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KILDARE COUNTY COUNCIL

Minutes of Monthly Meeting
held at 2.00 p.m. on Monday, 26 April 2010 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 MacNamara, P McEvoy,
J McGinley, S Moore, M Miley, C Murphy, M Nolan, T O’Donnell,
F O’Loughlin, M Wall and B Weld.

Apologies:  Councillor D Scully

Also Present: Mr M Malone, County Manager, Messrs J Boland, J Lahart, P Minnock and E O’Sullivan (Directors of Services), Mr M O’Leary (Acting Director of Services), B Sweeney (Acting Head of Finance), C Talbot (Meetings Administrator) and other officials.

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1/0410
Confirmation of Minutes

The council considered the minutes of the monthly meeting held on 29 March 2010 and special meetings held on 15 March, 22 March, 25 March and 9 April 2010, together with the progress report. 

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Miley, seconded by Councillor L Doyle, that the minutes of the monthly meeting held on 29 March 2010 special meetings held on 15 March, 22 March, 25 March and 9 April 2010 be confirmed and taken as read.


2/0410
Committee Minutes

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

Celbridge Area – 17 February 2010
Kildare Area – 17 February 2010
Clane Area – 9 February 2010 and 23 March 2010.

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


3/0410
Disposal of land

0.002 ha. at Kerdiffstown, Johnstown, Naas
The council considered statutory notice dated 15 April 2010, which had been circulated to the members under Section 183 of Local Government Act 2001 signifying intent to dispose of 0.002 ha. at Kerdiffstown, Johnstown, Naas, Co Kildare to Johnstown Community Council.  The Council proposes to grant a lease of the land to Johnstown Community Council for a period of 4 years 9 months as it considers that it will not require the use of the land for any of its functions for that period, and the lease shall be expressed as a lease granted for the purposes of Section 211(5) of the Planning and Development Act, 2000, subject to the following conditions:
 Nominal rent of €10.00 per annum.
 Area to be leased must be enclosed in green palisade security fencing to match fencing of existing compound.
 Topsoil to be removed and replaced with stone backfill in leased area to prevent dirt being brought into the car park/public area.
 Johnstown Community Association to be responsible for all construction and maintenance aspects associated with the compound.
 Any development work will have to be approved by the Waterworks Section of the Council prior to commencement of same.
 No development should take place on top of any manholes, etc.
 No access is allowed to the area being leased through the sewerage pumping station.
 All legal costs associated with lease to be paid by Johnstown Community Council

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Lawlor, seconded by Councillor Callaghan, 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

Councillor Lawlor raised concerns with regard to the legal costs arising in this matter and requested that, if possible, the legal fees be reduced.

 

4/0410
Presidency of Ireland

The administrator read a letter dated 23 March 2010 from Mr Thomas King relating to the next Presidential election.  He added that he had replied to Mr King on 31 March 2010 requesting clarification as to whether he was seeking the nomination of the members of the Council. 

Resolved that the correspondence be noted.


5/0410
Appointments to Historic Monuments Committee and
Mid-East Regional Joint Homelessness Consultative Forum

The administrator advised the members that there were a maximum of 10 appointments to be made to the Historic Monuments Committee.  This committee will operate as a sub-committee of the Planning and Economic Development Strategic Policy Committee.  The SPC has met to discuss this matter and has recommended the appointment of Councillor Weld to the Historic Monuments Committee as a representative of the SPC.  He added that subject to the approval of the members one further Councillor remained to be appointed to the committee, together with eight further appointments.

Nominations to the Historic Monuments Committee were made as follows:
Councillor Weld proposed by Councillor Nolan and seconded by Councillor Griffin.
Mr Tony Maher proposed by Councillor Byrne and seconded by Councillor Nolan.
Mr John Larkin proposed by Councillor McGinley and seconded by Councillor Weld.
Councillor Moore proposed by Councillor Murphy and seconded by Councillor Miley.
Mr Paddy Behan proposed by Councillor Kelly and seconded by Councillor Callaghan.
Mr Liam Kenny proposed by Councillor Weld and seconded by Councillor Moore.
Mr Eamonn Kane proposed by Councillor Miley and seconded by Councillor Callaghan.
Mr George Hipwell proposed by Councillor O’Loughlin and seconded by Councillor Kelly.
Mr Gerard Moloney proposed by Councillor Heydon and seconded by Councillor Griffin.
Mr Tony McEvoy proposed by Councillor Nolan and seconded by Councillor Weld.

Mr Frank Taffee was nominated on the proposal of Councillor Kelly, seconded by Councillor L Doyle, as first replacement should one of the people nominated not wish to take up the position.

Resolved that the nominations as outlined above be made to the Historic Monuments Committee, with Mr Frank Taffee being first replacement should one of the nominees not wish to take up the position.

The administrator referred to circular HU 1/2010 which outlines details of the establishment of the Joint Homelessness Consultative Forum and Management Group.  Kildare County Council is joined with Meath and Wicklow for the purpose of this Forum, with Kildare being the lead authority, and is required to seek the appointment of an elected member to sit on the Forum.

