Agenda and minutes

Governance and Strategic Planning Committee
Tuesday 7 September 2021 4.00 pm

Venue: Guildhall, Derry. View directions

Items
No. Item

GSP124/21

Notice and Summons of Meeting

Minutes:

The Chief Executive read the Notice and Summons for the Meeting.

GSP125/21

Member Attendance and Apologies

Minutes:

The Chief Executive took the roll call and no apologies were recorded.

 

 

GSP126/21

Broadcasting Statement

Minutes:

The Chairperson read the broadcasting statement.

 

GSP127/21

Declarations of Members' Interests

Minutes:

Item 5 – Presentation from NIHE – Councillor Duffy expressed a Pecuniary Interest as an employee of a Supporting Peopled funded project.

Item 17 – NAC Local Government Conference 2021 – Councillor Heaney as a Council representative on the National Association of Councillors.

 

 

GSP128/21

Presentation - To receive representatives from Northern Ireland Housing Executive to present their Housing Investment Plan 2021 and provide Members with an Update on the Revitalisation of the Housing Executive (copies of Plan and presentation attached). pdf icon PDF 3 MB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee received Mrs G Long, Chief Executive, Mr E Doherty, Area Manager NIHE who presented the Housing Investment Plan 2021 together with an update on the Revitalisation of the Housing Executive copies of which had previously been circulated to Members.  A number of Housing Executive representatives were also in  ...  view the full minutes text for item GSP128/21

GSP129/21

Chairperson's Business

GSP130/21

Condolences

Minutes:

The Chairperson expressed his condolences at the recent death of Pat Hume, wife of the late John Hume who was a former leader of the SDLP.  He paid tribute to Pat and said she was a wonderful lady who had touched the hearts of many people throughout the Council district  ...  view the full minutes text for item GSP130/21

GSP131/21

Welcome

Minutes:

 

The Chairperson welcomed the return of physical Meetings to the Council Chamber and face to face debate.  However, he reminded Members of the growth in the numbers infected with the virus and Covid related deaths throughout the Council area.  He referred to the need to adhere to the appropriate government  ...  view the full minutes text for item GSP131/21

GSP132/21

Reopening of Council Facilities

Minutes:

Councillor Boyle referred to a number of queries he had received regarding the reopening of Council facilities.  He queried the capacity of the Brandywell Stadium under the current Covid regulations and restrictions and the reduction in the proximity in terms of social distancing.  He referred to the North West Derby  ...  view the full minutes text for item GSP132/21

GSP133/21

Rainbow Pride Crossing

Minutes:

The Chairperson welcomed the new rainbow pride crossing on the dual carriageway adjacent to the Peace Bridge.  He reminded Members that former Mayor, Brian Tierney had commissioned this piece of work and funded it through his Mayoral Budget.  He congratulated all of the members of Foyle Pride, not only for  ...  view the full minutes text for item GSP133/21

GSP134/21

All Ireland GAA Final

Minutes:

The Chairperson referred to the All-Ireland GAA Championship final to be held on Saturday 11 September between Tyrone and Mayo.  As a native of Fermanagh, he wished Tyrone every success in the finals.

 

The Chairperson also congratulated the Derry Minor team on their success on winning the All-Ireland Minor Championships.  ...  view the full minutes text for item GSP134/21

GSP135/21

Matters Arising from the Open Minutes of the Governance and Strategic Planning Committee held on Tuesday, 6 July 2021 pdf icon PDF 313 KB

Minutes:

There were no matters arising.

 

GSP136/21

Quarter 1 Financial Outturn 2021/2022 pdf icon PDF 445 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Lead Finance Officer presented the above report, a copy of which had previously been circulated.  He advised that the purpose of the report was for Members to consider and approve Council’s 3-month financial outturn and position at 30 June 2021.

 

Councillor Doyle welcomed the report which displayed the prudent  ...  view the full minutes text for item GSP136/21

GSP137/21

Capital Programme Update and Project Approvals pdf icon PDF 453 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Lead Finance Officer presented the above report, a copy of which had previously been circulated.  He advised that the purpose of the report was to update Members on progress and challenges associated with Council’s ambitious capital programme and allocate funds towards a number of capital projects within Council’s capital  ...  view the full minutes text for item GSP137/21

GSP138/21

Universal Basic Income - Update pdf icon PDF 160 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Director of Legacy presented the above report, a copy of which had previously been circulated.  She pointed out that the purpose of the report was to advise Members of the recommendation from the Anti-Poverty Task and Finish Group to provide financial assistance towards the completion of the Universal Basic  ...  view the full minutes text for item GSP138/21

GSP139/21

Consultation on the NIHE's Draft Rural Strategy pdf icon PDF 192 KB

Minutes:

The Director of Legacy presented the above report, a copy of which had previously been circulated.  She pointed out that the purpose of the report was to advise Members of the live consultation process on the Northern Ireland Housing Executive’s (NIHE) draft Rural Strategy.

 

The Committee

 

Recommended        that Members note  ...  view the full minutes text for item GSP139/21

GSP140/21

Annual Performance Report 2020/2021 pdf icon PDF 152 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Lead Democratic Services and Improvement Officer presented the above report, a copy of which had previously been circulated.  She advised that the purpose of the report was to invite Members’ consideration and approval of the draft Annual Performance Report 2020/2021.

