Report of Town Clerk and Chief Executive To Monthly Development Committee -Tuesday, 13th April, 2010. ____________________________________ Matters for Decision. 1. Resignation of Alderman M. Hamilton from Western Cluster for Rural Development for 2008-2013. I have received letter from Alderman Hamilton advising that she unable to continue as a Member of the Western Cluster for Rural Development due to other commitment and being unable to devote the necessary time to the Committee. The Member has pointed out in her letter that she is not a Rural Councillor but was appointed to the Cluster Committee because of Party representation. I would therefore seek a nomination to the Western Cluster for Rural Development for 2008-2013 to replace Alderman Hamilton. 2. Funding for Derry Visitor and Convention Bureau. In the current rates estimates (2010/11) a figure in the sum of £365,200 has been set aside for the staffing and day to day operation of the DVCB. To facilitate the operation of this organisation permission is sought for the release of these monies based on vouched expenditure on a phased basis, paid quarterly in advance to the DVCB. I await your comments and recommendations. 3. Millennium Forum – Management Fee. In the current rates estimates (2010/11) a figure in the sum of £443,300 has been set aside for the Management Fee for the Millennium Forum. Permission is sought for the release of these monies on a phased basis, paid quarterly in advance to the Millennium Forum. I await your comments and recommendations. 4. Cities in Transition Conference – 22nd – 29th May, 2010 – Mitrovica (Kosovo). Members are advised that invitations have been extended to the Elected Members who attended the Cities in Transition Conference and also an 2 Officer from Derry City Council to attend a Cities in Transition Conference in Mitrovica (Kosovo) from the 22nd – 29th May 2010. A draft Programme is attached for Members‟ information as Appendix A. Members will recall that 3 elected Members from Derry City Council along with several community activists attended the first Cities in Transition Conference in Boston in April 2009. The Forum for Cities in Transition aims to engage representatives from areas coming out of conflict to learn from each other in terms of physical development, community development, economic development and community relations. The Conference this year has several key themes which all participants can benefit from including: Mitrovica North Physical infrastructure projects and regeneration Overview of education systems overview of conflict related issues e.g. mental health issues, issues around victims, property disputes, right to return etc; Mitrovica South Sustainable development and the involvement of NGO‟s Sustainable development and civic engagement in divided communities Overview of youth work and related projects Building an acceptable Police Service Business development planning in divided cities The objectives which have been set by DCC for the trip are outlined below: Learn from examples of best practice in terms of developing of community relations in other areas. Learn from examples of best practice in terms of regeneration, education, Policing, etc in other areas. Use any learning when developing new projects/strategies locally. Assess how affects of the conflict on citizens and groups were addressed in other areas. Look at how the „Hard Issues‟ were addressed in other areas, e.g. Dealing with the past, truth recovery, dealing with issues around victims, removal of physical divisions, etc. Build relationships with other members from Derry/Londonderry to make roll out of learning easier on return. 3 Present Derry/Londonderry in a positive light and highlight any examples of best practice in relation to Community Relations or issues around the conflict e.g. parading. Assess the effectiveness of the conference and the topics discussed in terms of Derry~Londonderry possibly hosting the conference in 2013 and meet with conference hosts to ascertain the budgetary and organisational requirements of hosting the conference. The benefits to participation include:- Fulfilment of the objectives will provide Council with a greater understanding on working in a divided society and information on approaches which worked elsewhere. It will establish further international network of contacts. Showcasing Derry~Londonderry on an international stage in terms of its community infrastructure, physical regeneration projects, economic regeneration, community relations successes, etc in the presentation which will be given on the 24th May. Continue the work which has been initiated with Forum for Cities in Transition to ensure that the learning from the Conference is embedded locally. To learn from other Cities which have come out of conflict in terms of how the community relations issues were dealt with in other areas. Updating of knowledge of other conflicts to use in development of training courses, workshops, delivery of Epilogues training programme, etc. Invites have also been issued to Cllr Gerard Diver, Cllr Maurice Devenney and Cllr Maeve McLaughlin. All costs for the trip are covered for the participants through the Forum for Cities in Transition Programme. It is recommended that Angela Askin. Community Relations Officer attend the Conference in Mitrovica form 22nd – 29th May 2010. I await your comments and recommendations. 