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									FERMANAGH DISTRICT                             COMHAIRLE CHEANTAR
COUNCIL                                        FHEAR MANACH

Environmental Services Committee

Minutes of the meeting of the Environmental Services Committee held in the
Council Chamber, Townhall, Enniskillen, on Tuesday 14 September 2004 at
7.30pm.

PRESENT:-           Councillors Ruth Lynch (Chairman), Wilson Elliott,
                    Gerry Gallagher, Stephen Huggett, Bert Johnston,
                    Fergus McQuillan, Cecil Noble, John O’Kane and
                    Thomas O’Reilly.

IN ATTENDANCE:- Director of Environmental Services, Director               of
                Technical Services and the Committee Clerk.

ES60/04     MINUTES

            The minutes of the meeting held on Tuesday 20 July 2004 were
            approved and signed.

ES61/04     TOURIST PROJECTS

            a) UNESCO Global Geoparks

               The Chairman welcomed Mr Richard Watson, Principal
               Officer – Countryside and Management, to the meeting and
               invited him to make a presentation to the Committee on his
               visit to the 1st Global Geoparks Conference, held in Beijing,
               China.

               At the outset, Mr Watson stated that to obtain Geopark
               status, the park must contain geological sites of international
               and/or national importance and show a good management
               structure with effective policies relating to conservation,
               enhancement and sustainable development. He added that
               a Geopark must play a significant role in the economic
               development of its region through tourism.

               Mr Watson indicated that Marble Arch Caves had secured
               funding of €1.2million under the INTERREG 111B & IIIC.
               As well as the funding, he indicated that quality assurance
               and a strong European network were some of the benefits of
               Geopark status.
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   In conclusion, Mr Watson indicated that future benefits
   included the prestigious UNESCO label for this project,
   international marketing and the attraction of more visitors to
   County Fermanagh.        The Committee noted that the
   INTERREG IIIB Launch would take place on 1 October, they
   were also informed that Northern Ireland had been asked to
   host the 2nd UNESCO Global Geoparks Conference in 2006.

   The Committee congratulated Mr Watson on his
   presentation and thanked him for representing Fermanagh
   District Council in China.

b) Letters of Thanks

   The Committee noted letters of thanks from the following:

    Dromore/Drumore Twinning Association
    Ulster Museum Prehistoric Society
    The Young Farmers’ Clubs of Ulster.

c) Natural Resource Rural Tourism Initiative (NRRTI) Match
   Funding

   The Committee was informed that the Council had set aside
   a budget in the current financial year to provide match
   funding for projects that had received an Offer of Grant
   from DARD under the Peace II Natural Resource Rural
   Tourism Initiative. The following projects were considered:

   i)   Fermanagh Harriers

        The Committee was informed that the Fermanagh
        Harriers Hunt Club had been successful in securing
        funding to develop their Point-to-Point Races over the
        three years, 2004-2006.

        RECOMMENDED: That the Fermanagh Harriers Hunt
        Club be offered deficit match funding to a maximum of
        £6,895, subject to the conditions of the NRRTI grant
        being met.

   ii) Derrygonnelly Field Studies Council – Environmental
       Fair

        The Committee considered a request from the
        Derrygonnelly Field Studies Council to run an annual
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   Environmental and Country Fair over the three years,
   2004-2006.

   RECOMMENDED:           That the Derrygonnelly Field
   Studies Council be offered deficit match funding to a
   maximum of £4,434.42, subject to the conditions of the
   NRRTI grant offer being met.

iii) Derrygonnelly Field Studies Council – Cross Border
     Marketing

   The Committee was informed that the purpose of the
   Derrygonnelly Field Studies Council’s Cross Border
   Marketing Initiative was to raise the profile of the
   Derrygonnelly Centre on both sides of the Border by
   producing promotional literature.

