Agenda and minutes

Derry City and Strabane District Council
Thursday 29 April 2021 4.00 pm

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C180/21

Notice and Summons of Meeting

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The Mayor read the Notice and Summons for the Meeting.

 

C181/21

Member Attendance and Apologies

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The Mayor completed the roll call.  No apologies were recorded.

 

C182/21

Statement for Remote Meetings

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The Chief Executive read the Statement for Remote Meetings.

 

C183/21

Declarations of Members' Interests

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Councillor Cusack declared an interest in Minute Item C217/21 – Social Housing.

 

The following Members declared a pecuniary interest in Minute Item C197/21 as Members of the Planning Committee:

 

Aldermen Bresland, Kerrigan and McClintock and Councillors Jackson, J Boyle, Mooney, Mellon, Kelly, McKinney, Dobbins, J Barr, McGuire, Gallagher and Harkin  ...  view the full minutes text for item C183/21

Open for Decision

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Chairperson's Business

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C184/21

Notice

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The Mayor advised that he would be leaving the meeting early due to unforeseen circumstances and that the Deputy Mayor would Chair the meeting in his absence.

 

 

C185/21

Changes to Committee Membership

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Councillor Duffy welcomed Councillor Heaney to the meeting as a new Member of Council.  On behalf of Sinn Féin, she advised of the following changes to Committee Membership:

 

Councillor Heaney was nominated to sit on Governance and Strategic Planning Committee and the Business and Culture Committee.

 

She advised that she  ...  view the full minutes text for item C185/21

C186/21

Minute's Silence to be held for all Healthcare and Essential Workers who have died whilst confronting the Coronavirus Pandemic.

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Councillor Harkin advised that Members had endorsed the following recommendation at the meeting of the Health and Community Committee on 15 April 2021:

 

That    Council hold a minute’s silence at the Council meeting on 29 April 2021 in conjunction with International Workers Memorial Day on 28 April 2021, for all  ...  view the full minutes text for item C186/21

C187/21

Confirmation of the Open Minutes of the Meeting of the Derry City and Strabane District Council held on Thursday 25 March 2021 pdf icon PDF 474 KB

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The Minutes of the Meeting of Derry City and Strabane District Council held on 25 March 2021 (C122/21-C168/21) were submitted.

 

Alderman Devenney Moved, Alderman Warke Seconded and the Council.

 

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

 

Matters Arising

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C188/21

Mobuoy Update (C148/21)

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Alderman Kerrigan referred to his proposal, passed at the Council meeting on 25 March, regarding the disposal of livestock and requested an update on the matter.

 

In response, the Head of Environment advised that a report on the matter would be presented at the May meeting of the Environment and  ...  view the full minutes text for item C188/21

C189/21

Responses to Motions (C135/21)

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Councillor Farrell expressed disappointment that the First and Deputy First Ministers had yet to respond or engage with Council regarding the proposals for expansion at Magee Campus.  He advised that Sinead McLaughlin MLA had tabled a priority question to the First Minister and Deputy First Minister, asking why correspondence from  ...  view the full minutes text for item C189/21

C190/21

Responses to Motions (C165/21)

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Councillor Doyle stated that at the recent meeting of the Civic Forum a representative from the Western Health and Social Care Trust (WHSCT) had advised that they were recruiting a regional co-ordinator for addiction services.  He welcomed that as part of that role, a review would be carried out regarding  ...  view the full minutes text for item C190/21

C191/21

Condemnation (C139/21)

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Alderman Hussey referred to the issues regarding recycling centres and discussions that had taken place regarding extending the temporary skip facilities at Spamount, Castlederg and requested an update on the matter.

 

In response, the Head of Environment advised that Spamount would be opened six days per week from Monday  ...  view the full minutes text for item C191/21

C192/21

Council's Pollinator and Green Infrastructure Action Plans (C159/21)

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Councillor O’Neill stated that she had been contacted by a resident who reported that Council workers had cut down the mayflowers and dandelions at the Prehen area of the city.  She expressed concern that this may be in conflict with Council’s Pollinator and Green Infrastructure Plans and asked for clarity  ...  view the full minutes text for item C192/21

Adoption of the Open Minutes of the following Committees

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C193/21

Special Planning Committee held on Wednesday 24 March 2021 pdf icon PDF 309 KB

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The Minutes of the Special Planning Committee held on 24 March 2021 (SP01/21-SP07/21) were submitted.

