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KILDARE COUNTY COUNCIL

 

Minutes of Monthly Meeting

held at 1.45 p.m. on Monday, 23 February 2009 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,

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


Also Present:           Mr M Malone, County Manager, Messrs J Boland, J Lahart, P Minnock and D Page (Directors of Services), C Talbot (Meetings Administrator) and other officials.


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1/0209

Confirmation of Minutes


The council considered the minutes of the monthly meeting held on 26 January 2009, together with the progress report. 

 

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Black, seconded by Councillor Nolan, that the minutes of the monthly meeting held on 26 January 2009 be confirmed and taken as read, subject to insertion of the following in minute number 07/0109:

Councillor Power requested clarification as to whether the members could agree the transfer of the 30 acres of land proposed for use as a Sports Campus directly to a third party at this meeting.  The County Manager advised that this would not be appropriate as the lands must initially be transferred by the landowner to the local authority.  Following this a proposal could be put to the members for the subsequent transfer of the lands to a third party.”


The council considered the minutes of the special meeting held on 7 January 2009.

 

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Hillis, seconded by Councillor Hendy, that the minutes of the special meeting held on 7 January 2009 be confirmed and taken as read.


 


2/0209

Committee Minutes


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

 

Athy Area – 17 November 2008

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


Clane Area – 13 January 2009

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor McEvoy, seconded by Councillor S Doyle, that the minutes be noted.

 

Celbridge Area – 9 January 2009

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

 

Kildare Area – 3 December 2008

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


Naas Area – 16 December 2008

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

 


3/0209

Disposal of land


0.0010 ha. at Rickardstown, Newbridge

The council considered statutory notice dated 9 February 2009 which had been circulated to the members under Section 183 of Local Government Act 2001 signifying intent to dispose of 0.0010 hectares at Rickardstown, Newbridge, Co Kildare to the Electricity Supply Board, in consideration of payment of €10.00 and subject to unrestricted access to substation and underground cables and Newbridge Town Soccer Club to pay for electricity in the future.

 

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Ridge, seconded by Councillor Dalton, 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.



0.211 acres at Flinter’s Field, Athy

The council considered statutory notice dated 11 February 2009 which had been circulated to the members under Section 183 of Local Government Act 2001 signifying intent to dispose of 0.211 acres 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 the site to be subject to planning permission.

 

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Ridge, seconded by Councillor Dalton, 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.

 

1 The Court, Hazelhatch Park, Celbridge

The council considered statutory notice dated 21 January 2009 which had been circulated to the members under Section 183 of the Local Government Act, 2001 signifying intent to dispose of 1 The Court, Hazelhatch Park, Celbridge, Co Kildare to Anita Donlon under the Affordable Housing Scheme (to include clawback) in consideration of €190,713 and subject to each the terms of the Affordable Housing Scheme.

 

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Ridge, seconded by Councillor Dalton, 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 The Court, Hazelhatch Park, Celbridge

The council considered statutory notice dated 21 January 2009 which had been circulated to the members under Section 183 of the Local Government Act, 2001 signifying intent to dispose of 2 The Court, Hazelhatch Park, Celbridge, Co Kildare to Erin Price under the Affordable Housing Scheme (to include clawback) in consideration of €190,713 and subject to each the terms of the Affordable Housing Scheme.

 

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Ridge, seconded by Councillor Dalton, 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 The Court, Hazelhatch Park, Celbridge

The council considered statutory notice dated 21 January 2009 which had been circulated to the members under Section 183 of the Local Government Act, 2001 signifying intent to dispose of 4 The Court, Hazelhatch Park, Celbridge, Co Kildare to Collins Obi under the Affordable Housing Scheme (to include clawback) in consideration of €190,713 and subject to each the terms of the Affordable Housing Scheme.

 

 

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Ridge, seconded by Councillor Dalton, 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 The Court, Hazelhatch Park, Celbridge

The council considered statutory notice dated 21 January 2009 which had been circulated to the members under Section 183 of the Local Government Act, 2001 signifying intent to dispose of 6 The Court, Hazelhatch Park, Celbridge, Co Kildare to Selene Branagan under the Affordable Housing Scheme (to include clawback) in consideration of €190,713 and subject to each the terms of the Affordable Housing Scheme.

 

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Ridge, seconded by Councillor Dalton, 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 The Court, Hazelhatch Park, Celbridge

The council considered statutory notice dated 21 January 2009 which had been circulated to the members under Section 183 of the Local Government Act, 2001 signifying intent to dispose of 7 The Court, Hazelhatch Park, Celbridge, Co Kildare to Michael Kemmy under the Affordable Housing Scheme (to include clawback) in consideration of €190,713 and subject to each the terms of the Affordable Housing Scheme.

 

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Ridge, seconded by Councillor Dalton, 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.


8 The Court, Hazelhatch Park, Celbridge

The council considered statutory notice dated 21 January 2009 which had been circulated to the members under Section 183 of the Local Government Act, 2001 signifying intent to dispose of 8 The Court, Hazelhatch Park, Celbridge, Co Kildare to John Darlow under the Affordable Housing Scheme (to include clawback) in consideration of €190,713 and subject to each the terms of the Affordable Housing Scheme.

 

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Ridge, seconded by Councillor Dalton, 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.


9 The Court, Hazelhatch Park, Celbridge

The council considered statutory notice dated 21 January 2009 which had been circulated to the members under Section 183 of the Local Government Act, 2001 signifying intent to dispose of 9 The Court, Hazelhatch Park, Celbridge, Co Kildare to Catherine Harford under the Affordable Housing Scheme (to include clawback) in consideration of €190,713 and subject to each the terms of the Affordable Housing Scheme.

 

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Ridge, seconded by Councillor Dalton, 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.


10 The Court, Hazelhatch Park, Celbridge

The council considered statutory notice dated 21 January 2009 which had been circulated to the members under Section 183 of the Local Government Act, 2001 signifying intent to dispose of 10 The Court, Hazelhatch Park, Celbridge, Co Kildare to Brendan Kelly under the Affordable Housing Scheme (to include clawback) in consideration of €190,713 and subject to each the terms of the Affordable Housing Scheme.

