Agenda and minutes

Environment and Regeneration Committee
Wednesday 16 June 2021 4.00 pm

Venue: remotely - Remotely. View directions

Items
No. Item

ER173/21

Notice and Summons of Meeting

Minutes:

The Director of Environment and Regeneration read the notice and summons of the meeting.

 

ER174/21

Member Attendance and Apologies

Minutes:

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

 

ER175/21

Statement for Remote Meetings

Minutes:

The Director of Environment and Regeneration read the statement for remote meetings.

 

ER176/21

Declarations of Members' Interests

Minutes:

Members made declarations of Interest as follows.

 

Councillor O’Neill declared a non-pecuniary Interest in Agenda item 12.

Councillor Logue declared a non-pecuniary Interest in Agenda Item 20- The Realm Project Update.

Councillor Kelly declared an Interest in Agenda Item 29- Sion Mills Park Side Update.

 

Open for Decision

ER177/21

To Receive Ms A Moyne, South Inishowen Against Asphalt Plant Group regarding the granting of Planning Permission for the Asphalt Plant at the location in Gortnaskea, Burnfoot, Co Donegal pdf icon PDF 515 KB

Minutes:

The Chair welcomed Ms Philomena O’Boyle representing South Inishowen Against Asphalt to address the Committee.

 

Ms O’Boyle addressed the Committee; a copy of the contents of her address had already been circulated to Members.

 

The Chair thanked Ms O’Boyle for her informative presentation and invited questions from Members.

 

Councillor Duffy  ...  view the full minutes text for item ER177/21

Chairperson's Business

ER178/21

Meeting Protocol

Minutes:

The Chair informed Members that Agenda item 13, which had been listed under for information should be listed as for decision and would be discussed under for decision. He further advised that any requests by Members to discuss an item under Chairperson’s business should be made 24 hours in advance  ...  view the full minutes text for item ER178/21

ER179/21

The Silent Majority

Minutes:

Alderman Ramsey wished the Chair well in the year ahead, he referred to a letter received by Members from a group named the Silent Majority. He advised that various presentations had been heard in protest to the mining by Dalradian and stated it was good to hear another opinion. He  ...  view the full minutes text for item ER179/21

ER180/21

Artigarvan Play Park

Minutes:

Alderman Devenney relayed concerns of the public regarding unfinished works at Artigarvan Play Park. He advised that he had previously raised the issue with Officers but that it remained unresolved. He asked the grass be cut, unfinished works completed and the park fully opened.

 

The Head of Environment advised that  ...  view the full minutes text for item ER180/21

ER181/21

Issues within Public Spaces

Minutes:

Councillor Dobbins requested that the trees at Guildhall Square receive attention as they appeared diseased.

 

The Director of Environment and Regeneration informed Members that the street scape manager had examined the trees and had identified an issue with the soil. She advised that a plan was in place to remedy  ...  view the full minutes text for item ER181/21

Matters Arising from the Open Minutes of the Environment and Regeneration Committee held on Wednesday 12 May 2021

ER182/21

Proposed Asphalt Plant in South Inishowen (ER147/21) pdf icon PDF 383 KB

Minutes:

Councillor Dobbins proposed that a subcommittee within the North West Regional Development Group be established, specifically for environmental and planning issues effecting both Donegal County Council and Derry City and Strabane District Council. She acknowledged both the work of the North West Regional Development Group and the North West Cross  ...  view the full minutes text for item ER182/21

ER183/21

Shared Island Unit Climate Change and Biodiversity Consultation Response - Don't Mow Let It Grow Campaign (ER151/21)

Minutes:

Councillor O’Neill informed Members that she had received complaints from Members of the public regarding the removal of 5 Sycamore trees and hedging on the site of the Shared Future Centre. She advised that the public had noticed a biodiversity loss in terms of sightings of certain birds and bats.  ...  view the full minutes text for item ER183/21

ER184/21

Update- Fly Tipping in Rural Areas (ER161/21)

Minutes:

