Agenda and minutes

Membership to External and Internal Bodies, Special Meeting of Derry City and Strabane District Council
Monday 14 June 2021 4.00 pm

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SC74/21

Notice and Summons of Meeting

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

SC75/21

Member Attendance and Apologies

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The Chief Executive took the roll call and apologies were received from Councillors Burke, Fleming, Heaney, McGuire, McKinney and Mellon.

 

 

SC76/21

Statement for Remote Meetings

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The Mayor read the statement for remote meetings.

 

SC77/21

Declaration of Members' Interests

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Open for Decision

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Chairperson's Business

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SC78/21

Condolences

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The Mayor extended his condolences to the family of former SDLP Strabane District Councillor Mrs Ann Bell.  He stated that his thoughts were with her family at this sad time.

 

Councillor J Barr stated that he also wished to extend his Party’s condolences to the wider Bell, McElroy and wider SDLP family on the recent passing of Mrs Bell.  He stated that Mrs Bell had been a lifetime Member of the SDLP and had proudly represented the people of Strabane.  He stated that Mrs Bell had strongly believed in peace, reconciliation and social justice and was a strong socialist, democratic and nationalist voice for the Strabane area.

 

He recounted that Mrs Bell was elected to Strabane District Council in 1997 and served two terms until 2005.  He stated that she had been elected at a time when it was not easy to be an SDLP Councillor and her home had been attacked on several occasions.  He further stated that after becoming a member of the PCSP during policing reforms, she had faced threats for her safety.  He stated that Mrs Bell loved Strabane and its’ people and she had felt honoured to represent the area and had spent many years campaigning alongside the Late Mr John Hume and also had a lasting friendship with the late Mr Ivan Cooper.  He stated that alongside the challenges of public life she had raised a beautiful family and extended his condolences to her daughters Violet, Maria and Linda and son Richie who were never far from her side.  He stated that Mrs Bell would be sorely missed as she was one of Strabane’s great characters who only ever wished to help people.

 

Members from all Parties and Independent Members of Council, concurred with the sentiments expressed by Councillor J Barr and sent their heartfelt condolences to the family of Mrs Bell.

 

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Welcome

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The Mayor extended a warm welcome to Councillor Seenoi-Barr and wished her the very best in the term ahead.

 

Councillor Reilly also extended a warm welcome to Councillor Seenoi-Barr to Council.  He stated that Councillor Seenoi-Barr was a lifelong human rights campaigner with experience in fighting for Masaai women and girl’s rights.  He stated that in 1999 she had co-founded the Masaai Educational Discovery Brides Rescue Project and working with others had challenged the Kenyan Government to introduce laws to protect the rights of women and girls to give them access to free primary education from deprived communities.  She has a long history of working for people and civil rights.  He stated that Councillor Seenoi-Barr had stood for election in this Council area in the last Local Government elections and had polled very well as a first-time candidate.

 

He also extended thanks to former Councillor, Mary Durkan for her service to the people of Foyleside.  He stated that she had brought tremendous passion for politics and community engagement on issues such as climate change and the need to speak out and look after the environment.  On behalf of the SDLP he wished her all the best for the future.

 

Alderman McClintock welcomed Councillor Seenoi-Barr to the Chamber as stated that she would be a great addition to Council and looked forward to working with her in the future.

 

Councillor Harkin also extended a warm welcome on behalf of PBP to Councillor Seenoi-Barr.  He stated that she was a champion of civil and human rights and racial equality outside of Council and was sure that she would be a tremendous voice in Council regarding such issues.

 

He stated that she had recently played a central role in the Black Lives Matter movement and the campaign for racial equality and stated that it was a historic moment for the city and district to have Councillor Seenoi-Barr as an Elected Representative for this area.

 

Councillor Harkin also paid tribute to former Councillor Durkan.  He stated that she had made an excellent contribution on her time as Councillor on numerous issues. He welcomed that Miss Durkan would continue the campaign regarding those issues that she had championed as a Councillor and looked forward to working with her in the future.

 

Councillor Gallagher stated that he wished to pass on his best wishes to former Councillor Durkan.  He stated that in his opinion, she was much bigger and smarter than the party structure of which she was a former Member and wished her well for the future.

 

Councillor Donnelly expressed his appreciation of the work carried out by former Councillor Durkan.  He described her as a great activist and recalled that at her first meeting of Council, she had went against the grain and voted against a party decision to exclude Independent Councillors from several bodies. 

 

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Changes to Committee Membership

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Councillor Reilly advised that the SDLP wished to make the following changes to Committee Membership:

 

Councillor Seenoi-Barr to replace Councillor J Boyle on Assurance, Audit and Risk Committee.

 

Councillor Seenoi-Barr to replace Councillor Reilly on the Business and Culture Committee.

 

Councillor Seenoi-Barr to replace Councillor Reilly on the Health and Community Committee.

