Agenda and minutes

Environment and Regeneration Committee
Wednesday 15 January 2020 4.00 pm

Venue: Guildhall, Derry. View directions

Items
No. Item

ER1/19

Notice and Summons of Meeting

Minutes:

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

ER2/19

Apologies

Minutes:

The Director of Environment and Regeneration completed the roll call and no apologies were recorded.

 

 

ER3/19

Declaration of Interests

Minutes:

Councillor McCann declared an interest in item 4 – Deputation – To receive representatives from Enagh Youth Forum to provide a presentation on the ‘Nothing Without Us’ Campaign.

 

 

ER4/19

Suspension of Standing Orders - Enagh Youth Forum Video

Minutes:

Councillor Dobbins Moved, Alderman McKane Seconded and the Committee

 

Resolved                   that the video submitted by Enagh Youth Forum be viewed following their presentation.

 

 

ER5/19

Deputation - To receive representatives from Enagh Youth Forum to provide a presentation on the 'Nothing Without Us' Campaign (copy attached) pdf icon PDF 1 MB

Minutes:

The Committee received Jack Long, Trainee Youth Worker and Holly Hunter from Enagh Youth Forum and Clare McGill, parent, who gave a combined powerpoint presentation on the ‘Nothing Without Us’ Campaign highlighting the following areas:-

 

Inclusive Play Now!

 

Introduction!

 

Article 23

Article 31

 

About Our Project

 

Personal Perspective from Holly Hunter

 

Micha pictured with her friends at a recent celebration event at the Whitehorse Hotel

 

Statutory Obligation

 

Out to Play

 

Derry City and Strabane District Council is currently working to advance the ‘Out to Play’ consultation, Green Infrastructure Plan, Community Planning and a ‘Journey Towards Becoming a Child Rights Respecting City’.

 

Our Request

 

That DCSDC does more to ensure that all play parks become inclusive for everyone in the City and District!

 

The aim of our project is to help raise awareness and ensure that young peoples’ voices are heard and made to matter.

 

Members were then shown a short video strenuously highlighting the work carried out by Enagh Youth Forum and the serious impact that the current lack of disabled play provision and facilities in general was having on those young people with a disability.  Specific reference was made to the injustices which arose from this lack of inclusion for all. 

 

The Chairperson thanked the representatives for their presentation and the video which underlined the serious lack of play provision for those with a disability in the majority of Council’s play facilities throughout the City and District.  He said the video highlighted a number of significant issues, most importantly the importance of the two young presenters, Jack Long and Holly Hunter, to their local community and their family and friends and anticipated that Council would be able to successfully address this problem.  As a parent of a child with a disability he said he totally understood the position and as a former Chairperson of the Committee was delighted to be involved in the provision of disabled facilities in the newly constructed Brooke Park in 2015.  As current Chairperson of the Committee he committed to take whatever action necessary to address the requirements highlighted by the deputation.

 

Members from all Parties thanked the deputation for their presentation and commended the young presenters on their courage in giving such a heartwarming performance and giving those with a disability a voice.  There was a consensus of support for the case put forward by the deputation.

 

Councillor Dobbins advised that she had previously proposed the provision of disabled/inclusive toilet facilities in Foyleside Shopping Centre and a number of other Council facilities.

 

Members then made the following comments:

 

-      Referred to the fact that inclusive play was a right for all.

-      Referred to the need to cater for a range of disabilities visible or not.

-      Outdoor play should be an enjoyable family experience in which everyone can participate with no exclusions.

-      Referred to the need to ensure that the requirements in respect of the provision of disabled play provision were reflected in the planning process.

-      Expressed concern that inclusive play  ...  view the full minutes text for item ER5/19

Chairperson's Business

ER6/19

Special Meeting of the Environment and Regeneration Committee

Minutes:

The Chairperson reminded Members that a Special Meeting of Committee had been scheduled for Wednesday, 22 January 2020 at 4 pm to receive representatives from NIEA.

 

ER7/19

Brown Bin Recycling Scheme

Minutes:

The Head of Environment advised that confirmation had been received from DAERA that approval had been granted to a funding application for the completion of the brown bin scheme.   He stated that Officers would progress with the extension of this scheme in the coming weeks and this would have a positive impact on Council’s composting rate.

 

The Chairperson welcomed this information and commended those Officers involved on the preparation of the application in respect thereof and the subsequent approval granted.

 

 

ER8/19

Football Pitch at Culmore

Minutes:

Councillor Dobbins expressed concern at the condition of the pathway leading to the Council football pitch at Culmore which was in a state of poor maintenance rendering it not fit for purpose. She stated that the pathway in question was muddy and unkempt and required necessary works to be carried out to resolve the problem.  

 

Subsequently the Committee

 

Recommended       that Officers investigate ownership of the land in question with a view to having the problem addressed in order to provide adequate access to the Culmore Football Pitch.

                       

Officers undertook to present a report updating Members on the situation to a future Meeting of Committee.