5. Community Centre Funding. I wish to advise Members that Council has recently received representations in relation to the financial hardship which is being experienced by Community Centres in the Council‟s area. In particular the Newbuildings Community Association has indicated that it may have to drastically reduce its level of operation in the near future. Clearly Council has already made its funding allocations by way of Service Level 4 Agreements for the 2010/11 financial year. In these circumstances I am proposing that an urgent meeting is convened with key funding stakeholders including WELB, DARD and DSD in relation to the future funding climate. During these discussions I would propose that the issue of core funding is considered as a priority. Whilst considerable funding continues to be made available in programming terms ultimately this will not be deliverable unless the delivery organisations have some core funding to address their fixed costs. I await your comments and recommendation. 6. Community Support Plan 2006/07 – 2009/10. I wish to advise Members that the current Community Support Plan is due for renewal this year. Following consultation with the Department for Social Development, Council has been advised that it will be appropriate, in the present circumstances, to continue with the existing Support Plan for a further year as we await clarification on proposals regarding the Review of Public Administration. If Members are agreeable with this suggestion the Community Services Team will revise the existing document to cater for developments at community level and to comply with the budgetary allocation which is anticipated for this financial year. I await your comments and recommendation. 7. Derry City Council Support Grant Aid 2010-11. For Members‟ consideration please find attached as Appendix B the presented Support Grant-Aid results for 2010-11. Members are advised that as yet Council has not received a letter of offer from the Department of Social Development and whilst this grant aid is presented for members‟ recommendations it is subject to Council receiving an offer of grant that is similar to last year‟s allocation. The purpose of presenting this paper is to allow officers to progress with the administration of the grant aid as soon as the Department of Social Development Letter of Offer is received. I await your comments and recommendations. 8. Sports Development Budgets. Members will be aware that at the Special Development Committee in January the new Sport and Physical Activity Strategy (2010-2015) and 5 Staff Structure was approved. This involved making a number of posts within Sports Development permanent. The posts within Sports Development previously had been funded through a combination of Rates Estimates allocations and external funding. Within the Rates Estimates allocations the posts were funded through a Sports Development budget and Community Services Grant Aid budget. Following discussions with the City Treasurers Department it has been suggested to seek approval to move the grant allocation under Grant Aid directly to the Main Sports Development Cost Centre. In addition Sports Development has a full-time administration position which previously has been funded in part through Sports Development and Community Services. Approval is sought to move the monies allocated for the Sports Development posts from the main Development Department budget directly to the Sports Development cost centre. Both of these transfers will improve the administration of the financial budget within Sports Development and Community Services. I await your comments and recommendations. 9. Annual Subscription – “Friends of The Somme”. Correspondence has been received from the Somme Association requesting Council to renew its subscription to the “Friends of the Somme”. The subscription rate remains unchanged at £370.00 plus VAT, giving a total of £434.75. The organisation also expressed its appreciation for the help and support given to it. Council has made an annual subscription to this organisation over the past number of years. The Somme Association was set up to research and commemorate the role of Irish people in World War One. It does this through the provision of a museum in Newtownards – the Somme Heritage Centre – and through the maintenance and provision of visitor services at the Ulster Memorial Tower in France. The Association has a strong cross- community ethos. The Heritage and Museum Service has worked with the Somme Association on a number of recent projects, including the recent touring exhibition „Cracking the Code‟ which was on display in the Tower Museum in February 2010. In June 2010 the Museum Service will be organising an event for Archaeology Day which will also involve the Somme Association. It is recommended that Council renews its subscription at the cost of £370.00 plus VAT. 6 I await your comments and recommendations. 