 

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Ridge, seconded by Councillor Dalton, 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 The Court, Hazelhatch Park, Celbridge

The council considered statutory notice dated 21 January 2009 which had been circulated to the members under Section 183 of the Local Government Act, 2001 signifying intent to dispose of 11 The Court, Hazelhatch Park, Celbridge, Co Kildare to Glen Smith under the Affordable Housing Scheme (to include clawback) in consideration of €190,713 and subject to each the terms of the Affordable Housing Scheme.

 

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Ridge, seconded by Councillor Dalton, 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 The Court, Hazelhatch Park, Celbridge

The council considered statutory notice dated 21 January 2009 which had been circulated to the members under Section 183 of the Local Government Act, 2001 signifying intent to dispose of 12 The Court, Hazelhatch Park, Celbridge, Co Kildare to Kirsty Redmond under the Affordable Housing Scheme (to include clawback) in consideration of €190,713 and subject to each the terms of the Affordable Housing Scheme.

 

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Ridge, seconded by Councillor Dalton, 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.




13 The Court, Hazelhatch Park, Celbridge

The council considered statutory notice dated 21 January 2009 which had been circulated to the members under Section 183 of the Local Government Act, 2001 signifying intent to dispose of 13 The Court, Hazelhatch Park, Celbridge, Co Kildare to Clare Groves and David Hayes under the Affordable Housing Scheme (to include clawback) in consideration of €190,713 and subject to each the terms of the Affordable Housing Scheme.

 

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Ridge, seconded by Councillor Dalton, 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.

 

14 The Court, Hazelhatch Park, Celbridge

The council considered statutory notice dated 21 January 2009 which had been circulated to the members under Section 183 of the Local Government Act, 2001 signifying intent to dispose of 14 The Court, Hazelhatch Park, Celbridge, Co Kildare to Teresa Proudfoot under the Affordable Housing Scheme (to include clawback) in consideration of €190,713 and subject to each the terms of the Affordable Housing Scheme.

 

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Ridge, seconded by Councillor Dalton, 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.


15 The Court, Hazelhatch Park, Celbridge

The council considered statutory notice dated 21 January 2009 which had been circulated to the members under Section 183 of the Local Government Act, 2001 signifying intent to dispose of 15 The Court, Hazelhatch Park, Celbridge, Co Kildare to Edwina King under the Affordable Housing Scheme (to include clawback) in consideration of €190,713 and subject to each the terms of the Affordable Housing Scheme.

 

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Ridge, seconded by Councillor Dalton, 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.

 

17 The Court, Hazelhatch Park, Celbridge

The council considered statutory notice dated 21 January 2009 which had been circulated to the members under Section 183 of the Local Government Act, 2001 signifying intent to dispose of 17 The Court, Hazelhatch Park, Celbridge, Co Kildare to John Greene under the Affordable Housing Scheme (to include clawback) in consideration of €190,713 and subject to each the terms of the Affordable Housing Scheme.

 

 

 

 

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Ridge, seconded by Councillor Dalton, 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.


18 The Court, Hazelhatch Park, Celbridge

The council considered statutory notice dated 21 January 2009 which had been circulated to the members under Section 183 of the Local Government Act, 2001 signifying intent to dispose of 18 The Court, Hazelhatch Park, Celbridge, Co Kildare to Helen Brennan under the Affordable Housing Scheme (to include clawback) in consideration of €190,713 and subject to each the terms of the Affordable Housing Scheme.

 

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Ridge, seconded by Councillor Dalton, 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.


600 sq metres at Dunboyne Road, Maynooth

The council considered statutory notice dated 12 February 2009 which had been circulated to the members under Section 183 of Local Government Act 2001 signifying intent to dispose of 600 sq metres at Dunboyne Road, Maynooth to the Electricity Supply Board, in consideration of payment of €1.00 and subject to the undergrounding of ESB cables.

 

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Ridge, seconded by Councillor Dalton, 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.

 


4/0209

To consider the Manager’s report on submissions to the proposed variations to the Draft Clane Local Area Plan and Adoption of Local Area Plan


Councillor Kelly requested a 10 minute recess in advance of the debate on this item and the Mayor and members agreed.

 

The County Manager’s report dated 14 January 2009 had been circulated to the members.  Ms Shinners reported that the purpose of the meeting was to make, amend or revoke the Draft Clane Local Area Plan having regard to the Manager’s Report on submissions received of which there were 30.

 

Submission No. 1 – Jonathan Deane, Clane Area Engineer

(a)       Flood map has underestimated the number of flood locations

(b)       Construction of a road be a requirement for development of lands linking the R407 to the Ballinagappa Road


(c )       Request to acquire land on the south bank of the existing Alexandra Bridge.

(d)       Request to acquire land to improve the Kilcock Road, Main Street junction.

(e)       Relevant recommendations from White Young Green Traffic and Parking Study to be included.

(f)         Need to refer to pay parking in the Plan.

(g)       Request that Nancy Lane be annotated on zoning map as “Footpath and Cycle Track” objective.

(h)        Requests that reference be included to the completion of Flood Relief Schemes.

Manager’s Recommendation

(a)       Amendments to be made to map 3.

(b)       No change.

(c )       Objective to be included in Section 6.1 Roads Streets and Car Parking:

TR14:  To improve the approach roads to Alexandra Bridge.

(d)       Objective to be included in Section 6.1 Roads Streets and Car Parking:

TR15: it shall be an objective of the Council to investigate making the Main Street in Clane “HGV free” by improving the Kilcock Road Main Street junction to allow HGV’s to turn on left to the ring road.

(e)       Objectives to be included in Section 6.1 Roads Streets and Car Parking:

TR16: To improve existing road signage on the approach roads to the town and within the town, with particular emphasis on improved signage to direct drivers to the ring road.

TR17: To improve the signage warning drivers they are approaching an area where school children will be crossing on both approaches to the schools along the Prosperous Road.

Amend Section 6.3 Pedestrian and Cycle Networks PC6 to read as follows:

It is an objective of the Council to ensure adequate secure bicycle parking facilities are provided as part on new educational, recreational and commercial developments and at key strategic locations throughout the town.

(i)         To locate bicycle stands at the Londis and Marion car parks.

