13 Sep 2004 - Moyle Council

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... the Ballycastle Golf Club on the food and stated that it was a very good night. ..... Portrush Line, Campbells Corner, Toberkeigh Road and Toberdoney Road.
MINUTES OF THE PROCEEDINGS OF THE COUNCIL MEETING HELD ON MONDAY 13 SEPTEMBER 2004 AT 7.00 PM

In the Chair: Councillor G Hartin

Members Present: Councillors M Black, C Blaney, S Blaney, M Digney, H A Harding, W Graham, T Laverty, D McAllister, C McCambridge, A P McConaghy, R D McDonnell, R A McIlroy, O McMullan and M Molloy.

Also Present: Mr R G Lewis, Clerk & Chief Executive

Mr P Mawdsley, Director of District Services

Mr K McGarry, Technical Services Manager

Miss F McCorry, Member Services/Clerical Officer

04/25:01 APOLOGIES AND CHAIRMAN’S BUSINESS

Apologies

As all members were present, there were no apologies received.

Chairman’s Business

Lammas Fair Dinner

Councillor Graham expressed his gratitude to Councillor Hartin for the success of the Lammas Fair dinner and in particular his treatment of the visitors from Islay.

Councillor Black concurred with this remark and commended the Ballycastle Golf Club on the food and stated that it was a very good night.

Councillor Digney concurred with these remarks.

04/25:02 MINUTES OF THE COUNCIL MEETING HELD ON 9 AUGUST 2004 AND MINUTES OF THE SPECIAL COUNCIL MEETING HELD ON 3 AUGUST 2004

The minutes of the Council Meeting held on 9 August 2004, having been circulated, were taken as read.

Amendment

Councillor McIlroy stated that his attendance at the Council Meeting had not been recorded and requested that it be amended accordingly.

After discussion and subject to the amendment,

Councillor McConaghy proposed, Seconded by Councillor Digney and resolved, “That the Minutes of the Council Meeting held on 9 August 2004 be adopted.

The minutes of the Special Council Meeting held on 3 August 2004, having been circulated, were taken as read.

After discussion,

Councillor McConaghy proposed, Seconded by Councillor Digney and resolved, “That the Minutes of the Special Council Meeting held on 3 August 2004 be adopted.

04/25:03 MATTERS ARISING FROM THE MINUTES OF THE COUNCIL MEETING 9 AUGUST 2004 AND THE MINUTES OF THE SPECIAL COUNCIL MEETING HELD ON 3 AUGUST 2004

Disability Discrimination Act

Councillor McConaghy referred to page six of the minutes of 9 August 2004 and in particular to the Disability Discrimination Act and enquired as to the current position with regards to the Building Control Department checking public buildings to ensure they were compliant with the Act.

The Clerk stated that the Technical Services Manager had been dealing with this issue and that further information would be brought back in his next report.

Signing and Sealing of Documents

Councillor McConaghy also referred to page nineteen of the minutes of 9 August 2004 and in particular to the document for signing and sealing in respect of land at Priestland Road and enquired if the situation had been clarified.

The Clerk stated that this issue was still being dealt with and that members would be updated in a future report.

Quay Road Playing Pitch

Councillor Laverty referred to the minutes of 9 August 2004 and in particular the Quay Road Playing Pitch referred to on page eleven and expressed his disappointment at the lack of playing facilities in particular for the Stephens Cup. He stated that the D-Rail had been missing for the game, and enquired if there was a maintenance budget that would cover small repairs such as this.

Councillor McAllister stated that the pitch had to be cordoned off by D- Rail.

Councillor McAllister also referred to the allocation of pitches and stated that he had been of the opinion that teams were to be facilitated week about, but pointed out that according to a telephone call that he had received, Council Officers were allowing teams to play twice in a row.

The TDRM stated that the Sports Development Recreation Officer had been of the opinion that the teams were to take it week about.

Councillor McIlroy stated that he had also received a telephone call, and pointed out that the situation would have to be sorted out.

Councillor McCambridge concurred with this remark.

The Clerk informed members that one of the clubs had now made a complaint to the Commissioner for Complaints.

Fisherman’s Path, North Street, Ballycastle

Councillor Laverty referred to the Fisherman’s Path detailed on page twelve of the minutes and stated that he had received a letter from residents who live near the path, and forwarded a copy of signatures supporting the closure of the path to the Clerk. He stated that residents had been subjected to noise, vandalism, the smell of urine and damage to their cars, houses and windows, and he informed members that they could not sleep at night.

He requested that members support the temporary closure of the path on health and safety grounds.

