Environmental Services

Rhona Gunn, Corporate Director (EDP&I)

Rhona Gunn, Corporate Director (EDP&I)

Remit:

Overall strategic management, development and delivery of economic development, planning and infrastructure..

Main areas of responsibility: Economic development including planning, development control and related regulatory services; housing and property services; transportation and public roads, civil engineering consultancy and other environmental services including waste management.

Responsible for:

Economic Development, Planning & Infrastructure

Reports to:

Chief Executive

Richard Anderson, Head of Housing & Property

Remit:

Overall responsibility for housing and property functions, including housing strategy and development, management of council housing stock, housing service delivery, property asset management and role of Building Services STO.

Responsible for:

Housing & Property

Reports to:

Corporate Director (Economic Development, Planning & Infrastructure)

Stephen Cooper, Head of Direct Services

Remit:

Overall responsibility for the management, delivery and maintenance of public roads, transportation, harbours, public transport unit, open spaces, burial grounds, waste management, public toilets, building cleaning and catering support services, janitorial services, flood alleviation, consultancy, coastal protection, fleet.

Responsible for:

Direct Services

Reports to:

Corporate Director (Economic Development, Planning and Infrastructure)

Jim Grant, Head of Development Services

Remit:

Overall responsibility for building standards, community safety, development plans, development management, economic development, environmental health, and trading standards.

Responsible for:

Development Services

Reports to:

Corporate Director (Economic Development, Planning & Infrastructure)

Peter Adamson, Trading Standards Manager

Service:

Economic Development, Planning & Infrastructure

Remit:

What? Protecting consumers and business from economic and other harm caused by the irresponsible and criminal minority who harm, cut corners or deliberately set out to defraud.

Why? To achieve a fair trading environment where consumers and business can buy and sell goods with confidence so increasing economic activity.

How? We use consumer complaints and other intelligence to identify and tackle business malpractice. we monitor the marketplace by routine inspections, test transactions, product sampling and by testing trade measuring equipment. We give consumers advice and assistance with consumer problems. We give business advice on how to comply with legal requirements.

Responsible for:

What? Advice and assistance to citizens with debt problems. Helping citizens access the benefits they are entitled to.

Why? To help clients gain control of their finances and become debt free. To ensure clients maximise their income, including accessing the benefits they are entitled to. To increase the flow of money into the Moray economy. To reduce bad debts to the Council and other creditors.

How? By providing casework support to clients with multiple debt problems and to clients having difficulty accessing medically related benefits and those wrongly refused benefits.

Reports to:

Head of Development Services

Mark Atherton, Roads Maintenance Manager

Service:

Economic Development, Planning & Infrastructure

Remit:

  • Fleet Services – procurement and maintenance of our fleet of vehicles and plant
  • Local stores
  • Management and maintenance of local authority public roads including winter maintenance
  • Street lighting
  • Provision of emergency response, ie costal oil spill, flooding etc

Responsible for:

  • Fleet Services team including stores and workshops.
  • Roads Maintenance teams through Area Engineers (East and West), Street Lighting Engineer, Support Unit
  • Admin Section

Reports to:

Head of Direct Services

Colin Bell, Environmental Protection Manager

Service:

Economic Development, Planning & Infrastructure

Remit:

Lands and Parks: Management and maintenance of all council parks, playgrounds, garden areas, housing schemes, open spaces, cemeteries/burial grounds and general amenity ground. Other section functions include burials/internments, park bookings and management and maintenance of town clocks and war memorials.

Countryside Amenties: The management and maintenance of the Speyside Way long distance route, and the Moray Coast Trail, the Speyside Way and Coastal Ranger service and the council-owned Millbuies Country Park.

Countryside Access: Council duties and responsibilities under the Land Reform (Scotland) Act and Scottish Countryside Access Code, including core path planning.

Waste Management: The provision and management of a domestic and commercial refuse collection service (including kerbside recycling), a landfill site at Dallachy, various waste transfer and recycling points, street sweeping/litter collection (includes fly tipping) and public conveniences. Development of a waste strategy to meet Scotland's Zero Waste Plan and EU targets for recycling and diversion of waste from landfill.

Catering Services: The provision of a school meal service for all primary and secondary schools, meals on wheels, cafe at Elgin library, council tea service and catering for Council functions/events.

Building Cleaning: Cleaning of all council owned buildings including schools and the provision of washroom services. Janitor and caretaker provision in schools and town halls.

Responsible for:

Environmental Protection team.

Reports to:

Head of Direct Services

Graeme Davidson, Housing Strategy & Development Manager

Service:

Remit:

Responsible for:

Reports to:

Debbie Halliday, Acting Consultancy Manager

Service:

Economic Development, Planning & Infrastructure

Remit:

Bridge maintenance and management, flood alleviation and coast protection maintenance and management. Major flood alleviation schemes. Multi-disciplinary civil engineering consultancy services including road and bridge design and construction supervision. Feasibility studies and option appraisals. Management Systems.

Responsible for:

Project Manager (Elgin Flood Alleviation Scheme), Senior Engineers (Structures, Design and Flood Risk Management).

