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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, 9 April 1996 at 4.05 pm.

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

Apologies: Apologies for absence were intimated on behalf of Councillors GEORGE ALLAN, 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 March 1996 was approved as a correct record and signed by the Convener.

2. APPOINTMENT OF PUBLIC ANALYST AND AGRICULTURAL ANALYST

There was submitted Report No 184/96 by the Director of Environmental and Consumer Protection advising the Committee that there was a legal requirement placed upon the Council in terms of the Food Safety Act 1990 and the Agriculture Act 1970 as amended by the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1994 to appoint a Public Analyst and an Agricultural Analyst.

The Committee agreed that Angus Council appoint the Public Analyst, City of Dundee, Scientific Services Department, being a person in possession of the relevant qualifications prescribed in Regulations made under the Food Safety Act 1990 and the Agriculture Act 1970, to be the Public Analyst and Agricultural Analyst for Angus Council.

3. COMMERCIAL WASTE CHARGING - RECYCLING CENTRES

There was submitted Report No 186/96 by the Director of Environmental and Consumer Protection regarding a scheme of charges for commercial concerns depositing waste materials at the Council recycling centres.

After noting that agricultural and industrial tractors and trailers and lorries over 3.5 tonnes would not be permitted to use the recycling centres but would be referred to an alternative off-site deposit facility, the Committee agreed:-

(i) that cars/car based vans be charged 57p (ex VAT) per load;

(ii) that medium vans under 3.5 tonnes (GVW) and trailers up to 2 tonnes (GVW) be charged £1.16 (ex VAT) per load; and

(iii) that no charge be levied on commercial loads consisting totally of uncontaminated materials acceptable by the Council for recycling.

4. VEHICLES DISAGGREGATED FROM DUNDEE

There was submitted Report No 188/96 by the Director of Environmental and Consumer Protection advising that various cleansing vehicles and ground maintenance vehicles had been disaggregated from Dundee District Council, and inherited by the Council along with similar vehicles from Angus District Council.

After noting a list of the vehicles, the Committee agreed:-

(i) that the Director of Environmental and Consumer Protection, as Transport Manager, examine the inherited pool of vehicles from both Dundee and Angus District Councils and select the ones most likely to provide economic service for further use during 1996/97; and

(ii) that the vehicles unlikely to provide further economic service be disposed of by auction as soon as possible.

5. JOINT WEIGHBRIDGE TEST UNIT SCHEME

There was submitted Report No 190/96 by the Director of Environmental and Consumer Protection seeking approval to enter into a joint arrangement with Fife Council to provide a weighbridge test vehicle to carry out statutory checks on Angus weighbridges.

The Report set out the proposed schedule of visits to Angus for 1996/97, which would cost in the region of £3,000 and could be met from the Department’s Revenue Budget.

The Committee agreed that Angus Council enter into a joint agreement with Fife Council, and with 14 other Scottish authorities, to provide a weighbridge test vehicle service to enable the authority to carry out statutory checks on weighbridges under the Weights and Measures Act 1985.

6. MONIFIETH RECYCLING CENTRE - OPENING HOURS ETC.

There was submitted Report No 189/96 by the Director of Enviromental and Consumer Protection regarding the Monifieth Recycling Centre, which fell below the standard provided at the other Angus Centres. The Report suggested some improvements which could be made within the 1996/97 Budget as the facility was currently well used.

The Committee agreed:-

(i) to open the Recycling Centre at Monifieth 7 days weekly, apart from Christmas and New Year Public Holidays, from 8.00 a.m. until 8.00 p.m. during the period April to October and from 8.00 a.m. until 5.00 p.m. during October to April, the actual dates to coincide with the change to British Summertime;

(ii) to provide an oil bank for waste engine oil;

(iii) to provide suitable 1,100 litre containers for glass recycling;

(iv) to negotiate with a scrap metal recycler to provide a skip service for scrap metal storage and removal;

(v) to store refrigerators and freezers securely, and to de-gas the same by removing CFCs before recycling the metal parts;

(vi) to provide a "Save A Can" skip for metal can recycling;

(vii) to provide 1,100 litre bins for segregated textile recycling; and

(viii) to provide a facility for plastic recycling.