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KILDARE COUNTY COUNCIL

Minutes of Monthly Meeting

held at 2.00 p.m. on Monday, 30 June 2008 at

Áras Chill Dara, Devoy Park, Naas, Co Kildare

 

Members Present: Councillor S Griffin (Mayor); Councillors P Black, F Browne, K Byrne,

W Callaghan, G Conway, M Dalton, L Doyle, F Dukes, D Fitzpatrick,

R Hendy, G W Hillis, P Kelly, G Mc Donagh, T McEvoy, J McGinley,

P MacNamara, M Miley, M Nolan, F O’Loughlin, J J Power, K Ridge and B Weld.

 

Apologies:               Councillors S Doyle and M Glennon

 

Also Present:           Mr J Boland, Deputy County Manager, Messrs J Lahart, E O’Sullivan and D Page (Directors of Services), C Talbot (Meetings Administrator) and other officials.

 

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1/0608

Confirmation of Minutes

The council considered the minutes of the monthly meeting held on 26 May 2008, together with the progress report.

 

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Miley, seconded by Councillor Hillis, that the minutes of the monthly meeting held on 26 May 2008 be confirmed and taken as read.

 

2/0608

Committee Minutes

The Council considered the committee minutes which had been circulated with the agenda.

 

Athy Area – 19 May 2008

Resolved  on the proposal of Councillor Miley, seconded by Councillor Dalton, that the minutes be noted.

 

Clane Area – 13 May 2008

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Weld, seconded by Councillor Fitzpatrick, that the minutes be noted.

 

Kildare Area – 7 May 2008

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Black, seconded by Councillor O’Loughlin, that the minutes be noted.

 

Leixlip Area – 16 May 2008

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor McGinley, seconded by Councillor Byrne, that the minutes be noted.

 

Naas Area – 22 April 2008 and 20 May 2008

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Hillis, seconded by Councillor Callaghan, that the minutes be noted.

 

3/0608

Disposal of land

 

336 sq m at Flinter’s Field, Athy

The council considered statutory notice dated 10 June 2008 which had been circulated to the members under Section 183 of Local Government Act 2001 signifying intent to dispose of 336 sq m of land at Flinter’s Field, Athy, Co Kildare to Athy Community Development Project in consideration of payment of €10.00 and subject to all legal fees being borne by Athy Community Development Project and any development on site to be subject to planning permission.

 

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Hillis, seconded by Councillor Nolan, 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.

 

6 Newbury Park, Derrinturn, Carbury

The council considered statutory notice dated 16 June 2008 which had been circulated to the members under Section 183 of Local Government Act 2001 signifying intent to dispose of premises known as 6 Newbury Park, Derrinturn, Carbury, Co Kildare to Edward and Lyndsey Byrne 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 proposal of Councillor Hillis, seconded by Councillor Nolan, 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.


 

3054 Dara Park, Newbridge

The council considered statutory notice dated 16 June 2008 which had been circulated to the members under Section 183 of Local Government Act 2001 signifying intent to dispose of premises known as 3054 Dara Park, Newbridge, Co Kildare to Caroline Heavey 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 proposal of Councillor Hillis, seconded by Councillor Nolan, 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.

 

11 Barrow Way, Dun Brinn, Athy

The council considered statutory notice dated 16 June 2008 which had been circulated to the members under Section 183 of Local Government Act 2001 signifying intent to dispose of premises known as 11 Barrow Way, Dun Brinn, Athy, Co Kildare to Christopher and Helena Obisanya 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 proposal of Councillor Hillis, seconded by Councillor Nolan, 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.

 

4 Radharc an Chaisláin, Caragh Road, Naas

The council considered statutory notice dated 16 June 2008 which had been circulated to the members under Section 183 of Local Government Act 2001 signifying intent to dispose of premises known as 4 Radharc an Chaisláin, Caragh Road, Naas, Co Kildare to Mandy Higgins 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 proposal of Councillor Hillis, seconded by Councillor Nolan, 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.

 

28 Sli Bhearu, Cois Bhearu, Athy

The council considered statutory notice dated 16 June 2008 which had been circulated to the members under Section 183 of Local Government Act 2001 signifying intent to dispose of premises known as 28 Sli Bhearu, Cois Bhearu, Athy, Co Kildare to Elaine Crowe and David Ryan 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 proposal of Councillor Hillis, seconded by Councillor Nolan, 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.

