DISTRICT COUNCIL CHEANTAIR FHEAR
DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE COISTE FORBARTHA
Minutes of the meeting of the Development Committee held in the
Council Chamber, Townhall, Enniskillen on Monday, 19 July 2010 at
PRESENT: Councillors Bernice Swift (Chairman), Harold
Andrews, Alex Baird, Alison Brimstone, Pat
Cox, Tom Elliott Gerry Gallagher, Robert
Irvine, Bertie Kerr, Breege McSorley, John
O’Kane, Paul Robinson and Patricia Rogers.
APOLOGIES: Councillors Cyril Brownlee, Frank Britton,
Phil Flanagan, Stephen Huggett, Bert
Johnston, Ruth Lynch, Brian McCaffrey,
Fergus McQuillan and Thomas O’Reilly.
IN ATTENDANCE: Chief Executive and Committee Clerk.
The minutes of the meetings held on 14 June 2010 were
approved and signed.
D76/10 MATTERS ARISING
D63/10 Flooding Taskforce
It was noted that the recommendations put forward in
this regard were awaiting consideration by the Executive.
D63/10 Quinn Insurance
The Chief Executive gave an update on the current
situation with regard to Quinn Insurance. It was noted
that the interest in the voluntary redundancy offer was
such that no compulsory redundancies were needed.
Fifteen employees would leave, under VLCR, in August
and a redundancy clinic would be held for them on Quinn
Insurance premises on Tuesday, 27 July. This clinic had
been arranged by DEL and would include representatives
from INI, DARD, Fermanagh Enterprise and South West
College. It was noted that DARD had been contacted
seeking a re-opening of Measures 3.1 and 3.2 of the
Rural Development Programme in the Autumn for Quinn
employees who were considering self-employment; a
response was being awaited on that.
In terms of the sale of the company, it was noted that
approximately 50 different parties had expressed an
interest in the matter. It was not known at this stage
how long this process would take and the bank had not
set a target.
D63/10 Enniskillen Town Traders
The Committee was informed that the next meeting of
the Enniskillen Town Traders would take place on
Tuesday, 7 September 2010 and they would be advised
of the roles and responsibilities of the various statutory
The Committee enquired about the possibility of
representation on this group being extended to include
traders/businesses from all parts of the town. It was
proposed that the Chief Executive should meet with the
group’s co-ordinator in this regard.
D77/10 FERMANAGH ENTERPRISE LTD
The Chairman welcomed Mr John Treacy, Manager,
Fermanagh Enterprise Ltd, to the meeting. Mr Treacy
made a presentation on the Review of Local Enterprise
The presentation addressed the following:
Background to Study undertaken by BDO on behalf of
Origins and historical development of LEAs with
particular reference to Fermanagh Enterprise Ltd –
Key Points identified
Tables showing Fermanagh Enterprise Ltd’s positive
outcomes re Business Starts (01-09), Business Plan
Conversion 2009-10 and Completed Business Plans
The impact of RPA
Current situation/LEAs’ future role
Fermanagh Enterprise – way forward
In his presentation, Mr Treacy said that Fermanagh
Enterprise welcomed the Review as an opportunity to
reflect on future strategic direction and outlined
development plans for the future and to address the
recommendations in the report.
Following discussion, the Chairman thanked Mr Treacy
for his presentation and he left the meeting.
D78/10 LIAISON SUB COMMITTEE – HOUSING
The Committee noted the report of the Liaison Sub
Committee (Housing) meeting held on 28 June 2010.
D79/10 ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
(a) Erne Hospital Site
The Chief Executive reported on the work carried out to
date to bring forward a proposed project for the
development of a Public Services Centre on the Erne
Hospital site when vacant. It was reported that a group,
involving various statutory bodies, had met to consider
the matter and were supportive of the concept. Arising
from this, it had been agreed that the Council should act
as the lead body to take the development of a Business
Case for the project forward and to work with the
Strategic Investment Board in this regard. The Chief
Executive reported that, having recently visited a similar
type development in Livingston, it was important to get
the proper profile of services on site to ensure proper
integration for the benefit of users. Reference was made
to meetings with Health Estates and WHSS Trust on the
matter and the role of LPS regarding the disposal of the
The next stage in taking the project forward would be the
development of a robust Business Case and the Chief
Executive reported on the draft Terms of Reference that
had been developed with SIB for the above; he outlined
the process and stages involved in this regard.
It was reported that SIB had agreed to assist the project
by providing technical support and up to £50,000 (50%),
subject to the Council providing the match funding. The
Chief Executive indicated that he had already approached
some of the other statutory agencies with a view to
securing a financial contribution towards the Council’s
match funding requirement. After discussion, it was:
RECOMMENDED:- That the Council act as the lead body
to take forward a project for the development of a
Business Case for a Public Services Centre on the Erne
Hospital site when vacant and confirm to SIB that it
would provide match funding to a maximum of £50,000
for the project.
D80/10 LIAISON – PUBLIC SERVICES
(a) 2010 La Touche Legacy Seminar
The Committee considered attendance at the above
Seminar to be held in the Charlesland Golf & Country
Club Hotel, Greystones, Co Wicklow, from 1-3 October
2010. It was agreed that this be noted.
(b) 15th Annual Northern Ireland Economic Conference
The Committee considered attendance at the above
Conference to be held at the Culloden Hotel, Belfast, on
Wednesday, 29 September 2010. The cost, including
travel, would be approximately £370.
RECOMMENDED:- That approval be given to the
attendance of the Chairman, Councillor Bernice Swift, at
(c) Rural Lift for South West Fermanagh
The Committee considered a request from Rural Lift for
the use of the Townhall for the launch, by the Minister for
Agriculture, of its new low floor accessible minibus on
Friday, 30 July; an invitation had been extended to all
RECOMMENDED:- That the above be approved.
(d) Cuts in Planning Service
The Committee considered a request from NIPSA for a
meeting to discuss cuts in the Planning Service and the
likely implications of this on the community.
RECOMMENDED:- That a meeting, involving the
Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Chairman of Development
Committee plus a member from each Party, be arranged
with representatives of NIPSA to discuss the above.
Members were reminded that representatives from
SWaMP would attend the Environmental Services
Committee meeting on 20 July 2010 to make a
presentation on the future of waste processing; a list of
issues and questions for Members to consider in this
regard was circulated.
RISING:- The Committee rose at 9.20 pm.
All the Members named were present at the
commencement of the meeting except Councillor Breege
McSorley who arrived at 7.35 pm, Councillor Patricia
Rogers who arrived at 7.45 pm and Councillor Tom Elliott
who arrived at 8.00 pm.
All the Members named were present at the end of the
meeting except Councillor John O’Kane who left at