Decision details


Decision Maker: Environment, Development and Infrastructure Committee

Decision status: For Determination

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


The Committee gave consideration to a report providing an update on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) and the worldwide concerns surrounding the release of POPs into the environment.




The Environment, Development and Infrastructure Committee –


1.    agreed to call upon the Scottish Government to introduce a grace period following the publication of its new guidance on handling POPs rather than requiring immediate implementation;


2.    formally requested that the Scottish Government provides full funding for Argyll and Bute Council (whether directly or by seeking this from the UK Government) given the particular challenges and burdens that fall upon this authority given its remote, rural and island geography;


3.    noted that the potential cost for Argyll and Bute Council could reach £0.5m in revenue and capital costs which, given the current pressured financial context, presents real affordability risks;


4.    agreed that the Policy Lead for Climate Change and Environmental Services write to the Minister with responsibility for Circular Economy to convey the views of the Committee;


5.    requested that a further report was brought to the November meeting of the Environment, Development and Infrastructure Committee to update on any legislation changes, associated costs and the Scottish Government’s response to the Committee’s formal request.


(Reference:  Report by Executive Director with responsibility for Roads and Infrastructure Services dated August 2023, submitted; and Motion by Councillor Robin Currie, seconded by Councillor Gary Mulvaney, tabled)


Publication date: 04/09/2023

Date of decision: 31/08/2023

Decided at meeting: 31/08/2023 - Environment, Development and Infrastructure Committee

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