View Economy, Environment and Infrastructure Committee Agenda

Date:
Friday 13 July 2018
Time:
10:30am
Place:
Council Offices, English Street, Dumfries
Contact:
Tracey Sonko
Tel No:
(01387) 260503
Council Priorities:

Build the Local Economy

  • Improve the level of skills within our communities and workforce
  • Support our small and medium sized businesses to be established and grow
  • Invest in our key infrastructure
  • Provide an attractive location to do business
  • Develop a diverse economy that creates sustainable, high wage job opportunities

Provide the best start in life for all our Children

  • Ensure early intervention, in particular to keep our region's most vulnerable children safe
  • Invest in creating schools fit for the 21st century which are at the heart of our communities
  • Raise ambition and attainment, in particular to address inequalities
  • Support children to be healthy and active

Protect our most vulnerable people

  • Tackle the causes and effects of inequality and poverty
  • Help older or vulnerable people live healthy and independent lives
  • Ensure our older or vulnerable people receive the care and support they need
  • Keep our communities safe

Be an inclusive Council

  • Ensure that local people and communities are at the heart of our decision making
  • Empower our communities to make the most of their assets
  • Increase equality of opportunity

 

 

 

Dates of Meetings in 2018
23 Jan,
20 Mar,
22 May,
13 Jul,
18 Sep,
20 Nov
ItemDescription
 
PUBLIC
1. SEDERUNT AND APOLOGIES
2. DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
3. MINUTE OF ECONOMY, ENVIRONMENT AND INFRASTRUCTURE COMMITTEE MEETING OF 22 MAY 2018

FOR APPROVAL.

4. MINUTE OF CRICHTON SUB COMMITTEE MEETING OF 19 JUNE 2018

FOR APPROVAL.

5. MINUTE OF HARBOURS SUB COMMITTEE MEETING OF 28 JUNE 2018

FOR APPROVAL.

6. ECONOMY, ENVIRONMENT AND INFRASTRUCTURE REVENUE BUDGET OUTTURN REPORT 2017/18 - REPORT BY DIRECTOR ECONOMY, ENVIRONMENT AND INFRASTRUCTURE

Members are asked to note: (1) that Economy, Environment and Infrastructure returned an overspend of £953k against the 2017/18 agreed budget which is equivalent to 2.1% of the net budget and is detailed at Appendix 1; (2) that the 3 key contributors to this position are: (a) Under-recovery of Planning and Building Warrant Fee Income; (b) Trading deficit incurred by Building Maintenance Services; and (c) Shortfall against the budgeted surplus achieved by Roads Maintenance Services; and (3) that a thorough review is being undertaken by the EEI Management Team, with the support of Finance and Procurement, to ensure that detailed budgets are realistic for the new year and to ensure the avoidance of a recurrence of overspending. Details of this review will be presented to the next meeting of this Committee.

7. VEHICLES/FLEET AND INFRASTRUCTURE CAPITAL PROGRAMME AND STREET LIGHTING SPEND TO SAVE PROJECTS 2017/18: OUTTURN REPORT - REPORT BY DIRECTOR ECONOMY, ENVIRONMENT AND INFRASTRUCTURE

Members are asked to: (1) note the financial outturn position of the Vehicles/Fleet Asset Class Capital Programme 2017/18 (Appendix 1); (2) note the financial outturn position of the Infrastructure Asset Class Capital Programme 2017/18 of £9,348M, an underspend of £0.852M which will be carried forward to the 2018/19 allocation (Appendix 2); (3) note the progress of the Vehicles/Fleet Asset Class Capital Programme 2017/18 (Appendix 3); (4) note the progress of the Infrastructure Asset Class Capital Programme 2017/18 (Appendix 4); (5) note the progress of the Street Lighting Spend to Save LED Replacement Programme 2017/18 (Appendix 6); (6) agree to the additional schemes to be included in the 2018/19 capital programmes as highlighted in Appendix 5; (7) note the changes in relation to Dumfries and Galloway Regional Infirmary Migration - Off Site Infrastructure project associated with the new Dumfries Hospital in Paragraphs 3.31 – 3.44, regarding Sustrans Community Links Programme funding for design (2018/19) and construction (2019/20); and (8) agree to the changes in relation to DGRI Mitigation – Off Site Infrastructure associated with the new Dumfries Hospital in Paragraphs 3.31–3.44, regarding the revised design layout, re-programming of construction works, accepting Sustrans Design stream funding and holding a further public information display later this year.