10. Drumahoe Playing Fields. Purpose of Report The purpose of this report is to provide Members with an update on the acquisition of the above Playing Fields. Members may recall that at the February 2009 Meeting of Committee (Ref: D36/09) that it was recommended that Council advise the Western Education and Library Board that it wishes to proceed with the acquisition of the Drumahoe Playing Fields at nil cost. I now attach, as Appendix C copy of letter which has been received from Mr. Barry Mulholland, Chief Executive of the Western Education and Library Board. In view of the content of Mr. Mulholland‟s letter and taking into account the views expressed by Members at its Meeting in January 2009 regarding the importance of these playing fields (Ref: D14/09), I now request Members‟ approval to proceed with the purchase of the land. I await your comments and recommendation. 11. Leafair Pitch – EG (Phase 2 – Synthetic Carpet and Floodlighting). Members will recall that Council appointed White Mountain in the sum of £253,783.30 + Vat to undertake Phase 1 of this project (bitmac surface, fencing and enabling works) (C45/10). In consultation with Council‟s appointed engineers, Scott Wilson) (ES356/08), the estimated cost (inclusive of professional fees) to complete Phase 2 of this project is £320,000 + VAT. For Members information, Council has previously approved a select list to tender for these works (ES293/09). Subsequent to the recent Rates Estimate process cross-Party support has indicated that the procurement of Phase II of this project is a priority. In relation to the funding arrangements for Phase II, Members should consider three options, namely, 1. Using the capital allocation for the Strategic Leisure Estate as approved in the Rates Estimate process. 2. Applying funds currently in the capital reserves. 3. Making provision by way of a loan charge. 7 Notwithstanding the above options I will seek capital support for the project from DSD, although it is not yet clear what level of allocation will be available for such projects in this financial year. It is estimated post Full Council approval that three months will be required to design/tender and obtain Council approval to appoint the successful contractor. Scott Wilson, estimate that a12 week contract will be awarded to the successful tender given the lead in time in ordering floodlights and carpet. I hereby seek approval to make the necessary arrangements to commence the second Phase of the project. I await your comments and recommendation. 12. Old Library Trust. Members may be aware that prior to the refurbishment at the Bishop‟s Field Synthetic Pitch last year, the facility was serviced by a four room changing pavilion. This allowed for an effective changing system to be put in place for teams that were using half the synthetic pitch for training purposes. There was changing provision for two teams utilising the playing surface as well as for the two teams waiting to play. When the new Community Sports Hall was opened there were two new changing rooms designated within that building that would service the Synthetic Pitch with an additional two changing rooms provided within the confines of the co- joined Old Library Trust Building. No formal agreement was reached with the management of the Old Library Trust for the hire of their two changing rooms but invoices to the value of £200 per week for the use of these rooms have been received by Council. These have not been paid. An officer from our Community Services section has been in touch with the manager of the Old Library Trust in an effort to arrive at a way forward in respect of the use of these changing rooms and has suggested the following course of action. A representative from Land and Property services is engaged in order to place a value on the hire of the changing rooms in question. This representative is asked to place a value on the transfer (purchase) of these changing rooms to Council (with the understanding that these rooms would need to be integrated in to the necessary services such as electricity, heat, water and waste). 8 As a measure of good faith and awaiting the outcome of the aforementioned options, a sum is made payable to the Old Library Trust for the hire of the changing rooms to date. This sum should equate to the value of 50% of the total amount of the invoices held by Council. I await your comments and recommendations. 13. “Slam Dunk”. Members will remember that Community Relations and Sports Development developed a joint project in November 2008 which aimed to tackle community relations issues through sport called „Slam Dunk‟. This project, which is run through various, schools, involves coaching in various sports by qualified coaches identified by Sports Development and a Community Relations element which addresses prejudices and bias. The contract for the delivery of the community relations element of the project was awarded to The Nerve Centre after a competitive tendering process. Within the original Terms of Reference, it was stated that the contract may be extended after the pilot phase into 2010 – 11. It is now proposed to initiate this extension for the project into 2010-11. I await your comments and recommendations. 