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KILDARE COUNTY COUNCIL

 

Minutes of Monthly Meeting

held at 2.00 p.m. on Monday, 28 September  2009 at

Áras Chill Dara, Devoy Park, Naas, Co Kildare

 

Members Present: Councillor C Purcell (Mayor); Councillors F Browne, K Byrne,

W Callaghan, R Daly, L Doyle, S Doyle, S Griffin, M Heydon,

P Kennedy, P Kelly, S Langan, A Lawlor, P McEvoy, J McGinley,

 P MacNamara, M Miley, S. Moore, C Murphy, M Nolan, T O’Donnell,

 F O’ Loughlin, D. Scully, and  M Wall.

 

Apologies:               Councillor B. Weld

 

Also Present:           Mr M Malone, County Manager, Messrs P Minnock, J Boland and

E O’ Sullivan  (Directors of Services), Ms. S. Kavanagh A/ Director of Services, C Talbot (Meetings Administrator) and other officials.

 

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1/0909

Confirmation of Minutes

 

The council considered the minutes of the monthly meeting held on 27 July 2009, together with the progress report. 

 

Councillor O’ Loughlin requested that the minutes be amended to reflect that she had sent her apologies to the meeting as she had been unable to attend.

 

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Griffin, seconded by Councillor Murphy, that the minutes of the monthly meeting held on 27 July 2009 be confirmed and taken as read.

 


 

2/0909

Committee Minutes

 

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

 

Athy  Area – 20 July  2009

Celbridge Area – 10 July  2009

Clane  Area – 14 July  2009

Kildare  Area – 1 July  2009

Naas Area – 19 May and 28 July

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

 

 

3/0909

Disposal of land

 

110 Coill Dubh, Cooleragh, Co. Kildare

The council considered statutory notice dated 2 September 2009, which had been circulated to members under Section 183 of Local Government Act 2001, signifying intent to dispose of 110 Coill Dubh, Cooleragh, Co. Kildare to Brian and Ulrikke Treacy 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 Shared Ownership Loan.

 

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

 

57 White Castle Lawn, Athy, Co. Kildare

The council considered statutory notice dated 2 September 2009, which had been circulated to members under Section 183 of Local Government Act 2001, signifying intent to dispose of 57 White Castle Lawns, Athy, Co. Kildare to Patrick Kearney and Ann Kearney 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 Shared Ownership Loan.

 

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

 

 


 

 

4/0909

Committee Appointments

 

(a)       Appointment of members to Local Traveller Accommodation Consultative Committee.

 

In accordance with the provisions of Part 11, Section 22, of the Housing (Traveller Accommodation) Act, 1998, the following nominees were proposed for membership of the Local Traveller Accommodation Consultative Committee:

 

Representatives of local Travellers and Traveller bodies:

Ms. Elizabeth Trappe, 103 Esmondale, Naas

Sr. Rosarii Martin, Athy Travellers Support Group, Mount St. Mary’s, Athy

Mr P.J. Dooley, Kildare Traveller Action, Unit 4A, M7 Business Park, Naas

Col. Donal O’ Carroll, 86 Moorefield Drive, Newbridge

Ms. Rosie McInerney, 1 Ardrew Drive, Ardrew Meadows, Athy

Ms. Michelle O’ Brien, 75 Griffen Rathnall, Celbridge Road, Maynooth

Ms. Winnie Stokes, 69 Rail Park, Maynooth

Mr. Paddy McDonagh, 4 Tankardsgarden Halting Site, Newbridge

 

Nominee from Athy Town Council:

Councillor Aoife Breslin, 18 The Hollands, Rheban Manor, Athy

 

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor McGinley, seconded by Councillor Callaghan , that the nominees of the local Travellers and Traveller bodies and the nominee from Athy Town Council be appointed to the Local Traveller Consultative Committee.

 

(b)       Appointment of four Council Members to each of the following Strategic Policy  Groups

 

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Murphy, seconded by Councillor Nolan that the following members be appointed to each of the following Strategic Policy Groups

 

Housing    -     Councillors Kennedy, MacNamara, Miley and Griffin.

