Moved by Councillor Black,
Seconded by Councillor Bunting,
That the minutes of the proceedings of the Strategic Policy and Resources Committee of 19th March, omitting matters in respect of which the Council has delegated its powers to the Committee, be approved and adopted.
(The High Sheriff (Councillor Long) withdrew from the meeting during consideration of the following minute, on the basis that it made reference, amongst other things, to a letter being forwarded to his wife, the Justice Minister.)
Motion: Black Lives Matter Demonstrations
Moved by Councillor Canavan,
Seconded by Councillor Baker and
Resolved – That the decision of the Strategic Policy and Resources Committee of 19th March, under the heading “Motion: Black Lives Matter Demonstrations” be amended to provide that:
i. the letter to be forwarded to the Police Service of Northern Ireland should also:
(a) highlight the Council’s disappointment at the Chief Constable’s assertion at a public meeting of the Northern Ireland Policing Board earlier that day that the Police Service, on the basis of separate legal advice, could not rescind a Fixed Penalty Notice once it had reached the court and that it would be a matter for the individual concerned to contest it or for the Public Prosecution Service to withdraw it if was deemed to have been issued inappropriately; and
(b) call upon the Police Service to reconsider its position on the matter; and
ii. the letters to be forwarded to the Minister of Health, the Minister for Justice and the Northern Ireland Executive’s Adherence Group should make reference also to the Chief Constable’s comments.
Alleygating Programme – Phase 5
Moved by Councillor Groogan,
Seconded by Councillor McKeown and
Resolved – That the decision of the Strategic Policy and Resources Committee of 19th March, under the heading “Alleygating Programme – Phase 5”, be amended to provide that a list of criteria be drawn up against which Members will assess potential locations for alleygates in Phase 5, as an interim measure, while awaiting the outcome of the full review of Phases 1-4. This may include but not be limited to issues of crime and/or antisocial behaviour in the area, street cleansing and fly tipping issues and the potential effectiveness of gates. This list will be brought to and agreed by the Strategic Policy and Resources Committee in advance of potential locations for alleygating being brought to the Area Working Groups. Lists of potential locations which have been identified by Members previously will also be included for consideration in Phase 5.
Revision to Scheme of Allowances
Moved by Councillor Carson,
Seconded by Councillor Lyons,
That the decision of the Strategic Policy and Resources Committee of 19th March, under the heading “Revision to the Scheme of Allowances”, be rejected and, accordingly, the Council agrees to an increase only in the rate of Dependants’ Carers’ Allowance.
On a recorded vote, twenty-five Members voted for the amendment and thirty-two against and it was declared lost.
Councillors Baker, Beattie, Black, Bradley,
Canavan, Carson, Matt Collins,
Michael Collins, Corr, De Faoite, Donnelly,
Ferguson, Garrett, Gormley, Heading, Lyons, Magee, Magennis, Maskey, McAteer, McCabe, McKeown, McLaughlin, Murphy and Walsh.
The Lord Mayor (Alderman McCoubrey);
The High Sheriff (Councillor Long);
Aldermen Copeland, Dorrian, Haire, Kingston, Rodgers and Sandford; and
Councillors Brooks, Bunting, Cobain, Flynn, Groogan, Hanvey, Howard, Hussey, Hutchinson, T. Kelly, Kyle,
McDonough-Brown, McMullan, McReynolds, Mulholland, Newton, Nicholl, O’Hara, Pankhurst, Smyth,
Spratt and Verner.
At the request of Councillor Lyons, the Council granted approval for the City Solicitor to discuss with the Department for Communities the potential for establishing an independent decision-making process around the Scheme of Allowances.
Request for Matter to be
taken back to Committee
Bonfire Approach 2021
Councillor Beattie requested that the Chairperson agree to the minute under the heading “Bonfire Approach 2021” being taken back to the Committee to enable further information to be obtained.
The Chairperson approved the request but it was declined by the Council.
Bonfire Approach 2021
Moved by Councillor Beattie,
Seconded by Councillor Walsh,
That the decision of the Strategic Policy and Resources Committee of 19th March, under the heading “Bonfire Approach 2021”, be taken back to the Committee to enable further information to be obtained.
On a vote, twenty-six Members voted for the amendment and thirty-one against and it was declared lost.
Adoption of Minutes
Subject to the foregoing addition and amendment, the minutes of the Strategic Policy and Resources Committee of 19th March, were approved and adopted.