Agenda and minutes

Environment and Regeneration Committee
Wednesday 13 February 2019 4.00 pm

Venue: Guildhall, Derry. View directions

Items
No. Item

ER2819

Notice and Summons of Meeting

Minutes:

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

ER2919

Member Attendance and Apologies

Minutes:

The Director of Environment and Regeneration completed the roll call.  There were no apologies for absence.

ER3019

Declarations of Members' Interests

Minutes:

Councillor Reilly declared an interest in Agenda Item No 23 – Walled City Partnership – Closure of Townscape Heritage Initiative – as a member of the Walled City Partnership Board.

Councillor Hastings declared an interest in Agenda Item No 19 – Green Infrastructure and Climate Change Conference – as a member of the Waste Management Board.

 

ER3119

Deputation- To Receive Mr Eggleston, MWA Partnership to give a Presentation on the Concept Masterplan for the Former Carricklee Landfill Site pdf icon PDF 7 MB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Head of Environment welcomed and introduced the deputation and

provided Members with a brief history in relation to the site.  He stated that

MWA Partnership had considered a number of possibilities however it would

be necessary to carry out further consultation with relevant stakeholders.  He

advised that a further report would be presented to Committee based on

Members’ decision regarding the proposed options and how these could be

progressed.

 

In response to a query from Councillor Jackson, the Director of Environment

and Regeneration assured that there was not an issue for Members of the

Planning Committee as the deputation was merely presenting a concept

Masterplan.

                       

The Committee received Mr Eggleston, MWA Partnership who gave a detailed

presentation on the Concept Masterplan for the Former Carricklee Landfill

Site.  The presentation addressed the following issues:

 

-      Desk Top Studies

-      Accessing the Site from the Proposed A5 WTC

-      Option 2 – Most Feasible Option to Reach the River Level Due to Existing Levels and to Achieve Desired Sight Lines

-      Option 3 – Not Really a Feasible Option to Reach the River Level as Distance of Internal Access Road to the River Required Major Regrading Works to the Existing River Bank was to Achieve Access to the River and the Sight Line Restrictions would also have to be Relaxed

-      The Carricklee Site

-      Site Location Map

-      Existing Conditions

-      Site Constraints and Potentials

-      Flood Map

-      Site Constraints – Indicative Survey and Investigations and Costs that May be Required to Progress the Scheme Through to Planning Stage

-      Consultations – Summary of Consultees Contacted During The Stage 1 and Stage 2 Process

-      Stage 2 Initial Concept Masterplan

-      Preliminary Sections

-      Concept Images

-      Programme

-      Costs – Notes on Initial Costs for the Stage 2 Process

 

Members thanked Mr Eggleston for his presentation and commended him on its content. Members then raised the following points:

 

-      Welcomed the proposals presented in respect of the site which had been the subject of considerable discussion during the past 5-6 years.

-      The proposals would be welcomed by local residents as the area in question did not have any play provision or open green space at present.

-      Queried the current position regarding monies awarded to Council from the Woodland Trust.

-      The proposals would prove tremendous for both the area and the town.

-      Commended the work carried out by Councillor M McHugh in progressing this concept.

-      Acknowledged that the process was in its infancy but welcomed the impressive and ambitious proposals presented to Committee in respect of the site and anticipated that Council would endeavour to bring this to fruition.

-      Expressed support for the proposals particularly given the current lack of play facilities in the area.

-      Referred to the lack of progress in respect of the Ballyarnett Masterplan and expressed concern that similar delays would be experienced in this instance.

-      When was it anticipated that any physical changes would become  ...  view the full minutes text for item ER3119

Chairperson's Business

ER3219

Into The West - Rail Services

Minutes:

The Chairperson referred to correspondence received by Members from Into The West regarding rail services which connect the City to Belfast.  He suggested that Council write to Translink requesting that improvement works be carried out to the rail service in this area and that it be extended beyond the current boundaries.

 

Councillor Duffy pointed out that Members of Sinn Fein had met with representatives from Into The West and DfI Roads and had made a number of proposals to them regarding improving the level of service to the City.  She pointed out that there had been a thirty per cent increase in the number of people using the rail line and referred to the need to emphasise to them that this was regarded as a significant part of the rail network.

