FERMANAGH DISTRICT COUNCIL ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES COMMITTEE
COMHAIRLE CHEANTAIR FHEAR MANACH COISTE SEIRBHÍSÍ TIMPEALLACHTA
Minutes of the meeting of the Environmental Services Committee held in the Council Chamber, Townhall, Enniskillen, on Tuesday, 9 September 2008. PRESENT: Councillors Bert Johnston (Chairman), Harold Andrews, Alex Baird, Tom Elliott, Gerry Gallagher, Stephen Huggett, Ruth Lynch, Brian McCaffrey, Domhnall Ó Cobhthaigh, Thomas O‟Reilly, Paul Robinson and Patricia Rogers. Councillor Robert Irvine.
IN ATTENDANCE: Director of Leisure, Tourism and Arts, Director of Technical Services and the Committee Clerk. ES81/08 MINUTES The minutes of the meeting held on Tuesday 8 July 2008 were approved and signed. ES82/08 MATTERS ARISING a) Temporary Surrounds in Cross Cemetery ES73/08 (c) The Committee was advised that, as agreed, a meeting had been held on 4 September 2008. It was reported that approximately 80 persons had attended including representatives from Undertakers. Details of the points raised and decisions taken were outlined to the Committee. b) Local Community Fund ES74/08 (a) In relation to the £37,034 made available to groups in the Rosslea area by the DSD, the Director of Leisure, Tourism and Arts informed the Committee that an advertisement had been placed in the local press inviting groups to make application for funding.
When applications had been received these would be reported to the Committee for consideration. ES83/08 COMMUNITY SERVICES a) Boho Community Hall The Committee considered a request from Boho Community Association for financial assistance towards the capital costs of works to Boho Community Hall. After lengthy discussion on the Council‟s Policy in relation to providing funding for capital costs of non Council owned properties, it was: RECOMMENDED: That the Council does not provide funding towards the Project Development costs. b) Belcoo Community Playgroup Councillor Domhnall Ó Cobhthaigh declared an interest in this item and left the meeting during discussion. The Committee was informed that correspondence had been received from Belcoo Community Playgroup requesting financial assistance towards the capital costs of the development of Belcoo Community Centre. RECOMMENDED: That the Council provide financial assistance of £10,000 towards the development of Belcoo Community Centre, subject to expenditure of £105,016. c) Fermanagh Volunteer Centre – Delivery of POCVA Checks (Min Ref ES42/08(c)) It was reported that Fermanagh Volunteer Centre had informed the Council that they would cease to operate. The Council was therefore no longer in a position to offer support to the Centre to enable them to provide POCVA checks for community and voluntary organisations.
d) Christmas Lights 2008 The Director of Leisure, Tourism and Arts informed the Committee that similar arrangements would be put in place as in the previous year. The same level of funding would be made available based on settlement size. As in previous years, the Council would arrange for additional public liability insurance cover up to £10m for areas with festive lighting displays at a cost of £25 + 5% IPT per group, conditional on groups providing evidence of their own insurance cover up to £1m public liability and carrying out a risk assessment. In addition, Santa‟s Train would be made available to groups for “switch on” ceremonies at a cost of £30. The Council to arrange the “switch on” event for Enniskillen at an approximate cost of £8,000. RECOMMENDED: That i) a small fund of £250 should be set aside to allow a number of small settlements with a history of festive lighting, not included in the above, to apply for a contribution. The Council arrange the “switch on” event for Enniskillen at an approximate cost of £8,000.
e) Jolly Tots Community Playgroup – Assignment of Lease to Early Years The Committee was informed that in March 2000, the Council agreed to lease premises adjacent to St Angelo Airport to the Jolly Tots Community Playgroup for a period of fifty years. The Jolly Tots Community Playgroup had now asked for permission to assign the lease to Early Years, a Northern Ireland Group providing a toddler group in the premises and training for playgroups in the County. RECOMMENDED: That the Council agree to the assignment of the lease from Jolly Tots Community Playgroup to Early Years.
