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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 August 1997 at 4.45 pm.

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

Councillor MOWATT, Convener, in the Chair.

1. MINUTE OF PREVIOUS MEETING

The minute of meeting of this Committee of 20 May 1997 was approved as a correct record and signed by the Convener.

2. MONIKIE VILLAGE CIVIC AMENITY SKIP SITE

There was submitted Report No 771/97 by the Director of Environmental and Consumer Protection advising the Committee that, since the implementation of landfill tax in October 1996, a number of traders had been misusing the skip site at Monikie.

The Report advised that the primary purpose of the Monikie skip site was to provide a disposal point for householders to deposit bulky household items and garden waste and an application had been made to SEPA for a Waste Management Licence for the Monikie skip site. In order to make the application more acceptable and to improve the situation, it was proposed to fit gates over the access and to arrange for a vehicle and an operative to attend the site twice weekly to provide a service to the village.

The Committee agreed:-

(i) to open the skip site at Monikie for the use of local residents only for 2 periods per week, on Wednesday evenings from 4.30 pm until 6.30 pm and on Saturday mornings from 9.00 am until 11.00 am, during which periods the site would be supervised by a Council operative; and

(ii) to keep the skip site closed at all other times with no skips present at the site.

3. RECYCLING CENTRES - CHARTER MARK

It was reported that an application had been made by the Director of Environmental and Consumer Protection for Charter Mark recognition of the high standard of recycling centres provided by the Council.

The Committee noted that an official from the Charter Mark Office was due to visit Angus later this month to carry out an assessment at the sites and to interview site users.

4. PAPER AND CARDBOARD RECYCLING

There was submitted Report No 764/97 by the Director of Environmental and Consumer Protection which alerted the Committee to changes in the market for paper product wastes, the effect this would have on the Council’s ability to recycle paper and the need for changes in the method of collection.

The Report advised that due to the collapse in the market for mixed paper waste, action was now required to separate the different grades of paper at source.

The Committee agreed:-

(i) that the Director seek to recover paper and cardboard, separated at source;

(ii) that container and packaging cardboard only be collected from the kerbside of commercial premises;

(iii) that newspaper, magazines and pamphlets be collected kerbside from domestic premises;

(iv) that newsprint, papers and cardboard be received at recycling centres and paper banks; and

(v) that the Director examine the potential for letter quality paper recycling and markets and report back in due course to the Committee.

5. ENVIRONMENTAL AND CONSUMER PROTECTION DEPARTMENT - HEALTH AND SAFETY POLICY AND PROGRESS REPORT

There was submitted Report No 765/97 by the Director of Environmental and Consumer Protection describing the terms of the Department’s Health and Safety policy and the progress which had been made in assessing risk and implementing safety procedures.

The Report advised that a small core Safety Group of 6 people had been set up within the Department representing different sections; under the direction of the Head of Consumer Protection.

The Committee noted the terms of the Report and in particular the attached Appendices.

6. CHANGES TO AUTHORISATIONS FOR TRADING STANDARDS ADVISERS

With reference to Article 3 of the minute of meeting of the Environmental and Consumer Protection Committee of 13 March 1996, there was submitted Report No 761/97 by the Director of Environmental and Consumer Protection seeking approval for a change to the list of authorisations for certain officers within the Environmental and Consumer Protection Department.

The Committee approved a change to the list of authorised statutes enforceable by Trading Standards Advisers in the Trading Standards Section of the Department who were qualified to full DCA level as outlined in the Report and its Appendix; and instructed the Director of Law and Administration to issue the necessary authorisations.

7. RECYCLING STATISTICS AND UPDATE 1996/97

There was submitted Report No 763/97 by the Director of Environmental and Consumer Protection on the recycling statistics for 1996/97.

The Report advised that, despite the difficulties in selling on recycled commodities, there had again been positive progress in the percentages of waste which had been recycled during 1996/97. However, there was still some way to go before reaching the Government target of 25% of domestic waste collected by the year 2000.

The Committee noted the contents of the Report and the appended statistics which provided details of all materials recovered by the Council for recycling in its first year of operation from 1 April 1996 to 31 March 1997.

8. ENVIRONMENTAL AND CONSUMER PROTECTION DEPARTMENTAL BUSINESS AND DEVELOPMENT PLAN 1997/98

There was submitted Report No 762/97 by the Director of Environmental and Consumer Protection which introduced the second Business and Development Plan for the Department for the year 1997/98.

The Committee noted that it was the aim of the Director to build upon the successes of last year and he had updated the Business and Development Plan to reflect alterations and improvements to its aims. The Plan would be a useful management tool in developing quality environmental and consumer protection services for all the people of Angus.

The Committee approved the Department’s Business and Development Plan for 1997/98.

9. EXCLUSION OF PUBLIC AND PRESS

The Committee resolved to exclude the public and press from the meeting during consideration of the following item so as to avoid the disclosure of information which was exempt in terms of paragraphs 6 and 10 of Part I of Schedule 7A of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973.

10. RESTENNETH LANDFILL SITE - SPECIALIST WORKS - SELECT TENDER LIST

There was submitted Report No 836/97 by the Director of Environmental and Consumer Protection recommending that tenders be invited from firms who had expressed an interest in tendering for the specialist landfill site engineering works at Restenneth.

The Committee agreed that the 6 contractors listed in the Report be invited to tender for the works.