Agenda

Derry City and Strabane District Council
Thursday 25 February 2021 4.00 pm

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Items
No. Item

1.

Notice and Summons of Meeting

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Member Attendance and Apologies

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3.

Statement for Remote Meetings

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4.

Declarations of Members' Interests

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Open for Decision

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5.

Chairperson's Business

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Confirmation of the Open Minutes of the Meeting of the Derry City and Strabane District Council held on Thursday 28 January 2021 pdf icon PDF 432 KB

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Matters Arising

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8.

Confirmation of the Open Minutes of the Special Meeting of the Derry City and Strabane District Council held on Friday 22 January 2021 pdf icon PDF 314 KB

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9.

Adoption of the Open Minutes of the following Committees

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9a

Monthly Governance and Strategic Planning Committee held on Tuesday 2 February 2021 pdf icon PDF 372 KB

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9b

Monthly Planning Committee held on Wednesday 3 February 2021 pdf icon PDF 323 KB

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9c

Reconvened Planning Committee held on Thursday 4 February 2021 pdf icon PDF 287 KB

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9d

Monthly Business and Culture Committee held on Tuesday 9 February 2021 pdf icon PDF 293 KB

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9e

Monthly Environment and Regeneration Committee held on Wednesday 10 February 2021 pdf icon PDF 360 KB

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9f

Monthly Health and Community Committee held on Thursday 11 February 2021 pdf icon PDF 455 KB

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9g

Bi-Monthly Assurance, Audit and Risk Committee held on Monday 15 February 2021 pdf icon PDF 192 KB

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10.

Notices of Motion

Councillor J Barr to Move:

That this Council recognises the historical significance of Milltown House, the gatehouse and the historical buildings on the old Strabane Grammar School site, Liskey Road, Strabane; 

 

Further recognises the need to protect and preserve the heritage of Milltown House, the gatehouse and other buildings of historical importance on the grounds; 

 

Notes the significant public demand to ensure these historical buildings are protected, preserved and restored;

 

Agrees the need to develop the site in order to benefit the local community in addition to enhancing Strabane’s tourism potential;

 

And calls on Derry City and Strabane District Council to formally express an interest in pursuing a Community Asset Transfer of the site.

 

Agrees to support the Strabane History Society to help build their capacity to develop a business plan to redevelop the site.

 

Councillor Edwards to Move:

 

This Council recognises the strategic, social and economic benefit of restoring the former Great Northern Railway line between Strabane and Derry as an essential first phase of getting Strabane and County Tyrone reconnected to the Irish railway network. 

 

This Council calls on the Department of Infrastructure to conduct a feasibility study supported by a business case to enable this proposal to be put into effect as soon as possible. 

 

This Council agrees to write to the Minister of Infrastructure to show our support for including rail expansion to Strabane in the Regional Strategic Transport Network Plan to 2035.

 

 

Councillor Dobbins to Move:

 

This Council notes with alarm the Department of Communities’ Family Resources Survey 2018/2019 which show that 122,000 children in Northern Ireland live in relative poverty (24% of children) with 109,000 of those living in absolute poverty and expresses deep concern that these figures have increased significantly since the previous year and have not improved at all in the last five years.

 

The rise of the Universal Credit claimant count and expected end of the furlough scheme could see a further increase in these numbers, with the two-child tax credit rule and benefit cap only adding to the pressure on families with children. This Council calls on the Minister for Communities to convene immediately a child poverty task force, to set out how her department will reduce child poverty by next year and over the next decade.

 

 

Councillor Ferguson to Move:

 

This Council opposes the harm caused to our LGBT+ community in the past through the denial of rights and equal treatment and further recognises that discrimination still occurs today.

 

This Council acknowledges and stands against the ongoing harm the practice of conversion therapy brings to LGBT+ people.

 

This Council calls on the Minister of Communities to continue to work with the Minister of Health and Minister of Justice to introduce an effective ban on conversion therapy within Northern Ireland, supported by a programme of work to help tackle these practices in all their forms.

 

Furthermore this Council will highlight and promote the continued support, counselling and advocacy our local groups provide to members of the LGBT+ Community. 

 

Councillor Fleming  ...  view the full agenda text for item 10.

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Open for Information

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Responses to Motions pdf icon PDF 207 KB

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Resolutions from other Councils pdf icon PDF 87 KB

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Sealing List - February 2021 pdf icon PDF 28 KB

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Confidential for Decision

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Confirmation of the Confidential Minutes of the Meeting of the Derry City and Strabane District Council held on Thursday 28 January 2021

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Matters Arising

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Confirmation of the Confidential Minutes of the Special Meeting of the Derry City and Strabane District Council held on Wednesday 27 January 2021

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Confirmation of the Confidential Minutes of the Special Meeting of the Derry City and Strabane District Council held on Monday 8 February 2021

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Adoption of the Confidential Minutes of the following Committees

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18a

Monthly Governance and Strategic Planning Committee held on Tuesday 2 February 2021

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18b

Reconvened Planning Committee held on Thursday 4 February 2021

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18c

Monthly Business and Culture Committee held on Tuesday 9 February 2021

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18d

Monthly Environment and Regeneration Committee held on Wednesday 10 February 2021

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18e

Monthly Health and Community Committee held on Thursday 11 February 2021

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18f

Bi-Monthly Assurance Audit and Risk held on Monday 15 February 2021

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Any other Relevant Items

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