Wigtown Area Committee (Business) Minutes

Date:
Wednesday 12 July 2017
Time:
10:00am
Place:
Council Chambers, Stranraer

Attendance Details

Members:
Tommy Sloan (Chairman) - Stranraer and the Rhins
Katie Hagmann (Vice-Chairman) - Mid Galloway and Wigtown West
Andrew Giusti - Stranraer and the Rhins
Jim McColm - Mid Galloway and Wigtown West
Graham Nicol - Mid Galloway and Wigtown West
Willie Scobie - Stranraer and the Rhins
Ros Surtees - Stranraer and the Rhins
Officials:
Liz Manson - Lead Officer
Claire Rogerson - Governance Officer
In attendance:
Stewart McColm - Community Inspector - Police Scotland
James Manning - Station Manager - Scottish Fire and Rescue Service
Apologies:
David Inglis - Mid Galloway and Wigtown West
Item Number Item/Description Action
PUBLIC
1 SEDERUNT AND APOLOGIES

7 Members present and 1 apology.

 
2 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

NONE declared.

 
3 MINUTE OF MEETING OF 14 JUNE 2017

Decision

APPROVED
subject to an amendment at item 9, being the addition of:-

 

REQUESTED that information be provided to the Wigtown Area Committee members on the shortage of General Practitioners in Stranraer and the arrangement for beach cleaning at Agnew Park, Stranraer.
 

Committee Administrator - Wigtown

4 POLICE SCOTLAND PERFORMANCE REPORT (WIGTOWN) - REPORT BY HEAD OF CIVIC AND LOCAL SERVICES.

Decision

4.1     SCRUTINISED the performance report from Police Scotland for the Wigtown area from April 2016 to March 2017 as detailed in the Appendices of the report;

4.2     REQUESTED that Police Scotland give consideration to the format of its performance reports to include 3 and/or 5 year statistics, to highlight any particular trends; and targets for each specific crime group; and

 

4.3     NOTED that the Annual Report for 2017/18 would be based on the new Council Ward boundaries which came into effect in May 2017.
 

 
5 SCOTTISH FIRE AND RESCUE SERVICE PERFORMANCE REPORT (WIGTOWN) - REPORT BY HEAD OF CIVIC AND LOCAL SERVICES.

Decision

5.1     SCRUTINISED the performance report from the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service for the Wigtown area from April 2016 to March 2017 as detailed in the Appendix of the report; and

5.2     REQUESTED that consideration be given to there being Dumfries and Galloway Council representation on the local Rural Fire Safety Group.
 

 
6 CONSULTATION ON THE SCOTTISH FIRE AND RESCUE SERVICE DRAFT LOCAL AREA PLAN 2017 FOR DUMFRIES AND GALLOWAY - REPORT BY HEAD OF CIVIC AND LOCAL SERVICES.

Decision

6.1     NOTED the draft Local Fire and Rescue Service Plan at Appendix 3 of the report to Wigtown Area Committee and the wider context presented; and

6.2     AGREED additions to the draft Local Plan be considered as part of the Council’s response as follows:

  •  reference to Dumfries and Galloway Council and Area Committees in the section on Local Context; 
  • information on the ongoing work carried out with Alzheimers Scotland and substance misuse agencies; and the importance of education and engagement with schools in Priority 1 - Domestic Safety;
  • information on the contribution of Community Safety Officers to improving domestic and safety and the potential to enhance home safety through fitting carbon monoxide detectors as well as smoke detectors in Priority 2 - Unintentional Harm & Injury; 
  • the impact of the work of Community Safety Officers in reducing incidents in Priority 3 - Deliberate Fire Setting; 
  • a stronger statement about the potential use of enforcement powers for workplaces and businesses that do not fulfil their obligations for staff training and testing of equipment; 
  • agreement to participate in discussions about the relocation of services to Dumfries and Galloway.
 
7 WIGTOWN AREA COMMITTEE - APPOINTMENTS TO OUTSIDE BODIES - REPORT BY DIRECTOR COMMUNITIES.

Decision

 

AGREED

7.1     to appoint Willie Scobie as a non-voting advisor to the South of Scotland Forestry Forum;

7.2     to appoint Katie Hagmann and Jim McColm to the Board of Machars Action Limited;

7.3     to appoint Graham Nicol as a non-voting advisor to the Mid Galloway Community Day Centre for Older People;

7.4     to appoint Jim McColm as a Trustee to the Newton Stewart Museum Trust;

7.5     to appoint Tommy Sloan and Ros Surtees as non- voting advisors to the Stranraer and District Old Peoples’ Welfare Organisation Limited;

7.6     to appoint Katie Hagmann as a Director to the Whithorn Trust;

7.7     to appoint Jim McColm as a non-voting advisor to the Wigtown Bay Nature Reserve Management Committee;

7.8     to appoint Tommy Sloan and Andrew Giusti as non-voting advisors to the Wigtownshire Community Transport;

7.9     to appoint Andrew Giusti, Katie Hagmann, David Inglis (subject to his agreement), Jim McColm, Graham Nicol, Willie Scobie, Tommy Sloan and Ros Surtees as governors to the Wigtownshire Educational Trust, NOTING that while there were four vacancies on the trust, the appointments fulfilled the Trust’s requirements;

7.10     to appoint Ros Surtees as a non-voting advisor and Katie Hagmann as the substitute to the Wigtownshire Sports Council;

7.11     to appoint Andrew Giusti and Katie Hagmann as Directors to the Wigtownshire Women’s Aid; and

7.12     to appoint Andrew Giusti as Director to the Enterprise Trust (previously known as Wigtown Rural Development Company (WRDC) Limited).
 

Directorate Business Manager - Serena

8 WIGTOWN AREA COMMITTEE - FORWARD BUSINESS PLAN - REPORT BY DIRECTOR COMMUNITIES

Decision

 

8.1     NOTED the future reports and events/briefings for Wigtown Area Committee Members as detailed in the Appendix of the report, and in particular that a Briefing paper and a meeting with the Health and Social Care Locality Manager on the issue of the GP shortage in the region was scheduled for the coming weeks; and

REQUESTED information, as a Committee report where appropriate, on the following issues:


8.2     the recent downgrading of Galloway Community Hospital from Accident and Emergency to a Minor Injuries Unit and the number of people this affected;

 

8.3     the impact on patients and relatives whilst the Garrick Ward, Galloway Community Hospital was closed for the period of one week; and

8.4     an update on the ongoing issue of gulls within the area with clarification of the amount of money allocated to this project locally and action to date.
 

Directorate Business Manager - Serena

9 ANY OTHER BUSINESS DEEMED URGENT BY THE CHAIRMAN DUE TO THE NEED FOR A DECISION

Decision

 

9.1    NOTED that there was no urgent items of business deemed urgent by the chairman due to the need for a decision; and

 

9.2     REQUESTED that consideration be given to using different venues across Dumfries and Galloway for meetings of Full Council, including the Ryan Centre in Stranraer.

 

Action Details

ItemDetail
3 Action by Committee Administrator - Wigtown - In relation to the issue of GP's in Stranraer - June Watters, NHS addressed this issue at the meeting held on 29 November 2017 and a further report was requested from the Integrated Joint Board by Members.

In relation to Beach Cleaning at Agnew Park, Stranraer - this would be included in a future EEI Performance Report.
7 Action by Directorate Business Manager - Serena - Complete - following WAC 12 July 2017 - organisations notified of Elected Member appointments
8 Action by Directorate Business Manager - Serena - Covered at separate Members Briefing