Agenda and minutes

Derry City and Strabane District Council
Thursday 25 June 2020 4.00 pm

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C159/20

Notice and Summons of Meeting

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The Mayor read the Notice and Summons for the Meeting.

 

C160/20

Member Attendance and Apologies

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The Mayor completed the roll call and recorded apologies from Alderman McCready and Councillors Burke, Kelly and McKeever.

 

C161/20

Statement for Remote Meetings

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The Chief Executive read the Statement on Remote Meetings.

 

C162/20

Declarations of Members' Interests

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Councillor Reilly declared a non-pecuniary interest in agenda item 6, Covid-19 Recovery Update.

 

Chairperson's Business

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C163/20

Condolences

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The Mayor expressed his condolences to Councillor Burke and her family on the recent passing of her father.  Members from all parties also expressed their condolences to Councillor Burke on her bereavement.

 

 

C164/20

Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA) Board Resignations

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Councillor M Boyle extended her best wishes to the Mayor on his first meeting of Council.  She thanked him for allowing her to raise the issue of the resignation of nine board members from the Regulatory, Quality and Improvement Authority (RQIA) following widespread, serious concerns over the decision to scale  ...  view the full minutes text for item C164/20

C165/20

Annexation of Lands in Palestine

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Councillor Jackson thanked the Mayor for allowing him the opportunity to raise the issue of the proposed annexation of lands in Palestine.  He stated that earlier this year, both the Israeli and US Administration announced their intention to annexe the West Bank of Eastern Jerusalem by seizing an additional 30  ...  view the full minutes text for item C165/20

C166/20

Notice of Motion - Free Port Status

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The Mayor advised Members that Alderman McCready had withdrew his notice of motion to be heard at a later date and that he would not be in attendance at the meeting.

C167/20

Covid-19 Recovery Update

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The Chief Executive described how the coronavirus outbreak presented the most challenging set of circumstances ever faced by Council.  He stated that the Council was being currently managed during one of the biggest periods of change ever witnessed and continued to attempt to deliver services during this rapidly changing situation.  ...  view the full minutes text for item C167/20

C168/20

Confirmation of the Open Minutes of the Meeting of the Derry City and Strabane District Council held on Thursday 28 May 2020 pdf icon PDF 338 KB

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The Minutes of the Meeting of Derry City and Strabane District Council held on 28 May 2020 (C124/20-C151/20) were submitted.

                        On a matter of accuracy, Councillor McGuire referred C148/20 and stated that the correspondence should have been forwarded to the DAERA Minister.

                        Alderman Bresland Moved, Alderman McKane Seconded  ...  view the full minutes text for item C168/20

Matters Arising

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C169/20

Community Crisis Intervention Service (C140/20)

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Councillor Duffy acknowledged and welcomed the intervention from the Minister for Health of £32,000 funding for the Community Crisis Intervention Service (CCIS).  She expressed concern that it was not the full package of funding requested and also that her Party had not been informed of the Minister’s visit.  She also  ...  view the full minutes text for item C169/20

C170/20

Covid-19 Briefings and Meetings Incorporating Decisions taken under Delegated Authority (C148/20)

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Councillor McGuire stated that since the formation of the Shadow Council he had requested that a rural working group be set up, yet no action had been taken.  He asked that a group be set up as soon as possible to assist the farming community who were experiencing financial difficulties,  ...  view the full minutes text for item C170/20

C171/20

Notices of Motion - Care Homes and Domiciliary Care Services in Northern Ireland (C141/20) and Call for an All-Ireland Public Health Strategy (C142/20)

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Councillor Harkin referred to the above notices of notion passed at Council on 28 May 2020. 

 

                        He requested that both motions be circulated to local councils across the North and South of Ireland. Seconded by Councillor Gallagher.

 

                        Councillor Harkin Proposed, Seconded by Councillor Gallagher

 

That    Council circulateNotices of Motion  ...  view the full minutes text for item C171/20

C172/20

Confirmation of the Minutes of the Annual Meeting of Derry City and Strabane District Council held on Monday 1 June 2020 pdf icon PDF 212 KB

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The Minutes of the Annual Meeting of Derry City and Strabane District Council held on 1 June 2020 (AM1/20-AM9/20) were submitted.