14. Europe Direct. Purpose of Report To inform Members of a forthcoming payment to be issued to the Western Education and Library Board (WELB) re. hosting of the European Information Relay in the Central Library. Background Europe Direct was a joint DCC/ WELB initiative in 08/09 which provided a European Information relay hosted in the city‟s Central Library. The main objective of the project was the physical establishment of the Europe Direct information centre for Derry and the North West in the Central Library facility. The purpose of this centre was to provide an in depth range of European information resources for access by the general public. In addition, the Europe Direct Centre provided general information about EU matters in any of the official EU languages and ran a series of seminars and events on a range of subjects including employment rights. 9 Financial Implications Derry City Council as main budget holder for this project is responsible for issuing payments to WELB for staffing and overhead costs associated with management of the European Information Relay. DCC has now received all funding (£21,013.12) from DG Communications regarding this project. A final eligible claim has been presented by WELB for £2,042.52 Recommendation It is recommended that a payment of £2,042.52 be issued to WELB to enable project closure. I await your comments and recommendations. Matters For Information. 15. UK City of Culture 2013. The purpose of this report is to provide Members with an update on the current status of the bid for UK City of Culture 2013. Update Since the announcement on short listing of the four cities for UK City of Culture, the City of Culture Steering Group has been working through a number of work streams in order to complete the final bid. Members may recall from the previous report to Committee that the final bid must be submitted by 21st May 2008 with a decision expected early July. The work streams are focussing on cultural programming, stakeholder engagement, finance, marketing and communications, public realm, partnering, competitor intelligence and lobbying/advocacy. A programme management approach has been applied which provides a structured framework for the completion of the final draft submission. A detailed communications and pr work plan has been developed which provides opportunities to profile the campaign. This includes daily press releases and updates through social networking on for example our stakeholder engagement, role of the cultural champions, local talent and emerging cultural partnering opportunities. Part of the pr campaign has involved the development of a mark which is associated as part of the campaign. Over the past few weeks there has been a range of stakeholder engagements primarily with children and young people, individual artists, older people and cultural organisations. Further engagement has been 10 arranged for the general public of the City, good relations groups, ethnic minority communities and regional partners. A number of key events are also being planned which involve both a local and regional launch of the submission of the bid and a show casing event for our local artists and venues. Members are encouraged to participate in the various stakeholder and communication events. In relation to providing content for the communications Members are also requested to forward their ideas for case studies and cultural champions. 16. Additional funding for General Community Support Programme. Members are aware that Department of Social Development has allocated an additional £57,007.68 for the Community Support Programme Budget. As agreed at the Development committee Meeting an application form was sent to community managed and community owned Community Centres and £28229.50 was requested. As agreed at the Full Council Committee meeting an application form was sent to the council owned and community managed Centres to complete a submission, The table below shows the allocations to the various community centres Organisation Description of Amount Allocated expenditure requested Newbuildings Tutor costs, salaries £11552.00 Community Association Heat and light Stationery Insurance Eglinton Community Ltd Salaries £2120.00 Heat and light Paper towel dispenser for toilets to comply with Health and Safety regulations Gasyard Development Heat and light £6157.50 Trust Cleaner salary Ballymagroarty Facilitation costs £5200.00 Community Association Committee Skills training. Residential costs Tullyally & District Heat, light and oil £2000.00 Development Group Installing security to reduce costs from vandalism. Equipment to reduce 11 administration costs of the centre Longtower Community Facilitators for Health £2050.00 Centre and Fitness Programme for Parents and Children Residential to address £3000.00 Anti Social for staff and residents Diamond Centre Heat, Light, salaries, £9611.99 facilitation fees, Insurance, Gas Total for community £41691.49 owned community managed centres Irish Street Community St Patrick Carnival £1895.00 Centre Event £1600.00 Luncheon Club for Older People Lincoln Courts Health and Beauty £2100.00 Programme and weekly luncheon Club Creggan St Patrick Day Carnival £2200.00 Neighbourhood workshops and Partnership participating in the parade DCC Fire Safety Training £1000.00 Glen Development Health programme £500.00 Initiative Complete research and compile information on The Glen reaching out Project £1500.00 Total £52,486.49 This leave a balance of £4520.51 . £1500.00 will be allocated to running Effective Management Training for Management Committees in our Community Centres. £3020.51 will be allocated to the running costs of Shantallow Community Centre and Clondermot Site. 17. Post event report for Women of the Year Awards for 2010. 