 

Alderman Ramsey referred to the need for the provision of a rail network to provide linkage given the situation with the A5 and suggested that this also be addressed with DfI.

 

Councillor Hastings, as Chairperson of the North West Cross Border Group, advised that they had written to the Translink regarding similar issues and a response thereto was currently awaited.

 

Subsequently, the Committee

 

Recommended that Council write to DfI and Translink

requesting that improvement works be carried out to the rail service in this area.

 

 

ER3319

Horticultural and Community Awards

Minutes:

With the permission of the Chairperson, Alderman Devenney referred to increased interest in the rural area in regards to horticultural and community awards.  He pointed out that Eglinton, Claudy and Newbuildings had all established their own community groups, a process in which he had been involved, and he felt it was important that Council offer its support and assistance to any such groups in achieving their goals.  Albeit he acknowledged that financial resources were limited in this regard.

 

Councillor P Kelly pointed out that the former Strabane District Council had been involved with local communities to encourage such works and enquired as to why this approach had not continued.

 

The Director of Environment and Regeneration said as Members were aware Council had continued to develop and achieve in terms of its horticultural and community awards initiatives and to win awards both regionally and nationally and increase the number of community groups partaking in these initiatives.  She stated that it was hoped to extend Council’s work with community groups as part of the Strategic Growth Plan and departmental Service Plans both in terms of towns and villages and the City.  She assured that Council would be willing to work with any group or individual wishing to become involved.  She explained that it was more of a partnership approach between Council and the groups involved as funding was limited.  However, Council would endeavour to assist these groups in terms of applying for funding.  She stated that Council did encourage local communities to enter the City in Bloom competition, however, if Members felt that Council should establish its own community focused competition this could be taken on board.  She reiterated Officer’s willingness to meet with any group or individuals wishing to become involved in the process.

Alderman Hussey referred to the work carried out by the former Grounds Maintenance Manager who was extremely pro-active in promoting awards throughout the Council area which he suggested should continue and emphasised the need for pro-activity by Council.

 

Councillor D Kelly disagreed with many of the comments about the level of disengagement in terms of Council’s involvement with community groups and its horticultural campaigns.  He felt, if anything, this had intensified in recent years.  He pointed out that some community groups did not have the capacity to take part in the initiatives on offer, however, for those who did partake, the level of support and engagement offered by Council was incomparable.

 

The Director of Environment and Regeneration stated that in terms of Council awards in relation to horticultural and community competitions, judging was based on presentation and the evidence which was available.  She said Council’s work with communities focused on promoting environmental stewardship.  She advised that Council did receive a lot of positive feedback regarding its work in this regard and would continue to strive to improve engagement with local communities.  She continued that in recent months discussion had taken place with local housing associations regarding the possibility of working with them to improve the general  ...  view the full minutes text for item ER3319

ER3419

Fire at Smyth's Mill, Strabane

Minutes:

Councillor P Kelly acknowledged that Council Officers had visited the Smyth’s Mill site following the recent fire.  He queried what action, if any, could be taken to ensure that the owners of this defective and dangerous site addressed their responsibilities.  

 

Alderman Hussey agreed that the site in question was a blight on the area.  He pointed out this issue had been addressed the previous day and he understood the owner of the property had undertaken to block access onto the site.

 

The Director of Environment and Regeneration advised that Officers from Council’s Building Control section had visited the site and had been in contact with the owner with whom they would work to ensure the site was protected and access opportunities were limited.  She referred to the various statutory tools at Council’s discretion, if required, to ensure that the owner took full responsibility for this site.

 

Alderman Warke referred to the need for greater enforcement measures to be put in place to address the considerable number of derelict buildings throughout the Council area and ensure their safety.

 

The Director of Environment and Regeneration requested that Members report to her Directorate their concerns regarding any derelict/vacant building throughout the Council area and these would be pro-actively followed up.  She assured that Council did use the enforcement tools available.

 

 

ER3519

Confirmation of the Open Minutes of the Environment and Regeneration Committee held on Wednesday 16 January 2019 pdf icon PDF 62 KB

Minutes:

The Open Minutes of the Environment and Regeneration Committee held on

16 January 2019 (ER1/19-ER19/19) were confirmed and signed by the

Chairperson.