                        Councillor Duffy Moved, Councillor J Boyle Seconded and the Council.

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

 

C173/20

Confirmation of the Minutes of the Special Meeting of Derry City and Strabane District Council held on Monday 8 June 2020 pdf icon PDF 279 KB

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The Minutes of the Special Meeting of Derry City and Strabane District Council held on 8 June 2020 (SC29/20-SC35/20) were submitted.

                        On a matter of accuracy, Councillor Donnelly referred to SC33/20.  He stated that he was recorded as abstaining from the vote when he had voted for the  ...  view the full minutes text for item C173/20

Matters Arising

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C174/20

Appointment of Members to External Bodies (SC34/20)

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Councillor Duffy stated that she wished to make the following change:

Management Committee for Dove House - Councillor Cooper to replace Councillor Burke.

 

Adoption of the Open Minutes of the following Committees

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C175/20

Monthly Governance and Strategic Planning Committee held on Tuesday 2 June 2020 pdf icon PDF 220 KB

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The Minutes of the Governance and Strategic Planning Committee held on 2 June 2020 (GSP67/20-GSP84/20) were submitted.

                        Alderman Bresland Moved, Alderman Guy 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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C176/20

Reopening of Household Recycling Centres (HRCs) (GSP73/20)

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Alderman Guy referred to the household recycling centre at Glendermott Road and asked if there were any plans to re-open the site, even on a part-time basis.  He stated that if large brown bins were rolled out in the Lisnagelvin/Kilfennan area it could reduce the footfall to household  ...  view the full minutes text for item C176/20

C177/20

Monthly Business and Culture Committee held on Tuesday 9 June 2020 pdf icon PDF 314 KB

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The Minutes of the Business and Culture Committee held on Tuesday 9 June 2020 (BC67/20 – BC83/20) were submitted.

                        Councillor McCloskey Moved, Seconded by Alderman Warke 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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C178/20

Black Lives Matter Demonstration (BC73/20)

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Councillor Donnelly referred to the Unity of Purpose Group and requested clarification on any links the group may have with Council.  He stated that People Before Profit had contacted them, however there had been no response.  He expressed concern as the group stated that its purpose was to facilitate dialogue  ...  view the full minutes text for item C178/20

C179/20

Council Motion re. Trade Union Representation and Covid-19 (BC77/20)

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Councillor Harkin emphasised the importance that the matter was progressed given the challenges workers were currently facing.  He referred to the correspondence and proposed that in addition to supporting trade unions, the letter should include that Council supports living wages, good terms and conditions and end to zero hour contracts.  ...  view the full minutes text for item C179/20

C180/20

Monthly Environment and Regeneration Committee held on Wednesday 10 June 2020 pdf icon PDF 291 KB

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The Minutes of the Environment and Regeneration Committee held on 10 June 2020 (ER84/20 – ER107/20) were submitted.

                        On a matter of accuracy, Councillor Duffy referred to ER93/20, options of funding from DfC – she advised that she had stated that whilst Council had hoped to receive £2m funding, had  ...  view the full minutes text for item C180/20

Matters Arising from the Minutes

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C181/20

Request for a Special Meeting of the Environment and Regeneration Committee (ER94/20)

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Alderman Ramsey stated that it had come to his attention that some members of staff have had their mobile phones removed from them whilst at work.  He stated that he would be expecting an explanation on the matter at the Special Meeting on 6 July 2020.

 

C182/20

Covid 19 Works on the Quay (ER89/20)

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Councillor Reilly extended his thanks to the Director of Environment and Regeneration for her actions in getting the officials from the Roads Service to contact him.  He confirmed that officials did contact him, however the issue had moved on to the extent that the work had been carried out without  ...  view the full minutes text for item C182/20

C183/20

Allocation of Funding from Department of Communities (ER93/20)

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Councillor Duffy asked if the Lead Finance Officer could confirm the information regarding the bids as there had been some misinformation broadcast through social media and local radio.