 

Alderman McClintock advised that the DUP also wished to make the following changes:

 

 Alderman Devenney to replace Alderman McCready on the Governance and Strategic Planning Committee

 

Alderman Kerrigan to replace Alderman McCready on the Health and Community Committee

 

Alderman Guy advised that Alderman Hussey would replace Alderman Guy on the Planning Committee.

 

SC81/21

Appointment of Members to External Bodies pdf icon PDF 158 KB

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The Chief Executive presented the above report, details of which had

been previously circulated to Members.  The purpose of the report was

to nominate annual Member representation on external bodies, for the

period June 2021 to June 2022.

 

He advised that further to a Motion at the Annual Meeting of Council

held on 20 May 2019 (Minute Ref. AM12/19), it was agreed that when

seeking nominations to external bodies the D’Hondt system would be

applied i.e. all positions across all external bodies are collectively

identified and filled using the formula set in Schedule 1 of the Local

Government Act (Northern Ireland) 2014.

 

He further advised that at the Special Meeting of Council held on 8 June 2020, annual representation was agreed for the 2020/2021 year, plus representation for the remainder of the electoral term for specific external bodies.

 

He confirmed that representation would be sought at today’s meeting

across a total of 39 bodies, incorporating a total of 130 positions.

 

Councillor Reilly Proposed, Seconded by Councillor Duffy

 

That    Council nominate annual Member representation on to all the external bodies listed in Appendix 2, for the period June 2021 to June 2022.

 

The nominations to the External Bodies were as follows:

 

Advisory Committee to the Honourable Irish Society (Mayor + 3 Representatives)

Alderman Warke (Mayor)

Alderman McClintock (DUP)

Councillor Dobbins (SDLP)

Alderman Guy (UUP)

 

APSE – Pilot Executive Board(1 Representative)

Councillor Reilly (SDLP)

 

A5/N2 Cross Border Corridor Working Group (4 Representatives)

Alderman Kerrigan (DUP)

Councillor Edwards (SDLP)

Councillor McKinney (Alliance)

Councillor McGuire (SF)

 

Board of C-TRIC (1 Representative)

Councillor Heaney (SF)

 

Board of Derry Theatre Trust (3 Representatives)

Councillor J Boyle (SDLP)

Councillor Logue (SF)

Councillor Carr (IND)

 

Board of Directors – Visit Derry (3 Representatives)

Councillor Cusack (SDLP)

Councillor Heaney (SF)

Alderman McClintock (DUP)

 

Board of ERNACT EEIG (2 Representatives)

Councillor Reilly (SDLP)

Councillor Heaney (SF)

 

Board of North West Carnival Initiative (1 Representative)

Councillor O’Neill (PBP)

 

Board of Walled City Partnership (3 Representatives)

Councillor Burke (SF)

Councillor Seenoi-Barr (SDLP)

Councillor Doyle (Aontú)

 

CCTV Partnership (3 Representatives)

Councillor Burke (SF)

Alderman Ramsey (DUP)

Councillor J Boyle (SDLP)

 

CODA- Board of Directors (3 Representatives plus Mayor ex-officio Member)

Alderman Warke (Mayor)

Councillor Fleming (SF)

Councillor J Boyle (SDLP)

Alderman Devenney (DUP)

 

Committee of Board of City Centre Initiative - Executive Group (4 Representatives)

Councillor J Boyle (SDLP)

Councillor Burke (SF)

Alderman Devenney (DUP)

Alderman Guy (UUP)

 

Derry and Strabane Local Action Group (Rural Development) (11 Representatives)

Alderman Kerrigan (DUP)

Councillor Ferguson (Alliance)

Alderman Warke (DUP)

Councillor Kelly (SF)

 Alderman Bresland (DUP)Councillor McKeever (SDLP)

Alderman McCready (IND)

Councillor McGuire (SF)

Councillor Fleming (SF)

Councillor R Barr (IND)

Councillor Dobbins (SDLP)

 

District Sports Committee (5 Representatives)

Alderman Hussey (UUP)

Councillor Mooney (SDLP)

Councillor Donnelly (IND)

Councillor Carr (IND)

Councillor McHugh (SF)

 

Foyle and District Road Safety Committee (4 Representatives)

Councillor McKinney (Alliance)

Councillor Dobbins (SDLP)

Councillor Harkin (PBP)

Councillor Logue (SF)

 

Glenelly Action Plan Committee (5 Representatives)

Councillor Kelly (SF)

Alderman Bresland (DUP)

Councillor J Barr (SDLP)

Alderman Devenney (DUP)  ...  view the full minutes text for item SC81/21

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Appointment of Members to Internal Bodies pdf icon PDF 131 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 seek Elected Member nominations to internal bodies associated with

the Committees of Council.

