Agenda and minutes

Derry City and Strabane District Council
Thursday 27 June 2019 4.00 pm

Venue: Guildhall, Derry. View directions

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C127/19

Notice and Summons of Meeting

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The Mayor read the Notice and Summons for the Meeting.

 

C128/19

Member Attendance and Apologies

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The Mayor completed the roll call and recorded apologies from Aldermen Kerrigan, McClintock, Ramsey and Warke and Councillors Dobbins and McKinney.

 

C129/19

Webcasting Notice

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The Mayor read the Webcast Announcement for the Meeting.

 

C130/19

Declarations of Members' Interests

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Alderman Hussey declared a non-pecuniary interest in the following;

·         Proposal regarding Dalradian Gold Ltd.

 

Chairperson's Business

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C131/19

Condolences

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The Mayor offered her condolences to the families of Mr Ivan Cooper, Mr Richard O’Rawe, former Chairperson of Visit Derry, Mr Eamon Friel, author, musician and broadcaster and Mr Manus Kelly on their recent bereavements.  She stated that letters of condolence will be sent to the families.

 

                        Councillor Reilly stated  ...  view the full minutes text for item C131/19

C132/19

Notices of Motion

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The Mayor stated that there were quite a number of motions on the agenda for the meeting with some being similar in context.  She suggested that in future, motions could be presented at the relevant committee meeting.  She further stated that whilst she respected Members’ views, that in future meetings  ...  view the full minutes text for item C132/19

C133/19

Summer Provision at Derg Valley Leisure Centre

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The Mayor informed Members that Alderman Hussey wished to raise a matter under Chairperson’s Business and invited him to do so.

 

                        Alderman Hussey referred to the Summer Activity Programme at Council owned Leisure Centres.   He stated that he had received communication from the Head of Community Development and Leisure on  ...  view the full minutes text for item C133/19

C134/19

Confirmation of the Open Minutes of the Special Meeting of Derry City and Strabane District Council held on Monday 25 February 2019 pdf icon PDF 47 KB

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The Minutes of the Special Meeting of Derry City and Strabane District Council held on 25 February 2019 (SC22/19-SC26/19) were submitted.

                        Alderman Hussey Moved, Councillor Tierney Seconded and the Council.

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

 

C135/19

Confirmation of the Open Minutes of the Meeting of the Derry City and Strabane District Council held on Tuesday 26 March 2019 pdf icon PDF 172 KB

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The Minutes of the Special Meeting of Derry City and Strabane District Council held on 26 March 2019 (C89/19-C118/19) were submitted.

                        Councillor McGuire Moved, Councillor Duffy Seconded and the Council.

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

 

Matters Arising

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C136/19

Consultation on the Timetable and Work Programme for the Preparation of the Northern Ireland Flood Risk Management Plan (2021- 2027) (C59/19) and Strabane River Walkway (C95/19)

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Alderman Hussey stated that he had previously raised the issue of the walkway in Sion Mills that had been partially decimated in the floods of August 2017.  He stated that Head of Environment had replied to his query at that time and he now requested an update on the matter.  ...  view the full minutes text for item C136/19

C137/19

Playing Pitch Report Update (C97/19)

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Alderman Hussey enquired if there was any indication when number one pitch at Mitchell Park would be ready for competitive use in the forthcoming season.

 

                        In response, the Director of Health and Community stated that a tender exercise had commenced and it was hoped with a successful appointment, a timeline  ...  view the full minutes text for item C137/19

C138/19

Confirmation of the Minutes of the Annual Meeting of Derry City and Strabane District Council held on Monday 20 May 2019 pdf icon PDF 116 KB

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The Minutes of the Annual Meeting of Derry City and Strabane District Council held on 20 May 2019 (AM1/19-AM13/19) were submitted.

                        Councillor Tierney Moved, Councillor Alderman Devenney Seconded and the Council.

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

 

Matters Arising

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C139/19

Positions of Responsibility (AM18/19)

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Councillor Duffy informed Members that Councillor Jackson would be replaced by Councillor McHugh on the Partnership Panel.

 

C140/19

Confirmation of the Open Minutes of the Special Meeting of Derry City and Strabane District Council held on Wednesday 29 May 2019 pdf icon PDF 68 KB

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The Minutes of the Special Meeting of Derry City and Strabane District Council held on 29 May 2019 (SC27/19-SC30/19) were submitted.

                        Alderman Devenney Moved, Councillor Carr Seconded and the Council.

