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CORPORATE PLAN - LOCAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN - FREEDOM OF INFORMATION
|NPTC CORPORATE PLAN
- LATEST VERSION 2019-22
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Our Purpose: Neath Port Talbot Council exists to serve and represent the interests of its citizens and communities. We strive to improve the economic, social, environmental and cultural well-being of all of our people.
Our Vision: We want our county borough to be a place where everyone has an equal chance to get on in life – a place where people want to live, learn and work and bring up their family.
We want our beautiful natural environment, and our rich cultural and industrial heritage to be appreciated and protected for many future generations to enjoy.
We also want to pursue new and existing opportunities for economic growth so we can sustain our diverse communities for many years to come.
Our Values: We will stand up for our citizens and our communities, advocating for the needs and aspirations of our people in every aspect of our work.
We will listen to our citizens, our workforce and our many partners and seek ways to meaningfully involve people in our work.
We will celebrate diversity in all of its forms and work tirelessly for greater equality in all of our communities.
We will conduct the work of the Council in an open and accessible way, ensuring we are properly accountable for the decisions we make.
We will make the best use of all resources available to us.
We will be open to challenge and will promote a culture of learning and innovation throughout our organisation.
We will further strengthen the bonds of collaboration, working with others – including the voluntary, statutory and private sectors to benefit our citizens and communities.
|LOCAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN
- 2016 - CLICK
Policy EN 6 Important Biodiversity and Geodiversity Sites Development proposals that would affect Regionally Important Geodiversity Sites (RIGS), Local Nature Reserves (LNRs), Sites of Interest for Nature Conservation (SINCs), sites meeting SINC criteria or sites supporting Local Biodiversity Action Plan (LBAP) or S42 habitats or species will only be permitted where: 1. They conserve and where possible enhance the natural heritage importance of the site; or 2. The development could not reasonably be located elsewhere, and the benefits of the development outweigh the natural heritage importance of the site. Mitigation and/or compensation measures will need to be agreed where adverse efects are unavoidable.
Policy EN 7 Important Natural Features Development proposals that would adversely afect ecologically or visually important natural features such as trees, woodlands, hedgerows / feld boundaries, watercourses or ponds will only be permitted where: 1. Full account has been taken of the relevant features in the design of the development, with measures put in place to ensure that they are retained and protected wherever possible; or 2. The biodiversity value and role of the relevant feature has been taken into account and where removal is unavoidable, mitigation measures are agreed.
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EMPLOYEE CODE OF CONDUCT - LATEST VERSION DATE UNKNOWN
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Any breach of the Council’s Employee Code of Conduct is a potential disciplinary offence, which will be dealt with in accordance with the Council’s Disciplinary Procedure, and which can lead to the dismissal of the employee(s) concerned. A breach of the Code may also constitute a criminal offence.
The public is entitled to expect the highest standards of conduct from all employees of Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council. The role of such employees is to serve the Authority in providing advice, implementing its policies, and delivering services to the local community. In performing their duties, they must act with integrity, honesty, impartiality and objectivity.
1.1 Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council’s reputation and the public’s trust and confidence in its integrity are of vital importance. It must be seen to discharge its day to day responsibilities with openness and probity. This document is presented as a framework to make clear the standards of conduct expected of all employees.
1.2 This Code of Conduct is applicable to all employees of the Authority,
except those who are directly employed by School Governing Bodies, and forms part of each employee’s contract of employment.
1.3 Inevitably, some of the issues covered by the Code of Conduct affect senior, managerial and professional employees more than others, but the Code covers all employees.
1.4 Employees work for the Authority and serve the whole of that Authority. They are accountable to, and owe a duty to that authority.
. The whistleblowing procedure is set out in the Council’s Anti-Fraud, Corruption and Malpractice Strategy. Such reporting shall be without fear of recrimination. Employees must familiarise themselves with this procedure and should make relevant disclosure strictly in accordance with it.
NPTC WHISTLEBLOWING POLICY - 31/8/2015
The Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 (as amended 2013)
The Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 (PIDA) offers protection to workers from any detriment from their employer that arises from the worker making a ‘protected disclosure’.
