Councillor Carr stated that he had requested that a Christmas tree be provided in the Strathfoyle area this year but could not make a proposal as he was not a member of the Committee. He also extended his thanks to officers on their prompt response on the matter.
Councillor Carr Proposed, Seconded by Councillor Donnelly
That Council provide a Christmas tree at Strathfoyle this Christmas.
Members unanimously agreed and the Council
Resolved That Council provide a Christmas tree at Strathfoyle this Christmas.
Councillor Hunter left the meeting at this point due to Deputy Mayoral engagements.
Councillor Dobbins stated that the Culmore Road area at Muff was the main thoroughfare to Donegal and asked that a Christmas tree be considered for that area to welcome visitors from Donegal and beyond.
The Director of Environment and Regeneration stated that officers would take those comments on board. However, budgets had been set for this financial year and that any additional decorations or lighting would incur an additional cost not available for this year. She advised that if Members wished to set aside an additional sum at the rates estimates process the budget could then be increased.
Councillor Logue noted that other small villages and settlements throughout the City and District had no provision for Christmas lights or decorations. She stated that it may be in the interests of equality that a report be presented at a future meeting of the Environment and Regeneration Committee for consideration.
In response, the Director of Environment and Regeneration stated that a report would be presented at a future meeting on the matter.
Councillor Carr referred to remarks made by Councillor Logue. He stated that a report on the matter had previously been discussed at the meeting of the Environment and Regeneration Committee which included villages and border areas throughout the City and District.
The Director of Environment and Regeneration stated that it was her understanding that Members required a further report to include potential additional areas for consideration. She stated that officers would present a report to include costs for Members to consider at the Rates Estimates process.