 

ER9/19

Dog Fouling on Peace Bridge

Minutes:

Alderman Ramsey expressed concern at the extent of dog fouling on the Peace Bridge which required addressing as a matter of urgency.  He enquired if CCTV cameras located on the Peace Bridge could be used to address the problem.

 

The Director of Environment and Regeneration advised that Dog Control was a function of the Health and Community Directorate and undertook to liaise with her colleagues in that Directorate to advise of Members’ concerns and to ask that this issue is addressed.

 

 

ER10/19

St Columb's Park Play Park

Minutes:

Alderman Ramsey sought an update from Officers on the closure of the adventure play park at St Columb’s Park due to safety issues.  He referred to the need to ensure that the park was reopened for summer.

 

The Director of Environment and Regeneration undertook to prepare a report for submission to a future Meeting of Committee updating Members on the situation in regards to the play park at St Columb’s Park. 

 

 

ER11/19

Confirmation of the Open Minutes of the Environment and Regeneration Committee held on Wednesday 13 November 2019 pdf icon PDF 324 KB

Minutes:

 

Open Minutes of the Environment and Regeneration Committee held on 13 November 2019 (ER/19-ER/19) were signed by the Chairperson as correct.

 

Alderman Devenney referred to paragraph nine of Minute E242/19 of the previous Minutes wherein it stated that he had commended community groups in Ballymagorry, Bready and Maydown on the provision of new festive lighting.  He stated that this was incorrect as he had actually commended Council Officers on the provision of new festive lighting.

 

It was agreed that the Minutes would be amended accordingly.

 

 

ER12/19

Green Infrastructure Action Plan 2019-2032 pdf icon PDF 168 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 and seek Members’ approval with regards to the Derry City and Strabane District Council Green Infrastructure (GI) action Plan 2019-2032 attached as Appendix 1.

 

Councillor Duffy commended Officers on the Green Infrastructure Plan and the approach adopted in terms of partnership working.  She also welcomed the inclusion of the Derry and District Bee Keeping Society within this comprehensive and substantial Plan.  She felt, however, that some of the targets lacked ambition particularly in regards to the timeframes involved. 

 

Councillor Duffy requested an update from the Lead Legal Services Officer in respect of the lands at Brooke Park.

 

Councillor Ferguson welcomed the Green Infrastructure Plan.  In regards to 4.8 of the Plan to develop, implement and manage a Tree Management System for Council owned trees, she referred to the possibility of considering a tree initiative in terms of planting additional trees throughout the Council District.  She acknowledged that Council were working in partnership to plant one million trees over a ten-year period.

 

The Director of Environment and Regeneration acknowledged Members’ comments.  She stated that Officers were committed to ensure that the Green Infrastructure Plan was in place as soon as possible and promoted and implemented.  She pointed out that Council were already involved in a number of initiatives independently and in partnership in regards to tree planting which she undertook to ensure were widely promoted.  She advised that Council was working in partnership with DAERA, DfI and Department for Communities in regards to the progression of the Strathfoyle greenway and a partnership meeting was scheduled for the following week to discuss the development thereof.  She undertook to provide Members with a further update at the February Meeting of Committee when Members could decide on any further action required.

 

Councillor Dobbins also welcomed the Plan and felt that Officers had been realistic when preparing the Plan given the lack of a functioning Executive at Stormont.  However, in light of recent events it might now be possible to review the suggested timeframes.

 

The Director of Environment and Regeneration pointed out that Derry City and Strabane were the first Council in Northern Ireland to prepare a Regional Strategy Green Infrastructure Plan which, together with Council’s Climate Adaptation Energy Strategy and other action plans would enable Council to refer to the climate emergency and could help to inform a central government strategy on climate change.  Council would endeavour to take forward its plans and receive funding from the relevant government departments in the coming months in respect thereof.

 

Councillor Jackson referred to an earlier initiative in which Council were involved in regards to tree planting in the Waterside and Drumahoe.  The agreed target which was to plant 1000 trees had been exceeded with 2000 trees having been planted.  He expressed concern that the organisers of this initiative were experiencing difficulties in terms of identifying and  ...  view the full minutes text for item ER12/19

ER13/19

Application for Membership of Zero Waste Europe pdf icon PDF 169 KB

Additional documents:

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 and seek Members’ approval with regard to Council’s application to join the ZeroWasteEurope (ZWE) network.

 

The Head of Environment advised Members that Appendix 2 referred to in the report had not been included in the Meeting pack.

 

Alderman Ramsey suggested that this report be deferred to the February Meeting of Committee together with a report on the four recycling options together with the costs involved.  He said he understood Zero Waste had issues with the blue bin scheme and were pressing for the re-introduction of the kerbside waste collection.

 

The Head of Environment advised that Officers were in the process of collating the information requested including existing services and possible options and anticipated that this would be available for presentation to the next Meeting of Committee.

 

The Committee

 

Recommended       that the above report be deferred to a further Meeting of Committee when Officers could also present details on the various recycling methods available and the costs involved.

