Agenda and minutes

Special Environment and Regeneration Committee, Environment and Regeneration Committee
Wednesday 26 June 2019 4.00 pm

Venue: Guildhall, Derry. View directions

Items
No. Item

SER6/19

Notice and Summons of Meeting

Minutes:

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

SER7/19

Member Attendance and Apologies

Minutes:

The Director of Environment and Regeneration completed the Member Attendance Register and apologies were recorded from Alderman Ramsey, Councillors Burke, Ferguson, Hunter and McGuire.

SER8/19

Declarations of Members' Interests

Minutes:

There were no declarations of Members’ interests.

Chairperson's Business

SER9/19

Condolences

Minutes:

The Chairperson referred to the death earlier that day of the civil rights leader Ivan Cooer.  He said Mr Cooper would be remembered as a politician of startling courage and conviction who passionately believed in equality for all.  He stated that few had contributed to peace as much as Ivan Cooper and was a massive political figure particularly with the SDLP Party.  He extended his condolences to Mr Cooper’s wife Frances and daughter Sinead and Bronagh.

 

Councillor Reilly, on behalf of the SDLP, expressed his condolences at the death of Ivan Cooper.  He pointed out that the Mayor had opened a Book of Condolences for the late Mr Cooper in the Guildhall.  He stated that Ivan Cooped had joined the SDLP Party on the basis of “one man one vote” and his death created a major loss for society.

 

Members from all Parties also paid tribute to the late Ivan Cooper and extended their condolences to his family.

SER10/19

To receive representatives from DfI (Roads Western Division) to discuss the 2019/2020 Annual Report-Spring pdf icon PDF 4 MB

Minutes:

The Chairperson welcomed the Acting Divisional Roads Manager (Mr D McKinley) and Section Engineer (Mr R McCartney) to the Meeting. 

 

The Acting Divisional Roads Manager pointed out that the report dealt with works completed across the Council area during the year 2018/19 and set out the Department’s initial proposals for schemes to be undertaken in the year 2019/2020.  Members would also be provided with an update on the strategic roads schemes that were being progressed and which would benefit the Derry City and Strabane District Council area.

 

The Acting Divisional Roads Manager pointed out that since 2013 the Department’s budget had been insufficient to meet its needs and it relied on in year funding to deliver core services including public transport and winter gritting.  This continued to be the case in 2019/2020.  He stated that in Capital terms, the 2019/2020 allocation represented a reduction from the previous year.  Almost 70% of this budget was taken up with committed or priority projects, leaving insufficient budget to meet the Department’s responsibilities as custodian of some £40 billion of public assets; the Water and Sewerage network and the Roads and Public Transport systems.

 

The Acting Divisional Roads Manager explained that funding was allocated to the Division under two categories; capital funding for new works or renewal of infrastructure and resource funding for the day to day maintenance of its assets.  On the capital side funding had allowed construction on a number of major schemes along the A6 to progress and the A2 Buncrana Road scheme continued to progress through the development stage.  Regarding the A5 Dualling project, a further consultation exercise around environmental matter had now concluded and the Department was currently considering the next steps with the scheme.

 

The Acting Divisional Roads Manager continued that Capital funding also influenced the Department’s Structural Maintenance and Local Transport and Safety Measures programmes which, in any year, were based on available budgets.  In the current year the Department welcomed a similar level of initial funding for Structural Maintenance when compared to the previous year with £75m being allocated, of which £10m had been set aside for a ‘roads recovery fund’ which was being used to address areas of immediate need across the road network.  He stated that of this approximately £725,000 had been allocated to the Derry City and Strabane District Council area.  He concluded that whilst this level of investment was welcome it still fell short of the £143 million required annually to maintain the road network in a reasonable condition.

 

The Acting Divisional Roads Manager then presented his report under the following headings providing Members with a brief update on the various schemes:

 

Strategic Road Improvements

 

-      A5 Western Transport Corridor (A5WTC)

-      A2 Buncrana Road

-      A6 Dungiven to Drumahoe Dualling

-      A6 Randalstown to Castledawson Dualling

 

Network Maintenance

 

-      Structural Maintenance: Completed Works 2018-2019

-      Routine Maintenance

-      Winter Service

-      Streetworks

-      Planned Works

 

Network Development

 

-      Local Transport and Safety Measures

-      Completed Works 2018/2019

-      Planned Works

 

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