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KILDARE COUNTY COUNCIL

Minutes of Monthly Meeting

held at 2.00 p.m. on Monday, 29 September 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, S Doyle, F Dukes, D. Fitzpatrick, M Glennon, R Hendy, G W Hillis, P Kelly, T McEvoy, P MacNamara, M Miley, C Murphy, M Nolan, F O’Loughlin, J J Power, And K Ridge.

 

Apologies:  Councillor B. Weld, J McGinley

 

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

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1/0908

Confirmation of Minutes

The council considered the minutes of the monthly meeting held on 28 July 2008 and special meeting held on 28 July 2008, together with the progress report.

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Black, seconded by Councillor Hendy, that the minutes of the monthly meeting held on 28 July 2008 be confirmed and taken as read.

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Black, seconded by Councillor Miley, that the minutes of the special meeting held on 28 July 2008 be confirmed and taken as read.

 

2/09/08

 Committee Minutes

The council considered the committee minutes which has been circulated with the agenda.

Athy Area – 9 June and 21 July 2008

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

Celbridge Area – 9 May and 7 July 2008

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

Clane Area – 8 July 2008

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

Kildare Area – 2 July 2008

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Black, seconded by Councillor Nolan, that the minutes be noted.

Leixlip Area – 18 July 2008

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Murphy, seconded by Councillor Kelly, that the minutes be noted.

Naas Area – 15 July 2008

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

 

3/09/08

 Disposal of land

60 Riverforest View, Leixlip

The council considered statutory notice dated 17 September 2008 which had been circulated to the members under Section 183 of Local Government Act 2001 signifying intent to dispose of 60 Riverforest View, Leixlip, Co Kildare to Gwen Kelly in consideration of payment of the current value of rented equity (up to date in line with inflation) at the date of redemption of the property and subject to the loan applicant being responsible for any legal fees involved.

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Hillis, seconded by Councillor L. Doyle, 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.

12, Lacken View, Naas

The council considered statutory notice dated 17 September 2008 which had been circulated to the members under Section 183 of Local Government Act 2001 signifying intent to dispose of 12, Lacken View, Naas, Co Kildare to Oliver & Marie Harrington in consideration of payment of the current value of rented equity (up to date in line with inflation) at the date of redemption of the property and subject to the loan applicant being responsible for any legal fees involved.

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Hillis, seconded by Councillor L. Doyle, 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.

108 Coney Meadows, Coneyboro, Athy.

The council considered statutory notice dated 17 September 2008 which had been circulated to the members under Section 183 of Local Government Act 2001 signifying intent to dispose of 108, Coney Meadows, Coneyboro, Co Kildare to Mike & Edith Okaruadjere in consideration of payment of the current value of rented equity (up to date in line with inflation) at the date of redemption of the property and subject to the loan applicant being responsible for any legal fees involved.

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Hillis, seconded by Councillor L. Doyle, 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.

Aras Chill Dara, Naas.

The council considered statutory notice dated 17 September 2008 which had been circulated to the members under Section 183 of Local Government Act 2001 signifying intent to convey an area of 378 square metres on Level 1 of Aras Chill Dara, Devoy Park, Naas, Co Kildare to Naas Town Council in consideration of payment of €10.00 per annum over term of lease which is 999 years from 2007 as per agreement between Kildare County Council and Naas Town Council.

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Hillis, seconded by Councillor L. Doyle, pursuant to Section 183 of the Local Government Act 2001, that the council consent to the disposal of the property in accordance with the terms set out in the statutory notice.

4/0908

Filling of committee vacancies and nominations to external bodies

The Council noted that vacancies had arisen in the membership of the Environment and Services Strategic Policy Committee and the Housing and Social Inclusion Strategic Policy Committee. 

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Dukes, seconded by Councillor Ridge, that Mr Mel O’Reilly, MDY Construction Ltd fill the vacant position on the Environment and Services Strategic Policy Committee.