 

Councillor McKinney Moved, Alderman Kerrigan Seconded and the Council.

 

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

 

C194/21

Special Environment and Regeneration Committee held on Monday 29 March 2021 pdf icon PDF 287 KB

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The Minutes of the Special Environment and Regeneration Committee held on 29 March 2021 (SER01/21-SER07/21) were submitted.

 

Alderman Devenney Moved, Councillor O’Neill Seconded and the Council.

 

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

 

C195/21

Monthly Governance and Strategic Planning Committee held on Tuesday 30 March 2021 pdf icon PDF 407 KB

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The Minutes of the Governance and Strategic Planning Committee held on 30 March 2021 (GSP46/21-GSP64/21) were submitted.

 

On a matter of accuracy, Councillor Duffy referred to GSP50/21 – presentation – in terms of the Bobby Sands quote and asked that unthinkable be changed to undauntable.

 

Alderman Bresland Moved, Councillor J  ...  view the full minutes text for item C195/21

Matters Arising from the Minutes

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C196/21

Cross Border Workers

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Alderman Guy referred to a proposal made by Alderman Kerrigan at the February meeting of Council and requested an update on the matter.

 

He stated that on two occasions fines of up to €300 had been issued to workers crossing the border into Donegal to complete jobs. He stated that  ...  view the full minutes text for item C196/21

C197/21

Scheme of Allowances (GSP55/21)

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Alderman McCready referred to recommendation 5.2 endorsed by Committee Members:

 

That, direction is provided by Elected Members in respect of the future treatment of the unallocated Special Responsibility Allowance. Subject to Members views, a further updated version of the Scheme of Allowances may be brought forward, if required. Options include,  ...  view the full minutes text for item C197/21

C198/21

Presentation - To receive Former President of Catalan, Carles Puigdemont to Provide a Verbal Overview on the Catalan Conflict (GSP50/21)

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Alderman Hussey referred to comments made by Councillor Harkin at the Committee meeting, wherein he had expressed serious concern that the Chair had advised the former president to bring his presentation to a conclusion, which he felt had illustrated a total lack of respect.  He noted that Councillor Harkin had  ...  view the full minutes text for item C198/21

C199/21

Special Health and Community Committee held on Wednesday 31 March 2021 pdf icon PDF 232 KB

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The Minutes of the Special Health and Community Committee held on 31 March 2021 (SHC01/21-SHC06/21) were submitted.

 

Councillor Duffy Moved, Councillor Mooney Seconded and the Council.

 

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

 

C200/21

Monthly Planning Committee held on Monday 12 April 2021 pdf icon PDF 222 KB

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The Minutes of the Planning Committee held on 12 April 2021 (P80/21-P92/21) 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

 

C201/21

Monthly Business and Culture Committee held on Tuesday 13 April 2021 pdf icon PDF 320 KB

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The Minutes of the Business and Culture Committee held on 13 April 2021 (BC61/21 – BC84/21) were submitted.

 

Councillor M Boyle Moved, Seconded by Alderman Guy 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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C202/21

Access and Inclusion Programme Update (BC73/21)

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Councillor Fleming noted that issues regarding Strathfoyle play park had led to some publicity and consternation within the Strathfoyle area.  He stated that thankfully, Council Officers attended a recent meeting with residents from Strathfoyle and clarified and outlined that the project would proceed.  He stated that hopefully all the proposed  ...  view the full minutes text for item C202/21

C203/21

Future Delivery Options for Parking Services (BC77/21)

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Alderman Hussey referred to the excellent motion presented at Council by Councillor McGuire regarding Newtownstewart. He queried if any action been taken by Council Officers regarding the identification of a suitable area for car parking in Newtownstewart.  He stated that he was aware of one area in particular  ...  view the full minutes text for item C203/21

C204/21

Monthly Environment and Regeneration Committee held on Wednesday 14 April 2021 pdf icon PDF 362 KB

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The Minutes of the Environment and Regeneration Committee held on 14 April 2021 (ER97/21 – ER123/21) were submitted.

