Dumfries and Galloway Council Minutes

Date:
Tuesday 4 July 2017
Time:
2.00pm
Place:
Council Offices, English Street, Dumfries

Attendance Details

Members:
Elaine Murray (Leader)-Nith
Rob Davidson (Depute Leader)-Abbey
Graham Bell-North West Dumfries
Ian Blake-Abbey
Richard Brodie-Annandale South
Dougie Campbell-Dee and Glenkens
John Campbell-Nith
Ian Carruthers-Annandale South
Karen Carruthers-Annandale East and Eskdale
Jim H Dempster-Mid and Upper Nithsdale
Archie Dryburgh-Annandale East and Eskdale
Douglas Fairbairn-Annandale North
Andy Ferguson-North West Dumfries
Patsy Gilroy-Dee and Glenkens
Andrew Giusti-Stranraer and the Rhins
Katie Hagmann-Mid Galloway and Wigtown West
Iain Howie-Castle Douglas and Crocketford
Ivor A Hyslop-Lochar
David James-Castle Douglas and Crocketford
Malcolm Johnstone-Nith
Jeff Leaver-Lochar
Tracey Little-Lochar
Gail Macgregor-Annandale North
Jane S Maitland-Dee and Glenkens
Sean W Marshall-Annandale South
John Martin-Nith
Henry McClelland-Annandale South
Jim McColm-Mid Galloway and Wigtown West
David J McKie-North West Dumfries
Ronnie Nicholson-North West Dumfries
Graham Nicol-Mid Galloway and Wigtown West
Matthew Ronnie-Mid and Upper Nithsdale
Tommy Sloan-Stranraer and the Rhins
Davie Stitt-Abbey
Ros Surtees-Stranraer and the Rhins
Stephen Thompson-Annandale North
Adam Wilson-Annandale North
Andrew S Wood-Mid and Upper Nithsdale
John Young-Castle Douglas and Crocketford
Apologies:
John Charteris - Lochar
David Inglis - Mid Galloway and Wigtown West
Willie Scobie - Stranraer and the Rhins
Ronnie Tait - Annandale East and Eskdale
Item Number Item/Description
PUBLIC
1 SEDERUNT AND APOLOGIES

PROCEDURE - The Leader advised Members that she had called the Special Meeting of the Council to ensure that there was no delay in apprising Members of the latest position of the DGOne Leisure Complex and other Council owned buildings in respect of building and public safety. Both the Leader and Depute Leader had wished to bring the relevant reports and information before Members at the earliest opportunity.  In the light of the recent findings in relation to DGOne, and following the well documented problems with building safety experienced across the country, it was important that Members had the opportunity to consider the current position of DGOne and other buildings with a view to determining the best way forward.

 

The Leader advised she would be writing to the Health and Safety Executive given their role in construction policy and safety, to ask them to investigate these matters and to contribute to any inquiry that may proceed. The Leader also advised that she would write to the Chief Constable of Police Scotland and ask him to investigate the possibility of criminality.

 

The Depute Leader shared the sentiments expressed by the Leader and emphasised the objective to be open and transparent, which could only aid the Council and the public sector more widely, in understanding how such matters had arisen;, how they might be rectified and ultimately avoided in the future
 

39 Members present, 4 apologies

2 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

Decision

 

NONE declared

3 STANDING ORDER 6.6 SPECIAL MEETING OF FULL COUNCIL - REPORT BY HEAD OF LEGAL AND DEMOCRATIC SERVICES

Decision

 

NOTED that, in accordance with the provisions of Standing Order 6.6, this meeting of the Council had been properly called and that the business items on the agenda related solely to business concerning DG One

4 DGONE - PROGRESS AND DILIGENCE ON PUBLIC SAFETY - REPORT BY DIRECTOR CHILDREN, YOUNG PEOPLE AND LIFELONG LEARNING

Decision

 

AGREED

 

4.1     to withdraw delegation from Policy and Resources Committee and Children, Young People and Lifelong Learning Committee;

 

NOTED

 

4.2     the public and building safety issues discovered as a result of the strip back of the DGOne building during the early stages of the remediation work, which were informed by the findings of the Edinburgh Schools Inquiry;

 

4.3     the action taken to investigate these issues;

 

4.4     the technical findings from these investigations detailed in section 4 and Appendices 4a and 4b of the report;

 

4.5     the independent review of these findings by Gardiner and Theobald summarised at section 4 and detailed in Appendix 5 of the report;

 

4.6     AGREED to commission an independent, comprehensive and unfettered Inquiry into the DGOne building and its construction,

 

4.7     NOTED the ongoing review of the condition of Dumfries and Galloway Council’s buildings in response to the findings of the Edinburgh Schools Inquiry on defective construction of external walls as outlined at section 6 of the report; the emerging issues; and action being taken to safeguard the public.
 

5 LOCAL GOVERNMENT (SCOTLAND) ACT 1973

Decision

 

AGREED to adoption a resolution to exclude the public from the meeting in terms of Section 50A(4) Paragraphs 6,8 and 9 of Part 1 of Schedule 7A to the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973

EXEMPT
6 DGONE - OPTIONS - REPORT BY DIRECTOR CHILDREN, YOUNG PEOPLE AND LIFELONG LEARNING

MEMBER - Patsy Gilroy left the meeting during consideration of the item - 38 Members present

 

Summary of Report - The repot provides Members with considerations and options on the way forward for DGOne 

 

ADJOURNMENT OF MEETING - The meeting adjourned at 15.55 and reconvened at 16.05 to allow Members to consider the information that had been presented to them - 38 Members present

 

Decision

 

6.1     RECOGNISED that the difficulties and requirements to deliver a safe, functioning and durable facility were significantly greater than previously known and that the scope of the DGOne project had significantly altered from the previous remedial programme;

 

AGREED

 

6.2     that Dumfries requires to have a competition pool complying with national standards;

 

6.3     that with the support and advice of Gardiner and Theobald, Officers in the Design Team negotiate with the contractor to receive a final price to deliver a safe, functioning, durable facility on the DGOne site;

 

6.4     to release funding of up to £500k to allow the Contractor to complete packages of work that will mitigate the outturn programme and resulting costs; and

 

6.5     that Officers bring back a report to Full Council on these matters as soon as possible.