The Lead Finance Officer advised that Council had hoped to recoup £2m from across a range of claims.  He explained that the  ...  view the full minutes text for item C183/20

C184/20

Monthly Health and Community Committee held on Thursday 11 June 2020 pdf icon PDF 401 KB

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The Minutes of the Health and Community Committee held on Thursday 11 June 2020 (HC81/20-HC102/20) were submitted.

                        On a matter of accuracy, Councillor Harkin referred to HC95/20 and requested that the term ‘coloured’ to be changed to people of colour.

                        It was agreed that the minutes be amended accordingly.

                        Councillor  ...  view the full minutes text for item C184/20

Matters Arising from the Minutes

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C185/20

Nomination of Chairperson to the Derry and Strabane Policing and Community Safety Partnership (HC95/20)

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Councillor Donnelly referred to remarks he had made at the meeting in reference to the funding allocated to the PCSP.  He stated that he had directed some remarks at Councillor Reilly as Chairperson of PCSP, however Councillor Reilly did not hear the remarks due to technical difficulties.  Councillor Donnelly therefore  ...  view the full minutes text for item C185/20

C186/20

Notice of Motion - Black Lives Matter Protests

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The Mayor advised that a notice of motion listed on the agenda by Councillor McCann had been previously discussed at the meeting of the Health and Community Committee meeting on 11 June 2020.  After seeking legal advice on the matter, he stated that the notice of motion by Councillor McCann  ...  view the full minutes text for item C186/20

C187/20

Monthly Planning Committee held on Wednesday 17 June 2020 pdf icon PDF 305 KB

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The Minutes of the Planning Committee held on 17 June 2020 (P54/20-P66/20) were submitted.

Councillor J Boyle Moved, Seconded by Alderman Bresland and the Council

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

 

Notices of Motion

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C188/20

Ulster University - Funding

Councillor McCloskey to Move:

 

This Council opposes the release of any and all City Deal funding to Ulster University.

 

Council demands that following Stormont’s loan to UU for expansion in its North Belfast Campus, a similar financial support be made available to any new institutions in Derry.

 

Councillor Gallagher to Move:

 

That this Council posthumously awards the Freedom of Strabane

to NHS nurse Pat McManus.

 

Councillor Ferguson to Move:

 

This Council recognises the need for active and green travel, and that all communities including our rural communities should have opportunities to avail of this.

 

So this Council calls on the Department of Infrastructure, Department of Communities and the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs to work together with Derry City and Strabane District Council to commit to progress the next stage of the Strathfoyle Greenway.

 

Councillor McKinney to Move:

 

This Council writes to the DAERA Minister expressing concerns following the failure of the amendment to the Agricultural Bill 2019/20 on the protection of food standards in line with current EU standards.

 

Our consumers should expect food that is imported to this country to be of the same high standards of animal welfare and environmental protection as expected of food producers in Northern Ireland. Importing food produced to low animal welfare and environmental standards to undercut our local farmers, is unacceptable.

 

Alderman McCready to Move:

 

This Council takes the position to support the Londonderry Port and Harbour’s pursuit of ‘Free Port’ status and communicates this to the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister and Ministers for the Departments of Infrastructure and the Economy.

 

Councillor Reilly to Move:

 

This Council writes to the Minster for Finance urging him to allow Local Authorities to be able to refinance existing loans from the Consolidated Fund on more favourable interest rate terms.

 

Councillor Mellon to Move:

 

That this Council recognises the concern and anxiety that exists among teaching and non-teaching staff as well as parents and young people in relation to the eventual reopening of schools; understands the challenges facing school boards and principals in keeping children and teachers safe while providing High quality education.

 

This Council will write to the Minister for Education and state that we insist that any re-opening of schools should be based on scientific and medical advice consistent with that provided by World Health Organisation and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. 

 

Council also calls on the Minister of Education to engage and consult extensively with education stakeholders as well as parents and young people in advance of the re-opening of schools and to provide them with clear and early guidance.