Transportation, Safety and Emergency Services  - Councillors  McEvoy,  Purcell, Callaghan and  Daly.

Water and Environmental Services  - Councillors Wall, Kelly, Lawlor and Langan.

Planning and Economic Development  - Councillors McGinley, L Doyle, O’ Donnell and Weld.

Cultural, Recreational and Community Services  - Councillors Moore, Browne, O’ Loughlin  and Heydon. 

 

5/0909

Naming of Roundabouts

 

The members considered a report from Ms. Sonya Kavanagh regarding the draft policy on the naming of roundabouts.

 

Councillor Moore requested that the Manager take into consideration in this proposal that the use of townland names may not always be suitable and other members also stated that safety should be first and foremost a consideration.  The Manager urged that the policy be accepted.

 

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Byrne, seconded by Councillor Daly, that the draft policy on the naming of roundabouts be adopted. 

 

 

6/0909

Planning and Development Act 2000,

 Planning and Development Regulations 2001-2007

Part 8 Athgarvan Road Improvement Scheme Widening and Realignment of

R416 Regional Road between Athgarvan and Newbridge.

 

The members considered a report dated February 2009 under the Planning and Development Act 2000, Planning and Development Regulations 2001-2007 Part 8 for the Athgarvan Road Improvement Scheme widening and realignment of R416 Regional Road between Athgarvan and Newbridge.

 

Councillor O’ Donnell welcomed the proposal and also expressed his concern regarding the expectation of funding for this project. Ms. Kavanagh stated that this project had been prioritised and that she had no further information about funding, but would keep the members informed.

 

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Byrne, seconded by Councillor O’ Donnell, that in accordance with the Planning and Development Act 2000 and Planning and Development Regulations 2001-2008, that the Part VIII proposal for the Athgarvan Road Improvement Scheme Widening and Realignment of R416 Regional Road between Athgarvan and Newbridge be agreed.

 


 

7/0909

Taking in Charge of Group Water Schemes

 

The members considered the taking in charge of the following Group Water Schemes:

 

(a) Longstone Group Water Scheme

(b)Castledillon Group Water Scheme

( c)Ladychapel Group Water Scheme

 

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Miley, seconded by Councillor P Kelly that the above schemes be taken in charge.  

 

 

8/0909

Adoption of River Basin Management Plans

 

Mr Boland presented a report to the members and asked that the matter be adjourned to the October meeting of the council.

 

Resolved that this item be adjourned to the October meeting of the council.

 

 

9/0909

Consideration of the County Managers Report on the County Development Plan

 

Ms. Mary Foley, Administrative Officer recommended that the council make arrangements to consider the County Manager’s report on the County Development Plan.  

 

Resolved that the council meet on the 12 October 2009 and the 2 November 2009 to consider the County Manager’s Report on the County Development Plan.  

 

 

10/0909

Higher Education Grants Scheme 2009

 

The members considered a report on the Higher Education Grants Scheme 2009, recommending approval of the scheme. 

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor McGinley, seconded by Councillor Griffin, that the council adopt the Higher Education Grants Scheme 2009.  

 

 

11/0909

Mayor’s Business

 

The Mayor wished Goffs well on the recent opening of their new premises, and to the town of Leixlip on “Arthur’s Day” which was held on the 24th September.

 

Mayor Purcell also requested that the following motion be forwarded to each local authority:

 

“That this council notes with concern the proposed transfer of control over the allocation of all roads funding for local authorities away from the Minister for Transport, thus diminishing the Minister’s role and lessening the public accountability which should be inherent in any system which involves the disbursement of such significant sums of money”

 

 Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Purcell, seconded by Councillor Griffin, that the above resolution be adopted and circulated to each local authority. 

 

 

12/0909

County Manager’s Business

 

The Manager expressed his congratulations on the successful ploughing championships which were held recently in Athy and he also wished to thank Kildare County Council staff for their input in relation to the ploughing championships, including Mr. John Lahart, the Roads Department, Fire Services and Athy Town Council, as the task was well undertaken by all concerned.

 

 

13/0909

Correspondence

The council noted receipt of the following correspondence:

·        Letter from South Tipperary advising of a resolution expressing opposition to the proposals relating to the re-introduction of third level fees.