 

7 Rockbridge, Ballymakealy, Celbridge

The council considered statutory notice dated 16 June 2008 which had been circulated to the members under Section 183 of Local Government Act 2001 signifying intent to dispose of premises known as 7 Rockbridge, Ballymakealy, Celbridge, Co Kildare to Darren Scanlon and Anne Flanagan 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 proposal of Councillor Hillis, seconded by Councillor Nolan, 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.

 

1091 Avondale, Leixlip

The council considered statutory notice dated 16 June 2008 which had been circulated to the members under Section 183 of Local Government Act 2001 signifying intent to dispose of premises known as 1091 Avondale, Leixlip, Co Kildare to John and Breda Brazil 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 proposal of Councillor Hillis, seconded by Councillor Nolan, 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.

 

6.048 ha at Mariaville, Maynooth

The council considered statutory notice dated 20 June 2008 which had been circulated to the members under Section 183 of Local Government Act 2001 signifying intent to dispose of 6.048 ha of land at Mariaville, Maynooth, Co Kildare, to Maynooth GAA in consideration of payment of €10.00 and subject to Kildare County Council’s legal fees in effecting this transfer being paid by Maynooth GAA and the lands to be used for construction of sports playing pitches for use within the community.  Disposal to be by way of lease, the lease will be for a period of 100 years and the reserved rent shall be €50.00 per annum, reviewable every five years.

 

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Hillis, seconded by Councillor Nolan, 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.

 

2.219 ha at Mariaville, Maynooth

The council considered statutory notice dated 20 June 2008 which had been circulated to the members under Section 183 of Local Government Act 2001 signifying intent to dispose of 2.219 ha of land at Mariaville, Maynooth, Co Kildare, to County Kildare Vocational Education Committee in consideration of payment of €10.00 and subject to Kildare County Council’s legal fees in effecting this transfer being paid by County Kildare Vocational Education Committee and the lands to be used for construction of sports playing pitches for use within the community.  Disposal to be by way of lease, the lease will be for a period of 100 years and the reserved rent shall be €50.00 per annum, reviewable every five years.

 

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Hillis, seconded by Councillor Nolan, 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.

 

 

4/0608

Taking-in-Charge of Roseberry Hill, Newbridge

The members considered a report from Mr Lahart, Director of Services for Planning, endorsed by Mr Hannigan, Planning Department, recommending the taking-in-charge of the housing estate known as Roseberry Hill, Newbridge.

 

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Black, seconded by Councillor O’Loughlin, that the estate be taken-in-charge

 

5/0608

Policy Document on Taking-in-Charge of Private Residential Estates 

Mr Hannigan, Planning Department, presented a policy document on taking-in-charge of private residential estates, the report dated June 2008 having been circulated to the members in advance of the meeting.  He informed the members that the document dealt with all aspects of the taking-in-charge process and set out the procedures to be followed in dealing with conventional housing estates, mixed use developments, post construction phase, older/abandoned estates.  He stated that the policy document would be the framework for integrating the process of taking-in-charge private residential estates. 

 

The members welcomed the policy document on taking-in-charge of private residential estates and complimented Mr Hannigan and his staff for the work they had done.  In considering the report the members stated that it was important that this document be integrated in to the county development plan and local area plans and the timeframes contained in the document were welcomed.  Further to questions from the members Mr Hannigan clarified the amendments to Section 35 of the Planning Act which now allowed the Planning Authority to refuse a planning application on the basis of past performance, without the requirement to go to the High Court in the first instance.  The onus is now on the developer to go to Court to get the decision of the Planning Authority overturned.  The members discussed the implications of management companies in the taking-in-charge process and it was suggested that the Planning Authority consult with the construction industry and the legal profession in the county in relation to this issue.

 

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Hillis, seconded by Councillor Weld, and agreed by the members, that the policy document on taking-in-charge of private residential estates be adopted.

 

6/0608

Material Contravention of the Newbridge Local Area Plan 2003

The council noted that a planning application from Peter and Fiona O’Connell (register no. 08/93) would, if successful, result in a material contravention of the Newbridge Local Area Plan 2003.  The application sought permission at Henry Road, Newbridge, for change of use of existing dwelling house to office use and construction of a new two-storey rear office extension and site development works, including car parking and entrance widening.

