Minutes of Proceedings

Session: 2011/2012

Date: 08 June 2011

Venue: Room 21, Parliament Buildings

10.30am The meeting commenced in public session

1. Apologies

As above

2. Draft Minutes

Agreed: The Committee agreed the minutes of the meeting of 1 st June 2011.

10.32am Mrs Kelly entered the meeting 
10.33am Mr Beggs entered the meeting

3. Correspondence

Members noted:

  • Correspondence from the Department for Regional Development providing the information sought by the Committee at its meeting on 25 May 2011 regarding admission charges to Dundrod Circuit.
  • A Freedom of Information request.

Agreed: The Committee noted an invitation from the Minister for Regional Development to attend the launch of “Travel Safe Guide for People with Learning Disabilities” on 15 th June 2011 and agreed to write to the Minister thanking him for the invite but to decline to attend due to a diary conflict.

Agreed: The Committee noted correspondence from Quarry Products Association Northern Ireland extending an invitation to it to visit one of its member sites. The Committee agreed to conduct a visit at a later date.

Agreed: The Committee noted correspondence from the Construction Employers’ Federation and agreed to request a written briefing from it.

Agreed: The Committee noted correspondence from Mr Tom Elliott, Chairperson, Committee for the Office of First Minister and deputy First Minister relating to the review of Arm’s Length Bodies. The Committee agreed to write to the Department for Regional Development seeking a review of its Arm’s Length Bodies.

Agreed: The Committee noted correspondence from the Department for Regional Development relating a consultation on the relaxation of urban clearway restrictions. The Committee agreed to respond to the consultation.

Agreed: The Committee noted tabled correspondence from Mr William Hay, Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly enclosing a public petition regarding ‘Reduction of Funding for Down Community Transport’.

Agreed: The Committee noted a proposal from CBI NI for a meeting to discuss the challenges ahead and its contribution to the work of the Committee. The Committee agreed that the Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson should meet with CBI NI and feedback to it.

4. Non Departmental Briefing: Northern Ireland Transport Holding Company (NITHC) / Translink – Introductory Briefing

10.41am The following officials joined the meeting:

Mal McGreevy – General Manager – Rail Services, Translink

Ciaran Rogan – Marketing Executive, Translink

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

11.31am Mr Moutray entered the meeting 
11.36am Mr McCrea left the meeting

5. Departmental Briefing: Translink – Rail Closures on Arterial Network

11.36am The following departmental officials joined the meeting:

Ciaran Doran, Director – Public Transport, Financial Services and Delivery Division, DRD

Mal McGreevy – General Manager – Rail Services, Translink

Kevin Monaghan – Division Roads Manager, DRD

Ciaran Rogan – Marketing Executive, Translink

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

Agreed: Members agreed that the Department and Translink provide a report to the Committee detailing short, medium and long term plans to alleviate the problems associated with this matter

12.00pm Mr Byrne left the meeting 
12.00pm Mr McCrea rejoined the meeting
12.01pm Mr Lynch left the meeting 
12.03pm The officials left the meeting

6. Non Departmental Briefing: Community Relations Council & Rural Community Network – ‘Beyond Belfast’ report

12.03pm The following officials joined the meeting:

Bebhinn McKinley – Policy Officer, Community Relations Council

Duncan Morrow – Chief Executive Officer, Community Relations Council

Michael Hughes – Chief Executive Officer, Rural Community Network

12.05pm Mr Byrne rejoined the meeting

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

Agreed: The officials undertook to provide some additional information to the Clerk.

Agreed: The Committee agreed to write to the department to establish its view on its responsibilities to the issues highlighted in the report once the additional information is received.

12.33pm The officials left the meeting

7. Statutory Rule 2011/74 – Trunk Road T8 (Randalstown to Toome) Order (Northern Ireland) 2011

The Committee noted tabled correspondence from the department providing the information sought by the Committee at its meeting on 1 June 2011 following the query from Mr Beggs.

The Committee considered the above statutory rule.

Agreed: The Committee for Regional Development has considered Statutory Rule 2011/74 the Trunk Road T8 (Randalstown to Toome) Order (Northern Ireland) 2011 and has no objection to the rule.

8. Statutory Rule 2011/98 – Trunk Road T8 (Toome to Castledawson) Order (Northern Ireland) 2011

The Committee noted tabled correspondence from the department providing the information sought by the Committee at its meeting on 1 June 2011 following the query from Mr Beggs.

The Committee considered the above statutory rule.

Agreed: The Committee for Regional Development has considered Statutory Rule 2011/98 the Trunk Road T8 (Toome to Castledawson) Order (Northern Ireland) 2011 and has no objection to the rule.

9. Forward Work Programme

Members noted the draft forward work programme which reflects the Committee’s request for briefings from Roads Service.

Agreed: The Committee agreed the draft forward work programme

10. Committee Meeting and Visit to NI Water Call Centre: Update

The Committee considered a brief from the Clerk to the Committee on the arrangements for its forthcoming meeting to the NI Water Call Centre on 15 th June 2011.

11. Any Other Business

There was no other business .

12. Date of the next meeting

The next Committee meeting will be on Wednesday 15 June 2011 at 10.00am Northern Ireland Water’s Call Centre at Capital House, Upper Queen Street, Belfast.

12.43pm The meeting was adjourned

Mr Jimmy Spratt MLA
Chairperson, Committee for Regional Development 
15 June 2011

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