Dumfries and Galloway Council Minutes

Date:
Friday 19 July 2013
Time:
10.30am
Place:
Council Offices, English Street, Dumfries (Reports)

Attendance Details

Members:
Ivor A Hyslop (Leader)-Lochar
Brian Collins (Depute Leader)-Castle Douglas and Glenkens
Graham Bell-North West Dumfries
Ian Blake-Abbey
Richard Brodie-Annandale South
Ian Carruthers-Annandale South
Karen Carruthers-Annandale East and Eskdale
Finlay Carson-Castle Douglas and Glenkens
Rob Davidson-Abbey
Jim H Dempster-Mid and Upper Nithsdale
Iain Dick-Stranraer and North Rhins
Peter Diggle-Annandale North
Archie Dryburgh-Annandale East and Eskdale
Gillian Dykes-Mid and Upper Nithsdale
Andy Ferguson-North West Dumfries
Grahame Forster-Wigtown West
Patsy Gilroy-Dee
Jack Groom-Nith
Yen Hongmei Jin-Lochar
Gail Macgregor-Annandale North
Jane S Maitland-Dee
Denis R Male-Annandale East and Eskdale
Sean W Marshall-Annandale South
Tom A McAughtrie-Abbey
Jim McClung-Wigtown West
Jim McColm-Mid Galloway
David J McKie-North West Dumfries
Ronnie Nicholson-North West Dumfries
Graham Nicol-Mid Galloway
Ronnie E Ogilvie-Annandale South
Craig Peacock-Annandale East and Eskdale
George N Prentice-Castle Douglas and Glenkens
Willie Scobie-Stranraer and North Rhins
Colin Smyth-Nith
John Syme-Mid and Upper Nithsdale
Graeme Tait-Annandale North
Stephen Thompson-Annandale North
Ted Thompson-Lochar
Roberta Tuckfield-Wigtown West
Andrew S Wood-Mid and Upper Nithsdale
Colin Wyper-Dee
Apologies:
Alistair Geddes - Mid Galloway
Jeff Leaver - Lochar
John Martin - Nith
Marion McCutcheon - Stranraer and North Rhins
Davie Stitt - Abbey
Alastair Witts - Nith
Item Number Item/Description
PUBLIC
1 SEDERUNT AND APOLOGIES

41 Members present, 6 apologies

2 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

A number of Declarations of Interest were made by Members in relation to issues contained within item 5 on the agenda calling the meeting (Proposed Local Development Plan: Representations):-

 

2.1      Ivor A Hyslop - issue numbers 2, 3, 21 and 22 by virtue of his membership of the Crichton Trust and the South of Scotland Economic Forum but determined that his interests were such that he would remain in the meeting;

- issue number 20 by being a non-executive Director of Dumfries and Galloway NHS Board and determined that his interest was such that he would leave the meeting during consideration of this issue.

 

2.2     Graham Bell, Peter Diggle and Gill Dykes declared an interest in the totality of this item by virtue of their business interests and determined that their interests were such that they would leave the meeting during consideration of the item.

 

2.3      Ian Carruthers - by virtue of his membership of the South of Scotland Economic Forum - but determined that his interest was such that he would remain in the meeting.

 

2.4      Rob Davidson - by virtue of his membership of Nith District Salmon Fishery Board - but determined that his interest was such that he would remain in the meeting.

 

2.5     Andy Ferguson - by virtue of his membership of the NHS Dumfries and Galloway Public Health Governance Committee but determined that his interest was such that he would remain in the meeting.
 

2.6      Grahame Forster - issue 29 - by virtue of a familial interest and determined that his interest was such that he would leave the meeting.

 

2.7     Patsy Gilroy - issue 28 - by virtue of family business interests and determined that her interest was such that she would leave the meeting.

 

2.8     Gail Macgregor - issue 20 - by virtue of family business interests and determined that her interest was such that she would leave the meeting.

 

2.9     Jane Maitland - by virtue of her husband's personal interest in proposed housing allocation at Heathhall College and by her membership of the Crichton Trust and determined that her interest was such that she would leave the meeting.

 

2.10     Ronnie Nicholson - by virtue of a neighbour interest and determined that his interest was such that he would leave the meeting.
 

2.11   Graham Nicol - issue 23 - by virtue of a neighbour interest and determined that his interest was such that he would remain in the meeting.

MINUTES
3 MINUTE OF MEETING OF 27 JUNE 2013

Decision

 

APPROVED.

 

MEMBERS - Graham Bell, Peter Diggle and Gill Dykes left the meeting - 38 Members present

REPORTS
4 LOCAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN: REPRESENTATIONS - REPORT BY DIRECTOR PLANNING AND ENVIRONMENT SERVICES

ADJOURNMENT OF MEETING - the meeting adjourned at 11.12am in order to consider the effects of representations received on the next stages for the proposed Local Development Plan and reconvened at 11.45am with 38 Members present, being:-

 

