Agenda and minutes

Environment and Regeneration Committee (Open)
Wednesday 10 October 2018 4.00 pm

Venue: Guildhall, Derry. View directions

Items
No. Item

ER203/18

Notice and Summons of Meeting

Minutes:

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

ER204/18

Apologies

Minutes:

The Director of Environment and Regeneration completed the roll call and recorded an apology for Alderman Ramsey.

 

ER205/18

Declarations of Members' Interests

Minutes:

There were no Declarations of Members’ Interests.

 

ER206/18

Deputation - To receive Mr D Scott and Ms B Gallagher, Woodland Trust to discuss the Faughan Valley Project pdf icon PDF 4 MB

Minutes:

The Committee received Mr Scott and Ms Gallagher, Woodland Trust to the Meeting to discuss the Faughan Valley Project.  Mr Scott gave a power-point presentation highlighting the following:

 

Resilient Landscapes

 

Bigger, better, more and connected

 

The Faughan Valley

 

Project Aims:

 

-      Restore 60 ha of damaged ancient woods

-      Undertake 45 ha of riparian planting

-      Restore, extend and plant 8,000 metres of hedgerows

-      Undertake biological, species surveying and evidence collection, provide a wide-range of volunteer and accredited training opportunities

-      Develop infrastructure at key sties, enhancing the visitor welcome, extending access

-      Develop an enhanced schools offer, involving local schools in its co-design and co-production

 

How much Woodland is there?

 

Work in Partnership with Others

 

Trees and woods provide…

 

-      Ecosystem services – flood protection

-      Climate change mitigation

-      Wildlife

-      Recreation

-      Wood fuel

-      Heritage

-      Natural capital/infrastructure

 

Riparian Issues

 

River changing course – land loss

Risk of soil erosion and watercourse pollution

Field margins – erosion of banks

 

Trees and woods for people

 

Only 43% of children in NI are achieving the Chief Medical Officer’s recommendations of 60 mins of exercise every day

Regular users of woods/forest for physical activity are approximately half the risk of poor mental health

 

Trees on Farms

 

-      Shade and shelter

-      Lamb mortality can be reduced compared to housed lambs – lower exposure to disease

-      Improve grass growth – windburn and drought

-      Outdoor lambing or early turnout and improved bonding

 

The Chairperson thanked Mr Scott for his presentation.  He expressed concern that Northern Ireland had only 8% of woodland in comparison with other countries.

 

Councillor Hastings, as Chairperson of the Faughan Valley Partnership, acknowledged the work carried out by the Woodland Trust and the organisation’s wealth of knowledge in terms of building woodlands.  He referred to the considerable time and effort which had been invested in replanting the woodlands around the Faughan Valley.

 

Councillor D Kelly welcomed the presentation which he felt was both enlightening and exciting.  He referred to the fact that this was World Mental Health Day and to the specific benefits to mental health of woodlands and the outdoors.  He said the lack of woodland in this area was a matter of concern but welcomed the scope of the project in terms of addressing this problem.  He anticipated that many benefits would be felt across the Council district especially in terms of dealing with floods.  He said it was interesting to note the impact that trees had on floods in terms of changing the watercourses and waterflows.  He believed that this should be of key interest to Council’s LDP team and anticipated Council working with the Trust to develop a co-ordinated approach based on their findings.  This could subsequently be incorporated into Council’s plans with a greater focus being placed on developing land in a manner which would assist tree growth and would not be detrimental to hedgerows. He welcomed the work carried out by the Woodland Trust to date and the  ...  view the full minutes text for item ER206/18

ER207/18

Deputation - To receive Mr B Toal and Ms C McGee, Foyle River Gardens Trust to discuss the Foyle River Gardens Project pdf icon PDF 10 MB

Minutes:

The Committee received Mr Toal and Mr Deane, Foyle River Gardens to

discuss the Foyle River Gardens Project. 

 

Mr Deane thanked Council for the opportunity to address the Committee and

provided Members with an introduction to the Foyle River Gardens Project.

 

Mr Toal referred to the fact that he had addressed Council on previous

occasions however, this was the first time in open business.  He presented a

short film showing the scale and grandeur of this unique piece of landscape. 

