Committees

A meeting of the Transport, Environmental and Community Services Committee will take place in the Council Chamber, Council Headquarters, Glenurquhart Road, Inverness on Thursday 20 November  2008 at 10.30 am.

 

You are invited to attend the meeting and a note of the business to be considered is attached.

 

Yours faithfully

 

Michelle Morris
Assistant Chief Executive

 

Declarations of Interest – Members are asked to consider whether they have an interest to declare in relation to any item on the agenda for this meeting. Any Member making a declaration of interest should indicate whether it is a financial or non-financial interest and include some information on the nature of the interest. Advice may be sought from Officers prior to the meeting taking place.

 

Business

 

1. Apologies for Absence

 

2. Presentation – Rail Services

 

Mr F Roach, HITRANS, will give a presentation on rail services in the Highlands.

 

3. Revenue Budget Monitoring – 1 April to 30 September 2008

 

There is circulated Report No TEC-82-08 by the Director of Transport, Environmental and Community Services setting out the revenue monitoring position for the period 1 April to 30 September 2008 and the projected year end position.

 

The Committee is invited to note the report and the attached monitoring statements which show the revenue position for the period 1 April to 30 September 2008.

 

4. Capital Expenditure Monitoring – 1 April to 30 September 2008

 

There is circulated Report No TEC-83-08 by the Director of Transport, Environmental and Community Services summarising the capital expenditure monitoring position for the period 1 April to 30 September 2008 and the projected year end position.

 

The Committee is invited to:-

 

i.  note the report and the attached monitoring statements which show the
    capital expenditure position for the period 1 April to 30 September 2008;
    and
ii. agree that stabilising works at Stromeferry and the Portree to Staffin lifeline
    road scheme be brought forward to take account of slippage in the
    allocation for lifeline bridges.

 

5. Programme for the Roll Out of the Rural Kerbside Recycling
    Collection Service

 

There is circulated Report No TEC-84-08 by the Director of Transport, Environmental and Community Services advising Members of the programme to roll out the extended rural kerbside recycling collection service to the majority of households in Highland that do not currently received a kerbside collection service for dry recyclables, and supporting the Council’s commitment to increase the amount of waste recycled in the Highlands to 40% by 2010 and work towards kerbside recycling across the Highlands.

 

The Committee is invited to note the details of the programme to roll out the rural kerbside recycling collection service to the majority of households in Highland that do not currently receive a kerbside collection service for dry recyclables.

 

6. Charges for Commercial and Industrial Waste 2009/10

 

There is circulated Report No TEC-85-08 by the Director of Transport, Environmental and Community Services seeking approval to increase the charges for the collection and disposal of commercial and industrial wastes from 1 April 2009 and advising Members of the “Commercial Customer Bring Recycling Scheme” which encourages commercial customers to increase their level of recycling and minimise their waste disposal costs in support of the Council’s commitment to increase the amount of waste recycled in the Highlands to 40% by 2010.

 

The Committee is invited to:-

 

i.  agree that the collection and disposal element of the charges for
    commercial and industrial wastes be increased by 20% and that the increase
    in landfill tax (£8/tonne) be passed directly on to commercial customers;
    and
ii. note that commercial customers are encouraged to increase their level of
    recycling and minimise their disposal costs through the “Commercial
    Customer Bring Recycling Scheme”.

 

7. Waste Data Digest 2007/08

 

There is circulated Report No TEC-86-08 by the Director of Transport, Environmental and Community Services providing a summary of the Waste Data Digest for 2007/08 and seeking approval to publish the full report on the Council’s website.

 

The Committee is invited to:-

 

i.  note the summary of the Waste Data Digest for 2007/08 as contained in
   Appendix A to the report; and
ii. approve the publication of the full report on the Council’s website.

 

8. Reducing Energy Consumption – Street Lighting

 

There is circulated Report No TEC-87-08 by the Director of Transport, Environmental and Community Services advising Members of the increasing cost of energy associated with the provision of street lighting and examining options for reducing energy consumption to support the Council’s commitment to reduce energy use and carbon emissions.