COUNTRYSIDE a) Enhancement of Laragh Lough – Landfill Communities Fund Councillor Stephen Huggett declared an interest in this item and left the meeting during discussion. The Committee considered a request from the Erne and Melvin Enhancement Company for financial assistance of £7,000 to restock native fish into the Lough. RECOMMENDED: That the Council provide funding of £7,000, for the restocking of the Lough from the Council‟s Landfill Communities Fund, subject to the project meeting the approval of the Scheme and attaining UWT/ENTRUST approval. b) Larganess River, Florencecourt – Introduction of White Clawed Crayfish The Committee considered a request for financial assistance towards a project which aimed to: Create reserve breeding populations Re-introduce crayfish to newly restored habitat Raise the species profile through education.
It was reported that the White Clawed Crayfish would be released into the Largeness River at Florencecourt. RECOMMENDED: That the Council provide funding for the project up to a maximum of £8,000 from the Council‟s Landfill Communities Fund, subject to the project meeting the requirements of the Scheme and attaining UWT/ENTRUST approval. Because of the timescale involved, permission was sought to respond immediately after the meeting. c) Invasive Species Ireland – Codes of Conduct The Committee was informed that the Invasive Species Ireland Project was a joint venture between the Northern Ireland Environment Agency and the
National Parks and Wildlife Service to implement the recommendations of the 2004 Invasive Species Ireland Report. It was reported that on 26 June 2008, three Consultation Documents were released, details of which were supplied to the Committee. RECOMMENDED: That the Council note these Codes of Conduct documents. d) Ulster Way – Maintenance The Director of Leisure, Tourism and Arts informed the Committee that the Northern Ireland Environment Agency proposed that all relevant District Councils assume the maintenance of the Ulster Way in their District Council areas. In order to maintain the Ulster Way status, the Council must agree to maintain the route at a standard worthy of accreditation through the „Quality Walk‟ scheme, details of the maintenance required were supplied to the Committee. RECOMMENDED: That the Council adopt the maintenance of the Ulster Way within the District Council area. e) Fermanagh Local Biodiversity Action Plan – Habitat and Species Action Plans, 2008-2011 The Committee was informed that year two of the Fermanagh Local Biodiversity Action Plan Project had now been completed and the Fermanagh Local Biodiversity Action Plan had been prepared. Details of the Habitat and Species Action Plans were supplied to the Committee. RECOMMENDED: That the Council approve the Fermanagh Local Biodiversity Action Plan – Habitat and Species Action Plans. f) Flying of Flags and Emblems in the Enniskillen Area The Committee was informed that correspondence had been received from the Fermanagh Trust
regarding the flying of Flags and Emblems in the Enniskillen area. It was reported that the Trust had requested that the Council reconsider the decision reached in July 2004 and develop a Civic Charter on Flags and Emblems and Positive Cultural Celebrations. The Council at that time confirmed that the policy would be “to work with all communities and to facilitate any group or body who wished to address the matter of the flying of flags” RECOMMENDED: That the Council confirm its Policy “to work with all communities and to facilitate any group or body who wished to address the matter of the flying of flags”. g) Views about Management Statements relating to: i. The Cliffs of Magho (ASSI) ii. Cuilcagh Mountain (ASSI) iii. Pettigo Plateau (ASSI) RECOMMENDED: That the above be noted. h) Listing of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest The Committee was informed that correspondence had been received from the Department of the Environment confirming the listing of 15 Main Street, Ederney. RECOMMENDED: That the above be noted. i) Parking Place with Limited Waiting and Disabled Bay Provision The Committee was informed that notification had been received from DRD Roads Service of their intention to introduce limited waiting provision in the Ann Street lay-by, details of waiting times were outlined to the Committee. It was also indicated that it was proposed to introduce limited waiting provision in Main Street, Lisnaskea with a disabled parking bay being provided outside the Bank of Ireland, Lisnaskea.
