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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, 21 May 1996 at 4.40 pm.

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

Apologies: Apologies for absence were intimated on behalf of Councillors IAN HUDGHTON and Mrs RENATE LAMONT.

Councillor MOWATT, Convener, in the Chair.

1. MINUTE OF PREVIOUS MEETING

The minute of meeting of this Committee of 9 April 1996 was approved as a correct record and signed by the Convener.

2. APPOINTMENT OF EXECUTIVE SUB-COMMITTEE

With reference to Standing Order 32(3), the Committee agreed that Councillors Mowatt, Mrs Ritchie and Young be appointed to serve on an Executive Sub-Committee to enable urgent decisions to be taken during the annual recess of the Council.

3. CHARGES FOR SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE ENVIRONMENTAL AND CONSUMER PROTECTION DEPARTMENT

There was submitted Report No 320/96 by the Director of Environmental and Consumer Protection on details of charges which required to be levied or increased to meet income targets set by the Council for the Department in the current financial year.

The Report proposed charge levels and implementation dates for the various services and, after discussion, the Committee agreed to levy charges for services as described in Section 3 of the Report.

4. INTRODUCTION OF LANDFILL TAX

There was submitted Report No 324/96 by the Director of Environmental and Consumer Protection regarding the introduction of landfill tax (£7 per tonne for landfill domestic waste) which the Council, as operators of licensed landfill sites, would be responsible for collecting as from 1 October 1996.

The Committee agreed that the Director of Environmental and Consumer Protection register the Council as a landfill site operator with HM Customs and Excise and, in conjunction with the Director of Finance and the Contract Services Manager, set up an administrative system for collection and onward transmission of the tax to HM Customs and Excise.

5. PROVISION OF DOMESTIC WHEELED BIN REFUSE COLLECTION SYSTEM TO MONIFIETH/SIDLAW

There was submitted Report No 322/96 by the Director of Environmental and Consumer Protection regarding the provision of a wheeled bin refuse collection system for domestic waste in the areas of Angus previously within the City of Dundee District Council area. This would provide a service to householders which equated to that provided in other parts of Angus.

After discussion, the Committee agreed:-

(i) to record its appreciation of the work being done by the employees concerned;

(ii) to approve installation of a system of wheeled bin domestic refuse collection for the householders in Monifieth/Sidlaw on a once weekly kerbside collection frequency; and

(iii) to form a working group comprising the Convener of the Environmental and Consumer Protection Committee, the Convener of the Contract Services Committee and the four elected members from Monifieth/Sidlaw, together with the appropriate officials, to oversee the implementation of the scheme, to liaise with the Community Councils and other groups on specific issues, and to plan timescales leading to a start date.

6. ENVIRONMENTAL AND CONSUMER PROTECTION DEPARTMENTAL BUSINESS PLAN 1996/97

There was submitted Report No 323/96 by the Director of Environmental and Consumer Protection being the Department's first Business Plan for 1996/97.

The Committee noted that it was the aim of the Director to build upon the success of TRC Trading Standards Department and ADC Environmental Health Department, both of which had been organisations with high reputations. It was also noted that the Department would be required to meet 13 statutory performance indicators, more than any other service of the Council.

The Committee approved the Department's first Business Plan, agreed its general tenor and noted that specific issues would be brought before the Committee when appropriate.

7. RECYCLING - CURRENT TRENDS

There was submitted Report No 334/96 by the Director of Environmental and Consumer Protection regarding recycled commodity prices which would have budget implications.

The Committee noted with concern that there was already an identified budget shortfall due to the collapse in the price paid by the paper mill for recycled waste paper and that negotiations were continuing with Dundee City Council regarding that Council’s intention to charge £6 per tonne for accepting garden waste for composting.

The Committee agreed to note the contents of the Report and to continue with the recycling programme subject to careful monitoring of the situation.

