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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 24 September 1996 at 4.30 pm.

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

Also Present: Councillor IAN MACKINTOSH.

Apologies: Apologies for absence were intimated on behalf of Councillors Mrs KATHLEEN RITCHIE and RICHARD SPEIRS.

Councillor MOWATT, Convener, in the Chair.

1. MINUTE OF PREVIOUS MEETING

The minute of meeting of this Committee of 13 August 1996 was approved as a correct record and signed by the Convener.

2. ALTERATION TO FEES - WEIGHTS AND MEASURES

With reference to Article 2 of the minute of meeting of the Environmental and Consumer Protection Committee of 13 March 1996, there was submitted Report No 745/96 by the Director of Environmental and Consumer Protection seeking authorisation to further amend fees and charges relating to testing and calibration of weighing and measuring equipment in light of experience and practice in relation to weighbridge verification.

The Committee agreed that the amended charging arrangements as detailed in the Appendix to the Report be adopted by Angus Council.

3. LANDFILL TAX - TAX FREE AREAS

There was submitted Report No 748/96 by the Director of Environmental and Consumer Protection advising that the Council had been invited to apply for tax free areas for sorting and recycling of materials to be defined within the two landfill sites at Lochhead, Forfar and Arrats Mill, Brechin, subject to written agreement being obtained from HM Customs and Excise before such areas could be operated.

Councillors Murray and Ellis expressed concern that the introduction of the landfill tax on 1 October 1996 could lead to a reduction in urban regeneration work and could lead to unauthorised tipping on greenfield sites. They suggested that the tax should be levied on producers rather than on the disposers.

The Committee agreed that the Director of Environmental and Consumer Protection define two areas within the Council’s landfill sites as tax free areas for recycling and sorting and that these areas be registered with HM Customs and Excise.

4. WASTE MANAGEMENT LICENCES - COUNCIL SITES

There was submitted Report No 763/96 by the Director of Environmental and Consumer Protection advising that, as from 1 April 1996, SEPA (the Scottish Environment Protection Agency) had licensing and regulatory responsibility for Angus Council waste disposal and transfer facilities. The present site resolutions had to be converted into waste management licences and each local authority had to make application to SEPA by 1 October 1996 for such licences.

The Committee agreed:-

(i) to reiterate the policy of providing civic amenity sites for the reception of domestic bulky items and garden waste and endorse the controls in place at these sites as outlined in the Report; and

(ii) to submit the Report (No 763/96) to SEPA as part of the waste management licence application for civic amenity sites.

5. FOOD SAFETY

There was submitted Report No 762/96 by the Director of Environmental and Consumer Protection advising that during the current period of BSE control measures the Meat Hygiene Service had notified the Environmental and Consumer Protection Department of ten over age carcasses which had been returned to their owners for their own consumption, as provided for under present arrangements. The Director was concerned that owners might not fully understand that this meat must be kept physically separate from the public food chain and he advocated an amendment to the relevant Regulations.

After hearing Councillor Mackintosh and Councillor Murray the Committee agreed that the Director of Environmental and Consumer Protection write to the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries urging that early amendments be made to the BSE Control Regulations to prevent private slaughter of over age cattle and consequent return to their owners of these carcasses.

6. RECYCLED PAPER BALING

There was submitted Report No 784/96 by the Director of Environmental and Consumer Protection which highlighted operational problems in baling waste paper and recommended the improvement of systems and equipment.

The Committee therefore agreed:-

(i) to replace the manual paper baler unit at Cairnie Loan Depot, Arbroath with an automatic baler with ground level conveyor;

(ii) to finance the baler and associated equipment by an operating lease of £7,596.67 per annum over ten years, funded through savings achievable from a reduction in current paper baling overtime costs of £9,784 per annum; and

(iii) to meet the cost of relocating a three phase power supply and the construction of a pit for the conveyor at a cost of £5,000, funded from the current year’s Departmental Revenue Budget.

7. 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 8, 9 and 10 of Part 1 of Schedule 7A to the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973.

8. RESTENNETH LANDFILL - PRELIMINARY ENGINEERING WORKS

There was submitted Report No 749/96 by the Director of Environmental and Consumer Protection advising that, before the engineering works to form the cells of the landfill could begin, the infrastructures for the environmental monitoring of ground water to comply with planning consent conditions and the Waste Management Licence had to be installed and the sampling procedures set in motion.

The Committee agreed:-

(i) to install 19 groundwater monitoring units in the deposits around the perimeter of the landfill site; and

(ii) to instruct the Director of Environmental and Consumer Protection to carry out a programme of groundwater analysis during the site preparation phase in accordance with the guidance given in Waste Management Paper No 4.

9. VEHICLE TENDERS

There was submitted Report No 764/96 by the Director of Environmental and Consumer Protection on tenders received for the supply of vehicles.

The Committee agreed:-

(i) that in the case of the supply of one refuse collection vehicle:-

(a) the tender for the supply of one 4 x 2 Seddon chassis cab from Central Motors, Carlisle Road, Airdrie, amounting to £41,516 be accepted;

(b) the tender for the supply of a 13 cubic metre refuse collection body from PDE Geesink, Llantrisant, Pontyclum, West Glamorgan amounting to £38,556 be accepted; and

(c) the tender for the supply of automatic bin lifting equipment from Terberg Matec UK, Eccles, Manchester amounting to £16,650 be accepted.

(ii) to note that the item relating to the transit van had been withdrawn pending further investigation of cost.