 

The Chief Executive noted that at the Council meeting held on 27 June

2019 (Min Ref. C145/19), Members agreed that one Elected Member from each political party and one Independent Member be nominated onto internal working groups. 

 

He advised that further to the above practice, specific conditions were

applied in in respect to membership on the Local Development Plan. At

the Planning Committee on 5 June 2019 (Min Ref. PC64/19) and at the

Special Meeting of Council on 4 July 2019 (Min Ref. SC37/19); it was

agreed that whilst representation would be one member from each

Party plus an Independent Member; these Members were required to

be members on the Planning Committee. Furthermore, the Chair of the

Planning Committee was also to be a member.

 

He further advised that an exception was also agreed at the Meeting of

Council held on 27 May 2021, in relation to membership of the Irish

Unity Working Group (Min Ref. C277/21). It was agreed that

membership of this particular working group shall include all Parties,

Independents within Council and all interested Councillors.

 

Councillor Reilly  Proposed, Seconded by Councillor Duffy

 

That       Members nominate to the internal bodies set out in Appendix 2, for the period June 2021 – June 2022.

 

Nominations to Internal Bodies was as follows:

 

Business and Culture

 

Culture Steering Group

Councillor McGuire (SF)

Councillor Cusack (SDLP)

Alderman McClintock (DUP)

Alderman Guy (UUP)

Councillor Ferguson (Alliance)

Councillor Harkin (PBP)

Councillor Doyle (Aontú)

Councillor R Barr (IND)

 

Centenaries Working Group

Councillor Heaney (SF)

Councillor J Boyle (SDLP)

Alderman McClintock (DUP)

Alderman Guy (UUP)

Councillor McKinney (Alliance)

Councillor Harkin (PBP)

Councillor Doyle (Aontú)

Councillor Gallagher (IND)

 

Arts and Culture Strategy Co-Design Group

Councillor Logue (SF)

Councillor Cusack (SDLP)

Alderman Ramsey (DUP)

Alderman Guy (UUP)

Councillor McKinney (Alliance)

Councillor Harkin (PBP)

Councillor Doyle (Aontú)

Councillor R Barr(IND)

 

Environment and Regeneration

 

Local Development Plan (LDP) Steering Group

Councillor Kelly (SF)

Councillor J Boyle (SDLP)

Alderman Kerrigan (DUP)

Alderman Hussey (UUP)

Councillor Ferguson (Alliance)

Councillor Gallagher (IND)

Councillor Mc Kinney (Alliance) Chair of Planning Committee

 

Climate Emergency Working Group

Councillor Jackson (SF)

Councillor Dobbins (SDLP)

Alderman Kerrigan (DUP)

Alderman Guy (UUP)

Councillor Ferguson (Alliance)

Councillor O’Neill (PBP)

Councillor Doyle (Aontú)

Councillor Donnelly (IND)

 

Graffiti Working Group

Councillor McHugh (SF)

Councillor Cusack (SDLP)

Alderman Ramsey (DUP)

Alderman Hussey (UUP)

Councillor Ferguson (Alliance)

Councillor O’Neill (PBP)

Councillor Doyle (Aontú)

Councillor Gallagher (IND)

 

Recycling Working Group

Councillor Jackson (SF)

Councillor J Boyle (SDLP)

Alderman Ramsey (DUP)

Alderman Hussey (UUP)

Councillor Ferguson (Alliance)

Councillor O’Neill (PBP)

Councillor Doyle (Aontú)

Councillor Donnelly (IND)

 

Private Streets/Unadopted Roads Working Group

Councillor Jackson (SF)

Councillor Mooney (SDLP)

Alderman Ramsey (DUP)

Alderman Hussey (UUP)

Councillor McKinney (Alliance)

Councillor Harkin (PBP)

Councillor Doyle (Aontú)

Councillor Gallagher (IND)

 

Cemeteries Working Group

Councillor Logue (SF)

Councillor J Boyle (SDLP)

Alderman Bresland (DUP)

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Nominations to the Bonfire Working Group

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Councillor Tierney appreciated that the DUP and the UUP had not made nominations in respect of the Bonfire Working Group.  He asked if Officers could set up a meeting of interested parties to establish the reason and rationale for that decision and to establish a way forward.  He felt that this was a step backwards for the work undertaken by the Bonfire Working Group and believed that in his opinion, the work of the group had only been successful because all Parties had worked together. 

 

Councillor Tierney Proposed, Seconded by Councillor Duffy

That    Council  set up a meeting with the previous Members of the Bonfire Working Group and Officers to understand the reason and rationale why the Unionist Parties had not made any nomination to the group and to establish a way forward.

Members were asked to vote on the Proposal, the result of which was unanimous and the Council

Resolved       That Council set up a meeting with the previous Members of the Bonfire Working Group and Officers to understand the reason and rationale why the Unionist Parties had not made any nomination to the group and to establish a way forward.