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4th July 2006
Minutes of the Special Meeting of Council held on Tuesday 4 July 2006 at 7.30 p.m. in the Council Chamber, Council Offices, 47 Derry Road, Strabane.
Present: - In the Chair: Councillor T Kerrigan
Other Members: Councillors I Barr, A Bresland, J Donnell, J Emery, G Foley, D Hussey, T McBride, C McGill, C McHugh, B McMahon, J McNulty, J O’Kane
Total = 13
In Attendance: Clerk & Chief Executive, Administrative Assistant,
Housing Executive Representatives: Dr. John McPeake - Director of Design & Property Services, Sean Mackie - Area Manager, Brendan Adams - Area Planner, Hazel Faithfull - Information Officer, Seamus Kelly - Strabane Manager,
Roads Service Representatives: Pat Doherty - Divisional Roads Manager, Sam Young – Higher Professional Technical Officer, Declan McBride – Section Engineer
Apologies: Councillor E McMenamin
The Chairman welcomed Members to the meeting and noted that sheets had been circulated for Members to raise any minor issues they would wish the Housing Executive or Roads Service to look into and provide feedback at a later date.
Strabane Housing Plan 2006-2007
Dr. John McPeake, Sean Mackie, Brendan Adams, Hazel Faithfull, and Seamus Kelly from the Housing Executive (HE) attended the meeting to present the above plan.
Dr. McPeake thanked Members for the opportunity to present the Plan. He reported on the significant changes that the HE had gone through and said that more changes would also be faced. He referred to changes in the structure of society and how the HE was adapting to delivering services to meet those changing needs. He highlighted the increasing numbers of single person households, which currently made up half of the waiting list for social housing.
He referred to changes in the housing markets and how the HE had been instrumental in those changes. He noted that the HE continued to have a fundamental role as a landlord in addition to having a strategic role in assessing housing need and influencing the direction of the housing market.
He reported on the changing role of the HE through the Review of Public Administration and highlighted a number of functions that would transfer to the new Councils in 2009. These included amongst others the Grants Scheme, Unfitness, Energy Conservation and Travellers’ sites. He said that assurances had been received that other functions would remain with the HE and, in addition, they would take on the responsibility for the new build programme.
Dr. McPeake confirmed the HE’s commitment to making an important contribution to society and said that they would continue to build strong and productive relationships with communities.
Mr Mackie said that he was pleased to attend the meeting and referred to the key points of the Plan.
He noted the spend of £12.6 million last year and said that this was a significant investment in terms of the HE’s commitment to improve housing. He referred to aspects of overall spend including £2.2 million on HE stock, £1 million on response maintenance and £1.3 million in the private sector through grants.
He said that the private sector housing was strong and buoyant and referred to the increase in new dwellings. He advised that through the owner occupation scheme the HE had sold 68 homes last year. He noted that the average discounted sales price was £27,883. He said that Co-ownership Housing Association continued to make a contribution to the housing sector and the ceiling of the value limits for properties to be purchased had recently been raised to £115,000. He said that helpful changes had also been made to the way they set rents. He advised Members that there were almost 1,200 private renting units in the district and he noted that with the average house price in the district being £134,000, there were increasing pressures for people to get into ownership occupation.
Councillor Foley joined the meeting at this stage. (7.45 p.m.)
Mr Mackie referred to the waiting lists and said that singles dominated the list with over 300 registered at December 2005. He referred to those in housing stress and advised that 30 points or above was the criteria for same. He also noted that 180 re-lets had been undertaken last year. He referred to the 30% decrease to 145 for those presenting as homeless of which 50% were single. He noted that the HE had responsibility for 85 of 145 presenters.
He advised Members that over the next 5 years there would be a requirement for 50 units of new build accommodation between Strabane town, Ballymagorry, Sion Mills and Newtownstewart. He added that it was also hoped to replace the last of the cottages next year but that this would be kept under annual review, as latent demand would need to be considered.