 

Alderman Hussey referred to the final paragraph of Minute ER8/19 and stated

that the words “all Council areas” should have read “all areas in Council”.

 

It was agreed that the Minutes would be amended accordingly.

 

Matters Arising

ER3619

Noise Pollution Complaints (Ref ER8/19)

Minutes:

In relation to the above, the Director of Environment and Regeneration stated

that she had been advised by the Head of Health and Community Wellbeing

that the equipment had been purchased and would be made available to

communities across the district.

 

Councillor Tierney acknowledged that the equipment had been purchased, however, he expressed concern that it was not the equipment which had been requested.  He said he understood that the equipment would be made available to communities on request through Council’s website.  He referred to an ongoing issue regarding the need for Community Safety Wardens in Strabane and suggested that where such a need was identified it should be addressed.  He stated that, if required, the scheme should be rolled out throughout the Council District.

 

In response to a query from Councillor P Kelly regarding the need for Community Safety Wardens in Strabane and the rural area, the Director of Environment and Regeneration advised that this was a matter for the Health and Community Directorate.  She undertook to suggest to the Director of Health and Community that a report thereon be presented to a future Meeting of that Committee.

 

ER3719

Bio Digester Concerns (Ref ER10/19)

Minutes:

The Director of Environment and Regeneration advised Members that

representatives from NIEA would attend the March Meeting of the Committee

when Members could discuss with them their concerns regarding the above

matter.  She requested that Members submit to her any other matters which

they wish to be raised at that Meeting.

 

 

ER3819

Cleaning of Mews Lanes within the Council District (Ref ER18/19)

Minutes:

In response to a query from Alderman Hussey the Head of Environment confirmed that the information requested by him at the January Meeting was currently being collated and would be presented to a future Meeting of Committee.

 

ER3919

Street Naming and Property Numbering- Requests for Installation of Bilingual Signage pdf icon PDF 35 KB

Minutes:

The Director of Environment and Regeneration presented the above report, a

copy of which had been previously circulated.  He advised that the purpose of

the report was to inform Members of the outcome of recent applications to

provide bilingual signage at Gartan Avenue and Innisfree Gardens, Strabane.

 

The Committee

 

Recommended       that given the outcome of the two plebiscites, approval be granted to the erection of bi-lingual street signage at Gartan Avenue and Innisfree Gardens, Strabane.

 

ER4019

Kerbside Green Waste Collections pdf icon PDF 30 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

inform Members of plans to extend the kerbside garden waste collections to

areas within the Derry City area on a fortnightly basis following a successful

funding application made to the Department of Agriculture, Environment and

Rural Affairs.

 

Alderman Ramsey welcomed the report which he said was the next step in achieving a zero waste strategy and looked forward to the roll-out of the scheme.  He anticipated the success of the pilot scheme which would hopefully lead to an overall reduction in black bin waste.  He requested that Officers present a report on the costings of the four zero waste scenarios and the pros and cons in regards to each which would assist in further investigation into the most feasible and potentially successful scenario.

Alderman Hussey enquired if Council’s green waste would feed into the system and expressed concern at problems with leftover grass in some area.

 

The Head of Environment advised that grass collection depended on the frequency of grass cutting and where it was possible for Council to collect the grass.  He stated that where cuts were more frequent the grass was not always lifted, however, in regards to regular cuts the machinery was available to collect the grass.  He referred to the different types of machinery available for such collections all of which had pros and cons and this was an issue which was currently under consideration.

 

Councillor P Kelly referred to the roll out of brown bins in the Strabane area where food and green waste were comingled and queried why this had not been extended to the rural area.

 

Councillor Dobbins welcomed the above scheme and stated that as a frequent user of the City Recycling Centre said she felt this would impact favourably on the overall reduction of waste.

 

Councillor Jackson welcomed the report and queried if brown bins would be rolled out in conjunction with green bins.  He queried the anticipated timescale involved and enquired if a further report would be presented to Committee prior to the implementation of the scheme.

 

The Head of Environment advised that when the pilot scheme was implemented in Strabane householders were advised that they would not require the large caddy.  He stated that regulations required that a separate food collection must be put in place unless Council could demonstrate that as much food waste would be collected co-mingled as collected separately.  Council had adopted this approach in accordance with legislative requirements, however, this could be reviewed in due course depending on the results of the co-mingled pilot scheme.  He stated that Members would be advised on the results of the pilot scheme and agree a decision accordingly.

