Housing Sub Committee Minutes

Date:
Tuesday 12 April 2016
Time:
2:00pm
Place:
Council Offices, English Street, Dumfries

Attendance Details

Members:
Craig Peacock (Chairman)-Annandale East and Eskdale
Ian Carruthers-Annandale South
Grahame Forster-Wigtown West
Alistair Geddes-Mid Galloway
Jeff Leaver-Lochar
Denis R Male-Annandale East and Eskdale
John Martin (Substitute)-Nith
George N Prentice-Castle Douglas and Glenkens
Colin Smyth-Nith
Officials:
Harry Hay - Head of Customer Services
James Little - Private Sector Housing Assistant
Jim O'Neill - Strategy and Development Officer
Claire Rogerson - Governance Officer
In attendance:
Alan McGonigle - Deputy Director, Energy Agency
Vernon Monaghan - Area Based Schemes Project Co-ordinator
Mike Staples - Chief Executive Dumfries and Galloway Small Communities Housing Trust
Apologies:
Finlay Carson - Castle Douglas and Glenkens
Jim H Dempster - Mid and Upper Nithsdale
Jim McClung - Wigtown West
Item Number Item/Description
PUBLIC
1 SEDERUNT AND APOLOGIES

8 Members present, 3 apologies and 1 not present at the start of the meeting.

2 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

NONE declared.

 

MEMBER - Colin Smyth entered the meeting - 9 Members present

3 PRESENTATION FROM MIKE STAPLES - CHIEF EXECUTIVE DUMFRIES AND GALLOWAY SMALL COMMUNITIES HOUSING TRUST

Decision

 

THANKED Mike Staples for his presentation.

4 HOME ENERGY EFFICIENCY PROGRAMME SCOTLAND - AREA BASED SCHEME 2014/15, 2015/16 AND 2016/17 - REPORT BY HEAD OF CUSTOMER SERVICES

Decision

 

NOTED

 

4.1   the final update in relation to the 2014/15 project detailed at section 3.4 of the report;

 

4.2   the summary of outcomes thus far in relation to the 2015/16 programme detailed at section 3.5 of the report;

 

4.3   the funding allocation of £1,637,786 for the Dumfries and Galloway Council Home Energy Efficiency Programme Scotland - Area Based Scheme in 2016/17;

 

4.4   AGREED the projects for 2016/17 detailed at section 3.6 of the report;

 

FURTHER AGREED

 

 4.5   that the Chairman write to the Housing Minister regarding the Sub Committee's concerns over the limitations of planning a 10 year project where funding is only allocated year on year; and

 

4.5   for the outturn report coming to July 2016 Sub Committee to include a breakdown of the projects by geographical area, and for more detailed information to be included within these areas on property type and budget allocation.

5 DUMFRIES AND GALLOWAY SMALL COMMUNITIES HOUSING TRUST - REPORT BY HEAD OF CUSTOMER SERVICES

Decision

 

AGREED

 

5.1   that the Dumfries and Galloway Small Communities Housing Trust (the Trust) develop options for the future use of the 3 Monreith self-build plots and this will form the basis of a future report to this Sub Committee;

 

5.2   to nominate 2 Members being Councillor Craig Peacock, (Chairman of this Committee) and Councillor Jim McClung onto the Board of Directors of the Trust;

 

5.3   to allocate £14k from income generated from the Council Tax on second homes income to the Upper Eskdale Development Group (the Group) so it can undertake a detailed feasibility study in relation to their potential development site;

 

5.4   NOTED that discussions are taking place with the Scottish Government, the Trust, the Highland Small Communities Housing Trust and Rural Housing Scotland exploring the possibility of establishing a Community Housing Alliance; and

 

5.5   FURTHER AGREED for a visit to be arranged to Upper Eskdale Development Group for Members of this Sub Committee to see the projects that have been undertaken.

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.