 

The development would contravene materially Section 3.2.2 of the Newbridge Local Area Plan 2003, which states, “to protect and improve existing residential amenity; to provide for appropriate infill residential development; to provide for new and improved ancillary services”.

 

The council also considered a report from the Deputy County Manager dated 24 June 2008, endorsed by the Director of Services for Planning, which had been circulated.  Mr Lahart briefed the members on the background to the planning application, advising the members that the site of the proposed development is currently zoned Existing Residential/Infill.  He stated that one submission had been received relating to potential overlooking, car parking and boundary treatment.  Mr Lahart informed the members that the site was adjacent to town centre zoning and confirmed that the issues raised could be dealt with by way of conditions.  He advised the members that the proposed development was in keeping with proper planning and sustainable development and he recommended the proposed material contravention to the members.

 

Some concerns were raised with regard to the provision of car parking to accommodate the proposed development and this issue was addressed by Mr Lahart.  Councillor O’Loughlin stated that she would be happy to support the application, subject to the concerns outlined in the submission being addressed by way of conditions.

 

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor O’Loughlin, seconded by Councillor Black, with all 21 members present voting in favour, that a decision to grant planning permission be made in this case and that for that purpose the council consent to a material contravention of the Newbridge Local Area Plan 2003.

 

7/0608

Strategic Infrastructure Planning Application for Proposed Extension and Intensification of the Drehid Waste Management Facility

Mr Lahart, Director of Services, introduced the report of the Manager, dated 26 June 2008, which had been circulated previously to the members.  He informed the members that this was the first application that Kildare County Council had dealt with under the 2006 Strategic Infrastructure Act.  In this regard, Mr Lahart outlined the procedure to the members.  In such cases the planning application is made to An Bord Pleanala who, subsequently, refer the application to a number of bodies, including the local authority, for comment.  The application by Bord na Mona for the extension and intensification of the Drehid Waste Management Facility falls into a category of application which must be dealt with having regard to the Strategic Infrastructure Act.  The report before the members sets out the views of the Deputy County Manager relating to the proposed development.  This report must be submitted to An Bord Pleanala together with the views of the elected members.  The members views are recorded by way of resolution at a full council meeting.  

Councillor Weld stated that he had a number of issues to raise with regard to this matter.  Firstly he stated that a number of members had only received a copy of the Manager’s report this morning and some members had not received a copy.  He stated that it was his understanding that the last date for submissions from the public in relation to this application was 25 June 2008 and he requested clarification as to whether a submission from Kildare County Council would be accepted at this stage.  He noted that the current proposal before An Bord Pleanala would, if granted, result in a trebling of the operation at the Drehid Waste Management Facility.  He stated that the facility was currently licenced to handle 120,000 tonnes, but this proposal would result in this increasing by a further 240,000 tonnes.  He informed the meeting that lorries traveling to and from the facility were not using the roads prescribed, but were taking the shortest route available.  This was causing concerns in the local community with regard to the upkeep of the road network.  In this regard Councillor Weld proposed that the amount per tonne currently required to be paid by the company towards community related issues be increased by an additional €1.50. 

 

A number of members raised concerns with regard to the local bog road network and how this would be detrimentally affected by the increased capacity of the waste management facility.  Concerns were raised with regard to the fact that the local community did not appear to be aware of the proposal to intensify the use of the waste management facility at Drehid.  The members also considered that further time was required in order for them to give proper consideration to the proposal before them.  It was proposed that a special meeting of the council be held to deal with this matter.  Confirmation with regard to the timeframe available to the members for deliberation of the report was requested. 

Mr Lahart clarified that An Bord Pleanala were the decision-making authority in this instance.  He advised the members that the planning application had been advertised in two national newspapers on 30 April 2008 and the time for deciding the application begins from that date.  Submissions from the local authority must be with An Bord Pleanala by 9 July 2008.  The last date for receipt of submissions from the public was 25 June 2008.  There is no provision in the act for an extension of time for submissions from the local authority.  Mr Lahart informed the members that the issues raised in the Manager’s report were prompts for An Bord Pleanala to raise questions with the applicant with regard to the proposal. 

The members were concerned that such a significant matter had not been brought to their attention at an earlier date, they were also concerned that the Manager’s report had not been received by all the members in advance of the meeting.  Mr Lahart stated that an e-mail had been issued by a senior member of staff in the Planning Department on 9 May 2008 advising that the application had been submitted to An Bord Pleanala and would be listed for consideration by  the members at the June Council meeting.  He also informed the members that the Manager’s report had been sent by post on Thursday, 26 June 2008.