PC7 : To have regard to the ‘Safer Routes to School’ Initiative developed by The Dublin Transport Office (DTO) and to encourage a school walking bus programme within the town in order to address significant transport, health and environmental and social issues.

PC8: To investigate the provision of a pedestrian/ cycle route from the new residential area to the north of the town to the school precinct on the Prosperous Road.

(f)         Objective to be included in Section 6.1 Roads Streets and Car Parking:

            TR18: To introduce pay parking into the town.

(g)       To amend objective TR5 of Section 6.1 Roads Streets and Car Parking:

(iv)              To upgrade and widen Nancy Lane to make it accessible for vehicular and pedestrian traffic.

 


(h)        The following text to be included under Section 5.5 Flooding:

A Flood Alleviation Section was set up within Kildare County Council with an objective to provide surface water management systems throughout the county and alleviate flooding in affected areas.  Substantial work has been carried out at the Butterstream in Clane from the River Liffey to the roundabout at Clane inner relief road to date and this scheme is still to be completed.

Section 5.5 Electricity and Telecommunications Section shall be renumbered as Section 5.6.


Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Weld, seconded by Councillor L Doyle, with all members present in favour, that the Manager’s recommendation be accepted.


Submission No 2 – Tom Calahan

Request that lands zoned “Office/Light Industry and Warehousing” in error be returned to its original land zoning of “Agriculture”, or be rezoned “Residential” or an alternative land use zoning that would allow the landowner to build houses for his children.

Manager’s Recommendation

Amend zoning map to indicate landholding as I: Agriculture.

To add “I” Agriculture column in Table 13 Specific Land Use Zoning Objective and Table 14 Zoning Matrix.


Resolved on the proposal of Councillor L Doyle, seconded by Councillor Weld, with all members present in favour, that the Manager’s recommendation be accepted.


Submission No 3 – Matthew and Jennifer McGroy

Request change of zoning from Residential to Commercial.

Manager’s Recommendation

Amend Land Use Zoning Map 5(a) to extend Town Centre zoning to include the subject site.


Ms Shinners advised the members that the following additional text was required to be added to the zoning objective for “A” (Town Centre) – “Where town centre uses are extending into existing residential areas, the type and nature of these uses shall be controlled to mitigate against unacceptable impacts on existing residential amenity”.


Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Fitzpatrick, seconded by Councillor McEvoy, with all members present in favour, that the Manager’s recommendation be accepted, subject to the following text being added to zoning objective “A” (Town Centre) - “Where town centre uses are extending into existing residential areas, the type and nature of these uses shall be controlled to mitigate against unacceptable impacts on existing residential amenity”.



 

Submission No 4 – Paul Carroll

Request that an area of public open space in Churchfield Estate be zoned Open Space and Amenity.

Manager’s Recommendation

No change (as the site is within a zone of Archaeological Potential).


Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Fitzpatrick, seconded by Councillor McEvoy, with all members present in favour, that the Manager’s recommendation be rejected and the site be zoned “F” (Open Space and Amenity).

 

Submission No 5 – Richard N Powell

Opposes decision to rezone landowners house to Town Centre.

Manager’s Recommendation

No change.


Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Weld, seconded by Councillor Fitzpatrick, with all members present in favour, that the Manager’s recommendation be rejected and the subject site be zoned “B” (Existing/Permitted Residential).

 

Submission No 6 – Brian Connolly, Consulting Engineers, on behalf of Pat Fadden

Request to zone a 10.9 hectare parcel of land to the east of Clane from Agriculture to New Residential.

Manager’s Recommendation

No change.


Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Fitzpatrick, seconded by Councillor Weld, with all members present in favour, that the Manager’s recommendation be accepted.

 

Submission No 7 – Brian Connolly, Consulting Engineers, on behalf of Pat Fadden

Request for lands outside of the town boundary be zoned H: Office/Light Industry and Warehousing.

Manager’s Recommendation

No change.


Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Weld, seconded by Councillor McEvoy, with all members present in favour, that the Manager’s recommendation be accepted.

 

Submission No 8 – Brian Connolly, Consulting Engineers, on behalf of Pat Fadden

Request for rezoning of 0.3 ha site from “Existing/Permitted Residential” to “General Development”.

Manager’s Recommendation

No change.


Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Weld, seconded by Councillor McEvoy, with all members present in favour, that the Manager’s recommendation be accepted.

 

Submission No 9 – Brian Connolly, Consulting Engineers, on behalf of Pat Fadden

Request for rezoning of 2.2 ha site from “Agriculture” to “General Development”

Manager’s Recommendation

Amend zoning map 5(a) to identify subject lands as T1: General Development.

Amend Table 13 Specific Land Use Zoning Objectives to include T1: General Development – text as following:

T1: General Development – To provide for general development.

This zoning allows for a mix of uses.  In this zone it is important to avoid abrupt transitions in scale and use at the boundary of adjoining land use zones and also to avoid developments that would be detrimental to amenity.  No housing will be permitted under this zoning.

Amend Table 14 to include a column titled T1. 


Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Weld, seconded by Councillor McEvoy, with all members present in favour, that the Manager’s recommendation be accepted.

 

Submission No 10 – Brian Connolly, Consulting Engineers, on behalf of Naas Development Ltd, John O’Connell, Karl and Brid Gallagher

Request for zoning of 3.3 ha site from “Agriculture” to an appropriate zoning to provide for “Residential for the Elderly”.

Manager’s Recommendation

No change.


Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Fitzpatrick, seconded by Councillor Weld, with all members present in favour, that the Manager’s recommendation be accepted.

 

Submission No 11 – Brian Connolly, Consulting Engineers, on behalf of Denis O’Connell

Request for 1.3 ha of land outside of the town boundary to be rezoned from “I: Agricultural” to “B: Existing/Infill Residential”.

Manager’s Recommendation

No change.


Councillor Weld proposed that the front portion of the subject site be zoned “C1” (New Residential) on the Zoning Map and that the Zoning Objectives Table refer to this with the following specific objective: “To allow for the infill development of no more than 2 no. dwellings that are in keeping with the existing development patterns of the area”.


Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Weld, seconded by Councillor Fitzpatrick, with all members present in favour, that the Manager’s recommendation be rejected in favour of Councillor Weld’s proposal.