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

 

Matters Arising

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C141/19

Conferring the Freedom of the City on Jim McLaughlin (SC30/19)

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Councillor Carr expressed his gratitude to the Lead Democratic Services and Improvement Officer and the Mayoral Office for their work which made the presentation of the Freedom of the City on Mr Jim McLaughlin a great success.  He asked if a report could be presented to the relevant committee regarding  ...  view the full minutes text for item C141/19

C142/19

Adoption of the Open Minutes of the following Committees

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C143/19

Monthly Planning Committee held on Monday 25 March 2019 pdf icon PDF 110 KB

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The Minutes of the Planning Committee held on 25 March 2019 (P54/19-P66/19) were submitted.

Councillor McGuire Moved, Seconded by Alderman Bresland and the Council

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

 

C144/19

Monthly Governance and Strategic Planning Committee held on Tuesday 4 June 2019 pdf icon PDF 81 KB

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The Minutes of the Governance and Strategic Planning Committee held on 4 June 2019 (GSP59/19-GSP75/19) were submitted.

                        Alderman Hussey Moved, Councillor McLaughlin Seconded and the Council

 

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

 

Matters Arising from the Minutes

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C145/19

Elected Member Support Services: Meeting/Workstation Facilities (GSP67/19)

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Councillor Reilly referred to the report Elected Members Support Services which was deferred from the meeting of the Governance and Strategic Planning Committee for consideration at the Council meeting.  He stated that he had spoken to Members from other parties who were in agreement with the recommendation for Appendix 2  ...  view the full minutes text for item C145/19

C146/19

Appointments to Internal Bodies/Working Groups (GSP68/19)

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Councillor Reilly advised that nominations to Internal Bodies had been deferred until the meeting of full Council and that Members would need to review numbers on the internal bodies as some had not met for some time. 

Councillor Reilly Proposed, Seconded by Councillor Gallagher

That    Derry City and Strabane District  ...  view the full minutes text for item C146/19

C147/19

Monthly Planning Committee held on Wednesday 5 June 2019 pdf icon PDF 95 KB

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The Minutes of the Planning Committee held on 5 June 2019 (P54/19-P68/19) were submitted.

Alderman Bresland Moved, Seconded by Councillor Jackson and the Council

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

 

C148/19

Monthly Business and Culture Committee held on Tuesday 11 June 2019 pdf icon PDF 71 KB

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The Minutes of the Business and Culture Committee held on Tuesday 11 June 2019 (BC67/19 – BC82/19) were submitted.

                        On a matter of accuracy, Councillor Cusack referred (BC70/19) to the factory girls sculpture and stated that she had spoken of some form of artistic tribute to the factory girls, not  ...  view the full minutes text for item C148/19

Matters Arising from the Minutes

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C149/19

Matters Arising - Cultural Grant Aid Programme 2019/20 (BC74/19)

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In response to a request for an update regarding applications to the Cultural Grant Aid Programmes, the Director of Business and Culture advised Alderman Hussey that an update would be provided at the July meeting.   

 

C150/19

Monthly Environment and Regeneration Committee held on Wednesday 12 June 2019 pdf icon PDF 75 KB

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The Minutes of the Environment and Regeneration Committee held on 12 June 2019 (ER92/19 – ER114/19) were submitted.

                        Councillor Fleming Moved, Seconded by Councillor Tierney and the Council

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

 

Matters Arising from the Minutes

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C151/19

Correspondence from DfE on Mineral Prospecting Licensing Application Consultation Response (ER108/19)

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Councillor Gallagher referred to the correspondence from Department for the Economy (DfE) regarding mineral prospecting licensing application and the subsequent response to Council.  He stated that Council were involved in the compilation of a long term Local Development Plan which included a focus on areas of outstanding natural  ...  view the full minutes text for item C151/19

C152/19

Derg Riverside Walkway (ER98/19)

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In response to a query from Councillor Carr, the Director of Environment and Regeneration stated that a progress report regarding Strathfoyle Greenway would be provided at a future Committee meeting.

 

C153/19

Monthly Health and Community Committee held on Thursday 13 June 2019 pdf icon PDF 81 KB

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The Minutes of the Health and Community Committee held on Thursday 13 June 2019 (HC89/19-HC109/19) were submitted.

                        On a matter of accuracy, Councillor McHugh referred to HC92/19, the car park at Derg Valley Leisure Centre.  He requested that the following be recorded in the minutes; ‘that in periods of inclement  ...  view the full minutes text for item C153/19

Matters Arising from the Minutes

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C154/19

Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) Small Project Support 2019/20 (HC103/19)

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Alderman Devenney advised that Alderman Ramsey will be replaced by Alderman McClintock on PCSP.