He then gave a joint power-point presentation highlighting the following

issues:

 

Foyle River Gardens Project Mission

 

“To be a symbol of regeneration, transforming spaces and communities to

crease a sustainable world-class asset for Derry-Londonderry”

 

So, what does the Foyle River Gardens do that’s different?

 

Education &               Health &         Employment              Environment Skills                Wellbeing                                                                  

 

Tourism                      Heritage,

            Culture &

            History

 

Community

 

Foyle River Gardens Charitable Trust

 

The Masterplan – Our Principles

 

-      Integrate with the natural landscape

-      Visually and physically, connect to the river

-      Iconic Architectural Interventions

-      Create an open and accessible knowledge network

-      Weave a sensory water narrative through the site

-      Activity every couple of minutes

-      Celebrate the site’s untouched natural beauty

-      Legacy

-      Enhance Heritage Assets

-      Connect the Public to the River Foyle

 

The Zones

 

Site Opportunity

 

Boom Hall – A Romantic Ruin

 

The Walled Gardens Trail – A unique network of heritage and productivity, some even older than the City Walls

 

The Ice House – A Subterranean Dining Experience accessed from the River

 

Forest Cabins – experience nature at first hand

 

The Canopy – Learning is fun in the iconic submerged structure concealed within the Landscape

 

Riverside Lido and Theatre – heated by biomass, enjoyed by the many

 

Third Level Educational Campus open to the public

 

Greenhouse, Laboratory and Soil Testing Site

 

A Co-working community hub for ecoentrepreneurs

 

Innovative transport through the site

 

Making the River Foyle come alive

 

Connecting with nature through landscape trails

 

Bringing the Gardens into the sky

 

Connecting young people through the Youth Gateway Park

 

Instilling drama into the landscape

 

Our Five Core Themes

 

-      Economic Activity

 

-      Creativity

 

-      Play Activity

 

-      Productivity

 

-      Connectivity

 

Mr Toal referred to a joint announcement earlier that day from Queen’s University Belfast and Ulster University that they were collaborating to explore the potential of working with the Eden Project to develop a new world-class research project as part of the Foyle River Garden project.  He stated that planning was at an early stage however they were committed to progressing this exciting proposal which would have significant benefits for the North West and Northern Ireland.

 

Mr Toal stated said this was a major announcement which it was felt would offer a huge advantage to the further and higher education provision within the City.  He stated that the Trust were delighted and excited at the interest displayed by both universities in this site and their decision to collaborate for the benefit of the City and for their students.  He referred to the potential this  ...  view the full minutes text for item ER207/18

ER208/18

Chairperson's Business

ER209/18

Confirmation of the Open Minutes of the Environment and Regeneration Committee held on Wednesday, 12 September 2018 pdf icon PDF 82 KB

Minutes:

The Open Minutes of the Environment and Regeneration Committee held on 12 September 2018 (ER186/18-ER199/18) were confirmed and signed by the Chair.

 

 

ER210/18

Matters Arising

ER211/18

APSE Energy pdf icon PDF 31 KB

Minutes:

The Head of Capital Development and Building Control presented the above report, a copy of which had previously been circulated.  He advised that the purpose of the report was to seek approval to renew membership of APSE’s Energy Association.

 

The Committee

 

Recommended       that approval be granted to renew membership of the APSE Energy Association at a fee of £2,000 excluding VAT.

 

 

ER212/18

Review of the Recruitment of Additional Park Rangers pdf icon PDF 40 KB

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 (a) update Members on the additional Park Rangers

employed in the parks over summer months; (b) review the resource

contribution and (c) seek feed-back from Members on their views on the

provision of additional Park Rangers moving forward.

 

Councillor Jackson referred to the invaluable service provided by Park Rangers

and the assistance they provided for persons using Council facilities.  He

referred to the significant reduction in anti-social behaviour incidents in St

Columb’s Park during the previous summer which he felt was due to the

presence of Park Rangers together with the collaboration of the other

agencies involved.  He suggested that this scheme be rolled out throughout

the Council area.

 

Alderman Warke referred to comments made by the PSNI the previous week regarding the reduction in the levels of anti-social behaviour in St Columb’s Park and commended the Park Rangers, the PSNI and Council on the introduction of family focused projects which had all contributed towards this. 