Submission No 12 – Brian Connolly, Consulting Engineers, on behalf of Mrs Ferris

Request for 1.3 ha to be rezoned from “I: Agriculture” to “C: New Residential”

Manager’s Recommendation

No change.

 

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Weld, seconded by Councillor McEvoy, with all members present in favour, that the Manager’s recommendation be rejected and the lands be zoned for “low-density residential development”.


Submission No 13 – Brian Connolly, Consulting Engineers, on behalf of Clane GAA Club

Request for lands to be rezoned from “I: Agriculture” to “C: New Residential”.

Manager’s Recommendation

No change.

 

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Fitzpatrick, seconded by Councillor Weld, with all members present in favour, that the Manager’s recommendation be accepted.


Councillor Fitzpatrick requested that the decision taken in relation to submission number 13 be reconsidered as he was concerned that it had not reflected the views of the Clane Area Committee. 


Councillor Fitzpatrick proposed that 0.7h of land in the ownership of Clane GAA be zoned for “low density residential development”.  This proposal was seconded by Councillor Weld.  In reply to Mr Kenny’s request that a planning reason be clarified for zoning the land, Councillor Fitzpatrick stated that this was a suitable infill site for low-density residential development within the town boundary.  Councillor McEvoy proposed that the Manager’s recommendation be accepted.  This proposal was seconded by Councillor McGinley.  In countering Councillor Fitzpatrick’s reason for proposing that the land be zoned for low-density residential development, Councillor McEvoy stated that the officials had advised consistently during the course of preparing the Draft Local Area Plan for Clane that more than sufficient lands were already zoned for residential development in the town. 


Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Fitzpatrick, seconded by Councillor Weld, with 15 members voting in favour, 5 members voting against and 3 members abstaining, that the Manager’s recommendation be rejected in favour of Councillor Fitzpatrick’s proposal.




 

Submission No 14 – Brian Connolly, Consulting Engineers, on behalf of Jim Canning

Request for 0.15 ha to be rezoned from I: Agriculture” to “B: Existing/Infill Residential”.

Manager’s Recommendation

No change.


Councillor Weld proposed that the subject site be zoned “C” (New Residential).


Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Weld, seconded by Councillor Fitzpatrick, with all members present in favour, that the Manager’s recommendation be rejected in favour of Councillor Weld’s proposal.


Submission No 15 – Brian Connolly, Consulting Engineers, on behalf of Shay Grace

Request for 3.4 ha site outside the town boundary to be rezoned from “I: Agriculture” to “H: Industry and Warehousing

Manager’s Recommendation

Land Use Zoning Map 5(a) should be amended to reflect the subject lands as H: Light Industry and Warehousing zoning.  It is also proposed to include the lands located between the subject site and those lands currently zoned H: Light Industry and Warehousing within the LAP boundary and to zone these lands agricultural.

Amend Table 13 to include the word “Office/” before Light Industry and Warehousing as stated on Map 5(a) Land Use Zoning Map.


Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Weld, seconded by Councillor L Doyle, with all members present in favour, that the Manager’s recommendation be accepted.


Submission No 16 – Brian Connolly, Consulting Engineers, on behalf of

Twangbrook Ltd

Submission objects to the proposed zoning of lands at Capadoo as “Objective Masterplan X” for a number of reasons, requests clarification as to how much of the landowners 6.5 hectares within the Masterplan site is required to facilitate each objective set out in the Masterplan and requests that his lands and the remainder of lands in the Masterplan X site be rezoned for “C: New Residential”.

Manager’s Recommendation

Amend Table 13 Land Use Zoning Objective Table – Masterplan Objective 1, paragraph 2 to read:

“The Masterplan which shall encompass all of the above shall be subject to detailed phasing proposals and make provision for the delivery of the road and the reservation of the 5 acre education site as part of Phase 1.

 



Councillor Weld stated that his primary objective in relation to the lands within the Masterplan area was the completion of the Capdoo Link Road.  He added that there was commitment from the landowner to develop this road at no cost to the Council.  In this regard, Councillor Weld proposed the following:

A masterplan shall be prepared for those lands outlined in blue on Map 5(a).  The masterplan shall include:

(i)         A phased programme for development of the lands.  This phasing shall indicate the sequence and timescale for delivery of the road as part of Phase 1.

(ii)        A requirement that a masterplan for the development of the lands is agreed with the Council, prior to the submission of any planning application on the lands.

(iii)       A requirement that the proposed roads objective is constructed and open to traffic, prior to occupation of any residential units on those lands.

(iv)       A requirement that not more than 50 residential units be constructed on the lands prior to the Council entering into a contract to construct the upgrade to Osberstown Wastewater Treatment Plant.

(v)        A requirement that no residential unit be occupied prior to commission the upgrade to Osberstown Wastewater Treatment Plant.


Ms Shinners stated that the Masterplan site would deliver the road objective, school site and residential zoning.  She added that there was an over concentration of educational facilities to the west of Clane on the Prosperous Road.  Further intensification of educational uses at this location would result in additional traffic problems at peak school hours.  The Masterplan site, as proposed in the Draft Local Area Plan, would allow for the delivery of a much needed relief road and a primary school with the remainder of the lands providing for further residential development.  It is envisaged that a phasing approach would be a necessary and effective form of delivery of all elements of the Masterplan, but the school and road in particular.  The County Manager stated that, in the interests of proper planning and development, it would be sensible to reserve a site for a school to the north of the town.  In seconding Councillor Weld’s proposal Councillor McEvoy proposed that a school site be located on existing educational and amenity zoned lands.  Mr Kenny, Senior Planner, stated that in an effort to allow for the balanced development of the town, it did not seem excessive to zone three acres of land for a school with the Masterplan area.  Councillor Weld indicated that he agreed with Councillor McEvoy’s amendment to his proposal.

 

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Weld, seconded by Councillor McEvoy, with 18 members voting in favour, 1 member voting against and 3 members abstaining that the Manager’s recommendation be rejected in favour of Councillor Weld’s proposal as amended by Councillor McEvoy.


 

Submission No 17 – Brian Connolly, Consulting Engineers, on behalf of

Mr & Mrs B Gallagher

Request for 3.4 ha of land at Capadoo to be rezoned from “I: Agriculture” to “C: New Residential”.

