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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, 19 July 2010 at 7.30 pm. 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. D75/10 MINUTES 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 2 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 agencies, etc. 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. RECOMMENDED:- Accordingly. 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 Agencies. The presentation addressed the following: Background to Study undertaken by BDO on behalf of Invest NI Study Objectives Origins and historical development of LEAs with particular reference to Fermanagh Enterprise Ltd – workspace/business support 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 (2009/10) 3 The impact of RPA Current situation/LEAs’ future role Study Recommendations 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 site. 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. 4 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 the above. (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 Members. RECOMMENDED:- That the above be approved. 5 (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. (e) SWaMP 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 8.30 pm.
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