Mr Mackie reported on improvements made to existing HE stock last year, which included external cyclical maintenance (ECM) to over 300 homes, installation of oil heating to 100 homes and 180 disability adaptations. He noted that this year ECMs were planned for over 200 homes in Allen Park and Springhill Park, kitchen replacements in 116 homes in Church View and Hillview, installation of oil heating in 68 homes in Parkside Gardens and Bridge Street and clean air conversions to over 140 homes in Ballycolman. He reported on the benefits of the Grants Scheme and noted that grants to the value of £1.5 million had been made in the district.
He advised Members on a number of strategic initiatives within the district including keeping homelessness under review and undertaking a review of the rural housing policy, which may have an impact on the West Tyrone Area Plan. He added that neighbourhood renewal was important and the HE was committed to working in partnership to progress with strategic plans. He said that the involvement and views of local communities was important in order to develop unique solutions in partnership.
Mr Mackie thanked elected representatives and staff for their work and support over the year. He also thanked Councillor McMahon for his representation on the Housing Council. He thanked Seamus Kelly and the staff and the local HE office for the commitment shown within the district.
The Chairman thanked the representatives for presenting the Plan. He said that much work had been undertaken throughout the district area and he particularly noted the work undertaken in Castlederg and Newtownstewart. He said that the investment to the area was evident in the report, which he welcomed.
The Chairman invited comments and queries from Members.
Councillor McNulty thanked the representatives for the presentation of the report and recorded his thanks to staff at the local office. He said that elected Councillors were treated with respect and the report highlighted the tremendous work being undertaken in the district. He raised the following issues:
· Allocation of housing to single men
· Concern over problems that often arise from such allocation
· Appreciation that such allocation was required but felt that further monitoring was needed
Mr Mackie thanked Councillor McNulty for recognising the difficulties faced by the HE in this area. He referred to the introductory tenancy initiative, which allowed time for the tenant to establish a routine of living in the community in terms of behaviour etc. He said that the scheme gave them the mechanism of dealing with problems more speedily. He said that vulnerable groups were encouraged to get involved with the Floating Support Services offered by the HE which assisted with the steep learning curve of living in a community. He felt that the local office endeavoured to address the situations rather than move the problem around.
Councillor Hussey joined the meeting at this point. (8.05 p.m.)
The Chairman said that he would request the views from all Members prior to the HE representatives responding.
Councillor Barr welcomed the delegation. He paid tribute to the staff at the local office in respect of their quick response, courtesy extended to Members and efficient service provided on maintenance issues. He raised the following issues:
· Monitoring/inspection of maintenance work undertaken
· Concerns over external work undertaken at McGirr Park, Bridge Street including painting and joinery
· Contractors undertaking work at more than one location resulting in lack of presence on site
Councillor McNulty left the meeting at this point. (8.10 p.m)
Councillor McHugh raised the following issues:
· Direct access telephone numbers for staff
· Valuation of HE properties and involvement regarding rates bills
· Appeared to be a set valuation of £75,000 for HE houses that had been purchased
Councillor McMahon raised the following issues:
· Vulnerability of homeless people
· Facilities at Dillon Court and SATH were stretched
· Queried the possibility of another similar facility within the Action Plan
Councillor Bresland welcomed the delegation and thanked them for the work undertaken during the year. He raised the following issues:
· Work to be undertaken to 6 houses at The Terrace, Sion Mills
· Branching of trees
Councillor McGill welcomed the delegation and thanked the staff in the local office, particularly the front line staff for the work undertaken during the year. She said that the staff in reception were always helpful and she also paid tribute to the maintenance section for the work they undertook. She acknowledged that the same degree of courtesy was also evident in the Derry Office. She raised the following issues:
· Conthem Road sewerage system - recorded thanks to Seamus Kelly and Sean Mackie for their input
· Conthem Road – replacement of cottage
Councillor Emery welcomed the HE team and congratulated them on the work undertaken to date. He raised the following issues:
· Transfer of HE functions to new Councils under RPA
· Playground facilities to be included for new build units in Ballymagorry
Councillor O’Kane said that he had the highest praise for all the staff at the local office including the reception staff, the maintenance office and the Manager. He said that courtesy was always extended to him and his requests were dealt with. He added that any requests made to the grants department in the Derry office were also responded to.
