Agenda and minutes

Environment and Regeneration Committee (Open)
Wednesday 7 February 2018 4.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber - Strabane Council Offices. View directions

Items
No. Item

ER27/17

Notice and Summons of Meeting

Minutes:

The Director of Environment and Regeneration read the Notice and Summons for the Meeting.

ER28/17

Apologies

Minutes:

An apology for absence was received from Councillor D Kelly.

 

ER29/17

Declarations of Members' Interests

Minutes:

Councillor Hastings declared an interest in Item 4 as a Member of the NWRWMG.

 

 

ER30/17

Deputation - To receive Mr Owen Lyttle, DAERA (NIEA) to give a presentation on the Zero Waste Circular Economy Strategy (GAP Study) - copy attached. pdf icon PDF 2 MB

Minutes:

The Chairperson welcomed Mr Owen Lyttle, Head of Waste Policy DAERA (NIEA) to give a presentation on the Zero Waste Circular Economy Strategy (GAP Study) highlighting the following areas:

 

Key Strategic Challenges

 

-      Landfill  capacity

-      Possible capacity issue arising through 2020s

-      Dependent on delivery of other residual waste infrastructure

 

BREXIT

 

-      RDF export – increasing costs due to currency exchange rate changes

-      Will recyclate quality be an issue for importing to EU? Especially in relation to recyclate from co-mingled sources

 

Global Issues

                       

China recyclate import restrictions – the need to find alternative markets and improve the quality of recyclates.

 

Waste Crime

 

Risks arising from these challenges can be mitigated by

 

-      Increasing waste prevention, reuse and recycling – reduce amount of waste for landfill

-      Increasing the quality of recycling – better quality = higher value: less likely to be illegally dumped; increased supply of materials to the local economy; and more likely to have broader market access

-      Local integrated waste infrastructure, including residual waste infrastructure – makes Northern Ireland more resilient to volatility in global commodity markets and external actor policies

 

Policy Context

 

Circular Economy Package Proposals

 

Draft Programme for Government

 

What have been the key EU targets?

 

Reduce the amount of biodegradable municipal waste (BMW) going to landfill to 35% of that produced in 1995 by 2020

 

50% household waste recycling by 2010

 

How have we done? Household Waste Recycling 2005/06 – 2016/17

 

Key Study Conclusions

 

HHWRC Improvement Scenarios

 

Derry city and Strabane District Council Level

 

Northern Ireland Level

 

Performance results by scenario

 

Modelled scenarios

 

NI Recycling Gap Study

 

Summary of project to review collection options to meet 50% recycling target by 2020

 

Waste Compositional Analysis

 

 

Chairperson's Business

ER31/17

Best Wishes

Minutes:

The Chairperson referred to the fact that this was Councillor’s Hassan’s last Meeting of the Committee as he would be resigning from Council in the coming weeks.  She commended Councillor Hassan on his contribution to Council during his lengthy service and wished him well in his retirement.

 

The Director of Environment and Regeneration extended Council’s best wishes for a speedy recovery to Noel Baird the Council Refuse Collector who had been attacked by a dog whilst carrying out his duties.  She advised that the Chief Executive, the Head of Environment and herself, had visited Mr Baird and he was recovering.

 

ER32/17

Winter Gritting Programme

Minutes:

The Director of Environment and Regeneration referred to Members’ previous request that Council write to the Permanent Secretary seeking an urgent meeting with officials from the Department for Infrastructure (Roads) regarding the criteria and procedures applied with regard to gritting and the supply of salt boxes.  She stated that Members would be aware that a meeting had been arranged with the local office however, a response had subsequently been received from the Permanent Secretary stating that he would be more than happy to arrange for the Director of Network John Irvine to meet with Council.  She stated that Mr Irvine had indicated that he would be happy to meet with Council locally, or if preferred, Members could meet with him in Belfast.

It was subsequently agreed that Mr Irvine be invited to meet with Members in the City at his earliest convenience and Members be advised accordingly.

 

ER33/17

MUGA Pitch - Eglinton

Minutes:

Alderman Devenney raised the issue of a potential MUGA Pitch for Eglinton.

