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FERMANAGH COMHAIRLE DISTRICT COUNCIL CHEANTAIR FHEAR MANACH DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE COISTE FORBARTHA Minutes of the meeting of the Development Committee held in the Council Chamber, Townhall, Enniskillen on Monday, 10 October 2011 at 7.30pm. PRESENT: Councillors Ruth Lynch (Chairman) Harold Andrews, Rosemary Barton, Alison Brimstone, Frank Britton, Cyril Brownlee, Debbie Coyle, Barry Doherty, Sheamus Greene, Stephen Huggett, Robert Irvine, Basil Johnston, Thomas Maguire, Brian McCaffrey, John O’Kane, Thomas O’Reilly, Frankie Rice, Paul Robinson and Bernice Swift APOLOGIES: Councillors Alex Baird, Raymond Farrell, Brendan Gallagher and Bert Johnston IN ATTENDANCE: Chief Executive, Economic Development Officer and Committee Clerk D137/11 MINUTES The minutes of the meeting held on Monday, 12 September 2011 were approved and signed. D138/11 MATTERS ARISING D125/11 – D112/11 b) CROSS CEMETERY The Chief Executive informed the Committee that copies of the meeting notes would be tabled at the Environmental Services Committee meeting on Tuesday, 11 October 2011. D139/11 NET 1 LTD & NWE WIRELESS NETWORKS The Chairman welcomed Mr Andrew McKeever, Managing Director and Mr John Gartlan, Technical Director from Net1 Ltd and Mr Stephen McClelland, 2 Managing Director and Mr Danny McFadden, IT Manager from North West Electronics (NWE) Wireless Networks to the meeting. Mr McKeever addressed the following points in a presentation: The background of Net1 Ltd Advantages of Broadband The method of service delivery and how it worked Net1 Ltd tariffs and speeds Current and target coverage areas Mr McClelland addressed the following points in a presentation: The history of NWE Wireless Networks Solutions for Broadband access The location of NWE Wireless Networks operating sites throughout Northern Ireland and Co Donegal Current and target coverage areas DETI Infill Project NWE Wireless Networks tariffs and speeds Members raised a number of issues in relation to phone masts, weather conditions affecting signal, planning permission impacts on the location of bases, distances involved with the connection having to be line of sight, criteria involved when deciding where to locate a base, community objectives, impact of Fermanagh landscape on access to bases, limited mobile phone coverage, installation costs and the expenditure involved if changing from one provider to another. The Chairman thanked Mr Andrew McKeever, Mr John Gartlan, Mr Stephen McClelland and Mr Danny McFadden and they left the meeting. D140/11 ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT Enniskillen Business Partnership The Chief Executive informed the Committee that Enniskillen Business Partnership had been officially established in September 2011, he informed the Committee of the Partnership’s mission statement, aims, and their policies on the environment, marketing, accessibility and security. 3 RECOMMENDED: That representatives of Enniskillen Business Partnership be invited to the December Development Committee meeting. D141/11 Rural Development Programme – Village Renewal, Measure 3.5 Councillors Cyril Brownlee, Ruth Lynch, Brian McCaffrey and Paul Robinson declared an interest and left the meeting for the duration of the discussion on the item. In the absence of the Chairman, Councillor Ruth Lynch, it was agreed that Councillor Thomas O’Reilly be elected Chairman for the duration of the discussion of the item. The Economic Development Officer gave an update on the development of integrated village plans which had now been drafted; comments had been received from local communities and the Council had to send final comments to the Consultants by Thursday, 13 October 2011. The Economic Development Officer informed the Committee that there were a few issues yet to be resolved, such as: Plans had been developed for 31 settlements across the four District Council areas but when the call for Measure 3.5 opened it would be an open call so other settlements in the cluster area would be able to apply for funding. The total amount of funding available was approximately £1.9 million meaning that the amount of money available for each settlement could be relatively small. Each settlement could have to prioritise an action/actions to be funded which could require drawings to be completed and priced and applications for planning permission may be required. There was concern that some settlements would not have the capacity to do this. Each settlement could have to provide evidence of match funding at the application stage. Most settlements would not be able to provide this funding although some Councils in the cluster had indicated a willingness to assist with match funding requirements. 4 Many of the groups were at early stages of development and would have little or no experience of managing projects. Many of the applicants required intensive support to roll-out their projects and there was difficulty meeting target spend on the Rural Development Programme in Fermanagh. Members discussed concerns including the match funding requirements, the lack of spend by groups in Fermanagh, the criteria used to define villages and the allocation of funding to each Council area. RECOMMENDED: That Fermanagh District Council staff would meet with the other Councils in the cluster and SWARD Management to agree a way forward that would allow the maximum number of Fermanagh villages to benefit from Measure 3.5. D142/11 LIAISON – PUBLIC SERVICES Western Health and Social Care Trust The Chief Executive informed the Committee that the Western Health and Social Care Trust would attend the November Development Committee meeting on Monday, 14 November 2011. Members agreed that any issues to be raised with the Trust at the meeting would be forwarded to the Chief Executive by the end of October. D143/11 Consultation on a Telecommunications Action Plan for Northern Ireland 2011 – 2015 The Chief Executive informed the Committee that the Council had responded to the DETI Consultation on the Telecommunications Action Plan for Northern Ireland 2011 – 2015. The Consultation document and DETI’s reply to the Council’s response had been forwarded to all Members for information. D144/11 Cross Border Training and Impact Assessment in Ireland and Europe – International Conference The Chief Executive informed the Committee that an Officer would attend the conference. 5 D145/11 Agricultural & Food Seminar The Committee considered attendance at the above seminar to be held on Thursday, 1 December 2011 in the Dunadry Hotel, Co Antrim. Members were informed that the seminar would cost £175 and travel would cost approximately £110. RECOMMENDED: That Councillors Rosemary Barton and Sheamus Greene attend the seminar. D146/11 Collective Lobbying – ICBAN Event The Chief Executive informed Members that an invitation had been emailed to all Councillors inviting them to an event run by ICBAN entitled ‘Collective Lobbying’. The event would be held on Tuesday, 25 October 2011 in the Bush Hotel, Carrick on Shannon. RECOMMENDED: That Councillor Brian McCaffrey attend the event. D147/11 Enniskillen status as a Sub-regional Centre The Chief Executive informed the Committee that Enniskillen had been identified as a Sub-regional Centre in the 10 year review of the Regional Development Strategy 2025. The Council proposed to engage consultants to carry out a review of Enniskillen as a Sub-regional Centre and prepare a report. It was anticipated that the report would define the characteristics of a Sub-regional Centre, carry out a review of Enniskillen as it currently existed and recommend actions to strengthen the position of Enniskillen as a Sub-regional Centre. The Chief Executive informed the Committee that the Council also recognised the potential for Enniskillen as a Public Sector Hub within Northern Ireland. He indicated that the report would also examine the potential for the relocation of public sector jobs to Enniskillen. RECOMMENDED: Accordingly. RISING: The Committee rose at 10.10pm. 6 All Members named were present for the commencement of the meeting except Councillors Debbie Coyle who arrived at 7.35pm and Stephen Huggett at 7.40pm. All Members named were present for the duration of the meeting except Councillors Rosemary Barton who left at 8.50pm, Frank Britton and Robert Irvine at 9pm, and Alison Brimstone at 10pm.
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