 

C155/19

Car Park at Derg Valley Leisure Centre, Castlederg (HC92/19)

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Councillor McHugh requested an update regarding the identification of the necessary budget to address the drainage issue at the car park.

In response, the Director of Health and Community stated that officers were looking at a shortfall in current expenditure and hoped to be in a positive position to commence  ...  view the full minutes text for item C155/19

C156/19

Monthly Assurance, Audit and Risk Committee held on Monday 17 June 2019 pdf icon PDF 49 KB

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The Minutes of the Assurance, Audit and Risk Committee held on 17 June 2019 (AAR35/19-AAR50/19) were submitted.

                        Alderman Hussey Moved, Councillor McGuire Seconded and the Council

 

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

 

Notices of Motion

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C157/19

#FDANODELAY Campaign

Councillor Logue to Move:

That this Council commends the #FDANODELAY campaign and recognises that people living in hostels and other temporary/emergency accommodation across our society are homeless and deserve to be legally recognised as such by having Full Duty Applicant status awarded.  This Council calls on the NIHE Chief Executive to respond outlining what measures the NIHE will now take to accurately audit the extent of the problem regarding homeless people who are not recognised as such and what steps will be taken to remedy these oversights.

 Molann an Chomhairle seo an feachtas #FDANODELAY agus aithníonn gur daoine gan dídean iad daoine atá ina gcónaí i mbrúnna agus i gcóiríocht shealadach/éigeandála eile sa phobal, agus, gur cheart go n-aithneofaí iad mar sin sa dlí trí stádas mar Iarratasóir Lándualgais a cheadú dóibh. Iarrann an Chomhairle seo ar Phríomhfheidhmeannach Fheidhmeannacht Tithíochta Thuaisceart Éireann freagra a thabhairt ar an cheist seo le hachoimre a thabhairt ar na beartais a chuirfidh siad i bhfeidhm anois chun iniúchadh a dhéanamh ar líon na ndaoine nach bhfuil aitheantas tugtha dóibh mar dhaoine gan dídean agus na beartais a chuirfidh siad i bhfeidhm leis an neamart a rinneadh a réiteach.  

 

Councillor Cooper to Move:

 

That this Council endorse a motion calling on the British Secretary of State to immediately bring forward legislation that will deliver on the amended recommendations contained in the Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry Reportincluding financial compensation and an apology from government for the hurt and pain caused to children placed in various institutions and homes around the North as reported in the HIA Inquiry Report released by Sir Anthony Hart on the 20th January 2017. 

 

Councillors McKinney and Ferguson to Move:

 

That this Council signs up to the British/Irish Sign Language charter and that officers bring a paper to a future meeting of the Governance and Strategic Planning Committee regarding the relaying of Council meetings in British/Irish Sign Language.

 

 

Alderman Devenney to Move:

 

That this Council writes to the BBC to request that they overturn their decision to scrap the free TV licence for up to 3.7million people aged over 75 right across the United Kingdom.

 

Alderman Hussey to Move:

 

Mindful of numerous efforts to resolve the access issue to sports pitches and playing areas associated with the former Herdman’s Mill in Sion Mills, Derry City and Strabane District Council resolves:  For the last time to seek a resolution to enable access and long term use of the sports pitches and playing area associated with the former Herdman’s Mill in Sion Mills whilst also investigating the issues and producing a report to Council in regard to the potential vesting of these same areas.

 

Further:  In the event that the matter cannot be amicably resolved within a three month period from this date, and subject to the above requested report, that Derry City and Strabane District Council will initiate Vesting Procedures on the sporting pitches, playing area and other relevant lands associated with the former  ...  view the full agenda text for item C157/19

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Councillor Logue Moved, Seconded by Councillor Mellon

That    this Council commends the #FDANODELAY campaign and recognises that people living in hostels and other temporary/emergency accommodation across our society are homeless and deserve to be legally recognised as such by having Full Duty Applicant status awarded.  This Council calls on the  ...  view the full minutes text for item C157/19

C158/19

British/Irish Sign Language Charter

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Councillors McKinney and Ferguson Moved

That    this Council signs up to the British/Irish Sign Language charter and that officers bring a paper to a future meeting of the Governance and Strategic Planning Committee regarding the relaying of Council meetings in British/Irish Sign Language.