 

The Committee is invited to agree that:-

 

i.  in areas where there is no requirement for CCTV, a combination of dimming
    and white lamp sources be adopted as the standard for street lighting for
    new developments and the replacement of existing equipment;
ii.  in areas where there is a requirement for CCTV, white lamp sources be
    adopted as the standard for street lighting for new developments and the
    replacement of existing equipment;
iii. further work be carried out to establish the most effective options for
     reducing the electricity consumption for existing street lighting installations,
     based on either dimming, white lamp sources or a combination of both,
     taking account of cost implications and future savings, and that a further
     report be submitted to the Transport, Environmental and Community
     Services Committee; and
iv. the option to switch off street lighting overnight should only be considered
     for specific areas where there is support from the local community and the
     Police.

 

9. The Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Bill

 

There is circulated Report No TEC-88-08 by the Director of Transport, Environmental and Community Services advising that the Scottish Government’s Rural Affairs and Environment Committee sought views on the general principles of the Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Bill and had called for evidence from local authorities and other interested parties by 11 November 2008.  The report supports the Council’s commitment to work with CoSLA and the Scottish Government to promote legislation to simplify the process of securing Flood Prevention Orders.

 

The Committee is invited to:-

 

i.  homologate the Council’s response to the Scottish Government’s call for
    evidence in relation to the draft Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Bill as
    contained in Appendix A to the report; and
ii.  note that the Council is seeking further clarification from the Scottish
    Government on the funding implications.

 

10. The Scottish Road Network Landslide Study

 

There is circulated Report No TEC-89-08 by the Director of Transport, Environmental and Community Services advising Members of the details of a recent report by Transport Scotland into the potential for landslides on the Scottish trunk road network and the implications of the report for the Highland area.

 

The Committee is invited to note the report.

 

11. Response to the Consultation on the Local Transport Bill

 

There is circulated Report No TEC-90-08 by the Director of Transport, Environmental and Community Services advising that the Government issued a Consultation, which closed on 17 October 2008, on the operational aspects of the Local Transport Bill.

 

The Committee is invited to homologate the Council’s response to the Consultation on the operational aspects of the Local Transport Bill, as contained in Appendix A to the report.

 

12. Consultation on the Primary Authority Scheme for Enforcement
      Bodies

 

There is circulated Report No TEC-91-08 by the Director of Transport, Environmental and Community Services appending the Council’s response to the Government’s consultation on proposals for a Primary Authority Scheme for Enforcement Bodies.

 

The Committee is invited to approve the Council’s response to the consultation in relation to the Government’s proposals for a Primary Authority Scheme for Enforcement Bodies, as contained in Appendix A to the report.

 

13. Consultation on Food Law Code of Practice in Scotland

 

There is circulated Report No TEC-92-08 by the Director of Transport, Environmental and Community Services appending the Council’s response to the Food Standards Agency’s consultation on proposed amendments to the Food Law Code of Practice.

 

The Committee is invited to approve the Council’s response to the Food Standards Agency’s consultation on proposed amendments to the Food Law Code of Practice, as contained in Appendix A to the report.

 

14. Performance Management: Statutory and Internal Performance
      Indicators – 1st Quarter 2008/09

 

There is circulated Report No TEC-93-08 by the Director of Transport, Environmental and Community Services providing details of Transport, Environmental and Community Services performance, as measured by Statutory  Performance Indicators and Internal Performance Indicators, for the first quarter of financial year 2008/09.

 

The Committee is invited to note the performance of Transport, Environmental and Community Services in relation to Service activities measured by Statutory Performance Indicators and Internal Performance Indicators.

 

15. Minutes

 

There are circulated for noting or approval as appropriate, Minutes of the:-

 

i.  Caithness Sutherland and Easter Ross Licensing Committee of 26 August
    2008
;
ii.  Item 15ii HITRANS of 5 September 2008 (Draft);
iii. Inverness Nairn Badenoch and Strathspey Licensing Committee of 9
    September 2008
;
iv. Ross Skye and Lochaber Licensing Committee of 16 September 2008;
v.  Resource Monitoring Working Group of 25 September 2008;
vi. Fishery Harbours Management Board of 6 November 2008.