Economy, Environment and Infrastructure Committee Minutes

Date:
Tuesday 14 June 2016
Time:
10:30am
Place:
Council Offices, English Street, Dumfries

Attendance Details

Members:
Colin Smyth (Chairman) - Nith
Craig Peacock (Vice-Chairman) - Annandale East and Eskdale
Jim H Dempster - Mid and Upper Nithsdale
Iain Dick - Stranraer and North Rhins
Archie Dryburgh - Annandale East and Eskdale
Grahame Forster - Wigtown West
Alistair Geddes - Mid Galloway
Patsy Gilroy - Dee
Jack Groom - Nith
Jeff Leaver - Lochar
Denis R Male - Annandale East and Eskdale
Jim McClung - Wigtown West
Ronnie Nicholson - North West Dumfries
Ronnie E Ogilvie - Annandale South
George N Prentice - Castle Douglas and Glenkens
Roberta Tuckfield - Wigtown West
Officials:
Alistair M Speedie - Director Economy, Environment and Infrastructure
Keith Armstrong-Clark - Regional Harbour Master
Chris Brown - Service Manager Business and Enterprise
Ronnie Dempster - Head of Enterprising Services
Ewan Green - Head of Economic Development
Steven Herriott - Head of Infrastructure and Transportation
Lucy Irons-Young - Governance Officer
Donna Mounce - Policy and Performance Advisor
Jason Syers - Service Manager Strategic Projects
Brian Templeton - Team Leader - Flood Risk Management
In attendance:
Douglas Wilson - Regional Director VisitScotland
Apologies:
Ian Carruthers - Annandale South
Brian Collins - Castle Douglas and Glenkens
Ivor A Hyslop - Lochar
Marion McCutcheon - Stranraer and North Rhins
Graham Nicol - Mid Galloway
Item Number Item/Description
PUBLIC
1 SEDERUNT AND APOLOGIES

16 Members present and 5 apologies.

2 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

Alistair Geddes declared an interest in Item 5 by virtue of the fact that he represented the Council on the Board of the Wigtown Rural Development Company Ltd, Newton Stewart, but had determined that his interest was such that there was no requirement for him to leave the meeting during consideration of this Item.

3 MINUTE OF ECONOMY, ENVIRONMENT AND INFRASTRUCTURE COMMITTEE MEETING OF 15 MARCH 2016

Decision

 

APPROVED.

4 MINUTE OF HOUSING SUB COMMITTEE MEETING OF 12 APRIL 2016

Decision

 

APPROVED.

Finance Items
5 ONE YEAR FUNDING AGREEMENT DUMFRIES AND GALLOWAY COUNCIL AND VISITSCOTLAND - REPORT BY DIRECTOR ECONOMY, ENVIRONMENT AND INFRASTRUCTURE

Decision

 

AGREED

 

5.1   to Dumfries and Galloway Council entering into a Minute of agreement (MOA) with VisitScotland for the period 1 June 2016 to 31 March 2017 with a budget allocation of £205,000 as fully detailed within the MOA at Appendix 1 to the report; and

 

5.2   to receive a report on VisitScotland’s review of visitor information provision and what that means for how information is provided for and sourced by visitors to the region and; for this report to be presented to the Economy, Environment and Infrastructure committee in November 2016 to help inform the budget setting provision for 2017/18 as detailed at paragraph 3.13 in the report.

Strategic Items
6 FLOOD RISK MANAGEMENT (SCOTLAND) ACT 2009 - LOCAL FLOOD RISK MANAGEMENT PLAN - PUBLICATION - REPORT BY DIRECTOR ECONOMY, ENVIRONMENT AND INFRASTRUCTURE

Decision

 

NOTED

 

6.1   that approval of the Solway Local Plan District Local Flood Risk Management Plan by the other Responsible Authorities had been received as detailed in paragraphs 3.4-3.6 in the report;

 

6.2   the Solway Local Plan District Local Flood Risk Management Plan, a copy of which can be found at www.dumgal.gov.uk/flooding, will be published on the 22 June 2016; and

 

6.3   AGREED that future bids for the Council’s 20% contribution for flood protection works at Newton Stewart, Langholm and Stranraer will be made to Policy and Resources Committee as detailed in paragraph 3.8 in the report.

 

MEMBER - Jack Groom left the meeting - 15 Members present

7 HARBOUR MANAGEMENT AND OPERATION: PORT MARINE SAFETY CODE UPDATE FOR DUTY HOLDER - REPORT BY DIRECTOR ECONOMY, ENVIRONMENT AND INFRASTRUCTURE

PROCEDURE - Steven Herriott, Head of Infrastructure and Transportation advised the Committee that since the Committee papers had been published the Regional Harbour Master had received a request from MCA and Northern Lighthouse Board to carry out audits of the Council Harbours.  He also advised that at present nominations for the Harbours Sub Committee were: Councillor Ian B Carruthers, Councillor Ronnie Ogilvie, Councillor Craig Peacock and Councillor George N Prentice, leaving 3 spaces still to be filled.

