Minutes of Proceedings

Session: 2011/2012

Date: Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Venue: Room 21, Parliament Buildings

10.29am  The meeting commenced in public session

1. Apologies

None

2. Chairperson’s Business

None

10.31am Mrs Kelly joined the meeting

3. Draft Minutes

Agreed: The Committee agreed the minutes of the meeting of 11th January 2012.  

4. Correspondence

Members noted correspondence received.

The Committee noted correspondence from the Department relating to the Reservoirs Bill.

The Committee noted correspondence from CTC on cyclist safety and the cost benefits of cycling.

Agreed:  The Committee considered correspondence from Strategem inviting Members to visit the System Operator for Northern Ireland (SONI), and agreed to respond asking for details on how the work of SONI aligns with the Regional Development Strategy.

The Committee considered correspondence from the Department regarding a fare review for the Strangford Lough ferry. Members noted that the Department was due to provide the Committee with an update by March 2012.

10.33am  Mr Moutray joined the meeting

Agreed: The Committee considered correspondence from the Department in relation to January Monitoring Bids and agreed to write to the Department seeking further information on the Department’s Bids.

Agreed: The Committee noted correspondence from the Minister for the Environment in relation to unauthorised car parks in the vicinity of the Belfast International Airport and agreed to copy this to the Committee for the Environment for information.

Agreed: The Committee considered further correspondence relating to the Old Church Abandonment Order and agreed that the Clerk respond.

The Committee noted correspondence from the Department relating to staffing matters within the Northern Ireland Transport Holding Company.

5. Briefing by NILGA on Unadopted Roads

10.37am  The following NILGA representatives joined the meeting:

Evelyne Robinson – President

Dermot Curran – Vice President

Arnold Hatch – Vice President

David McCammick – Chief Executive, Antrim Borough Council

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

10.55am  Mr Beggs left the meeting

10.57am  Mr Beggs re-joined the meeting

11.14am The representatives left the meeting

6. Departmental briefing on Unadopted Roads

11.15am  The following officials joined the meeting:

Dr Andrew Murray – Director of Network Services

Francis Miskelly – Principal Technical Engineer

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

11.40am  Mr Doherty left the meeting

11.44am  Mr Doherty re-joined the meeting

11.52am  Mr Copeland left the meeting

11.55am  The representatives left the meeting

Agreed: The Committee noted a proposal from the Chairperson and agreed to launch a formal inquiry on matters relating to unadopted roads. It was agreed that the Committee would consider terms of reference for the inquiry at the meeting of 1 February 2012. The Committee also agreed to notify any other relevant committees of its intention to commence the inquiry.

7. Committee Response to the consultation on Programme for Government

Agreed: Members noted a draft copy of the Committee’s response to the consultation on Programme for Government and agreed to defer consideration of the final response until the next meeting.

8.  Statutory Rule: SR2011/423: The Drumnabreeze Road & Lough Road, Gamblestown, Donaghcloney (Abandonment) Order (NI) 2011

Agreed: The Committee for Regional Development has considered Statutory Rule 2011/423 The Drumnabreeze Road & Lough Road, Gamblestown, Donaghcloney (Abandonment) Order (NI) 2011 and has no objection to the rule.

9.  Statutory Rule: SR2011/426: The Shipquay Place, Londonderry (No.2) (Footway) (Abandonment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2011

Agreed: The Committee for Regional Development has considered Statutory Rule 2011/426 The Shipquay Place, Londonderry (No.2) (Footway) (Abandonment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2011 and has no objection to the rule.

10. Forthcoming Visits

Agreed: Members noted that the committee meeting scheduled for 25 January 2012 will be held in Gilnahirk Primary School and that the visit will include a demonstration of the ‘Bike It’ project.

Members also noted that the Committee was scheduled to meet with a delegation from the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Environment, Transport, Culture and Gaeltacht affairs on Thursday 26 January at 11.30am in the Senate Chamber.  Members were asked to inform the Clerk of their attendance.

11. Any other business

None

12. Date of the next meeting

The next meeting of the Committee will be Wednesday 25th January 2012 at 10.30am in Gilnahirk Primary School.

12.01pm  The meeting was adjourned

Mr Jimmy Spratt MLA
Chairperson, Committee for Regional Development

25th January 2012

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