Manager’s Recommendation

No change.


Councillor L Doyle proposed that the lands be zoned “C2: New Residential” with the specific objective attached that the lands be developed “to allow for low density serviced sites at a maximum of 6-8 units per acre (15-20 units per hectare) to provide an opportunity that allows local people to develop their own homes.  Serviced residential sites should be provided to people wishing to build a house to their own design and layout.  Full planning permission should be sought by the developer/landowner for the site layout and development works and outline permission for the individual houses.  Each individual applicant should then submit their own design and apply for full permission on a serviced site.  All new residential development proposals on this site shall incorporate the provision of Section 2 (Housing) of Part B of this Local Area Plan”.

 

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor L Doyle, seconded by Councillor Weld, with all members present in favour, that the Manager’s recommendation be rejected in favour of Councillor L Doyle’s proposal.


Submission No 18 – Brian Connolly, Consulting Engineers, on behalf of Shay Grace

Request for 1.2 hectare of land at Moat Commons, outside the town boundary, to be rezoned from “I: Agriculture” to “C: New Residential”.

Manager’s Recommendation

No change.

 

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Weld, seconded by Councillor L Doyle, with all members present in favour, that the Manager’s recommendation be accepted.


Submission No 19 – RPS Planning and Environment on behalf of Glenkerrin Homes

Submission raises concerns with regard to the Masterplan Objective X site.

Manager’s Recommendation

No change.

 

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Weld, seconded by Councillor L Doyle, with all members present in favour, that the Manager’s recommendation be accepted.


 

 

Submission No 20 – Michael O’Shea

Request for 2.25 acre landholding, outside the town boundary, be rezoned to accommodate low to medium density residential or an alternative zoning of light industry.

Manager’s Recommendation

No change.


Resolved on the proposal of Councillor weld, seconded by Councillor McEvoy, with all members present in favour, that the Manager’s recommendation be accepted.

 

Submission No 21 – John Spain Associates on behalf of Presentation Sisters (Northern Province)

Requests the rezoning of 1.9 hectare site from “E: Community and Education” to “C: New Residential”.  Also requests that discrepancies in the Zoning Matrix Table be rectified.

Manager’s Recommendation

Amend Table 14 E: Community and Educational Zoning.

Amend Table 14 Zoning Matrix to include a * beside the “Y” that applies to Dwelling under E: Community and Education.

The following text to be included at the end of Table 14:

* This shall be ancillary to a community and educational use only.


Resolved on the proposal of Councillor McEvoy, seconded by Councillor Conway, with all members present in favour, that the Manager’s recommendation be accepted.

 

Submission No 22 – Stephen Little & Associates on behalf of Sean Deane and

Bernie Gallagher

Request for approximately 10 acres of land on the Ballinagappa Road be rezoned from “H: Industry and Warehousing” to “C: New Residential”.  Also requests that an error in the land use zoning matrix be rectified.

Manager’s Recommendation

Amend Table 13 to include previously left out T: General Development zoning to read as follows:

T: General Development

“To provide for general development.”

This zoning allows for a mix of uses.  In this zone it is important to avoid abrupt transitions in scale and use at the boundary of adjoining land use zones and also to avoid developments that would be detrimental to amenity.

To delete D: Office Development zoning from Table 14.

 

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor L Doyle, seconded by Councillor Weld, with all members present in favour, that the Manager’s recommendation be accepted.


 

Submission No 23 – Stephen Little & Associates on behalf of Sean Deane

Requests rezoning of 6 acres to “C: New Residential”.  Also suggests a potential link road through the landholding.

Manager’s Recommendation

No change


Resolved on the proposal of Councillor L Doyle, seconded by Councillor McEvoy, with all members present in favour, that the Manager’s recommendation be accepted.


Submission No 24 – Stephen Little & Associates on behalf of Willowbridge Development Ltd

Submission welcomes the rezoning to objective “E: Community and Educational” as it relates to their lands.  Requests amendment of a typographical error in Table 14, Zoning Matrix Table and an omission in Table 13.

Manager’s Recommendation

Amend Zoning Matrix (Table 14) in relation to “E: Community and Education” and “T: General Development”.


Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Weld, seconded by Councillor L Doyle, with all members present in favour, that the Manager’s recommendation be accepted.


Submission No 25 – Castlekeel Ltd

Submission relates to Transport Section of the LAP and requests the following additions:

Under Section 6.1 Objective TR5 to include (iv) improve and upgrade the Prosperous Road between Butterstream junction and Firmount Cross.

Under Section 6.3 Objective PC1 to include (v) provide a new footpath to link the existing footpath between the schools and the hospital with the new footpath proposed as part of the Firmount Cross road improvement works.

Under Section 6.3 Objective PC3 to include (vi) provide public lighting along the Prosperous Road between the Hospital and Firmount Cross to link with the works proposed as part of the Firmount Cross road improvement works.

Manager’s Recommendation

To amend Section 6.1 Roads, Streets and Car Parking to include the following objective:

TR5 (iv) improve and upgrade the Prosperous Road between Butterstream junction and Firmount Cross.

Section 6.3 Public Transport to include the following objective:

PC1 (v) provide a new footpath to link the existing footpath between the schools and the hospital with the new footpath proposed as part of the Firmount Cross road improvement works.

PC3 (vii) provide public lighting along the Prosperous Road between the Hospital and Firmount Cross to link with the works proposed as part of the Firmount Cross road improvement works.


Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Fitzpatrick, seconded by Councillor Weld, with all members present in favour, that the Manager’s recommendation be accepted.

 

Submission No 26 – Castlekeel Ltd

Requests zoning of 5 acres at Prosperous Road to “H: Office, Light Industry and Warehousing” to provide Enterprise/Incubator start up units.

Manager’s Recommendation

No change


Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Weld, seconded by Councillor Murphy, with all members present in favour, that the Manager’s recommendation be accepted.

 

Submission No 27 – Thomas Maguire & Associates on behalf of Derek Killian

Requests zoning of 2.92 hectares, outside the town boundary, as “C: New Residential”.

Manager’s Recommendation

No change


Resolved on the proposal of Councillor L Doyle, seconded by Councillor Browne, with all members present in favour, that the Manager’s recommendation be accepted.