Councillor Weld proposed that the members resolve that the application currently before An Bord Pleanala for an extension and intensification of the Drehid Waste Management Facility be refused.  This proposal was seconded by Councillor MacNamara.

The members requested clarification as to how this proposal would fit in with Kildare County Council’s Waste Management Plan.  Concerns were also raised with regard to geological issues affecting this site. 

The Mayor suggested that the members defer further consideration of this matter to a special meeting to be held in time for a submission to be with An Bord Pleanala by 9 July 2008, as required.  The meetings administrator suggested that a meeting of the Council be held on Monday, 7 July 2008 at 2pm to continue consideration of this item. 

This was agreed by the members and, in light of this agreement, Councillor Weld withdrew his earlier proposal.

 

8/0608

Naas Road Works ProgrammeAgreement with Naas Town Council

The council considered a report from the Transportation Department advising that Naas Town Council proposed to execute a programme of road and footpath improvements on regional roads within its functional area.  The report advised that in order to facilitate this it would be necessary for the council to enter into an agreement under 85 of the Local Government Act 2001 to provide that Naas Town Council would exercise and perform the functions and duties of Kildare County Council in relation to the programme.

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Callaghan, seconded by Councillor Hillis, that an agreement with Naas Town Council, in accordance with Section 85 of the Local Government Act 2001, to enable it to carry out road and footpath improvement works on regional roads in Naas town be made.

 

9/0608

M7 Osberstown Interchange SchemeAgreement with Naas Town Council

The Council considered a report from the National Roads Design Office dated 16 June 2008 in relation to the provision of a road interchange at Osberstown.  The report noted that the project would be located within the functional areas of both the county council (the roads authority for national and regional roads) and Naas Town Council (the roads authority for local roads within its functional area).  The report recommended an agreement with Naas Town Council to provide that the county council would exercise and perform all of the statutory powers, functions and duties of Naas Town Council in relation to the project.

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Callaghan, seconded by Councillor Hillis, that in accordance with Section 85 of the Local Government Act 2001, an agreement be made with Naas Town Council for the exercise by Kildare County Council of all the statutory powers, functions and duties of Naas Town Council in respect of the Osberstown Interchange Scheme.

 

10/0608

Overdraft Accommodation

Ms F Millane, Finance Department, recommended to the members that an overdraft accommodation in the sum of €5 million on the council’s revenue account with the council’s treasurer be approved for the coming half year.

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Black, seconded by Councillor McGinley, that sanction be sought for an overdraft accommodation as recommended.

 

11/0608

Burial Grounds – Issues and Options Paper 

Mr Boland, Deputy County Manager, presented a report dated 23 May 2008 to the members setting out the current issues relating to burial grounds in the county and the options available.  He advised the members that the report had been considered by the Environment and Services Strategic Policy Committee and the Corporate Policy Group.  In welcoming the report the members raised a number of issues including, proposed increased plot charges, any proposal for a new graveyard for the county as a whole, high cost of land to accommodate extensions to existing graveyards, need for a cemetery in Ardclough, any proposal for a crematorium in the county  The members referred, in particular, to cemeteries at Newbridge, Donaghcomper, Straffan, Confey and Bodenstown where there are urgent issues to be addressed with regard to capacity for future burials.

 

Mr Boland agreed that there were a number of cemeteries around the county either at or nearing capacity and investment in the region of €10m was needed.  Funding would be sought from a number of sources including borrowing, fees and levies to meet this expenditure, however, he pointed out that it was not possible to assume at this stage that borrowing would be sanctioned.

Resolved that the report be noted.

 

12/0608

Planning and Development Act 2000

Planning and Development Regulations 2001 – Part VIII

To consider proposal for Community Centre at Dunmurray Road, Kildare Town

Mr Swan, Senior Architect, referred to a report dated 16 June 2008 which had been circulated to the members.  Mr Swan advised the members that there were currently three separate community facilities in this area and the proposal involved the consolidation of these facilities.  He stated that the proposal had been presented to the community and submissions received had been addressed in the report.  Mr Swan recommended approval of the Part VIII to the members.

 

In welcoming the report Councillor Dukes requested clarification with regard to a condition proposed to be attached to the Part VIII regarding pedestrian connectivity.  Mr Swan informed the members that the pedestrian link would only be constructed as part of the distributor road which was an objective of the Kildare Local Area Plan. 

