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KILDARE COUNTY COUNCIL

Minutes of Monthly Meeting
held at 2.00 p.m. on Monday 24 September 2007
at Áras Chill Dara, Naas
 
Members present: Councillor M. Glennon (Mayor); Councillors P. Black, F. Browne,
K. Byrne, W. Callaghan, G. Conway, M. Dalton, L. Doyle, S. Doyle, F Dukes,
D. Fitzpatrick, S. Griffin, R. Hendy, G. W. Hillis,  P. Kelly, G. McDonagh, T. McEvoy,
J. McGinley, P. MacNamara, M. Miley Jnr., M. Nolan, J. J. Power, K. Ridge and
B. Weld.

Apologies : Councillor F. O’Loughlin

Also Present: Mr M Malone, County Manager, Messrs. J. Boland, J. Lahart,
P. Minnock, E. O’Sullivan, D. Page and T. Skehan (Directors of Services),
A. C. Talbot (Meetings Administrator) and other officials.

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Presentation to Lieutenant General Dermot Earley
The Mayor welcomed Lieutenant General Dermot Earley and his wife and family to the chamber and also Brigadier General Ashe. She said that the council was honoured by Lieutenant General Earley’s presence, and she acknowledged his professional and sporting achievements. She presented him with a bronze plaque as a mark of the esteem in which the council held him. Several members and the County Manager endorsed the Mayor’s remarks, and acknowledged the role of the Defence Forces in the life of the county.

Lieutenant General Earley thanked the Mayor and members for their presentation and kind words and indicated that he was honoured and privileged by the council’s reception. He complimented the members for their leadership in the development of the county and invited them to the Curragh for a briefing on the role and work of the Defence Forces. 

The Mayor thanked Lieutenant General Earley for his attendance and wished him and his family every success in the future.  

1/0907
Confirmation of Minutes
The council considered the minutes of the monthly meeting held on 30 July 2007 and special planning meetings held on 17 August and 5 September 2007.

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Byrne, seconded by Councillor S Doyle, that the minutes be confirmed and taken as read.


2/0907
Committee Minutes
The council considered the committee minutes which had been circulated with the agenda.

Leixlip Area – 15 June 2007
Resolved on the proposal of Councillor McGinley, seconded by Councillor McDonagh, that the minutes be noted.

Naas Area – 19 June 2007
Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Glennon, seconded by Councillor Hillis, that the minutes be noted.

Clane Area – 10 April and 10 July 2007
Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Fitzpatrick, seconded by Councillor McEvoy, that the minutes be noted.

Kildare Area – 4 April, 6 June and 4 July 2007
Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Black, seconded by Councillor S. Doyle, that the minutes be noted.

Celbridge Area – 9 March 2007
Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Byrne, seconded by Councillor Ridge, that the minutes be noted.

Athy Area – 25 June and 16 July 2007
Resolved on the proposal of Councillor S. Doyle, seconded by Councillor Black, that the minutes be noted.

 

 


3/0907
Disposal of Land

1199 Greenfield, Maynooth
The council considered statutory notice dated 10 September, 2007 which had been circulated to the members under Section 183 of Local Government Act 2001 signifying intent to dispose of premises known as  1199, Greenfield, Maynooth to David Mulready and Patricia Reilly in consideration of the current value of rented equity (up to date and in line with inflation) at the date of redemption of the shared ownership loan granted in respect of the premises and in accordance with its conditions.
Resolved on the agreement of all members present, pursuant to Section 183 of the Local Government Act, 2001, that the council consent to the disposal of the land in accordance with the terms set out in the statutory notice.


29 Moneen View, The Hollands, Athy
The council considered statutory notice dated 10 September, 2007 which had been circulated to the members under Section 183 of Local Government Act 2001 signifying intent to dispose of premises known as  29, Moneen View, The Hollands, Athy to Dean Hayes and Gillian Loughnane in consideration of the current value of rented equity (up to date and in line with inflation) at the date of redemption of the shared ownership loan granted in respect of the premises and in accordance with its conditions.

Resolved on the agreement of all members present, pursuant to Section 183 of the Local Government Act, 2001, that the council consent to the disposal of the land in accordance with the terms set out in the statutory notice.

35, Greenhills, Athy
The council considered statutory notice dated 10 September, 2007 which had been circulated to the members under Section 183 of Local Government Act 2001 signifying intent to dispose of premises known as  35, Greenhills, Athy to John Gough and Claire Dunne in consideration of the current value of rented equity (up to date and in line with inflation) at the date of redemption of the shared ownership loan granted in respect of the premises and in accordance with its conditions.

Resolved on the agreement of all members present, pursuant to Section 183 of the Local Government Act, 2001, that the council consent to the disposal of the land in accordance with the terms set out in the statutory notice.