Councillor Hussey welcomed the representatives. He raised the following issues:
· Client led developments in preferred locations
· Private developments in Sion Mills and necessary infrastructure
· Demands from ethnic communities
· Demand for mixed community developments
· Energy efficiency initiatives
Councillor Donnell welcomed the representatives and thanked them for the work undertaken. He raised the following issues:
· Rural Housing Policy – progress on cottages
· Policy on pension bungalows
· Reflection of higher rates on houses
Mr Mackie thanked all Members for their comments. He and other HE representatives responded as follows:
· Appreciated comments regarding service at a local level and this positive feedback would be relayed to staff
· Control and management of ECM - Clerk of works should establish that the work had been undertaken satisfactorily
· General enquiries would be made regarding McGirr Park
· Standards of quality were established with contractors
· House evaluations for the purposes of rates were undertaken independently by external sources and not by the HE
· House prices for HE properties were evaluated by an external valuer and could be appealed through the District Valuer – this was not linked to rates
· HE rents would not be adjusted as a result of changes to the rates
· Private sector rents could well be affected by the changes to the rates
· Consideration was being given to the HE operating a rate relief system
· Dr McPeake clarified that rates for houses in ownership would be determined on the capital value of the property. He said that it was different for tenants in that the rates paid did not reflect the capital value of the property and that it would be a fixed set rate.
· Dr. McPeake said that he was aware of cases where district values had fluctuated. He noted that the HE had no role in valuing properties as this was undertaken independently. He added that improvements undertaken by tenants were taken into account.
· The nature of accommodation for homeless was independent individual self-contained accommodation and the needs and levels of support would be kept under review
· Mr Kelly noted that he had responded to Council following a request to branch trees at Sion Mills. He noted that, following contact from a third party, the ownership of the land was being further investigated
· The replacement of the cottage at Conthem Road had not been possible without the appropriate sewerage system. Therefore, it was likely to be undertaken next year
· Provision of a play area in Ballymagorry during a new build programme would be considered. Considerations would also have to be made by the Planning Service. He also noted Council’s responsibility in providing play areas
· Appreciated positive comments regarding staff at both the local and Derry offices
· There was not a significant number of people demonstrating a desire to live in a particular location but any issues of demands would be built into the annual review and the HE would encourage information in this regard
· Necessary infrastructure for private developments would be covered by DRD Roads Service
· Energy efficiency programmes were facilitated through the grants scheme
· Dr. McPeake advised that there was a new initiative on renewable energy through the private sector and EAGA provided small scale renewable features e.g. micro wind turbines etc
· It would be 2007/08 before progression on the rural housing policy would be seen and approval was still needed for work on orlit dwellings in Newtownstewart. Consideration could be given to temporary transfers to another HE property until work was completed
· Policy on pensioner bungalows had not changed and was unlikely to change in the foreseeable future
· Mr Kelly noted that there were 5 people from the travelling community on the HE waiting list. He acknowledged that most of the European workers in the district went into the private renting sector
· There were no current plans to create further mixed developments
· Mr Kelly said that DDI telephone numbers for HE staff were mainly for internal use but that he was happy to discuss this with individual Councillors
In relation to trees at Sion Mills, Councillor O’Kane said that he believed that the wrong tress had been branched and said he was happy to discuss this matter with HE officials.
The Chairman thanked the delegation for attending the meeting and giving a comprehensive report on the Housing Plan.
