Agenda and minutes

Derry City and Strabane District Council (Open)
Thursday 23 November 2017 4.00 pm

Venue: Guildhall, Derry. View directions

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Items
No. Item

C306/17

Notice and Summons of Meeting

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The Chief Executive read the Notice and Summons for the Meeting.

C307/17

Webcasting Notice

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The Mayor read the Webcast Announcement for the Meeting.

C308/17

Apologies

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Apologies were received from Aldermen Bresland and M Hamilton, Councillors D Kelly (who was on Council business), P Kelly and McKeever.

 

 

C309/17

Declarations of Members' Interests

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Councillor Cooper declared an interest in item BC223/17 a member of the Board of Visit Derry

 

The Mayor, Councillor M McHugh and Councillor Fleming declared an interest in item ER237/17 as Members of the Rural Development Group.

 

Councillor Logue declared an interest in item ER237/17 as the Chairperson of the  ...  view the full minutes text for item C309/17

C310/17

Suspension of Standing Orders

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Councillor Fleming Moved, Councillor McMahon Seconded and the Council

 

Resolved       that Standing Orders be suspended to consider (i) the announcement earlier that day that Derry-Londonderry would no longer be eligible to bid for 2023 European City of Culture; and

(ii) concerns that the City had not been named in the  ...  view the full minutes text for item C310/17

C311/17

European City of Culture 2023 Bid

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Councillor Fleming echoed his Party’s disappointment regarding correspondence from the European Commission to the Department of Culture, Media and Sport with regard to the Belfast/Derry bid for European Capital of Culture 2023 which stated that their bid would no longer be eligible due to the implications of Brexit and the  ...  view the full minutes text for item C311/17

C312/17

Growth Deal/City Deal

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Councillor Fleming referred to the fact that Belfast had been mentioned in the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement the previous day in relation to a Growth Deal/City Deal.  He stated that the emphasis should now be placed on proceeding with the Strategic Growth Plan regardless of whether or not the funding is  ...  view the full minutes text for item C312/17

C313/17

Chairperson's Business

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C313/17         Golden Bridges Conference - Boston

 

The Mayor referred to his recent trip to Boston as part of the Council delegation to attend the Golden Bridges Conference.  He stated that this had been an extremely worthwhile trip albeit somewhat exhausting.  He stated that it proved extremely beneficial in that not  ...  view the full minutes text for item C313/17

C314/17

Confirmation of the Open Minutes of the Meeting of the Derry City and Strabane District Council held on Thursday 26 October 2017 pdf icon PDF 85 KB

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The Minutes of the Open Meeting of Derry City and Strabane District Council held on 26 October 2017 (C275/177 –C297/17) were submitted.

 

Alderman Hussey Moved, Councillor McKnight Seconded and the Council

 

Resolved       that the above Minutes be adopted as a true record of the Meeting.

 

 

C315/17

Matters Arising

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C315/17         Flooding Incident Response (Ref C282/17)

 

Councillor Cusack sought an update regarding an elderly tenant whose property had been damaged during the recent flooding, who had contacted elected representatives in order to determine if she could qualify for the £1,000 relief grant.

 

The Chief Executive confirmed that this matter had  ...  view the full minutes text for item C315/17

C316/17

Adoption of the Open Minutes of the following Committees

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C316/17a

Monthly Governance and Strategic Planning Committee held on Tuesday 7 November 2017 pdf icon PDF 83 KB

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The Minutes of Monthly Governance and Strategic Planning Committee held on 7 November 2017 (GSP152/17 – GSP166/17) were submitted.

 

On a point of accuracy Councillor McMahon referred to discussion which ensued regarding (GSP163/17) during which he had referred to the proposed business plan which would be agreed in the cuts  ...  view the full minutes text for item C316/17a

C317/17

Matters Arising From Minute

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C318/17

Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service - Proposed Budget Cuts (GSP157/17)

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Councillor Jackson advised that a meeting had taken place with Foyle MP Elisha McCallion and NIFRS who had indicated that additional funding had been allocated.  However he referred to the need for this to be retained on the agenda as there were still a number of issues of concern which  ...  view the full minutes text for item C318/17

C319/17

Six Monthly Financial Outturn 2017/18 (GSP163/17)

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In response to a query from Councillor Cooper, the Chief Executive advised that Council had not yet received a response from the Secretary of State regarding its request to meet to discuss the impact of the proposed cut to the Rates Support Grant and Members concerns regarding the refusal by  ...  view the full minutes text for item C319/17

C319/17a

Monthly Planning Committee held on Wednesday 8 November 2017 pdf icon PDF 94 KB

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The Minutes of the Monthly Planning Committee held on 8 November 2017 (P153/17 – P167/17) were submitted.

 

Councillor Boyle Moved, Councillor McGuire Seconded and the Council

 

Resolved       that the above Minutes be adopted as a true record of the Meeting.

 

C320/17

Planning Application Timescales

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Alderman Hussey advised that he had been made aware of a planning application which had been submitted in February 2017.  He expressed concern that on 29 August information had been passed onto the NIEA regarding the application however three months later they had still not responded to Council.  He enquired  ...  view the full minutes text for item C320/17

C320/17a

Monthly Assurance, Audit and Risk Committee held on Thursday 9 November 2017- pdf icon PDF 51 KB

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The Minutes of the Monthly Assurance, Audit and Risk Committee held on 9 November 2017 (AAR94/17 – AAR104/17) were submitted.

                       

Alderman McClintock Moved, Councillor Reilly Seconded and the Council

 

Resolved       that the above Minutes be adopted as a true record of the Meeting.