57, Coney Meadows, Coneyboro, Athy
The council considered statutory notice dated 10 September, 2007 which had been circulated to the members under Section 183 of Local Government Act 2001 signifying intent to dispose of premises known as  57, Coney Meadows, Coneyboro, Athy to Emmanuel and Folake Olasupo in consideration of the current value of rented equity (up to date and in line with inflation) at the date of redemption of the shared ownership loan granted in respect of the premises and in accordance with its conditions.

Resolved on the agreement of all members present, pursuant to Section 183 of the Local Government Act, 2001, that the council consent to the disposal of the land in accordance with the terms set out in the statutory notice.

1757, Saint Evin’s Park, Monasterevin
The council considered statutory notice dated 10 September, 2007 which had been circulated to the members under Section 183 of Local Government Act 2001 signifying intent to dispose of premises known as  1757, Saint Evin’s Park, Monasterevin to Georgina Arnott and Michael McKeown in consideration of the current value of rented equity (up to date and in line with inflation) at the date of redemption of the shared ownership loan granted in respect of the premises and in accordance with its conditions.

Resolved on the agreement of all members present, pursuant to Section 183 of the Local Government Act, 2001, that the council consent to the disposal of the land in accordance with the terms set out in the statutory notice.

46, Greenhills, Athy
The council considered statutory notice dated 10 September, 2007 which had been circulated to the members under Section 183 of Local Government Act 2001 signifying intent to dispose of premises known as  46, Greenhills, Athy to Conleth Blanchfield and Aishling O’Mara in consideration of the current value of rented equity (up to date and in line with inflation) at the date of redemption of the shared ownership loan granted in respect of the premises and in accordance with its conditions.

Resolved on the agreement of all members present, pursuant to Section 183 of the Local Government Act, 2001, that the council consent to the disposal of the land in accordance with the terms set out in the statutory notice.

 

Ballymaken, Co Laois
The council considered statutory notice dated 28, August, 2007 which had been circulated to the members under Section 183 of Local Government Act 2001 signifying intent to dispose of 0.036 hectares of land at Bloomfield Crossroads, Ballymaken, Co. Laois to Daniel Rafter in consideration of payment of €12.70.

Resolved on the agreement of all members present, pursuant to Section 183 of the Local Government Act, 2001, that the council consent to the disposal of the land in accordance with the terms set out in the statutory notice.

Dunfirth (one-acre plot)
The council considered statutory notice dated 7 September, 2007 which had been circulated to the members under Section 183 of Local Government Act 2001 signifying intent to release a one-acre plot of land at Dunfirth, Enfield from a charge which had arisen in connection with the payment of capital assistance grants to the Irish Society for Autism.

Resolved on the agreement of all members present, pursuant to Section 183 of the Local Government Act, 2001, that the council consent to the release of the plot in accordance with the terms set out in the statutory notice.

Dunfirth (two-acre plot)
The council considered statutory notice dated 7 September, 2007 which had been circulated to the members under Section 183 of Local Government Act 2001 signifying intent to release a two-acre plot of land at Dunfirth, Enfield from a charge which had arisen in connection with the payment of capital assistance grants to the Irish Society for Autism.

Resolved on the agreement of all members present, pursuant to Section 183 of the Local Government Act, 2001, that the council consent to the release of the plot in accordance with the terms set out in the statutory notice.


4/0907
Alcohol Bye-laws, Prosperous
The Council considered proposed bye-laws relating to the possession and consumption of alcohol in Prosperous and noted that they had been the subject of public consultation and had been agreed by Clane Area Committee. 

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Hillis, seconded by Councillor Fitzpatrick that the bye-laws to control the possession and consumption of alcohol in public places in Prosperous be adopted.

05/0907
Material Contravention of Newbridge Local Area Plan 2003
The administrator advised the members that planning application ref 06/549 had been withdrawn by the applicant.


06/0907
Progress Report on County Development Plan
The members resolved to defer this item until the October monthly meeting.


07/0907
Raising of Loan for Housing Project at Newbridge.
The council noted that the Goodwill Housing Co-operative Society Ltd intended to construct 26 units of housing accommodation on a site at Rickardstown, Newbridge.  It was intended that the units would be financed through the Capital Loan and Subsidy Scheme and would provide rented accommodation for low-income households. The raising of a loan in the amount of €5,104,872 was previously approved on 19 December, 2005. A revised funding application submitted by Goodwill Housing Society Co-operative indicated that the all-in cost of these units will be €5,149,984.

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Black, seconded by Councillor S. Doyle, that the raising of loan, in accordance with the revised application, pursuant to Section 6 of the Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1992 be approved.


