Agenda and minutes

Derry City and Strabane District Council
Thursday 31 January 2019 4.00 pm

Venue: Guildhall, Derry. View directions

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Items
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C1/19

Notice and Summons of Meeting

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The Mayor read the Notice and Summons for the Meeting.

C2/19

Member Attendance and Apologies

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The Mayor completed the roll call and recorded apologies from Alderman R Hamilton and Councillors D Kelly, McGuire and Reilly.

 

C3/19

Webcasting Notice

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The Mayor read the Webcast Announcement for the Meeting.

 

C4/19

Declarations of Members' Interests

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Aldermen Devenney and Thompson and Councillor McKeever declared an interest in minute item C30/19 – opposition to the Development of a Goldmine and Processing Plant in the Sperrins.

Chairperson's Business

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C5/19

Welcome

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The Mayor welcomed A’ Level Journalism students from various colleges in the City who were attending today’s meeting as part of their studies.  He stated that he hoped the students found the meeting interesting and enlightening and wished them well in their endeavours.

 

C6/19

Replacement of Street Lighting

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Alderman Devenney stated that he wished to raise an issue regarding public lighting.  He stated that whilst the proposed upgrade to street lighting by the Department of Infrastructure (DfI) was welcomed, there were concerns regarding the removal of street lighting from a laneway in the Claudy area which  ...  view the full minutes text for item C6/19

C7/19

Irish Backstop

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Councillor McLaughlin stated that the recent House of Commons vote in Westminster regarding the Irish backstop had caused great concern.  She stated that the decision to allow the deposition of the backstop was taken against the wishes of the people in Northern Ireland and the DUP had demonstrated party interests  ...  view the full minutes text for item C7/19

C8/19

Confirmation of the Open Minutes of the Meeting of the Derry City and Strabane District Council held on Thursday 13 December 2018 pdf icon PDF 130 KB

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The Minutes of the Open Meeting of Derry City and Strabane District Council held on 13 December 2018 (C384/18-C406/18) were submitted.

                        Alderman Hussey Moved, Councillor McClintock Seconded and the Council.

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

 

Matters Arising

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C9/19

Proposals Presented (C390/18 and C398/18)

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Alderman Hussey referred to proposals made at meetings such as the motion on Catalonian Political Prisoners (C390/18) and stated that there was a clear indication of how Members had contributed to the debate.  However, with listed motions, the motion was recorded without any subsequent discussion or debate.  He stated that  ...  view the full minutes text for item C9/19

C10/19

Anti-Social Behaviour in Off-Street Car Park (C398/18)

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Councillor Cusack stated that she had been asked to raise a matter experienced by many people over the past few days due to the recent heavy snowfall.   She stated that she had been contacted by constituents particularly care workers who had been targeted by youths throwing snowballs at their vehicles  ...  view the full minutes text for item C10/19

C11/19

Confirmation of the Open Minutes of the Special Meeting of Derry City and Strabane District Council held on Thursday 24 January 2019 pdf icon PDF 64 KB

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The Minutes of the Special Meeting of Derry City and Strabane District Council held on 24 January 2019 (SC6/19) were submitted.

                        Alderman Bresland Moved, Councillor Hastings Seconded and the Council

 

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

 

C12/19

Monthly Governance and Strategic Planning Committee held on Tuesday 8 January 2019 pdf icon PDF 45 KB

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The Minutes of the Governance and Strategic Planning Committee held on 8 January 2019 (GSP1/19-GSP10/19) were submitted.

                        Alderman Thompson Moved, Councillor Fleming 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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C13/19

North West Regional Development Group Minutes (GSP10/19)

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Councillor McLaughlin highlighted the importance of the recommendation that Council write to the Department of Health to progress the proposed medical school at Magee Campus as the deadline approached.  She proposed that Council write to the Permanent Secretaries for the Department of Health, Department of Economy and the Department for  ...  view the full minutes text for item C13/19

C14/19

Monthly Planning Committee held on Wednesday 9 January 2019 pdf icon PDF 107 KB

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The Minutes of the Planning Committee held on 9 January 2019 (P1/19-P16/19) were submitted.

On a matter of accuracy, Councillor R McHugh referred to P10/19, Reconsidered Applications relating to LA11/2016/0781/F – Retention of Car Compound Castlederg.  He stated that he had raised that the report on the application had  ...  view the full minutes text for item C14/19

C15/19

Monthly Assurance, Audit and Risk Committee held on Thursday 10 January 2019 pdf icon PDF 55 KB

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The Minutes of the Assurance, Audit and Risk Committee held on 10 January 2019 (AAR1/19-AAR12/19) were submitted.