 

Councillor Doyle welcomed the report and commended Officers on  ...  view the full minutes text for item GSP140/21

GSP141/21

Corporate Plan 2021/2022 and Improvement Plan 2021/2022 pdf icon PDF 159 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Lead Democratic Services and Improvement Officer presented the above report, a copy of which had previously been circulated.  She advised that the purpose of the report was (i) to provide details of the feedback received as a result of the consultation process; (ii) to seek Members’ comments  ...  view the full minutes text for item GSP141/21

GSP142/21

Code of Practice on Producing Information pdf icon PDF 221 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Lead Democratic Services and Improvement Officer presented the above report, a copy of which had previously been circulated.  She advised that the purpose of the report was to seek Members’ comments and approval in respect of the revised Code of Practice on Producing Information.

 

The Committee

 

Recommended        that the  ...  view the full minutes text for item GSP142/21

GSP143/21

Update on Health and Wellbeing Support for Employees pdf icon PDF 179 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Lead Human Resources Officer presented the above report, a copy of which had previously been circulated.  She advised that the purpose of the report was to update Members on the Health and Wellbeing support provided to employees during the Covid 19 pandemic.

 

The Committee

 

Recommended        that Members note the  ...  view the full minutes text for item GSP143/21

GSP144/21

Nilga and Solace 2021 Local Government Conference - "Councils Make It Happen" pdf icon PDF 174 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Lead Democratic Services and Improvement Officer presented the above

report, a copy of which had previously been circulated.  She pointed out that

the purpose of the report was to advise Members of the 2021 Local

Government Conference “Councils Make It Happen” which takes place on 24

November 2021 in  ...  view the full minutes text for item GSP144/21

GSP145/21

NAC Local Government Conference 2021 pdf icon PDF 135 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Lead Democratic Services and Improvement Officer presented the above report, a copy of which had previously been circulated.  She pointed out that the purpose of the report was (i) to advise Members of the National Association of Councillors Local Government Conference (UK Levelling Up) which takes place  ...  view the full minutes text for item GSP145/21

GSP146/21

Update on the Anti Poverty Research pdf icon PDF 134 KB

Minutes:

The Director of Legacy presented the above report, a copy of which had

previously been circulated.  She pointed out that the purpose of the

report was to advise Members on the current status of the anti-poverty

research.

 

Members noted the content of the report.

 

 

GSP147/21

Gender Strategy pdf icon PDF 176 KB

Minutes:

The Lead Democratic Services and Improvement Officer presented the

above report, a copy of which had previously been circulated.  She

advised that the purpose of the report was to present Members with an

update on the themes and recommendations put forward by the Expert

Advisory Panel for the development of  ...  view the full minutes text for item GSP147/21

GSP148/21

Committee Meetings - Hybrid Arrangements pdf icon PDF 207 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Lead Democratic Services and Improvement Officer presented the

above report, a copy of which had previously been circulated.  She

pointed out that the purpose of the report was to advise Members of

the arrangements for hybrid Committee Meetings.

 

Members noted the content of the report

GSP149/21

Review of Risk Assessment and Safe System of Work pdf icon PDF 138 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Lead Democratic Services and Improvement Officer presented the

above report, a copy of which had previously been circulated.  She

pointed out that the purpose of the report was to advise Members of

the updated Risk Assessment on the ‘Role of a Councillor’ and the

updated Safe System of Work  ...  view the full minutes text for item GSP149/21

GSP150/21

Canvass 2021 Update pdf icon PDF 97 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Lead Democratic Services and Improvement Officer presented the

above report, a copy of which had previously been circulated.  She

advised that the purpose of the report was to update Members on

progress regarding Canvass 2021.

 

Members noted the content of the report.

 

 

GSP151/21

Press Office Q2 Media Evaluation Report pdf icon PDF 294 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Media and PR Officer presented the above report, a copy of which had previously been circulated.  She advised that the purpose of the report was to provide Members of the Governance and Strategic Planning Committee with a copy of the Council’s Corporate Communications Press Office media evaluation report for  ...  view the full minutes text for item GSP151/21

GSP152/21

North West Regional Development Group and North West Strategic Growth Partnership pdf icon PDF 187 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Chief Executive presented the above report, a copy of which had previously been circulated.  He advised that the purpose of the report was to provide Members with an update on the progress of the North West Strategic Growth Partnership and North West Regional Development Group.

 

Members noted the content  ...  view the full minutes text for item GSP152/21

GSP153/21

NILGA Update pdf icon PDF 8 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Chief Executive presented the above report, a copy of which had previously been circulated.  He advised that the purpose of the report was to provide Members with an update on the key outcomes notes of the meetings of the NILGA Office Bearers held on 6th July and 3  ...  view the full minutes text for item GSP153/21

GSP154/21

Northern Ireland Housing Council Update pdf icon PDF 210 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Lead Democratic Services and Improvement Officer presented the above report, a copy of which had previously been circulated.  She advised that the purpose of the report was to provide Members with the most recent Housing Bulletin.

 

Members noted the content of the report.

 

The Meeting then went into Confidential  ...  view the full minutes text for item GSP154/21

GSP155/21

Matters Arising from the Confidential Minutes of the Meeting of the Governance and Strategic Planning Committee held on Tuesday 6 July 2021

GSP156/21

Arrangement for Repayment of Salary Due to Overpayment

GSP157/21

Policy on the Wearing of the Easter Lily and Poppy in the Workplace