Agenda and minutes

Derry City and Strabane District Council
Thursday 26 September 2019 4.00 pm

Venue: Guildhall, Derry. View directions

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C226/19

Notice and Summons of Meeting

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The Mayor read the Notice and Summons for the Meeting.

 

C227/19

Member Attendance and Apologies

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The Mayor completed the roll call and recorded apologies from Aldermen McCready and Ramsey and Councillors Cusack and McLaughlin.

 

C228/19

Webcasting Notice

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The Mayor read the Webcast Announcement for the Meeting.

 

C229/19

Declarations of Members' Interests

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Councillor Ferguson declared a non-pecuniary interest in the following;

·         Notice of Motion – 5G Wireless.

Councillor Cooper declared a non-pecuniary interest in the following;

·         Deputation – Visit Derry.

 

Chairperson's Business

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C230/19

Changes to Committee Membership

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Unionist Party on Derry City and Strabane District Council, he wished to make the following changes to committee membership:

 

                        Alderman McKane to replace Alderman Guy on the Health and Community Committee.

 

                        Alderman Guy to replace Alderman Hussey on Governance and Strategic Planning Committee.

 

                        Alderman Guy to replace Alderman Hussey on  ...  view the full minutes text for item C230/19

C231/19

Confirmation of the Open Minutes of the Meeting of the Derry City and Strabane District Council held on Thursday 18 July 2019 pdf icon PDF 551 KB

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The Minutes of the Meeting of Derry City and Strabane District Council held

on 18 July 2019 (C180/19-C219/19) were submitted.

                       

Alderman Devenney Moved, Alderman Guy Seconded and the Council.

 

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

 

Matters Arising

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C232/19

Graduate Entry Medical School at UU Magee (C186/19)

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Councillor Reilly enquired if any update had been received in relation to the proposal to meet with the Derry University Group and other interested parties regarding the Graduate Entry Medical School at Magee.   He stated that his Party had asked Ulster University to demonstrate their commitment to the Graduate Entry  ...  view the full minutes text for item C232/19

C233/19

Notice of Motion - NIPSA (C214/19)

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Councillor Harkin noted that NIPSA had organised recent strike action for better working terms and conditions, however the matter still had not been resolved.  He stated that more strike action was planned on September 30 and October 3 2019 by NIPSA across the North.  He asked for an update regarding  ...  view the full minutes text for item C233/19

C234/19

Adoption of the Open Minutes of the following Committees

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C235/19

Special Planning Committee held on Thursday 22 August 2019 pdf icon PDF 88 KB

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The Minutes of the Planning Committee held on 22 August 2019 (SP6/19-SP7/19)

 

Alderman McClintock Moved, Seconded by Councillor McGuire and the Council

 

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

 

C235/19a

Monthly Governance and Strategic Planning Committee held on Tuesday 3 September 2019 pdf icon PDF 364 KB

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The Minutes of the Governance and Strategic Planning Committee held on 3 September 2019 (GSP90/19-GSP114/19) were submitted.

                        On a matter of accuracy, Councillor J Boyle referred to GSP104/19 and stated that the item in the minutes had referred to the removal of bullet point 3, however it should actually say  ...  view the full minutes text for item C235/19a

Matters Arising from the Minutes

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C236/19

Update on the Strategic Growth Partnership - June 2019 (GSP111/19)

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Councillor Gallagher expressed concern regarding a potential crisis within the Outer West area of Council which may impact on the delivery of the Council’s community plans.  He proposed that a task group be set up by the Health and Community Directorate to look at the potential crisis and that Council  ...  view the full minutes text for item C236/19

C237/19

Report on Meeting Times (GSP103/19)

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Councillor Farrell referred to a proposal put forward by him at the Committee meeting on 3 September 2019 to change meeting times. He advised that after research carried out by the Committee Section, it was established that Derry City and Strabane District Council had the earliest meeting times out of  ...  view the full minutes text for item C237/19

C238/19

A5/N2 Cross Border Corridor (GSP99/19)

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After a request from Councillor Reilly on the matter, the Chief Executive referred to the Annual Meeting held on 20 May 2019, minute reference AM12/19 Nomination to External Bodies using the D’Hondt System.  He advised Members of the resolution that, ‘in order to promote equality across its Elected Members  ...  view the full minutes text for item C238/19

C239/19

Lighting of Council Facilities (GSP104/19)

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Councillor Duffy stated that although she was not a Member of the Governance and Strategic Planning Committee, she had voiced her opposition on the decision that was taken on the matter.  She stated that Elected Members were tasked to speak on behalf of constituent’s interest groups, charities and others contacting  ...  view the full minutes text for item C239/19

C239/19a

Monthly Planning Committee held on Wednesday 4 September 2019 pdf icon PDF 420 KB

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The Minutes of the Planning Committee held on 4 September 2019 (P94/19-P112/19) were submitted.

