Agenda and minutes

Environment and Regeneration Committee
Wednesday 9 October 2019 4.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber - Strabane Council Offices. View directions

Items
No. Item

ER195/19

Notice and Summons of Meeting

Minutes:

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

ER196/19

Member Attendance and Apologies

Minutes:

The Director of Environment and Regeneration completed the roll call and apologies were recorded from Councillors Burke, Duffy, Hunter and McHugh.

 

ER197/19

Declarations of Members' Interests

Minutes:

Councillors Durkan declared an interest in items 4 – Deputation – To receive representatives from “The Gathering” to discuss “The State of The Foyle”.

 

Councillor McCann declared an interest Items 4 – Deputation - To receive representatives from “The Gathering” to discuss “The State of The Foyle” and Item 22 – Update of Council Strategic Waste Management Arrangements.

 

Councillor Dobbins declared an interest in item 17 – Glebe Wood – Lease.

 

Alderman Devenney and Councillor Ferguson declared an interest in Item 18 – Lisahally Livestock Mart – Feasibility Study, Current Issues and Proposed Options.

 

 

 

ER198/19

Deputation - To receive representatives from The Gathering to discuss 'The State of The Foyle' - copy of presentation attached together with related documentation. pdf icon PDF 9 MB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee received Mr D Blackwood, The Gathering, who gave a power-point presentation on ‘The State of The Foyle’ highlighting the following:-

 

Air Quality

 

-      2017: Levels of Nitrogen Dioxide breached in Dungiven

-      2017: Derry breached limit for Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAH)

-      2016: Derry Brandywell breached limit for Benso(a)pyrene

 

PAHs linked to heart disease and cancers of skin, lung, bladder, liver and stomach

 

Land Quality

 

-      90% of protected Habitats damaged by Ammonia

-      Only 0.18% of land sites under favourable management

-      Only 4.48% of marine sites under favourable management

 

Mobuoy

 

The Banks of The Foyle

 

Water Quality

 

-      In 2018, 69% of rivers and 76% of lakes failed the Water Framework Directive water quality standard (p420)

-      60% of marine waterbodies failed WFD water quality standards in 2018 (P54)

-      78% of Northern Ireland’s Shellfish water protected areas failed WFD standards for E.coli in 2018 (p54)

 

Strule

 

-      93% (25 out of 27) of rivers failed Water Framework Directive standards in 2018

-      Phosphates (SRP) increased in 9 rivers

-      48% (12 out of 25) rivers had Multiple Element Failure in 2018

 

Owenkillew

 

-      43% (6 out of 14) of rivers failed WFD standards in 2018

-      Phosphates in 8 rivers increased in 2018

-      2 rivers had Multiple Element Failure in 2018

-      Diazinon, an organophosphate insecticide used to control insects in crops and parasites in livestock, was detected in 2 rivers.  Diazinon was banned in the US after it was linked to the mass killing of birds.  It is highly toxic to aquatic organisms and may harm other wildlife.

 

Pollution: River Faughan

 

Climate Breakdown

 

Extreme Weather Events

 

Priorities

 

-      Support a UN Aarhus Centre in Derry

-      Support Climate Actions and Targets that address the current failings in our Environment

-      Strive for high standards in environmental assessment of development plans and projects.

-      Support a Public Awareness Campaign on the State of our Environment, including cross-border co-operation with Donegal County Council.

 

Members thanked Mr Blackwood for his detailed presentation and accompanying report and commended him on its content.  Members then raised the following points:

 

-      Expressed support for the issues raised by The Gathering.

-      Referred to the extensive work being carried out by Council and its commitment in regards to tackling environmental issues and the climate crisis. 

-      Referred to the starkness of the findings presented in the report in terms of highlighting best and worst case scenarios.

-      Reinforced the need for a unified approach in terms of tackling the climate crisis.

-      Expressed concern at the environmental catastrophe at the Mobuoy site and referred to the need for action to be taken by all of the Agencies concerned to ensure that a similar situation would not arise in the future.

-      Queried what action could be taken by Council to mitigate the situation at Mobuoy.

-      Expressed concern that works to remediate Mobuoy had not commenced.

-      Expressed concern that no individuals had been held accountable or responsible for the  ...  view the full minutes text for item ER198/19

Chairperson's Business

ER199/19

Water Refilling

Minutes:

In response to a query from the Chairperson regarding reports on social media regarding water refilling stands, the Head of Environment advised that discussions had taken place regarding how this could be achieved and whilst a number of proposals had been put forward further discussion would need to take place in terms of how this could be progressed.  He stated that Council would continue to actively pursue a way forward and a report thereon would be presented to a future Meeting of Committee for Members’ consideration.

 

ER200/19

Killen Recycling Centre

Minutes:

In response to a query from Alderman Devenney regarding the above matter, the Head of Environment advised that Council were currently in discussion with the landowner regarding the purchase of the site and lands in question in order to carry out a full redevelopment of the site and bring it up to the standard of other sites.  He stated that this was progressing together with the funding application in respect of carrying out the necessary works.

 

ER201/19

Woodside Road Dump

Minutes:

In response to a query from Alderman Devenney, the Head of Environment said he understood the owner of the site had lodged an application with NIEA to Cap the site which would ensure that there was no more environmental damage to the site.  He advised that a report on the Protocol for Fly Tipping and on how this could be applied across the Council area would be presented to a future Meeting of Committee.

