Housing Sub Committee Minutes

Date:
Tuesday 12 November 2013
Time:
2.00pm
Place:
Council Offices, English Street, Dumfries

Attendance Details

Members:
Jim McClung (Chairman)-Wigtown West
Ian Carruthers-Annandale South
Finlay Carson-Castle Douglas and Glenkens
Jim H Dempster-Mid and Upper Nithsdale
Grahame Forster-Wigtown West
Alistair Geddes-Mid Galloway
Jeff Leaver-Lochar
Craig Peacock-Annandale East and Eskdale
Colin Smyth-Nith
Officials:
John Lynch - Head of Strategic Housing, Commissioning and Environmental Standards
Jim O'Neill - Strategy and Development Manager
Claire Thomson - Governance Officer
Apologies:
Brian Collins - Castle Douglas and Glenkens
Denis R Male - Annandale East and Eskdale
Item Number Item/Description Action
PUBLIC
1 APPOINTMENT OF CHAIRMAN

Decision

 

AGREED to appoint Jim McClung as Chairman.

 

PROCEDURE - Jim McClung assumed the role of Chairman.

 

MEMBER - Ian Carruthers entered the meeting - 9 Members present

 
2 SEDERUNT AND APOLOGIES

9 Members present, 2 apologies

 
3 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

NONE declared.

 
4 COMMON HOUSING REGISTER - PROGRESS REPORT - REPORT BY DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY AND CUSTOMER SERVICES

Decision

 

NOTED

 

4.1   the updated position in taking forward the Common Housing Register (CHR) project;

 

4.2   the revised position in relation to a Go Live date as a result of additional Orchard (IT software) development; and

 

4.3   regular reports on the Common Housing Register project will continue to be submitted to Housing Sub Committee.

 

PROCEDURE - The Sub-Committee was advised that Officers had submitted a bid to the Scottish Government for £459,051 out of the £2m available from the Scottish Government’s Town Centre Housing Fund. The time allowed to prepare bids did not align with the cycle of dates for this Sub-Committee. Officers took the view it was better to submit a bid rather than miss this funding opportunity. The fact that significant work had already been undertaken with the owners of empty properties in the Housing Regeneration Area meant that Officers had enough information to compile an application in the 4 weeks allowed by the Scottish Government. The Sub-Committee will be advised on the outcome of the application when announced.

Head of Strategic Housing & Welfare Reform & Revenue & Benefits

5 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.

 

Action Details

ItemDetail
4 Action by Head of Strategic Housing & Welfare Reform & Revenue & Benefits - Report on the Common Housing Register went to the Housing Sub Committee on 10 April 2014. Members agreed the common allocations policy and go live date of mid June 2014.