Agenda and minutes

Special Meeting of Derry City and Strabane District Council (Open)
Monday 21 May 2018 4.00 pm

Venue: Guildhall, Derry. View directions

No. Item


Notice and Summons of Meeting



The Chief Executive read the Notice and Summons for the Meeting.


Members Attendance and Apologies


Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Logue.



Declaration of Members' Interests


There were no Declarations of Interest.


To Discuss the Ongoing Situation in Palestine


The Mayor welcomed Members, Officers and those representing the various Statutory Agencies to the Meeting to provide Members with an update on the flooding incident response.


The Chief Executive then invited the representatives from the statutory agencies in attendance to update Members on the position to date.

Members received Mr J McKee (Rivers Agency) Department for Infrastructure who provided the following update:


·         Referred to the high water levels resulting from the recent flooding incident which had caused considerable damage to the infrastructure.

·         Advised that all surveys and inspections had now been completed as a result of which 2900 metres of damaged infrastructure had been identified throughout a wide range of locations.  Repairs had been carried out to 2100 metres to date and progress was being made in terms of completing repair works to the remaining 800 metres.

·         The Rivers Agency were involved in carrying out repair works to 80 rivers across the North West which included works to river banks and the removal of fallen trees and large items of debris.

·         Referred to damage caused to previously installed water level monitoring equipment particularly in the River Faughan and advised that repair works were currently being carried out to this piece of equipment which was vital in terms of acquiring information to share with local communities regarding possible flooding. 

·         Advised that feasibility studies had been carried out in Drumahoe and Eglinton to determine why the flooding had occurred and the necessary repair works which were required.

·         Stated that in recent years community engagement had been an important aspect of the services provided by Rivers Agency in terms of providing local communities with facilities/resources should flooding occur e.g. sandbags and hoped to establish links with communities to assist them in being more resilient in the future should a similar incident occur.


Members received Mr D McKinley (Roads) Department for Infrastructure who provided the following update:


·         Stated that in terms of the overview of the impact of the flooding incident on carriageways 140 roads had been closed throughout the Council area.  Of these 60 had been referred to ensure repairs as road surfaces had been washed away. 

·         Pointed out that to date four roads remained closed.  In terms of repairs to the Claudy Bridge, advised that given the scale of the damage caused an open tender process would take place and it was anticipated that the works would be completed by June/July 2018. 

·         Advised that consultation was ongoing with local community groups.

·         Advised that Glenrandel Road would require a new bridge and it was not anticipated that this would be completed during the current year however every effort would be made to have these works completed without delay.

·         It was anticipated that repair works to Ballybogie Road would be completed and it would reopen within the current year.

·         A number of bus laybys had been repaired and reopened.

·         To date a sum of £2.5M had been spent on repair works to damage caused by the flooding.

·         Following the flooding incident it had been  ...  view the full minutes text for item SC27/18