RECOMMENDED: That no objections be raised. j) The Private Streets (NI) Order 1980 The Committee noted the adoption of the following streets: i. Belturbet Road, Kinoughtrath, Teemore ii. Church View, Main Street, Derrylin iii. Crom Cruaich Way, Garrison Road, Belcoo RECOMMENDED: That the above adoptions be noted and appropriate servicing arrangements be put in place. k) Damage to Road Surfaces Following a request at the last meeting in relation to DSD Road Services‟ policy regarding damage to road surfaces by the private sector and agencies such as the Forest Service, the Director of Technical Services reported that correspondence had been received from DRD Roads Service which outlined their policy in respect of the Forest Service harvesting. Details on this Policy were outlined to the Committee. RECOMMENDED: That no objections be raised. ES85/08 COMMUNITY RELATIONS a) Irish Language Officer The Committee further considered this item which was referred back at the Council meeting on 1 September 2008. Following discussion it was proposed and seconded that the Council accept the offer from Foras Na Gaelige for 50% funding towards the employment of an Irish Language Officer. Before being put to the meeting, a recorded vote was requested. Votes were recorded as follows:
Councillor Councillor Councillor Councillor Councillor Councillor Councillor Councillor Councillor Councillor
Stephen Huggett Ruth Lynch Brian McCaffrey Domhnall Ó Cobhthaigh Thomas O‟Reilly -5 Harold Andrews Alex Baird Tom Elliott Bert Johnston Paul Robinson
ABSTENTIONS Councillor Gerry Gallagher Councillor Patricia Rogers The Chairman, Councillor Bert Johnston, used his casting vote and voted against the proposal. The proposal thus fell. ES86/08 DIRECTOR’S REPORT a) Grants to Groups
Lisnaskea Women‟s Group – deficit funding towards an afternoon tea dance for older people to mark Age Awareness Week to be held on 7 October 2008 - £200. ii Cleenish Parent Toddler Group – deficit funding towards a programme of activities commencing September 2008 - £250. iii Positive Futures – use of facilities at the Ardhowen Theatre for an Award Ceremony for young people with severe learning disabilities who have completed a Duke of Edinburgh, Bronze Award – to a value of £375. b) Community Relations i. Erne East Community Partnership Limited financial assistance towards a Fun Day event at the Share Holiday Village for Eastern European Immigrants in the local community - £500.
GROUNDS MAINTENANCE a) Seat in Memory of the late Mrs Daley The Committee was informed that correspondence had been received from the Raynaud‟s and Scleroderma Association requesting permission to place a park seat in Enniskillen in memory of Mrs Alice Daley. RECOMMENDED: That approval be given for the placement of a park seat and planting of a tree in the Broadmeadow at a location to be selected by the Council. b) RHS Britain in Bloom 2008 UK Awards Presentation i) Attendance at Ceremony The Committee was informed that the Awards Ceremony would take place on 24 September 2008 at Chester Racecourse. RECOMMENDED: That the Vice Chairman of the Council, Councillor Robert Irvine or the Chair of the Environmental Services Committee, Councillor Bert Johnston and the Director of Technical Services attend the Awards Ceremony. ii) Letter of Thanks The Committee noted a Letter of Thanks from the Ulster In Bloom Co-ordinator. The Committee congratulated all those who had been responsible for the town‟s success.
SPORT AND RECREATION a) Fermanagh Volleyball Tournament The Committee considered a request for financial assistance from Skea Spikers‟ Volleyball Club towards the Fermanagh Volleyball Tournament being held in the Fermanagh Lakeland Forum on 6/7 December 2008.
