Economy, Environment and Infrastructure Committee Minutes

Date:
Monday 19 December 2016
Time:
2:30pm
Place:
Council Offices, English Street, Dumfries

Attendance Details

Members:
Colin Smyth (Chairman) - Nith
Craig Peacock (Vice-Chairman) - Annandale East and Eskdale
Ian Carruthers - Annandale South
Iain Dick - Stranraer and North Rhins
Archie Dryburgh - Annandale East and Eskdale
Grahame Forster - Wigtown West
Alistair Geddes - Mid Galloway
Jack Groom - Nith
Ivor A Hyslop - Lochar
Jeff Leaver - Lochar
Jim McClung - Wigtown West
Marion McCutcheon - Stranraer and North Rhins
Ronnie Nicholson - North West Dumfries
Ronnie E Ogilvie - Annandale South
George N Prentice - Castle Douglas and Glenkens
Willie Scobie - Stranraer and North Rhins
Stephen Thompson - Annandale North
Roberta Tuckfield - Wigtown West
Officials:
Alistair M Speedie - Director Economy, Environment and Infrastructure
Ewan Green - Head of Economic Development
Steven Herriott - Head of Infrastructure and Transportation
Lucy Irons-Young - Governance Officer
James McLeod - Infrastructure Manager
Jason Syers - Service Manager Strategic Projects
Apologies:
Patsy Gilroy - Dee
Denis R Male - Annandale East and Eskdale
Graham Nicol - Mid Galloway
Item Number Item/Description
PUBLIC
1 SEDERUNT AND APOLOGIES

18 Members present and 3 apologies.

2 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

NONE declared.

Strategic Items
3 WHITESANDS PROJECT (FLOOD PROTECTION SCHEME AND PUBLIC REALM IMPROVEMENTS) - APPROVAL TO PUBLISH SCHEME - REPORT BY DIRECTOR ECONOMY, ENVIRONMENT AND INFRASTRUCTURE

VOTE

 

3.1   MOTION by IAN B CARRUTHERS seconded by JACK GROOM to defer consideration of this report until after the Local Government Elections in 2017.

 

3.2   AMENDMENT by ALISTAIR GEDDES seconded by JIM McCLUNG to determine this report at the meeting today.

 

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

 

Motion - 5 votes being:

 

Ian B Carruthers, Jack Groom, Ivor A Hyslop, Marion McCutcheon and Roberta Tuckfield.

 

Amendment - 12 votes being:

 

Colin Smyth, Craig Peacock, Iain Dick, Archie Dryburgh, Grahame Forster, Alistair Geddes, Jeff Leaver, Jim McClung, Ronnie Nicholson, Ronnie E Ogilvie, George N Prentice and Stephen Thompson.

 

Abstention - 1 vote being:

 

Willie Scobie
 

MEMBERS - Grahame Forster and Willie Scobie left the meeting - 16 Members present

 

VOTE

 

3.4   MOTION by IAN B CARRUTHERS seconded by JACK GROOM not to publish the Whitesands Project as a Flood Protection Scheme and for a further report to be brought back to this Committee on the updated costings for all 3 options previously presented to Members.

 

3.5   AMENDMENT by ARCHIE DRYBURGH seconded by ALISTAIR GEDDES to agree the recommendations as detailed in the report with amendment to 2.5 to read "to receive a capital report to a future meeting of this Committee providing updated costings for this scheme and provide an updated comparison for the other 2 options previously presented to Members."

 

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

 

Motion - 4 votes being:

 

Ian B Carruthers, Jack Groom, Ivor A Hyslop and Roberta Tuckfield.

 

Amendment - 11 votes being:

 

Colin Smyth, Craig Peacock, Iain Dick, Archie Dryburgh, Alistair Geddes, Jeff Leaver, Jim McClung, Ronnie Nicholson, Ronnie E Ogilvie, George N Prentice and Stephen Thompson.

 

Abstention - 1 vote being:

 

Marion McCutcheon.

 

Decision

 

NOTED

 

3.7   as detailed in paragraphs 3.3 - 3.12 in the report, the further details on the improvements made to the Scheme design as a consequence of recalibration of the flood model (to take account of flooding information obtained by the Council from the December 2015 event) and resulting lowering of defence heights throughout the scheme (while still maintaining a 1:75 year return period standard of protection), plus further improvements to parking re-provision;

 

3.8   the feedback from the recent public exhibition held at the St George’s Church Hall on 3-5 November 2016 as detailed in paragraphs 3.13 - 3.19 in the report;

 

AGREED

 

3.9   to remit with powers to the Head of Infrastructure and Transportation to make any final adjustments required to the Scheme documents prior to their publication to accommodate minor revisions that may arise from the final technical review process;

 

3.10   that the Whitesands Project can be published as a Flood Protection Scheme in accordance with the Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Act 2009 (the 2009 Act) and associated Flood Risk Management (Flood Protection Schemes, Potentially Vulnerable Areas and Local Plan Districts) (Scotland) Regulations 2010 (the 2010 Regulations), scheduled for January 2017 as detailed in paragraph 3.25 in the report; and

 

3.11   to receive a capital report to a future meeting of this Committee providing updated costings for this scheme and provide an updated comparison for the other 2 options previously presented to Members.

 

MEMBER - Jack Groom left the meeting - 15 Members present

4 STRANRAER WATERFRONT REGENERATION: PROGRESS REPORT- REPORT BY DIRECTOR ECONOMY, ENVIRONMENT AND INFRASTRUCTURE

Decision

 

4.1   NOTED progress made in delivery of the overall Stranraer Waterfront Regeneration programme and associated projects at sections 3.6 to 3.10 in the report;

 

4.2   AGREED to progress site investigations on the East Pier as detailed in section 3.12 in the report;

 

4.3   NOTED the agreement of a funding contribution from Stena Line UK and agree to accept the Scottish Government Offer of £60,000 grant as detailed in section 3.13 in the report;

 

4.4   AGREED the allocation of £60,000 from the approved capital allocation for Stranraer East Pier as the Council contribution to the site investigations as detailed in section 3.14 and NOTED the need for due diligence on the future liabilities and legal responsibilities of the Sea Wall surrounding the East Pier as detailed in section 3.15 in the report and FURTHER AGREED for a report to be brought back as early as possible to a future meeting;

 

4.5   NOTED the draft Marina Full Business Case Executive Summary in the Appendix to the report;

 

AGREED

 

4.6   the Key Actions for the overall programme to June 2017 outlined in section 3.38 in the report; and

 

4.7   that a further progress report will be provided in June 2017.

 

MEMBER - Marion McCutcheon and George N Prentice left the meeting - 13 Members present

5 A MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING (MOU) ON CHAPELCROSS - REPORT BY DIRECTOR ECONOMY, ENVIRONMENT AND INFRASTRUCTURE

Decision

 

AGREED

5.1   the specific wording of the attached Memorandum Of Understanding (MoU) as it relates to the local authority as detailed in the Appendix to the report; and

 

5.2   the Head of Economic Development sign the MoU on behalf of Dumfries and Galloway Council as detailed at paragraph 3.4 in the report.

6 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.