8. NATIONAL PLANNING POLICY GUIDELINE - PLANNING AND WASTE MANAGEMENT

With reference to Article 3(c) of the minute of meeting of the Planning and Transport Policy Committee held on 25 April 1996, there was submitted Report No 260/96 by the Director of Planning, Transport and Economic Development outlining the advice on planning and waste management contained in a National Planning Policy Guideline (NPPG) published by the Scottish Office.

After noting that the Guideline clearly spelt out the respective roles of SEPA and local authorities in waste management planning, the Committee, for its interest, approved the recommendations as detailed in the Report.

9. MONIFIETH RECYCLING CENTRE - BUILDING DISREPAIR

There was submitted Report No 363/96 by the Director of Environmental and Consumer Protection regarding the attendant's accommodation at the Monifieth Recycling Centre which was in need of immediate replacement. The building, which had been inherited from the City of Dundee District Council, did not meet Health and Safety legislation and constituted a risk to the safety of any user.

The Committee agreed:-

(i) that the sub-standard attendant's accommodation be replaced with a portacabin facility at a cost of £5,000 to meet the requirements of the Workplace (Health and Safety Welfare) Regulations 1992; and

(ii) that the Director of Law and Administration write to Dundee City Council expressing this Council’s concern regarding the condition of this building.

10. APPOINTMENT OF AUTHORISED OFFICERS (ANIMAL HEALTH AND PEST CONTROL)

There was submitted Report No 347/96 by the Director of Environmental and Consumer Protection regarding the appointment of authorised officers in relation to animal health and welfare duties previously undertaken by Tayside Police.

The Committee agreed:-

(i) that, with immediate effect, Angus Council authorise officers covered in the Report to undertake powers of inspection and enforcement as specified and as provided for by statute and that the Director of Law and Administration issue in writing the necessary appointment of authorisation to these officers; and

(ii) that the Council indemnify any of its officers authorised as above, as regards any damages, costs or expenses levied against any officer by way of a complaint and where the Council was satisfied that the actions of the officer were within the officer's powers and duty according to statute.

11. SCOTTISH CONSUMER COUNCIL - PUBLIC TOILETS ACCESSIBILITY, CLEANLINESS AND FACILITIES

There was submitted Report No 354/96 by the Director of Environmental and Consumer Protection regarding the Scottish Consumer Council's decision to copy the findings of a survey of Scottish public toilets to local authorities.

The survey had noted that Angus had a good record for its provision of toilets for disabled people and there were currently 21 sites with such facilities. It was also noted that awards had been made to the town centre "superloos" in past years.

The Committee noted the Report (and the appended Report of the Scottish Consumer Council) and agreed that appropriate bodies be informed of the location of public toilet facilities for the disabled and that more publicity be provided on the availability of "radar" keys for these toilets.

12. 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 disclosure of information which was exempt in terms of Paragraph 6 and 8 of Part 1 of Schedule 7A to the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973.

13. RESTENNETH LANDFILL - ENGINEERING CONSULTANCY

There was submitted Report No 321/96 by the Director of Environmental and Consumer Protection informing the Committee that Part 3 of the engineering consultancy work was now required to bring the above project up to detailed specification level to ensure that this waste disposal facility would be available as required by May 1997.

The Committee agreed to continue the appointment of Cuthbertson Environmental Limited, Edinburgh, as landfill engineering consultants for the Restenneth Landfill project and that they be instructed to carry out Part 3 of the engineering development at a cost of £10,760.40.

14. SUPERLOO FACILITY, FAIRWAY GARAGE, CARNOUSTIE

With reference to minute 904/95 of the Angus District Council, there was submitted Report No 335/96 by the Director of Law and Administration advising the Committee of provisional figures in connection with the waiving of a title condition to allow the Council's proposed superloo facility at Fairway Garage, High Street, Carnoustie to be built.

The Committee agreed to offer the maximum consideration for the Minute of Waiver as valued by Messrs Graham and Sibbald, Chartered Surveyors, who were acting for the Council in this matter.