Councillor S Blaney concurred with these remarks and stated that there were beer bottles lying on the path and reminded members that there was an alternative path that could be used.

Councillor McIlroy suggested that a report be brought back to Council on the number of incidents reported to the PSNI, as, he stated, this would give better grounds for closure.

Councillor Digney supported Councillor Laverty’s remarks and stated that the needs and wishes of the residents should be taken into consideration.



After discussion,

Councillor Black proposed, Seconded by Councillor Molloy, “That proceedings for the closure of the Fisherman’s Path be initiated”.

After further discussion,

Councillor S Blaney proposed an amendment, Seconded by Councillor Black and resolved, “That the Closure of the Fisherman’s Path be listed as an item on the Agenda for the Council Meeting to be held on 27 September 2004.”

It was therefore agreed that the closure of the Fisherman’s Path be listed as an item on the agenda of the next Council Meeting.

04/22:04 PRESENTATION BY THE COALITION AGAINST WATER CHARGES WITH MR B GRAHAM SECRETARY OF THE WATER TRADE UNION IN ATTENDANCE

Councillor Hartin welcomed Mr Bumper Graham, Secretary of the Water Trade Union to the meeting.

Mr Graham thanked members for allowing him to attend the meeting and stated that as well as being Secretary of the Water Trade Union, he was also the General Secretary with NIPSA.

He informed members that his presentation would cover three issues which were charges, the structure of the Water Service and what could be done jointly to reverse direct rule charges.

Mr Graham stated that the Government was trying to impose the full and absolute cost of restoring the Water Service which, he pointed out, would incur a massive capital spend. He also stated that there would be a need to upgrade sewerage and water sewage works and that there were disputes on how it would be done and who would do it

He stated that in 1980 money had been paid out of general taxation for the privatisation of water in England and Wales which included £342 million from Northern Ireland but he pointed out that no benefit had been received by Northern Ireland.

David Hall of the University of Greenwich, he informed members, had been commissioned to work on this issue and had identified that if the UK Government gave Northern Ireland its share of the tax money back, it would reduce the amount required to be paid from £400 plus to £35 per household.

Mr Graham stated that a Government Company (GOCO) had been set up, but pointed out that Government could not set up a GOCO unless it was for full privatisation. He also pointed out that their aim was to fully privatise the Water Service which, he informed members, would lead to job loses and increased charges. He stated that one thousand jobs would be lost between now and 2010.

He stated that in the short term, more work would have to be done to replace pipe lines and sewerage treatment plants rather than jobs being lost, and he reiterated that the water service should not be handed over to the private sector.

He stated that the Trade Union would engage with Political Parties to raise the issue with the Secretary of State and to make it clear that policies were supposed to be implemented by the Northern Ireland Assembly as per the Assembly documentation.

He pointed out that in the Spring of 2003, the Government did a Public Consultation exercise on the Water Reform and held six meetings with little notice which meant that there was poor attendance. He stated therefore that he wanted Councils to arrange public meetings and that the Coalition would provide speakers for the public to have a balanced hearing. He also stated that he wanted letters to be sent to the Minister to say that his views were not welcome, and that the NI Assembly would stop introducing policy by direct rule ministers.

Councillor McConaghy stated that the Government should consider metering so that people would pay for what they use, which would encourage house holders to be more careful.

Councillor Laverty concurred with Councillor McConaghy’s remarks and stated that members should call for a reassessment of Water Rates as the method of using capital value of houses would not assist in environmental conservation.

Councillors Digney and S Blaney stated that they supported all the remarks made by Mr Graham.

Councillor McIlroy stated that the system would be unfair to many people and pointed out that the water service had been neglected in this province, and suggested that the £342m be put back into the water service.

Councillor Graham concurred with this remark.

Councillor McAllister stated that he concurred with all the remarks and stated that the Government would have to be told that the water charges would not be accepted.

Councillor McDonnell stated that people would not be paying in accordance to consumption, and that it was time the Government was stopped.

Mr Graham stated that metering was not the route to be taken as it would cost £135 per household to install, but pointed out that it would be better to upgrade. He stated that once the meter would be installed it would have to be read by the private sector.

Finally, he stated that there were many flaws and also many things for the Government to be honest about, and he requested that Councils work together to get a solution.

Councillor Hartin stated that Council would support the Coalition and thanked Mr Graham for attending the meeting which he left at this point.

04/25:05 TOURISM DEVELOPMENT / RECREATION MANAGER’S REPORT

The Tourism Development Recreation Manager’s report, having been circulated, was taken as read.

Community Sports Programme

In reply to Councillor McMullan, the Tourism Development Recreation Manager (TDRM) stated that the inclusion of provision for special needs would be addressed for the following year on the Community Sports Programme.

