Housing Sub Committee Minutes

Date:
Monday 6 March 2017
Time:
2.00pm
Place:
Council Offices, English Street, Dumfries

Attendance Details

Members:
Craig Peacock (Chairman)-Annandale East and Eskdale
Ian Carruthers-Annandale South
Jim H Dempster-Mid and Upper Nithsdale
Alistair Geddes-Mid Galloway
Jeff Leaver-Lochar
Denis R Male-Annandale East and Eskdale
Jim McClung-Wigtown West
George N Prentice-Castle Douglas and Glenkens
Willie Scobie (Substitute)-Stranraer and North Rhins
Officials:
Sandra Harkness - Service Manager Trading Standards
Harry Hay - Head of Customer Services
Lucy Irons-Young - Governance Officer
James Little - Housing Strategy and Gypsy/Traveller Co-ordinator
Jim O'Neill - Housing Manager
In attendance:
James Shirazi - Director of Investment and Regeneration, Dumfries and Galloway Housing Partnership (DGHP)
Mike Staples - Chief Executive Dumfries and. Galloway Small Communities Housing. Trust
Frank Sweeney - Chief Executive, Cunninghame Housing Association
Apologies:
Grahame Forster - Wigtown West
Graham Nicol - Mid Galloway
Item Number Item/Description
PUBLIC
1 SEDERUNT AND APOLOGIES

9 Members present and 2 apologies.

2 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

Jim McClung declared an interest in item 5 by virtue of the fact that he was Director of the Small Communities Housing Trust and had determined that his interest was such that he would leave the meeting for consideration of this item.

3 STRATEGIC HOUSING INVESTMENT PLAN 2016/17 - REPORT BY HEAD OF CUSTOMER SERVICES

Decision

 

AGREED

 

3.1   to include the new sites set out at section 3.3 in the report in the Strategic Housing Investment Plan;

 

3.2   to submit the final draft of the 2016/17 Strategic Housing Investment Plan set out at Appendices 1 and 2 to the report to the Scottish Government;

 

3.3   to prioritise a bid to the Scottish Government’s Housing Infrastructure Fund that is focused on Gretna to unlock the supply of new affordable housing in this location as set out at section 3.5 in the report; and

 

3.4   NOTED the actions taken to increase Dumfries and Galloway’s capacity to deliver new affordable housing as described at sections 3.2 -3.2.4 in the report.

4 HOUSING (SCOTLAND) ACT 2006 SCHEME OF ASSISTANCE - REPORT BY HEAD OF CUSTOMER SERVICES

Decision

 

AGREED

 

4.1   to recommend to Dumfries and Galloway Council the transfer of £1.198 million from the Council to the Dumfries and Galloway Health and Social Care Integration Joint Board to support the ongoing delivery of the Care and Repair service as detailed at section 3.2 in the report;

 

4.2   to recommend to Dumfries and Galloway Council an allocation of £149k to the Integration Joint Board to fund the Small Repairs and Home Support Services as detailed at section 3.3 in the report;

 

4.3   to recommend to Dumfries and Galloway Council an allocation of £37,400 to the Integration Joint Board to fund Food Train Extra as detailed at section 3.4 in the report;

 

4.4   to allocate £30k to support the sustained development of the Trusted Trader Scheme for a 3 year period as detailed at section 3.7 in the report;

 

NOTED

 

4.5   the progress report in relation to Below Tolerable Standard grants for 2016/17 as detailed at section 3.6 in the report; and

 

4.6   that Dumfries and Galloway Council agreed a Town Centre Living Fund which allocated £1 million from Council Tax on second homes income as detailed at the Appendix to the report.

 

MEMBERS - Jim McClung and Willie Scobie left the meeting - 7 Members present

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

Decision

 

5.1   NOTED that Dumfries and Galloway Small Communities Housing Trust have been unsuccessful in their attempts to gain match funding for the post of Realising Affordable Rural Homes Project Officer; and

 

5.2   CONSIDERED the options as outlined in paragraph 3.3 3 in the report and AGREED to allocate £33,110 from Council Tax on second homes income to fund the full costs of the Realising Affordable Rural Homes Project Officer employed by the Dumfries and Galloway Small Communities Housing Trust for one year subject to robust monitoring to ensure a defined remit, targets and outcomes representing best value for money.

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.