 

Alderman Devenney Moved, Seconded by Councillor Carr 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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C205/21

Combination of Food and Garden Waste Collection (ER110/21)

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Councillor Donnelly referred to a decision made by Council to send letters to people who had received correspondence asking them to provide proof if they still needed the assisted bin service.  He stated that he was still being contacted by people who had not received the letter and asked for  ...  view the full minutes text for item C205/21

C206/21

Mobuoy Road Update (ER106/21)

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Councillor O’Neill queried if Council had signed up to the communication strategy on Mobuoy, created by the Northern Ireland Environmental Agency’s (NIEA) remediation team.  She noted that within the communication strategy, community stakeholders had identified that the strategy was not reader friendly.  She advised that she had attempted to  ...  view the full minutes text for item C206/21

C207/21

Community Environmental Volunteering Activities (ER117/21)

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Alderman Guy referred to the proposed extended opening hours from 6pm to 9pm at the Glendermott Road Recycling Centre and also the site at Eglinton and asked when this would be implemented.  He further queried if users would be required to use the online booking service to access the facilities  ...  view the full minutes text for item C207/21

C208/21

Request to Defer a Notice of Motion

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Councillor Jackson advised that he had spoken to the Mayor prior to the meeting to advise him that given the substantial amount of business on the agenda for today’s meeting, he requested that his motion be deferred for discussion at the next meeting of the Environment and Regeneration Committee.

 

The  ...  view the full minutes text for item C208/21

C209/21

DfI Greening of Alleyways Scheme (ER114/21)

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Alderman Hussey referred to the proposal, endorsed by the Committee to set up a task and finish group to progress the scheme.  He stated that he hoped that this would be established as soon as possible as he and Councillor J Boyle were eager that the project could be implemented  ...  view the full minutes text for item C209/21

C210/21

Monthly Health and Community Committee held on Thursday 15 April 2021 pdf icon PDF 387 KB

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The Minutes of the Health and Community Committee held on 15 April 2021 (HC93/21-HC113/21) were submitted.

 

Alderman Devenney Moved, Seconded by Councillor Mooney 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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C211/21

Re-opening of Outdoor Sports (HC107/21)

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Councillor McHugh referred to comments he had made in relation to the above item.  He stated that his comments were in response to the officers’ report that had cited various problems regarding the verbal abuse towards Council staff.  He stated that his comments regarding the verbal abuse of staff was  ...  view the full minutes text for item C211/21

C212/21

Advice Services (HC103/21)

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Councillor Harkin noted the concerns expressed regarding the draft budget by the Department for Communities (DfC) and that jobs within Advice Services would be significantly reduced.   He advised that from discussions at meetings of the Advice Services Panel, Council had planned to pass on cuts to Advice North  ...  view the full minutes text for item C212/21

C213/21

Dog Control Update (HC108/21)

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Alderman McClintock stated that some citizens had expressed confusion regarding the off leash element of the dog control order.  She stated that people had enquired why there was no signage in Council parks to illustrate when they can let their dogs off leash.   She felt that such signage would be  ...  view the full minutes text for item C213/21

C214/21

Bi-Monthly Assurance, Audit and Risk Committee held on Monday 19 April 2021 pdf icon PDF 192 KB

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The Minutes of the Assurance, Audit and Risk Committee held on 19 April 2021 (AAR14/21-AAR26/21) were submitted.

 

Councillor Doyle Moved, Seconded by Councillor Doyle and the Council

 

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

 

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C215/21

Advice Services Provision (AAR18/21)

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Councillor Doyle noted that he had expressed concerns at the Committee meeting regarding advice services provision.  He stated that the Deputy Chair had subsequently advised him to raise the matter at full Council.  He expressed concern regarding the Financial Inclusion Programme and the Access to Food Programme that Council received  ...  view the full minutes text for item C215/21

Notices of Motion

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C216/21

Call for an Investigation into the Disappearance of Noah Donohoe

Councillor R Barr to Move:

 

That this Council write to the Chief Constable PSNI to demand a full and comprehensive investigation into the disappearance and death of Noah Donohoe and this Council supports Fiona Donohoe in her search for truth and justice for her child.