12 The Women‟s Officer organised the Women of the Year awards in the City Hotel on Friday 5th March 2010. This event incorporated the launch of events for International Women‟s Day on the 8th March 2010. The purpose of the event was to highlight the work of women within the Derry City Council Area and to celebrate their achievements and reward their dedication and hard work. All nominations received a certificate in recognition of their work and dedication. There were 32 nominations and 300 women attended the event. This event was very successful and it gave Derry City Council the opportunity to enable women to reflect and celebrate the achievements of women within the Council area. The following media representatives completed the judging: Erin Hutcheon Derry Journal Darinagh Boyle Local Women Newspaper Eimear O‟Callaghan Radio Foyle Olga Bradshaw Londonderry Sentinel The Local Women‟s Newspaper sponsored the awards and the Editor Darinagh Boyle presented the overall prize to Julie Byron and the Judges presented the certificates and prizes to the category winners as follows: 1. Contribution to Women‟s Community Development – Nuala Crilly 2. Contribution to Community Relations – Margaret Mc Glinchey 3. Contribution to Sport or Dance – Kim Watson 4. Contribution to Arts – Pauline Ross 5. Contribution to Formal/Informal Education – Tracy Healy 6. Contribution to the Older People – Eileen Doherty 7. Contribution to Youth – Julie Byron 8. Contribution to Childcare– Rose Doherty 9. Contribution to Caring – Mary Doherty 10. Young Women‟s Award – Stephanie Cooke Overall Winner Women of the Year 2010 – Julie Byron The feedback from those who attended was extremely positive and they would like to see this event run on an annual basis. The media exposure for the event was exceptional with all the local newspapers given coverage of nearly two pages with editorial and pictures. 18. Northern Ireland Forum of Community Relations Officers – Annual Conference. 13 Members will remember that The Northern Forum of Community Relations Officers held their very successful annual conference, Café Culture, on the 24th September 2009 in the City Hotel, Derry/Londonderry. The forum is made up Community Relations Officers from the following Council areas: Moyle District Council, Ballymoney Borough Council, Coleraine Borough Council, Magherafelt District Council, Limavady Borough Council and Derry City Council. Over 100 participants attended the event, the theme of which was to engage with difference respectfully. Such was the success of the project that it was shortlisted for a NILGA award 2010. At the NILGA awards on the 18th February 2010, Café Culture was selected as the winner under the Best Joint Initiative between local council‟s category. The Community Relations Officers are delighted that their project achieved this accolade as it is recognised for the innovation of the event and the very positive community relations results which it achieved. 19. Creative and Cultural Skills Information Video with Heritage and Museum Service. Museum Service staff have worked with Creative and Cultural Skills in the development of an online video, which provides information on careers and employment in heritage and museums. Creative & Cultural Skills (CC Skills) is the Sector Skills Council for Crafts, Cultural Heritage, Design, Literature, Music, Performing and Visual Arts. CC Skills aim to bridge the gap between industry, education and the government, and seek to give employers an influence over education and skills in the UK. Originally founded in May 2004, CC Skills is one of the 25 Sector Skills Councils across the UK. It received a new license from the UK Commission for Employment and Skills in December 2009. Creative & Cultural Skills is an industry-led body which: Campaigns for a more diverse sector and raises ambition Helps better inform career choices people make Ensures qualifications meet real employment needs Develops solutions that upskill the workforce Produces high quality industry intelligence. CC Skills originally approached the Museum Service because of the range of specialisms within the Service. The video looks at some of the different jobs which are available within museums and heritage, and together with the wider website, provides careers information and guidance. It can be viewed at: 14 http://www.creative-choices.co.uk/knowledge/inside-story/cultural- heritage/a-future-in-museums. 