Councillor J Barr Moved, Seconded by Alderman McClintock 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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C240/19

Planning Application LA11/2018/0817/0 (P102/19)

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The Mayor in response to Councillor Kelly advised that a response had not been received to date.

 

C241/19

Special Meeting of the Planning Committee

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The Lead Legal Services Officer advised that Members of the Planning Committee would have received a holding date for a Special Meeting on Monday 21 October 2019.   He advised that the full Council meeting would be held on 24 October, therefore the minutes would not be circulated with the initial  ...  view the full minutes text for item C241/19

C241/19a

Monthly Business and Culture Committee held on Tuesday 10 September 2019 pdf icon PDF 370 KB

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The Minutes of the Business and Culture Committee held on Tuesday 10 September 2019 (BC105/19 – BC127/19) were submitted.

                        On a matter of accuracy, Alderman McClintock referred to BC115/19. She stated that discussions had taken place regarding on street car park enforcement.  She stated that she had specifically made reference  ...  view the full minutes text for item C241/19a

Matters Arising from the Minutes

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C242/19

'Stitch in Time' and 'Celebrate' Public Artwork (BC120/19)

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Councillor Cooper stated that he had been contacted by organisations and members of the public seeking assurance that the Stitch in Time artwork would remain on site at the former Rosemount Factory.  He stated that he had met with officers from the Business and Culture Directorate to discuss the matter.  ...  view the full minutes text for item C242/19

C243/19

Deputation: Visit Derry (BC108/19)

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Councillor Gallagher referred to previous deputations to Council by Visit Derry wherein he had expressed his concern regarding the substantial funding from Council towards the organisation who did not extend their marketing strategy to the Strabane area.  He stated that the rate payers from the Strabane area were paying as  ...  view the full minutes text for item C243/19

C244/19

North West Angling Fair 2019 (BC112/19)

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Councillor McHugh expressed his gratitude towards the Council staff who were charged with running the highly successful event in Castlederg.  He referred to the assessment report which was discussed at the meeting and stated that he wished to highlight some inaccuracies.  He noted that the report had stated the  ...  view the full minutes text for item C244/19

C244/19a

Monthly Environment and Regeneration Committee held on Wednesday 11 September 2019 pdf icon PDF 262 KB

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The Minutes of the Environment and Regeneration Committee held on 11 September 2019 (ER158/19 – ER184/19) were submitted.

                        On a matter of accuracy, Councillor Duffy referred to ER175/19 – Nomination to the Members Working Group on graffiti.  She stated that Councillor Burke had been nominated, not Councillor Logue.

                        Alderman Devenney  ...  view the full minutes text for item C244/19a

Matters Arising from the Minutes

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C245/19

Green Infrastructure Plan Public Consultation Report (ER174/19)

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Alderman McClintock noted that a report was to be presented to the Health and Community Committee regarding the Dog Control Strategy.  She stated that it was important to have the strategy implemented as soon as possible as recently there had been major issues regarding incidents at Drumahoe District Park.  She  ...  view the full minutes text for item C245/19

C246/19

Play Plan Update (ER184/19)

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Alderman Devenney referred to the very informative update on play provision.  He noted that there were areas of very good play provision throughout the city and district with others that required refurbishment or areas with no play provision.  He stated that he had recently attended a meeting of the Magheramason  ...  view the full minutes text for item C246/19

C247/19

Deputation - To receive Mr J Wright (Head of Regulations) and Mr K Wells (Team Manager), North West Regulations Team NIEA to give a Presentation on Anaerobic Digesters (Ref ER164/19)

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Councillor McCann enquired if there had been any update regarding an invitation for a representative of the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) to speak to the relevant committee on anaerobic digesters.

 

In response, the Director of Environment and Regeneration advised that officers were in the process of  ...  view the full minutes text for item C247/19

C248/19

Strathfoyle Greenway (ER165/19)

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In response to a request from Councillor McCann regarding Strathfoyle Greenway, the Director of Environment and Regeneration advised that colleagues had recently met with the Department for Infrastructure (DfI) and the Department for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) regarding the potential for funding towards Strathfoyle Greenway.  She  ...  view the full minutes text for item C248/19

C248/19a

Monthly Health and Community Committee held on Thursday 12 September 2019 pdf icon PDF 280 KB

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The Minutes of the Health and Community Committee held on Thursday 12 September 2019 (HC142/19-HC165/19) were submitted.

