Agenda and minutes

Environment and Regeneration Committee (Open)
Wednesday 5 December 2018 4.00 pm

Venue: Guildhall, Derry. View directions

Items
No. Item

ER282/18

Notice and Summons of Meeting

Minutes:

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

 

ER283/18

Apologies

Minutes:

The Director of Environment and Regeneration completed the roll call.  Apologies were received from Alderman Hussey.

ER284/18

Declarations of Members' Interests

Minutes:

Councillor Hastings declared an interest in item 7 – Lease/Procurement of Waste Transfer Station.

 

Chairperson's Business

ER285/18

Welcome to the new Deputy Chair

Minutes:

The Chair congratulated Councillor Jackson on his new role as Deputy Chair of the Committee and wished him success in fulfilling the role.

ER286/18

Merry Christmas

Minutes:

As this was the last Meeting of the Committee before Christmas. The Chair extended festive greetings to the Members of the Committee, The staff of the Environment and Regeneration Directorate and the Members of the press in attendance.

ER287/18

Christmas Lights in Strabane

Minutes:

After being invited to address the Committee by the Chair, Councillor R McHugh reminded Members that Irish Language enthusiasts in Strabane had raised money and purchased Christmas lights for the Strabane area last year. He informed Members that these persons now wished to donate these lights to Council, under the condition that they be used in the Strabane area. He proposed that Council accept this donation as this would pose minimal cost to Council considering the brackets for the installation of the lights were already in situ.

 

The Director of Environment and Regeneration sought clarity from the Member in  terms of a proposal advising that this be included in the minutes to be ratified at Full Council.

 

The Committee

 

Recommended       that Council accept the donation of Christmas lights from Irish Language enthusiasts under the condition that they be used within the Strabane area.

 

ER288/18

Christmas Lighting in Rural Areas

Minutes:

After being invited to address the Committee by the Chair, Alderman Devenney congratulated Council on the Spectacular Christmas light displays in the more rural areas within Council, particularly the Faughan and Newbuildings areas.   He queried if lighting for the Bready, Ballymagorry and Park areas could be considered for next year.

 

Alderman Bresland  concurred with these comments.

 

In response the Head of Environment and Regeneration clarified that Christmas lighting was subject to funding but that this could be considered as part of the Rates Estimates process for next year.

 

 

ER289/18

Bio- Digester Concerns

Minutes:

Alderman Devenney raised concerns surrounding the environmental impact of bio-digesters and allegations of flaws in planning processes and enforcement for bio-digesters. He suggested that a meeting be arranged to discuss the matter with the Council’s Planners, the Enforcement Section and the Northern Ireland Environment Agency on  this issue.

 

The Director of Environment and Regeneration advised that an update on this could be presented to the Planning Committee for Members to consider further action on the matter. In response to Alderman Devenney’s concerns on the time scale of this, the Director of Environment and Regeneration advised that there were difficulties in organising and deciding who should attend such a meeting. She added that whilst this was not the business of Environment and Regeneration she would seek direction from Members as to what action to take.

 

In response to Alderman Bresland echoing his suggestion of round table talks as he had received complaints of this nature from constituents in the Bready area, Alderman Devenney added that this issue was not specific to one area.

 

Councillor Tierney proposed that a report be presented to the Planning Committee surrounding this issues and actions decided at that stage.

 

Councillor D Kelly clarified that this issue had arisen from the legacy Department of Environment Planning department and did not put Council’s planning processes under question. He concurred with the Director of Environment and Regeneration regarding the difficulty of organising discussions and suggested that presenting a paper to the Planning Committee would be appropriate.

 

Councillor Hastings highlighted the need for enforcement action to deal with this issue within the Council area and suggested that it would be appropriate for a report on the issue to be presented to the Planning Committee.

 

In response to a query from Councillor Tierney, the Director of Environment and Regeneration clarified that while not all Members could vote at the Planning Committee, all Members can attend and speak on a non-planning decision matter  if they so wished.

 

The Committee

 

Recommended       that a paper to update Members on the issue of Bio-digesters be presented to the Planning Committee.

 

 

ER290/18

Confirmation of the Open Minutes of the Environment and Regeneration Committee held on Wednesday 14 November 2018 pdf icon PDF 131 KB

Minutes:

The Open Minutes of the Environment and Regeneration Committee held on 14 November 2018 (ER248/18-ER272/18) were confirmed and signed by the Chair.