   RECOMMENDED: That the Derrygonnelly Field
   Studies Council be offered deficit match funding to a
   maximum of £5,400, subject to the conditions of the
   NRRTI grant offer being met.

iv) ISKCON – Inish Rath Sustainable Wetlands Project

   The Committee was made aware that the ISKCON
   Organisation at Inish Rath Island had been successful in
   securing funding for the provision of an ecologically
   sustainable reed-bed system for disposing of toilet and
   other effluent. It was noted that the project involved the
   construction of a new toilet block for visitors, along with
   separation and treatment systems for all waste products.
   It was noted that NRRTI grant of £50,000 had been
   approved, which left a shortfall of £10,000.

   RECOMMENDED: That ISKCON be offered deficit
   match funding to a maximum of £10,000, subject to the
   conditions of the NRRTI grant offer being met.

v) Ardess Community Association – Restoration of
   Kiltierney Deerpark Wall Project

   The Committee was informed that the Ardess
   Community Association had been successful in securing
   NRRTI grant aid of £50,000 towards the costs involved
   in the restoration of the west wall of Kiltierney
   Deerpark. It was noted that the Council had contributed
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                 towards the costs of employing a Structural Engineer to
                 assess the extent of the work required.

                 RECOMMENDED:           That the Ardess Community
                 Association be offered deficit match funding to a
                 maximum of £11,609, subject to the conditions of the
                 NRRTI grant offer being met.

ES62/04   COUNTRYSIDE

          a) Queen Elizabeth Road Boulevard

             The Committee was reminded that the Council had been
             awarded £1.2million from the Department for Social
             Development towards the costs of an Environmental
             Improvement Scheme on the Queen Elizabeth Road.

             It was noted that Ferguson & McIlveen had been appointed
             to prepare the design and a Working Group had been
             formed to progress this project, which included Enniskillen
             Councillors, along with representatives from the DSD, DRD
             Roads Service, DSD Street Lighting, DCAL Fisheries, DCAL
             Water Recreation, Waterways Ireland and DRD Water
             Service.

             The Director of Environmental Services informed the
             Committee that Expressions of Interest had been sought
             through public advertisement. A Select List would be
             prepared for the October Policy and Resources Committee
             Meeting, following which, tenders would be sought. It was
             planned to have the Contract started by January 2005.

             RECOMMENDED: That the outline design be accepted by
             the Council.

          b) Cottage Lawn, Belcoo – Fireworks Display

             The Committee considered a request from Belcoo and
             District Historical Society for permission to host a fireworks
             display at the lakeside of the Cottage Lawn on 31 October
             2004. It was noted that the Society would:

                Engage the company employed              previously    by
                 Fermanagh District Council.
                Provide full insurance cover.
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                Ensure that the public were not allowed onto the Cottage
                 Lawn.

             RECOMMENDED: Accordingly.

          c) The Private Streets (NI) Order 1980

             The Committee noted the adoption by Roads Service of the
             following streets:

                Drumbrughas North, Lisnaskea – Entrance to Business
                 Centre.
                Trasna Way, Lisnaskea – Frontage of 99-105 Trasna Way
                Edenmore, Tempo – Streets in Meadow Brook.
                Laragh, Ballycassidy – Extension of existing
                 development.

          d) Conagher – Area of Special Scientific Interest (ASSI)

             The Committee noted correspondence from the Environment
             & Heritage Service, which confirmed that the Conagher Area
             had been designated as an Area of Special Scientific Interest.
             Members asked that the Environment and Heritage Service
             supply details of all the ASSIs, and AONBs in the County.

ES63/04   SPORT AND RECREATION

          a) Lough Erne Yacht Club – RYA Zone Youth Championship
             and GP14 Championship

             The Committee considered a request from the Lough Erne
             Yacht Club for financial assistance towards hosting the RYA
             Zone Youth Championship and GP14 Championship on
             4/5 September 2004.

             RECOMMENDED: That the Council provide financial
             support of £500 deficit funding for each event (£1,000 deficit
             funding in total).

          b) Age Concern Northern Ireland – Community Sport
             Programme

             The Committee noted that Age Concern Northern Ireland
             had applied for financial assistance from the Sports Council
             towards the cost of the employment of a Community Sports
             Development Officer to encourage people aged 50 plus to
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             take part in physical activity and sport. The Committee was
             informed that the Council had been requested to provide a
             Letter of Support.