Councillor Edwards relayed Concerns of Castlederg residents in relation to the provision of Bulky Waste collection services. He explained they had experience issues when using the online booking system and were also told that Strabane based teams had been reallocated to Derry to provide cover. He advised that allegations had  ...  view the full minutes text for item ER184/21

ER185/21

Cemetery Opening Times (ER143/21)

Minutes:

In response to a request from Alderman Ramsey in relation to maintenance of cemeteries, the Head of Environment explained that additional resources had been allocated to the Cemeteries that needed attention and that the backlog of work had been addressed. He advised that Covid restrictions had effected the workload and  ...  view the full minutes text for item ER185/21

ER186/21

Delegated Authority - Minor Works (ER148/21)

Minutes:

Alderman Hussey requested an update regarding the broken weir at Sion Mills and suggested that now was the time to carry out the work during the milder weather.

These comments were endorsed by the Chair, who stated that he had viewed on social media that work had commenced on site  ...  view the full minutes text for item ER186/21

ER187/21

Unadopted Sewage Systems (ER145/21)

Minutes:

Councillor Gallagher passed on his thanks to the Head of Environment for addressing particular issues in the Strabane Area.

ER188/21

Update Report- Greenways in Derry and Strabane District

Minutes:

Councillor O’Neill congratulated the Chair on his recent appointment and wished him well for the coming year. She requested an update on the Green recovery paper and further enquired if Officers had identified sites for mixed hedgerow planting to combat air pollution.

The Director of Environment and Regeneration could not  ...  view the full minutes text for item ER188/21

ER189/21

Request to bring Item 24-Public Enquiry Regarding Planning Application by Dalradian Gold (Ref: LA10/2017/1249/F) into Open Business.

Minutes:

Alderman Hussey commented on the irony of discussing a public enquiry confidentially. He advised that he could not see the reason for this to be discussed privately and proposal that it be discussed in open business.

Alderman Ramsey expressed his support of the proposal.

The Director of Environment and Regeneration  ...  view the full minutes text for item ER189/21

ER190/21

APSE Energy Membership pdf icon PDF 156 KB

Minutes:

The Director of Environment and Regeneration presented the above report, a copy of which had been previously circulated to Members. She advised that the purpose of the report was to seek approval to renew Membership of APSE’s Energy Association.

 

            The Committee

Recommended       that Council approve renewing membership of the APSE  ...  view the full minutes text for item ER190/21

ER191/21

Department for the Economy's Energy Policy Options Consultation pdf icon PDF 173 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Head of Capital Development and Building Control presented the above report, a copy of which had been previously circulated to Members. He advised that the purpose of the report was to seek Members’ approval for the content of the Council’s response to the Department for Economy’s Consultation on Policy  ...  view the full minutes text for item ER191/21

ER192/21

Council Support for the Eco-Schools Programme in Northern Ireland pdf icon PDF 176 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Head of Environment presented the above report, a copy of which had been previously circulated to Members. He advised that the purpose of the report was to seek Members approval with regard to financial support for the Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful Eco-Schools Programme for the 2020/21 year.

 

Councillor Dobbins  ...  view the full minutes text for item ER192/21

ER193/21

Glasgow Food and Climate Declaration pdf icon PDF 191 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Director of Environment and Regeneration presented the above report, a copy of which had been previously circulated to Members. She advised that the purpose of the report was to seek Members approval for Council to become signatories of the Glasgow Food and Climate Declaration.

Councillor J Boyle and Burke  ...  view the full minutes text for item ER193/21

ER194/21

Provision of Wash Facilities at Open Spaces to Remove Dog Fouling from Schools, Prams etc pdf icon PDF 135 KB

Minutes:

The Head of Environment presented the above report, a copy of which had been previously circulated to Members. He advised that the purpose of the report was to update Members on the practicalities of providing facilities at parks and open spaces to facilitate Members of the public washing dog fouling  ...  view the full minutes text for item ER194/21

ER195/21

Annual Service Plan- Environment and Regeneration Directorate pdf icon PDF 277 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Chair thanked the Director of Environment and Regeneration and all the Officers for all the work completed on this report. He commented that the vast list of completed and imminent projects was to be commended. 