The Head of Environment confirmed that the scheme would be extended to the rural area and information would be provided on what areas would be involved.  He stated that this project would be rolled out  ...  view the full minutes text for item ER4019

ER4119

Real Nappy Voucher Scheme pdf icon PDF 69 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 seek Members’ approval with regard to providing a financial incentive to parents to buy reusable nappies.

 

Councillor Dobbins welcomed the scheme particularly given the detrimental impact that disposable nappies had on the environment and the incentive this scheme would provide to mothers to use terry nappies.

 

Councillor Duddy also welcomed the scheme not only because of its cost effectiveness but the contribution it could make in terms of waste reduction.  However, she queried if other Council areas were offering a more generous incentive.  In terms of participants she enquired if applications would be limited to one per family and how it was intended to promote this scheme.

 

Alderman Ramsey welcomed the scheme in terms of promoting waste reduction and the need to reduce black bin waste.  He stated that disposable nappies presented a major problem in terms of waste management and undertook to promote the scheme within his family and his wider constituency.

 

Alderman Hussey expressed concern at the cost of disposable nappies particularly for financially disadvantaged families.  He welcomed the scheme but queried how Council could guarantee that those partaking in the scheme were using terry nappies.

 

Councillor Tierney questioned the potential success of the scheme.  He referred to the importance of the marketing and promotion of the scheme, particularly in terms of social media, to ensure its success.  He referred to current public attitude which favoured convenience living and the use of terry nappies would not be regarded as convenient.  He reiterated the need for the scheme to be vigorously promoted.

 

In regards to the number of applicants, the Head of Environment assured that the scheme would be realistically applied.  He stated that Council had been promoting the scheme to expectant mothers and through social media.  He agreed that it would present a change in approach which would be embraced by some but which would require considerable encouragement for others.  He stated that Council was committed to implementing this scheme and would endeavour to market and promote it in a robust manner to ensure its ultimate success.  He advised that follow-up visits and support would be given to those families participating in the scheme.  He referred to the financial and environmental benefits to be derived from the scheme.  Council would continue to endeavour to encourage participation in the scheme.

 

Councillor Duffy referred to the potential of the scheme in regards to social enterprise opportunities and incentives.

 

Councillor D Kelly expressed concern that possible participants would be excluded from the scheme because of their individual lifestyle.  He referred to the possibility of contacting major manufacturers of disposable nappies regarding inclusion in the scheme, highlighting the detrimental impact of their products on the environment.

 

The Committee

 

Recommended       that approval be granted to the introduction of a financial incentive scheme with regard to reusable nappies as detailed above with participating families receiving £30.

 

 

ER4219

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 advised that the purpose of the report was to inform Members of applications processed under Building Regulations (NI) between 1 December and 31 December 2018.

 

Councillor Hastings commended the excellent work carried out by Council’s Building Control Section during the past twelve months, particularly in terms of the number of new boilers commissioned through the Affordable Warmth Scheme.

 

In response to a query from Alderman Hussey, the Director of Environment and Regeneration advised that her Directorate did not normally bring forward a report highlighting the work carried out by the section but would look to bring in a report setting out the main KPIs in an annual report.  She stated that Officers would monitor this as part of the Directorate’s Service Plan.

 

 

ER4319

Bay Road Emergency Removal of Trees pdf icon PDF 29 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 that Council plan to remove approximately 60 young trees that are dead/diseased at Bay Road Local Nature Reserve.

 

Councillor P Kelly referred to the number of trees in the Sion Millsareaaffected by the previous week’s high winds and referred to the need to assess the possible need for tree replacement as a result thereof. 

 

Councillor Tierney referred to a number of trees which had been removed when the football pitches were being installed at Bay Road.  He understood that at that time three trees were planted for each tree which had been removed.  He enquired if the proposed removal of trees referred to those additional trees which had been planted and if any of the trees being removed would be replaced.

 

The Head of Environment explained that the proposed removal of trees did not refer to those additional trees which had been planted following the erection of the football pitches.  This related to trees which had been planted which were of an inferior quality.  He assured that new trees would be planted to replace any trees which had been removed. 