             RECOMMENDED: Accordingly.

          c) The Inland Waterways Association of Ireland (NI Branch)

             The Committee considered a request from the Inland
             Waterways Association of Ireland (NI Branch) seeking
             financial assistance towards the visit of the Cheshire Branch
             of the Inland Waterway Association of England and Wales
             from 17-19 September 2004.

             RECOMMENDED: That the Council grant the use of the
             Studio at the Ardhowen on 17 September 2004 at a cost of
             £30 and provide £100 towards the cost of a Reception.

ES64/04   ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT

          a) Enniskillen Light Operatic – Musical “South Pacific”

             The Committee considered a request from Enniskillen Light
             Operatic Society towards this year’s Musical, “South Pacific”
             to be held at the Ardhowen from 2-11 December 2004.

             RECOMMENDED:            That the Council provide deficit
             funding of £1,000 towards the production costs of the 2004
             Musical, "South Pacific".

          b) Letter of Thanks

             The Committee noted a letter of thanks from the Emerald
             Revellers Traditional Irish Folk Group for assistance in
             hosting the Santa Maria Folk Group from Sardinia.

          c) Arts Advisory Committee

             The Chairman, Councillor Ruth Lynch, declared an interest
             and left the meeting during discussion.

             The Committee was advised that over the past number of
             years, the Council had awarded £5,000 to the Arts Advisory
             Committee for distribution. It was noted that previously
             £5,000 was sufficient for the annual spend, however, this
             year the Committee had already committed its total funding.
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             RECOMMENDED:            That the Council award the Arts
             Advisory Committee a further £2,000 towards the cost of arts
             projects taking place before 31 March 2005.

          d) Share Arts – Lisnaskea Festival of Light

             The Committee considered a request from Share Arts for
             financial assistance towards the Lisnaskea Festival of Light
             on 1 November 2004.

             RECOMMENDED:            That the Council provide deficit
             funding of £1,000 for the Share Arts Festival of Lights 2004.

  ES65/04 TOURIST DEVELOPMENT

          a) Fermanagh Signature Project

             The Committee was reminded that in the NITB “Strategic
             Framework for Action 2004-2007”, five Signature Projects
             had been identified, however, Fermanagh had not been
             included. In subsequent discussion with the Tourist Board, it
             was agreed that Fermanagh would develop a Signature
             Project with the cost of developing this shared on a 50/50
             basis between Fermanagh District Council and the NITB.
             Costs would be in the order of £35,000 to £40,000.

             The Committee noted that advertisements had been placed
             in the media seeking Expressions of Interest from
             Consultants who would identify the Signature Project. To
             date, 31 applicants had requested Contract Documents with
             shortlisting taking place in October.

ES66/04   DIRECTOR’S REPORT

          The Committee received the Director’s Report, as follows:

          a) Letter of Thanks

             Brookeborough Charity Vintage Club for financial support
             received.

          b) Grants to Groups

             Community Relations

             a) 1st Tempo Brownie Unit – deficit funding to a maximum
                of £300 towards workshop costs.
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ES67/04   COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

          a) “Every Picture Tells a Story” Exhibition

             The Committee was informed that the above exhibition
             would involve displays from young people who had been
             affected in some way by the Troubles in Northern Ireland.
             The exhibition would take place from 28 September to
             22 October 2004 in the Higher Bridges Gallery.

             RECOMMENDED: That the Council provide funding of
             £2,100, 75% of which was eligible for Community Relations
             Support.

          b) Community Relations Workshops

             The Committee considered support for the following
             Workshops:

             a)   Inside the Council Workshops – February 2005
             b)   Cultural Identity Workshops – November 2005
             c)   Us and Them Too Workshops – October 2004
             d)   Developing Facilitation Skills – October 2004

             RECOMMENDED: The Council provide financial support
             as follows:

             a) Inside the Council Workshops - £1,100, 75% of which was
                eligible for Community Relations Support.
             b) Cultural Identity Workshops - £860, 75% of which was
                eligible for Community Relations Support.
             c) Us and Them Too Workshops - £1,045.50, 75% of which
                was eligible for Community Relations Support.
             d) Developing Facilitation Skills - £4,200, 75% of which was
                eligible for Community Relations Support.