The members considered the report and it was resolved on the proposal of Councillor Dukes, seconded by Councillor Conway, that in accordance with the Planning and Development Act 2000 and Planning and Development Regulations 2001, that the Part VIII proposal for the Community Centre at Dunmurray Road, Kildare Town be agreed, subject to the removal of condition number 3 contained in the report regarding pedestrian connectivity.

 

13/0608

To consider raising of loan under Section 6 of the Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1992 for the Cill Dara Housing Association Ltd

The members noted report dated 9 June 2008 from Mr Swan, Acting Director of Services, stating that a property at 759 Rowanville, Kildare Town, had recently been purchased by Cill Dara Housing Association Ltd to provide rented accommodation for a low-income household.  The maximum grant of €220,000 has been approved by the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government on 21 May 2008.

 

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Hillis, seconded by Councillor L Doyle, the members approved the raising of a loan in the sum of €220,000 under Section 6 of the Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1992 for the purchase by Cill Dara Housing Association Ltd for a house at 759 Rowanville, Kildare Town.

 

14/0608

Housing Progress Report

Mr B Swan, Senior Architect, presented the Housing Progress Report to the members.  The members considered the report and raised a number of issues including, the slow pace of allocation of vacant houses to people on the housing list, maintenance of open spaces within local authority housing estates, location of proposed additional housing in Castlefen, Sallins, allocation of affordable houses in Celbridge, radon checks in local authority housing, speed ramp for housing estate in Kilmeague, percentage refusal rate for offers of social housing and anti-social behaviour.

 

Mr Swan replied to the issues raised by the members in relation to the Housing Progress Report.

 

Resolved that the report be noted.

 

15/0608

Planning and Development Act 2000

Planning and Development Regulations 2001 – Part VIII

To consider proposal for development of new Sewerage Scheme

for the village of Ballymore Eustace

The members noted the content of a report from the Deputy County Manager, dated 19 June 2008, in relation to the proposal for development of a new sewerage scheme for the village of Ballymore Eustace.

 

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Hillis, seconded by Councillor Dalton, that in accordance with the Planning and Development Act 2000 and Planning and Development Regulations 2001, that the Part VIII proposal for the development of a new sewerage scheme for the village of Ballymore Eustace be approved.

 

16/0608

Litter Management Plan 2008-2011 

Mr Boland, Deputy County Manager, presented the Litter Management Plan 2008-2011 to the members.  He pointed out some new initiatives contained within the Plan, including the use of CCTV and the Gum Litter Taskforce.  He also made reference to the pilot project for street cleaning in the Naas Area which was proving to be very successful.  He made reference to the work being done in conjunction with Tidy Towns groups throughout the county, the change in the refuse collection service and the allocation of an additional environmental crew to tackle issues such as fly tipping and illegal dumping.  Mr Boland advised the members that the Litter Management Plan 2008-2011 had been considered by the Environment and Services Strategic Policy Committee and the Corporate Policy Group.

 

The members agreed to deal with item 25 of the agenda in conjunction with this item

 

Motion – Councillor McGinley 

That new byelaws be introduced for our major towns (similar to those being prepared for       Dublin City) to ensure that pubs and takeaways would have to keep a 50-metre area       around their premises free of litter and stains. The byelaws would mean that:

  • They would have to monitor the area at least once each hour during opening hours
  • They would have to provide an agreed number of bins and a roster and checklist system of emptying them and maintaining them would have to be agreed with the Council.
  • Written details of cleaning schedules would have to be retained for inspection in the pubs and takeaways for a month.
  • Packaging from the takeaways, including chip and sandwich vans, would have to clearly bear their name and address.

 

Councillor McGinley referred to bye-laws being introduced by Dublin City Council in relation to requirements for business such as pubs and takeaways to clean up outside their premises and proposed that similar bye-laws be introduced by Kildare County Council.  This proposal was seconded by Councillor Black.

 

In considering the Litter Management Plan 2008-2011 the members raised a number of issues including, the possibility of introducing litter bins with compartments for disposing of cigarette butts, increase fines for non-compliance with litter laws, provision of battery recycling facilities in various locations throughout the county, machinery being used for street cleaning, name and shame campaign, use of CCTV, illegal dumping and dealing with graffiti. 