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Dukes, seconded by Councillor Ridge, that Mr Kevin Flavin, Construction Industry Federation, Ms Deirdre Gavin, Braun Oral B Ireland Ltd and Mr Joe Curran, Hazelhatch Road Action Committee, fill the vacant positions on the Housing and Social Inclusion Strategic Policy Committee

 

5/0908

Strategic Policy Committee Report

The members considered the half-yearly report from the Economic Planning and Development Strategic Policy Committee.  Councillor Murphy sought clarity on the remit of the Economic Planning and Development Strategic Policy Committee.  The meetings administrator confirmed that the functions of the Strategic Policy Committees were under review at present by the Corporate Policy Group.

 

6/0908

Material Contravention of the Kildare County Development Plan 2005 – 2011

The council noted that a planning application from Brid and Karl Gallagher and John O’Connell (register no 06/2674) would, if successful, result in a material contravention of the Kildare County Development Plan 2005 – 2011. 

The development would consist of two storey and single storey 92 bedroom nursing and convalescing home facility, which incorporates (a) Reception foyer, 50 ensuite bedrooms, oratory, staff rooms, kitchen, day rooms, sitting rooms, laundry, dining room, stores, all on ground floor, (b) 42 ensuite bedrooms with kitchen, staff accommodation, laundry, stores and dining room and all associated facilities on the first floor, (c) 40 single-storey two bedroom retirement terrace homes in form of courtyards with car parking and landscaped areas, (d) single storey 42.8 sq. m. convenience shop attached to terraced housing, which includes store and toilet to cater for the needs of the residents, (e) dormer building for community centre and two bedroom caretakers accommodation, (f) entrance to the complex from Alexandra Walk, Abbeylands, (g) car parking, landscaping, entrance gates, bin stores and all associated site works and all ancillary works at Abbeylands, Clane, Co. Kildare.

The development would contravene materially Section 6.7.6 (OD1) the County Development Plan 2005-2011 which states: “Where an area is not within an identifiable settlement, and is not otherwise zoned as part of this development Plan, or of any of the town development plans, the use of such land will be deemed to be primarily agricultural”.

The Council also considered a report dated 26 September 2008 from the County Manager, which had been circulated to the members.  Mr Lahart stated that one submission had been received from the Eastern Regional Fisheries Board with comments noted and that no objections had been received following public notice of the material contravention.  He added that the planning authority recognised and supported the requirement for nursing homes at appropriate locations within the county. Given the location of the site in close proximity to Clane and particular Abbeylands, a developing mixed use area, he considered that the development would be acceptable and in accordance with the promotion of the proper planning and sustainable development of the area.

Councillor Power raised a concern with regard to having a management company set up for this development.  Mr Lahart advised that it might be relevant to have a management company for this development to ensure that the houses were retained for their intended use. 

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor  L. Doyle, seconded by Councillor Fitzpatrick, with 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 Kildare County Development Plan 2005 – 2011.

 

7/0809

Alcohol Bye-laws, Kildare Town

The Council considered proposed bye-laws relating to the possession and consumption of alcohol in Kildare Town and noted that they had been the subject of public consultation and had been agreed by the Kildare Area Committee. The meetings administrator confirmed that clause 3 (iii) should refer the “council” instead of the “authority”.

Councillors Dukes and S Doyle sought amendment of clause 11 to remove or reduce the requirement for a four-week notice period prior to exemptions.  As agreement could not be reached on this, the matter was adjourned to the October meeting.

 

8/0908

Housing Progress Report

Mr Minnock presented the housing progress report.   He said that the Housing Department had been notified of the capital housing allocation for the next three years up to 2011 in the sum of €103 million.  He confirmed that the Housing Department was scheduled to meet with the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government in the coming week and he would report back to the members in due course.  He circulated a report on the current position regarding the housing grants and reported that the central heating programme was on target to be completed by the end of October 2008. The members considered the reports and raised a number of issues including funding to complete grants, listing of where affordable units were located, update on Part 5 and priority of emergency works. Mr Minnock replied to the questions raised by the members and confirmed that funding was the biggest difficulty to overcome.  He sought the support of members in seeking additional resources.

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Kelly, seconded by Councillor O’Loughlin that Kildare County Council write to the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government to support the request for sufficient funding for the housing programme in county Kildare.