Annual Tennis Tournaments

Councillor Laverty suggested that a letter be sent to Mr Derek Fothergill, President of the Moyle Tennis Club thanking him for the sponsorship to the Annual Tennis Tournaments.

Councillor Hartin expressed his agreement for this suggestion.

This was agreed.

Quay Road Playing Fields Development

After discussion,

Councillor McConaghy proposed, Seconded by Councillor S Blaney and resolved, “That the meeting would continue in committee”.

The TDRM updated members on the state of the applications for funding the Quay Road Playing Fields development.

He stated that it was recommended that he should now proceed to tender for the overall development to ascertain what monies would be required to fund the overall scheme. He pointed out that the latest plans for the overall development would be on display for members’ consideration.

Councillor McCambridge stated that, whilst welcoming the development, she had concerns that the plans had been drawn up in 1998.

After discussion, it was agreed that the plans for the Quay Road Development would be sent back to the Sports Advisory Committee for approval before going out to tender. It was also agreed that if there were any serious concerns it would come back to Council, otherwise the tendering would go ahead.

It was agreed that the meeting would continue out of committee.

Removal of Youth Hostel Sign, Cushendall

The TDRM stated that the Road Service were giving their attention to the removal of the Youth Hostel sign in Cushendall and that a reply should be issued by 17 September 2004.

After discussion, it was agreed to inform the NITB that the Youth Hostel in Cushendall had closed, and for them to ensure that it would no longer be advertised in any brochures.

After discussion,

Councillor McConaghy proposed, Seconded by Councillor Black and resolved, “That Tourist Development / Recreation Manager’s Report be adopted.”

04/25:06 REPORT FOR ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE DEPARTMENT

The Report for Administration and Finance Department having been circulated, was taken as read.

Voluntary Contributions

The Clerk stated that requests for Voluntary Contributions had been received from Ballycastle Parent and Toddler Group and Mosside Parent and Toddler Group. He also pointed out that of the £2,000 budget, £500 had been spent, leaving a balance of £1500.

After discussion,

Councillor Black proposed, Seconded by Councillor Harding and resolved, “That the Ballycastle Parent and Toddler Group and the Mosside Parent and Toddler Group would both be granted a Voluntary Contribution of £100.”

Sponsorship – Cross and Passion

The Clerk stated that a letter had been received from Cross and Passion College seeking sponsorship for its show, Me & My Girl, to be held 18 – 21 October 2004. He stated that in return, the Council would receive publicity in the papers, advertisement space in the programme, complimentary tickets for the production and an invitation to a pre-show sherry reception.

He stated that a full page sponsorship would be £100, half a page would be £50 and a quarter of a page would be £25.

Councillor S Blaney stated that to sponsor the show would leave Council open to other requests.

Councillor McMullan suggested that this request be referred to the Arts Council.

This was agreed.

Councillor McConaghy stated that he wished to congratulate Cross and Passion College on their recent success on winning the North Eastern Education and Library Board’s heat of the School Choir of the Year.

Job Evaluations

After discussion, it was agreed that the meeting would continue in committee.

The Clerk stated that following job evaluations the Administration Officer’s post and the Development Manager’s post had been upgraded.

The Clerk also informed members that as part of the latest pay settlement, all Councils would have to complete a pay and grading review involving all staff before March 2006.

After discussion, it was agreed that the meeting would continue out of committee.

North Antrim Co-op – The Fairgreen, Fairhill Street, Ballycastle

The Clerk stated that a letter had been received from the North Antrim Co- op regarding the Fairgreen located at the Co-op premises on Fairhill Street which is currently leased from the Council for ninety nine years.

He stated that Co-op members had expressed an interest in purchasing the remainder of the lease that Council had from the Fullerton Estate which was for nine thousand, nine hundred and ninety nine years.

He informed members that the Co-op had stated that if the request was favourable, there were two options to consider. Firstly the purchase of the area on which the livestock pens are located, and secondly, the whole area of Fair-green.

In reply to Councillor Graham, the Clerk stated that if the lease was relinquished, Council could insert a covenant retained for existing use only.

Councillor McDonnell stated that effectively the Co-op had the Right of Way. He pointed out that it was the traditional Fair Green and that no one would have the right to do anything, and that it would be better to develop another market area.

After discussion,

Councillor McIlroy proposed, Seconded by Councillor McDonnell and resolved, ` “That the lease for the Fairgreen Fairhill Street, Ballycastle be left status quo.”