 

Councillor Doyle to Move:

 

That this Council recognises the role of social housing in enabling citizens to access affordable and secure accommodation;

 

Notes the Fundamental Review of Social Housing Allocations, in particular noting proposals two and three; ‘changes to eligibility for applicants involved in unacceptable behaviour’;

 

Recognises the impact of unacceptable behaviour in communities, on neighbours and families and the need to address perceptions that this behaviour is not being addressed by housing authorities;

 

Notes the responsibilities of Housing Associations in providing timely and high quality maintenance and repairs to their properties;

 

Invites officials from the Department of Communities to a Special Meeting of the relevant Committee to brief members on the project plan for the implementation of the fundamental review and senior officials from Housing Associations operating in this Council area to brief members on their maintenance and repair responsibilities to tenants.

 

Councillor Ferguson to Move:

 

This Council notes that 15- 21 March was Sign Language Week, timed with the anniversary of the UK Government formally recognising British Sign Language (BSL) as a language in its own right on 18 March 2003.  However, in 2021 neither BSL nor Irish Sign Language have legal status in Northern Ireland nor are sign languages part of school curricula.

 

This means at present, deaf people must rely on the provisions of the Disability Discrimination Act (NI) (1995) to secure reasonable adjustments via sign language provision.

In order to do so, deaf people are required to identify as ‘disabled’ in sharp contrast to their right to recognition as a cultural and linguistic minority under the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).

 

This Council believes there is a need to create a more accessible and inclusive society in Northern Ireland through greater learning of sign languages and awareness of Deaf culture and Noting the rights of deaf people to recognition as a cultural and linguistic minority under the CRPD, this Council expresses its support for the introduction of a Sign Languages Act for Northern Ireland.

 

Further noting Article 24(b) of the CRPD that requires the State to facilitate the learning of sign language and the promotion of the linguistic identity of the deaf community, this Council expresses its support for sign languages to be added to school curricula to ensure all children learn from the earliest opportunity.

 

Therefore, this Council will write to the Minister for Communities and Minister of Education to ask when the New Decade, New Approach commitment to a Sign Language Act will be brought forward and asks that this legislation includes provision for sign languages to be added to the Key Stage 1 and 2 Curriculum, with schools equipped to deliver these courses, as well as the introduction of sign languages as  ...  view the full agenda text for item C216/21

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Councillor R Barr Moved, Seconded by Councillor Doyle

 

That    this Council write to the Chief Constable of the PSNI to demand a full and comprehensive investigation into the disappearance and death of Noah Donohoe and this Council supports Fiona Donohoe in her search for truth and justice for her child.  ...  view the full minutes text for item C216/21

C217/21

Social housing

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Councillor Cusack declared an interest on this particular item and withdrew from the meeting at this point

 

Councillor Doyle Moved, Seconded by Councillor Ferguson

 

That    this Council recognises the role of social housing in enabling citizens to access affordable and secure accommodation;

 

Notes the Fundamental Review of Social Housing Allocations,  ...  view the full minutes text for item C217/21

C218/21

Call for the introduction of a Sign Languages Act for Northern Ireland.

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Councillor Ferguson Moved, Seconded by Councillor Reilly

 

That    This Council notes that 15- 21 March was Sign Language Week, timed with the anniversary of the UK Government formally recognising British Sign Language (BSL) as a language in its own right on 18 March 2003.  However, in 2021 neither BSL nor  ...  view the full minutes text for item C218/21

C219/21

Charging Points for Electric Motor Vehicles

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Councillor Jackson Proposed, Seconded by Councillor Heaney

 

That    in accordance with Standing Order 16.1 (6) he requested to withdraw his motion at this point and have it presented at the May meeting of the Environment and Regeneration Committee.

 

Members were asked to vote on the Proposal, the result of which  ...  view the full minutes text for item C219/21

C220/21

Regeneration of Castlederg Town Centre

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Councillor McHugh Moved, Seconded by Councillor McGuire

 

That    This Councilsupports theregeneration ofCastlederg towncentre andits environsin linewith the aspirations laid out in the community plan.

