Economy, Environment and Infrastructure Committee Minutes

Date:
Thursday 19 January 2017
Time:
10:30am
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
Archie Dryburgh - Annandale East and Eskdale
Grahame Forster - Wigtown West
Alistair Geddes - Mid Galloway
Ivor A Hyslop - Lochar
Jeff Leaver - Lochar
Denis R Male - Annandale East and Eskdale
Jim McClung - Wigtown West
Marion McCutcheon - Stranraer and North Rhins
Ronnie Nicholson - North West Dumfries
Graham Nicol - Mid Galloway
Ronnie E Ogilvie - Annandale South
Willie Scobie - Stranraer and North Rhins
Stephen Thompson - Annandale North
Roberta Tuckfield - Wigtown West
Officials:
Alistair M Speedie - Director Economy, Environment and Infrastructure
Steven Herriott - Head of Infrastructure and Transportation
John Howell - Service Manager Network Strategy
Lucy Irons-Young - Governance Officer
Max McCall - Building Standards Manager
Claire Renton - Strategic Lead of Physical Learning Environments
Steve Rogers - Head of Planning and Regulatory Services
Jason Syers - Service Manager Strategic Projects
Aileen Woods - Team Leader Infrastructure
Apologies:
Iain Dick - Stranraer and North Rhins
Patsy Gilroy - Dee
Jack Groom - Nith
George N Prentice - Castle Douglas and Glenkens
Item Number Item/Description
PUBLIC
1 SEDERUNT AND APOLOGIES

16 Members present, 4 apologies and 1 not present at the start of the meeting.

2 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

NONE declared.

3 MINUTE OF ECONOMY, ENVIRONMENT AND INFRASTRUCTURE MEETING OF 15 NOVEMBER 2016

Decision

 

APPROVED.

4 MINUTE OF ECONOMY, ENVIRONMENT AND INFRASTRUCTURE MEETING OF 19 DECEMBER 2016

Decision

 

APPROVED.

5 MINUTE OF HARBOURS SUB COMMITTEE MEETING OF 28 NOVEMBER 2016

Decision

 

APPROVED.

6 MINUTE OF ENTERPRISING SERVICES SUB COMMITTEE MEETING OF 11 NOVEMBER 2016

Decision

 

NOTED.

 

MEMBER - Ian B Carruthers entered the meeting - 17 Members present

Finance Items
7 ECONOMY, ENVIRONMENT AND INFRASTRUCTURE MONITORING REPORT 2016-17 FOR THE PERIOD ENDED 31 DECEMBER 2016 - REPORT BY DIRECTOR ECONOMY, ENVIRONMENT AND INFRASTRUCTURE

Decision

 

NOTED

 

7.1   that based on the first six months expenditure, Economy, Environment and Infrastructure (EEI) is currently projecting an overspend of £480k which represents 1.1% of the EEI budget as detailed in Appendix 1 to the report;

 

7.2   that the EEI Management Team are implementing a range of measures to ensure expenditure is contained within agreed budgets;

 

7.3   progress against the agreed savings applied to the 2016/17 EEI Directorate as detailed at Appendix 2 to the report; and

 

7.4   utilisation of policy development allocations provided to EEI for the financial year 2016/17 as detailed in Appendix 3 to the report.

8 ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, VEHICLES/FLEET, INFRASTRUCTURE CAPITAL PROGRAMME AND STREET LIGHTING SPEND TO SAVE PROJECTS 2016/17: FINANCE AND PROGRESS MONITORING - REPORT BY DIRECTOR ECONOMY, ENVIRONMENT AND INFRASTRUCTURE

PROCEDURE - The Committee was advised of amendments to Appendix 4 which are highlighted in Appendix.