Fisherman’s Path, North Street, Ballycastle

The Clerk stated that a letter had been received from the Valuation and Lands Agency (VLA) stating that they had met with Mr McGinn and that he has requested that the land, outlined for members’ attention, be included in the settlement of this matter.

He informed members that the VLA had requested confirmation that Council would be agreeable to this proposal.

Councillor Molloy stated that as a point of clarity, the agreement between Mr McGinn and the VLA should be settled and then the request for additional land should be brought back to Council at a later stage.

Councillor Laverty stated that on a point of Health and Safety, he would like the issue resolved quickly as the Road Service would set a footpath in place if the development went ahead.

After discussion,

Councillor Molloy proposed, Seconded by Councillor McDonnell and resolved, “That the sale of land at Fisherman’s Path, North Street, Ballycastle would be kept as a separate issue and would be deferred until other issues regarding the path are resolved.”

Bunscoil an Chaistil

The Clerk reminded members that the Bunscoil an Chaistil, Ballycastle currently leased land at Kilns Road for the provision of an Irish-medium community school, and pointed out that a letter had been received from them stating that they had secured funding to build a new family centre which would be able to provide a purpose built venue for their parent and toddler group, preschool and after schools club summer scheme and adults education programmes. He stated that it was also intended that the centre could hold crèche facilities for parents who were attending classes.

He informed members that the development of the centre was underway with an estimated completion date of October 2004.

In order to continue their development, the Clerk stated, the Bunscoil an Chaistil were requesting that Council would consider selling them the site at Kilns Road to allow them to develop a full range of facilities for the future and also permission to carry out access works at the play park Glentaise as part of the new scheme and to allow safe access to and from the school.

Councillor McMullan stated that more information should have been made available on Council’s views before the decision had to be made.

The Clerk stated that if the decision was made to sell the ground, Council would be legally obliged to get the best price for it.

After discussion,

Councillor McMullan proposed, Seconded by Councillor Digney, “That a meeting be held with Mr Mathers of Bunscoil and Chaistil”.

Councillor McAllister stated that Council could not agree in principle until the full details of what would be involved would be made known, and stated that if Council was to dispose of the land, it would have to go out to tender.

The Clerk suggested that a letter be sent to the Chief Local Government Auditor seeking comments on the request from the Bunscoil and Chaistil, and ways in which it could be sold.

Councillor McCambridge suggested that a letter be sent to Mr Mathers of the Bunscoil and Chaistil to keep him informed.

After discussion it was agreed that a letter would be sent to the Chief Local Government Auditor seeking comments on the request from Bunscoil an Chaistil for Council to sell the site at Kilns Road and that Mr Mathers of Bunscoil an Chaistil be kept informed of progress with the request.

It was also agreed that a report on the technical detail would be brought back to Council regarding the Bunscoil an Chaistil’s request to purchase the land and permission to carry out access works at Kilns Road.

Moyle Music Collective

The Clerk stated that a letter dated 12 September 2004 had been received from Moyle Music Collective seeking permission to organise an open-air outdoors event at the seafront area in Ballycastle on Saturday 2 October 2004.

After discussion,

Councillor McIlroy proposed, Seconded by Councillor McConaghy and resolved, “That Moyle Music Collective would be granted the use of the seafront area in Ballycastle for an open air concert on 2 October 2004 subject to the usual Council indemnities and constitution”.

Budget Reports

In reply to Councillor McIlroy’s queries with regards to the budget reports that had been circulated for members’ information, the Clerk stated that expenditure in some of the budgets appeared to be an overspend, but pointed out that at the end of the financial year, the expenditure would be journaled out of the general budget and reallocated to their specific budgets. He stated that the budgetary control system was taken over the twelve month period and therefore not an accurate tool at this stage.

Councillor McIlroy stated that it was important for members to know the genuine budgets.

In reply to Councillor McDonnell, the Clerk stated that the final accounts were circulated for members’ attention at the end of each financial year.

After discussion, it was agreed that the Director of Finance and Administration would address the budgetary systems to make them more meaningful for members’ information.

In reply to Councillor McAllister, it was agreed to investigate how staff were utilised and to ensure that staff employed in one post were not covering other posts. It was also agreed that employees’ overtime figures would be reported back to Council.

Friends of the Somme Yearly Subscription

The Clerk stated that a letter had been received from The Somme Association stating that it had been decided at the last meeting of the Somme Advisory Council that the yearly subscription for Friends of the Somme would be increased to £350 plus VAT.

After discussion,

Councillor Molloy proposed, Seconded by Councillor Graham and resolved, “That the Friends of the Somme yearly subscription would be increased to £350 plus VAT”.