 

 

ER14/19

Building Control Applications pdf icon PDF 95 KB

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 November and 3 November 2019.

 

Members noted the content of the report.

 

 

ER15/19

Proposed Provision of Disabled Parking Bays 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 pointed out that the purpose of the report was to advise Members of correspondence received in October, November and December 2019 from DfI Network Development Section regarding proposed disabled parking bays at High Park; Castlefin Park, Castlederg; Marlborough Street and New Street, Claudy.

 

Members noted the content of the report.

 

ER16/19

Proposed Provision of Coach at Water Street, Derry 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 pointed out that the purpose of the report was to advise Members of correspondence received in November 2019 from DfI Network Development Section regarding a proposal to introduce a stretch of coach parking on Water Street, Derry.

 

Members noted the content of the report.

 

ER17/19

DfI Traffic Calming Schemes Across the District pdf icon PDF 167 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 on Department for Infrastructure (DfI) proposed traffic calming schemes at Bigwood Road/Ballybogie Road, Lonemooor Road and Sperrin Park.

 

Councillor Burke welcomed the proposed traffic calming schemes particularly in regards to Lonemoor Road given that this was an extremely busy route.

 

Alderman Ramsey welcomed the introduction of traffic calming measures at Sperrin Park.

 

ER18/19

Six Monthly Progress Report - Environment and Regeneration Directorate pdf icon PDF 187 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 2019/2020.

 

Councillor Jackson congratulated Officers on the excellent work carried out during the past six months and on the many achievements realised throughout this period. 

 

Members agreed accordingly

ER19/19

Consultation on a Northern Ireland Environment Strategy pdf icon PDF 128 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Head of Environment presented the above report, a copy of which had previously been circulated.  He pointed out that the purpose of the report was to advise and seek Members’ comments with regard to a consultation exercise being undertaken by the DAERA in terms of an Environment Strategy for Northern Ireland.

 

Councillor Durkan stated that in regards to the environmental strategy Council should be requesting that the government are compliant with the Arhus Convention and referred to the need to stress that engagement takes place not only with DAERA funded bodies given the range of campaign groups who had significant knowledge in this area.  She said it was necessary to emphasise the need for an all-Ireland strategy. 

 

Councillor Durkan referred to questions 5 and 6 of the consultation exercise and referred to the need to emphasise to central government that prosperity must be addressed from more than an economic perspective but also in terms of social prosperity, health and wellbeing all of which impacted significantly on environmental prosperity and efficiency.

 

The Director of Environment and Regeneration advised that Officers would be willing to meet with any Member of Committee who wished to discuss Council’s response or to submit individual comments to have included in the response.  She also noted reference to the establishment of an Independent Environment Agency in the relevant New Deal New Approach document.

 

Councillor Durkan also proposed that Council state that the EPA referred to in the New Deal New Approach document be based in the north West.

 

ER20/19

Heritage Trust Network Conference 18th - 19th November Post Event pdf icon PDF 172 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 Heritage Trust Network (HTN) conference which was held in the Guildhall Derry/Londonderry 18-19 November 2019.

 

Members noted the content of the report.

 

ER21/19

Mobuoy Road Illegal Landfill Site pdf icon PDF 126 KB

Minutes:

The Director of Environment and Regeneration presented the above report, a copy of which had previously had been circulated.  She advised that the purpose of the report was to provide the first monthly report on progress in relation to Mobuoy Road Illegal Landfill Site.

 

The Director of Environment and Regeneration advised that the progress report was in compliance with a Notice of Motion passed at the November Council Meeting regarding Mobuoy Road.  She reminded Members that representatives from NIEA would be attending the Special Committee Meeting scheduled for Wednesday 22 January to address this issue.  She advised that Officers had written to NIEA requesting that they provide Council with a written update in regards to progress in respect of the Mobuoy Road illegal landfill site which would inform a monthly report to Committee.  She continued that she had received a response from NIEA that they were happy to do so and to engage with Members at the next week’s Special Meeting of Committee to address specifically what Members wished to have included in the monthly progress report as there may be other issues which Members would wish to be progressed on a monthly basis.

 

In response to a query from Alderman McCready, the Director of Environment and Regeneration advised that three items would be included in the Agenda for the Special Meeting – The Remediation of the Mobuoy Road Site; Responses to questions raised earlier regarding Anaerobic Digesters and Slurry Tanks.  The Department would forward a presentation in respect of the Mobuoy Site together with responses to the questions forwarded to them earlier regarding Anaerobic Digesters.

           

 

ER22/19

Disposal of Oil Tanks at Recycling Centres and Collection through Bulky Waste Service pdf icon PDF 163 KB

Additional documents:

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 inform Members of recent updated guidance produced by NIEA with regard to the disposal of redundant oil tanks and to advise Members of arrangements with regard to the collection/disposal of oil tanks through bulky collections or at recycling centres.

 

Members noted the content of the report.