Minutes of Proceedings
Date: Wednesday, 23 November 2011
Venue: Room 21
10.33am The meeting commenced in public session
2. Chairperson’s Business
3. Draft Minutes
Agreed: The Committee agreed the minutes of the meeting of 16th November 2011.
The Committee noted Mr Byrne’s apologies for the meetings of 9th and 16th November 2011 due to other commitments.
10.38am Mr Copeland entered the meeting
Members noted correspondence received.
Agreed: The Committee noted correspondence from Omagh District Council on the re-profiling of the funding for the A5 Western Transport Corridor and agreed that the Chairperson, deputy Chairperson and any other Member who wished to attend could attend an informal meeting with the delegation.
5. Belfast Metropolitan Residents Group – Regional Development Strategy
10.39am The following representatives joined the meeting:
Peter Carr – Chairman
Christine Cosgrove – Treasurer
Peter Diehl – group member
The representatives presented to Committee in respect of the above. Following the presentation, Members put questions.
10.51am Mrs Kelly entered the meeting
10.55am The representatives left the meeting
Agreed: The Committee noted a proposal from Mr Beggs and agreed to write to the Department on the definition of brownfield land contained in the draft Regional Development strategy and on the apparent conflict with Planning Policy Statement 4 Planning and Economic Development 7
Agreed: The Committee noted a proposal from Mr McCrea and agreed to write to the Committee for Environment seeking its view on the issue of the proposed definition of brownfield land contained in the draft Regional Development strategy and on the apparent conflict with Planning Policy Statement 4 Planning and Economic Development 7
Agreed: The Committee noted a proposal from Mr Copeland and agreed to write to the Department requesting a copy of the Construction Employers’ Federation submission to the consultation on the Regional Development Strategy
6. Departmental Briefing – Public Transport Reform: Policy for new permit system
10.56am The following officials joined the meeting:
Brian White – Director of Ports and Public Transport
Sean Johnston – Ports and Public Transport Division
David Strain – Ports and Public Transport Division
The officials presented to Committee in respect of the above. Following the presentation, Members put questions.
11.26am The representatives left the meeting
7. Departmental written briefing – Equality Unit Biannual Report
Agreed: The Committee noted a proposal from Mrs Kelly and agreed to write to the Department seeking information on the outcome of the retrospective equality screening of the decision to cease funding for Easibus services in Bangor and Londonderry.
8. 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. Members noted the itinerary for the meeting and visit to Dublin on 7th and 8th December 2011.
Agreed: Members noted the visit to the Audio Visual on Public Transport Project on 6th December 2011 and agreed to let the Committee office know of availability to attend.
Noted: The Committee noted apologies from Mr Doherty (Deputy Chairperson), Mr Byrne, Mrs Kelly, Mr Ó hOisín and Mr Lynch for the meeting of 30th November 2011.
9. Programme for Government Update
Agreed: Members noted that the Committee for the Office of First Minister and Deputy First Minister plans to coordinate a response from all statutory committees on the draft Programme for Government and Investment Strategy for Northern Ireland. The Committee agreed to hold an event on Monday 12 December 2011 to take stakeholder views to inform the Committee response.
10. Any Other Business
11. Date of the next meeting
The next meeting of the Committee will be Wednesday 30th November 2011 at 10.30am in Room 21, Parliament Buildings
11.37am The meeting was adjourned
Mr Jimmy Spratt MLA
Chairperson, Committee for Regional Development
30th November 2011