Divisional Roads Manager’s Report
The Chairman welcomed Pat Doherty, Sam Young and Declan McBride to the meeting. Mr Doherty, the Divisional Roads Manager presented his report for Members’ attention.
Mr Doherty thanked Council for the opportunity of presenting the report to Members. He introduced his colleagues and said that David McKinley, the current Section Engineer at the Strabane sub office would be moving on after 4 years of service there. He said that Declan McBride, who was originally from the Newtownstewart area of the district, would be taking over Mr McKinley’s duties from July/August. Mr Doherty said that he had every confidence that Mr McBride would maintain the standards of service provided to date.
The Chairman welcomed Mr McBride to his new post and paid tribute to the work Mr McKinley had undertaken within the district. He wished him well in his future career.
Mr Doherty noted that the format of the report had been changed which he hoped was more functional and easier to follow. The report documented the maintenance and capital improvement works carried out in 2005/06 and also listed the programmes of works for the current 2006/07 year.
He advised Members that £3.9 million had been spent on structural maintenance within the district and that this reflected the trend of increased funding for this type of work over recent years. He noted that 90% of this spend was on the minor route network in the district. He referred to the asphalt resurfacing and reconstruction work undertaken, highlighting the work to Dublin Street, Newtownstewart, Castlegore Road and Drumquin Road in Castlederg. He also referred to the comprehensive list of Bitmac resurfacing and the surface dressing work undertaken as outlined in the report.
Mr Doherty referred to the incoming year and said that Members would be aware of the pressures on the structural maintenance budget, which would have an impact on the district. He noted that the funding available to him for the district was £2.5 million, which was a reduction of £1.2 million. He added however on a positive note that there were indications that funding would increase again next year. He said that staff would make the best use of the funding available for the district and that standards would be maintained.
He outlined the planned works regarding asphalt resurfacing and highlighted the schemes for Melmount Road, Victoria Bridge, Clady Main Street and Newtown Street, Strabane. He referred to the Bitmac resurfacing work, which he said 50% had been completed. He noted that Erganagh Road would now be asphalted. He referred to the surface dressing works planned and noted that the work at Tullycar Road would cover almost 12 kilometres. He referred to the culverts to be replaced during 2006/07.
Mr Doherty reported on routine maintenance work undertaken during 2005/06 as detailed in the report, which amongst others, included grass cutting and winter service. He noted that roads were gritted on 67 occasions and 200 tonnes of salt had been applied.
Mr Doherty referred to Stage 3 of the Strabane Bypass. He said that the preferred line was currently being reviewed and it was the intention to present the options in the autumn.
He noted that consideration was also being given to a 2 and 1 lane carriage scheme to/from Ballymagorry.
He noted an error in relation to references in the report to the A5 Strabane-Lifford link road and said that the roads specified in Donegal should be the N14 and N15 routes. He noted that the link road was at the preliminary design stage.
Mr Doherty referred to the Sub Regional Transport Plan (SRTP) and noted that Roads Service personnel had met with Members to outline the Plan. He said that he was aware of a formal response to the SRTP from Council. He said that the Plan would help direct the spend over the next 10 years.
Local Transport & Safety Measures (LT&SM)
Mr Doherty advised Members that the LT&SM spend for the district last year had been approximately £1 million which he was delighted to say was a further increase in spend from previous high spend years. The report documented the work undertaken including pedestrian measures, collision site remedial work and traffic calming. He also referred to work undertaken under the Environmental Improvement Scheme in Main Street, Strabane.
He referred to the LT&SM planned for 2006/07 as outlined in the report and highlighted the work to be undertaken at Berryhill Road, Artigarvan.
Mr Doherty outlined the traffic management and parking work undertaken regarding speed limits and signs and markings which included 40 tourist signs in the district area. He also referred to the planned work as listed in the report. He highlighted that the traffic signals at Clady Bridge were now in operation.