9/0908

Votes of Sympathy

The Mayor and members expressed votes of sympathy with the following on their recent bereavements:

The family of John (Jack) Mahoney, formerly of Environment Department.

Maurice, Paddy, John, Aidan, Anthony and Thomas Whelan, Waterworks and Machinery Yard, on the death of their nephew.

Des Garrett, on the death of his brother.

Joan Talbot, Economic Development on the death of her grandson.

Caroline Talbot, Transportation Department on the death of her nephew.

Tom Henry, Fire Service on the death of his sister.

Annette Keaveney, Planning Department on the death of her brother.

The family of Jim Gaffney, local photographer.

The family of Paul Newman, Actor and founder member of the Barrettstown Gang Camp.

10/0908

Mayor’s Business

Councillor O’Loughlin raised concern regarding comments made recently by Councillor Darren Scully in regard to the sculpture of Oisin located on the ground floor of Aras Chill Dara.  Councillor O’Loughlin stated that Oisin was donated to the people of county Kildare by Mr Des Egan on behalf of the artist, Mr James McKenna.  It was agreed that Kildare County Council would write to Councillor Scully to outline the background of Oisin.

 

11/0908

County Manager’s Business

The County Manager informed the members that provisional dates had been set for the budget meetings on 5 December and 10 December 2008. 

 

12/0908

Correspondence

The council noted receipt of the following correspondence:

Letter from Dublin City Council acknowledging receipt of motion from Kildare County Council calling on all Councillors throughout Ireland to insist that road works be finished to a high standard for all road users and adequate warning of road works to monitored on a daily basis.

Letter from Balbriggan Town Council advising of resolution calling on all retailers operating in the Republic of Ireland to ensure that all goods sold in their outlets are manufactured from sources that do not abuse children.

Letter from Department of Finance acknowledging letter from Kildare County Council supporting resolution by Kerry County Council on local authority funding.

 

13/09/08

Conferences

3 October 2008 

Places of Worship – Planning & Heritage

Oriel House Hotel, Ballincollig, Co. Cork

Cost per delegate:  €565.75

Nominees:  Councillors L. Doyle, G. Conway.

 

7 October 2008

The Challenges of Integration in Post Celtic Tiger Ireland

Royal Irish Acadamy, Dawson Street, Dublin 2

Cost per delegate: €103.42 approx.

Nominees:  Councillors K. Byrne, L. Doyle, D. Fitzpatrick.

 

8 October 2008

Opportunities 2010 European Year Against Poverty and Social Inclusion

Carmelite Centre, Aungier Street, Dublin

Cost per delegate: €103.42 approx.

Nominees:  Councillors G. Conway, L. Doyle.

 

9 – 11 October 2008

The Role of Local Government in Protecting our Water Resources

The Connemara Gateway Hotel, Oughterard, Co. Galway

Cost per delegate:  €1067.27 approx.

Nominees:  Councillors R. Hendy, K. Ridge, F. Browne, M. Miley, D. Fitzpatrick.

 

10 – 11 October 2008

Freedom of Information Seminar for Councillors

Patrick Punch Hotel, Limerick

Cost per delegate: €582.01 approx.

Nominees:  Councillors C. Murphy, K. Byrne, W. Callaghan, M. Dalton.

 

10 – 12 October 2008

Imirce agus Imegéin – Emigration and Beyond

Ceiliúradh and Bhlascaoid 2008 - The Blascaod Commemoration 2008

Ionad an Bhlascaoid Mhóir, Dún Chaoin, Co. Chiarraí

Cost per delegate: €774.68 approx.

Nominees:  Councillors M. Nolan, L. Doyle, G. Conway.

 

16 October 2008

A Step in the Right Direction for Councils

Ecological Footprint Conference & Exhibition 2008

Armagh City Hotel, Armagh

Cost per delegate: €437.90 approx.

Nominees:  Councillors F. O’Loughlin, P. Black.

 

16 October 2008

Climate Change Conference - The Way Forward for Local Authorities

Croke Park Conference Centre, Dublin

Cost per delegate: €72.01 approx.

