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Áras Chill Dara,
         Páirc Devoy,
                 An Nás, 
                                                                                                          10 Nollaig 2010.


Do’n mhéara is gach ball de’n Chomhairle Chondae

A Bhaill Uile,
Tionólfar cruinniú míosúil de’n Chomhairle Chondae ar 2.00 tráthnóna dé Luain, an 20 Nollaig 2010, i seomra na Chomhairle, Áras Chill Dara, Páirc Devoy, An Nás, agus iarrtar ort bheith i láthair.

The monthly meeting of the Council will be held at 2.00. p.m. on Monday, 20 December 2010 in the Council Chamber, Áras Chill Dara, Devoy Park, Naas, and you are invited to attend.


Le gach dea ghuí,

A. C. Talbot
Meetings Administrator






1. Chun miontuariscí 29 Samhain agus 6 Nollaig 2010 a ghlacadh agus tuarisc ar dul chun cinn a thabhairt faoi ndeara.

To adopt minutes of monthly meeting of 29 November 2010, and budget meeting of 6 December 2010 and to note progress report (copies attached).

2. To note minutes of committee meetings:
  Athy – 22 November 2010

Gnó Reachtúil
(Statutory Business)

3. To approve disposal of the following land:
 (a) 0.094 ha at Crookstown Lower, Ballytore.
  (Statutory notice already circulated)

Transportation and Public Safety

4. To consider the declaration of a public road (R415 Nurney Road at Kildare Retail Village, Co. Kildare) under Section 11 of the Roads Act 1993. (report attached)

Housing, Community and Cultural Services

5. To note housing report. (report attached)

Corporate, Human Resources and ICT

6. Gnó an Mhéara / Mayor’s Business.

7. Gnó an Bhainisteora / County Manager’s Business.

8. Comhfhreagras/ Correspondence.

Tairsceanna Curtha Siar
(Adjourned Motions)

9. Councillor Griffin
That we invite FAS to advise the council on the number of apprentices in Co. Kildare who area awaiting completion of their training courses and that we examine how best council can assist those apprentices seeking completion of their course.

10. Councillor Murphy
That the council be advised as to the extent of the bonds held by Kildare County Council as a guarantee that works will be completed within housing estates in Kildare?  What is involved in calling in bonds, where appropriate?  How many estates are likely to be taken in charge in this way?  How many developers are looking for their bonds back?

11. Councillor McGinley
That new entries to the draft Register of Electors and any FRA 1 forms submitted between 1 and 25 November be automatically included in the Supplementary Register in the event of an election being called between 1 November and 15 February 2011.

12. Councillor McGinley
That a report be given to the council on how it is proposed to spend the €600,000 allocated to this council in 2010 for the retrofitting of council houses.

13. Councillor S Doyle
That the County Manager provide to the members the following information:
(a)  the total number of planning applications received by the council in the first 6 months of 2010 and
(b)  a breakdown of those applications into the following categories; (i) once off rural houses (ii) individual housing applications in towns or villages (iii) multiple housing applications (iv) extensions to existing houses (v) commercial/ retail/industrial (vi) any other and that the Manager further supply the comparable data for the first 6 months of 2005.

That the Manager further indicate the percentage of each category of development was granted, refused or had further information raised during the 6 months period in each reference year and if he will consequently indicate the average period of time currently being taken by the council to process each application category.

14. Councillors Murphy, McEvoy, Kennedy and Moore
Notwithstanding that Kildare County Council has limited the current conference budget to 64% of the national guidelines it is proposed that in the interests of enhanced transparency and accountability, for compliance with the Local Government Act (2001) and for clarity that the following be amended to the protocol rules:   
1.   Conference events are approved according to written guidelines available to all members.
2.   Payment of conference attendance expenses are subject to the agreed event being listed in recorded minutes of full council meetings.
3.   Payment of conference/seminar attendance expenses are subject to a nomination to the event from a full council meeting with a record in the minutes; or alternatively in writing from a group leader and with record in the subsequent
full council meeting minutes. Nominations should address the potential benefit to the county council and how the potential information/knowledge is currently unavailable from services within Kildare County Council.
4.  The Council will publish an annual report on attendances of conferences/training seminars, the associated expenses incurred for attendance, travel and subsistence; the attendees and their reports submitted.
5.   The conference report form is amended to include;
(a)  conference papers where provided
(b)  the title/content and who made the presentation
(c)  suggest how the conference could be useful to the work of Kildare County Council  i.e. if the conference dealt with new methods of disposing of waste, then the  Environment SPC should be furnished with the papers.

Tairsceanna Laithreach
(Current Motions)

15. Councillor Nolan
For any future severe weather patterns that the council request the Department of Transport/Environment to issue instructions to the Gardai to reduce the speed limits on all roads affected.

16. Councillor Miley
That Kildare County Council work with farming and construction agencies to put a coordinated plan in place to work immediately in adverse weather conditions such as heavy snowfall to activate personnel and machinery to clear the roads at the earliest possible time. Most members of the farming community would have machinery that’s in a position to clear the snow as it falls. The fear is out there that they would be held liable if anything was to happen. We need to remove this fear by meeting with the leaders of their organisations and clearing this issue with them. The goodwill that has been shown in the past fortnight is evidence of this.

17. Councillor Heydon
The recent report from the European Court of Auditors on EU Sugar Market Reform acknowledged that the policy decision to end sugar production in Ireland was an error and creates an opportunity for the construction of a new sugar beet plant in Ireland.
Given the established suitability of lands in Kildare for beet growing, the vast experience of farmers in the county with beet production and the strategic central location of south Kildare to the beet growing areas in South Leinster and North Munster that Kildare County Council consider funding a feasibility study for the construction of a state of the art sugar beet processing plant in the county. Any such study should include the possibility of ethanol and beet pulp production as value added processes, and a Combined Heat and Power (CHP) energy plant as part of the development. Such a plant would create significant direct employment in South Kildare and give a welcome boost to agriculture employment and incomes in the wider area.