 

Councillor Tierney referred to assurances which he had received that a number of dangerously overgrown trees on a laneway at the rear of Mountpleasant would be trimmed at the end of December, however, these works had not yet been carried out.  He sought further assurances that this would be carried out without delay.

 

The Head of Environment confirmed that he was aware of this problem.  He stated that Council had an extensive programme of tree works and would investigate trees across the Council District and determine what works were required and would endeavour to have all dangerous and damaged trees removed.

 

Alderman Hussey requested that the trees in Sion Mills be examined by an expert in order to ensure their safety.  He also referred to an overgrowth of trees in Strabane.

 

The Head of Environment assured that Council’s expert would be examining all trees, however, it was a matter of identifying ownership.  However, appropriate action would be taken to address problems, where necessary.

 

In response to a query from Alderman Bresland, the Head of Environment assured that Officers were aware of the situation regarding rotten trees in Sion Mills.  He said it was understood that the majority of the trees belonged to the Hardman Estate and Council would establish ownership of the site in order that the situation could be addressed.

 

 

ER4419

Update on the Implementation of the Circular Economy and Zero Waste Strategy pdf icon PDF 29 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 progress with regard to the implementation of the

Circular Economy and Zero Waste Strategy adopted by Council in December

2017.

 

Councillor Duffy thanked Officers for the report and welcomed progress to

date.

 

Alderman Hussey also welcomed developments to date and the opportunity for Council to attend the proposed Workshop in Belgium. 

 

In response to a query from Alderman Hussey, the Director of environment and Regeneration confirmed that attendance at the Workshop was in regards to Council Officers who could learn from Officers from other Councils across Europe.  The ethos was to bring together the waste management experiences and economic development opportunities of the participating Councils.  She said Council’s Head of Environment together with the Head of Business and Culture would be attending the event.  She stated that this opportunity was about progressing to promote opportunities arising from the zero waste economy and to learn from the other Councils in this regard.  However, she referred to opportunities which might arise for elected Members in the future.

 

 

ER4519

Department for Infrastructure- Proposed Loading Bay at Strand Road, Derry 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 inform Members of correspondence received dated 17 January 2019 from DfI, Network Development Section, regarding a proposal to introduce a loading bay on Strand, Derry.

 

Members noted the content of the report.

 

 

ER4619

Proposed Revocation of a Disabled Parking Bay pdf icon PDF 25 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Head of Environment presented the above report, a copy of which had previously been circulated.  He advised Members that the purpose of the report was to inform Members of correspondence received in January 2019 from DfI Network Development Section, regarding a proposed revocation of disabled persons’ parking bay at 6 Chapel Road, Derry.

 

Members noted the content of the report.

 

 

ER4719

Department for Infrastructure Proposed Provision of a Schools waiting Prohibition at Dungiven Road 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 inform Members of correspondence received dated 4 January 2019 from Transport NI, Network Development Section regarding a DfI proposal to introduce a schools waiting prohibition at Dungiven Road, Derry.

 

Councillor Jackson referred to concerns raised by a number of parents regarding this situation which he had discussed with DfI Roads.  Whilst welcoming the above report he did not feel that the proposed action was adequately robust to address the problem.

 

The Director of Environment and Regeneration advised that the Divsional Roads Manager would be addressing a Special Meeting of the Committee on 18 March to present his Annual Report.  She suggested that this may be an appropriate forum at which to address this issue and how it was intended enforce the Notice.

 

Councillor Hastings suggested that the system become operational prior to making a decision in this regard.

 

Councillor Jackson said he understood enforcement was an issue for PSNI, however, it had been difficult to get a commitment from them to attend the school at specific times to ensure that the Notice was being complied with.  He said that given the huge issue in regards to child safety he did not feel it was satisfactory to wait until the system was operational to make a decision.

 

It was agreed that the matter be raised with the Divisional Roads Manager at the Special Meeting scheduled for 18 March

 

Recommended       that Council write to DfI Roads and request that during the times set out in the Prohibition Notice Traffic Attendants be authorised to visit   the school to ensure that the Notice was being complied with and if not to take enforcement action.