 

The Mayor advised that following a request  ...  view the full minutes text for item C158/19

C159/19

Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry

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Councillor Cooper Moved, Seconded by Councillor McHugh

That    this Council endorse a motion calling on the British Secretary of State to immediately bring forward legislation that will deliver on the amended recommendations contained in the Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry Report including financial compensation and an apology from government for the  ...  view the full minutes text for item C159/19

C160/19

Television License Fees

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Alderman Devenney Moved, Seconded by Alderman McCready

That    this Council writes to the BBC to request that they overturn their decision to scrap the free TV licence for up to 3.7million people aged over 75 right across the United Kingdom.

 

Councillor Harkin proposed an amendment, Seconded by Councillor McCann

 

That  ...  view the full minutes text for item C160/19

C161/19

Sports Pitches and Playing Areas at the Former Herdman's Mill, Sion Mills

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Alderman Hussey Moved, Seconded by Councillor Hunter

That    Mindful of numerous efforts to resolve the access issue to sports pitches and playing areas associated with the former Herdman’s Mill in Sion Mills, Derry City and Strabane District Council resolves:  For the last time to seek a resolution to enable access  ...  view the full minutes text for item C161/19

C162/19

Changes to the Timing of Committee and Council Meetings

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Councillor Farrell Moved, Seconded by Councillor Tierney

That    this Council acknowledges that the current meeting schedule excludes sectors of our community from actively engaging in the democratic process; seeks to promote participation in democracy; and, following engagement with affected staff and trade union representatives, asks officers to bring a report  ...  view the full minutes text for item C162/19

C163/19

Welfare Mitigations

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Councillor Jackson Moved, Seconded by Councillor Duffy

That    this Council welcomes the range of reports recently published which highlight the serious risk of greater hardship for many within our community, if Welfare Mitigations do not continue beyond March 2020. These reports include;
Welfare Reform: Mitigations on a Cliff Edge, Cliff  ...  view the full minutes text for item C163/19

C164/19

Climate Emergency

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Councillor Durkan Moved, Seconded by Councillor Reilly

That    This Council declares a climate emergency.

 

This Council notes that URGENT action is required at international, national, local and individual level to address the devastating impact of climate change.

 

This Council further notes that Council officers are currently working on the development  ...  view the full minutes text for item C164/19

C165/19

Welfare Reform

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Councillor Harkin Moved, Seconded by Councillor McCann

That    Derry City and Strabane District Council agrees welfare reforms are inflicting great hardship on communities across Derry and Strabane.  The amount of money taken from the Derry and Strabane economy through the imposition of welfare reform is estimated to be the equivalent  ...  view the full minutes text for item C165/19

C166/19

Graduate Entry Medical School at Magee

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Councillor Duffy Moved, Seconded by Councillor Jackson

That    this Council welcomes the £105 million funding secured, as part of the North West Inclusive Growth Deal, of which the Graduate Entry Medical School is a main catalyst project.

 

That this Council calls on the Department of Health to sign off on  ...  view the full minutes text for item C166/19

C167/19

Delivery of the Graduate Entry Medical School at Magee

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Councillor McCloskey Moved

That    this Council calls on all MLAs to urgently reconvene the institutions for the purposes of ensuring delivery of the Graduate Entry Medical School (GEMS) at Magee Campus given the upcoming deadline to ensure student intake for the year 2020.

 

Given the Cross Party support for the  ...  view the full minutes text for item C167/19

C168/19

Climate Change

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Councillor McCann Moved, Seconded by Councillor Harkin

Councillor McCann referred to the Motion passed by Councillor Durkan regarding the climate emergency and subsequently asked that the sentence ‘Council declares a Climate Emergency’ be removed from the Motion.

That    This Council notes the recent IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate  ...  view the full minutes text for item C168/19

C169/19

Resolutions from Other Councils pdf icon PDF 22 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 resolutions from other councils.

Alderman Hussey referred to correspondence from the Chief Executive of Ards and North Down  ...  view the full minutes text for item C169/19

C170/19

Responses to Motions pdf icon PDF 28 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 were asked to note the content of the report.

 

C171/19

Seal pdf icon PDF 34 KB

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Councillor J Boyle Moved, Councillor Reilly Seconded and the Council

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

                                                            Sealing List June 2019

 

                                                            Documents Sealed 1st April 2019

Deed of Dedication in duplicate:-  Derry City and Strabane District Council ~and~ The Executive Office relating  ...  view the full minutes text for item C171/19

C172/19

Monthly Governance and Strategic Planning Committee held on Tuesday 4 June 2019

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C173/19

Monthly Meeting of the Environment and Regeneration Committee held on Wednesday 12 June 2019

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