8. REGENERATION CAPITAL GRANT FUND - REPORT BY DIRECTOR ECONOMY, ENVIRONMENT AND INFRASTRUCTURE

Members are asked to: (1) note the background, recent local successes and guidance concerning the Scottish Government’s Regeneration Capital Grant Fund in paragraphs 3.1 to 3.3; (2) note that of five applications in the region, three were submitted by the Council with partners for identified Council Priorities described in paragraph 3.4; (3) agree to support an RCGF application on behalf of the Whithorn Pilgrim Way on behalf of the Whithorn Trust described in paragraphs 3.4 to 3.5, which was submitted by the due date but subject to agreement of this Committee; and (4) agree to support the submission of a late RCGF application finalised on 4 July 2018 for the Johnston School – Community Activity and Resource Centre on behalf of the Kirkcudbright Development Trust, subject to the necessary due diligence being undertaken as described in paragraphs 3.4 and 3.6.

9. B6318 LANDSLIP AT GLENTARRAS - REPORT BY DIRECTOR ECONOMY, ENVIRONMENT AND INFRASTRUCTURE

Members are asked to: (1) note the progress made to date to determine a design solution including most recently the appointment of Fairhurst as the specialist Geotechnical Design Consultant and work undertaken by them; (2) note the funding of £0.98M from Scottish Government with the remainder of the estimated £1.2M scheme costs to be met by from the Infrastructure Asset Class Capital Budget as detailed in paragraph 3.26; (3) agree that the Council continue to progress towards the implementation of remediation works in line with the Fairhurst recommendations and current delivery programme of the road reopened fully by the end of April 2019; and (4) note the concerns raised by the community, as detailed in paragraph 3.21, through the submission of a 500-strong petition regarding impacts of the long-term closure and agree that progress currently being made, including regular engagement with those affected, is appropriate in addressing the concerns.

10. FLOOD RISK MANAGEMENT UPDATE REPORT - REPORT BY DIRECTOR ECONOMY, ENVIRONMENT AND INFRASTRUCTURE

Members are asked to: (1) agree the draft response to the consultation Flood Risk Management in Scotland 2018 Consultations on Potentially Vulnerable Areas, as detailed in Appendix 4; (2) note the background to the Langholm scheme development including the update to the hydraulic model that has identified a more expensive scheme that offers a greater Standard of Protection, as detailed in paragraphs 3.14 – 3.17; (3) note that 80% Scottish Government grant funding for the Langholm scheme is still available assuming a benefit cost ratio greater than unity is achieved as detailed in paragraph 3.15; (4) agree to the appointment of a consultant to develop the design of the Langholm scheme to a stage where it can be promoted, noting that 80% of the consultant’s costs will be funded by Scottish Government, whether or not design works can produce a scheme with benefit cost ratio greater than unity, as detailed in paragraph 3.18; (5) note that further reports will be presented to this Committee in relation to delivering a Flood Protection Scheme for Langholm as detailed in paragraph 3.19; (6) note, as detailed in paragraph 3.20, that the preferred consultant will lead on the implementation of the pluvial flood protection works at Holmwood Drive, Langholm as previously approved by this Committee; and (7) note the amended timescales and next steps in the programme for the new Sparling Bridge as outlined in paragraph 3.31.

11. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT REFOCUS OF RESOURCES - REPORT BY DIRECTOR ECONOMY, ENVIRONMENT AND INFRASTRUCTURE

Members are asked to: (1) note the Economic Development Service’s activities as described in section 3; (2) note that the Council Plan commits the Economic Development Service to focus on the following priorities:- Upper Nithsdale, Stranraer, Langholm, and Dumfries Town Centre Regenerations; The Crichton Estate, Chapelcross, and Economic Agency for the South of Scotland (SoSEP), a carbon neutral Dumfries and Galloway, Council transformation, South of Scotland Alliance (SoSA) and the Borderlands Inclusive Growth Deal and key sectors described in paragraph 4.1; (3) note that on 30 April 2018 the Council agreed to add support for Annan and the wider DG12 area as also a priority for the Economic Development Service. In light of the impact of the closure of the Pinneys factory as described in paragraphs 3.20 and 4.6; (4) note that the funding and resources of the Economic Development Service are being refocused and deployed to deliver on the Council’s agreed Priorities and Commitments, and that any new initiatives would require consideration of resources as part of a Committee decision making process as described in paragraph 4.1; (5) note that as part of the service refocus the Sustainable Development team will primarily focus on attracting funding for the Council to help with investment in a low carbon economy as described in paragraph 4.2; (6) note that the Economic Leadership Group will be invigorated, alongside the Local Employability Partnership and Apprenticeship Board supported by the Employability and Skills Team to ensure there is improved dialogue, regular communication and advice, with on the ground intelligence of the needs and ambitions of businesses from Dumfries and Galloway’s key sectors as described in paragraphs 3.11, 3.12 and 4.3; and (7) note the establishment of a Dumfries and Galloway Local Business Investment and Resilience Team, to ensure the Council is best prepared to respond at pace and effectively to support both inward investment and economic incidents as described in paragraphs 4.6 to 4.10.