 

Matters Arising

ER291/18

ER255/18- Burnt Out and Abandoned Vehicles

Minutes:

In response to a request from Councillor Tierney, the Head of Environment and Regeneration clarified that an update report on the performance of the removal company which held the contract with Council would be presented to the Committee within a 3 – 6 month period

 

 

ER292/18

ER257/18- Fly - Tipping at Mews Lanes

Minutes:

In response to a query from Councillor D Kelly, the Head of Environment confirmed that a report concerning the above matter would be brought to the January Meeting of the Committee.

 

ER293/18

ER264/18 Memorandum of Understanding- Winder Gritting

Minutes:

In reply to a query from Councillor Dobbins, the Head of environment stated that he had been assured by Transport Northern Ireland that all 400 grit boxes would be replaced.  He advised Members to liaise with himself for queries surrounding specific boxes.

 

 

ER294/18

ER253/18 Royal Mail Postbox on Chapel Road

Minutes:

The Regeneration Manager clarified that Royal Mail had removed the post box in Chapel Road for Health and Safety reasons and that it had been replaced. He added that communication was taking place with Royal Mail and an update of any other situation where historic post boxes may need to be removed would be presented to the next Meeting of Committee.

 

In response to a query from Councillor Kelly, the Regeneration Manager was unable to clarify if this post box had been a listed feature of the Church curtilage, but would check this out and update within the context of an update report to a future Environment and Regeneration Committee. The Regeneration advised members that if they had any specific/similar issues relating to historic post boxes, that he would welcome any information which could be incorporated within Council’s follow up communication to Royal Mail.

 

In reply to questioning from Councillor Reilly, the Regeneration Manager advised that the process of getting such features listed status would be a matter for DFC Historic Environment Division (HED) and that Officers would make enquiries with HED in this regard.

 

ER295/18

Lease/Procurement of Waste Transfer Station pdf icon PDF 26 KB

Minutes:

The Head of Environment presented the above report, a copy of which had previously been circulated.  He explained that the purpose of the report was to advise Members on the outcome of a recent exercise seeking Expressions of Interest with regard to the lease/procurement of a Waste transfer Station.

 

The Committee

 

Recommended       that Council approve engagement with RiverRidge in terms of the Lease/procurement of the Waste Transfer Station with a further report to be presented to Members in due course.

 

ER296/18

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 explained that the purpose of the report was to advise Members of applications processed under Building Regulations (NI) between 1 October and 31 October 2018.

 

Members noted the content of the report.

 

 

ER297/18

Proposed Disabled Parking Bay pdf icon PDF 24 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Head of Environment presented the above report, a copy of which had previously been circulated.  He explained that the purpose of the report was to advise Members of correspondence received in November 2018 from Transport Ni, network Development Section, regarding proposed disabled persons’ parking bay at Mountjoy Street, Derry.

 

Members noted the content of the report.

 

ER298/18

Six Monthly Progress Report - Environment and Regeneration Directorate pdf icon PDF 46 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 present Members with a six monthly update in relation to progress against the Environment and Regeneration Annual Service Plan for 2018/19.

 

The Chair welcomed the report, thanked Officers for all the beneficial work which had been completed and praised the partnership between Council and Central Government.

 

In response to a request from Councillor D Kelly, surrounding work completed in Beechmount, Strabane the Director of Environment and Regeneration advised that a report there on would be presented to the next Committee.

 

Members welcomed the report and commended Officers on their achievements.

 

ER299/18

Heritage Angel Awards 2018 pdf icon PDF 40 KB

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 Heritage Angel Awards NI Ceremony which took place in the Guildhall on 6 November 2018 and provide update on the outcome of the awards and in particular the DCSDC shortlisted projects.

 

The Regeneration Manager advised the Committee that the Mayor had recently confirmed his intention to host a civic reception on Thursday 10 January 2018 at 7pm in the Guildhall. The Chair invited Members of the Committee to also attend this civic reception.

 

 

Members acknowledged the success of hosting the Heritage Angel Awards in the City and raising the profile of heritage.  Members also recognised the success of the Walled City Partnership Townscape Heritage Initiative in winning their Heritage Angel Award.