He advised Members of changes regarding Decriminalised Parking Enforcement (DPE), which would involve Roads Service taking over the current PSNI responsibilities for parking enforcement in the district. He felt that this would have a significant effect in terms of traffic management and would benefit the district by increased road safety.
Mr Doherty outlined the work already carried out and that planned for bridge management in the district. He noted that the tender for the work on Glenroan Bridge would be awarded in the near future.
He referred to the completed works and planned schemes for street lighting as outlined in the report. He also noted the progress made regarding the adoption of roads.
He advised Members of the contact details for key Roads Service personnel and said that contact made through these numbers would ensure a quick response to their enquiry.
Mr Doherty advised Members of the impact of the RPA with the transfer of responsibility for the maintenance, management and development of the local roads to the new Councils from 2009. He noted that responsibility for the trunk roads in the district i.e. A5 and A38 with a total length of 35 kilometres would not transfer. He added that these roads represented 25% of the total local network and therefore 75% would transfer to the new Councils. He said that all details, including staffing issues would be carefully considered.
In conclusion, Mr Doherty thanked all Members, the Chief Executive and Council staff for their assistance and co-operation over the year. He said that the positive and constructive working relationship with Council was greatly appreciated.
The Chairman thanked Mr Doherty for presenting his report and said that the achievements made by Roads Service, despite the smaller budget, were evident from the document. He invited comments and queries from Members.
Councillor Foley raised the following issues:
· Welcomed the traffic lights on Clady Bridge
· Maintenance of border roads
· Traffic calming measures in Clady
· Roads adoption
Councillor O’Kane welcomed the representatives. He raised the following issues:
· Commencement of work at Bellspark Road
· Lack of sight lines at shop at Sion Mills due to parked vehicles
· Grass cutting requests for Ballyfatten Road and Cherryvale
Councillor Emery welcomed the team and thanked them for the report. He congratulated Roads Service for the work undertaken to date. He raised the following issues:
· Welcomed the progression of the footpath at Plumbridge out to the Health Centre
· Welcomed work on Glenroan Bridge
· Resurfacing of Liskey Road not complete
· Request for a pedestrian crossing at Ballymagorry
· Hoped that realignment of Berryhill Road, Artigarvan would proceed
· Completion of work at Dunnalong Manor, Bready required by contractor
· Clarity of road markings
· Hospital Road, Castlederg – NIE work now complete therefore hoped that work could progress
Councillor McHugh welcomed the representatives and acknowledged the work achieved to date. He raised the following issues:
· Direct contact numbers for personnel were useful
· Changes in percentages of classified and unclassified roads over the years
· Special attention to be given to border roads
· Specific reference to Shanaghy Road, Castlederg which was used as a cross border road but was not tarred
· Welcomed the work at Drumquin Road
· Serious consideration to be given to necessary work on Castlefin Road
· Footpath needed from the school
· Monitoring/surveying work after new build on Lurganbouy Road
Councillor Hussey congratulated Roads Service on work undertaken to date. He raised the following issues:
· Clady Bridge traffic lights
· Contact with Donegal County Manager regarding border roads
· Standard of road from Lurganbouy Road to Clady was very poor
· Previous scheme undertaken from Corgary Road into Donegal
· Reduction in funding levels
· Concern of continued maintenance on minor roads network
· Parking problems in Castlederg, particularly Lower Main Street and Ferguson Crescent areas
· Clarification sought on disabled bays in Castlederg
· Welcomed work undertaken on Drumquin Road
· Grass cutting
· Traffic calming measures on Hospital Road
· Work scheduled during summer months was not ideal given route to Lakelands
· Location of 30 metres of footpath at Killeter Road
· Clarification sought on location of footpath at Drumlegagh
Councillor McMahon left the meeting at this point. (9.30 p.m.)