Notice of Application for Approval for Venues for Civil Marriages

The Clerk stated that Notices of Application for Approval of Venues for Civil Marriages had been received from Mr Mick Norcott, for temporary approval for Bonamargy, Ballycastle and Mr P Laverty for a three year approval for the Marine Hotel, Ballycastle.

He pointed out that the statutory requirement for approval had been complied with for the above premises.

After discussion, it was agreed that the Applications for Approval for Venues for Civil Marriages for Bonamargy, Ballycastle for a temporary approval, and the Marine Hotel, Ballycastle for a three year approval be approved.

After discussion,

Councillor McConaghy proposed, Seconded by Councillor Harding and resolved, “That the Finance and Administration Report be adopted.”

04/25:07 ENIVORNMENTAL HEALTH DEPARTMENTS INTERIM REPORT

The Environmental Health Departments Interim Report having been circulated, was taken as read.

Application for Approval of Meat Products Premises under the Meat Products (Hygiene) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1997

The Director of District Services (DDS) stated that an application for approval for Meat Products Premises under the Meat Products (Hygiene) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1997 had been received from Glens of Antrim Foods, 26c Mill Street, Cushendall Co. Antrim, and informed members that the premises had been inspected, classified and found to comply with the relevant requirements of the regulations.

After discussion,

Councillor McDonnell proposed, Seconded by Councillor Black and resolved, “That the application from the Glens of Antrim Foods, Cushendall for Meat Products Premises under the Meat Products (Hygiene) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1997 be approved”.

Authorisation – Environmental Health Department

The DDS stated that the Scheme for the Authorisation of Officers and Delegation of Statutory Functions had been required to be revised in the light of personnel changes both in the Council and the Group, and pointed out that a revised scheme had been circulated for members’ information and presented for adoption.

After discussion,

Councillor Harding proposed, Seconded by Councillor Graham and resolved, “That the revised Scheme for the Authorisation of Officers and Delegation of Statutory Functions within the Environmental Health Department be adopted”.

After discussion,

Councillor Graham proposed, Seconded by Councillor S Blaney and resolved, “That the Environmental Health Departments Interim Report be adopted”.

04/25:08 TO DISCUSS THE DOMESTIC RATING CONSULTATION PAPER

The Clerk reminded members that a workshop would be held on Wednesday 22 September 2004 to discuss the Planning Policy Statement 14, and enquired if members would defer the discussion on the Domestic Rating Consultation Paper until then.

After discussion,

Councillor Harding proposed, Seconded by Councillor Black, “That the Domestic Rating Consultation Paper be discussed at the workshop to be held on Wednesday 22 September 2004”.

Councillor McMullan suggested that a statement should be made to the press informing rate payers that Council are taking the issue seriously.

After further discussion,

Councillor McConaghy proposed, Seconded by Councillor Black and resolved, “That a Special Council Meeting would be held on Wednesday 22 September 2004 to discuss the Planning Policy Statement 14 and the Domestic Rating Consultation Paper”.

04/25:09 RATHLIN BOATHOUSE MEMBERSHIP (Requested by Councillor McAllister)

Councillor McAllister referred to the previous Council meeting and stated that members had overturned a decision that had been taken at the Council meeting held on 20 August 2001 that there should be five elected members from the Ballycastle electoral district nominated to represent Council on the Rathlin Boathouse Partnership along with the Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Council.

He pointed out that Council had to keep to policies that had been agreed.

After discussion, it was agreed that the policy for membership of the Rathlin Boathouse Partnership would remain as the five Ballycastle Councillors only, with the Chairman and Vice Chairman ex-officio.

04/25:10 QUAY ROAD PLAYING FIELDS (Requested by Councillor S Blaney)

It was agreed that this item had been discussed during the Tourism Development Recreational Manager’s report.

04/25:11 MOBILE PHONES. TO DISCUSS THE POOR SIGNAL AND HOW TO GET OUT OF THE CONTRACT (Requested by Councillor Digney)

Councillor Digney referred to the lack of signal of the contract mobile phones within the Glens area and stated that the signal was non existent in Waterfoot. She stated that in the middle of conversations the phone would go dead and that she would have to return the call which was costing her money. She stated that in her opinion, the service was not acceptable.

Councillor Harding stated that she agreed in part with Councillor Digney’s comments, and stated that the current mobiles were not as satisfactory as the previous ones.

Councillor Graham concurred with these remarks and stated that the reception of the mobiles was the worst service members had ever had.

Councillors Laverty, Black, S Blaney and McAllister all concurred with these remarks.

