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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, 13 August 1996 at 4.50 pm.

Present: Councillors STEWART MOWATT, Mrs KATHLEEN RITCHIE, GEORGE ALLAN, WILLIAM CROWE, FRANK ELLIS, IAN HUDGHTON, Mrs RENATE LAMONT and THOMAS I N YOUNG.

Apologies: Apologies for absence were intimated on behalf of Councillors HELEN ANGUS, IAN ANGUS, GLENNIS MIDDLETON, ROB MURRAY and RICHARD SPEIRS.

Councillor MOWATT, Convener, in the Chair.

1.     MINUTE OF PREVIOUS MEETING

The minute of meeting of this Committee of 21 May 1996 was approved as a correct record and signed by the Convener.

2.     MINUTE OF EXECUTIVE SUB-COMMITTEE

There was submitted and approved the minute of meeting of the Executive Sub-Committee held on 15 July 1996, a copy of which is appended to this minute (APPENDIX I).

3.     PETROLEUM SPIRIT LICENSING ARRANGEMENTS IN ANGUS

There was submitted Report No 551/96 by the Director of Environmental and Consumer Protection seeking authorisation to introduce modifications and updated arrangements for the renewal of petroleum spirit licences, and the conditions attached to them, for introduction at the next renewal date.

The Committee noted the contents of the Report and agreed:-

(i) that Angus Council adopt a two year licence renewal period for petroleum spirit and mixtures licences, to be administered by the Director of Environmental and Consumer Protection, who would also oversee the enforcement function;

(ii) that Angus Council adopt model conditions of licence as recommended nationally by LACOTS, and as reproduced in full in Appendix 1 to the Report with effect from next renewal date at 31 December 1996; and

(iii) that Angus Council adopt arrangements for testing, risk assessment, discontinued tanks, and otherwise in respect of maintaining and controlling safe practices in the delivery, storage and dispensing of petroleum spirit and mixtures in accordance with guidance issued by the Health and Safety Executive in as much as it was practicable to do so.

4. ESTABLISHMENT OF BYELAWS FOR THE SALE OF SOLID FUEL

There was submitted Report No 558/96 by the Director of Environmental and Consumer Protection requesting authorisation to proceed with the establishment, confirmation and issue of byelaws to control price display in relation to the sale of solid fuel in the Angus Council area.

The Committee agreed:-

(i) that Angus Council establish byelaws relating to the sale of solid fuel in the Angus Council area, in the form outlined in the Appendix to the Report; and

(ii) that the Director of Law and Administration and the Director of Environmental and Consumer Protection take the necessary steps to have these byelaws confirmed, sealed and enacted in accordance with necessary statutory requirements.

5. COMMERCIAL WASTE COLLECTION - REVIEW OF CHARGES

There was submitted Report No 556/96 by the Director of Environmental and Consumer Protection on proposals for an increase in the charge for collection by the Council of commercial and industrial wastes.

The Report advised that no review of charges had been undertaken since they had been introduced on 1 December 1994. There was also a need to review the policy on charging for the collection of such waste.

After noting that the new charges proposed reflected the landfill tax element of £7.00 per tonne which became payable from 1 October 1996, the Committee agreed:-

(i) that the following charges be applied from 1 December 1996, for commercial and industrial wastes uplifted by the Council:

Two wheeled bins 240/360 litres - £0.70 per lift
Four wheeled bins 1100/1280 litres - £3.25 per lift
Sacks - £0.55 per sack

(ii) that a review of the commercial waste charging policy be brought forward in due course with recommendations regarding a possible extension of the range of premises coming within the scope of charging and whether charges should be levied for the collection of recyclable materials from commercial premises.

6. RECYCLING STATISTICS AND UPDATE 1995/96

There was submitted Report No 557/96 by the Director of Environmental and Consumer Protection on the recycling statistics for 1995/96.

The Report advised that the Council’s recycling activity continued to be well supported by the Angus public and despite the vagaries of the market place, progress was being made in many areas of sustainable recycling. The statistics provided details of all materials recycled in the year 1 April 1995 to 31 March 1996, with comparisons for the preceding two years since the inception of the plan.

The Committee agreed that the Director of Environmental and Consumer Protection bring forward a Report on the future of waste recycling including an investigation of all commodities which could be recycled; the costs involved, including landfill tax savings; the additional locations for recycling sites; and the modernisation of the paper baling operations; and ways in which stable prices paid for recyclable materials could be maintained.

7. APPOINTMENTS

The Convener informed the Committee that Jim Matthew, Head of Consumer Protection, had been appointed as Secretary to the Society of Chief Officers of Trading Standards in Scotland; and that Jervis Browne, Senior Environmental Health Officer, Forfar had been appointed as Chairman of the Central, Tayside and Fife Health and Safety Enforcement Liaison Group.

The Committee congratulated both officers on their appointments and wished them well during their respective periods of office.