ES68/04   PUBLIC CLEANSING

          a) Drummee Waste Management Facility

             The Committee was informed that Enviros Ltd was currently
             working on the Construction Contract Documents for the
             Drummee facility, with four Contractors shortlisted to
             tender, details of which were provided for the Committee.
             It was noted that waste would be accepted from 1 April 2006.
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b) Southern Waste Management Partnership (SWAMP)

   The Committee was informed that SWAMP was working
   towards the Waste Management Plan for the year 2020. It
   was noted that the current Waste Management Plan was also
   under review. In order to set targets for the reduction of
   Biodegradable Municipal Waste, the Department had
   prepared a Consultation Document outlining the following
   three methods of measuring the quantities for this process:

      Convergence in 2006/2007
      Convergence in 2008/2009
      Parallel.

   The Committee noted that the SWAMP budget for
   2004/2005 was £120,000, as it was in the previous year, with
   the Council’s contribution of £16,217.

   RECOMMENDED: That

   a) the Council accept the Convergence by 2006/2007 model.
   b) the Council contribute £16,217 to SWAMP for 2004/2005.

c) Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (The WEEE
   Directive) and Restriction of the use of certain Hazardous
   Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment (The
   ROHS Directive) – Consultation Paper

   The Committee was informed that the Department of Trade
   and Industry had issued a Consultation Paper on the WEEE
   Directive and the ROHS Directive, with views on the
   Consultation Paper requested by Friday 29 October 2004.
   Members noted that a copy of the document would be
   placed in the Members’ Library.

d) NI/ROI Cross Border Waste Management Committee –
   Cross Border Waste Study Project

   Councillor Fergus McQuillan declared an interest and left
   the meeting during discussion on this item.

   The Committee was informed that ICBAN had made an
   Interreg Application on behalf of the Cross Border Waste
   Management Group towards the costs of a Cross Border
   Waste Study.
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   It was noted that €123,000 funding had been secured,
   however, the total project cost was €165,000. ICBAN had
   committed €14,500 and Monaghan County Council had
   committed €10,000. As the project covered the East Border
   Region and the ICBAN region, ICBAN had asked Councils
   in these regions to provide match funding. It was noted that
   each of the 14 Councils had been asked to provide funding
   of €1,250.

   RECOMMENDED: That the Council provide €1,250 (£850)
   as match funding towards the Waste Study Project, subject
   to other Councils providing match funding.

e) Recycling

   i)   Household Waste Contamination

        Referring to the contamination of dry recyclable waste,
        the Committee was informed that over the period of
        June 2003 – May 2004 an additional cost of £11,000 had
        been incurred by the Council due to this contamination.
        It was noted that measures had been put in place to
        address the problem but that a publicity campaign was
        needed also.

        RECOMMENDED: That the Council launch a publicity
        campaign in order to notify the public of the problems
        and costs of contamination.

   ii) Recycling For Businesses and Schools

        The Committee was reminded that a combined paper
        and cardboard collection service had been offered to all
        businesses and schools within the County. However,
        the contractor awarded the tender was unable to
        commence collections. It was noted that a Council
        vehicle and crew had commenced collecting cardboard
        from all serviced businesses throughout the County.

        It was now proposed to extend the blue bin recycling
        system to schools.

        RECOMMENDED: That the operational arrangements
        be put in place with immediate effect.
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             iii) Blue Bin Issue

                  The Committee noted that since the commencement of
                  the dry recyclable collection service, blue bins had been
                  issued free to all existing and new householders in the
                  district. The time was now appropriate to charge
                  householders for the blue bins.

