4 – Housing Policy Social and Cultural Development

Minutes of Strategic Policy Committee 4 – (Housing Policy/Social and Cultural Development) held on Thursday, 17th April 2008, at 4.00 pm in the Members Room, County Hall, Riverside, Sligo


MEMBERS PRESENT:

  • J. Queenan,
  • M. Baker,
  • V. Cawley,
  • C. McManus,
  • D. Bree

APOLOGIES:

  • F. Brannigan,
  • I. Henry,
  • J. Leonard,
  • G. Creamer

OFFICIALS IN ATTENDANCE:

  • Ms D. Clarke, Director of Services
  • Ms J. Burns, Acting Administrative Officer
  • Ms. R. McNulty, Director of Services
  • Mr. M. Carty, Senior Executive Engineer
  • Ms A. Monaghan, Clerical Officer

MINUTES OF MEETING OF 15 NOVEMBER 2007:

Proposed by J. Queenan
Seconded by C. McManus

AND AGREED

“that minutes of meeting of SPC 4 held on 15th November, 2007 be and are hereby approved.”

MATTERS ARISING FROM MINUTES:

None

POLICY FOR ENVIRONMENTAL MAINTENANCE:

After a brief discussion it was agreed that the grass cutting on estates procedure would continue as in previous years to be tendered to Contractors as many of the residents associations are reluctant to take responsibility for lawnmowers etc..  This procedure is to be further examined and will be discussed at a future SPC meeting

DRAFT PLAY POLICY:

A presentation was made by Joe Sanders and a discussion took place with regard to any amendments to be made to the draft policy. It was agreed that it be brought before the full council in May/June 2008.

ARCHIVES DEVELOPMENT PLAN:

A copy of the Draft Archives Development Plan was circulated and Ms. D. Clarke outlined the recommendations in the Plan which included the recruitment of an Archivist, a disaster recovery programme for existing material and the implementation of an Archive Service for the County.  It is anticipated that some provision be made in Budget for 2009 and subsequent years to initiate and implement this service in Sligo.

Councillor Cawley proposed that the Department would be contacted to ask if there will be a national policy implemented and this was seconded by Councillor Queenan.

DISABILITY CONSULTATIVE COMMITTEE:

A copy of activities of committee in 2007 was circulated to all present. Councillor McManus enquired as to whether the SBC Access Committee have any input into this and requested a copy of the minutes of the sub-committee to be circulated to all members of the SPC4 committee. 

Ms. McNulty replied that they had some input and minutes would be circulated.

COMMUNITY, SPORTS AND RECREATIONAL FACILITIES GRANTS:

A draft policy was circulated to all present to outline the purpose of the policy and the criteria and eligibility required in order to ensure fair and equitable allocation of funding.

Councillor McManus requested clear definitions of each category and also asked if applications could be made under more than one.

Councillor Cawley stated the need for more clarity and more support for the more disadvantaged projects taking into account geographical spread, capacity to spend and timescale and requiring proper financial accounts to be produced.

S. Boles asked for consultation with Community Forum regarding policy.

Councillor McManus suggested using a points system for allocation of grants.

It was proposed by Councillor Queenan Seconded by Councillor V. Cawley to split grants as follows:

Tourism – 30%
Cultural facilities/Community, Sports and Recreational facilities – 70%

VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN:

D. Clarke outlined correspondence from N.W. Regional Planning Committee (RPC) requesting approval from SPC to attend a future meeting to brief them on their plans for Sligo.  It was agreed to host the NW RPC at the next meeting of the SPC.

RENT SUPPLEMENT SCHEME:

Councillor Cawley asked that a meeting would be arranged with HSE representatives regarding this scheme and how it is implemented.

HOMELESS FORUM:

Councillor Cawley suggested that the Homeless Forum should be reactivated.  She was advised that a new strategy is imminent and that the re-establishment of the Homeless Forum should be delayed pending receipt of the published strategy.


It was agreed that the next meeting would take place on Thursday 19th June, 2008.

The meeting concluded at 5.35pm.


Meeting Date 17/04/2008