Councillor McBride welcomed the team and wished Declan McBride well in his new post. He welcomed the report and raised the following issues:
· Expressed disappointment in funding cuts and hoped that optimism for increased funding would be realised
· Welcomed next stage of Strabane bypass
· Lifford Link Road to be welcomed given gateway to Donegal
· Hoped that DPE responsibilities would improve traffic management and the selfish attitude of some drivers
· Problems with surface dressing on Ligford Road
· Work in Plumbridge welcomed
· Removal of trees on corner of Lisnaragh Road
· Pedestrian crossing at Ballymagorry – same level of traffic as Sion Mills
· Verges of roads in rural areas
Councillor McGill welcomed the representatives and thanked them for the report and the work undertaken to date. She thanked the staff in the section office, including the reception staff and the engineers. She also paid tribute to the staff in the Omagh office who were also helpful. She raised the following issues:
· Welcomed the near commencement of work at Glenroan Bridge and sought clarification on whether the contract had been awarded yet
· Welcomed the footpath in Plumbridge
· Grass cutting/machinery – swathe on side roads was too narrow in some cases
· Mechanism for more liaison/meetings between Planning Service and Roads Service
Councillor Barr welcomed the team. He acknowledged the appreciation for the work undertaken by David McKinley and said that his contribution within Strabane 2000 had also been invaluable. He noted his dissatisfaction that 2 comprehensive reports from the Housing Executive and the Roads Service had been included on the same agenda and felt that the Divisional Roads Manager’s report was not receiving the attention it deserved. He raised the following issues:
· Endorsed previously raised concerns regarding cuts to the budget
· Concerns related to performance related motives within parking enforcement by private contractors
· Relationships with motoring public would be affected
Councillor Donnell welcomed the delegation and thanked them for the report. He paid tribute to the work undertaken by David McKinley and wished him well for the future. He also welcomed Declan McBride to the post. He raised the following issues:
· Welcomed footpath at Keery Road
· Pleased that the work at Berryhill Road, Artigarvan would be scheduled
· Disappointed with reduction in budgets
· Councillors’ input into stage 3 of the Strabane Bypass
· Consideration to be given to sight lines at Dunnalong Road onto the A5
· Highlighted a dangerous kerb at the lay-by outside Woolworth, Strabane
Councillor Bresland welcomed the representatives and thanked them for the work undertaken to date. He noted that he had previously worked with Declan McBride at the Water Service. He raised the following issues:
· Commencement date for traffic calming measures at Allen Park
· Queried the exclusion of work at the junction of Camus Road and Liskey Road – this had been included in a previous report
· Consideration to be given to the bridge on Bradkeel Road
· Consideration to be given to sight lines at dangerous corner on Longland Road, Donemana after the Church of Ireland
Mr Doherty thanked Members for their queries and comments. He and other members of the delegation responded as follows:
· Clady Bridge – finance had to be in place from both sides in order to proceed
· Border roads – against reduced funding, lower traffic roads were likely to suffer
· Aware of keen interest in traffic calming measures in Clady
· Contact should be made with Shane Camley at the contact number provided regarding adoption of roads
· Hoped that scheme at Bellspark Road would start by the autumn
· Parking issues at the shop in Sion Mills was a PSNI matter and the concerns would be relayed to the police
· Mr Young said that the grass verges were being cut at the full width of the A5 – work was progressing from Newtownstewart to Strabane
· Grass cutting had been undertaken at Cherryvale
· Scheme at Keery Road should start in autumn
· Contract for Glenroan Bridge had been agreed and would be awarded soon
· Resurfacing work was prioritised
· Pedestrian crossing at Ballymagorry – new criteria would allow for further consideration to be given to this issue. Clarified that the crossing in Sion Mills was at a road junction
· Comments regarding Dunnalong Manor would be relayed to the roads adoption section
· Contact could be made with the appropriate personnel regarding road markings
· Hospital Road/NIE work – would look into the matter
· Border roads would be given consideration subject to budget
· Castlederg to Clady road had increased traffic
