Agenda and minutes

Derry City and Strabane District Council (Open)
Thursday 28 June 2018 4.00 pm

Venue: Guildhall, Derry. View directions

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Items
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C205/18

Notice and Summons of Meeting

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The Mayor read the Notice and Summons for the Meeting.

C206/18

Member Attendance and Apologies

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The Chief Executive completed the roll call.

 

Apologies were received from Alderman Devenney and Councillors Gardiner and McGuire

 

C207/18

Webcasting Notice

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The Mayor read the Webcast Announcement for the Meeting.

 

Councillor Carlin entered the meeting at this point.

 

C208/18

Declarations of Members' Interests

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There were no Declarations of Interest.

 

C209/18

Suspension of Standing Orders

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Councillor Duffy Proposed a suspension of Standing Orders Seconded by Councillor Tierney.

 

Councillor Gallagher Proposed that Members vote on the matter, Seconded by Councillor Donnelly. 

 

After voting by a show of hands, the result was as follows:

For – 33; Against – 0; Abstentions 5.

 

The Proposal was carried and  ...  view the full minutes text for item C209/18

C210/18

Chairperson's Business

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C210/18         Trade and Investment Visit to the United States of America

The Mayor reported on the recent successful trade and investment visit to the United States with the Chief Executive of Donegal County Council and Senior Officers of Derry City and Strabane District Council.  He stated that they had attended  ...  view the full minutes text for item C210/18

C211/18

Confirmation of the Open Minutes of the Meeting of the Derry City and Strabane District Council held on Thursday 31 May 2018 pdf icon PDF 108 KB

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The Minutes of the Open Meeting of Derry City and Strabane District Council held on 31 May 2018 (C167/18-C198/18) were submitted.

                        Councillor Dobbins Moved, Alderman Bresland Seconded and the Council.

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

 

C212/18

Matters Arising

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There were no matters arising.

 

C213/18

Confirmation of the Open Minutes of the Annual General Meeting of Derry City and Strabane District Council held on Monday 4 June 2018 pdf icon PDF 93 KB

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The Minutes of the Annual General Meeting of Derry City and Strabane District Council held on 4 June 2018 (AM1/18-AM9/18) were submitted.

                        Councillor Hastings Moved, Councillor Dobbins Seconded and the Council

 

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

 

C214/18

Adoption of the Open Minutes of the following Committees

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C215/18

Special Planning Committee Meeting held on Tuesday 29 May 2018 pdf icon PDF 42 KB

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The Minutes of the Special Planning Committee meeting held on 29 May 2018

(SP13/18-SP17/18) were submitted.

 

                        Alderman Bresland Moved, Alderman McClintock Seconded and the Council

 

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

 

C215/18a

Monthly Governance and Strategic Planning Committee held on Tuesday 5 June 2018 pdf icon PDF 82 KB

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The Minutes of the Governance and Strategic Planning Committee held on 5 June 2018 (GSP97/18-GSP107/18) were submitted.

                        Alderman Thompson Moved, Councillor Hastings Seconded and the Council

 

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

                        Matters Arising from the Minutes

Alderman Thompson referred to GSP106/18  ...  view the full minutes text for item C215/18a

C215/18b

Monthly Planning Committee held on Wednesday 6 June 2018 pdf icon PDF 56 KB

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The Minutes of the Planning Committee held on 6 June 2018 (P98/18-P111/18) were submitted.

Councillor D Kelly Moved, Seconded by Alderman McClintock and the Council

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

 

C215/18c

Monthly Assurance, Audit and Risk Committee held on Thursday 7 June 2018 pdf icon PDF 42 KB

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The Minutes of the Assurance, Audit and Risk Committee held on 7 June 2018 (AAR64/18- AAR72/18) were submitted.

                        Councillor McMahon Moved, Seconded by Councillor Hastings and the Council

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

 

C215/18d

Monthly Business and Culture Committee held on Tuesday 12 June 2018 pdf icon PDF 75 KB

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The Minutes of the Business and Culture Committee held on Tuesday 12 June 2018 (BC128/18 – BC144/18) were submitted.

                        Councillor McKeever Moved, Seconded by Councillor McKnight and the Council

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

 

C215/18e

Monthly Environment and Regeneration Committee held on Wednesday 13 June 2018 pdf icon PDF 84 KB

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The Minutes of the Environment and Regeneration Committee held on 13 June 2018 (ER127/18 – ER149/18) were submitted.

                        Councillor Tierney Moved, Seconded by Councillor C Kelly and the Council

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

                        Matters Arising

C220/18         Annual Blessing  ...  view the full minutes text for item C215/18e

C215/18f

Monthly Health and Community Committee held on Thursday 14 June 2018 pdf icon PDF 118 KB

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The Minutes of the Health and Community Committee held on Thursday 14 June 2018 (HC120/18-HC138/18) were submitted.