 

MEMBER - Jack Groom re-entered the meeting during consideration of this item - 16 Members present

 

Decision

 

NOTED

7.1   the findings of the Audit of Stranraer and the Machars’ Harbours undertaken by David Foster of Marico Marine, the Designated Person as detailed in paragraphs 3.3-3.5 in the report and Appendix 1 to the report;

 

7.2   the work that was being undertaken to achieve compliance with the recommendations contained within the Audit report as detailed in Table 1 in the report;

 

7.3   the continued work being undertaken to achieve the requirements of the audit of Kirkcudbright Harbour as undertaken in April 2015 as detailed in Table 2 in the report;

 

7.4   the response sent to Maritime and Coastguard Agency in respect of failure to fully comply with the PMSC as detailed in paragraphs 3.13-3.15 in the report, further noting the major actions to complete navigation risk assessments for the Harbours and an overhaul of the safety management system was a priority;

 

7.5   the continued progress being made with the promotion of a Harbour Revision Order for Stranraer and Loch Ryan as detailed in paragraphs 3.16-3.20 in the report; and

 

7.6   APPROVED the three policies (Navigation Safety; Marine Conservancy; and Harbour Enforcement) contained with Appendices 4A, B and C to the report for inclusion in the Safety Management System as detailed in paragraphs 3.21-3.22 in the report; and

 

7.7   NOTED further nominations to the Harbours Sub Committee as Councillor Iain Dick and Councillor Patsy Gilroy leaving 1 space to be filled.

8 SOUTH OF SCOTLAND ALLIANCE - COMPETITIVENESS STRATEGY - REPORT BY DIRECTOR ECONOMY, ENVIRONMENT AND INFRASTRUCTURE

Decision

 

8.1   CONSIDERED the draft South of Scotland Competitiveness Strategy (Appendix 1 to the report); and

 

8.2   AGREED to support the Strategy.

 

MEMBER - Denis Male left the meeting - 15 Members present

9 STRANRAER TOWN CENTRE REGENERATION PROJECTS - REPORT BY DIRECTOR ECONOMY, ENVIRONMENT AND INFRASTRUCTURE

Decision

 

9.1   NOTED the recommendation made by the Wigtown Area Committee at its meeting of the 11 May 2016 as detailed at paragraph 3.11;

 

AGREED

 

9.2   to accept the successful award of £1.8M from the Scottish Government Regeneration Capital Grant Fund as detailed at paragraph 3.6;

 

9.3   to accept the successful award of £541,392 from Historic Environments Scotland for the Stranraer Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme; as detailed at paragraph 3.2-3.7; and

 

9.4   that a minimum of £321,201 is allocated to Stranraer Town Centre Regeneration, from the unallocated Economic Development Capital Programme as detailed at paragraph 3.10.

 

MEMBER - Denis Male re-entered the meeting - 16 Members present

10 ENTERPRISING SERVICES: ENTERPRISING DG COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN - REPORT BY DIRECTOR ECONOMY, ENVIRONMENT AND INFRASTRUCTURE

Decision

 

10.1   APPROVED the Enterprising DG Commercial Development Plan as detailed at the Appendix to the report; and

 

10.2   NOTED the Enterprising Services management structure aligned to support and deliver the Commercial Development Plan as detailed at paragraph 3.10 in the report.

 

MEMBER - Jack Groom left the meeting - 15 Members present

11 ANY OTHER BUSINESS DEEMED URGENT BY THE CHAIRMAN DUE TO THE NEED FOR A DECISION

Decision

 

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

12 LOCAL GOVERNMENT SCOTLAND ACT 1973

Decision

 

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

EXEMPT
Strategic Items
13 STRANRAER WATERFRONT: EAST PIER REGENERATION EXCLUSIVITY AGREEMENT - REPORT BY DIRECTOR ECONOMY, ENVIRONMENT AND INFRASTRUCTURE

REPORT SUMMARY - This report seeks agreement for the Council to extend the 12 month exclusivity period with the McKinney Group in respect of the proposed sale of land associated with the redevelopment of the East Pier, Stranraer.

 

Decision

 

AGREED the recommendations as detailed in the report with an amendment to 2.3 to receive a report on progress achieved in three months from 1 July 2016 to evaluate progress in development of the project.