Nominees:  Councillors M. Miley, G. Conway

 

16 – 18 October 2008

Local Authority Financing – A Crisis Brewing, the Challenge for Councillors

Third Sector Forum

Killarney Plaza Hotel, Killarney, Co. Kerry

Cost per delegate: €980.89 approx.

Nominees:  Councillors K. Ridge, F. Browne, D. Fitzpatrick, G. Conway.

 

17 October 2008 

Ireland’s Waters – An Untapped Resource?

11th Annual Conference

The Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa Hotel, Clonakilty, Co. Cork.

Cost per delegate:  €754.57

Nominees:  Councillors M. Miley, F. O’Loughlin.

 

17 – 19 October 2008

21st Dr. Douglas Hyde Conference 2008

Roscommon County Council

Abbeyfield Hotel, Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon

Cost per delegate: €831.64 approx.

Nominees:  Councillor B. Hillis, M. Dalton, W. Callaghan.

 

22 – 23 October 2008

Working Towards a Sustainable Future for Ireland’s Water Needs

The 2nd National Water Summit 2008

Croke Park Conference Centre, Dublin

Cost per delegate:  €1,151.36 approx.

Nominees:  Councillors D. Fitzpatrick, P. Black.

 

24 October 2008

Local Area Planning – Opportunities & Challenges

Radisson SAS Royal Hotel, Golden Lane, Dublin 8

Cost per delegate:  €386.52 approx.

Nominees:  Councillors F. Dukes, F. O’Loughlin, P. Black.

 

24 – 25 October 2008

The Good Friday Agreement – 10 Yrs On

North South Confederation of Councillors

Clifden Station House Hotel, Clifden, Co. Galway

Cost per delegate:  €739.22 approx.

Nominees:  Councillors R. Hendy.

 

26 – 29 October 2008

Irish Language Course for Councillors

Connemara Coast Hotel, Furbo, Co. Galway.

Cost per delegate:  €1,189.97 approx.

Nominees:  Councillor K. Ridge, F. Browne, F. O’Loughlin, W. Callaghan.

 

31 October – 1 November 2008

The Local Government Budget 2009

The Carlton Millrace Hotel, Bunclody, Co. Wexford

Cost per delegate:  €476.18

Nominees:  Councillors B. Hillis, F. Browne, P. Black, M. Dalton.

 

31 October – 2 November 2008

Anti Social Behaviour and Associated Health & Safety Issues

Carraig Hotel, Main Street, Carrick-an-Suir, Co. Tipperary

Cost per delegate:  €744.49 approx.

Nominees:  Councillors M. Miley, F. O’Loughlin.

 

4 – 5 November 2008

Family Life Today – The Greatest Revolution?

11th Annual Céifin Conference

West County Hotel, Ennis, Co. Clare

Cost per delegate:  €949.38 approx.

Nominees:  Councillor M. Nolan, C. Murphy, K. Byrne, L. Doyle, W. Callaghan.

 

4 – 5 November 2008

Green Infrastructure Conference

The Grand Hotel, Malahide, Co. Dublin

Cost per delegate:  €565.73 approx.

Nominees:  Councillors D. Fitzpatrick, L. Doyle.

 

26 – 27 November 2008

Local Authority Members Association (L.A.M.A.)

Annual Winter Seminar

TF Royal Hotel, Castlebar, Co. Mayo

Cost per delegate:  To be confirmed.

Nominees:  Councillors R. Hendy, B. Weld, F. Browne, M. Dalton, P. Black.

 

14/0908

Death Grants

The council considered the following motion submitted by Councillor Nolan:

That in the case of new plots being purchased in graveyards that this council seeks to have the Death Grant increased by 50%.

The meetings administrator reported that bereavement grant applications and payments were dealt with directly by the Department of Social and Family Affairs. 

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Nolan, seconded by Councillor Dukes, that Kildare County Council write to the Department of Social and Family Affairs seeking an increase in the current bereavement grant payment.

 

15/0908

Road Tolls

The council considered the following motion submitted by Councillor Nolan:

That Kildare County Council asks the N.R.A to clarify with the new Toll companies operating the M-50 on the following issues:

(a) How up to date is the technology for recording registration plates?

