Agenda and draft minutes
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Appointment of Chair and Vice Chair
In accordance with the Joint Working Agreement a new Chair will be elected from Torbay Council’s Committee members.
The new Chair will invite nominations for a new Committee Vice-Chair in accordance with the Joint Working Agreement and a new Vice-Chair will be elected from Plymouth City Council’s Committee members.
The Committee agreed to appoint Councillor Alan Tyerman as Chair and Councillor Tom Briars-Delve as Vice Chair for the meeting.
Declarations of Interest
Members will be asked to make any declarations of interest in respect of items on this agenda.
No declarations of interests were made.
To sign and confirm as a correct record the minutes of the meeting held on 20 October 2022.
The Committee agreed the minutes of the meeting held on 20 October 2022.
Chair's Urgent Business
To receive reports on business which, in the opinion of the Chair, should be brought forward for urgent consideration.
There were no items of Chair’s urgent business.
Contract and Facility Performance and Current Status
To receive a presentation summarising the performance of the contract and facility for 2022/23 and its current status by the SWDWP contract team.
To receive a presentation from Mike Turner, MVV Managing Director summarising MVV’s business performance.
Ashleigh Sherrell (Contract Manager, SWDWP) provided an update and highlighted the following points for 2022/23:
The Energy for Waste (EfW) facility had
been fully operation for eight years;
MVV’s overall 2022/23 service and performance was good, but
there had been an increase in amount and range of performance
deductions applied for failing to meet requirements, likely a
result of improved monitoring regimes;
There had been improved availability from the previous year by 3%
with 93.8% availability, despite an increase in the number of
MVV had complied with planning and environmental permit conditions
with five exceptions relating to exceedances of half hourly average
There had been four odour complaints, two of which had been
attributed to site activities due to the roof vents being opens for
MVV achieved 99.9% diversion from landfill, the target had been
Carbon savings had exceeded expectations of 73,594
tCO2/year with 88,118 tCO2/year being
The plant had had 93.8% availability (against a 91% target) with
six unplanned shutdowns;
There had been five exceedances of the environmental permit, all of
which had been reported to the Environmental Agency, and
appropriate action taken;
There had been 54 performance failures relating to vehicle
turn-around times, waste acceptance and ticket issuing, maintaining
IT equipment, community area availability and others relating to
the facility and its site boundaries;
There had been an annual waste throughput of 261,020 (265,000
SWDWP was 4.5% below tonnage forecast and therefor the budget
expenditure was 7.6% below forecast;
She added that for
Due to plant efficiency across the years, MVV had requested
SWDWP’s approval to increase capacity by 10ktp/a on permitted
amount through consent variation applications, which was awaiting a
decision from LPA, but the permit had been approved;
An outage was conducted between 13 June and 4 July 2023 for
extensive works such as grate re-surfacing and replacement of the
There had been 12 Performance Failures for minor operational
matters surrounding vehicle deliveries and waste
The SWDWP was 3.26% below forecasted tonnage at the time of the
meeting for 2023/24;
q) From April to September 2023, there had been two complaints, one enquiry, one meeting of the Incinerator Liaison Committee and two Consent Breaches.
In response to a question it was further explained:
r) There had been a decline in the number of complaints received since opening, largely due to the work done to communicate with the local community and neighbours on planned outages etc
Mike Turner (Managing Director, MVV Environment Ltd) then added:
Mostly minor defects had occurred, such as tube leaks,
de-slagger issues and damage on the
Local IBA processing had resulted in an increasing of
An LED lighting upgrade had been undertaken;
MVV remained committed to exploring district heating
w) There was an MVV development planned in ... view the full minutes text for item 25.
Community Interface, Communications and Educational Presentation
To receive an update on community interface, communications and educational activities from Jane Ford and Jade Beavan, MVV Community Liaison Manager.
Jade Beavan (Community Liaison Manager, MVV)
gave an update, highlighting:
They had reinforced the waste hierarchy and supported delivery of
Partner Councils’ key waste minimisation messages;
Facilitated tours and careers Q&A sessions;
Organised and attended local events;
Had participated in waste education meetings and hosted SWDWP
The team were involved in a community tree nursery
based at Poole Farm, seeing the life-cycle of thousands of native
broadleaf trees that would be planted in Plymouth and South Devon
as part of the Community Forest project;
MVV had donated 6 1000 litre IBC units which
allowed for sustainable water harvesting which would be used
to support the infrastructure and day to day running of the
Community Tree Nursery;
In 2022/23 195.5 hours had been spent with schools, 186.5 hours had
been spent on waste education and 72 hours had been spent with
Attendance at the Devon County Show had been positive and
h) Over 2000 people had attended 2023’s Open Day, increased from 350 in 2022, with the date for 2024 to be confirmed soon.
In response to questions it was explained:
There had been some barriers in contacting the right person at
different schools in order to engage with them, and the offer of
adding information to an existing weekly mail-out to Plymouth
schools was welcomed;
Cost of transport had been a barrier for some schools, so
educational sessions had been offered to take place at the schools
Of the three areas, Plymouth and Devon were most engaged, although
a lot of people didn’t know where their waste went, which was
something they were trying to change;
An invitation would be sent out to all Councillors across the 3
areas to attend an online briefing;
Groups of professionals, including groups from local authorities,
and Councillors had been invited to tour the facility;
n) The offer of working together to get more press articles was welcomed, particular for inclusion in Torbay weekly.
Date and Location of Next Meeting
The agree 17 October 2024 as the date of the next meeting, to be held at Council House, Plymouth.
The Committee agreed 17 October 2024 as the date of the next meeting, to be held at Council House, Plymouth.
To consider passing a resolution under Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972 to exclude the press and public from the meeting for the following item(s) of business on the grounds that it (they) involve the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraph 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Act, as amended by the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
The Committee agreed to pass a resolution under Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972 to exclude the press and public from the meeting for the following item(s) of business on the grounds that it (they) involve the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraph 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Act, as amended by the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
Commercial Contract Performance and Issues / South Devon Waste Partnership Accounts
Members will receive a presentation from Ashleigh Sherrell summarising the contract’s commercial performance and any issues faced for contract year 2022/23 and the partnership’s budget forecast and allocations for 2023/24.
Ashleigh Sherrell (Contract Manager, SWDWP) provided an update on the Commercial Contract Performance and Issues for 2022/23, as well as an update on the South Devon Waste Partnership Accounts for 2023/24.