Council to hold dedicated meetings on the One Plan

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Derry City Council’s regional services committee will hold a series of dedicated meetings focusing on Ilex’s role in the regeneration of the city.

The decision was taken at the monthly meeting of the committee in the Council offices on Tuesday afternoon.

Sinn Féin colr. Elisha McCallion, chairing the meeting in place of party colleague Maeve McLaughlin, suggested that the next two meetings be dedicated to looking at the delivery of the One Plan.

“I propose, in light of last month’s meeting with Ilex on the One Plan, that the next two meetings of this committee should be about the One Plan and that all departments who have responsibility with the plan, including Ilex, be brought to this committee to report on what they are doing in terms of the realisation and delivery of the plan,” she said.

Anthony Tohill, a strategic director with Derry City Council said that Road Service had already been invited to address the next regional services committee meeting but that a letter will be sent to the body explaining that the discussion will be centred around Road Service’s involvement with the One Plan instead of the planned discussion of Road Service’s wider activities in the city.

DUP Alderman Joe Miller backed Colr McCallion’s proposal and described it as “wise” and timely.

SDLP Colr Martin Reilly also supported the proposal but raised a concern over where the meetings will be held.

Councillors have repeated raised concerns about holding the monthly full meeting of Council in the Great Hall at Magee, claiming sound problems make it difficult to hear. Other councillors have claimed the committee room at the Council headquarters on Strand Road is not large enough when several deputations attend a meeting. Representatives have said there is not enough room to accommodate visitors in the public gallery and deputations at the same time and those making presentations frequently have to sit at the press table.

Colr. Reilly suggested that an alternative venue could be found for themed meetings on regeneration in order to accommodate representatives from Ilex and the relevant departments involved.

Council officers said they would investigate other venues and write to elected representatives ahead of the first meeting with details of any new location if a suitable venue is found.