Minutes of Proceedings

Session: 2011/2012

Date: Wednesday, 09 November 2011

Venue: Belfast International Airport

10.31am The meeting commenced in public session

1. Apologies

As above

2. Chairperson’s Business

none

3. Draft Minutes

Agreed: The Committee agreed the minutes of the meeting of 26 th October 2011.

4. Correspondence

Members noted correspondence received.

Agreed: The Committee noted correspondence from the Committee for Finance and Personnel on the Executive’s Review of the Financial Process and agreed that Members should forward any comments to the Clerk for inclusion in a Committee response.

Agreed: The Committee noted correspondence from the Committee for Culture, Arts and Leisure and agreed to write to the Department requesting information on what transport infrastructure preparations are being made for the World Police and Fire Games in 2013

Agreed: The Committee noted correspondence from the Department in relation to a proposed fare increase on the Strangford Lough Ferry and agreed to request that officials provide a briefing to the Committee in December 2011.

Agreed: Members noted correspondence from the Department in relation to the Public Transport Audio Visual Pilot Project and agreed to contact the Committee office to indicate willingness to attend.

5. Ministerial briefing: Departmental update

10.39am The Minister and following officials joined the meeting:

Danny Kennedy MLA – Minister for Regional Development 
David Orr – Interim Permanent Secretary; 
Barney McGahan – Deputy Secretary over Regional Planning and Transportation; 
Andrew Murray – Roads Service;

The Minister and officials presented to Committee in respect of the above. Following the presentation, Members put questions.

10.41am Mr Moutray entered the meeting 
11.25am The Minister and officials left the meeting

6. Belfast International Airport: Sustainable Framework for Aviation and regional access issues

11.26am The following officials joined the meeting:

Uel Hoey – Director of Business Development 
Brian Carlin – Director of Commercial Development 
Alan Whiteside – Operations Director

The officials presented to Committee in respect of the above. Following the presentation, Members put questions.

Agreed: Members agreed to write to the Minister for the Environment in respect of enforcement measures against car parks in the vicinity of Belfast International Airport without planning consent.

12.06pm The officials left the meeting

7. Northern Ireland Water: Winter Service and Freeze/Thaw report recommendations

12.07pm The following officials joined the meeting:

Trevor Haslett - Interim Chief Executive, 
Sara Venning - Director of Customer Service Delivery 
Liam Mulholland - Head of Customer Service

The officials presented to Committee in respect of the above. Following the presentation, Members put questions.

12.49pm Mr Lynch left the meeting 
12.50pm Mr Lynch rejoined the meeting 
12.51pm Mr Dickson left the meeting 
12.53pm Mr Copeland left the meeting 
12.55pm Mr Dickson rejoined the meeting 
1.03pm The officials left the meeting

8. Statutory Rule 2011/341 The Dogwood Walk Footpath, Route F1386, Craigavon (Abandonment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2011

Agreed: The Committee for Regional Development has considered Statutory Rule 2011/341 The Dogwood Walk Footpath, Route F1386, Craigavon (Abandonment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2011 and has no objection to the rule.

1.04pm Mr Ó hOisín left the meeting

9. Statutory Rule 2011/342 The Old Mill Heights, Millbrook, Larne (Abandonment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2011

Agreed: The Committee for Regional Development has considered Statutory Rule 2011/342 The Old Mill Heights, Millbrook, Larne (Abandonment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2011 and has no objection to the rule

10. Statutory Rule 2011/ 343 The Footpath between Ballymacash Road and Prince William Road, Lisburn (Abandonment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2011

Agreed: The Committee for Regional Development has considered Statutory Rule 2011/ 343 The Footpath between Ballymacash Road and Prince William Road, Lisburn (Abandonment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2011 and has no objection to the rule.

11. Committee Forward Work Programme

Agreed: Members considered the draft forward work programme for November to December 2011 and agreed that the Committee office should make arrangements for the visits and briefings in the programme.

1.06pm Mr Ó hOisín rejoined the meeting

12. Any Other Business

Agreed: The Committee noted the forthcoming NIPSA strike planned for Wednesday 30 th November 2011.

13. Date of the next meeting

The next meeting of the Committee will be Wednesday 16 th November 2011 at 10.00am in City of Derry Airport.

1.07pm The meeting was adjourned

Mr Jimmy Spratt MLA
Chairperson, Committee for Regional Development 
16th November 2011

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