 

As part of this regeneration process, Council commits towork with local stakeholders within both the community and private  ...  view the full minutes text for item C220/21

C221/21

Protests at Healthcare Centres

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Councillor O’Neill Moved, Seconded by Councillor McKinney

 

That    Council notes there has been a consistent presence of protestors outside of healthcare centres where it is perceived abortion services are being provided.

 

This Council condemns the harassment outside of healthcare centres of women accessing a range of health care services. This  ...  view the full minutes text for item C221/21

C222/21

Health Inequalities Annual Report 2021

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Councillor Farrell Moved, Seconded by Councillor J Boyle

 

That    Council notes the findings of the Health Inequalities Annual Report 2021 in relation to health outcomes across Derry & Strabane;

 

expresses concern that 25 of the 41 key indicators are worse than the Northern Ireland average, most notably life expectancy, hospital admissions,  ...  view the full minutes text for item C222/21

C223/21

Delays to the A5 Road Project

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Councillor McGuire Moved, Seconded by Councillor M Boyle

 

That    this Council expresses deep frustration and disappointment at the recent delays to the A5 road scheme, laments the Department for Infrastructures inability to adequately prepare the scheme for construction, recognises that the A5 road scheme is essential for transforming the economic  ...  view the full minutes text for item C223/21

C224/21

Call to Establish a Working Group on Irish Unity

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Councillor Heaney Moved, Seconded by Councillor Duffy

 

That    this Council recognises that the discussions about a constitutional change is now well underway and this Council has a duty to consult with its ratepayers on this important issue and the implications for the Council area and the wider north-west.

 

Therefore, calls  ...  view the full minutes text for item C224/21

C225/21

Meeting Duration

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The Deputy Mayor requested a 10-minute recess at this point in the meeting.

 

Members agreed.

 

Councillor J Boyle stated that Members may wish to consider to continue with the meeting.

 

The Deputy Mayor advised that he would discuss the matter with Officers during the recess.

 

Councillor Donnelly stated that everyone  ...  view the full minutes text for item C225/21

C226/21

Dog Theft

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Councillor Edwards Moved, Seconded by Councillor J Barr

 

That    this Council is concerned about media reports regarding dog thefts and attempted dog thefts across the North.

Recognises that the price of dogs and puppies have risen significantly over the past year which has the potential to make dogs thefts more  ...  view the full minutes text for item C226/21

C227/21

Universal Provision of Free School Meals

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Councillor Harkin Moved, Seconded by Councillor O’Neill

 

That    Councilagrees itis unacceptablemore than122,000 childrenfrom allbackgrounds andcommunities acrossour societylive inpoverty. Morethan athird ofchildren inour Districtarea livein poverty,considerably higherthan otherparts ofthe North.The  ...  view the full minutes text for item C227/21

C228/21

Call for a Review of the Maternity Pay Policy

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Councillor Reilly Moved, Seconded by Councillor Farrell

 

That    This Council recognises the vital role that paid maternity leave and paternity leave plays in helping parents find the right balance between commitments at home and at work.

 

Notes that the current provision for full-time paid maternity leave here is one of  ...  view the full minutes text for item C228/21

Open for Information

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C229/21

Responses to Motions pdf icon PDF 214 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.

 

C230/21

Resolutions from other Councils

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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 passed by other Councils.

 

C231/21

Sealing List - April 2021 pdf icon PDF 145 KB

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Alderman Hussey Moved, Alderman McCready Seconded and the Council

 

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

 

Sealing List April 2021

Documents Sealed 14 April 2021

 

Form of Deed in duplicate:- Derry city and Strabane District Council ~and~ Active Maintenance Solutions Limited relating to Eglington  ...  view the full minutes text for item C231/21

C232/21

Local Government Act (Northern Ireland) 2014 - Confidential Business

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Alderman Devenney Moved, Alderman Kerrigan Seconded and the Council

                       

Resolved       that in accordance with Section 42, Sub Sections (2) or (4) of the Local Government Act (Northern Ireland) 2014, the press and members of the public be asked to withdraw whilst the Council discuss the following matters:

 

(a)          Adoption of  ...  view the full minutes text for item C232/21