 

As submission number 28 relates to lands in the ownership of Councillor McEvoy and members of his family, he withdrew from the meeting.


Submission No 28 – Patrick McEvoy, Tony McEvoy, Margaret McEvoy

Requests that lands currently zoned Town Centre be zoned Existing/Permitted Residential and a parcel of land to the rear of the property be zoned I: Agricultural from B: Existing/Permitted Residential.

Manager’s Recommendation

No change.


Councillor L Doyle proposed that the lands be rezoned as requested by the landowner so that the lands to the west, located along the Main Street, be zoned “B: Existing/Permitted Residential” and the lands to the rear be zoned “I: Agricultural”.


Resolved on the proposal of Councillor L Doyle, seconded by Councillor Weld, with all members present in favour, that the Manager’s recommendation be rejected in favour of Councillor L Doyle’s proposal.

 

Councillor McEvoy rejoined the meeting.



 

Submission No 29 – Clane Community Council

Submission raises a number of issues:

(a)       Request that area zoned E: Community and Education to the south east of the hospital include a substantial set back from the Butterstream as this is marshy area which has been known to flood.

(b)       Request that proposed Road Objective TR8 clearly state in the text that this objective should not be accepted as a future argument for a sprawl of development south of the Liffey.

(c )       Attention brought to zoning error on map.

(d)       Objection to TR4 (ii) linking of Kilcock and Ballinagappa Road.

(e)       Objection to rezoning of open space site at the junction of Capadoo Lane with the Kilcock Road to Masterplan X zoning.

(f)         Request that the open space immediately behind the Old Abbey and attached to Churchfield estate be zoned F: Open Space and Amenity.

(g)       Request that open space surrounding the Friary ruins and the cemetery north east of the roundabout on the Naas Road be identified on the land use zoning map.

(h)        Numerical errors in population targets – in appropriate to apply 2.67% of the county’s population to Clane as indicated in Section 4.1.

(i)         Welcome statement in LAP indicating that it is not necessary to zone any additional land for residential development for the duration of the plan, but suggest that zoning of 5.5 hectares of lands in the Council’s ownership is contrary to this aim and is viewed as unnecessary.

(j)         Observation relating to 5 acre educational site in Masterplan objective.

(k)        Flood risk assessment welcomed.  Reference made to objective NH10 of plan relating to setback from the River.

(l)         Refers to Amenity and Recreation Objectives AR2, AR3 and AR6.

(m)      Requests removal of “small corner shops” and “home based activity” from New Residential section.

(n)        Urges priority to TR& (ii) developing a public car park on the approaching regional roads.

(o)       TR8 a vehicular bridge at Abbeylands and TR( additional off street parking in town centre.

(p)       Request for concept of allotments to be included in the Plan.

(q)       Refers to Tree Preservation NH5 (ix).

Manager’s Recommendation

(a)       No change.

(b)       No change.

(c )       Amend zoning map to indicate landholding as I: Agriculture.

To add “I” Agriculture column in Table 13 Specific Land Use Zoning Objective and Table 14 Zoning Matrix.

(d)       No change.

(e)       No change.

(f)         No change.

(g)       No change.

(h)        No change.

(i)         No change.

(j)         No change.

(k)        No change.

(l)         No change.

(m)      No change.

(n)        No change.

(o)       No change.

(p)       Include the following objective under Amenity and Recreation:

AR13 Public allotments and community gardens can have a number of benefits including promoting healthy lifestyles, providing an inexpensive and local source of food and promoting biodiversity.  It is an objective of the Council to facilitate community managed gardens/allotments.

(q)       Amend Map 1 Natural and Archaeological Heritage to delete tress from NH5 (ix) “Group of trees on Convent Field” that no longer exist at that location and amend map to identify trees that do remain at this location.  To remain as “Group of trees on Prosperous Road”.


Resolved on the proposal of Councillor L Doyle, seconded by Councillor Weld, with all members present in favour, that the Manager’s recommendation be accepted.


Submission No 30 – Patrick O’Sullivan

Submission refers to :

(a)       Please note that an Appropriate Assessment screening must be undertaken prior to making the Plan depending on the outcome of the screening, a full Appropriate Assessment may be required – [Ref.; circular SEA 1/08and NPWS 1/08].

(b)       In relation to Archaeology, the decision as to whether to carry out a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) is for the local authority.

Manager’s Recommendation

(a)       No change.

(b)       No change.


Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Murphy, seconded by Councillor McGinley, with all members present in favour, that the Manager’s recommendation be accepted.

 



Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Fitzpatrick, seconded by Councillor Weld, with all 22 members present voting in favour, that the Clane Local Area Plan 2009 is hereby made, pursuant to Section 20 of the Planning and Development Act 2000 (as amended), to incorporate the amendments proposed and agreed by the members of Kildare County Council at their meeting of 23 February 2009. 


Councillor McEvoy’s absence from the Chamber when the vote was taken was noted.


 

05/0209

Mayor’s Business

 

The Mayor announced that a public meeting that had been called in connection with sewerage works in Maynooth for the evening of 27 February 2009 had been cancelled.



06/0209

Maintenance of Part of the M9 Motorway

 

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Hillis, seconded by Councillor Hendy, that, in accordance with Section 85 of the Local Government Act 2001, an agreement be made with Carlow County Council that they shall undertake the maintenance of that section of the M9 Motorway between the Prumpelstown Interchange and the county boundary with Carlow for a length of 4km excluding the route lighting until such time as the M9 between Kilcullen and Prumpelstown opens to traffic or the NRA appoint a private contractor for the purpose.  Kildare County Council shall reimburse Carlow County Council the cost incurred by them in undertaking the maintenance function in the said section of the motorway.


Councillor Miley raised concerns with regard to the condition of minor roads in the vicinity of the ongoing works on the M9 Motorway.  Mr Page stated that he was aware of the issues arising with regard to the condition of local roads in the vicinity and advised that he was working closely with the NRDO to ensure that a programme of ongoing maintenance was adhered to while the work was in progress. 