                        Alderman McClintock Moved, Councillor Duffy Seconded and the Council

 

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

 

C16/19

Monthly Business and Culture Committee held on Tuesday 15 January 2019 pdf icon PDF 62 KB

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The Minutes of the Business and Culture Committee held on Tuesday 15 January 2019 (BC1/19 – BC15/19) were submitted.

                        Councillor McKeever Moved, Alderman Warke Seconded and the Council

 

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

 

C17/19

Monthly Environment and Regeneration Committee held on Wednesday 16 January 2019 pdf icon PDF 62 KB

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The Minutes of the Environment and Regeneration Committee held on 16 January 2019 (ER1/19 – ER19/19) were submitted.

                        Councillor Duffy Moved, Seconded by Councillor Dobbins 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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C18/19

Bio-Digester Concerns (ER10/19)

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Alderman Devenney stated that he had raised an issue at a previous meeting of the Environment and Regeneration Committee regarding the alleged concerns of bio-digesters.  He stated environmental impact assessments had not been carried out and he had asked for the matter to be dealt with by the Environment and  ...  view the full minutes text for item C18/19

C19/19

Arson Attack at Eglinton Play Park (ER6/19)

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Councillor McKeever commended the officers and staff on their speedy actions regarding the arson attack at Eglinton Play Park which had to close for a few days in order for repairs to be carried out.  He asked that officers continue to work on the matter to ensure that the damaged  ...  view the full minutes text for item C19/19

C20/19

DfI Correspondence on Proposed Speed Limits (ER19/19)

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Councillor Dobbins referred to the recent snowfall in the last few days where some areas of the City had come to a standstill.  She proposed that the correspondence to DfI should include a request for the exact locations where salt boxes were positioned throughout the City and District as some  ...  view the full minutes text for item C20/19

C21/19

Cleaning of Mews Lanes within the Council District (ER18/19)

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In response to a query from Alderman Hussey, the Director of Environment and Regeneration advised that a report would be provided at a future Committee meeting.

 

C22/19

Monthly Health and Community Committee held on Thursday 17 January 2019 pdf icon PDF 136 KB

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The Minutes of the Health and Community Committee held on Thursday 17 January 2019 (HC1/19-HC26/19) were submitted.

                        Councillor Tierney 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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C23/19

"On the Ball" Motion Update (HC10/19)

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Councillor Duffy extended her thanks to officers on the hard work undertaken towards the implementation of the scheme and asked if a date had been confirmed for the roll out of the programme.

In response, the Director of Health and Community advised that the pilot scheme would commence in mid-February  ...  view the full minutes text for item C23/19

C24/19

SEUPB Funding (HC05/19)

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Councillor Jackson referred to the €8m funding package awarded to the Waterside Shared Village and thanked the Health and Community Directorate for their work towards securing funding for the facility.  He noted that extensive work had been carried out by officers and community groups in the area to gather the  ...  view the full minutes text for item C24/19

C25/19

Castlederg High School (HC07/19)

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Alderman Hussey stated that whilst the achievement had been noted it would be appropriate for Council to formally recognise the recent achievement by Castlederg High School.

In response, the Mayor stated that Alderman Hussey contact the Mayor’s Office were the matter would be given due consideration.

 

C26/19

Establishment of a Taskforce on Welfare Reform (HC12/19)

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Councillor McGinley welcomed the assurances by officers at the recent Rates meeting that additional resources could be found to assist advice services dealing with appeals and tribunals.  He stated that this was an example of the practical leadership provided by Sinn Féin and followed on from the £585m secured in  ...  view the full minutes text for item C26/19

C27/19

Update Report on Request for Spectator Stand at Melvin Arena Pitch pdf icon PDF 53 KB

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Prior to the Head of Community Development and Leisure furnishing Members with details of the report he advised that there was additional information regarding a possible supplier from the Northern Ireland Football League, with a possible nugatory expenditure for Council.  He stated that the figure contained within the report of  ...  view the full minutes text for item C27/19

Notices of Motion

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C28/19

Smear Test Screening Policy

Councillor McKnight to Move:

 

Go n-aithníonn Comhairle Chathair agus Cheantar an tSratha Báin go bhfuil ailse cheirbheacs ar cheann de na hailsí is mó inchoiscthe sna mná.  Agus mar sin, scríobhfaidh an Chomhairle chuig an Rúnaí Buan um Shláinte agus chuig an Aire Sláinte sna 26 Chontae á ngríosú a bpolasaí scagthástála a athmheas.  Creideann muid, chomh maith le scagthástáil phobail, ba chóir go mbeadh tástáil smearaidh ar fáil do bhean ar bith, is cuma cén aois, má iarrann siad í. #smearondemand