 

C320/17b

Monthly Business and Culture Committee held on Friday 10 November 2017 pdf icon PDF 82 KB

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The Minutes of the Monthly Business and Culture Committee held on 10 November 2017 (BC213/17-BC225/17) were submitted.

 

Alderman Warke Moved, Councillor Cooper Seconded and the Council

 

Resolved       that the above Minutes be adopted as a true record of the Meeting.

 

Matter Arising from the Minutes

 

C324/17         Visit Derry Review (Ref  ...  view the full minutes text for item C320/17b

C320/17c

Monthly Environment and Regeneration Committee held on Wednesday 15 November 2017 pdf icon PDF 96 KB

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The Minutes of the Monthly Environment and Regeneration Committee held on 15 November 2017 (ER222/17-ER241/17) were submitted.

 

On a point of accuracy Councillor Hastings advised that it was he and not Alderman Hussey who had declared an interest in item ER237/17 – Magheramason Play Provision Update - as a Member  ...  view the full minutes text for item C320/17c

C320/17d

Monthly Health and Community Committee held on Thursday 16 November 2017 pdf icon PDF 115 KB

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The Minutes of the monthly Health and Community Committee held on 16 November 2017 (HC227/17-HC246/17) were submitted.

 

 

Alderman R Hamilton Moved, Councillor Jackson Seconded and the Council

 

Resolved       that the above minutes be adopted as a true record of the Meeting,

 

Matters Arising from the Minutes

 

C332/17         Grant Aid Programme  ...  view the full minutes text for item C320/17d

C321/17

Notices of Motion

Councillor Logue to Move:

Go n-aithníonn an Chomhairle seo tiomantas na saoránach sa cheantar seo do chearta an duine, agus bhrí sin, go dtacóidh leo siúd a bhfuil fiosrúchán poiblí atá comhlíontach maidir le cearta an duine á lorg acu faoi líomhaintí faoi obair éagantais, choinneáil threallach, spídiúlacht agus faoi leanaí in iarAonaid mháithreacha agus pháistí a cuireadh i dtreo na huchtaithe go mídhleathach sa cheantar seo agus ar fud na Chontae.

 

This Council recognises the citizens of this districts commitment to human rights and will therefore support those seeking a human rights-compliant public inquiry into allegations of forced labour, arbitrary detention, ill treatment and the illegal adoption of babies in former mother and baby homes in this district and across the North.

                                                            

Councillor Cusack to Move:

 

This council notes that the assessment for Personal Independence Payment is causing severe stress to those most in need of support; calls for urgent intervention to address serious concerns about the operation of the new PIP regime including reports of the Capita assessment process being degrading and humiliating; Commits to writing to the Permanent Secretary of the Department for Communities calling on him to instigate an urgent review of the PIP Assessment process and to give consideration to further exemption rules.

 

Councillor Carlin to Move:

“In the aftermath of the intimidation of families from a shared housing development in Cantrell Close Belfast that this Council acknowledges the recent statement by the six main party leaders pledging their support for ‘citizens to live in a society without fear of intimidation, free from sectarianism and condemn all forms of sectarianism, intolerance and threats of violence’.

 

That this Council also affirms the principle of the Good Friday Agreement which promised to citizens ‘the right to choose one’s place of residence’ and the ‘right to freedom from sectarian harassment’ and pledges its support for;

 

* The right to employment free from sectarian discrimination, intimidation and attack.

* The right to housing and to live in your home free from sectarian attack, intimidation or any other discrimination.

* The right to free association, recreation and to socialise at places of choice free from sectarian attack, intimidation or other discrimination.

* The right to practice religious faith and worship free from sectarian attack, intimidation or other discrimination.

* The duty to report or challenge sectarian speech, attack, intimidation, or other discrimination when or heard”.

 

RúnFrithsheicteachais chuig an Chomhairle

“I ndiaidh an imeaglaithe a rinneadh ar theaghlaigh i bhforbairt chomhroinnte tithíochta i gClós Cantrell i mBéal Feirste, go n-aithníonn an chomhairle seo an ráiteas is déanaí ó na seisear ceannairí ar na príomhpháirtithe agus iad ag geallúint a dtacaíochta le ‘go mbeidh gach saoránach in ann maireachtáil sa tsochaí gan aon fhaitíos roimh an imeaglú, saor ó sheicteachas, agus go ndéanaimid gach cineál seicteachais, éadulaingthe, agus bagairtí foréigin a cháineadh’.

 

Go ndeimhníonn an chomhairle seo prionsabal Chomhaontú Aoine an Chéasta, a gheallann do  ...  view the full agenda text for item C321/17

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C333/17         Notice of Motion – Mother and Baby Homes Public Enquiry

           

Councillor Logue Moved, Councillor McKnight Seconded

 

That    This Council recognises the citizens of this District’s commitment to human rights and will therefore support those seeking a human rights-compliant public inquiry into allegations of forced labour, arbitrary detention, ill treatment  ...  view the full minutes text for item C321/17

C322/17

Correspondence pdf icon PDF 117 KB

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The Chief Executive presented the above   report a copy of which had been previously circulated. He stated that the purpose of the report was to advise Members of correspondence received in relation to proposals carried by Council.

 

Members noted the content of the report.

 

Aldermen Thompson and Ramsey left the  ...  view the full minutes text for item C322/17

C323/17

Seal pdf icon PDF 26 KB

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Councillor Tierney Moved, Councillor Cusack Seconded and the Council

 

Resolved       that the seal of the Council be affixed to the following documents:

 

Documents Sealed 24th October 2017

 

Licence in duplicate:- Department for Communities ~and~ Derry City and Strabane District Council relating to use of Fort George to facilitate parking  ...  view the full minutes text for item C323/17