 

Councillor Tierney, whilst acknowledging the importance of the service provided by Park Rangers, said it would be wrong to assume that they could address the issue of anti-social behaviour in St Columb’s Park.  He said that although they assisted in diffusing potentially difficult situations, it was vital that any issues beyond their control were referred to the appropriate agency for consideration.  He stated that in attempting to combat anti-social behaviour, particularly in St Columb’s Park, it was necessary to reclaim the Park and introduce a range of initiatives.  He reiterated that it was not the responsibility of Park Rangers to deal with anti-social behaviour and expressed concern at comments which might suggest that they were tasked with preventing anti-social behaviour.  He agreed however with the proposed plan and the recommendations contained in the report.

Councillor Hastings referred to the need to assess the extent of Council’s estate with particular emphasis on lands which had become Council’s responsibility in recent years.  He made further reference to the number of parks/facilities in Council’s ownership and its responsibility in terms of health and safety provision. He stated that whilst Park Rangers could address some issues they were not responsible for addressing anti-social behaviour.  Councillor Hastings reiterated the importance of ensuring that all Council facilities were fit for purpose in terms of health and safety provision and were regularly attended by Park Rangers.

 

The Director of Environment and Regeneration undertook to include Members’ comments when putting forward proposals for the consideration in the Rates Estimates Process.  She apologised for any misunderstanding regarding the role of the Park Rangers acknowledging that they were neither Community Safety Wardens nor Police Officers.  Officers had realised the need for collaboration between all of the agencies involved to address the problem of anti-social behaviour and had endeavoured to achieve this during the current year.  This together with additional security e.g. CCTV cameras and the introduction  ...  view the full minutes text for item ER212/18

ER213/18

Street Naming and Property Numbering - Development of 17 New Dwellings at Lands Adjacent to Bracken Gate, Curlyhill Road, Strabane - Request of Development Name pdf icon PDF 36 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

 

The Head of Capital Development and Building Control presented the above

report, a copy of which had previously been circulated.  He advised that the

purpose of the report was to gain Members’ consent to name a new

development of seventeen new dwellings at a site adjacent to Bracken Gate,

Curlyhill Road, Strabane.

 

The Committee

 

Recommended       that approval be granted to the proposed first name ‘Bracken Hill’ as it complied with policy as it was named after an adjacent street and pertained to the elevated geographical location.

 

ER214/18

Street Naming and Property Numbering - Development of 4 New Dwellings at Lands to the Rear of 11 Ebrington Park Derry - Request for Development Name pdf icon PDF 38 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Head of Capital Development and Building Control presented the above report, a copy of which had previously been circulated.  He advised that the purpose of the report was to gain Members’ consent to name a new development of sixteen new apartments at a site to the rear of 11 Ebrington Park, Derry

 

The Committee

 

Recommended       that approval be granted to the proposed first name ‘Ebrington Lane’ as it complied with policy and was named after an adjacent street.

 

ER215/18

Street Naming and Property Numbering - Development of 48 New Dwellings at Crescent Link, Derry - Request for Development Names pdf icon PDF 36 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Head of Capital Development and Building Control presented the above

report, a copy of which had previously been circulated.  He advised that the

purpose of the report was to gain Members’ consent to the proposed names

for two new streets within an existing development at site adjacent to crescent

Link, Derry.

 

The Committee

 

Recommended       that approval be granted to the proposed names ‘Oak Country Way and Oak Country Avenue’ which complied with council policy as the names were connected to the previously approved name of Oak Country Manor, Park and Green for Phases 1, 2 and 3 of development.

 

 

 

ER216/18

Proposal to Establish the DCSDC Heritage Delivery Partnership

Minutes:

The Regeneration Manager presented the above report, a copy of which had previously been circulated.  He advised that the purpose of the report was to inform Members of the proposal to establish a Council area heritage stakeholder forum, to be known as the Heritage Delivery Partnership.  This is one of the targets for the joint initiative between DCSDC and Department for Communities – Historic Environment Division (HED) under the Heritage Development Officer Pilot Project.

 

The Committee received The Heritage Development Officer and Mr Deery, Historic Environment Division who gave a joint power-point presentation on the subject highlighting the following areas:

 

The Historic Environment Division

 

-      Records

-      Protects

-      Conserves and

-      Promotes

Our historic environment.

