Housing Sub Committee Minutes

Date:
Thursday 10 April 2014
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
Brian Collins-Castle Douglas and Glenkens
Grahame Forster-Wigtown West
Alistair Geddes-Mid Galloway
Jeff Leaver-Lochar
Denis R Male-Annandale East and Eskdale
Ronnie Nicholson (substitute)-North West Dumfries
Craig Peacock-Annandale East and Eskdale
Colin Smyth-Nith
Officials:
Claire Caution - Governance Officer
John Lynch - Head of Strategic Housing, Welfare Reform, Revenues and Benefits
Jim O'Neill - Strategy and Development Manager
George West - Service Leader Estate Management
In attendance:
Evie Copeland - Website & Communications Assistant DGHP
Jayne Moore - Director of Housing Services DGHP
Susan Quinn - Common Housing Register Co-Ordinator
Apologies:
Jim H Dempster - Mid and Upper Nithsdale
Item Number Item/Description
PUBLIC
1 SEDERUNT AND APOLOGIES

10 Members present and 1 not present

2 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

NONE declared.

 

MEMBER - Colin Smyth entered the meeting - 11 Members present

3 PRESENTATION: COMMON HOUSING REGISTER
HOMES FOR DUMFRIES AND GALLOWAY


Decision

 

THANKED Evie Copland for her presentation.

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

Decision

 

4.1   NOTED the updated position in taking forward the Common Housing Register project as summarised at paragraphs 3.3 to 3.6 of the report;

 

4.2   AGREED the Common Allocations Policy attached at Appendix, noting that it has been externally validated to ensure legal and statutory compliance and that it incorporates best practice; and FURTHER AGREED to present the Common Allocations Policy to all four Area Committees for the purposes of both publicizing the policy to the public, and providing the opportunity for any comments to be incorporated in the 6 months review of the policy;

 

NOTED

 

4.3   a Launch Event is being planned to mark the successful delivery of the Common Housing Register project as detailed at paragraph 3.7;

 

4.4   that six month monitoring reports will be submitted to Housing Sub Committee after implementation as detailed at paragraph 3.3.4; and

 

4.5   THANKED all the staff in Strategic Housing and the Registered Social Landlords for getting this policy in place since signing the agreement 18 months ago.

5 STRATEGIC HOUSING INVESTMENT PLAN (SHIP) - REPORT BY DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY AND CUSTOMER SERVICES

MEMBER - Ronnie Nicholson left the meeting during consideration of this item - 10 Members present

 

ADJOURNMENT - the meeting was adjourned at 3.25pm and reconvened at 3.32pm with 10 Members present being:

 

Jim McClung, Ian B Carruthers, Finlay Carson, Brian Collins, Grahame Forster, Alistair Geddes, Jeff Leaver, Denis R Male, Craig Peacock and Colin Smyth.
 

Decision

 

AGREED

5.1   the amendments to the Strategic Housing Investment Plan detailed at paragraphs 3.2 to 3.5 with an additional Council funding contribution of £150k to support the Friars Vennel project and up to £156k to support St Cuthbert’s project to be met from Council Tax Second Homes income to cover additional development costs in the projects;

 

5.2   to the proposal that a claw-back clause in perpetuity be included in the offer of grant to Dumfries and Galloway Housing Partnership (DGHP) which will require 30% of any future capital receipt for the sale of the commercial units to be paid to the Council as detailed at paragraph 3.4; and

 

5.3   NOTED the income and uncommitted current balances in the Council Tax Second Homes fund as detailed at paragraphs 3.8 and 3.9.

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.