 

ER4819

Department for Infrastructure Parking and Waiting Restriction at Park Road, Strabane 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 pointed out that the purpose of the report was to advise Members of correspondence received dated 7 January 2019 from DfI Network Development Section regarding a revised proposal to parking and waiting restrictions at Park Road, Strabane.

 

Members noted the content of the report.

 

 

ER4919

Tree Works in Brooke Park including the Removal of Dead Elm Tree pdf icon PDF 29 KB

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 plans to carry out remedial tree works in Brooke Park, including the removal of a number of dead/diseased trees and in particular the existing dead Elm Tree.

 

Members noted the content of the report.

 

ER5019

Green Infrastructure and Climate Change Conference pdf icon PDF 30 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 forthcoming Green Infrastructure and Climate Change conference at the Guildhall on 12 March 2019.  This will be the first such conference organised by a Council on this matter.

 

Members noted the content of the report.

 

ER5119

Green Infrastructure Plan Update- Presentation to be provided by Dr Doherty, Biodiversity Officer pdf icon PDF 37 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 update Members on the development of a Green Infrastructure Plan and the linkages between this Plan, Council’s Strategic Growth Plan and the Local Development Plan 2032, with a short presentation to Members.

 

The Committee received Dr Christine Doherty, Biodiversity Officer who gave a power-point presentation on the Green Infrastructure highlighting the following areas:

 

-      What is Green Infrastructure?

-      Green Infrastructure Functions

-      Green Infrastructure Plan Stages

-      Green Infrastructure Plan, Vision and Aims

-      Key Strategic Themes

-      Next Steps           

 

Members welcomed the report and acknowledged the considerable work involved in reaching this stage. 

 

Alderman Hussey acknowledged the Biodiversity Officer’s commitment and dedication to her work.  He stated that the plan was long overdue and did not foresee any objection in respect thereof.  He anticipated that an opportunity would arise with NIEA to discuss the need for enforcement action to address any infringements of the law.

 

Councillor D Kelly commended the Biodiversity Officer on the content of the plan and acknowledged the considerable work involved.  He stated that it was reflective of the direction Council was taking.  In terms of links to LDP he expressed concern regarding information received regarding bog mass and NIEA.  He said he was unsure if the policy position or legislation differed significantly from the position in England.  He expressed concern at the direction being taken in terms of bog land and peat land.

 

Councillor D Kelly enquired as to why it was being suggested to dig up a non-active area of peat land which he assumed would have an impact on the overall site.  He also referred to the impact of windfarm development on flooding particularly on higher ground.  He stated that prior to this intervention water levels were retained and did not enter the system.  He queried the level of discussion taking place in terms of LDP in regards to this perspective.  He said he understood NIEA policy was totally outdated in regards to peat land which was an issue of serious concern given the levels of peat land involved.

 

The Biodiversity Officer advised that LDP were part of the stakeholder group with much of the advice and decisions having been made by NIEA.  She pointed out that the difference between active peat was that it was not damaged, whereas, if damage had occurred it could be restored but only to its original position.  She referred to a project taking place in Killeter which focused on the possibility of restoring peat to the quality of the water and as part of green infrastructure would be working with NI Water to establish the benefits thereof.

 

 

ER5219

Update on Historic Postboxes pdf icon PDF 27 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 provide an update in relation to Member queries raised at November and December 2018 Environment and Regeneration Committee in respect of the removal of the historic post box at Chapel Road in Derry and to update on the position from Royal Mail.

                       

Members noted the content of the report.

 

 

ER5319

SECURE Project Closing Conference pdf icon PDF 30 KB

Minutes:

The Director of Environment and Regeneration presented the above report, a copy of which had previously been circulated.  He advised that the purpose of the report was to inform Members that the NPA funded SECURE – Smarter Energy Communities in Northern and Arctic Regions Project officially ends on 30April 2019 and in line with the project’s objective, Council will be hosting a closing conference on Thursday 14 March 2019 and Members are invited to attend this event.

 

Members noted the content of the report.

 

ER5419

Walled City Partnership- Closure of Townscape Heritage Initiative pdf icon PDF 37 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 regarding the proposed closing-out arrangements associated with the recent completion of Phase II of the Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) delivered by the Walled City Partnership (WCP) and to advise on next steps.

 

Members noted the content of the report.