07/0209

Water Supply Agreement with Naas Town Council


The council considered a report dated 6 February 2009 from the Mr Boland, Director of Services, Water Services Department, recommending that Kildare County Council enters into an agreement with Naas Town Council, pursuant to Section 85 of the Local Government Act 2001, for the purpose of enabling Naas Town Council to carry out the functions of a Sanitary Authority in relation to water supply and sewerage services in its administrative area for the period 1 January 2009 to 31 December 2009.


Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Hillis, seconded by Councillor Hendy, that Kildare County Council enters into an agreement with Naas Town Council, pursuant to Section 85 of the Local Government Act 2001, for the purpose of enabling Naas Town Council to carry out the functions of a Sanitary Authority in relation to water supply and sewerage services in its administrative area for the period 1 January 2009 to 31 December 2009.

 


08/0209

Water Supply Agreement with Athy Town Council


The council considered a report dated 6 February 2009 from the Mr Boland, Director of Services, Water Services Department, recommending that Kildare County Council enters into an agreement with Athy Town Council, pursuant to Section 85 of the Local Government Act 2001, for the purpose of enabling Athy Town Council to carry out the functions of a Sanitary Authority in relation to water supply and sewerage services in its administrative area for the period 1 January 2009 to 31 December 2009.

 

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Hillis, seconded by Councillor Hendy, that Kildare County Council enters into an agreement with Athy Town Council, pursuant to Section 85 of the Local Government Act 2001, for the purpose of enabling Athy Town Council to carry out the functions of a Sanitary Authority in relation to water supply and sewerage services in its administrative area for the period 1 January 2009 to 31 December 2009.


 

09/0209

Fire and Emergency Services Plan 2009


Mr Michael Fitzsimons, Chief Fire Officer, briefed the members in relation to the Fire and Emergency Services Plan 2009, which had been circulated.  He made reference to changes from the previous plan, referring in particular to new equipment acquired during 2008 and planned acquisitions for 2009, the continuous training programme for fire fighters and community interactions.  He also briefed the members in relation to the health and safety requirements for the fire service.  The Mayor and members expressed appreciation of the work carried out by the fire service in the county.


Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Glennon, seconded by Councillor Kelly, that the Fire and Emergency Services Plan 2009 be adopted.



 

10/0209

Reception for His Excellency Veselko Grubisic

Ambassador of the Republic of Croatia


The Mayor welcomed His Excellency Veselko Grubisic, Ambassador of the Republic of Croatia, to the county and to the Council Chamber.  He made reference to the similarities between Croatia and Ireland; the size and population of the countries and ancient Celtic history.  He added that there are good relations between the two countries and noted that many Irish people had visited Croatia in recent years and speak well of it.  He noted the distinguished career of the Ambassador in the diplomatic service.  In conclusion the Mayor pointed out some details in relation to County Kildare including the size and population and industrial development.  The Mayor invited the Ambassador to address the Chamber.


The Ambassador thanked the Mayor for his invitation to visit the county and for the opportunity to address the members of the Council.  He said that it was not his first visit to the county.  He set out some information in relation to Croatia, including the size and population, the number of Islands, the tourist industry and the new arrangements for purchasing property in Croatia.  He made reference to historic connections between Croatia and Ireland, in particular the connections of James Joyce and W B Yeats with Croatia.  The Ambassador presented the Mayor with a coin depicting a design by a Croatian Sculpture, Ivan Mestrovic.  As Chairman of the Design Committee, Yeats had requested Mestrovic to submit a design for the first coinage of the Irish Free State.  While the design was received too late to be considered for the first coinage, Mestrovic gave his design to the Irish Free State to be used at a later date and in the 1960’s the design (girl with harp) was used as the official seal of the Central Bank of Ireland.


The Mayor thanked the Ambassador for the presentation of the coin and, in return presented the Ambassador with a piece depicting the Liffey riverine head from the Custom House.  The members joined with the Mayor in thanking the Ambassador for attending the Council Chamber and for his address.


As the Mayor was absent from the Chamber Deputy Mayor Paddy MacNamara took the Chair.


 

 

11/0209

Draft Traveller Accommodation Plan 2009-2013


Mr Minnock briefed the members in relation to the Draft Traveller Accommodation Plan 2009-2013, which had been circulated.  He stated that the Local Travellers Accommodation Consultative Committee had been briefed in relation to the content of the Plan.  He referred to each submission that had been received during the consultation period.  Mr Minnock advised the members that an amendment was required to the Plan under Section 7.2 to show 13 bays at Newbridge and not 12 as quoted in the Plan.  Also it was recommended that Section 7.3 be amended to incorporate the following: “As no specific need has been identified in Leixlip for Traveller Specific accommodation, the requirement to include Traveller Specific accommodation in Leixlip does not arise at the moment. Should the need for Traveller Specific accommodation be identified in Leixlip within the span of the Programme, a provision can be included in the Programme for this requirement”.


In considering the Plan the members raised a number of issues including, the position with regard to the Tankardsgarden site in Newbridge, how best to meet the accommodation needs of the traveller community, funding arrangements particularly with regard to provision of traditional local authority housing, need for further training facilities dedicated to the traveller community, identify need for traveller specific accommodation in Naas.  Councillor Murphy stated that Councillor Glennon, as Chair of the Local Travellers Accommodation Consultative Committee, would have wished to have been in the Chamber when this item was being discussed.  Mr Minnock replied to the issues raised by the members.


Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Black, seconded by Councillor Fitzpatrick, that the Draft Traveller Accommodation Plan 2009-2013 be adopted, subject to the amendments outlined.



The Mayor rejoined the meeting and took the Chair.



12/0209

Housing Progress Report


Mr Minnock presented the bi-monthly housing progress report.  He informed the members that he would be meeting with the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government in the coming week in relation to the Housing Action Plan for the year.  He stated that the indications were that funding may be reduced and he advised the members that he would brief them further at the March meeting.  Councillor Murphy requested that the briefing to the March meeting would include information in relation to the new arrangements for letting properties and an update on the RAS Scheme.

 


13/0209

Correspondence


The council noted receipt of the following correspondence:

 

·        Letter from the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, in reply to our letter of 5 January 2009 in relation to the Local Government Fund.  Copy to be circulated to the members for information.


·        Letter from the Department of Health and Children, in reply to our letter of 1 December 2008 in relation to medical cards for persons aged 70 years and over.  Copy to be circulated to the members for information.


