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ENVIRONMENTAL AND CONSUMER PROTECTION

MINUTE of MEETING of the ENVIRONMENTAL AND CONSUMER PROTECTION COMMITTEE held in the Town and County Hall, Forfar on Tuesday 7 November 2000 at 4.00 pm.

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

Apologies: Apologies for absence were intimated on behalf of Councillors JOHN HENDERSON, PETER MURPHY and BILL ROBERTON.

Councillor WELSH, Convener, in the Chair.

1. 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 items 2, 3, 4 and 5 below so as to avoid the disclosure of information which was exempt in terms of Part 1 of Schedule 7A of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973, paragraphs 6, 8, 9 and 10.

2. VEHICLE AND PLANT TENDERS

With reference to Article 2(a) of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 8 August 2000, there was submitted Report No 1031/00 by the Director of Environmental and Consumer Protection detailing tenders received for various vehicles and plant.

The Committee agreed to note tenders received in respect of vehicles and plant individually valued up to £30,000 for which the Director of Environmental and Consumer Protection had delegated authority to act in terms of Section 16 and Appendix 1 of Financial Regulations, and his acceptance of the following tenders, namely:-

  1. the purchase of one Landrover from Town and County (Landrover) Aberdeen amounting to £13,870.64;
  2. the contract hire of two Renault Master LM25D van/conversion vehicles from Lex Vehicle Leasing at a cost of £6,337.80 per year, per vehicle, for a three year period;
  3. the contract hire of one Renault Master SM33D van/conversion from Lex Vehicle Leasing at a cost of £6,143.76 per year, per vehicle, for a three year period; and
  4. the contract hire of one Ford Transit 80 SWB van/conversion from Lex Vehicle Leasing at a cost of £3,308.28 per year, per vehicle, for a three year period.

3. LOCHHEAD/RESTENNETH LANDFILL CAPPING AND DRAINAGE

With reference to Article 2 of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 26 September 2000, there was submitted Report No 1041/00 by the Director of Environmental and Consumer Protection listing specialist landfill technology contractors who were recommended for inclusion on the tender list for the capping and drainage landfill works at Lochhead/Restenneth landfill complex.

The Committee agreed that the following companies be invited to tender for the capping and drainage works to be installed at the Lochhead/Restenneth landfill complex:-

4. RENEWAL AND REPAIR OF WASTE DISPOSAL PLANT

There was submitted Report No 1032/00 by the Director of Environmental and Consumer Protection recommending the allocation of funds from the Vehicle and Plant Repair and Renewal Fund for the replacement and repair of waste disposal plant to include the refurbishment of a landfill compactor, the replacement of transfer loading equipment at Arbroath and the replacement of a landfill leachate pump.

The Committee agreed:-

  1. to approve the allocation of £84,000 from the Vehicle and Plant Repairs and Renewal Fund; and
  2. to approve, in terms of Financial Regulation 16.1.3b(ii), the commissioning of the specialist landfill compactor refurbishment works at a total of £32,000.

5. LAND DONATION OFFER ­ ARRATS MILL LANDFILL

There was submitted Report No 1033/00 by the Director of Environmental and Consumer Protection advising that the new owners of the closed landfill site at Arrats Mill, Bridge of Dun had suggested that they donate this area of land to the Council and recommending that the Council accept the offer in light of the benefits outlined in the Report.

The Committee agreed to instruct the Director of Property Services, in consultation with the Director of Environmental and Consumer Protection and the Director of Law and Administration, to negotiate the completion of the proposed land donation.

6. MINUTE OF PREVIOUS MEETING

The minute of meeting of this Committee of 26 September 2000 was approved as a correct record and signed by the Convener.

7. 2001/2002 REVENUE BUDGET

There was submitted Report No 1028/00 by the Director of Finance advising the Committee of the latest position with regard to the preparation of the Environmental and Consumer Protection Department 2001/2002 Revenue Budget and associated issues, Appended to the Report was a summary of the departmental provisional base budget for 2001/2002 as submitted to the Director of Finance and subsequently reviewed by the Technical Validation Group.

The Committee agreed;

  1. to note that more detailed Reports with specific recommendations would be brought forward later in the budget cycle; and
  2. to note the contents of the Report for its interest at this stage in the budget process.

8. 2000/2004 FINANCIAL PLAN AND 2001/2002 CAPITAL BUDGET

There was submitted Report No 1029/00 by the Director of Finance advising the Committee of the latest position with regard to the preparation of the 2000/2004 Financial Plan (incorporating the 2001/2002 capital budget) for the Environmental and Consumer Protection Department, together with the departmental Financial Plan submissions for 2000/2004 as returned to the Director of Finance and subsequently reviewed by the Technical Validation Group.

The Committee agreed to note the contents of the Report for its interest at this stage in the Financial Plan process and that more detailed reports with specific recommendations would be brought forward later in the Financial Plan cycle.

9. HUMAN RIGHTS ACT AUDIT

There was submitted Report No 1036/00 (10k) by the Director of Environmental and Consumer Protection outlining the issues arising and action being taken by the staff in the Environmental and Consumer Protection Department in respect of the Human Rights Legislation which had been enacted on 2 October 2000.

The Committee agreed to note the contents of the Report.

10. CLEANSING AND WASTE MANAGEMENT SERVICES ARRANGEMENTS ­ CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR HOLIDAY PERIOD

With reference to Article 10 of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 9 November 1999, there was submitted Report No 1042/00 (28k) by the Director of Environmental and Consumer Protection proposing arrangements for refuse and wastepaper collection over the Christmas and New Year holiday period. The Report advised that, due to staff holidays within Contract Services (Cleansing), the arrangements for the various services, including refuse collection required to be altered.