(b)Will the company who control the Tolls acknowledge that mistakes may have been made on billing issues, and what steps, if any, will they take to rectify same.

The meetings administrator read a report from the Transportation Department stating that Kildare County Council will raise this matter with the National Roads Authority.  Councillor Nolan spoke of his personal experience on this issue.  The members discussed toll roads generally.  Councillor Murphy expressed her disagreement with this motion as she objects to the tolling of the M50 road.

Resolved, on the proposal of Councillor Nolan, seconded by Councillor Dukes that Kildare County Council bring this resolution to the attention of the National Roads Authority.

 

16/0809

Flooding

It was agreed to take the following motions together.

 

Clane Area

That the Clane Area Committee would urge the Council to put the necessary plans and resources in place in order to deal with the growing problem around surface water drainage.

 

Councillor Murphy

Kildare County Council as part of the renewal of the county’s Major Emergency Plan does an assessment of the minimum personnel and equipment requirements for dealing with such an emergency; that the flooding of August 9 is used to in such an actuarial assessment; that the triggering mechanisms for the Major Emergency Plan are altered to ensure should such an emergency re-occur the result would be the plan would be activated.

Mr Page summarised the rainfall events during the month of August, highlighting the severe and exceptional nature of these events.  He stated that the council had received severe weather alerts and while the full inter-agency Major Emergency Plan was not activated, the council’s emergency response arrangements and resources were deployed, with local specific support and assistance from other agencies where required, e.g. assistance from the Garda Traffic Corps was required for traffic management and the closure of the major interurban routes.  Mr Page complimented all staff involved in response to the flooding incidents. 

Councillor Murphy acknowledged that the incidents of flooding that occurred in August were exceptional but sought clarity on why the Major Emergency Plan was not activated. She stated that the Main Streets in Leixlip and Celbridge were flooded but were not included on the maps of several areas of the county where serious flooding occurred. Councillor Miley stated that an area of the N9 had been flooded and also mentioned the River Geese and River Lerr and queried if an audit had been carried out on attenuation ponds located in housing estates. Councillor McEvoy requested consideration be given to setting up a dedicated representative committee that would look at finance, resources and strategies to be put in place to deal with the whole area of flooding.  Following discussion, all members complimented the staff on their dedicated service throughout the flooding incidents.  Councillor Murphy requested that Kildare County Council write to the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government seeking humanitarian aid for people affected by the flooding. Mr Page thanked the members for their comments and responded to their questions advising that a full time officer has been established in Water Services to assess and progress a Flood Alleviation Programme, with a draft to be completed by October for members approval.  He confirmed that approximately 10,000 sandbags had been distributed during the two weekends  and alternative ways of re-deploying sandbags was currently being looked at. He also advised that contact would be made with the NRA in relation to flooding on the N9/N10.  Mr Boland confirmed that the area of flooding was listed on the agenda for the next Environment and Services SPC and a report following this meeting would be circulated to all members. The County Manager thanked the staff and civil defence involved in the flooding incidents and confirmed that the council will strive to help alleviate short as well as long term flooding issues.

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Griffin, seconded by Councillor Conway, it was agreed that the area of flooding be referred to the Environment and Services SPC and to consider the setting up of a dedicated representative committee.  It was further agreed that Kildare County Council write to the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government seeking humanitarian aid for people affected by the flooding.

 

17/0908

Delegation of Powers

The council considered the following motion submitted by Councillor Power:

In the interest of making area meetings more relevant and also with the intention of keeping council meetings shorter, that this council be informed of all the powers that can be allocated to the Naas Area Committee from the County Council and, with the agreement of the council and the area committee, that these powers, or such powers as council and the area committee agree, be transferred/allocated to the area committee.

The meetings administrator stated that careful consideration would need to be given to any decision to delegate functions to area committee’s as the business of such committees is generally limited to discussing operational issues pertaining to a particular local area. Different policies adopted around the county would have legal and administrative implications.  He stated that generally all projects/proposals go before the Area Committee members for recommendation before being voted on by full council.  Councillor Power asked if any items could be dealt with at Area Committee level.  The meetings administrator advised that the Local Government Act is unclear and does not provide a list of functions of full council that could be delegated to Area Committees.

