Falklands : Stanley Lands Committee Report (21/08/06)
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 22.08.2006 (Article Archived on 05.09.2006)
Find out what happened during this important meeting.
STANLEY LANDS COMMITTEE MEETING (21/08/06)
By J. Brock (FINN)
A meeting of the Stanley Lands Committee took place at 1330hrson Monday, 21 August 2006 in the Liberation Room of the Secretariat. Present were Cllrs Rendell (Chair) and Summers as well as Ros Cheek (for Crown Council A), Phyl Rendell (Department of Agriculture), Mrs. Dominique Giudicelli (Environmental Planning Officer), Mrs. Fiona Wallace-Nannig, and Mrs. Margaret Butler (Minutes). Apologies were received from Cllr. Davies and Manfred Keenleyside.
After declarations of interest the minutes of the meeting held on 17 July 2006 were confirmed. Matters arising from those minutes were discussed.
Tenders for 3 Police Cottage close on 05 September 2006 and there will be progress when the tender process is completed.
A request to purchase land by Mr. Nigel Bishop and Mr. Elvo Cofre has not progressed since the last meeting.
A request from Standard Chartered Bank at No. 8 Gordon Lines Road was put back until 06 September 2006 when Mrs. Ingles, Crown Council “A” has returned from holiday.
There have been no developments on the decommissioning of the Ionospheric Station and the Committee are still waiting for information from CFL/Fortuna Fish Farming Limited on their project at 8 Coastel Road.
The Draft Dockyard Development paper is being submitted to EXCO. After three months it is hoped that the paper will progress. Cllr Rendell mentioned that it was important for the public to be consulted therefore the delay.
Cable & Wireless have not sent in a revised application for a request to lease land on the south slope of Mt. William.
Applications for Building plots for Miss J. Cotter, Martin and Andrea Barlow, Sean Moffatt, Matthew Eccles and Kevin Ross have had applications for land plots approved but at the moment there are no plots are available. A Housing Strategy Working Group is working on allocating plots for domestic dwellings.
When planning applications were discussed it was mentioned that an inventory of Government Land would be helpful. A discussion about Application No. 63/06/P and 64/06/P – 29 or 31 Coastel Road and land North of the old Mink Farm at Moody Brook brought a distinction about what land should be used for residential purposes and what areas should be used for commercial purposes. It was agreed that 31 Coastel Road would be allocated to Beauchene Fishing Company Limited.
Dominique Giudicelli mentioned that plots of land that are serviced should be leased for an amount that would eventually recuperate the amount spent on servicing the plot. Cllr. Summers said that it made sense to service plots progressively as you go.
Following a paper requesting permission to renew a lease of land at the Canache, Phyl Rendell mentioned that developments in the whole area needed to be reviewed, with containers kept to the North side of the road. The Environmental Planning Department needed to review the use of the whole area and come up with a policy for land use and the development of the shoreline. Dominique Giudicelli said she would look into this. It was thought that management plans would be in the remit of the Attorney General’s Office and that land use would be in the remit of the Planning and Building Committee.
A request for the purchase of land north of the ex mink farm brought the comment that outline planning permission was given but that it would take time and effort to get the development underway with a proper set of plans. Nothing had been heard about a letter that was sent to the Golf Club about a plot of grazing land where it was convenient as a barrier for errant balls. Developments in the area must have a cesspool or septic tank as it was not legal to discharge any more waste into the harbour. The land and applicant would be dealt with in the same way as 10 Acres and Moody Brook.
Advice on Land management will be put on hold until the next meeting when Alison Ingles has returned from holiday.
Mike Rendell suggested a more detailed land use map. Dominique Giudicelli mentioned that the Stanley Town Plan was colour coded but a more detailed purpose made map might be useful. There were areas of land where use was not decided.