08/0907
Local Improvements Schemes 2007
The Council noted a report from the transportation department on the list of recommended local improvements schemes for the current year.

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Hillis, seconded by Councillor Miley, that the schemes as recommended be approved.

 

 

 

09/0907
Planning and Development Act 2000
Planning and Development Regulations 2001-2006 Part VIII
Castledermot Traffic Calming Scheme
Mr. Boland briefed the members on this scheme, indicating that funding had been secured from the National Roads Authority, that allowance for extra parking spaces had been made and that preliminary works had already commenced.  

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Miley, seconded by Councillor Dalton, that the works provided for in the scheme be agreed.


10/0907

Roadworks Agreement with Naas Town Council
Mr.  Boland briefed the members in relation to the proposed improvement of four  regional road junctions in conjunction with a new commercial development at Corban’s Lane, Naas.

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Hillis, seconded by Councillor Glennon, that
an agreement under Section 85 of Local Government Act 2001 be made between the council and Naas Town Council for the road improvements as described in Mr. Boland’s report.


11/0907
Mayor’s Business
The members congratulated Councillor McEvoy on being his awarded an honorary degree for service to the community.

The Mayor reported that the Council’s offices at Áras Chill Dara had received an award for sustainable development as part of the recent tidy towns competition. 

The members congratulated Councillor Kelly on his appointment as cathaoirleach of the Mid-East Regional Authority.

The members noted that Councillor O’Loughlin’s absence from the meeting was due to her involvement in the Special Olympics and they wished the Kildare Team well in Shanghai.

The members noted the recent achievements of Barry Watkins on winning gold and bronze medals at the European Junior K1 Championships, and recent successes attained by the Salmon Leap Canoe Club. They also noted that Mr. Eoin Refinish had qualified for the Beijing Olympics to be held in 2008.

The Mayor advised the members that the protocol committee was currently considering a suitable method of honouring citizens for distinguished achievement.

Resolved on the proposal of the Mayor that the council extend sympathy to Damian and Edele O’Brien, Transportation Department on the death of their father; to Kathleen Finnegan, Transportation Department on the death of her brother; and to the family of the late Kevin Donohue, retired revenue collector.


12/0907
Correspondence
The council noted receipt of the following:
· Letter from Atlantic Connectivity Alliance in relation to decision of Aer Lings to discontinue the Shannon-Heathrow Service;
· Letter from Limerick County Council advising of a resolution requesting the award of well grants to producers of organic produce;
· Letter from Leitrim County Council advising of a resolution regarding a new subvention scheme.

Councillor Kelly advised the meeting that he had received a letter from the Hill of Allen Action Group regarding Roadstone Ltd., and enquired about arrangements entered into by Kildare County Council in relation an environmental impact. Mr Lahart advised the meeting that Messrs. Roadstone had applied for registration of their quarry under Section 261 of the Planning and Development Act 2000. He added that there had been a dispute and litigation in the matter, and in the circumstances he did not propose to comment further.

The members noted the recent results of the Tidy Towns Competition and complimented all the towns in county Kildare that had entered, with particular recognition of Straffan, Newbridge and Naas. Councillor Black acknowledged the work involved in the preparation for the Tidy Towns Competition and mentioned the council’s staff in the Newbridge area for their excellent work.


13/0907
Conferences
The council considered notice of a number of conferences and selected nominees to attend as follows:
· 25-27 September: Biennial National Social Housing Conference 2007: Social Housing – A Life Style Choice: Wexford: cost per delegate: €900.76 approx: Nominees: Councillors Nolan, Black and Conway.
· 2-3 October 2007: Active Citizenship: Dublin: cost per delegate: €532.65 approx: Nominees: Councillors L. Doyle and Conway.
· 3-4 October 2007: The Chartered Institute of Housing Northern Ireland Conference and Exhibition 2007: Belfast: cost per delegate €486.34 approx: Nominees: Councillors Black, Callaghan, Ridge and Byrne.
· 4-5 October 2007: Kerry Life Education Limited: The Battle against Substance and Alcohol Misuse: Killarney: cost per delegate €947.47 approx: Nominees: Councillors L. Doyle, Miley and Browne.
· 5-6 October 2007: Agriculture in a Changing Climate: Kilkenny: cost per delegate €466.74 approx: Nominees: Councillors Callaghan and Dalton.
· 6 October 2007: Equality, Legislation and the Constitution: Galway: cost per delegate €478.13 approx: Nominees: Councillors Black, Miley, Ridge and Byrne.
· 11-12 October 2007: Respond – International Conference 2007: Irish Housing: Do we know what we are doing? Critique of Policy and Provision: Dublin: cost per delegate: €611.03 approx: Nominees: Councillors Miley and Fitzpatrick.
· 12-13 October 2007: TJK Conferences Ltd: Planning Seminar for Councillors: Tralee: Cost per delegate: €859.48 approx: Nominees: Councillors Dalton, L. Doyle, Hendy, Weld and Browne.
· 19 October 2007: Association of Irish Regions: 10th Annual Conference: Killarney: cost per delegate: €745.99 approx: Nominees: Councillors O’Loughlin, Conway, Ridge, Hendy and Byrne.
· 25-27 October 2007: EU Town Twinning Youth Conference: Downpatrick: cost per delegate €851.21 approx: Nominees: Councillors O’Loughlin, Callaghan, Browne and Hendy.
· 26-27 October 2007: Training Seminar for Councillors: Health and Safety in Local Government: Carrick-on-Suir: Cost per delegate: €560.20 approx: Nominees: Councillors D. Fitzpatrick, Dalton and Nolan.
· 26-28 October 2007: Douglas Hyde Conference 2007: Ballaghaderreen: cost per delegate €666.62 approx: Nominees: Councillors O’Loughlin, Conway, Weld and Byrne.


