Report of the Director of the Built Environment.
The Committee received a report of the Director of the Built Environment on the update of the City Water Refill Points.
Members were informed that a huge amount of work had gone into the City’s Water Refill Points, with the Department looking at future KPI’s being included in the Department of the Built Environment’s business plan. At present, the water refill points remain closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Officers from the City of London are working with their counter parts across London to ensure that the water refill points are only reopened when it is safe for staff and members of the public.
A Member asked if the Department intended to install smart water meters at the water refill points where there are no smart meters at present. Officers assured the Committee that the plan is to ensure that all the City of London’s water refill points have a smart reader, however, the installation of these had been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Another Member commented that coffee outlets in the City were not accepting customers’ own reusable mugs and thus having to use single use plastic cups, he asked what impact this was having on the plastic free use of particles. Officers commented that the City of London would engage with local businesses on matters such as these as soon as possible after the COVID-19 pandemic.
RESOLVED – Members noted the content of the report.