·        Letter from the Minister for Education and Science regarding gender balance on Vocational Education Committee. The letter sets out that the ratio of male/female councillors chosen by the electorate in a particular local authority area is to be used as the basis for determining the male/female ratio of such members on the relevant VEC. It is the view of the Minister that this is a fair basis for making this determination. Councillor O’ Loughlin asked that this matter be referred to the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform for his opinion and the members agreed that this be done.   

 

 

14/0909

Rural Transport Scheme

 

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

That Kildare County Council calls on the Minister for Community and Rural Affairs to ensure

that no changes are made to the rural transport scheme considering its importance to the

entire South Kildare area. 

 

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Wall, seconded by Councillor Miley, that the motion be noted and that a letter be sent to the Minister for Community and Rural Affairs calling on the Minister to ensure that no changes are made to the rural transport scheme considering its importance to entire South Kildare area.

 

15/0909

St. Vincent’s Hospital Athy

 

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

That Kildare County Council calls on the Health Service Executive to reverse its decision to close a twenty-six bed ward at St. Vincent’s Hospital, Athy considering the effect it will have on patients, their family and staff.

 

In conjunction with the above the council also considered the following motion in the name of Councillor Daly

That Kildare County Council strongly opposes the impending closure of the 26 bedded Care of the Elderly Ward in St. Vincent’s Hospital, Athy and calls on the HSE to allow the recruitment of staff which will prevent this closure.

 

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Daly, seconded by Councillor Wall, that the motion be noted and that a letter be sent to the Chief Executive Officer of the HSE stating that Kildare County Council strongly opposes the impending closure of the 26 bedded Care of the Elderly Ward in St. Vincent’s Hospital, Athy and calling on the HSE to allow the recruitment of staff which will prevent this closure. 

 

 

16/0909

Taking in Charge of Kilmurray Lane, Kilshanroe, Co. Kildare

 

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

To consider the taking in charge of Kilmurrary Lane, Kishanroe, Co. Kildare under section 11 of the Roads Act, 1993.

 

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Langan, seconded by Councillor McEvoy that Kilmurray Lane, Kilshanroe, Co. Kildare be taken in charge in accordance with section 11 of the Roads Act, 1993.  

 

 

17/0909

Non-national Roads

 

Councillor Murphy referred to an adjourned motion which she had submitted in regard to schemes of work on non-national roads and withdrew the motion.

 

18/0909

Public Pool in North Kildare

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

In view of the funds set aside in the NDP for swimming pool development, Kildare County Council consider how best to position the county to provide a public pool in North Kildare.

Councillor Murphy informed the meeting that a public swimming pool was needed in the north of the county and Councillors Griffin and Kelly supported this motion.

Councillor O’ Loughlin asked if the council could engage with the Turf Club with a view to leasing the facilities in the Standhouse Hotel which was due for imminent closure. Councillor O’Donnell stated that he had written to the Turf Club regarding this matter and had received a reply that the matter was being considered.

Resolved: That the council consider leasing the pool facilities at the Standhouse Hotel and that the matter concerning the provision of a pool in north Kildare be referred to the Cultural, Recreational and Community Services Strategic Policy Committee for further consideration.

 

 

19/0909

Bin Collection Services

 

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

That Kildare County Council explores the available options for co-ordinating the various bin collection services with a view to reducing the number of collections. In urban areas there may be a bin collection service on most days of the week operated by different providers. This can produce early morning noise and traffic hazard complaints.  We consider what solutions might be advanced including changes in legislation.

 

The administrator read a report from Mr Dunne, Senior Executive Officer, stating that there can be up to ten waste collection contractors operating in Kildare, which can lead to the situation outlined in the motion. The collections include refuse, recycling and brown bin services.  Kildare County Council cannot instruct these companies under the waste collection permit system to operate in particular areas at particular times.  The purpose of the collection permit is to control the type of wastes being collected and the disposal of same to an authorised facility.

 

The report went on to state that the Environment Section would arrange to correspond with the various contractors to request co-operation in streamlining collection arrangements to minimise the number of visits in particular areas. The motion could be referred to the Water and Environmental Services SPC to ascertain whether a national uniform approach could be pursued.  