12. DUMFRIES TOWN CENTRE - REPORT BY DIRECTOR ECONOMY, ENVIRONMENT AND INFRASTRUCTURE

Members are asked to: (1) commend the activities being undertaken in the town centre by community groups, Registered Social Landlords and private companies working with public sector bodies; (2) agree to the Council working in partnership with key stakeholders to establish an appropriate delivery mechanism to facilitate the revitalisation of Dumfries Town Centre and to receive detailed proposals to this Committee in September 2018 (paragraphs 3.3 and 3.4); and (3) note the £1.5 million of capital funds allocated to Dumfries High Street Improvements to be used to lever additional funds to improve the built heritage of the town centre, through partnership bids to Historic Environment Scotland for a Conservation Area Renewal Scheme, and to the Heritage Lottery Fund, once their new funding framework is known (paragraphs 3.10 to 3.11).

13. CORE PATH 378 - BLADNOCH DISTILLERY ACCESS INVESTIGATION - REPORT BY DIRECTOR ECONOMY, ENVIRONMENT AND INFRASTRUCTURE

Members are asked to: (1) agree that the Council does not commence legal action based on the new information outlined within the report at 3.8-3.10 and the advice provided at 3.14; (2) note the consultation feedback provided by the local community council and the Outdoor Access Forum 3.15 and Appendix 3; and (3) agree to retain core path 378 on the Core Path Plan subject to the forthcoming review of the plan scheduled for 2019.

14. SOUTHERN UPLAND WAY - ROUTE MANAGEMENT - REPORT BY DIRECTOR ECONOMY, ENVIRONMENT AND INFRASTRUCTURE

Members are asked to: (1) note the funding secured for the Southern Upland Way through the section 75 agreement for the development of the Killgalioch Windfarm Development; (2) agree to recruitment of staff 1 full time Southern Upland Way Officer and 1 part time Southern Upland Way Officer as outlined in section of the report 3.10; and (3) note that annual updates and priority projects will be brought to committee through the existing Environment Team annual reporting.

15. PLANNING PERFORMANCE FRAMEWORK ANNUAL REPORTS 2017/18 - REPORT BY DIRECTOR ECONOMY, ENVIRONMENT AND INFRASTRUCTURE

Members are asked to consider the draft Planning Performance Framework Annual Report 2017/18 contained at Appendix 1 and agree to its submission to the Scottish Government.

16. BUILDING STANDARDS BALANCED SCORECARD 2017/18 - REPORT BY DIRECTOR ECONOMY, ENVIRONMENT AND INFRASTRUCTURE

Members are asked to consider the draft Building Standards Balanced Scorecard 2017/18 contained at Appendix and agree to its submission to the Scottish Government.

17. STANDING ORDER 18 - HARBOURS SUB - COMMITTEE - 28 JUNE 2018: STRANRAER HARBOUR - HEALTH AND SAFETY EXECUTIVE VISIT REPORT BY DIRECTOR CORPORATE SERVICES

Members are asked to: (1) consider whether or not the requisition received (Appendix 1) in respect of the decision made by the Harbours Sub Committee on 28 June 2018, in respect of the proposed installation of a vehicle barrier at Stranraer Harbour, meets the provisions of Standing Order 18; (2) if agreed that the referral is in accordance with the provisions of Standing Order 18, consider the terms of the report presented to the Harbours Sub Committee on 28 June 2018 (Appendix 2); and (3) consider the advice that has been obtained by the Council’s Monitoring Officer (Appendix 4).

18. ANY OTHER BUSINESS DEEMED URGENT BY THE CHAIRMAN DUE TO THE NEED FOR A DECISION
19. LOCAL GOVERNMENT SCOTLAND ACT 1973

Consider adoption of resolution to exclude the public from the meeting in terms of Section 50A (4) and paragraph 6 of Part 1 of Schedule 7A of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973.

 
EXEMPT
20. STRANRAER WATERFRONT REGENERATION - REPORT BY DIRECTOR ECONOMY, ENVIRONMENT AND INFRASTRUCTURE (PARAGRAPH 6)

Members are asked to consider the report.

21. WASTE PFI - REPORT BY DIRECTOR ECONOMY, ENVIRONMENT AND INFRASTRUCTURE (PARAGRAPHS 6 AND 9)

Ciculated to Members seperately

The next meeting is scheduled for 10:30am on Tuesday, 18th September 2018 in Council Offices, English Street, Dumfries

Issue Date:- 05 July 2018 at 14:38