·        Letter from the Department of Health and Children, acknowledging receipt of our letter dated 5 January 2009 in relation to the school vaccination programme.


·        Letter from Fondúireacht an Phiarsaigh inviting nominations of a person who has contributed significantly to the ideals of Pádraig Pearse.  Nominations to be made to the meetings administrator on or before 3 March 2009 for submission by the closing date of 5 March 2009.

 


14/0209

Conferences

The council received notice of the following conferences:


3 March 2009

Including People with a Disability in Local Government Structures and Services

Hilton Dublin Kilmainham, Inchicore Road, Kilmainham, Dublin 8

Cost per delegate:  €181.65 approx.


 

6 March 2009

Ireland and Its People, 2010-215 (Jobs, Economics and Skills for the Future)

Special Olympics Fundraiser Conference

Sligo Park Hotel, Pierce Road, Sligo

Cost per delegate:  €676.16 approx.

Nominees:  Councillors Liam Doyle and Martin Miley.

 

 


19-20 March 2009

Comhdháil na Gaeilge

Four Seasons Hotel, Monaghan Town

Cost per delegate:  €645.08 approx.

Nominees:  Councillors Fiona O’Loughlin and Mark Dalton.

 

20-22 March 2009

Planning and Development Control Seminar for Councillors

The Glenlo Abbey Hotel, Bushypark, Co. Galway

Cost per delegate:  €827.12 approx.

Nominees:  Councillors Willie Callaghan, Geraldine Conway, Katie Ridge, Micheál Nolan, Rainsford Hendy, Brendan Weld and Kevin Byrne.

 

24 March 2009 

Reviews, Investigations and Reports Training Seminar

Public Affairs Ireland, 25 Mountjoy Square East, Dublin 1

Cost per delegate:  €441.65 approx.

Nominees:  Councillors Darragh Fitzpatrick.

 

24-25 March 2009

2nd National Renewable Energy Summit 2009

Croke Park, Dublin

Cost per delegate:  €653.69  approx.

Nominees:  Councillors Geraldine Conway and Martin Miley.


1-3 April 2009

Environmental Management:  The Challenges for Councillors

Killashee House Hotel, Naas, Co. Kildare

Cost per delegate:  €535.64 approx.

 

2 April 2009

BMW Regional Assembly Annual Conference

Abbey Hotel, Roscommon

Cost per delegate:  €448.09  approx.

Nominees:  Councillors Darragh Fitzpatrick, Pat Black and Billy Hillis.


2-3 April 2009

Association of County and City Councils Annual Conference4

Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel, Kilkenny

Cost per delegate:  €642.37 approx.

Nominees:  Councillors Mark Dalton, Fiona O’Loughlin and Francis Browne.

 

25 April 2009

Two Tier Criminal Law System, Common Law and Regulatory Enforcement

The President’s Hall, Law Society, Blackhall Place, Dublin 7

Cost per delegate: €503.18 approx.


 


15/0209

Fullers Court, Ballitore

The council considered the following motion from the Athy Area Committee:

To remove property known as Fullers Court, Ballitore, from the list of protected structures.


Mr Lahart stated that a report had been circulated to the members in relation to this issue following the January Council meeting.  He added that this matter would be dealt with in the context of a planning application currently under consideration.  Councillor Dalton said that he was satisfied with the response.


 

16/0209

Land for Allotments

The council considered the following motion from the Celbridge Area Committee:

That Kildare County Council introduce an allotment scheme throughout the county.


Councillor Ridge proposed the motion stating that she considered that the introduction of an allotment scheme would prove to be a valuation initiative for the Council.  She added that such schemes were being run successfully by other local authorities.  She suggested that landbanks that are suitable for such a use would be made available to people living or working in the county, for a nominal rent.  The motion was seconded by Councillor Murphy and a number of members spoke in favour of the proposal.  The meetings administrator advised the members that there were a number of issues which required consideration including funding and demand.  He added that the Council was willing to explore the idea with a caveat that any land, purchased for housing, and used for allotments, may eventually need to be used for the purpose it was purchased and, in such cases, lease agreements may have to be on a short-term basis.


Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Ridge, seconded by Councillor Murphy, that Kildare County Council introduce an allotment scheme throughout the county.



17/0209

Planning Conditions for Off-Licence Premises


The council considered the following motion in the name of Councillor S Doyle:

That all planning permission for off-licence premises be conditioned with the provision of a bring centre or the upgrading of current bring centre within the town that they are seeking to locate.




The meetings administrator advised the members that this issue had been listed for discussion by the Environment and Services Strategic Policy Committee at their last meeting, however, the committee were not in a position to complete their consideration of the matter and the item had been listed again for the next meeting of the committee on 11 March 2009.  Councillor S Doyle stated that she was dissatisfied that this item had taken so long to conclude and she proposed that the issue be considered by the full Council.  Councillor O’Loughlin seconded the proposal.  Councillor Power, as Chair of the Environment and Services SPC, informed the meeting that this item would be the main issue for discussion at the next meeting of the committee and he invited Councillor Doyle to attend the meeting if she wished.  Councillor Doyle stated that she was frustrated at the amount of time being taken to conclude what she considered was a straightforward issue and she challenged the usefulness of referring issues such as this to an SPC for consideration.  The Manager stated that this item would be listed on the agenda for the March Council meeting at which time the SPC would have concluded their consideration of the issue.  Councillor Doyle reluctantly agreed to this proposal adding that the matter must be resolved at the next Council meeting.


 

18/0209

Unauthorised Developments


The council considered the following motion in the name of Councillor Murphy:

That the council is provided with a report from planning control in relation to the extent of unauthorised developments currently in the system, how they compare to previous years, if fines are being applied, when cases go before the courts are the council generally being awarded costs etc. Are there areas that errors are being made in relation to compliance where better information to the public would reduce complaints.  


Mr Lahart advised the members that a detailed report had been prepared, which he would circulate to the members for their information.  He suggested that this item be listed again for consideration at the March Council meeting at which time the members would have had an opportunity to consider the content of the report.  He added that additional resources will be applied to the area of unauthorised development in the coming year.  Councillor Murphy agreed to the proposal that the item be listed for consideration at the March Council meeting.



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The meeting concluded.