 

The Director of Environment subsequently advised that this was a matter for the Health and Communities Directorate and suggested that he raise the matter at the Monthly Meeting of that Committee scheduled for the following afternoon.  However, she undertook to advise the Director of Health and Communities accordingly. 

 

ER34/17

Lisahally Cattle market

Minutes:

Councillor Hastings advised that a member of the Rural Partnership had met with a representative from the Ulster Farmers’ Union in relation to a study carried out on the Cattle Market at Lisahally.

 

The Director of Environment and Regeneration undertook to prepare a report thereon for submission to the March Meeting of the Committee.

 

ER35/17

Confirmation of the Open Minutes of the Environment and Regeneration Committee held on Wednesday 17 January 2018 pdf icon PDF 73 KB

Minutes:

Minutes of the Environment and Regeneration Committee held on 6 December 2017 (ER1/18-ER19/18) were confirmed and signed by the Chairperson as correct.

 

 

ER36/17

Matters Arising

Minutes:

There were no matters arising.

ER37/17

Circular Economy/Zero Waste Strategy Implementation pdf icon PDF 59 KB

Minutes:

The Head of Environment 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 proposals to take forward the Circular Economy/Zero Waste Strategy recently adopted by Council.

 

In response to a query from Councillor Tierney, the Head of Environment confirmed that he had hoped to consider the wider stakeholder forum in the first instance and within this forum to look at the issue of governance and how this could be taken forward. 

 

Councillor Tierney referred to the excellent work being carried on this issue at local schools and as such felt it would be important to invite schools representatives onto the forum.

 

Councillor Duffy welcomed the report and progress made to date in relation to the adoption of a zero waste strategy.  She suggested that the recommendation contained in the report resembled a proposal put forward by her at the previous Committee Meeting.  She welcomed suggested representation from schools onto the forum.  She referred to the role of the Youth Council and the lessons to be learnt from young people in terms of working towards the adoption of a zero waste strategy.  She stated that consideration could be given to extending membership, in due course, if required.

 

The Head of Environment said a number of organisation would be considered for inclusion on this forum in order to determine the most appropriate.

 

Subsequently the Committee

 

Recommended       that authority be granted for the setting up of a Steering Group to progress the implementation of the Circular Economy/Zero Waste Strategy.

 

ER38/17

Sustainable NI pdf icon PDF 36 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Director of Environment and Regeneration presented the above report a copy of which had previously been circulated to Members.  She advised that the purpose of the report was to seek approval in relation to continued support for Sustainable NI.

 

The Committee

 

Recommended       that Members endorse the annual work plan and approve annual financial support for Sustainable NI for 2018/19 to the value of £5,000.

 

 

ER39/17

SNPN - Development of 16 New Dwellings at Fir Road, Ballyarnett, Derry pdf icon PDF 26 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Director of Environment and Regeneration presented the above report a

copy of which had previously been circulated.  She advised that the purpose

of the report was to seek Members’ approval for the naming of a new housing

development containing 16 new dwellings at Fir Road, Ballyarnett, Derry by

McGettigan Homes Limited, 10-12 Bridge Street, Strabane.

 

Councillor Hassan suggested that as there was already a development in the

surrounding area named ‘Mansfield Grove’ the proposed development be

named ‘Grove Manor’.

 

The Committee

 

Recommended       that the development of 16 new dwellings at Fir Road, Ballyarnett be named ‘Grove Manor’ – Nos 1-16.

 

 

ER40/17

DAERA Consultation - Working with Communities: Implementing Geological Disposal pdf icon PDF 79 KB

Minutes:

The Head of Environment presented the above report a copy of which had

previously been circulated.  He advised that the purpose of the report was to

seek Members comments with regard to a consultation exercise being

undertaken by DAERA entitled Working with Communities: Implementing

Geological Disposal.

 

Members noted the information contained in the report.

 

ER41/17

Applications Processed under Building Regulations (NI) pdf icon PDF 28 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Director of Environment and Regeneration presented the above report a

copy of which had previously been circulated.  She advised that the purpose

of the report was to advise Members of Applications processed under Building

Regulations (NI) between 1 December 2017 and 31 December 2017.

 

Members noted the content of the report.

 

                        The Meeting terminated at 5.10 pm