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, 14 April 2008 at 7.30pm.
PRESENT: Councillors Paul Robinson (Chairman), Harold
Andrews, Alex Baird, Frank Britton, Cyril Brownlee,
Pat Cox, Tom Elliott, Gerry Gallagher, Stephen
Huggett, Robert Irvine, Bert Johnston, Bertie Kerr,
Ruth Lynch, Brian McCaffrey, Gerry McHugh,
Breege McSorley, Domhnall Ó Cobhthaigh, Thomas
O’Reilly, Patricia Rogers and Bernice Swift.
APOLOGIES: Councillors Fergus McQuillan and John O’Kane.
IN ATTENDANCE: Chief Executive, Director of Finance & IT and
The minutes of the meeting held on Monday, 10 March 2008
and the Special Development meeting held on Tuesday, 18
March 2008 were approved and signed.
D47/08 ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Draft Local Economic Development Strategy – 2008-
The Director of Finance and IT reported that a notice had been
placed in the local papers in March inviting comments on the
Strategy by the closing date of 31 March 2008. As no
comments were received the Strategy was completed and an
action plan to complement the Strategy would be developed.
Councillor Patricia Rogers declared an interest in this item and
left the meeting for the duration of the discussion.
The Director of Finance and IT informed the Members that the
Shopmobility Scheme provided powered scooters and
wheelchairs to members of the public with limited mobility to
shop and to visit leisure and commercial facilities in towns and
Fermanagh Volunteer Centre was seeking funding to operate a
Shopmobility Scheme in Enniskillen. The proposed Scheme
would be based in Enniskillen Bus Station and managed by
Fermanagh Volunteer Centre. A full time co-ordinator would
be recruited to manage the day to day operation of the
Scheme as well as to strategically develop the service.
The projected annual cost to operate this Scheme was
£48,400. Fermanagh Volunteer Centre had secured £24,200
p.a. for 3 years from DRD, £9,200 p.a. from Translink (in-kind
contribution for accommodation) and £5,000 p.a. from
Fermanagh Volunteer Centre (in-kind contribution for
management of project). They had therefore applied to
Fermanagh District Council for £10,000 p.a. for 3 years in
order to provide the balance of funding.
In the short term scooters would be borrowed from
Shopmobility, Belfast but there was no provision in the
projected costs for the purchase of scooters. It was
anticipated that the cost of scooters would be financed
through sponsorship and fundraising.
Members were advised that the level of funding requested was
above that awarded by other Councils to other Shopmobility
Schemes in Northern Ireland and that there were concerns
about the sustainability of the project as proposed.
The Members felt that this Scheme required further
consideration and more information was needed to make a
decision in relation to Council funding.
RECOMMENDED: That a representative of Shopmobility be
invited to a future Development Committee meeting to
present a business case in support of the project.
D49/08 Clones Erne East Partnership
Councillors Harold Andrews, Ruth Lynch, Brian McCaffrey,
Thomas O’Reilly and Paul Robinson declared an interest in this
item and left the meeting for the duration of the discussion.
As the Chairman, Councillor Paul Robinson, had declared an
interest, Councillor Bert Johnston took the Chair for the
consideration of the item.
The Director of Finance and IT reported that Clones Erne East
Partnership had only been able to claim £18,774.20 of the
£25,600 funding allocated to them by the Council in the
2007/2008 financial year and requested permission to carry
over the remaining £6,825.80 into the 2008/2009 financial
RECOMMENDED: That Fermanagh District Council approve
the carry over of £6,825.80 from the 2007/2008 financial year
to the 2008/2009 financial year leaving a total of £10,825.80
to be claimed in 2008/2009.
D50/08 EDUCATION AND SKILLS AUTHORITY
The Chairman welcomed Mr Gavin Boyd, Chief Executive of
the new Education and Skills Authority, and his PA, Ms Jocelyn
Mr Boyd gave a presentation on the role of the Education and
Skills Authority, its priorities, achievements to date and
planned activities for the future. He also outlined the rationale
for the changes that had taken place in education provision.
Mr Boyd responded to Members’ queries on a range of issues.
The Chairman thanked Mr Boyd and Ms Wallace for the
presentation and they left the meeting.
D51/08 LIAISON – PUBLIC SERVICES
Derrygonnelly Leisure Garden
The Chief Executive reported that a request had been received
asking the Council to sell a Council owned site in
Derrygonnelly to a group of health professionals. Members
agreed that the property should be declared surplus to Council
requirements and made available to other interested public
bodies through Land and Property Services.
D52/08 Cross Border Waterways Partnership
The Chief Executive reported that the half-day workshop to
examine the potential for a cross-border waterways
partnership had been postponed.
D53/08 East West Ireland Waterway Project
The Chief Executive reported that Lisburn City Council was
taking the lead in a project, which had the ultimate aim of
establishing a single inland waterway with a maritime
connection at either end, linking the East and West coasts of
Ulster to form a new water based tourism project.
The overall project would involve the restoration of the Lagan
Navigation, the Erne Canal Maritime Extension and the Ulster
Canal. Different components of the project were presently at
different stages of development so the partner Councils and
organisations were applying for funding from Interreg IV to
carry out the preparatory studies and appraisals necessary to
deliver the overall project.
The total cost of the project was £985,000 and the application
was being prepared by the Comet Partnership on behalf of the
project partners. The Comet Partnership had asked
Fermanagh District Council to provide a letter of support for
D54/08 Cultural Economy Conference
The Committee considered attendance at the above
conference to be held in St Mary’s University College, Belfast
on Thursday, 8 May 2008.
RECOMMENDED: That Councillor Domhnall Ó Cobhthaigh
D55/08 Enniskillen ‘41’ Club Area Rally
The Committee considered a contribution towards a reception
on Saturday, 25 October 2008 for the Enniskillen ‘41’ Club
RECOMMENDED: That the Council provide a drinks reception
to a maximum of £300 for the above event.
D56/08 Pathways to Female Entrepreneurship Programme
The Committee considered attendance at the closing event for
the above programme to be held in The Stormont Hotel,
Belfast on Wednesday, 30 April 2008.
RECOMMENDED: That an Officer should attend.
D57/08 N16/A4 Sligo to Enniskillen Route
The Chief Executive informed the Members that a meeting
regarding the above would be held on Monday, 28 April 2008
in the Ballroom of Romance, Glenfarne, Co Leitrim. Members
noted the change of venue.
D58/08 Rural Development Programme & Peace III Programme
Members were reminded that a Joint Committee had been
established to oversee the delivery of the Rural Development
Programme and the Peace III Programme. The Joint
Committee would operate alongside a Local Action Group for
the Rural Development Programme and a Peace Partnership
for the Peace III Programme. The Committee agreed that
authority for the delivery of both programmes should be
delegated by the Council to the respective Joint Committees.
RISING: The Committee rose at 9.50pm.
All Members named were present for the commencement of
the meeting except Councillors Alex Baird who arrived at
7.32pm, Robert Irvine, Bert Johnston, Ruth Lynch, Gerry
McHugh and Thomas O’Reilly at 7.35pm and Bertie Kerr at
All Members named were present for the duration of the
meeting except Councillors Pat Cox who left at 7.35pm, Ruth
Lynch at 8pm, Frank Britton at 8.10pm, Bert Johnston at
8.15pm, Gerry Gallagher and Bernice Swift at 9pm, Breege
McSorley and Domhnall Ó Cobhthaigh at 9.15pm and Brian
McCaffrey and Gerry McHugh at 9.20pm.