 

Councillor McGinley stated that this matter had already been referred to the Water and Environmental SPC and that the matter was awaiting the outcome of a Supreme Court decision. 

 

Resolved that this matter be referred to the Water and Environmental Services Strategic Policy Committee for further consideration.

 

 

20/0909

Bin Tags

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

That this council look at putting in place a new system to replace bin tags as so many tags are being stolen from bins at present.

 

The administrator read a report from Mr Dunne, Senior Executive Officer, which stated that refuse charges in Kildare County Council were levied by an annual fixed charge up until 2004.  The new legislation provided that the charge would take account for usage, and as a result a combination of charging a fixed charge for the bin and tags for usage was introduced.  The alternative is to move to a technology- based system whereby customers pay by weight.  There are costs in moving to a full pay by weight system including the micro chipping of bins and this can only be considered if budgetary provision is made.  This could be considered in the context of the 2010 Budget if the members so wished.

 

Resolved that the report be noted.

 


 

21/0909

Littering and Graffiti

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

Kildare County Council should undertake a supplier contest for anti-graffiti products, contractor services and education modules and act as an information co-ordinator to community groups and residents associations.

 

The administrator read a report from Mr Boland which stated that this was considered a very worthwhile motion, particularly in view of the extent of ongoing problems relating to graffiti.  It is accepted that the Environment Section, through its Environmental Awareness Officer, should take a lead in this area.  The report added that, in practice, the actual removal of graffiti usually falls to the area engineers.  In this regard, considerable experience has been gleaned to date and they have addressed community groups from time to time to give advice and assistance. The area engineers also interact with such groups on an ongoing informal basis.  The removal of graffiti can be quite problematic, the degree of difficulty will depend on the type of marker used as well as the nature of the surface involved. It is proposed that the Environmental Awareness Officer carry out further research into the matter and liase with the area committees as well as the Environment SPC in due course.  

 

Resolved that the report be noted and that the Environmental Awareness Officer carry out further research into the matter and liase with the area committees  as well as the Environment SPC.

 

22/0909

National Carers Strategy

The council considered the following motion in the names of Councillors Heydon, Kennedy, MacNamara, and McGinley

Kildare County Council calls on the Taoiseach and Minister for Social and Family Affairs to publish the National Carers Strategy as committed to in the Social Partnership Agreement – Towards 2016 and in the programme for government as a matter of principle.

 

Councillor MacNamara stated that the Carers Group want the publication of this report and any cost neutral proposals could be implemented and that when monies become available the rest of the proposals could then be looked at.  Councillor Kennedy stated that there were over 161,000 carers in Ireland resulting in huge savings to the exchequer each year. Councillor McGinley also urged that the report be published and to implement the no cost items.

 

Resolved by a show of hands that this motion be noted and that letters be sent to the Taoiseach and Minister for Social and Family Affairs requesting them to publish the National Carers Stretegy as committed to in the Social Partnership Agreement – Towards 2016 and in the programme for government as a matter of principle.

 

 

23/0909

Family Resource Programme

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

This Council calls on the Government to support the Family Resource Centre Programme and, in particular, Family Resource Centres based in Kildare.  We support the three campaign principles of the Family Resource Centre National Forum, which are:

 

(a)   The Family Resource Centre programme delivers a value-for-money support for families across Ireland. At times of financial hardship, the services of Family Resource Centres will be needed more than ever.  Rather than considering closing or reducing the FRC programme, it should be developed and expanded.

(b)   The Family Support Agency is the best vehicle to deliver the Family Resource Centre Programme and the Agency should be maintained.

(c)   If any changes are to be made to the FRC programme or Family Support Agency, the Family Resource Centre National Forum must be consulted on the way forward.

 

Councillor Purcell informed the members of the huge fear amongst the public that these Family Resource Centres could be closed down.  Councillors Kennedy and Nolan supported the motion.

 

Resolved by a unanimous decision that a letter should go to the Minister for Social and Family Affairs stating that Kildare County Council does not want to see any closures in this area.    

   

 

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The meeting concluded.