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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 30 September 1997 at 4.30 pm.

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

Apology An apology for absence was intimated on behalf of Councillor Glennis Middleton

Councillor MOWATT, Convener, in the Chair.

1. WELCOME

The Convener welcomed Councillor Stewart McGlynn, Monifieth, who was attending his first meeting of the Environmental and Consumer Protection Committee.

2. MINUTE OF PREVIOUS MEETING

The minute of meeting of this Committee of 12 August 1997 was approved as a correct record and signed by the Convener.

3. WINTER OPENING OF TOILETS AT MILTON OF CLOVA

There was submitted Report No 976/97 by the Director of Environmental and Consumer Protection advising the Committee that the Kirriemuir Landward East Community Council had requested that the toilet block at Milton of Clova be kept open at weekends during the winter due to the high level of visitor demand.

The Committee agreed:-

(i) to open the toilet block at Milton of Clova during weekends from October 1997 until April 1998;

(ii) to carry out frost proofing measures at the Clova toilet block; and

(iii) that a report be prepared at the end of the winter period on the levels of usage and any frost damage incurred during the period.

4. COMMUNICABLE DISEASE MAJOR INCIDENT PLAN

There was submitted Report No 979/97 by the Director of Environmental and Consumer Protection advising the Committee that, as a result of one of the Pennington Committee’s priority recommendations, the Communicable Disease Major Incident Plan between the Health Board and the Tayside local authorities had been revised.

The Committee noted and approved the revised Communicable Disease Major Incident Plan.

5. PRIVATE WATER SUPPLY SAFETY

There was submitted Report No 977/97 by the Director of Environmental and Consumer Protection advising the Committee that the Scottish Office had issued a leaflet targeted at owners and users of private water supplies which offered advice on protecting private water supplies from contamination.

The Report advised that, in view of the continuing sporadic outbreaks of E.coli 0157 in Scotland where private water supplies had been implicated, it was felt that there was a need to highlight the importance of protecting private water supplies and to make owners and users aware of their responsibilities.

The Committee agreed:-

(I) to note the advice given in the leaflet "Keeping it Safe";

(ii) to instruct the Director of Environmental and Consumer Protection to make identified private water supply owners and users aware of the contents of the leaflet and other sources of advice available; and

(iii) to press NOSWA for a timescale for connecting these supplies to the public supply.

6. ALLOCATION OF ELIGIBLE LANDFILL TAX CONTRIBUTIONS TO ANGUS WASTES ENVIRONMENT TRUST

With reference to Article 14 of the minute of meeting of the Policy and Resources Committee of 17 June 1997, there was submitted Report No 975/97 by the Director of Environmental and Consumer Protection advising members that the payment for 1996/97 to the Angus Wastes Environment Trust had now been made as the contribution year could not be extended beyond 30 September 1997.

After hearing Councillor Mrs Ritchie, who suggested that Angus Council should put a bid into the Trust for expansion of the various recycling centres throughout Angus, the Committee agreed to homologate the decision of the Convener and the Director of Environmental and Consumer Protection in authorising:-

(i) payment of the maximum allowable contribution of £90,200 into the Angus Environment Trust; and

(ii) the 10% balance payment to the Angus Environment Trust which amounted to £8,200 and was included in the above total.

7. PENNINGTON REPORTS - ADDITIONAL FUNDING

There was submitted Joint Report No 980/97 by the Director of Environmental and Consumer Protection and the Director of Personnel advising members that, in recognition of the resource implications of the Pennington Report recommendations for Environmental Health Departments, the Scottish Office Minister for Health had announced additional funding for Scottish local authorities of some £5.8m commencing on 1 September 1997 and extending to 1999/2000. Thereafter, it was likely that a Food Safety Agency would be in place and the responsibilities and duties might be varied between the Agency and the local authorities.

The Report proposed that better efficiency and effectiveness could be achieved by improving and focusing management control. Specifically, the Directors recommended that a Principal Food Safety Officer should be appointed to lead and co-ordinate the food safety activity of the Council, and that a part-time Clerical Assistant targeted at database and record keeping be added to the establishment of the Environmental and Consumer Protection Department. Extra funding should also be made available for target training of EHOs in food safety techniques.

The Committee noted that the Report had examined how best the additional funding could be fitted to Angus food safety needs and agreed to note and approve the terms of the Report for its interest.

8. COMMERCIAL WASTES - REVIEW OF CHARGES

There was submitted Report No 981/97 by the Director of Environmental and Consumer Protection which advised the Committee of proposals to increase the charges for collection by the Council of commercial and industrial wastes and for commercial and trade concerns depositing wastes at the recycling centres.

After some discussion regarding fly-tipping, the Committee agreed that the undernoted revised charges be applied from 1 December 1997:-

(i) for commercial and industrial wastes uplifted by the Council:-

£
Two wheeled 240/360 lt - 0.72 (+ VAT) per lift
Four wheeled bins 1100/1280 lt - 3.30 (+ VAT) per lift
Sacks - 0.70 (+ VAT) per lift

(ii) for mixed loads of commercial waste received at the Council’s recycling centres:-

£
Cars, car based vans - 0.72 (+ VAT) per load
Medium vans under 3.5 tonnes GVW - 3.30 (+ VAT) per load
Trailers up to 2 tonnes GVW - 3.30 (+ VAT) per load

(iii) that no charge be made where the total load/item consisted of uncontaminated materials accepted by the Council for recycling.

9. SUPPLY OF REFUSE COLLECTION VEHICLES - TENDER LIST

There was submitted Report No 978/97 by the Director of Environmental and Consumer Protection regarding a list of vehicle suppliers for refuse collection vehicle chassis, body and lifting equipment.

The Committee agreed that the following vehicle suppliers be invited to tender in connection with the provision of refuse collection vehicles in 1997/98:-

(i) for refuse collection vehicle chassis:-

Charles Lawie Commercials - Foden, Portlethen
ERF (Strathclyde) Ltd, Glasgow
Dennis Eagle, Warwick
Central Motors (Calderbank) Ltd - Seddon, Airdrie

(ii) for refuse collection vehicle body:-

Cargotec (UK) Ltd - Norba, Ellesmere, Shropshire
Faun Municipal Vehicles, Anglesley, Wales
Lacre Geesink Ltd, Pontyclun, Mid Glamorgan
Dennis Eagle, Warwick

(iii) for bin lifter equipment:-

Cargotec (UK) Ltd, Ellesmere, Shropshire
Faun Municipal Vehicles, Anglesley, Wales
Lacre Geesink Ltd, Pontyclun, Mid Glamorgan
Dennis Eagle, Warwick
Terberg Matec UK, Warrington, Cheshire
Zoller Waste Systems Ltd, Redditch
Otto Lift (UK) Ltd, Derbyshire