Ivor A Hyslop, Brian Collins, Ian Blake, Richard Brodie, Ian Carruthers, Karen Carruthers, Finlay Carson, Rob Davidson, Jim Dempster, Iain Dick, Archie Dryburgh, Andy Ferguson, Grahame Forster, Patsy Gilroy, Jack Groom, Yen Hongmei Jin, Tom McAughtrie, Jim McClung, Jim McColm, Gail Macgregor, David J McKie, Jane S Maitland, Denis R Male, Sean W Marshall, Ronnie Nicholson, Graham Nicol, Ronnie Ogilvie, Craig Peacock, George N Prentice, Willie Scobie, Colin Smyth, John Syme, Graeme Tait, Stephen Thompson, Ted Thompson, Roberta Tuckfield, Andrew Wood and Colin Wyper

 

Decision

 

AGREED to defer consideration of the report in order to allow for (1) individual Members and/or groups/ings to submit queries and raise any issues they wished to be addressed in writing to the Chief Planning Officer in order that he might determine if these were material or represented significant variations; and (2) two Members' Seminars to be held to enable Members to receive more information and discuss, all in advance of a special meeting of the Council to be held by the end of September 2013.

  

MEMBERS - Graham Bell, Peter Diggle and Gill Dykes re-entered the meeting - 41 Members present

5 END OF YEAR REPORT FOR 2012/13 - REPORT BY CHIEF EXECUTIVE

Decision

 

NOTED

 

5.1      the progress made in delivering the Council’s Priorities and Commitments; and

 

5.2      the Chief Executive’s look forward at the financial challenges and policy issues facing the Council in 2013/14 which included :-

  • the delivery of a balanced budget in the face of continuing financial constraints in the public sector
  • the implementation of the Children and Young People's Bill
  • development of the concept of Dumfries Learning Town
  • implementation and development of the Curriculum for Excellence
  • application of all available resources to tackle youth unemployment
  • development of our Regional Economic Strategy
  • the development of proposals for the integration of adult health and social care
  • measures to mitigate the impact of welfare reform
  • a collaborative approach for the future delivery of public services
  • delivery of the South of Scotland Next Generation Broadband Project
  • maximisation of the regional benefits of major sporting events to be held in Scotland in 2014
  • delivery of environmental obligations to ensure continued reductions in waste
  • continued reductions in our energy usage and carbon emissions

MEMBERS - Iain Dick, Jim Dempster and George N Prentice left the meeting - 38 Members present

6 CIVIC GOVERNMENT (SCOTLAND) ACT 1982: REMIT OF CIVIC GOVERNMENT LICENSING PANEL - REPORT BY DIRECTOR CHIEF EXECUTIVE SERVICE

Decision

 

AGREED to include within the remit of the Civic Government Licensing Panel authority to:-
 

6.1      undertake a Review of local Taxi and Private Hire Licensing;
6.2      survey the present local licensing regime to identify opportunities for updating, improving and developing;
6.3      meet, when considered necessary and useful, with the respective licenceholders, trade organisations, statutory agencies, community groups and the public; and
6.4      respond on behalf of the Council to any consultation on a matter within the remit of the Panel, with full power to appoint Sub-Committees or Working Groups to ensure efficient and effective fulfilment of the extended remit and to report back to the appropriate Committee any recommendations for decisions.

 

MEMBER - Jim Dempster re-entered the meeting - 39 Members present

 

MEMBER - George N Prentice re-entered the meeting during consideration of the following item of business - 40 Members present.

7 NOTICE OF MOTION - SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT UNDERSPEND - REPORT BY DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY AND CUSTOMER SERVICES

VOTE

 

7.1      MOTION by WILLIE SCOBIE seconded by RONNIE NICHOLSON that delegation be withdrawn from the Ad Hoc Sub Committee Welfare Reform.

 

7.2      AMENDMENT by IVOR A HYSLOP seconded by BRIAN COLLINS that delegation be not withdrawn from the Ad Hoc Sub Committee Welfare Reform.

 

7.3      On a vote being taken by roll call, Members voted as follows:-

 

Motion - 14 votes being:-

 

Jim Dempster, Archie Dryburgh, Grahame Forster, Tom McAughtrie, Jim McColm, David J McKie, Sean W Marshall, Ronnie Nicholson, Ronnie Ogilvie, Craig Peacock, Willie Scobie, Colin Smyth, John Syme and Ted Thompson

 

Amendment - 25 votes being:-

 

Ivor A Hyslop, Brian Collins, Graham Bell, Ian Blake, Richard Brodie, Ian Carruthers, Karen Carruthers, Finlay Carson, Rob Davidson, Peter Diggle, Gill Dykes, Andy Ferguson, Patsy Gilroy, Jack Groom, Yen Hongmei Jin, Jim McClung, Gail Macgregor, Jane S Maitland, Denis R Male, Graham Nicol, Graeme Tait, Stephen Thompson, Roberta Tuckfield, Andrew Wood and Colin Wyper

 

Abstention - 1 being:- George N Prentice

 

Decision

 

AGREED that delegation be not withdrawn from the Ad Hoc Sub Committee Welfare Reform.

 

MEMBERS - Richard Brodie, John Syme and Grahame Forster left the meeting during consideration of the following item of business - 37 Members present

8 MINUTES FOR APPROVAL/NOTING

Decision

 

Summary as detailed at the Appendix.

9 ANY OTHER BUSINESS DEEMED URGENT BY THE LEADER DUE TO THE NEED FOR A DECISION

Decision

 

NOTED that there was no business deemed urgent by the Leader due to the need for a decision.