 

Go n-aithníonn an Chomhairle an imní atá ar na foirne teagaisc agus neamhtheagaisc chomh maith le tuismitheoirí agus daoine óga maidir le hathoscailt scoileanna i ndeireadh báireTuigeann an Chomhairle na dúshláin atá roimh na boird scoile agus príomhoidí ag coinneáil páistí agus múinteoirí slán sábháilte le linn oideachas ardchaighdeáin a chur ar fáil chomh maith

 

Scríobhfaidh an Chomhairle seo  ...  view the full agenda text for item C188/20

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Councillor McCloskey Moved, Seconded by Councillor Donnelly

 

That    This Council opposes the release of any and all City Deal funding to Ulster University.

 

Council demands that following Stormont’s loan to UU for expansion in its North Belfast Campus, a similar financial support be made available to any new institutions in  ...  view the full minutes text for item C188/20

C189/20

Posthumous Award to Mr Pat McManus

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Councillor Gallagher Moved, Seconded by Councillor Donnelly

That    this Council posthumously awards the Freedom of Strabane to NHS nurse Pat McManus.

 

Councillor M Boyle noted that Sinn Féin would support the motion.  However, she sought legal advice regarding the request for the freedom of Strabane and not the Council district.  ...  view the full minutes text for item C189/20

C190/20

Progression of Strathfoyle Greenway

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Councillor Ferguson Moved, Seconded by Councillor McKinney

That    this Council recognises the need for active and green travel, and that all communities including our rural communities should have opportunities to avail of this.

 

So this Council calls on the Department of Infrastructure, Department of Communities and the Department of Agriculture,  ...  view the full minutes text for item C190/20

C191/20

Protection of Food Standards

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Councillor McKinney Moved, Seconded by Councillor McGuire

That    this Council writes to the DAERA Minister expressing concerns following the failure of the amendment to the Agricultural Bill 2019/20 on the protection of food standards in line with current EU standards.

 

Our consumers should expect food that is imported to this  ...  view the full minutes text for item C191/20

C192/20

Interest Terms on the Consolidated Fund

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Councillor Reilly Moved, Seconded by Councillor Dobbins

That    this Council writes to the Minster for Finance urging him to allow Local Authorities to be able to refinance existing loans from the Consolidated Fund on more favourable interest rate terms.

                       

Councillor Cooper Proposed an Amendment, Seconded by Councillor Duffy

 

That    This  ...  view the full minutes text for item C192/20

C193/20

Re-opening of Schools

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Councillor Mellon Moved, Seconded by Councillor Duffy

That    this Council recognises the concern and anxiety that exists among teaching and non-teaching staff as well as parents and young people in relation to the eventual reopening of schools; understands the challenges facing school boards and principals in keeping children and teachers  ...  view the full minutes text for item C193/20

C194/20

Call for an Extension to the Brexit Transition Period

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Councillor Durkan Moved, Seconded by Councillor J Boyle

That    this Council notes the unique economic, social and political impact of Brexit on the North West of Ireland, across all sectors and communities.

 

This Council further notes the additional immense challenges facing workers, businesses, citizens, families and communities as a result  ...  view the full minutes text for item C194/20

C195/20

Deprivation and Poverty

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Councillor Harkin Moved, Seconded by Councillor McCann

That    Recently released statistics from the Department for Communities estimates that 92,000 children, 303,000 individuals, 176,000 working age people and 34,000 pensioners live in absolute poverty across the North. This represents an alarming increase in pre-Covid-19 deprivation.

The yet to be calculated economic  ...  view the full minutes text for item C195/20

C196/20

Black Lives Matter Protests

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Councillor McCann indicated that he wished to withdraw the motion as it had been dealt with earlier in the meeting.

 

C197/20

Responses to Motions pdf icon PDF 171 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.

 

C198/20

Sealing List - June 2020 pdf icon PDF 169 KB

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Councillor Mooney Moved, Councillor J Boyle Seconded and the Council

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

                        Sealing List June 2020

Documents Sealed 29 May 2020

 

Conveyance in duplicate:- Northern Ireland Transport Holding Company and Derry City and Strabane District Council relating to North  ...  view the full minutes text for item C198/20