 

What is important and why?

 

Draft Programme for Government

 

-      No mention of heritage

-      Yet heritage can contribute to all of the outcomes

 

How can we achieve potential?

 

Working with stakeholders

 

-      Agreed joint actions for PfG

-      Sectoral message

-      Joint Investment in EYCH

-      Seeking opportunities across Government

-      Historic Environment Division investment in strategic work:

. Heritage at risk

. Empowering community action

. Churches Trust

. Heritage Development Officer Pilot

 

Joint Heritage Development Project

 

-      DCSDC and DfC (Historic Environment Division) joint initiative

-      Co-ordinate series of historic environment activities and assist with policy development

-      Establish Council area heritage stakeholder forum

-      Heritage Framework

 

Historic Environment Stakeholder Group

 

-      HED regional model

-      Brings the sector together to help realise the benefits of NI’s historic environment

-      Organisations in the historic environment sector

-      Interested parties from outside the sector such as Tourism NI, funders, educational bodies

-      Chaired by HED and meets quarterly

 

Heritage Delivery Partnership

 

-      Realise the economic and social regeneration potential of the historic environment in the Council area

-      Help the area stand out as a place of quality and best practice in the custodianship of its heritage assets

-      Encourage innovation in the management and co-ordination of the historic environment

-      Encourage and develop community pride and involvement in caring for the historic environment

-      Link and support heritage businesses and initiatives

 

Role of Heritage Delivery Partnership

 

-      Provide a collective, representative voice for the historic environment sector of the City and District

-      Help develop and implement the Council’s Heritage Framework

-      Delivery of heritage actions identified in the Strategic Growth Plan (2017-22032) and Local Growth Plans (2017-2022)

-      Other DCSDC strategies such as Tourism Strategy (2018-22025), Arts, Culture and Heritage Strategy, Village Renewal Plans and any relevant regional policies and initiatives.

-      Provide a platform for communication for heritage stakeholders and encourage debate around best practice, innovation, access, participation and regeneration of the City and District.

 

Methodology

 

-      Meet 4 ties per annum, though additional meetings may be held if required

-      Elect a Chair and Co-Chair who will serve for a maximum of 2 years

-      Meeting will review the progress and actions as outlined in the Heritage Framework

-      Technical advice and secretariat support for the Partnership will  ...  view the full minutes text for item ER216/18

ER217/18

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

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Head of Capital Development and Building Control presented the above report, a copy of which had previously been circulated.  He pointed out that the purpose of the report was to advise Members of applications processed under Building Regulations (NI) between 1 August and 31 August 2018.

 

Members noted the content of the report.

 

 

ER218/18

Update - Combined Food and Green Waste Collections Strabane pdf icon PDF 27 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 update Members with regard to the introduction of combined food and green waste collections within the Strabane area.

 

Members noted the content of the report.

 

ER219/18

Removal of Public Telephone Kiosk pdf icon PDF 25 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Director of Environment and Regeneration presented the above report, a copy of which had previously been circulated.  She pointed out that the purpose of this report was to advise Members on a consultation exercise carried out by BRT with regards to a removal of a public telephone kiosk.

 

Members noted the content of the report.

 

 

ER220/18

Play Plan Update pdf icon PDF 32 KB

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 update Members on the development of a Play Plan for the City and District.

 

Members noted the content of the report.

 

 

ER221/18

Proposed Disabled Parking Bays pdf icon PDF 25 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Director of Environment and Regeneration 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 correspondence received in September 2018 from Transport NI, Network Development Section, regarding proposed disabled persons’ parking bays at various locations throughout the district.

 

Members noted the content of the report.

 

 

ER222/18

Health and Safety Works to the War Memorial pdf icon PDF 26 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 update Members with regard to health and safety works required at the War Memorial located at the Diamond, Derry.

 

Members noted the content of the report.

 

 

ER223/18

Bilingual Signage pdf icon PDF 49 KB

Minutes:

The Head of Capital Development and Building Control presented the above

report, a copy of which had previously been circulated.  He advised that the

purpose of the report was to inform Members of the outcome of recent

applications to provide bilingual signage at Glenfada Park, Harding Street,

Lisfannon Park, Thistlewood Park and Westland Street, Derry.

 

Members noted the content of the report.