 

The Director of Environment and Regeneration presented the above report, a copy of which  ...  view the full minutes text for item ER195/21

ER196/21

Request to bring Item 24-Public Enquiry Regarding Planning Application by Dalradian Gold (Ref: LA10/2017/1249/F) into Open Business.

Minutes:

The Chair reminded Members that debate of the request to bring the item out of confidential business had be delayed until this point. He requested the opinion of the Lead Legal Services Officer.

 

The Lead Legal Services Officer advised that any item which related to the financial affairs of an  ...  view the full minutes text for item ER196/21

Open for Information

ER197/21

Update Report Ballyarnett Country Park pdf icon PDF 148 KB

Minutes:

The Head of Environment presented the above report, a copy of which had been previously circulated to Members. He advised that the purpose of the report was to provide Members with an interim update in regards to Ballyarnett Park following discussions at the May Council meeting.

 

Councillor Tierney informed Members  ...  view the full minutes text for item ER197/21

ER198/21

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 been previously circulated to Members. He advised that the purpose of the report was to advised members of applications processed under Building Regulations (NI) between 1 April 2021 and 30 April 2021.

 

The  ...  view the full minutes text for item ER198/21

ER199/21

Mobuoy Update pdf icon PDF 166 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Director of Environment and Regeneration presented the above report, a copy of which had been previously circulated to Members.

 

She advised that the purpose of the report was to advise Members of the monthly update from DAERA on progress in relation to the Mobuoy Road remediation.

 

Councillor O’Neill expressed  ...  view the full minutes text for item ER199/21

ER200/21

Proposed Disabled Parking Bays- Dergview, Castlederg and Ballycolman Est, Strabane pdf icon PDF 166 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Director of Environment and Regeneration presented the above report, a copy of which had been previously circulated to Members. She advised that the purpose of the report was to advised Members of correspondence received in April and May 2021 from DfI Network Development Section regarding proposed disabled bays in  ...  view the full minutes text for item ER200/21

ER201/21

Play Plan Update pdf icon PDF 187 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Director of Environment and Regeneration presented the above report, a copy of which had been previously circulated to Members. She advised that the purpose of the report was to present Members with an update on the Play Plan.

 

Alderman Hussey referred to the discussion surrounding Ballyarnett Park and commented  ...  view the full minutes text for item ER201/21

ER202/21

RetroFirst Campaign- Sustainable NI Letter of Support pdf icon PDF 169 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Director of Environment and Regeneration presented the above report, a copy of which had been previously circulated to Members. She advised that the purpose of the report was to inform Members of a Letter of Support from Sustainable NI which had been sent to MP’s and MLA’s in Northern  ...  view the full minutes text for item ER202/21

ER203/21

The REALM Project- Update pdf icon PDF 224 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Director of Environment and Regeneration presented the above report, a copy of which had been previously circulated to Members. She advised that the purpose of the report was to present an update to Members on the REALM project.

 

The Committee

Recommended        that Council notes the content of the report.  ...  view the full minutes text for item ER203/21

Confidential for Decision

ER204/21

Matters Arising from the confidential Minutes of the Environment and Regeneration Committee held on Wednesday 12 May 2021

ER205/21

New West Bank Cemetery, Derry City

ER206/21

Boom Hall Lands - Update on Preparation of Regeneration Brief Process

ER207/21

Public Enquiry Regarding Planning Application by Dalradian Gold (Ref LA10/2017/12249/F)

ER208/21

Tender Report - The Design, Supply and Delivery of New Lighting Schemes for Derry City and Strabane Town - TENV21-035

ER209/21

Giant Hogweed

ER210/21

Killen Recycling Centre - Update

ER211/21

Update Report Play Park Inspections

ER212/21

Sion Mills Park Side Update

ER213/21

Tender Report - Miscellaneous Fencing Lots - TENV21-017

ER214/21

Tender Report - Miscellaneous Painting Lots - TENV21-018

Confidential for Information

ER215/21

Currynierin Play Provision Update