To qualify as a ‘protected disclosure’ the disclosure must satisfy a number of requirements under PIDA: 1.
1. The worker must have made a ‘qualifying disclosure’. This is a disclosure of information which, in the reasonable belief of the worker, tends to show one or more of the following:
(a) That a criminal offence has been committed, is being committed, or is likely to be committed
(b) That a person has failed, is failing, or is likely to fail to comply with any legal obligation to which he is subject
(c) That a miscarriage of justice has occurred, is occurring, or is likely to occur
(d) That the health and safety of any individual has been, is being, or is likely to be endangered
(e) That the environment has been, is being, or is likely to be damaged
(f) That information tending to show any matter falling within any of the preceding paragraphs has been, or is likely to be deliberately concealed
A disclosure of information is not a qualifying disclosure if the person making it commits a criminal offence in doing so.
NPT Council’s Anti-Fraud, Corruption and Malpractice Strategy - only able to find the schools version.
Complaints Policy Document - March 2016 - this website - ADD LINK
Complaints Procedure 7.1
15.1 All documentation, notes, letters, findings, reports and so on must be retained. These will be very important should the complaint be referred to the Ombudsman or if contact is made by the Ombudsman to supply information.
Ombudsman - Public Services Ombudsman for Wales - How to complain that a local authority member has broken the code of conduct. - 20210318R-DO-PSOW-complain-authority
|Good Councillors Guide
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HERE - Code of conduct page 12
In 2011 The Local Government (Wales) Measure 2011 gave the power of well-being to community councils enabling a council to “do anything which it considers likely to achieve the promotion or improvement of the economic, social or environmental wellbeing of their area.” This power is important because the range of activities permitted by this power is extensive providing a community or town council with considerable scope for action (although trading is not included). However spending under this power counts towards the council’s annual s137 limit. Further guidance on how to use this power comes from the Welsh Government and One Voice Wales.
Page 25 in the chapter on Town and Country planning it states that a councillor's role in the planning process
Your personal feelings about the application,
or the applicant, are irrelevant. It is the wider
NPT document for Councillors - representing your ward .doc -
published in 2017
https://www.npt.gov.uk/media/7018/representing_your_ward.pdf - NPTC website
NEATH PORT TALBOT COUNCIL INFO
|Contaminated Land - NPTC website - CLICK
Neath Port Talbot Council Environment Strategy (page 63) - CLICK HERE
The council have a register of regulatory actions
|The Neath Port Talbot Council
Environment Strategy states that................
"Since 2001 all Local Authorities have had a duty to inspect, locate and ensure the remediation of all statutory designated Contaminated Land in their locality. Neath Port Talbot has a Contaminated Land Strategy which outlines a programme for identifying and inspecting contaminated land.
Whilst the Council leads on contaminated land, it works with other partners, notably the Environment Agency and the Welsh Assembly Government.
Council owned and privately owned land are always treated in the same manner. Land identified outside the general approach to inspection is sometimes identified and are dealt with as they arise.
Polluter Pays Principle
Neath Port Talbot Council Environment Strategy (page 63) - CLICK HERE
Neath Port Talbot Council Contaminated Land Strategy October
2005 - CLICK
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(page 1) Part IIA of the Environment Protection Act 1990, was introduced in Wales on July 1st 2001, until this time there had been no strategic approach to the identification of contaminated land. Land contamination had always been addressed during redevelopment or when the risk has manifested itself. Since 2001, all local authorities have a duty to inspect their areas, locate and ensure the remediation of all statutory designated contaminated land. One of the key objectives of the council's strategy (Key Objective 4:) is to ensure that during the redevelopment of new sites, land contamination issues are dealt with effectively and at an early stage of the planning process.