20. Project Kelvin Update (April 2010). Purpose of Report The purpose of this report is to update Members on the activity, which has taken place since the International Connectivity Marketing Strategy and Plan was produced to capitalise on project Kelvin in October 2009. Background Following the initiation of Project Kelvin, Council explored how best to maximise the economic opportunities enabled by the international telecoms connectivity, capacity, security and low costs associated with Project Kelvin. Following consultation with numerous local stakeholders on this, a new strategy was devised with three key objectives; 1. To enhance knowledge and awareness of the NW Investment Product (with a focus on new direct international connectivity) in order to attract increased technology based FDI in pre-defined target sectors 2. To enhance awareness of the benefits of direct international connectivity among the NW business Community in order to grow the indigenous knowledge and technology focused SME base 3. To ensure the wider investment product for telecommunications infrastructure and associated skills is developed where appropriate. To take this forward the International Connectivity Steering Group was established in October. This group includes representatives from, Derry City Council, ERNACT, Invest NI, University of Ulster, Londonderry Chamber of Commerce (including private sector membership) and Ilex. A number of steps have been taken on new initiatives in respect of the above objectives. These are highlighted below. Production of new investment promotional material with a focus on International Connectivity and Sector Propositions (circulated to international sales offices of INI, Diaspora and stakeholders) Production of a new investment website with a focus on connectivity and exemplifying the new City Brand (www.investderrylondonderry.com) Data Centre Attraction – An investor is currently working with Council and the private sector and Data Centre World Expo was 15 also attended by officers to make further connections with the industry. Derry/Boston Conference (October 2009) Telehouse Opening Event Scheduled post election (May 2010) London-Derry-Connected Investment and Outsourcing Initiative being planned with the Corporation of London and London Derry Connections for late September 2010. Doing Business With Canada Event held in January 2010 to establish transatlantic linkages utilising the potential of Project Kelvin Consultation with telecoms market and data centre experts. This has established a firm leading role for the private sector in this area with support from the public sector, potentially as facilitators, lobbyists and anchor tenants Study of the suitability and competitiveness of the current NW fibre infrastructure initiated by ERNACT. Exploiting Project Kelvin for Knowledge Sector Development Following the „Monetizing Kelvin‟ Event held in Derry and Belfast last November, the strategy has evolved with a particular focus on the identification and development of best prospects for knowledge sector development. In order to take forward new and innovative products and services globally and the exploit the speed, resilience and capacity offered by Project Kelvin, it has become clear that distinct groups of local stakeholders with the know-how and ability to fully exploit the technology need to be facilitated to work together to develop new projects. There are opportunities in numerous areas including digital media, financial services systems, cloud computing, connected health, business services and government modernisation. Yet, business needs to know it can do it and want to do it. To identify these areas, a workshop was held on February 22nd 2010. It was facilitated by Sinclair Stockman, Former Chief Scientist of BT, now head of the Digital NI 2020 Initiative, and Norman Apsley of NI Science Park. NI 2020 will aim to maximise knowledge sector growth through full exploitation of the potential of the various investments in components of NI‟s ICT infrastructure. Priority areas for action will include: 1. Additional Infrastructure 2. Business Sector Programming 3. Nationally Significant Projects - potentially across Health and Government It was agreed that Derry should not wait to be asked to develop projects. The process of development has begun in order to feed into the NI 2020 16 process. However it was also recognised by the group of the strategic importance of working both with NI PLC as well as developing discrete NW Projects, particularly on a cross border basis was a key opportunity. The following key points of action were agreed at this workshop and are under development. Champions have been identified to lead development efforts across each of the following sectors. Small delivery teams are now being assembled to work with and support selected champions. Outline sector development proposals/plans are being produced by each agreed area identifying the economic and social benefits to be gained from a proactive exploitation of the ICT infrastructure. These are summarised below; Additional Infrastructure - Data Centre development with associated cross border power supply efforts and cross border property/tax propositions across Derry, Donegal/Strabane. This is Private Sector led with support from Council and ERNACT ongoing. Modernisation of Government – Initiating the potential development of a „Common Services Organisation‟ for local government. Headed by Valerie Watts, this nationally significant project can potentially be developed if there is sufficient support from local government partners. This team will be supported by private sector business service specialists and ERNACT. Creative Digital Content in line with the Digital Derry Strategy - Strategy execution is ongoing with the Digital Derry Action Plan now initiated. A high profile sector specialist has been approached to become an international ambassador for Digital Derry and appointment of a full time sector Champion is due to be