The Clerk stated that Council had taken out a contract with T Mobile and was tied into it until November 2005. He also pointed out that members had received trial phones and had made the decision to enter into the contract. He suggested however that he contact T Mobile again and inform them that the contract would not be renewed unless the service was improved.

After discussion, it was agreed that a letter would be sent to T Mobile expressing members concerns regarding poor signal within the district and in particular Waterfoot, Glenariffe, Cushendall, Cushendun, Straid Road, Ballinea, Portrush Line, Campbells Corner, Toberkeigh Road and Toberdoney Road.

04/25:12 PARKING AT THE LAMMAS FAIR (Requested by Councillor Digney)

Councillor Digney stated that members had been given assurance by the Technical Services Manager that there would be parking facilities made available at the Council offices car park for members and Council visitors during the Lammas Fair, but pointed out that on the Monday of the Fair, the car park had been ful. She stated that the visitors could not find a parking space, and pointed out that the people receiving donations for the car parking should have had the courtesy to leave spaces, and that they should stay for a certain length of time to ensure that the cars are parked properly.

Councillor Harding concurred with this remark, and stated that a row of spaces should be left to accommodate Councillors and Visitors. She also informed members that caravans had been parked on the other side of the road and in the Marina Car Park and enquired if Council could do anything to prevent this.

The Clerk stated that the possibility of the erection of a temporary barrier or the inclusion of parking in Bye-Laws might help the situation.

After discussion, it was agreed to ensure that provision of parking would be made for members and visitors at the Council offices car park at the Lammas Fair next year.

04/25:13 BUS STOP AT LISCOLMAN FOR SCHOOL CHILDREN (Requested by Councillor Graham)

Councillor Graham requested that the Technical Services Manager would investigate sites for a bus shelter at Liscolman as there were twenty two school children and no bus shelter.

After discussion, it was agreed that a site meeting would be held with the Causeway members to discuss a possible site for a bus shelter for school children at Liscolman.

04/25:14 PARKING AT STRAIDBILLY SCHOOL (Requested by Councillor Graham)

Councillor Graham stated that there were a number of new children at Straidbilly School and therefore a number of cars parked along the roadside at two bad bends. He therefore requested that a letter be sent to the Education Board requesting that they readdress the problem and do something positive.

Councillor McConaghy stated that he supported the request to pursue parking facilities at the school but pointed out that another scheme was being investigated and that he hoped the land owner would be co-operative. He also stated that car parking was not in the remit of the North Eastern Education Board.

After discussion,

Councillor Graham proposed, Seconded by Councillor Black and resolved, “That a letter would be sent to the North Eastern Education and Library Board requesting that parking facilities be made available at Straidbilly School”.

04/25:15 NEW RATES SYSTEM (Requested by Councillor McMullan)

It was agreed that the New Rates System had been discussed under item eight on the agenda.

04/25:16 ISSUES SURROUNDING THE RATHLIN CALENDAR PROJECT (Requested by Councillor McCambridge)

Councillor McCambridge stated that she remained concerned regarding the production of the Rathlin Calendar, and informed members that the paper trail should indicate what went wrong.

After discussion,

Councillor McCambridge proposed, Seconded by Councillor S Blaney and resolved, “That a report be brought back to Council on the production of the Rathlin Calendar”.

The Clerk stated that he understood that a meeting had been held and that a way forward had been found.

Councillor McCambridge stated that she had not been happy that Senior Managers were not investigating where it had gone wrong, and stated that people felt that they were being blamed for something that they shouldn’t be blamed for, and that she would like it fully investigated.

Councillor Digney expressed her agreement with this statement.

Councillor McDonnell stated that he would like a sense of balance and stated that implications of mismanagement were being made.

In reply to Councillor McIlroy, the Clerk stated that the printer had not received payment.

He also stated that the Development Manager could provide a full report at the next Council meeting, but pointed out that legally the onus had been be on the client to proof read documents.

Councillor McCambridge enquired why the printing company had accepted printing the calendar if they were not calendar makers.

Councillor McAllister stated that in his opinion the blame lay with the printer and that it should not be blamed on anyone else.

Councillor McCambridge stated that further to proof reading, the calendar should have been ready to print, and informed members that the feeling in Rathlin was that amendments had been made and that no one had seen the final proof.

The Clerk stated that there appeared to be some misinformation as the second proof had been transported by the ferry to the island.

In reply to Councillor McCambridge the Clerk stated that he assumed that the calendar had been checked against the amendments that had been recommended.

After discussion, it was agreed that a full report of processes and sequences regarding the printing of the Rathlin Island calendar would be brought back to Council.