 

MEMBER - Marion McCutcheon left the meeting - 16 Members present

 

Decision

 

NOTED

 

8.1   the financial updates on the Economic Development, Vehicles/Fleet and Infrastructure Capital Programmes as reflected in Appendices 1, 2 and 3 to the report;

 

8.2   the progress of the Infrastructure and Vehicles / Fleet Capital Programmes in Appendices 4 and 5 to the report;

 

8.3   the progress of the Core Paths programme, Appendix 6 to the report;

 

8.4   the progress of the Street Lighting spend to save programme, paragraphs 3.38-3.40 in the report;

 

AGREED

 

8.5   the list of Planned Structural Overlay locations to be undertaken, paragraph 3.21 and Appendix 4 to the report; and

 

8.6   to submit a bid for Community Links funding to Sustrans in early 2017, for the Moffat Road/Marchmount Avenue scheme and in relation to works in the vicinity of New Abbey Road, relating to access to the new hospital and FURTHER AGREED for consultation to be undertaken with Local Members and Community Council on the proposed works in relation to the relocated hospital, with the results brought back to the March meeting of this Committee.

9 ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: NEW PROJECT DEVELOPMENT - REPORT BY DIRECTOR ECONOMY, ENVIRONMENT AND INFRASTRUCTURE

Decision

 

9.1   NOTED the outcomes from the Audit and Risk Management Committee of 22 September 2016 and the Director’s undertaking to implement the learning points recommended when delivering all future projects; and

 

9.2   AGREED the criteria for project development in the proposed project Assessment Framework as detailed in section 3.8 in the report.

Strategic Items
10 DRUMMORE HARBOUR - REPORT BY DIRECTOR ECONOMY, ENVIRONMENT AND INFRASTRUCTURE

Decision

 

NOTED

 

10.1   the recent history of Drummore Harbour and that the harbour is currently held by the Queen’s and Lord Treasurer’s Remembrancer as representatives of the Crown as detailed in paragraphs 3.1 to 3.10 in the report;

 

10.2   that there is a title restriction on the sale of the harbour as detailed in paragraphs 3.7 to 3.9 in the report; and

 

10.3   AGREED to the use of the funds, reserved for promoting a Harbour Empowerment Order for Drummore Harbour, to obtain a joint legal opinion with the Kirkmaiden Community Harbour Trust on the implications of the title restriction on the purchase of the harbour property and carrying out title searches, and to allow the Kirkmaiden Community Harbour Trust to obtain independent legal advice and representation as detailed in paragraph 3.12 in the report.

11 ANNAN HARBOUR - OWNERSHIP AND RESPONSIBILITIES - REPORT BY DIRECTOR ECONOMY, ENVIRONMENT AND INFRASTRUCTURE

Decision

 

NOTED that this item had been withdrawn.

12 RESPONSE TO SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT CONSULTATIONS ON PLANNING AND BUILDING WARRANT FEES - REPORT BY DIRECTOR ECONOMY, ENVIRONMENT AND INFRASTRUCTURE

Decision

 

AGREED

 

12.1   the response to the consultation on Building Warrant Fees as contained in Appendix 1 to the report subject to amendment to question 6 delegated to officers to take on board comments of Members over concerns a proportion of costs will be recovered by Scottish Government, NOTING that this has been submitted to Scottish Government as a draft response prior to the deadline;

 

12.2   the response to the consultation on Raising Planning Fees as contained in Appendix 2 to the report with addition to include charges to those who abuse the planning system via retrospective applications; and

 

12.3   the service improvement priorities for Development Management and Building Standards detailed in paragraph 3.10 in the report.

13 LOCAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN: DEVELOPER CONTRIBUTIONS SUPPLEMENTARY GUIDANCE UPDATE - REPORT BY DIRECTOR ECONOMY, ENVIRONMENT AND INFRASTRUCTURE

Decision

 

13.1   NOTED the progress made with implementing the education component of the adopted Supplementary Guidance on Developer Contributions and ENDORSED the principal of developer contributions; and

 

13.2   AGREED for officers to meet with political groups to discuss any views of how the criteria within the supplementary guidance are applied and following these meetings hold a seminar for all Council Members ahead of a report coming back to the March meeting of this Committee.

14 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.