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ANGUS COUNCIL

MINUTE of MEETING of the CONTRACT SERVICES COMMITTEE held in the Town and County Hall, Forfar on Tuesday 13 April 1999 at 4.00 pm.

Present: Councillors WILLIAM CROWE, JACK GIBB, WILLIAM DOIG, Mrs RENATE LAMONT, STEWART McGLYNN, WILLIAM MIDDLETON and SANDY WEST.

Councillor CROWE, Convener, in the Chair.

1. EXCLUSION OF PUBLIC AND PRESS

The Committee resolved in terms of Standing Order 27(2) that the public and press be excluded during consideration of item 2, so as to avoid the possible disclosure of information which was exempt in terms of Part 1 of Schedule 7A of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973, paragraphs 8, 9 and 10.

The following item was, on the determination of the Convener, considered as a matter of urgency in order to allow the contract to be accepted at the earliest opportunity.

2. VENDING SERVICES - TENDER REPORT

With reference to Article 3 of the minute of meeting of this Committee held on 2 March 1999, there was submitted Report No.457/99 by the Contract Services Manager on tenders received for the provision of vending services as detailed in the Appendix to the Report.

The Committee agreed to approve the appointment of Myrtle Coffee Services as providers of vending services within the Council’s leisure facilities, Country Parks and offices.

3. MINUTE OF PREVIOUS MEETING

The minute of meeting of this Committee held on 2 March 1999 was approved as a correct record and signed by the Convener.

4. BEST VALUE SERVICE REVIEW - STREET CLEANING SERVICES

With reference to Article 4 of the minute of meeting of the Environmental and Consumer Protection Committee held on 6 April 1999, there was submitted Joint Report No. 387/99 by the Director of Environmental and Consumer Protection and the Contract Services Manager advising the Committee that, in accordance with the corporately agreed timetable, a joint Best Value Review of Street Cleaning had been conducted involving the Environmental and Consumer Protection and Contract Services Departments.

The Report advised that the Director of Environmental and Consumer Protection and the Contract Services Manager had agreed a programme of implementation of the Review’s findings which would take effect from 1 April 1999. The implementation of the Review would be the subject of continuing scrutiny and a monitoring report would be prepared to ensure the Review recommendations had been fully implemented by April 2000.

The Committee approved the recommendations in the Report for its interest and congratulated the staff in Contract Services for providing an excellent service to the public.

5. DEVELOPMENT OFFICER FOR SPORT AND RECREATION FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

There was submitted Joint Report No. 407/99 by the Director of Recreation Services, Director of Education, Director of Social Work and the Contract Services Manager which provided information on the recently formed partnership to promote sport and recreation for people with disabilities.

The Report noted that this was an exciting opportunity for the Council to work in partnership with other agencies to provide for this particular specialist area which had links to many other areas of work including Social Inclusion, Sports Development Plans, Physical Activity Policy and Health for All.

The Committee agreed:-

(i) to note the contents of the Report;

(ii) to establish a Forum for Sport and Recreation for People with Disabilities; and

(iii) to note the establishment of a temporary post dedicated to the development of sport and recreation for people with disabilities.

6. VALEDICTORY REMARKS

As this was the last meeting of this Committee to be held before the elections, the Convener thanked all the officers for the support which he and the Committee had received over the last four years.