Agenda and minutes

Environment and Regeneration Committee
Wednesday 16 January 2019 4.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber - Strabane Council Offices. View directions

Items
No. Item

ER1/18

Notice and Summons of Meeting

Minutes:

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

ER2/18

Apologies

Minutes:

The Director of Environment and Regeneration completed the roll call.  No apologies were received from Members.

 

 

ER3/18

Declarations of Members' Interests

Minutes:

Councillor R Mc Hugh and Alderman Hussey declared an interest in Agenda Item No. 18- Castlederg Shared Space Project- Acquisition of Lands.

 

ER4/18

Chairperson's Business

Minutes:

ER4/19            Happy New Year

 

As this was the first Meeting of 2019, the Chair wished Members, Officers and the Press present in the Chamber a Happy New Year.

 

 

ER5/19            Additional Item – Notice of Intention to Use Lands at Church Square, Sion Mills.

                       

The Head of Environment presented the above late item and Members were given the opportunity to review the late information.

 

He advised that the purpose of the late item was to seek Members’ approval that Hetherington Painting and Building Contractors be permitted to erect a temporary storage compound on Council lands at Church Square, Sion Mills to facilitate work being carried out for the Northern Ireland Housing Executive.

 

Councillor Tierney thanked the Officer for presenting the report to the Committee and welcomed the opportunity for the Northern Ireland Housing Executive to make alterations for resident’s benefit within the District Council area.

 

In response to a question from Councillor Jackson, the Head of Environment confirmed that it was normal practice for contractors to seek Council approval before using Council lands, He explained that the terms of the licence would be agreed and the land would be reinstated to Council once the work was completed.

 

The Director of Environment and Regeneration advised Councillor Jackson that the particular issue he had referred to in Eskaheen View could be investigated if he so wished.

 

Alderman Ramsey joined the Meeting at this point.

 

Councillor Campbell concurred with Councillor Jackson and referred to a site in the Cromore area of Creggan that had been used for the same purpose.

 

In response to a request from Councillor D Kelly, the Director of Environment and Regeneration advised that she would seek information on the position of this request from a planning perspective.

 

Alderman Warke commented that when contractors had recently carried out work in the Newbuildings area he had found them most amenable. He welcomed the benefit of this request to the residents.

 

In response to a query from Alderman Hussey, the Head of Environment stated that he did not have any information relating to consultations with non-Housing Executive residents in the area.

 

Alderman Hussey expressed his support for the work to be carried out as requested.

 

The Committee

           

Recommended          that Council permit Hetherington Painting and Building Contractors to erect a temporary Storage compound on Council Lands at Church Square, Sion Mills.

 

ER6/19              Arson Attack to Eglinton Play Park

 

                          Alderman Warke referred to a recent arson attack at a play park in

Eglinton. He stated that the damaged equipment had already been removed and queried the costing and time-scale for the repair ofthe play park.  

                         

                          Alderman Devenney supported the queries of Alderman Warke and asked for an update on any insurance claim process which may have been progressed.

 

                          The Head of Environment advised that the equipment had been removed at a cost of £900 to Council. He advised that as any repair would be subject to Health and Safety specifications, Council had consulted the original provider to source the cost of replacement equipment and  ...  view the full minutes text for item ER4/18

ER5/18

Confirmation of the Open Minutes of the Environment and Regeneration Committee held on Wednesday 5 December 2018 pdf icon PDF 48 KB

Minutes:

The Open Minutes of the Environment and Regeneration Committee held on 5 December 2018 (ER282/18-ER299/18) were confirmed and signed by the Chair.

 

ER6/18

Matters Arising

Minutes:

 

 

ER10/19          Bio-Digester Concerns (Ref ER289/18)

 

Councillor Tierney queried the role of the Northern Ireland Environment Agency regarding this issue and suggested they be invited to address the Planning Committee to present their concerns.

 

In response, the Director of Environment and Regeneration confirmed that the Head of Planning Performance and Improvement was compiling a report regarding this issue and she would ensure that the NIEA were involved. She agreed that the NIEA be invited to a future meeting of the Planning Committee to address the issue.

 

 

 

ER7/18

Street Naming and Property Numbering - Development of 21 New Dwellings at Site at Upper Galliagh Road 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 explained that the purpose of the report was for Members to approve the naming of a new development of twenty-one new dwellings at a site on Upper Galliagh Road, Derry.

 

The Committee

 

Recommended          that Council approve the adoption of the name Gleann Elagh for the housing development at Upper Galliagh Road, Derry.

 

ER8/18

Street Naming and Property Numbering - Development of 7 New Dwellings at 7-9 Moyle Road, Newtownstewart - Request for Development Name pdf icon PDF 36 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

 

ER12/19          Street Naming and Property Numbering – Development of 7 New Dwellings at 7-9 Moyle Road, Newtownstewart – Request for Development Name

 

The Director of Environment and Regeneration presented the above report, a copy of which had previously been circulated.  He explained that the purpose of the report was for Members to approve the naming of a new development of seven new dwellings at 7-9 Moyle Road, Newtownstewart.

 

The Committee

Recommended          that Council approve the adoption of the name Riverview Close for the new development at 7-9 Moyle Road, Newtownstewart.