initiated in April. A funding application to DETI is now going forward for Economic Appraisal. Health Sector to include C-TRIC – Led by C-TRIC‟s Research and Innovation Board, headed by Dr Maurice O‟Kane and supported by members the University‟s Intelligent Systems Research Centre, this group is currently developing new proposals to exploit healthcare and international connectivity. The private sector is also being consulted. University and learning development with worldwide academic centre‟s of technological expertise The University of Ulster is developing these proposals at present, fostering the University of Ulster‟s existing international linkages. Business Services - Potentially including Financial Systems Software and wider Business Services, this being taken forward in conjunction with members of the Derry Investor Forum. Community Development – affordable, accessible and reliable access; the skills, education and capacity to effectively utilise the ICT infrastructure is 17 vital to enable the individual and local communities to achieve their full potential in promoting their sustainable development and improve their quality of life. The mechanism to take forward is currently under discussion. To maintain the same momentum on a cross border basis, ERNACT has hosted the first of two cross border workshops in Letterkenny on March 11th. Several of the existing proposals were advocated and some discreet cross border proposals were also outlined. The second follow up workshop was held in Derry on March 31st and considered the progress of all proposals developed to date. This aimed to ensure the coordination of cross border and NI based activity to exploit Project Kelvin. 21. Update on Investment and Enterprise Support Activity. Purpose of Report The purpose of this report is to update Members on recent investment and enterprise activity undertaken by EDS. Funding Submissions to LED Competitiveness Programme. As updated in February 2010, officers have prepared three funding submissions to the LED Competitiveness Programme. These projects have been assessed successfully by the DETI/Invest NI scoring panel and are now undergoing economic appraisal. By way of summary the projects undergoing appraisal are; a. Enterprising Derry This is a £240K programme of enterprise support and promotion targeted at entrepreneurs and micro enterprises in order to protect and sustain local economic development and augment the Invest NI Enterprise Development Programme (EDP). This programme of niche, complimentary support will be underpinned by Derry‟s new status as most enterprising city in NI. b. Digital Derry This proposed £149,000 programme is designed to deliver the action plan recommended by the „Digital Derry Strategy: A Strategy for the Development of the Creative Digital Content Sector‟. Derry City Council and its partners are embarking on a two-year programme of action, 18 devised to increase the rate of growth of the digital content sector in the City. c. Clinical Translational Research and Innovation Centre (C- TRIC) This £250,000 programme of support proposes to achieve key economic development objectives over a three-year period: Provision of scientific business support and subsidised rental space to incubate fledgling businesses in the life and health science sector, ensuring survival and growth of those businesses – 15 companies supported in 2010-2013 Promotion in selected global target markets with a view to attracting R&D projects - 6 inward investment based R&D projects attracted in 2010/13 Increase volume of commercially sponsored pharmaceutical clinical trials - 12 additional clinical trials in 2010/13 15 additional commercial tenants undertaking collaborative research in C-TRIC in 2010/13 To become an internationally recognised model of best practice for translational medicine in UK/Europe by 2012 1. Lessons from Boston Diaspora On March 24th Derry City Council and the Londonderry Chamber of Commerce jointly held a successful seminar to gain an insight into the business model of Boston World Partnerships (BWP). The aim of the seminar was to learn from the model employed by Boston World Partnerships in expanding international networks for economic and cultural benefit with the objective of evolving the region‟s Diaspora work in the context of the UK City of Culture bid, the Ireland North West Diaspora Programme and other international development priorities. Dave McLaughlin, CEO of BWP presented at the seminar his experience of developing BWP. This visit was funded by the Irish Institute of Boston College and the US State Department. Boston World Partnerships was created by Mayor Thomas M. Menino, to raise global awareness of Boston as one of the world's foremost centres of intellectual capital and innovation, offering tremendous competitive advantages to growth-minded businesses. BWP is a public-private partnership, with seed funding from P&G/The Gillette Company and the Boston Redevelopment Authority. The event was attended by 34 local stakeholders and the model of BWP will now be explored in more detail by local stakeholders. 