04/25:17 CONFERENCES

Newry and Mourne District Council, Tourism Conference 2004 to be held in the Canal Court Hotel, Newry City on Thursday 23 and Friday 24 September 2004. (Cost - £150 plus accommodation and travel).

There were no nominations for the above conference.

Drogheda Cross Border Focus – The Good Friday Agreement, Where to Now? Conference to be held on 23 to 25 September 2004 at the Europa Hotel, Drogeda. (Cost - €230 plus accommodation and travel)

There were no nominations for the above conference.



Greystones Town Council, La Touche Legacy Committee Autumn Seminar to be held in La Touche Hotel, Greystones, Co. Wicklow from Friday 1 October to Sunday 3 October 2004. (Cost - €190 plus accommodation and travel).

There were no nominations for the above seminar.

European Commission, EU Cohesion Policy – The Future, European Information Network Annual Seminar to be held at the Hilton Hotel, Templepatrick on Monday 4 October 2004 from 9.30am to 1.00pm. (No Cost plus travel)

There were no nominations for the above seminar.

NI Strategic Governmental Waste Management Partnership - Best Practical Environmental Option for waste Management in Northern Ireland, A Political Consideration to be held on 7 October 2004 from 10.00am to 3.30 pm at Mid Ulster TBC. (No cost plus travel)

After discussion, it was agreed that Councillor McAllister would be nominated to attend the NI Strategic Governmental Waste Management Partnership - Best Practical Environmental Option for waste Management in Northern Ireland, A Political Consideration to be held on 7 October 2004 from 10.00am to 3.30 pm at Mid Ulster TBC.

Recruitment and Selection In Practice, A Seminar for Councillors. A choice of two dates available: Tuesday 12 October 2004 at Lisburn City Council Offices from 10.00am to 12.30pm or Tuesday 9 November 2004 at Derry City Council Offices from 1.30pm to 4.00pm. (Cost - £25 plus travel)

After discussion, it was agreed that Councillors McMullan and Molloy would attend the Recruitment and Selection In Practice, A Seminar for Councillors on Tuesday 9 November 2004 at Derry City Council Offices from 1.30pm to 4.00pm.

Ecobusiness, The 6th National Environment Conference to be held on 20 and 21 October 2004 at the Fairways Hotel and Conference Centre, Dundalk, Co. Louth. (Cost €405 plus accommodation and travel).

There were no nominations for the above conference.

Chartered Institute of Housing, Anti-Social Behaviour Seminar to be held at the Radisson SAS Hotel, Belfast on Thursday 21 October 2004. (Cost - £150 plus travel)

There were no nominations for the above seminar.

North Eastern Group Building Control, Building Control Convention 2004 to be held at the Hilton Hotel and Country Club, Templepatrick on 18 and 19 November 2004. (Cost - £195 to include accommodation, plus travel or £60 for day delegate plus £25 for the evening dinner plus travel).

There were no nominations for the above convention.

The National Association of Councillors Annual General Meeting and Conference to be held from Friday 19 November to Sunday 21 November 2004 at the Novotel in Bristol. (Cost - £295 plus accommodation and travel)

The were no nominations for the above AGM and Conference.

Chartered Institute of Housing in Northern Ireland, Annual Conference and Exhibition 2004 – Accommodating Diversity, Delivering Sustainability, to be held on 23 and 24 November 2004 at the Hilton Hotel, Templepatrick. (Cost – One day - £195 plus travel or two days - £295 plus accommodation and travel).

There were no nominations for the above conference and exhibition.

04/25:16 Notices of Applications under the Licensing (NI) Order 1996 and Betting, Gaming, Lotteries and Amusements (NI) Order 1985.

The Clerk stated that an application had been received under for the Licensing (NI) Order 1996 and Betting, Gaming, Lotteries and Amusements (NI) Order 1985 for the following:-

Application for the Transfer of Licence for Trevor Norman Cooke, 135 Main Street, Bushmills.

There were no objections to the above application.

04/25:19 SEALING OF DOCUMENTS

The Clerk stated that there were no documents to be signed and sealed.

04/25:20 CORRESPONDENCE

Advance Notice of Listing

Letter dated 19 August 2004 from the Environment and Heritage Service advising of advance notice of listing for the Masonic Hall, 56 Ann Street, Ballycastle, BT54 6AD.

This letter was noted.

Reforming Planning - Consultation Paper

Letter dated 19 August 2004 from the Planning Service seeking views on the Consultation Paper, Reforming Planning, Proposals to Amend Primary Planning Legislation in Northern Ireland, before 12 November 2004.

It was agreed that members’ individual comments could be forwarded on this consultation paper before 12 November 2004.