· Comments would be relayed to Donegal County Manager re; border roads
· Funding issues/prioritising road schemes was given full consideration
· Disabled bays in Castlederg – would check on progress made but felt that any delays would be due to a legislative process
· DPE would include Castlederg
· Appreciated concerns regarding parking enforcement – attendants would have modern equipment with access to the vehicle’s up to date parking history and clampers could be called in if necessary
· Acknowledged comments on works being undertaken in the summer
· Mr Young said that surface dressing on the Ligford Road last year had been successful and perhaps the deterioration was from previous years
· Plumbridge footpath - would be disappointed if more trees had been removed than was necessary but perhaps further planting was to be undertaken
· Work on verges of rural roads, which were not built for modern traffic, would be subject to funding
· Comments regarding Roads Service customer care was welcomed
· Grass cutting – general practice was one swathe but a full width cut to verge was given dependant on alignment of road and safety reasons
· Consideration would be given to liaison with Councils regarding litter picking at time of grass cutting
· Mr McBride said that the Planning Service and Roads Service did not work in isolation and did liaise on planning applications. He added that due to the sheer scale of some schemes the Roads Service often liaised directly with the developers in addition to meeting to the Planning Service
· Stage 3 of Bypass – there would be public consultation and Council would have input
· Junction at Dunnalong Road would be considered
· Traffic calming at Allen Park – public consultation would begin in Autumn
· Junction at Camus/Liskey Road had been removed from programme – there was no solution to improve the junction without major realignment
· Would consider views regarding Bradkeel Road
· Sightlines at Longland Road, Donemana may have been listed on the previous 2 year programme
· Footway at Killeter Road actually included the replacement of the culvert and widening on both sides
· Would look into query regarding which side of road for the footpath at Drumlegagh
The Chairman thanked the representatives from the Roads Service and apologised for the delay in receiving them into the Chamber.
Councillor O’Kane had left the meeting at approximately 10.00 p.m.
Any Other Business
PPS14 Press Release
The Chief Executive (CE) said that a copy of the press release had been tabled for Members’ information.
Some Members queried why they had not been contacted in advance of the press release being issued. The CE said that, given the time constraints, the press release had been shown to party colleagues that morning who had been attending a meeting.
War Memorial, Newtownstewart
Councillors Bresland, Emery, McBride and McHugh were agreed as the party representatives. It was further agreed that the Chairman of the Council would also participate at the meeting. It was felt that the preferred venue for the meeting would be the Council offices.
Use of Castlederg Visitors’ Centre - Tyrone Orange Vision
On the proposal of Councillor Hussey, seconded by Councillor Emery it was agreed with 2 abstentions that Tyrone Orange Vision be granted the use of the Castlederg Visitors’ Centre on 10 July 2006 as part of their Community Relations project. This was agreed on the proviso that the relevant Officer was satisfied that there was no conflict with current policy/procedures.
Arts Centre Visit
A visit to the Arts Centre was agreed for 20 July 2006 at 7.00 p.m. with a notice to be sent to all Members.
Tender – Letting of Lands
A memorandum/tender assessment report from the Chief Technical Services Officer had been tabled for Members’ attention.
On the proposal of Councillor Bresland, seconded by Councillor McBride it was agreed to accept the recommendation to award the tender for Lot 1 (Carricklee) to Daren Moore.
Councillor Donnell felt that it would be more beneficial for the advert to be placed in February.
Recognition/presentations were agreed, in line with the policy for the following:
· Ruari McCool who was awarded the 9th annual Sir Bernard Crossland Symposium Prize for his work towards producing a more efficient and waste-free method of packaging. Mr McCool, a resident of the district, was a Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering PhD student at Queen’s University, Belfast.
· David McKinley who would be leaving his job as Section Engineer, Roads Service Strabane.
The meeting concluded at 10.45 p.m.
DATED this 4th day of JULY 2006
Clerk & Chief Executive
DATED this 12th day of SEPTEMBER 2006
Chairman of the Council