The difficulties being encountered by Tidy Towns groups in disposing of litter arising from the introduction of the 2x2 refuse service was raised by a number of members.  The members welcomed the work being done with schools throughout the county and commented specifically on the work of the Environmental Awareness Officer.

Mr Boland replied to the issues raised by the members in relation to the Litter Management Plan 2008-2011. 

 

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor L Doyle, seconded by Councillor McDonagh, that the Litter Management Plan 2008-2011 be adopted.

 

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Dukes, seconded by Councillor Conway, that standing orders be suspended for 10 minutes to enable the meeting to continue until 6.10pm.

 

The meetings administrator read a report from the Environment Department in relation to Councillor McGinley’s motion stating that the Litter Pollution Act sets out specific requirements in relation to the duty of occupiers regarding littering.  The Act specifies that the owner, or the person responsible for a place to which the public has access, is obliged to keep the place litter free, regardless of how the litter got there.  Operators of mobile food outlets selling fast food or beverages are obliged to provide suitable litter bins in the vicinity of their outlets and must clean up any litter arising from their operation within a radius of 100 metres from their outlet.  The members noted the content of the report and requested that the Environment Department consider the introduction of bye-laws as referred to in Councillor McGinley’s motion.

 

17/0608

Service Indicators Report 2007 

Mr Boland, Deputy County Manager, presented a report to the members setting out year-on-year comparison for service indicators for the period 2004-2007, the report having been circulated to the members.  Mr Boland referred in particular to service indicators for drinking water, recycling facilities, litter management, environmental complaints, green schools, housing stock, libraries, recreational facilities, the arts and planning enforcement.

 

Resolved that the report be noted.

 

18/0608

Mayor’s Business

Councillor Ridge informed the members that the Circle Line bus service had ceased operation and this was causing severe problems for commuters in Celbridge.  She asked that a letter be sent to the Minister for Transport requesting that this deficit in service be addressed.

 

Councillor Weld requested clarification as to whether Kildare County Council would be meeting the cost of representation for residents of the village who have been issued with Compulsory Purchase Orders.

Councillor Power thanked the members and the meetings administrator for the assistance given to him during his recent deliberations relating to the possible submission of a Section 140 notice.

 

19/0608

Conferences

4 July 2008

The Future of Financial Services Regulation Conference

Public Affairs Ireland

Conrad Hotel, Dublin 2

Cost per delegate: €478.53 approx.

Nominees: Councillors F. O’Loughlin and L. Doyle.

 


4-6 July 2008

The “Baltimore” Training Seminar for Councillors

The Local Government Planning Service

The West Cork Hotel, Skibbereen, West Cork

Cost per delegate: €1,064.19 approx.

Nominees: Councillors M. Nolan, M. Dalton and L. Doyle.

 

5-12 July 2008

13th Annual Dr Douglas Hyde Summer School of Traditional Music

Ballaghaderreen & Districts Development Limited

St. Nathy’s College, Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon

Cost per delegate: €1,285.10 approx.

Nominees: Councillors W. Callaghan, M. Miley, K. Byrne and F. Browne.

 

9-12 July 2008

Councillors Training Seminar

Alternative Enterprise, the Key to Sustaining the Rural Economy

Mannin Bay Hotel, Clifden, Co. Galway

Cost per delegate: €1,097.41 approx.

Nominees: D. Fitzpatrick, G. Conway, K. Ridge and B. Weld.

 

10-12 July 2008

Ballymote Conference

Ballymote Community Enterprise

The Coach House Hotel, Emmet Street, Ballymote, Co. Sligo

Cost per delegate: €725.63 approx.

Nominees: Councillors R. Hendy, P. Black and F. O’Loughlin.

 

15 July 2008

National Transport Awards

Transport Times Events

Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London

Cost per delegate:  €508.77 approx.

 

28 July – 1 August 2008 

The John Hewitt International Summer School

Co-operation Ireland

Marketplace Theatre and Arts Centre, Armagh, Co. Armagh

Cost per delegate:  €1354.06 approx.

Nominees: Councillors K. Ridge, M. Nolan, F. O’Loughlin, G. Conway and K. Byrne.

 


4-8 August 2008

William Carleton Summer School

Corick House Hotel, Clogher, Co. Tyrone

Cost per delegate:  982.65 approx.

Nominees: Councillors M. Dalton, P. Black and F. Browne.

 

The meeting then concluded.