Best Value Performance & Efficiency Sub-committee Of The Policy & Resources Committee - 18/10/2005
At a MEETING of the BEST VALUE SUB-COMMITTEE of the POLICY AND RESOURCES COMMITTEE held at Dundee on 18th October 2005.
Helen DICK (Substitute for Councillor Fraser Macpherson)
Councillor SHIMI, Convener, in the Chair.
Unless marked thus * all items stand delegated.
I BEST VALUE REVIEW OF EMPLOYMENT GENERATION STRATEGIES
There was submitted Report No 595-2005 by the Chief Executive seeking approval to implement the recommendations of the Best Value Review of Employment Generation Strategies. The proposals were the result of a consultation exercise undertaken with the Chamber of Commerce, Scottish Enterprise Tayside, Universities in Dundee and other interested parties together with the City Council's Economic Development, Leisure and Communities and Education Departments.
The following five-pronged approach was recommended for approval:-
7 To develop a co-ordinated approach to entrepreneurial culture from schools to the workplace.
7 To review the operations of the Business Gateway.
7 To use the new Social Enterprise Partnership to stimulate growth in the social economy.
7 To stimulate new enterprises in the "green economy".
7 To ensure that sectoral initiatives include an element focused on new business starts.
In addition, it was recommended that the Chamber of Commerce be asked to take the lead in establishing a local business growth club.
The Sub-Committee agreed to implement the improvement proposals set out in the Report.
II BEST VALUE REVIEW OF METHODS OF DEALING WITH FLY-TIPPING
There was submitted Report No 645-2005 by the Assistant Chief Executive (Management) and the Head of Waste Management seeking approval of the Best Value Review of the current approach of tackling the problems of fly-tipping including the more effective use of legal powers, staff and financial resources. The types of material which were typically fly-tipped included general household and garden refuse, larger domestic items including fridges and mattresses and commercial waste such as builders' rubble and tyres. Under Section 33 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990, waste could only be deposited at officially licensed sites - therefore anyone fly-tipping was committing a criminal offence and was liable on conviction to a fine of up to 40,000. A protocol jointly agreed by Tayside Police for the issuing of Fixed Penalty Notices would be signed off and acted upon shortly.
The Sub-Committee approved the following recommendations:-
(a) To agree to the Council's participation in the National "Flycapture" Register which gathers information on incidents of fly-tipping and the costs associated with its removal.
(b) To agree to the continuation of a multi agency "fly-tipping" forum lead by Waste Management and including representatives from Tayside Police, Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA), Keep Scotland Beautiful (KSB) and relevant Council departments.
(c) To authorise the Rapid Response Team to remove fly-tipped materials from areas of private land where no owner can be traced.
(d) To authorise the Head of Waste Management to develop a protocol with Tayside Police for the issuing of Fixed Penalty Notices for fly-tipping.
(e) To authorise the Head of Waste Management to explore funding opportunities to extend the life of the Temporary Waste Enforcement Officer posts.
Jill SHIMI, Convener