;
    • 13. agriculture, animal health and welfare and the sustainability of food and farming;
    • 14. maritime affairs;
    • 15. public parks;
    • 16. security of supply of essential commodities.
    • To exercise powers and perform duties conferred on the Committee by extant States' resolutions, including those resolutions or parts of resolutions which relate to matters for the time being within the mandate of the Committee for the Environment & Infrastructure and which conferred functions on the former Commerce and Employment Department, Culture and Leisure Department, Environment Department, Policy Council and Public Services Department.
    • To fulfil the responsibilities and operation functions set out below.
  • Responsibilities

    • A. General Responsibilities of the Policy & Resources Committee and all Principal Committees
    • 1. to contribute to fulfilling the States' objectives and policy plans, including by supporting and participating in cross-committee work;
    • 2. to monitor and report on policy outcomes in areas relating to its mandate;
    • 3. to ensure that public funds and other resources are used to best advantage, including through co-operative and flexible working practices.
    • B. General Responsibilities of all Committees of the States
    • 1. to exercise powers and perform duties conferred on the committee by extant legislation and by extant States' resolutions;
    • 2. to be accountable to the States for all policies developed, actions taken and services delivered or overseen by the committee;
    • 3. to be accountable to the States for the management and safeguarding of public funds and other resources entrusted to the committee;
    • 4. in any policy letter submitted to the States to set out clearly how the proposals contained therein relate to the duties and powers or the purpose and policy responsibilities of the committee, how the proposals contribute to the States' objectives and policy plans and what joint working or consultation has taken place with other committees;
    • 5. to act in accordance with the Rules of Procedure of the States and their committees;
    • 6. to be aware of the powers, duties and limits of the committee's mandate and to respect and not to undermine the mandates of other committees of the States;
    • 7. to be aware that a committee of the States is in effect an agent of the States of Guernsey exercising functions conferred on it by resolution of, or legislation approved by, the States of Deliberation; and as such to respect that, save in specific circumstances where legislation provides otherwise, the States may at any time they consider it desirable issue directions to a committee and that committee shall be expected to carry into effect any such directions irrespective of whether that committee or any of its individual members agree or disagree with such directions: provided that the rejection by the States of recommendations or advice of a committee shall not ipso facto require the resignation of that committee.
    • C. Reference to Enactments
    • 1. unless otherwise provided, or the context requires otherwise, a reference to an enactment in the mandate of a committee is to be interpreted as a reference to the enactment as from time to time amended, re-enacted with or without modification, extended or applied.
  • Operational Functions

    • The Committee for the Environment & Infrastructure shall deliver or oversee the delivery of those operational functions which immediately before the 1st of May, 2016 were delivered by:
    • (a) the Environment Department, with the exception that the following operational functions will transfer:
    • to the Development & Planning Authority
      • Operational functions arising out of planning legislation (except those that relate to planning inquiry administration), including -
        • Enforcing planning legislation
        • Operational functions relating to preparing development plans, subject plans, local planning briefs, guidance notes, development briefs and frameworks
        • Administering planning applications and pre-application advice requests
        • Making building regulations and Guernsey technical standards
        • Administering building regulation applications and pre-application advice requests
        • Conservation and design advice
        • Administering statutory registers of protected buildings and protected monuments
        • Administering tree protection orders and functions in relation to sites of special  significance and conservation areas
        • Immunity certificates and property searches
      • Salles Publique, public building and public entertainment inspection and licensing
      • Clearance of ruins
    • (b) the Public Services Department, with the exception that the following operational functions will transfer:
    • to the States' Trading Supervisory Board
      • Management of Guernsey and Alderney airports
      • Management of St Peter Port and St Sampson's Harbours including:
        • Coast guard services
        • Guernsey register of British ships
        • Maritime safety including the investigation of marine accidents, provision of navigational aids, safety information and liaison with search and rescue services
        • Monitoring the compliance with international and local laws of all vessels in Bailiwick waters and control of shipping in Bailiwick waters, excluding receiver of wreck and responding to pollution at sea
        • Pilotage services
      • Management of the collection, disposal and recovery of solid waste
      • The Waste Disposal Authority
      • Management of the public water supply and waste water disposal including:
        • Monitoring water catchment area for pollution and nutrient levels
        • Management of controlled streams
        • Collection and treatment of rainfall
        • Water pollution
      • Management of a direct labour organisation and emergency works response team (States' Works)
    • (c) the Commerce and Employment Department, in relation to the following operational functions only:
      • Agriculture, the rural environment, biodiversity and countryside management advisory services
      • Farm loans scheme and farm management including the dairy farm manure management plans
      • Guernsey global breeding plan
      • Animal communicable disease monitoring, animal health and welfare including import and export of live animals, vet licensing, the pet passport scheme and veterinary medicines
      • Certification of meat imports and exports
      • Provision of the slaughterhouse and incinerator
      • Liaison with relevant regulatory and advisory bodies on environmental matters
      • Security of supply of essential commodities including food, fuel and energy
      • Energy advisory services, including in relation to renewable energy
      • States' Vet
    • (d) the Culture and Leisure Department, in relation to the following operational functions only:
      • La Vallette Bathing Pools
      • Management of public parks
    • (e) The Policy Council, in relation to the following operational functions only:
      • Operational matters relating to the preparation of the States' Strategic Land Use Plan
      • Regulatory, advisory, administrative and appeals functions relating to land planning other than those relating to certifying the States' Strategic Land Use Plan
  • Data Protection

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Committee for Environment & Infrastructure - Customer Complaint Procedure Committee for the Environment & Infrastructure - Customer Complaint Form

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