 

 

ER202/19

Confirmation of the Open Minutes of the Environment and Regeneration Committee held on Wednesday, 11 September 2019 pdf icon PDF 262 KB

Minutes:

The Open Minutes of the Environment and Regeneration Committee held on 11 September 2019 (ER158/19-ER184/19) were confirmed and signed by the Chairperson as correct.

 

Matters Arising

ER203/19

Muff Glen Footbridge (Ref ER163/19)

Minutes:

In response to a query from Councillor Durkan, the Director of Environment and Regeneration advised that Officers had met with representatives from DAERA to discuss possible options and a report thereon would be presented to a future Meeting of Committee.

 

 

ER204/19

Update - Park Pedestrian Bridge (Ref ER167/19_

Minutes:

Alderman Devenney referred to the importance of the bridge at Park as a means of access for the local community.

 

The Chairperson acknowledged that this was an essential means of access for the local community.

 

The Director of Environment and Regeneration said she understood that this project would be presented to the Capital Working Group in the coming weeks when Members would have the opportunity to consider potential funding for the project.

 

 

ER205/19

Correspondence Received - Children's Funeral Fund (Ref ER172/19)

Minutes:

In response to a query from Councillor Dobbins, the Director of Environment and Regeneration advised that she had written to both the Secretary of State and the Permanent Secretary following ratification of the September Minutes at the Monthly Council Meeting.  However, no responses had yet been received.

 

 

ER206/19

Street Naming and Property Numbering - Request for Installation of Bilingual Signage pdf icon PDF 246 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 inform Members of the outcome of recent applications to

provide bilingual signage at Magowan Park, Derry.

 

The Committee

 

Recommended       that given the outcome of the four plebiscites, Members are asked to approve the erection of bilingual street signage at Magowan Park, Derry.

 

ER207/19

Street Naming and Property Numbering - Request for Development Name pdf icon PDF 171 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 gain Members’ consent to name a new development at

Limavady Road.

 

The Committee

 

Recommended       that Members approval be granted for the adoption of the name Stonewell Lane for the housing development at Limavady Road.

 

ER208/19

Extension of Contract for the Provision of Waste Services for the Collection, Disposal and Treatment of Engine Oil, Oily Rags, Oil Filters, Vegetable Oil, Paints, Varnishes and used Engine Oil Containers pdf icon PDF 131 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’ approval to extend the current contract for the Provision of

Waste Services for the collection, disposal and treatment of engine oil, oily

rags, oil filters, vegetable oil, paints, varnishes and used engine oil containers.

 

The Committee

 

Recommended       that Members approve the extension of contract for the treatment of paints and oils as detailed above to ENVA for a further year.

 

ER209/19

Interpretation and Signage for Peace Tree Ebrington and Peace Flame Foyle Street Park pdf icon PDF 95 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

update Members on the interpretation and signage to be installed for the

Peace Flame in Foyle Street Park and seek approval for the associated costs.

 

The Committee

 

Recommended        that Members authorise Officers to commit a budget to the value of £3k from existing Departmental budgets to undertake the works as specified above.

 

ER210/19

Building Control Applications pdf icon PDF 95 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 inform Members of applications processed under Building Regulations (NI) between 1 August and 31 August 2019.

 

Members noted the content of the

ER211/19

Proposed Provision of Disabled Parking Bay Across the District pdf icon PDF 130 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 inform Members of correspondence received in September 21019 from DfI Network Development Section regarding proposed disabled parking bay at 21 Elmwood Terrace.

 

Members noted the content of the report.

 

ER212/19

Proposed Revocation of 30mph Speed Limit pdf icon PDF 129 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 inform Members of correspondence received in September 2019 from DfI Network Development Section regarding proposed revocation of legislation for a 30mph on U1153-3 Maydown Road.

 

Members noted the content of the report.

 

 

ER213/19

Public Consultation Response to Management of Invasive Alien Species in Northern Ireland pdf icon PDF 174 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 draft consultation response with

regard to the ‘management measures for widely spread invasive alien species

in Northern Ireland.’

 

Members noted the content of the report.

 

ER214/19

Sion Mills Regeneration Masterplan - Progress Update pdf icon PDF 134 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 update Members on the current progress of the ongoing development of the Sion Mills Regeneration Masterplan and proposed next steps in terms of the final stages of the commission.

 

Members noted the content of the report.

 

 

ER215/19

Confirmation of the Confidential Minutes of Monthly Meeting of Environment and Regeneration Committee held on Wednesday, 11 September 2019

ER216/19

Ballynagard Development Brief Process - Revised Capital Project Delivery Arrangements

ER217/19

Glebe Wood - Lease

ER218/19

Lisahally Livestock Mart - Feasibility Study, Current Issues and Proposed Options

Additional documents:

ER219/19

Rural Development Programme - Village Enhancement - Development Agreements

ER220/19

Sion Mills Recreational Lands

Additional documents:

ER221/19

Assignment of Grant of Right of Burial - Section K Class B No 59 at City Cemetery

ER222/19

Update of Council Strategic Waste Management Arrangements

ER223/19

Tender Evaluation Report - Deep Cleaning of City, Town and Village Centre Paved Services (TENV19-053)

Additional documents:

ER224/19

Tender Report for the Supply of Chemical and Biological Analysis Services - TENV19-073

Additional documents:

ER225/19

Tender Evaluation Report - Miscellaneous Cleansing Works TENV19-085

Additional documents: