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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 10 August 1999 at 4.00 pm.

Present: Councillors SHEENA WELSH, STEWART McGLYNN, IAN ANGUS, BILL CROWE, FRANK ELLIS, ALISTAIR GRAY, JOHN HENDERSON, JOY MOWATT, ROBERT MYLES, PETER NIELD and BILL ROBERTON.

Apologies: Apologies for absence were intimated on behalf of Councillors IAN MACKINTOSH and PETER MURPHY.

Councillor Welsh, Convener, in the Chair.

1. EXCLUSION OF PUBLIC AND PRESS

The Committee resolved, in terms of Standing Order No 27(2) that the public and press be excluded during consideration of Item 2 below so as to avoid disclosure of information which was exempt in terms of Part 1 of Schedule 7A of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973, Paragraphs 6, 8 and 9.

2. RESTENNETH LANDFILL DEVELOPMENT PHASE 2 - LOCHHEAD LANDFILL RESTORATION - SELECTION OF CONSULTANTS

There was submitted Report No 707/99 by the Director of Environmental and Consumer Protection recommending that the environmental consultants listed in the Report be invited to tender for the necessary consultancy services for the Restenneth Landfill Development Phase 2. The work comprised the design of Phase 2 of the contained landfill; design of a gas extraction system; alterations to site fixtures in terms of engineering and preparation of bills of quantities and design drawings to the satisfaction of the Director of Environmental and Consumer Protection and the Director of Property Services.

The Committee agreed to approve the select list of environmental consultants as detailed in the Report, subject to any financial assessment deemed to be necessary by the Director of Finance, in consultation with the Director of Environmental and Consumer Protection.

3. MINUTE OF PREVIOUS MEETING

The minute of meeting of this Committee of 25 May 1999 was approved as a correct record and signed by the Convener.

4. SERVICE PLAN 1999/2000

With reference to Article 5(a) of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 11 August 1998, there was submitted Report No 708/99 by the Director of Environmental and Consumer Protection outlining the Service Plan for the Environmental and Consumer Protection Department for the year 1999/2000. The Service Plan had been updated to reflect alterations and improvements to the aims of the Department, including future plans beyond the year 2000 and was designed to act as a focus for all staff in the Department to encourage on going delivery of high quality services. Personal Action Plans for senior officers, along with targets, would be developed from the Plan.

The Committee agreed to approve the Environmental and Consumer Protection Department’s Service Plan for 1999/2000.

5. PLANNED OVERTIME

There was submitted Report No 709/99 by the Director of Environmental and Consumer Protection seeking authorisation to allow planned overtime working by Senior Officers of the Environmental and Consumer Protection Department and setting out the financial implications.

The nature of the work was such that experienced and qualified officers were required to undertake visits outwith normal hours. Since the Department did not presently have the resources to employ basic grade qualified officers, the duties fell to be carried out by Senior Officers.

The Committee agreed to authorise a limited amount of planned overtime by Senior Officers in the Trading Standards Section of the Environmental and Consumer Protection Department.

6. HELA STRATEGY FOR 1999-2002 - REDUCING RISKS: PROTECTING PEOPLE

There was submitted Report No 710/99 by the Director of Environmental and Consumer Protection describing the development of the Health and Safety Executive/Local Authority Enforcement Liaison Committee (HELA) strategy for 1999-2002. The Report set out the role of local authorities in relation to the five strategic themes identified by HELA and recommended that the strategy be supported as it mirrored, to a degree, the Council’s own strategic aims.

The Committee agreed:-

(i) to note the contents of the Report; and

(ii) to support the strategy and the endeavours of the Director and his staff in meeting the main aims of the themes of the strategy.

7. DRAFT NATIONAL WASTE STRATEGY: SCOTLAND

SCOTTISH ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION AGENCY (SEPA)

There was submitted Joint Report No 706/99 by the Director of Planning and Transport and the Director of Environmental and Consumer Protection commenting on the consultation document entitled "Draft National Waste Strategy: Scotland", which had been published by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA). The Report highlighted areas of specific interest to the Council, in particular the formation of local Waste Strategy Areas, and set out, in an appendix, the statutory and voluntary targets to be adopted to implement the draft Strategy.

The preparation and publication of the National Waste Strategy for Scotland was designed to ensure that all parties involved in waste planning and management were clear what was expected of them and the changes which they would need to put in place to achieve the overall objective of sustainable waste management. The Strategy developed a range of statutory and voluntary targets from the EU Landfill Directive and other Directives. The purpose of the targets was to set a framework within which decisions on sustainable waste management could be taken. Some of these changes would take place in the short term whilst others would be developed over the next 20 years and therefore it would be necessary for the Strategy to be reviewed and updated over time. The Strategy should not be seen as an end in itself but as something which evolved taking account of legislative, technical and other changes in the waste management industry.

The Report concluded by noting that Angus had undertaken a number of initiatives in operational waste management and had a current statutory land use policy base (Structure and Local Plan). These would be important in implementing the Strategy in a way which secured and maintained a quality environment in Angus.

Having heard Councillor McGlynn express concern regarding the public accountability of SEPA, the Committee agreed:-

(i) to advise SEPA that the Committee noted and welcomed the proposed establishment of local Waste Strategy Area groups but expressed considerable concern over the apparent lack of accountability of SEPA to citizens; and called upon SEPA to make the proposed local groups open and accessible to the public and to take any other necessary steps to address that democratic deficit;

(ii) to note the general terms of the Draft National Waste Strategy: Scotland published by SEPA, a copy of which had been placed in the Members’ Lounge;

(iii) to note the number of initiatives already being undertaken by Angus Council which supported the principles and policies of the Draft National Waste Strategy; and

(iv) to submit the Report to SEPA as the observations of Angus Council on the Draft National Waste Strategy drawing particular attention to Section 4.

8. COMMERCIAL WASTES - REVIEW OF CHARGES

With reference to Article 6 of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 11 August 1998, there was submitted Report No 711/99 by the Director of Environmental and Consumer Protection setting out proposals for increases in the charges for (a) collection by the Council of commercial and Industrial wastes and (b) commercial and trade concerns depositing wastes at Recycling Centres.

Having noted that the increase was due to a combination of higher transport costs and costs for landfill and disposal, the Committee agreed to approve the undernoted charges from 1 December 1999:-

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

£
Two wheeled 240/360 It 1.02 (+ VAT) per lift
Four wheeled bins 4.73 (+ VAT) per lift
Sacks 0.72 (+ VAT) per lift

(ii) for mixed loads of commercial waste received at Council Recycling Centres:-

£
Cars, car based vans 1.02 (+ VAT) per load
Medium vans under 3.5 tonnes GVW 4.72 (+ VAT) per load
Trailers up to 2 tonnes GVW 4.72 (+ VAT) per load

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

9. RECYCLING

(a) Statistics and Recycling Plan Update 1998/99

With reference to Article 9(a) of the minute of meeting of the Environmental and Consumer Protection Committee of 10 August 1999, there was submitted Report No 712/99 by the Director of Environmental and Consumer Protection providing an update on the situation regarding recycling and outlining progress in relation to the Council's Recycling Plan and related activities.

The Committee, for its interest, agreed to note the contents of the Report.

(b) Summer Awareness Initiative

The Committee noted that Recycling Centres throughout Angus would be open to the public in a series of "open days" as part of the Department’s Summer Awareness Initiative. Copies of the leaflet "Recycling in Angus", which would be launched as part of the initiative were circulated to members of the Committee.

The Convener urged elected members and members of the public to attend the Centres which would be open between 2.00 pm and 7.00 pm as follows:-

Broomfield Road, Montrose 18 August 1999

Balmachie Road, Carnoustie 19 August 1999

Cairnie Loan, Arbroath 25 August 1999

Queenswell Road, Forfar 26 August 1999

Riverview, Monifieth 31 August 1999.

10. FOOD HYGIENE EDUCATION INITIATIVE FOR VOLUNTARY GROUPS

There was submitted Report No 713/99 by the Director of Environmental and Consumer Protection advising the Committee that Angus "Health for All" Task Group had sponsored places for members of the voluntary sector on an elementary food hygiene course organised by the Department of Environmental and Consumer Protection.

Feedback from the course had been extremely positive. All students had successfully completed the course and the Department had organised a presentation of certificates by the Convener of this Committee on 11 August 1999 in the Meffan Institute, Forfar.

The Committee agreed:-

(i) to note the contents of the Report; and

(ii) to congratulate the Angus "Health for All" Task Group for their sponsorship to help improve food safety in the voluntary sector.