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TE/03/5/M

 

TRANSPORT AND ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE

MINUTES

5th Meeting, 2003 (Session 1)

Tuesday 4 March 2003

 
 

Present:

Bruce Crawford

Helen Eadie (Committee Substitute)

Robin Harper

Angus MacKay

Maureen Macmillan

Fiona McLeod

Bristow Muldoon (Convener)

Nora Radcliffe (Deputy Convener)

John Scott

 

Also present: Susan Deacon and Allan Wilson.

Apologies were received from Elaine Thomson.

 

The meeting opened at 9.32 am.

 

1. Items in private: The Committee agreed to take agenda item 7 in private.

2. Subordinate legislation: Allan Wilson (Deputy Minister for Environment and Rural Development) moved motion S1M-3910—

that the Transport and the Environment Committee recommends that the Landfill (Scotland) Regulations 2003 (draft), be approved.

After debate the motion was agreed to;

and motion S1M-3911—

that the Transport and the Environment Committee recommends that the Road Traffic (Vehicle Emissions) (Fixed Penalty) (Scotland) Regulations 2003 (draft), be approved.

After debate the motion was agreed to.

3. Subordinate legislation: The Committee considered the following negative instruments—

the Domestic Water and Sewerage Charges (Reduction) (Scotland) Regulations 2003, (SSI 2003/65)

the Road Traffic (Permitted Parking Area and Special Parking Area) (Aberdeen City Council) Regulations 2003, (SSI 2003/70)

the Road Traffic (Parking Adjudicators) (Aberdeen City Council) Regulations 2003, (SSI 2003/71)

the Parking Attendants (Wearing of Uniforms) (Aberdeen City Council Parking Area) Regulations 2003, (SSI 2003/72)

The Committee had nothing to report on the instruments.

4. Public Petitions: The Committee considered the following petitions—

PE 422, PE 430 and PE 454. The Committee considered a response from the Minister for Social Justice to an issue raised by the Committee in relation to three petitions on the sale of school playing fields: PE 422 by Mr James Docherty, PE 430 by Mrs M Glendinning and PE 454 by Mr Peter Watson. The Committee agreed that in light of the response from the Minister there were no outstanding issues and agreed to conclude the petition by writing to the petitioners.

PE 517 by Mr Rob Kirkwood on environmental and planning issues relating to water treatment plants. The Committee considered a letter from the Minister for Environment and Rural Development, in response to correspondence from the Committee seeking clarification on a number of issues in relation to the petition. In order to enable further consideration of the petition the Committee agreed to refer it back to the Public Petitions Committee for reallocation to a future Committee. The Committee also agreed to inform the petitioner of the proposed consultation by the Executive on alternative approaches for dealing with odour nuisance from public sewers and sewage treatment works.

5. Telecoms Developments (in private): The Committee considered the possible contents of a draft letter to the Minister for Social Justice in relation to its work on telecoms developments. The Committee agreed to the contents of the letter subject to specified changes being made.

6. Petition PE 377: Polluting Activities in Built-up Areas (in private): The Committee considered a draft report on petition PE 377. The Committee agreed to the contents of the report subject to specified changes being made. The Committee also agreed to send a copy of its report to both the Minister for Environment and Rural Development and the Minister for Social Justice.

7. Legacy Paper (in private): The Committee considered a legacy paper which will provide advice to its successor Committee, based on its experience of the first parliamentary session. The Committee agreed the contents of the paper subject to specified changes being made.

8. Planning Briefing: The Committee took evidence on current planning issues from—

Des McNulty MSP, Deputy Minister for Social Justice

Jim Mackinnon, Chief Planner, Scottish Executive.

9. Public Petitions: The Committee considered the following petitions—

Petition PE 508: The Committee considered the response of the Scottish Executive to points raised by the Committee on petition PE 508 by Mr Philip Graves on the implementation of Environmental Impact Assessments and PAN 58 guidelines. The Committee agreed to postpone its consideration of the petition until its next meeting, in order to assess the evidence it took from the Deputy Minister for Social Justice in connection with issues raised by the petition.

PE 377 by Michael Kayes on polluting activities in built-up areas. The Committee agreed to conclude its consideration of the petition by writing to the petitioner, outlining the work carried by the Committee and attaching a copy of the report.

PE 425 by Mrs Anne-Marie Glashan on planning procedures for telecommunications developments. The Committee agreed to conclude its consideration of the petition by writing to the petitioner providing her with a copy of the Committee’s letter to the Minister for Social Justice. The Committee also agreed to inform the petitioner of the research being carried out by the Executive and also how to submit evidence to inform the research work.

10. Subordinate legislation: The Committee considered the following negative instrument—

the Surface Water (Fishlife) (Classification) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2003, (SSI 2003/85)

The Committee had nothing to report on the instrument.

 

The meeting closed at 12.57 pm.

    Callum Thomson
    Clerk to the Committee


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