(page 15) Chapter 3: Strategy Aims, Priorities and Timescales
3.2 Interaction with other regimes
In addition to powers under Part IIA, Environmental Protection Act 1990 there are a number of other statutory regimes that can deal with contamination dependant upon the source of contamination and the current, proposed or historical use of the land. Neath Port Talbot Council will ensure that land contamination is dealt with under the most appropriate legislation. The other statutory regimes are summarised below:-
(page 26) 5.11 To establish whether identified contaminants pose a significant risk to human health, results from the site investigation will be compared with generic guideline values.
DEFRA and EA have published Contaminated Land Reports (CLR 7 – 11) to provide generic assessment of human health risks from contaminated land. The reports include SGV’s (Soil guideline Values) derived from the CLEA (Contaminated Land Exposure Assessment) model. SGV’s can be used to assess the risks posed to human health from exposure to soil contamination resulting from land use. They represent ‘intervention values’ which indicate to an assessor that soil concentrations above this level could pose an unacceptable risk to the health of site users and further investigation involving and/or remediation is required.
Part IIA of the Environment Protection Act 1990, inserted by Section 57 of the Environment Act 1995 places a duty on Local Authorities to inspect their area for contaminated land.
The local authority is the principle regulator and is responsible for: -
Preparing and publishing inspection strategies for their areas, within 15 months of the date of implementation
(page 14) It is commonly accepted that humans are the most sensitive environmental receptors, therefore in the highly populated urban areas where heavy industrial activity has taken place, the people who live and work here are considered to be the Borough's most sensitive risk group.
(page 4) Contaminated Land and The Planning Process
The objective of the policy regarding land contamination is to ensure that applications are conditioned to require remediation to a standard that is suitable for the proposed use.
The best way of minimising any associated risk is to ensure that any sites that may be contaminated are identified at the earliest stage of the planning process. The history of the site or nearby sites is the principle factor in determining whether a site is likely to be contaminated or not.
1.3 A question has been added onto the standard planning application form requesting developers to provide information on historical land use. This question is as follows:-
1.4 A list of planning applications is updated weekly and made available on the Neath Port Talbot Council intranet site, the Contaminated Land Officer will check the list against the contaminated land database to highlight any previous industrial use on the proposed developments, and therefore potentially contaminated land.
Under Part IIA the Environment Agency has a mainly supporting role, providing assistance and site specific guidance to local authorities, particularly with respect to cases of water pollution. The Agency acts as the enforcing authority for “special sites”.
GENERAL CONTAMINATED LAND INFO
Protection Act 1990 - Part IIA............
Identification of contaminated land.
from EA publication
|"Human health toxicological
assessment of contaminants in soil"
This document was published by the Environment Agency in January 2009. By the time the 2008 geo-technical survey reached the planning application stage in 2009, this document was current and the Environment Agency were the relevant authority for the contaminated land -
HCV = Health Critreria Values
|Arsenic is listed as a class one carcinogen (NRC, 2001; IARC, 2004), and is considered to be one of the most important toxicants of human health concern because of its ongoing potential threat to the health of hundreds of millions of individuals worldwide (Baig et al., 2009; Christen, 2001; Zavala and John, 2008). There is no evidence that As is essential for human health and its exposure has been linked to severe health complications such as hyperkeratosis, gangrene, hypertension, peripheral vascular disease, melanosis, keratosis, bladder, and internal cancers, and also its carcinogenic consequences on skin and lungs (Fatmi et al., 2009; IARC, 2004; Ramadan and Al-Ashkar, 2007).|
contaminated land wales regulations 2006
Land required to be designated as a special site
(2) For the purposes of paragraph (1)(b), “waste acid tars” are tars which—
report on Contaminated Land up to 2007 - CLICK
Dealing with contaminated land in England and Wales
published January 2009 - all Welsh council were aware of this document because all submitted a report.
The waste management and energy industries were often reported as causing contaminated land sites in England. In Wales, other types of activities (for example the deposit of ash) was reported to cause contamination at the majority of contaminated land sites. For special sites, chemical and waste management industries are associated with causing contamination.- 20090100A-DO-EAGE-contam-review (page 12)
Remediating contaminated land
(Concluding comments) The planning system continues to be seen as the major route for dealing with land contamination. 20090100A-DO-EAGE-contam-review (page 26)
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