Birthday Honours 2005

Letter dated 24 August 2004 from the DOE informing members of advanced notice of Birthday Honours 2005.

This letter was noted.

Housing Associations

Letter dated 24 August 2004 from the Northern Ireland Federation of Housing Associations informing members of the contribution of Housing Associations within the area.

This letter was noted

Sewage Outfall at Waterfoot Beach

Letter dated 24 August 2004 from the Water Service stating that the old sewage outfall at Waterfoot beach is now fully redundant and that it will be removed.

This letter was noted.

Dan Darragh Flute Band Parade

Letter dated 25 August 2004 from the Parades Commission assuring Members that action will be taken if it is considered warranted following further investigations of the Dan Darragh Flute Band Parade.

This letter was noted.

Site Notices

Letter dated 26 August 2004 from the Planning Service seeking views on the Consultation Paper on the use of site notices as a method of publicising planning applications.

After discussion, it was agreed that a letter would be sent to the Division Planning Officer requesting that the Department retain the method of describing applications at being opposite other sites rather than using measurements to explain where the site is.

Borrowing and Capital Receipts

Letter dated 27 August 2004 from the DOE regarding the Review of Public Administration and advising that there have been no immediate plans to change the current policy relating to borrowing and capital receipts but that the position will continue to be reviewed.

This letter was noted.

Article 31

Letter dated 27 August 2004 from the Planning Service enclosing an information leaflet of supplementary criteria and guidance to explain the application of Article 31.

This letter was noted.

House Sales Scheme

Letter dated 2 September 2004 from the Private Secretary stating that the Department would not grant an extension to the deadline for responding to the house sales scheme consultation document as it would cause undue delay to the introduction to the revised scheme.

This letter was noted.

Fisherman’s Path

Letter dated 3 September 2004 from John Morton questioning the need for the Fisherman’s Path to remain open.

Letter dated 6 September 2004 from the Coyles Family requesting that Council close the Fisherman’s Path right of way.

These letters were noted.

Review of Public Administration

Letter dated 8 September 2004 from NILGA regarding a forthcoming meeting to discuss the Review of Public Administration and requesting Council’s comments on the consultation paper to be returned to NILGA by 30 September 2004.

This letter was noted.

Cycle Stands on Coast Road

Letter dated 7 September 2004 from the Road Service stating that the work carried out on the lay bys on the Coast Road was in conjunction with Sustrans and was part of a scheme to enhance cycling facilities along the Coast Road.

This letter was noted.

Correspondence/Reports not circulated

Consultation Paper – Rivers Agency, Proposed Amendment to the Drainage (Northern Ireland) Order 1973. The Electoral Commission Corporate Plan, 2004-05 to 2008-09. Northern Health and Social Services, First Annual Review of the Northern Area Children and Young People’s Committee. Children’s Services Plan 2002- 2003.



04/25:21 ANY OTHER BUSINESS WHICH MAY OF NECESSITY ARISE

Bulky Refuse Collections

Councillor McConaghy referred to the charges for Bulky Refuse Collections and stated firstly that in his opinion it was silly that a trailer was required if over five items were listed for collection, and secondly that a pensioner must provide proof of age to get the price reduction for the collection, and enquired if there was any other method that could be used.

After discussion, it was agreed to investigate a means for making it easier for pensioners to prove their status for the collection of bulky household items. It was also agreed to readdress the necessity for trailers when there would be five or more items listed for bulky collection.

Stalls at the Lammas Fair

Councillor Graham stated that he had received complaints about a republican stall at the Lammas Fair, and enquired what Council could do about it.

Councillor McAllister stated that he had also received complaints regarding the stall as it had been selling artefacts for the IRA, and enquired how the situation could be addressed.

Councillor Harding also stated that it had been selling T-shirts with guns on them, and enquired what legislation there would be to deal with the situation.

The Clerk stated that Council had no policy if the goods were being sold legally.

Councillor S Blaney stated that he had passed the stall but had not seen anything that pertained to the IRA of today.

The Clerk stated that if Council wanted to stop the sale of political paraphernalia, legal advice would have to be sought.

Councillor Hartin stated that he had not seen the stall but informed members that he too had received telephone calls of complaint.

After discussion, it was agreed to seek legal advice regarding the power that Council has to determine what is sold on stalls at the Lammas Fair.

Cushendall Library

Councillor McMullan suggested that a letter should be sent to the North Eastern Education and Library Board congratulating them on the provision of disabled facilities both inside and outside Cushendall Library.

This was agreed.

The meeting concluded at 10.45 pm

…………………………………………………….. CHAIRMAN



…………………………………………………….. CLERK & CHIEF EXECUTIVE

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