 

18/0908

Development Levies

The council considered the following motion submitted by Councillor Power:

In the matter of development levies for 2007, 2006 and 2005 that this council be informed:

(a) How much was levied?

(b) How much was collected?

(c) If it is known how much is yet to be collected?

(e) How it is known how much is to be collected?

(d) How much was spent?

for each of the three years.

John Lahart confirmed that the amount of development contributions levied, collected and spent is available. He stated that a system was in place in the Planning Department to review planning permissions granted and follow-up on outstanding levies when a commencement notice is not received.  He advised that a further report on this motion was prepared and would be circulated to all members together with report already circulated to members for the July meeting.

 

20/0908

Consultants

The council considered the following motion submitted by Councillor Power:

In the matter of work contracted to outside consultants for 2005, 2006 and 2007 that this council be informed:

(a) How much was spent on outside consultants?

(b) In what disciplines do these consultants operate, e.g., planning, road design, traffic

management, architecture, village/town/county development plans/surveys, house surveys, house repairs, legal advice, auctioneering, property procurement, water and waste water design/services?

(c) Within each of these disciplines, how much was spent?

for each of the three years.

The meetings administrator informed the members that the previous report brought to the July meeting had been incomplete. A further report was now available and would be circulated which indicated that all the figures reconciled. The County Manager briefed the members on why consultancy fees occurred.  Thomas Hunter McGowan briefed the members on the contents of the report and confirmed that the council use as much in-house expertise as possible and only when internal resources are exhausted do council seek assistance from external agencies such as the Dublin Regional Authority, advice on aviation matters, retail strategies etc and due to the variety of projects undertaken by the council it would not be feasible to employ such expertise on a permanent basis.

 

21/0908

Planning & Development Act 2000

The council considered the following motion submitted by Councillor Murphy:

That Kildare County Council asks the Minister for the Environment Heritage and Local Government to bring forward an amendment to section 180 (2) (a) of the Planning and Development Act, 2000 to read as follows:  Notwithstanding subsection (1), where the development has not been completed to the satisfaction of the planning authority and enforcement proceedings have not been commenced by the planning authority within two years [currently seven years] beginning on the expiration, as respects the permission authorising the development,  of the appropriate period,  within the meaning of section 40 or the period as extended under section 42,  as the case may be,  the authority shall,  where requested by the majority of qualified electors who own or occupy the houses in question,  comply with section 11 of the Roads Act,  1993,  except that subsection (1) (b) (ii)  of that section shall be disregarded.

The meetings administrator read a report from the planning department informing the members that the proposal is impractical and contrary to the councils policy on this matter adopted in June 2008.  He stated that it would give rise to having estates taken in charge shortly after they have been completed without having an adequate opportunity to monitor the estates and latent defects may not be apparent within the shortened time period resulting in expenditure by the council at a later stage when the estate is in charge. Mr Lahart confirmed that a large number of estates had been taken in charge over the past couple of years.  Councillor Murphy acknowledged the number of estates taken in charge by the council in recent years but felt that the time period involved in the taking in charge process is too long and it was difficult to get developers back on site once they had moved on to another development and she did not accept the contents of the report. Mr Lahart re-iterated the contents of the report and stated that more rigorous requirements had been introduced and standards had improved. He also stated that a Bond remained in place until such time as the estate is taken in charge.  He confirmed that extra staff had been assigned to the development control process and the system in place at present was working very well and would be reviewed again in six months if required. The County Manager suggested that this motion go before the Planning and Economic SPC for consideration of a review.

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Murphy, seconded by Councillor McEvoy, that this motion be referred to the Planning & Economic SPC for consideration.

 

22/0908

Any Other Business

Councillor Hillis made reference to information leaflet distributed at the meeting advising of public consultation meetings to be held during October regarding the N81 Hollywood Cross to Tallaght Road Improvement Scheme.  Councillor Hillis requested clarification that the appropriate staff of Kildare County Council would be in attendance.

 

The meeting then concluded.