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ANGUS COUNCIL

MINUTE of MEETING of the ENVIRONMENTAL AND CONSUMER PROTECTION COMMITTEE held in the Town and County Hall, Forfar on Tuesday 12 November 1996 at 4.25 pm.

Present: Councillors STEWART MOWATT, Mrs KATHLEEN RITCHIE, GEORGE ALLAN, HELEN ANGUS, IAN ANGUS, WILLIAM CROWE, FRANK ELLIS, IAN HUDGHTON, Mrs RENATE LAMONT, GLENNIS MIDDLETON, ROB MURRAY, RICHARD SPEIRS and THOMAS I N YOUNG.

Councillor MOWATT, Convener, in the Chair.

1. REQUEST FOR DEPUTATION

Prior to the commencement of business, the Convener advised of a request for a deputation to be heard with regard to the item relating to Seedcrushers Scotland Limited - Alleged Offensive Smells, but that it had not been received timeously in terms of Standing Order 12(1).

The Committee agreed that Standing Order 12(1) be suspended in order to hear the deputation.

The Committee heard Mr P Neild, 42 Patrick Allan Fraser Street, Arbroath, representing residents of Hospitalfield Estate in Arbroath, on the problems of offensive odours which he said were a nuisance related to the Seedcrushers plant in Arbroath.

After informing the Committee that the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) had received 1,468 complaints regarding this plant, he urged that action be taken to deal with the problems which he had outlined.

2. MINUTE OF PREVIOUS MEETING

The minute of meeting of this Committee of 24 September 1996 was approved as a correct record and signed by the Convener.

3. ANNUAL TIDY SCHOOL AND ENVIRONMENT AWARD

There was submitted Report No 891/96 by the Director of Environmental and Consumer Protection informing the Committee about the Annual Tidy School and Environment Awards Competition which had been organised on an annual basis by the former Angus District Council.

The Committee noted the contents of the Report and that the event would proceed as usual, this year, as a result of sponsorship of £200 received from British Glass.

4. RECYCLING INITIATIVES

(a) Save-A-Can

It was reported that "Save-A-Can", a charitable concern which provided can recycling skips to Angus Council, had organised a photocall to publicise their activities to be attended by Andrew Welsh, MP at the Recycling Centre, Carnoustie on Friday, 15 November.

(b) Plastic Six-Pack Rings

It was reported that a "Party Event" had been arranged by Safeway Stores at their Arbroath store for representatives of pupils at Arbroath schools who had participated in the "Mr. Ringer" plastic six pack ring recycling initiative on Tuesday, 10 December 1996.

It was agreed that representatives of the Committee should attend both these events.

5. APPOINTMENT OF AUTHORISED OFFICERS (ANIMAL HEALTH)

There was submitted Report No 910/96 by the Director of Environmental and Consumer Protection seeking authorisation for certain officers within the Environmental and Consumer Protection Department to enforce provisions contained within the Animal Health Act 1981.

The Committee agreed that Angus Council, with immediate effect, authorise all qualified Trading Standards Officers employed by the Council to enforce the provisions of the Animal Health Act 1981 within the Angus Council area, and instructed the Director of Law and Administration to issue the necessary authorisations in writing.

6. HEALTH AND SAFETY AT WORK - ARRANGEMENT FOR TRANSFER OF RESPONSIBILITIES

There was submitted Report No 883/96 by the Director of Environmental and Consumer Protection seeking authorisation to designate the Director and the Head of Environmental Health (who were of the status and held the qualifications recommended by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE)), to endorse transfer arrangements on enforcement between the HSE and the local authority.

The Committee agreed to designate the Director of Environmental and Consumer Protection and Head of Environmental Health as the authorised officials of the Council to endorse agreed transfers of enforcement responsibility in terms of the Health and Safety (Enforcing Authority) Regulations 1989.

7. REFUSE AND WASTEPAPER COLLECTION ARRANGEMENTS - CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR HOLIDAY ARRANGEMENTS

There was submitted Report No 934/96 by the Director of Environmental and Consumer Protection informing the Committee that, due to staff holidays within Contract Services (Cleansing), the rota for collections over the festive period would require to be altered.

The Committee agreed to approve the adjusted rotas for the refuse and wastepaper collections over the 1996/97 festive period as set out in the Report.

8. SEEDCRUSHERS SCOTLAND LIMITED - ALLEGED OFFENSIVE SMELLS

There was submitted Report No 912/96 by the Director of Environmental and Consumer Protection clarifying that enforcement of the relevant statutory provisions related to Seedcrushers Scotland Limited was the responsibility of SEPA (Scottish Environment Protection Agency).

The Convener made reference to the deputation heard earlier and thanked Mr. Neild for addressing the Committee. Councillors Speirs and Ian Angus expressed their concern regarding the problems caused by the plant.

Thereafter, on the motion of the Convener, seconded by Councillor Mrs Ritchie, the Committee agreed:-

(i) to note that complaints regarding smell omissions from the factory continued to be made;

(ii) to express concern and support for the local residents;

(iii) to call on SEPA to use all its powers to find a solution to the problem at the earliest possible date; and

(iv) to instruct the Director of Environmental and Consumer Protection to bring forward an up-to-date report to the next meeting of the Committee.

9. EXCLUSION OF PUBLIC AND PRESS

The Committee resolved, in terms of Standing Order 27(2) that the public and press be excluded from the meeting during consideration of the following items to avoid the disclosure of information which was exempt in terms of paragraphs 6, 8 and 9 of Part I of Schedule 7A to the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973.

10. RESTENNETH LANDFILL DEVELOPMENT - PROGRESS REPORT

There was submitted Report No 916/96 by the Director of Environmental and Consumer Protection advising the Committee that the progress report and engineering study commissioned by the Council on the Restenneth landfill development was now available showing budget costs and works to be undertaken in 1996/97 and 1997/98.

The Committee agreed:-

(i) to approve the contents of the Consultant’s Report and instruct the Consultants to continue to implement the schedule of activities as shown in Appendix B of their Report;

(ii) to make application to SEPA for a Waste Management Licence according to the timescale outlined by the Consultants in their Report; and

(iii) to meet the costs in progressing the project from the Capital Plan allocation for the project in 1996/97 and 1997/98.

11. TENDERS

(a) Paper Baler

With reference to Article 6 of the minute of meeting of the Environmental and Consumer Protection Committee of 24 September 1996, there was submitted Report No 958/96 by the Director of Environmental and Consumer Protection on tenders received for the supply of an automatic baler and for its lease.

The Committee noted:-

(i) that the offer for the supply of a baler unit submitted by Vantage Recycling Machinery Limited for £55,348 had been accepted by the Director of Environmental and Consumer Protection; and

(ii) that the tenders for the operating lease from Sector Management on a fixed basis had been accepted by the Director of Finance.

(b) Vehicle Tenders

With reference to Article 9 of the minute of meeting of the Environmental and Consumer Protection Committee of 24 September 1996, there was submitted Report No 959/96 by the Director of Environmental and Consumer Protection setting out details of tenders received for the leasing of one refuse collection vehicle.

The Committee noted that the Director of Finance had accepted the tender submitted by Sector Management for a seven year operating lease on a fixed basis.