                  RECOMMENDED: That the Council charge for all blue
                  bins from 1 April 2005 at the following rates:

                  140 Litre:    New £20.00           Replacement     £15.00
                  240 Litre:    New £25.00           Replacement     £20.00

             f)   Free Uplift Service

                  The Committee was informed that as in previous years,
                  the Uplift Service would be provided in May and
                  November.

                  RECOMMENDED: That

                  i)     Advertisements be placed in the local press on 27
                         and 28 October 2004.
                  ii)    Requests be taken from Wednesday 27 October to
                         Friday 5 November 2004 inclusive.
                  iii)   Only one request per household for bulky uplift or
                         vehicle collection.
                  iv)    In the case of bulky uplift, three items of furniture
                         to be accepted and vehicle collection be restricted
                         to one car or light van per household.
                  v)     Householders receive a sack and information sheet
                         for textile collection.
                  vi)    Clothes, bedding and shoes would be accepted in
                         the textile collection.

ES69/04   NI STRATEGIC GOVERNMENT WASTE MANAGEMENT
          PARTNERSHIP – BEST PRACTICAL ENVIRONMENTAL
          OPTION FOR WASTE MANAGEMENT IN N IRELAND:
          A POLITICAL CONSIDERATION! – 7 OCTOBER 2004

          The Committee considered attendance at the above Conference
          and it was:

          RECOMMENDED: That the two SWAMP representatives,
          Councillor Bertie Kerr and Councillor Fergus McQuillan, along
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          with the Director of Environmental Services attend this
          Conference.

ES70/04   GROUNDS MAINTENANCE

          a) Aghadrumsee – Field Study Park

             The Committee considered a request from the Killyfole and
             District Development Association for financial assistance
             towards insurance costs of the Field Study Park. It was
             noted that the annual insurance cost for this project was
             £1,575.00.

             RECOMMENDED:            That the Council provide deficit
             funding of £1,000 for this year, £500 for next year and £250
             for the third year towards the insurance costs of the Field
             Study Park.

          b) Replacement of Public Jetties on Lough Erne

             The Committee received notification of proposals to
             upgrade existing public jetties at five locations on Lough
             Erne, details of which were given to the Committee. It was
             noted that this work would result in the closure of the jetty
             sites to the public for a number of months.

             A Member expressed concern that no sites in the Upper
             Lough Erne had been identified. It was agreed that the
             Director of Environmental Services would write to
             Waterways Ireland regarding this.

          c) Dooneen Forest Phase 2 – Amenity Area

             The Committee considered a request from Dooneen
             Community Group for funding towards an Amenity Area at
             Dooneen Forest. It was noted that the Group wished to
             purchase panels and plants, along with leaflets, tools and a
             wildflower identification course.

             RECOMMENDED: That the Council provide funding for
             the project up to a maximum of £2,874.28 from the Landfill
             Tax Credit Scheme, subject to the project meeting the
             requirements of the Scheme and attaining Ulster Wildlife
             and ENTRUST approval.
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          d) Play Areas

             The Committee was advised that a refurbishment
             programme had commenced in 1992 and to date fifty five
             play areas had been upgraded. Within the next three years,
             the Council planned to refurbish ten play areas, as detailed
             below:

                  Killyvilly, Enniskillen
                  Erne Terrace, Derrygonnelly
                  Queens Park, Lisbellaw
                  Trasna Way, Lisnaskea
                  Glenarn Close, Lack
                  Bellanaleck
                  Main Street, Ballinamallard
                  Drumhaw, Lisnaskea (Carrowshee/Sylvan Hill
                   Replacement)
                  Fortlea, Derrylin
                  Old Rossorry, Enniskillen.

             RECOMMENDED: That the Council

             i)       Refurbish the above ten play areas over the next three
                      years.
             ii)      Tender on the basis of “design and build” with a
                      capital sum of £120,000 available each year.



RISING:   The Committee rose at 9.10pm.

          All the Members named were present at the commencement of
          the meeting except Councillors Stephen Huggett and John
          O’Kane who arrived at 7.35pm.

          All the Members named remained present to the end of the
          meeting except Councillor Gerry Gallagher who left at 9.00pm.
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