 

That Derry City and Strabane District Council recognises that cervical cancer is one of the most preventable cancers in women. And as such will write to the Permanent Secretary for Health and to the Minister for Health in the 26 Counties urging them to reconsider their screening policy. We believe in addition to population screening, a smear test should be available to any female, regardless of age, if they request it. #smearondemand

 

Councillor McMahon to Move:

 

Go cuireann an Comhairle seo in aghaidh pleananna mianach óir agus monarcha phróiseála a fhorbairt sna Speiríní LAO/2017/1249/F agus an réigiún níos leithne.  De dheasca na mbaol tromchúiseach sláinte is timpeallachta ag baint leo, tá an Comhairle in aghaidh úsáide ciainíde le haghaidh mianadóireachta, a sháraíonn rún an Aontais Eorpaigh ar an 27 Aibreán i gcur i bhfeidhm treorach mianadóireachta dramhaíola (2006/21/EC).

 

This Council opposes plans to develop a goldmine and processing plant LA10/2017/1249/F in the Sperrins and wider region.  Given the serious health and environmental risks involved, this Council is opposed to the use of cyanide for mining purposes, which also contravenes the European Parliament resolution of 27 April 2017 on the implementation of the Mining Waste Directive (2006/21/EC).

 

Councillor Dobbins to Move:

 

That this Council recognises that the trend of domestic violence is prevalent throughout Ireland and worldwide and that we join the call for an end to domestic violence in all forms and societies and that this Council is committed to working in partnership with statutory, voluntary and community organisations to prevent domestic violence and reduce the harm it causes to individuals, families and the community as a whole.

 

Councillor Carr to Move:

 

That this Council recognise and celebrate the achievement of Derry City Football Team of 1988/1989 on the 30th anniversary of them winning the Treble in the League of Ireland.

 

Also that this Council calls a Special Meeting of Council to discuss conferring the Freedom of the City on Mr Jim McLaughlin, Manager of the 1988/1989 Derry City FC Team.

 

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Councillor McKnight Moved, Seconded by Councillor Logue

That    Derry City and Strabane District Council recognises that cervical cancer is one of the most preventable cancers in women. And as such will write to the Permanent Secretary for Health and to the Minister for Health in the 26 Counties urging them  ...  view the full minutes text for item C28/19

C29/19

Opposition to the Development of a Goldmine and Processing Plant in the Sperrins

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Councillor McMahon Moved, Seconded by Councillor R McHugh

That    this Council opposes plans to develop a goldmine and processing plant LA10/2017/1249/F in the Sperrins and wider region.  Given the serious health and environmental risks involved, this Council is opposed to the use of cyanide for mining purposes, which also contravenes  ...  view the full minutes text for item C29/19

C30/19

Domestic Violence

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Councillor Dobbins Moved, Seconded by Councillor Cusack

That     this Council recognises that the trend of domestic violence is prevalent throughout Ireland and worldwide and that we join the call for an end to domestic violence in all forms and societies and that this Council is committed to working in partnership  ...  view the full minutes text for item C30/19

C31/19

Derry City Football Club

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Councillor Carr Moved, Seconded by Councillor Robinson

That     this Council recognise and celebrate the achievement of Derry City Football Team of 1988/1989 on the 30th anniversary of them winning the Treble in the League of Ireland.

 

Also that this Council calls a Special Meeting of Council to discuss conferring  ...  view the full minutes text for item C31/19

C32/19

Responses to Motions pdf icon PDF 30 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 M McHugh referred to correspondence received from the Office of the Tánaiste regarding  ...  view the full minutes text for item C32/19

C33/19

Resolutions from Other Councils pdf icon PDF 21 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.

Councillor Campbell welcomed the correspondence from Donegal County Council and described them as neighbours  ...  view the full minutes text for item C33/19

C34/19

Correspondence pdf icon PDF 20 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 by Council.

Members were asked to note the contents of the report.

 

C35/19

Sealing List - January 2019 pdf icon PDF 29 KB

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Councillor Hastings Moved, Alderman McClintock Seconded and the Council

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

                                                            Sealing List January 2019

                                                            Document Sealed 18 December 2018

Agreement:- Department for Regional Development ~and~ Derry City and Strabane District Council relating to Winter Gritting.

 

Documents Sealed  ...  view the full minutes text for item C35/19