19 22. Western Perspective Proposed Conservation and Tourism-led Public Realm Project. Purpose of Report To provide Members with an update in relation to the Western Perspective Public Realm Project. Background Members may recall previous items presented at the Development Committee in relation to this project, in particular the item in July 2009 at which the design concept was endorsed (Item ref. D185/09). The project has arisen from recommendations contained within the City Walls Conservation Plan in terms of improving the presentation and appearance of key public open spaces next to the historic City Walls. In addition to this, the local community organisation, Bogside and Brandywell Initiative (BBI), have been keen to support Council in identifying design solutions that will create a high quality, effective and managed area of open space to address some of the anti-social issues experienced there. A small working group made up of representatives from BBI, NIHE, DOE Planning Service, DOE NIEA, DRD Roads Service, DCC and Council was established to bring forward design solutions. This process culminated in professional urban designers being appointed by Council and presenting a design concept which has subsequently been endorsed by Committee. This design concept had factored in a number of key points arising from the public consultation information day held in October 2008. Project Overview The project has been costed at £1m and will include design features including; Pathway re-alignment to maximise connectivity of the space with neighbouring areas Landscaping High Quality Planting Boundary treatment to include walls/railings in key locations Lighting located on Nailors Row and Fahan Street to illuminate the space at night. 20 The proposal has been designed in a way so as not to detract from the sensitive setting of the adjacent historic City Walls. Since the endorsement of the project, officers have been working to identify suitable funding sources and submitted an application to the PEACE III programme in November 2009 for 75% of the funding. An application was submitted under Priority 1; Reconciling Communities, Theme 1; Building Positive Relations at the Local Level (Regional Projects). The funding administrative body SEUPB wrote to Council in January requesting that it be re-submitted in its current form into Priority 2; Contributing to a Shared Society, Theme 1; Creating Shared Public Spaces. The application was duly submitted and Officers are in receipt of a letter dated 18 March advising that the application has progressed beyond the initial assessment stage and that it will now be subject to economic appraisal. Next Steps In terms of match funding, Officers are liaising with DSD as well as seeking to identify resources from the future Economic Development Programme to cover the remaining 25% (if successful). Officers continue to work with BBI and are planning to hold a public information/update session in due course to provide an update on the project. A further report will be presented to Committee as soon as further updates become available. 23. Appointment of Consultants to Prepare Business Plan/Feasibility Study for Glen Court/Cedar Court Proposed Community Facilities. Purpose of Report To formalise the appointment of consultants in relation to the preparation of a business plan/feasibility study for Glen/Cedar Court proposed community facilities. Background Members will recall the item presented to March 2010 Development Committee at which authority was granted to allocate a specific budget for the costs associated with the preparation of a business plan/feasibility study for proposed community facilities as part of the Glen/Cedar Court social housing development. 21 It was reported at this Committee that there was the need to prepare a business case/feasibility study to inform the preparation of a technical design brief in relation to the scale and scope of community facilities required. The commission will also address key issues in relation to sustainability, value for money, current/future need and demand. Report Following approval, quotations were issued to four companies considered to have suitable experience and expertise in preparation of similar commissions. Only one submission was received from ASM Horwath, with two companies replying to inform that they did not wish to provide a quote on this occasion. Given that only one submission was received, a minimum threshold of 65% was set in order for it to be considered for appointment. The submission from ASM was assessed by the Temporary Senior Economic Development Officer and Regeneration Projects Officer with input from the Payments and Procurement Manager. The quotation from ASM demonstrated a good level of experience of preparation of similar commissions within a public and community sector environment with particular emphasis on capital facilities. Both lead consultants from ASM demonstrated the requisite experience and expertise in preparing business plans and feasibility studies. The submission also came within budget £4940 +VAT and met the timescales as set out in the terms of reference. Accordingly, the submission from ASM scored 76%. Financial Implications A budget has been set aside within the 2009/10 Community Services allocation for this sum. Recommendation As the contract sum falls within Town Clerk and Chief Executive‟s delegated authority, ASM Horwath have been appointed.
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