Environment Department Service Plan Review03/11/15
Achievements of the city council’s environment department will be highlighted at a committee meeting on Monday (November 09).
The recent Britain in Bloom win, the Take Pride in Your City Campaign and meeting national air quality standards are included in an annual environment department service plan review.
The retention of green flag and seaside award status at five city open spaces and a street cleanliness score of 96% for the new Local Government Benchmarking Framework indicator are also detailed in the report.
The report outlines that 99% of adults were satisfied with the natural environment of, while the percentage of citizens satisfied with their refuse collection sat at the same high figure.
Environment convener Councillor Craig Melville said: “This review shows the breadth and depth of the work carried out across the department and the hard work that is carried out by staff to keep our city clean and green.
“While we are showing a number of very positive improvements, I know there is a real commitment to do even better next year and to take forward further improvements to services.
“Views from the Dundee public are also contained in the report and we view these as extremely important indicators in helping us plan for the future.”
The report shows that the environment department has made the following improvements or sustained a high level of performance in the
- winner of the Britain in Bloom 2015 City category.
- high level of satisfaction from citizens in respect of environmental quality.
- The “Take Pride in your City “campaign has been launched to engage the public in taking a more active role the city’s environment. There have been 20 organised community litter picks this year and an action plan aimed at promoting responsible dog ownership and reducing dog litter is ongoing.
- a programme of increasing more sustainable planting and enriching bio-diversity through the creation of wildflower panels has been extended, primarily on the greenspace associated with the road network.
- continuing success of events within parks including the annual firework display at Lochee and Baxter Park, which attracted an estimated 40,000 visitors and the Dundee Flower and Food Festival, which attracted over 20,000 visitors.
- commencement of the rollout of the new recycling service expansion to approximately 12,000 households in parts of Broughty Ferry and the West End. The next phase commences in Menzieshill, Charleston and Lochee in November.
- Scottish Resources Awards ‘Best Community Sector Initiative Award’ winners 2015 for the innovative Re-Use Hub at Baldovie Recycling Centre.
- implementation of improved recycling and waste processing operations at the DERL Plant.
- The successful Estates Excellence project where the department had a leading role in the development and delivery of industrial and commercial Health and Safety at work training to local businesses.
- meeting the National and more stringent Scottish Air Quality Objectives for PM10 and NO2 at a number of the monitoring stations throughout the city.
- The council has the largest Fleet of Electric Vehicles of any authority in the UK, with 62 vehicles and was awarded the Low Carbon Vehicle Operator Award of the Year 2015 The Council recently completed bids to the Office of Low Emission Vehicle for 2 substantial funding streams to further enhance the city's reputation as an international exemplar in the field of electric vehicles.