Minutes of Proceedings

Session: 2011/2012

Date: Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Venue: Room 21, Parliament Buildings

10.32am The meeting commenced in public session

1. Apologies

As above

2. Chairperson’s Business

The Chairperson apprised Members of the meeting with the Minister.

Agreed: Members noted a proposal from the Chairperson and agreed to seek further information in relation to the Republic of Ireland government contribution to the proposed A5 project.

The Chairperson apprised Members of the meeting with Belfast City Airport Watch.

10.34am Mr Moutray entered the meeting

3. Draft Minutes

Agreed: The Committee agreed the minutes of the meeting of 5 th October 2011.

4. Correspondence

Members noted correspondence received.

Mr Beggs declared an interest as a member of the All Party Working Group on Construction

Agreed: The Committee noted correspondence from the Chairperson of the All Party Working Group on Construction and agreed to forward comments to the Clerk for a Committee response.

Agreed: The Committee noted correspondence from the Quarry Products Association. Members noted a proposal from the Chairperson and agreed to include a Committee meeting and visit at a quarry site in the Committee’s forward work programme for early 2012.

Agreed: The Committee noted correspondence from DCP Strategic Communication Ltd. representing the A5 consortia of Section 3 preferred bidders and agreed that the Chairperson and deputy Chairperson should participate in a meeting with DCP.

Agreed: The Committee noted correspondence from the Department on the Public Transport Audio Visual pilot project and agreed to receive a briefing on the Pilot Project Evaluation Report at a date to be scheduled.

5. Oral briefing: Northern Ireland Water – Annual Report 2010/11

10.42am The following representatives joined the meeting:

Trevor Haslett – interim Chief Executive, NI Water 
Ronan Larkin – Director of Finance and Regulation, NI Water

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

11.11am Mr McCrea left the meeting 
11.16am Mr McCrea rejoined the meeting 
11.18am Mr Dickson left the meeting 
11.24am Mr Dickson rejoined the meeting 
11.28am Mr Moutray left the meeting 
11.30am Mr Moutray rejoined the meeting 
11.31am Mr Copeland left the meeting

Agreed: The Committee noted a proposal from the Chairperson and agreed to write to all MLAs to highlight that the MLA dedicated phone number at Northern Ireland Water is designated solely for the use of MLAs as public representatives and should not be given out to the general public as a contact number.

Agreed: The Committee noted a proposal from Mr Copeland and agreed to seek a written response from Northern Ireland Water on bad debt provision.

Agreed: The Committee noted a proposal from the Chairperson and agreed that visits to Northern Ireland Water sites should be included in the Committee’s forward work programme for 2012.

11.32am The representatives left the meeting

6. Subordinate legislation not subject to Assembly procedure

Members noted:

  • SL1: Making Permanent of the Experimental Traffic Control Scheme – Abbey Street and Dawson Street, Armagh as the Control of Traffic (Armagh) Order (Northern Ireland) 2011

7. Statutory Rule 2011/336 - The Route F1361 Hawthorn Walk (Footpath), Highfield Heights, Craigavon (Abandonment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2011

Agreed: The Committee for Regional Development has considered Statutory Rule 2011/336 - The Route F1361 Hawthorn Walk (Footpath), Highfield Heights, Craigavon (Abandonment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2011 and has no objection to the rule.

8. Statutory Rule 2011/337 - The Orchard Drive, Portadown (Footway) (Abandonment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2011

Agreed: The Committee for Regional Development has considered Statutory Rule 2011/337 - The Orchard Drive, Portadown (Footway) (Abandonment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2011 and has no objection to the rule

9. Statutory Rule 2011/340 - The Trunk Road T10 (Shannaragh Realignment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2011

Agreed: The Committee for Regional Development has considered Statutory Rule 2011/340 - The Trunk Road T10 (Shannaragh Realignment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2011 and has no objection to the rule.

10. Committee Forward Work Programme

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

Agreed: Members noted next week’s meeting in Omagh and visit to Aughnacloy and Newtownstewart and agreed to contact the Committee office to indicate availability to attend.

11. Any Other Business

There was no other business

12. Date of the next meeting

The next meeting of the Committee will be Wednesday 19 th October 2011 at 10.30am in the Silverbirch Hotel, Omagh following site visits to Aughnacloy and Newtownstewart.

11.36am The meeting was adjourned

Mr Jimmy Spratt MLA
Chairperson, Committee for Regional Development 
19th October 2011

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