14/0907
Committee Reports and Recommendations
Leixlip Area
That, Council review the current guidelines pertaining to finger post signage within the county.
Resolved that the motion be referred to the Economic Planning and Development Strategic Policy Committee for consideration.


Athy Area
(a)  “That, subject to final agreement with St. Laurences Community Centre, the proposal for a managed and supervised playground facility at the centre should be prioritised for development and resourcing by Council from available development contributions”.
Resolved: that the proposed priority be agreed.

(b) “That,  Kildare County Council work with ESB to put in place public lighting where needed immediately”.
Members noted cases where there were delays in having work done by the ESB.
Resolved that the area committees be invited to submit lists of work requiring attention and that the matter be pursued with the ESB.

Kildare Area
“That, all casual-vacancy housing allocations be made in consultation with the elected representatives of the area”. 
Members argued that their local knowledge could serve a useful purpose in advising on housing allocations. Mr Minnock pointed out that all house lettings were in accordance with the policy determined by members.
Resolved that the matter be referred to the Housing Strategic Policy Committee.


15/0907
Motion – Councillor McNamara
“That, Kildare County Council ensure that all its tenants are put on the Register of Electors”.

Mr. Minnock reported that while tenants were offered an opportunity to register the council could not compel them to accept it.
Resolved that the report be noted


16/0907
Motion – Councillor McDonagh
“Following the rejection by An Bord Pleanala of the Car Park/Apartment building off Captains Hill (entrance at Riverdale) the council considers just how its own policies as stated in the development plan are applied to protect amenity land in housing estates that was not taken in charge by the council, that each councillor is supplied with the Bord Pleanála inspector’s report associated with this decision, ( 01/1431 and PL 09.131605)”.


Councillor McDonagh asked why the developer had been requested to submit a revision of the original proposal and why it had taken five years to process the planning application. Mr Lahart replied that the site in question was derelict and the council would ordinarily encourage the most appropriate development of such an area. The amount of time taken to process the application was due to the complexity of the application. Following further discussion it was
Resolved that the issue of protection of open spaces and green areas should be referred to the Economic Planning and Development Strategic Policy Committee.


17/0907
Motion – Councillor Katie Ridge
“That, the Minister for Environment, Heritage and Local Government amend Section 246 (b) of the Planning Act 2000 which requires that public representatives pay a statutory fee of €20.00 in respect of a submission made on a planning application.  The amendment should abolish the fee requirement for public representatives in their local authority area”.

Mr Lahart reported advised the members that planning law required payment of a fee.
Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Ridge, seconded by Councillor Glennon, that motion be amended to read as follows:  “That, the Minister for Environment, Heritage and Local Government be requested to amend Section 246 (b) of the Planning Act 2000 which requires that public representatives pay a statutory fee of €20.00 in respect of a submission made on a planning application.  The amendment should abolish the fee requirement for public representatives in their local authority area”.

It was further agreed that this resolution would be circulated to the Association of County and City Councils, all town councils and the Local Authority members Association.


18/0907
Other Business
The Mayor advised the meeting that a presentation on behalf of Teach Tearmain Women’s Refuge Project would be made to the members at the October meeting.

Councillor Black called on all members for their support to enter into discussions with Enterprise Ireland and the IDA in relation to sustaining and creating employment in Kildare in view of recent job loses and the need to reduce the requirement for commuting to Dublin for work.
Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Black, seconded by Councillor Griffin, that Enterprise Ireland and the IDA be invited to attend the forthcoming launch of the economic strategy by the council.

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The meeting concluded.