 

ER9/18

Street Naming and Property Numbering - Development of 36 New Dwellings at a Site adjacent to 55 Strabane Road, Castlederg - Request for Development Name pdf icon PDF 36 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Director of Environment and Regeneration presented the above report, a copy of which had previously been circulated.  He explained that the purpose of the report was for Members to approve the naming of a new development of thirty-six new dwellings site adjacent to 55 Strabane Road, Castlederg.

 

The Committee

 

Recommended          that Council approve the adoption of the name Riverview Manor for the new development at 55 Strabane Road, Castlederg.

ER10/18

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

Additional documents:

Minutes:

 

The Director of Environment and Regeneration 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 November and 30 November 2018.

 

Members noted the content of the report.

 

 

ER11/18

Street Naming and Property Numbering - Requests for Installation of Bilingual Signage pdf icon PDF 36 KB

Minutes:

The Director of Environment and Regeneration presented the above report, a copy of which had previously been circulated.  He explained that the purpose of the report was to inform Members of the outcome of recent applications to provide bilingual signage at Grangemore Park and Farland Way, Derry.

 

In response to a request from Councillor Campbell, the Director of Environment and Regeneration stated that she would seek an update from Officers and would contact Councillor Campbell directly.

 

Members noted the content of the report.

 

 

ER12/18

Update on the Preparation of an Outline Business Case for the Development of a Regional Crematorium 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 on progress with the preparation on an Outline Business Case (OBC) with regard to the development of a regional crematorium.

 

Councillor Hastings commented that it would be regrettable if the North- West was impeded from establishing a crematorium and highlighted the need for equality across Northern Ireland in relation to this issue.

 

Alderman Devenney concurred and stated that this was a sensitive issue and Council should do all possible to secure a crematorium for the citizens of this District

 

Councillor Duffy stated that the issue was well rehearsed and suggested Council seek clarification on the issues as soon as possible.

 

The Chair queried if Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council had information which Derry City and Strabane District Council were not privy to.

 

The Head of Environment advised that Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council had a slightly different approach. He clarified that more detail was required in terms of the relevant legislation and that there was significant scope for Council to take the proposal forward once this advice had been obtained.

 

 

ER13/18

Proposed Disabled Parking Bays pdf icon PDF 24 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Director of Environment and Regeneration 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 December 2018 from Transport NI, network Development Section, regarding proposed disabled persons’ parking bay at Marlborough Terrace, Marlborough Street, Carnhill and High Park, Derry.

 

 

Members noted the content of the report.

 

 

ER14/18

Cleaning of Mews Lanes within Council District pdf icon PDF 26 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 Members on the number of mews lanes within the city area of the Council district.

 

In response to a request from Alderman Hussey, the Head of Environment agreed to issue a list of lanes existing outside the City with a build-up of rubbish.

 

In response to another request from Alderman Hussey, the Director of Environment and Regeneration clarified that the Department of Infrastructure (Roads) had responsibility for streetlights provision. She undertook to liaise with DfI and update the Committee in due course.

 

The Head of Environment commented that the City Centre Initiative and community organisations were also taking note of defective street lighting and had reported this to the Department for Infrastructure (Roads)

 

Councillor Tierney referred to Minute reference ER267/16 and clarified that he had referred to the 236 Mews lanes within the City and District and not only the City. He called for an update regarding plans in place to target the issue of illegal dumping in these locations.

 

Alderman Ramsey encouraged the involvement of community groups and youth clubs in tackling these issues and queried the cost to Council.

 

Councillor Hastings suggested that Council make the Northern Ireland Housing Executive and Housing Associations aware of the cost implications to Council. 

 

Alderman Warke highlighted a problem area of dumping on Strabane Old Road which he felt was given priority on the cleaning schedule in comparison to other areas within the City and District.

Councillor Campbell agreed with the comment that the amount of illegal dumping was shocking. He queried the cost of Councils clean-up efforts adding that some areas needed more attention than others.

 

Councillor Jackson expressed his shock at the indiscriminate dumping by a small minority of residents in the Strabane Old Road area, adding that most residents were outraged by this. He stated that he did not agree with the comment that this area received preferential treatment in comparison to other areas.  He pointed out that Council shold take every opportunity for enforcement in relation to this issue.

 

Alderman Devenney commented that everyone could pick out hotspots for illegal dumping and added that the perpetrators did this because they know that Council will clean up. He also highlighted that a bulky waste collection service was also provided by Council.   He highlighted the need to address faulty street lighting in rural areas as he felt this fault encouraged dumping in some areas and also requested a report on the levels of enforcement be provided to the Committee.

 

In response, the Head of Environment commented that Officers have been working with communities to tackle the issue. He stated that engagement with landlords and students was ongoing and that progress was being made.

 

In relation to the ownership of the Mews Lanes, the Head of Environment commented that Council found it difficult to spend public funds on lands which were not owned by  ...  view the full minutes text for item ER14/18

ER15/18

DfI Correspondence on Proposed Speed Limits pdf icon PDF 24 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 advise Members on DfI’s proposed speed limits at Camus Road and Liskey Road

 

Councillor D Kelly welcomed this development and proposed that Council issue a response to the Department for Infrastructure to indicate support, stating that the wording should reinforce that this was the core objective of the Community Plan.

 

The Committee

Recommended          (i)that Members note the content of the report.

                                    (ii) that Council issue a response to the Department of Infrastructure in support of the development  with wording to reinforce that this development echoed the core objectives of the community plan.

 

 

 

The Meeting went into Confidential Business