                        Alderman Guy Moved, Seconded by Councillor Ferguson 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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C249/19

Nomination to Internal Bodies (HC152/19)

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Councillor Farrell stated that at the Committee meeting he proposed that in terms of councillor representation on Council owned community centres, it should be implemented on a DEA basis, therefore each Councillor in the respective DEA was automatically a member of that committee.  He stated that the matter had been  ...  view the full minutes text for item C249/19

C250/19

Notices of Motion

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The Mayor advised that with regard to notices of motion, the Member proposing the motion would be permitted to speak on a Motion for a maximum of ten minutes, a seconder would also be given an opportunity to speak and Members will be permitted to speak once for a maximum  ...  view the full minutes text for item C250/19

Notices of Motion

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C251/19

Legal Protections from Unborn Children

Councillor McCloskey to Move:

 

This Council calls upon all elected MLAs to urgently set aside their differences on all other matters, and reconvene our devolved institutions, in order to prevent the removal of all legal protections from unborn children until the time of viability without the matter being legislated on by the Assembly.

 

The process which led to this section being passed into law by Westminster, although sought and lobbied for by some of our local MLAs, was deeply flawed, and has significant detrimental consequences for devolution, and for the people of Derry and Strabane District Council.

 

It undermines our already limited sovereignty, and the rights of people here to decide our own laws. It rides roughshod over the Good Friday Agreement, an international treaty, and makes a mockery of the democratic process.

 

And that this Council writes urgently to Secretary of State Julian Smith MP to indicate that this council opposes this legislation, calls for the legislation to be rescinded and demands that this issue be dealt with by the Assembly only.

 

Councillor R Barr to Move:

 

Derry City and Strabane District Council has a moral responsibility to protect public health and the local environment.  Until there is more independent scientific consensus that 5G wireless radiation is harmless to humans and the environment, Derry City and Strabane District Council adopts the precautionary principle and will not endorse the roll out of 5G.

 

Councillors Ferguson and McKinney to Move:

 

That this Council encourages and supports reconciliation in our community and congratulates the Northern Ireland Council for Integrated Education and the Integrated Educations Fund on being nominated for the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize.

 

Councillor Dobbins to Move:

 

That this Council expresses concern at the recent RQIA findings in the standard of care at Owen Mor Nursing Home.

·         Council recognises the concerns expressed by families at a recent public meeting.

·         Council opposes the privatisation of all social care services.

·         Council calls on Western Health and Social Care Trust to support staff and residents to ensure appropriate standards of care are met.

·         Council supports the families’ call for an enquiry.

 

Councillor McHugh to Move:

 

Go dtacóidh an Comhairle seo le tabhairt isteach reachtaíochta chun córas scar-rogha a thabhairt isteach do dheonú orgáin a leanfaidh treoir atá leagtha amach I dtabhairt isteach na reachtaíochta céanna sa Bhreatain Bheag (2015), in Albain agus I Sasanna (2020) agus a léirionn iarratais ón Aire Sláinte I ndeisceart na h’Éireann, Simon Harris TD, don reachtaíocht chéanna ansin.

  

This Council will support the introduction of soft opt-out organ donation legislation here in the North which will follow the example led by the introduction of the same legislation in Wales (2015), Scotland and England (2020) and the calls from the Minister of Health in the South of Ireland, Simon Harris TD, for the same to be introduced there. 

 

Councillor Duffy to Move:

 

Roimh an chéad chruinniú eile den Chomhairle Eorpach ar an 17ú Deireadh Fómhair, an cruinniú mullaigh deiridh AE atá beartaithe roimh Brexit, d’fhonn aird a tharraingt ar an  ...  view the full agenda text for item C251/19

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Councillor McCloskey Moved, Seconded by Alderman Kerrigan

 

That    this Council calls upon all elected MLAs to urgently set aside their differences on all other matters, and reconvene our devolved institutions, in order to prevent the removal of all legal protections from unborn children until the time of viability without the  ...  view the full minutes text for item C251/19

C252/19

5G Wireless

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Councillor R Barr Moved, Seconded by Councillor Gallagher

That    Derry City and Strabane District Council has a moral responsibility to protect public health and the local environment.  Until there is more independent scientific consensus that 5G wireless radiation is harmless to humans and the environment, Derry City and Strabane District  ...  view the full minutes text for item C252/19

C253/19

Northern Ireland Council for Integrated Education

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Councillors Ferguson and McKinney Moved, Seconded by Councillor McKinney

That    this Council encourages and supports reconciliation in our community and congratulates the Northern Ireland Council for Integrated Education and the Integrated Educations Fund on being nominated for the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize.