Having heard the Convener and Councillor McGlynn on the adjusted rotas for refuse and wastepaper collection services and other cleansing services over the festive period, the Committee agreed:-

  1. to approve the following adjusted rotas for domestic rural premises:-
    Domestic PremisesRural
    Monday 25.12.00Holiday ­ No Collection
    Tuesday 26.12.00Holiday ­ No Collection
    Wednesday 27.12.00Monday Collection
    Thursday 28.12.00Tuesday Collection
    Friday 29.12.00Friday Collection
    Monday 1.1.01Holiday ­ No Collection
    Tuesday 2.1.01Holiday ­ No Collection
    Wednesday 3.1.01Wednesday Collection
    Thursday 4.1.01Thursday Collection
    Friday 5.1.01Friday Collection
    Monday 8.1.01Services Return to Normal
  2. to delegate to the Director of Environmental and Consumer Protection, in consultation with the Convener and Vice-Convener, the adjustment of rotas for domestic town premises; and
  3. to approve the following adjusted rotas for commercial premises:-
    Commercial PremisesTownsRural
    Wednesday 27.12.00Mon/Wed CollectionsAll Collections
    Thursday 28.12.00Thurs CollectionCarried Out
    Friday 29.12.00Friday CollectionWithin Week
    Wednesday 3.1.01Mon/Wed CollectionsAll Collections
    Thursday 4.1.01Thurs CollectionCarried Out
    Friday 5.1.01Friday CollectionWithin Week

11. FIREWORKS

The Committee noted that, each year at this time, Angus Council promoted firework safety and, this year, the positive message of avoiding and reducing firework accidents was being promoted. A press release on this matter had been issued by the Convener prior to 5 November.

12. THE FOOD STANDARDS AGENCY'S APPROACH TO OPENNESS AND RISK

There was submitted Report No 1037/00 (34k) by the Director of Environmental and Consumer Protection advising that two consultation documents had been received from the Food Standards Agency regarding its suggested approach to openness and risk entitled "The Code of Practice on Openness" and "The Food Standards Agency's Approach to Risk".

The Report concluded that the documents were an attempt to clarify the role of the Agency in its objective to protect the consumer in terms of public health and food safety and that they were to be welcomed as a positive step in the Agency's role of protecting the consumer.

The Committee agreed to note and approve the contents of the Report as the Council's response to the consultation documents.

13. BUTCHERS' SHOPS LICENSING

With reference to Article 10 of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 23 May 2000, there was submitted Report No 1038/00 (29k) by the Director of Environmental and Consumer Protection on the implementation of the Food Safety (General Food Hygiene) (Butcher Shops) Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2000. As from 2 October 2000, the Regulations required the annual licensing by food authorities of retail butcher shops in Scotland. In Angus, twenty four retail premises had been assessed in terms of the legislation and had received their licences.

Having heard the Convener on the departmental costs associated with the implementation of the Regulations, the Committee agreed to note the contents of the Report.

14. ANGUS HEALTH FAIR, MONTROSE

The Committee were advised that, as in previous years, the Environmental and Consumer Protection Department had taken part in the Angus Health Fair which had been held in Montrose Town Hall on Thursday 28 September 2000. The theme of the Department's display had been food safety issues including labelling, GM food etc. Approximately 250 people had visited the display during the day. The display had been manned by various members of staff whose enthusiasm for the subject matter had helped in getting the food safety message across to those who had taken time to visit the display.

The Committee agreed to note the position.

15. MOTOR VEHICLE SERVICING ETC. COLLABORATION PROJECT

With reference to Article 5 of the minute of meeting of this Committee of 11 April 2000, there was submitted Report No 1039/00 (12k) by the Director of Environmental and Consumer Protection advising of a collaboration scheme between several Scottish local authorities to set up a vehicle servicing checking unit to assist Consumer Protection enforcement work.

The Report concluded that, as the project was 50% funded by the Department of Trade and Industry, with only a small cash contribution from Councils, it presented the opportunity to alleviate some of the concerns of local motoring consumers which had been identified by the Office of Fair Trading.

The Committee agreed:-

  1. to note the contents of the Report; and
  2. to approve funding towards the cost of the project in the amount of £2,500.

16. RECYCLING STEEL CANS - SAVE-A-CAN

There was submitted Report No 1040/00 (29k) by the Director of Environmental and Consumer Protection examining the options of steel can recycling, following the withdrawal of the steel packaging recycling body, CORUS, from the "Save-A-Can" scheme. The scheme involved steel can collection at recycling centres and this process appeared to be less cost effective than recovery of cans from Angus refuse going through the Dundee Waste to Energy plant ­ DERL. However, the DERL plant had been shut down for a number of months due to a fire at the plant, leaving "Save-A-Can" as the only alternative meantime.

The Report concluded that further consideration should be given to the means of recycling cans with a full appraisal of the options following the recommencing of operations at the DERL plant and that, in the meantime, the "Save-A-Can" system should continue.

The Committee agreed:-

  1. that Angus Council should take over control of the "Save-A-Can" scheme initially from CORUS;
  2. that the scheme should not be extended from the current level of operation meantime; and
  3. that the Director of Environmental and Consumer Protection should report back in due course on the future viability of the scheme.
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