RECOMMENDED: That i ii the Council work in partnership with Skea Spikers to organise the Fermanagh Volleyball Tournament. The Council contribute a maximum of £1,000 towards prizes and provide use of the Main Hall in the Fermanagh Lakeland Forum to a maximum of £1,000.
b) 10K Road Race The Committee was informed that the Enniskillen Rotary Club had once again requested the Council to work in partnership with the Club to organise the 10K Road Race for a further three years, 2009, 2010, 2011, provide use of facilities at the Fermanagh Lakeland Forum, assistance in setting up and organising the event, also up to a maximum in kind contribution of £3,500 annually towards the costs involved in organising the event. RECOMMENDED: That the Council: i. enter into a three year programme with the Enniskillen Rotary Club to provide a 10K event in 2009, 2010, 2011. ii. assist in the organisation of the events by providing use of facilities at the Fermanagh Lakeland Forum, use of stage unit and ancillary equipment, as necessary, to a maximum of £1,000 iii. provide a financial contribution to a maximum of £3,500 annually to assist in organising the event. c) Canoe Polo Event The Committee considered a request from the Ulster Canoe Polo Club for financial assistance and use of facilities at the Fermanagh Lakeland Forum for the Canoe Polo Event held in Enniskillen during August 2008. RECOMMENDED: That the Council assist in the organisation of the Canoe Polo Event and provide
£1,000 deficit funding towards the costs of the event and use of facilities at the Fermanagh Lakeland Forum. d) Physical Activity Strategy – Funding The Committee considered a request from the Western Physical Activity Steering Group for funding to support the continuation of the Physical Activity Strategy for the years 2008/09, 2009/10 and 2010/11. RECOMMENDED: That the Council continue to make a contribution of £1,000 annually, to the Western Health and Social Services Board, to assist the work of the Committee for the years 2008/09, 2009/10, 2010/11, subject to similar contributions being made by other partner organisations. e) Condition Management Programme/GP Referral Programme The Committee was informed that the Western Health and Social Services Board (WHSSB), in partnership with the Council, proposed to provide a full-time Conditional Management/GP Referral Coordinator in Fermanagh. It was reported that the WHSSB had offered the Council £30,000 per year for three years to employ a Co-ordinator in Fermanagh. RECOMMENDED: That the Council i ii work in partnership with the WHSSB to provide a Condition Management Programme/GP Referral Co-ordinator for Fermanagh. accept the offer of £30,000 per year for three years from the WHSSB to employ the Coordinator.
Enniskillen Town United Football Club – Kilmacormick Playing Fields (Min Refs ES61/08 (c)) and ES73/08(a)) The Director of Leisure, Tourism and Arts informed the Committee that clarification on a legal matter was still outstanding.
g) Sport Northern Ireland – Sport Investment Programme The Director of Leisure, Tourism and Arts informed the Committee that Sport NI was launching three new investment programmes as follows: i. Active Communities ii. Places for Sport iii. Investing in Performance Sport It was reported that the Council would be eligible to seek funding under the “Active Communities” and “Places for Sport” programmes. RECOMMENDED: That the Council work with the Omagh District Council to seek funding through the “Active Communities” programme to provide/employ sports coaches in the Fermanagh/Omagh areas and to develop a sports plan/programme accordingly. Omagh District Council to take the lead role in this Programme. Due to the timescale involved permission was sought to respond immediately after the meeting. ES89/08 PUBLIC CLEANSING a) SWaMP Contract for Collection, Transfer and Recycling of Timber The Director of Technical Services informed the Committee that a contract for the collection, transfer and recycling of wood waste was tendered by SWaMP on behalf of seven of the eight Councils in the Partnership. It was reported that four valid tenders had been received and following evaluation only two options
were reasonably priced, details of which were outlined to the Committee. The Committee was informed that the present cost of the Council for recycling wood waste was less than being collected by a Contractor. RECOMMENDED: That the present contract arrangements continue and that both SWaMP and the tenderers be notified accordingly. b) SWaMP (PR81/08) – Body Corporate, Terms of Agreement The Director of Technical Services informed the Committee that agreement had now been reached in relation to the Council joining the SWaMP 2008 Management Partnership. It was reported that the Terms of Agreement would be signed in the coming week. RISING: The Committee rose at 9.30pm. All Members named were present for the commencement of the meeting except Councillors Harold Andrews who arrived at 7.35pm, Councillor Ruth Lynch who arrived at 7.40pm and Councillor Tom Elliott who arrived at 7.50pm. All Members remained present for the duration of the meeting.