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Minutes of Meeting Caithness Committee Held in Town Hall, Wick on Monday 8 May, 2000


Present:


Mr Alastair I MacDonald
Mr Roger Saxon
Mr John S. Rosie
Mr Falconer Waters
Mr David C M Flear
 Mr John H Green
Mr Graeme M Smith
Mrs Deirdre J Steven
Mr James W Oag
Mr William A Mowat

 

In attendance:

 

Mr Brian M Whitelaw, Area Manager
Mr Stephen Bell, Area Planning and Building Control Manager
Mr Richard Guest, Area Roads and Transport Services Manager
Mr Ian Hargrave, Area Housing Services Manager
Mr Robert Silverwood, Area Social Work Manager
Mr Andrew Brown, Senior Planner
Mr Alfred Gunn, Protective Services Officer
Mr Alan Olgilvie, Senior Planner
Mr David Sutherland, Senior Technician, Property and Architectural Services


Mr John S Rosie, Convener of the Caithness Committee in the Chair.


1. Confirmation of Minutes

 

The Minutes of the Meeting of the Caithness Committee held on 20th March, 2000, were held as read and were unanimously approved.


2. Welcome

 

The Chairman welcomed Jean Boyle to the meeting. She would be working with Geraldine Sutherland as her job-share partner.


3. Reports by Committees

 

The following reports by Sub-Committees were circulated and approved:-


(a) Minutes of Meeting of the Planning Committee held on 20th March, 2000.
(b) Minutes of Meeting of Protective Services Committee held on 20th March,
     2000
(c) Minutes of Meeting of the Roads and Transport Committee held on 20th
     March, 2000.
(d) Minutes of Special Meeting of the Cultural and Leisure Services Committee 
     held on 20th March 2000.
(e) Minutes of Special Meeting of the Housing Committee held on 20th March, 
     2000.
(f) Minutes of Special Meeting of the Planning Committee held on 10th April, 
    2000.
(g) Minutes of Meeting of the Education Committee held on 10th April, 2000.
(h) Minutes of Meeting of the Cultural and Leisure Services Committee held on
     10th April, 2000.
(i) Minutes of Meeting of the Housing Committee held on 10th April, 2000
(j) Minutes of Meeting of the Social Work Committee held on 10th April, 2000
(k) Minutes of Special Meeting of the Protective Services Committee held on
     10th April, 2000

 

Matters arising from the Minutes:

 

Minutes of Protective Services held on 20 March, 2000, page 180, item 6, ‘Staffing’. Councillor John Green, Chairman, clarified that there would be no reduction in staff.

 

Minutes of Education Committee held on 10 April, 2000, page 192, item 10, ‘School Security Projects in the Caithness Area’ – Councillor Roger Saxon confirmed that training had not been completed as the training for headteachers had been cancelled. The Minutes should also be amended to approve the priority projects listed in the capital programme.

 

Minutes of Social Work Committee held on 28 February, 2000, page 202, item 2, it was agreed that the first paragraph on page 202 should be amended to read that the’establishment’ of Longberry Unit at Pulteney House was now complete.


4. Executed Deeds

 

There had been circulated a list of deeds signed and sealed by the Area Manager during the period to 8th March, 2000.

 

The Committee noted the contents of the list.


5. Dounreay – Consultation Document

 

The Committee agreed to discuss this matter as an emergency item as requested by Mr. Roger Saxon, on the grounds that the date for responses to the UKAEA consultation document on Dounreay had almost been reached. He asked Members to comment on the following three options: (a) that the fuel be reprocessed at Dounreay, (b) that the fuel be reprocessed at Sellafield or (c) that the fuel be treated at Dounreay as waste until a repository was available. After discussion it was unanimously agreed that option (a) was the preferred option of the Committee and that the decision be submitted to the Department for Trade and Industry.


6. Item in Committee

 

The Committee resolved that under Section 50(A) of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973 the public be excluded from the meeting for the remaining item of business on the grounds that it involved the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraphs 6 and 9 of Part II of Schedule 7A of the Act.


7. Corporate Services - Staffing

 

There had been circulated report (144/00) dated 2 May 2000, by the Area Manager, concerning staffing levels within Corporate Services in Caithness.

 

Mr Whitelaw highlighted aspects of the report, and after considerable discussion it was agreed that more information was required including an analysis of the current Solicitors’ workload (within and without Caithness), and job specification of the new Area Solicitor/Administrator post. The issue of ‘decentralisation’ was discussed and it was agreed that the Chief Executive and Director of Corporate Services should be invited to attend the next meeting, to explain the proposals.


8. Sites 4 & 5, Janetstown Industrial Estate, Thurso

 

There had been circulated report (145/00) dated 13 April, 2000, by the Director of Property and Architectural Services, on a request received for the purchase of Units 4B, 4C and 5 at Janetstown Industrial Estate, Thurso.

 

The Area Committee agreed to recommend to the Property Board that sites 4&5 be declared surplus to requirements and that the Director of Property and Architectural Services be instructed to enter into negotiations to sell the sites to its tenant, JGC Welding, subject to the environmental and safety concerns. It was further agreed that the remainder of unused ground on the site be declared surplus and be placed for sale on the open market.

 

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