                        After voting by a show of hands the  ...  view the full minutes text for item C253/19

C254/19

Owen Mor Care Centre

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The Mayor advised that Councillor Dobbins wished to withdraw the Motion.

 

C255/19

Soft Opt-Out Organ Donation Legislation

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Councillor McHugh Moved, Seconded by Councillor Mellon

That    This Council will support the introduction of soft opt-out organ donation legislation here in the North which will follow the example led by the introduction of the same legislation in Wales (2015), Scotland and England (2020) and the calls from the Minister  ...  view the full minutes text for item C255/19

C256/19

Border Communities Against Brexit

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Councillor Duffy Moved, Seconded by Councillor Jackson

That    In advance of the next European Council meeting on October 17th, the last EU summit planned before Brexit, in an effort to highlight the dangers posed to citizen’s rights, the all island economy, the agricultural sector among others, we call on Derry  ...  view the full minutes text for item C256/19

C257/19

Worker's Rights and Social Justice Week

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Councillor Harkin Moved, Seconded by Councillor McCann

That    Council supports real living wages, an end to zero hour contracts and the right to trade union representation in Derry and Strabane.

 

Council opposes Tory anti-trade union laws and encourages workers to join unions to demand respect and better terms and conditions.  ...  view the full minutes text for item C257/19

C258/19

Childcare for All Charter

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Councillor Durkan Moved, Seconded by Councillor J Boyle

That    This Council notes the contents of the Employers for Childcare NI’s 10th Annual Childcare Survey.

 

This Council recognises that childcare costs are creating barriers for working parents and their families.

 

This Council supports the Childcare for All Charter, calling for  ...  view the full minutes text for item C258/19

C259/19

The Late Pat Gillespie

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The Mayor advised that Councillor J Barr wished to withdraw the Motion.

 

C260/19

Day of Action

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Councillor McCann Moved, Seconded by Councillor Harkin

That    this Council supports the Day of Action on October 5th 2019 calling for an end to welfare reforms, the extension of benefit mitigation payments and the reversal of cuts to public services.

 

Council encourages people in Derry and Strabane from all backgrounds  ...  view the full minutes text for item C260/19

C261/19

Places of Worship Security Scheme

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Alderman Guy Moved, Seconded by Alderman Devenney

That    This Council notes recently published research from the charity CARE NI that found 445 attacks have been recorded on places of worship in Northern Ireland in just the last 3 years; notes with concern that 23 of these despicable attacks were recorded  ...  view the full minutes text for item C261/19

C262/19

Hard Border Opposition

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Councillor Harkin Moved, Seconded by Councillor McCann

 

That    Council opposes a Tory no deal Brexit.

 

Council opposes any attempt to impose a hard border in Ireland.

 

Council supports in full the call put forward by the Derry Trades Union Council in March 2019:

 

As trade unionists we are opposed to  ...  view the full minutes text for item C262/19

C263/19

Housing Crisis in Derry and Strabane

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Councillor McCann Moved, Seconded by Councillor Harkin

That    Following recent presentations to Council by representatives from the NI Housing Executive underlining the severity of the housing crisis in Derry and Strabane, that will be made worse by growing homelessness and the impact of welfare reform, Council reaffirms its support for  ...  view the full minutes text for item C263/19

C264/19

Responses to Motions pdf icon PDF 188 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.

 

Councillor Logue referred to the correspondence received regarding the FDANODELAY campaign.  She noted the  ...  view the full minutes text for item C264/19

C265/19

Resolutions from Other Councils pdf icon PDF 87 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.

Members were asked to note the content of the report.

 

 

C266/19

Sealing List - September 2019 pdf icon PDF 144 KB

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Alderman Devenney Moved, Councillor J Boyle Seconded and the Council

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

                                    Sealing List September 2019

 

Document Sealed 23 July 2019

 

Consortium Agreement:- Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council, Ards and North Down Borough Council, Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon  ...  view the full minutes text for item C266/19