Reports to:

Head of Direct Services

Moray Macleod, Design Manager

Service:

Economic Development, Planning & Infrastructure

Remit:

The provision of property-related design services and provision of an estates service to the council.

Responsible for:

Design team and estates team

Reports to:

Head of Housing & Property

Eddie Milne, Property Resources Manager

Service:

Economic Development, Planning & Infrastructure

Remit:

The provision of quantity surveying and property asset management services to the Council.

Responsible for:

Quantity Surveying section and Asset Management Team

Reports to:

Head of Housing & Property

Nicola Moss, Transportation Manager

Service:

Economic Development, Planning & Infrastructure

Remit:

The Transportation Section is one of four services within Direct Services, and encompasses traffic management, road safety, transportation planning, roads development control, public transport, harbours, and car parking functions. The responsibilities cover a range of professional and technical functions, broken down into the following operational teams:

Traffic: dealing with traffic management (road signs and lines, traffic Orders, on-street parking), road safety, school travel planning and roads statutory regulations.

Public Transport: dealing with transport policy, public transport subsidies, school transport services, our mini bus fleet, school crossing patrollers and rail freight transport.

Development Control (Roads): dealing with transport policy, transport aspects of planning applications, road development standards, road adoptions, road construction consents, street naming.

Harbours: dealing with harbours at Burghead, Hopeman, Buckie, Findochty, Portknockie and Cullen.

Off-street car parks: car parks governed by our car park order

The Transportation Manager represents the Council on the Regional Transport Partnership (HITRANS) and acts as the Permanent Advisor, supporting the Authority’s Board Member.  The Transportation Manager also represents the Council on the board of the North-East Safety Camera Partnership (NESCAMP) and NE Scotland's Health and Transport Action Plan Steering Group (HTAP)

Responsible for:

Senior Engineers - Traffic, Transport Development, Public Transport Manager, Transportation Support Officer.

Reports to:

Head of Direct Services

David Munro, Housing Needs Manager

Service:

Economic Development, Planning & Infrastructure

Remit:

Responsibility for allocations and homelessness teams, temporary accommodation and sheltered housing wardens. Homelessness strategy development and implementation. Performance Management of the Housing Needs Team. Management responsibility for Housing Support Team.

Responsible for:

Housing needs team

Reports to:

Head of Housing & Property

Mike Rollo, Building Services Manager

Service:

Economic Development, Planning & Infrastructure

Remit:

Responsibility for Building Services DLO, carrying out response repairs, planned and cyclic maintenance and improvements, gas servicing, disability adaptations etc to Council housing stock.

Responsible for:

Area depots and teams located at Mosstodloch, Forres, Buckie and Keith.

Reports to:

Head of Housing & Property

Karen Sievewright, Environmental Health Manager

Service:

Economic Development, Planning & Infrastructure

Remit:

Food safety, health and safety at work, public health (including infectious disease investigation, smoking ban in certain enclosed public spaces and water supplies), housing standards, licensing of houses in multiple occupation, animal health and welfare, pest control, dog warden, contaminated land, environmental protection (including statutory nuisance noise control and air quality), abandoned vehicles, street traders. Licensing and arranging funerals under the National Assistance Act 1948, community safety/anti-social behaviour.

Responsible for:

Environmental Health team

Reports to:

Head of Development Services

Beverly Smith, Manager (Development Management)

Service:

Economic Development, Planning & Infrastructure

Remit:

Administer applications for planning permissions, listed building consent, conservation area consent, advertisement consent, condition monitoring and high hedges. Statutory and non-statutory advice and planning enforcement and appeals. Appointed Officer in terms of the Delegation Scheme.

Responsible for:

Development Management team

Reports to:

Head of Development Services

Kevan Sturgeon, Building Standards Manager

Service:

Economic Development, Planning & Infrastructure

Remit:

Managing the Building Standards system within Moray, which is intended to:

  • Secure the health, safety, welfare and convenience of persons in or about buildings and of others who may be affected or buildings or matters connected with buildings
  • Further the conservation of fuel and power, and
  • Further the achievement of sustainable development

The purpose of the building standards system is to protect the public interest by providing an independent check of applications for building warrants, completion certificates and letters of comfort.

We are also tasked with enforcement of the Building (Scotland) Act 2003 to achieve compliance with building regulations and also with regard to dangerous and defective buildings.

We act as a consultee for Liquor Licensing, Public Entertainment, Houses in Multiple Occupation and Places for Civil Marriage Licences

Responsible for:

Building Standards team

Reports to:

Head of Development Services

Gordon Sutherland, Planning & Economic Development Manager

Service:

Economic Development, Planning & Infrastructure

Remit:

Development Plan; Development Plan project implementation; environment/biodiversity; sourcing external funds; facilitate economic development.  Management of Corporate Address Gazetteer.

Responsible for:

Planning & Economic Development Team and management for Corporate Address Gazetteer Programme. Co-ordination for the Moray Economic Partnership.

Reports to:

Head of Development Services