                        On a matter of accuracy, Alderman McClintock referred to HC123/18. She stated that she welcomed the allocation of funding.  However, her comment that it was good to see the benefit of the Confidence  ...  view the full minutes text for item C215/18f

C216/18

Corporate Plan and Improvement Plan 2018/19 pdf icon PDF 46 KB

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The Chief Executive presented the report which had been previously circulated to Members.  He reminded Members of the statutory obligation under the Local Government Act (NI) 2014 to publish a performance improvement plan no later than the end of June.

                        He stated that the purpose of the report was to  ...  view the full minutes text for item C216/18

C217/18

Notices of Motion

Councillor Tierney to Move:

 

This Council acknowledges the joint Marie Curie and Motor Neurone Disease Association campaign highlighting deep concern about the impact of the current definition of terminal illness used for eligibility for benefits including Personal Independence Payments (PIP) in Northern Ireland.

 

Council notes that PIP has special rules for applicants with terminal illnesses, which allows people to access payments quicker and without a face-to-face assessment. However, this avenue is only open to those who have been given a prognosis of six months or less. This restriction is unfairly excluding many people with terminal illnesses, including those with Motor Neurone Disease (MND), chronic heart failure and COPD, as they fail to access PIP under the special rules, meaning they have to wait much longer for their payments and undergo face-to-face assessments.

 

Council affirms that this is unfair and denies people the best quality of life during the time they have left and calls on the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland to follow the lead of the Scottish government and implement the call from Marie Curie and the MND Association for a fairer definition of terminal illness that is based on clinical judgement and patient need, not a time-restricted estimation of life expectancy.

 

This Council will write to all of the other Councils in NI asking them to support this campaign.

 

Councillor Duffy to Move:

 

Tacaíonn an Chomhairle seo leis an vóta chun an tOchtú Leasú a bhaint den Bhunreacht; creideann muid gur chóir go mbeadh eolas cuimsitheach mar aon le comhairleoireacht toirchis neamhthreorach a chuimsíonn gach rogha ar fáil go furasta do gach bean, agus éilíonn muid cur chuige i dtreo cúram sláinte atá atruach agus comhlíontach maidir le cearta daonna agus a aithníonn gur chóir go mbeidh teacht ag mná ar chúram sláinte cuí sábháilte; chuige sin, tacaíonn muid le hathchóiriú reachtaíochta agus le díchóiriúlú an ghinmhillte

 

This Council welcomes the 'yes' vote to Repeal the 8th Amendment; believes that full information and non-directive pregnancy counselling embodying all choices should be freely available to women, and calls for a compassionate human rights compliant approach to healthcare, acknowledges that women should have access to safe and appropriate healthcare and thus endorses legislative reform and the decriminalisation of abortion.

 

Alderman Hussey to Move:

 

That Derry City & Strabane District Council supports the use of Medical Cannabis when its use is assessed as beneficial to the wellbeing of a recipient and then prescribed by the recipient patient's General Practitioner for such use.

 

This Council, being particularly concerned in regard to the immediate plight of Billy Caldwell, therefore urges the Home Office to withdraw its prohibition on such use of Medical Cannabis and the Northern Ireland Department of Health to explore licensing options of the same.

 

Councillor Cusack to Move:

 

The Council recognises local schools are at breaking point and that the current funding situation is unsustainable with per pupil funding being slashed year on year; believes that an investment in educating children is an investment in our economy; further recognises  ...  view the full agenda text for item C217/18

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C225/18         Marie Curie and Motor Neurone Disease Campaign

                        Councillor Tierney Moved, Seconded by Councillor Reilly

That    This Council acknowledges the joint Marie Curie and Motor Neurone Disease Association campaign highlighting deep concern about the impact of the current definition of terminal illness used for eligibility for benefits including Personal Independence  ...  view the full minutes text for item C217/18

C218/18

Responses to Motions pdf icon PDF 29 KB

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The Chief Executive presented the above report, a copy of which had been previously circulated to Members.  The purpose of the report was to advise Members of correspondence received in relation to Motions passed by Council.

Members noted the content of the report.

 

C219/18

Seal pdf icon PDF 26 KB

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Alderman M Hamilton Moved, Councillor Hastings Seconded and the Council

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

Sealing List June 2018

 

Documents Sealed 1st June 2018

 

Contract:- Department for Infrastructure and Derry City and Strabane District Council relating to Purchase of Freehold  ...  view the full minutes text for item C219/18