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Kelly, seconded by Councillor O’Loughlin, that Councillor S Doyle be appointed to the Mid-East Regional Joint Homelessness Consultative Forum


06/0410
Material Contravention of the Kildare County Development Plan 2005-2011

The council noted that a planning application from Bull Hill Country Machinery (register no 09/1384) would, if successful, result in a material contravention of the Kildare County Development Plan 2005-2011

The development would consist of the erection of an agricultural and horticultural machinery hire depot, consisting of office, workshop storage area, toilet and canteen and installation of septech 2000 effluent treatment plant at Ballyonan North, Broadford, Co Kildare.
 
The development would contravene materially section 6.7.6 - OD1 of the Kildare County   Development Plan 2005-2011 which states: Apart from housing development there are other land uses which may be considered in the rural countryside.  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 22 April 2010 from the County Manager, which had been circulated to the members.  Ms A Brangan, Senior Executive Planner, stated that the development already operates from a restricted farm yard in Co Meath which cannot accommodate any further expansion.  Given the proposed location, within an old quarry, the development will provide an alternative use for the site which is currently in an unsightly condition.  The development is a rural based enterprise, which will provide a hire service to the agricultural and horticultural sectors and is strategically located to serve existing customers.  On this basis it is considered that the proposed development, as detailed in the planning application, is acceptable.
 

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Langan, seconded by Councillor Weld, with all 22 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.


07/0410
Section 85 Agreements for Removal of Graffiti and
Works on Bridges

The administrator stated that the Council was the lead authority for two projects with other local authorities in association with the National Roads Authority.  The first relates to an agreement with South Dublin and Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Councils for the removal of graffiti from Greater Dublin Area overbridges in their respective areas.  The second agreement is with Dun Laoghaire Rathdown, Fingal, Kilkenny, Laois and Wexford County Councils and Dublin City Council and relates to works on Leinster Bridges.  In response to a question from Councillor Murphy, Mr O’Leary confirmed that there were no staff implications for Kildare County Council’s role as lead authority.

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Miley, seconded by Councillor Moore, that, in accordance with Section 85 of the Local Government Act 2001, agreements be made with
South Dublin and Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Councils for the removal of graffiti from Greater Dublin Area overbridges.

Resolved on the proposal of Council Miley, seconded by Council Moore, that in accordance with Section 85 of the Local Government Act 2001, agreements be made with Dun Laoghaire Rathdown, Fingal, Kilkenny, Laois and Wexford County Councils and Dublin City Council in respect of works on Leinster Bridges.


08/0410
Roadworks Programme for 2010

Mr O’Leary referred to a report dated 21 April 2010, which had been circulated to the members, setting out the Roadworks Programme for 2010.  He outlined funding for Roadworks schemes totalling €66.5m noting that this amounted to an overall reduction in funding of 51.5%.  He referred to the capital schemes and outlined the National Roads Authority grant, noting that funding for motorway maintenance and public lighting had been reduced.  He stated that funding for winter maintenance had been increased, reflecting severe winter weather conditions.    He advised the members that he was in discussion with the NRA in relation to a request for additional funding relating to residual works on the N9 in Athy.  In referring to the Department of Transport grants he noted that the total allocation had been reduced, adding that the total fund available to the Area Engineers for 2010 would be €18m, including winter maintenance.  A total of €1m had been spent on winter maintenance during last winter.  Mr O’Leary informed the members that the Roadworks Programme would be discussed in more detail at the upcoming Area Committee meetings.  He thanked the members for their co-operation in relation to the spending of discretionary funds.

The members raised a number of issues in relation to the Roadworks Programme for 2010 including the deteriorating condition of a number of roads throughout the county following the severe winter weather and damage caused to footpaths, reduction in funding, lack of progress on southern distributor road in Athy, NRA to be requested to repair roads affected by construction works on the M9, funding for the Edenderry to Enfield road, littering of roads, particularly motorways, inner relief road in Newbridge   Funding for upgrading of the roundabout at The Ball in Naas was welcomed, as was the opening of the sliproad from the N9 to Athy and the funding allocation for Yellow Lough and Lumville Cross.  The members noted that funding allocated by Kildare County Council to the programme had only been reduced by 4% which was welcomed.

Councillor Weld proposed that a letter be sent to the Minister for Transport outlining the members concern at the reduction in funding.  This proposal was seconded by Councillor McGinley.

Mr O’Leary replied to the issues raised and confirmed that any additional issues would be dealt with at the upcoming area meetings.


09/0410
Approval of Payment of Grants:


Community Grants
Festival Grants
Amenity Grants
Arts Award Schemes
Residents Association Grants – Local Authority Estates
Residents Association Grants – (Environmental) Private Estates

The members noted a report, which had been circulated, outlining the grants recommended for approval.

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Miley, seconded by Councillor Kelly, that the recipients of the grants referred to in the document presented to council be approved.

10/0410
Social Housing Investment Programme 2010

Mr Minnock referred to a report, dated 16 April 2010, which had been circulated to the members, setting out the 2010 capital allocations under the Social Housing Investment Programme.  He advised the members that a full progress report would be presented to the next meeting of the Council. 

Resolved that the report be noted.


11/0410
Flood Alleviation Capital Programme 2010-2011

Mr Boland referred to a report which had been circulated to the members outlining the Flood Alleviation Capital Programme for 2010-2011.  He noted that the total cost of the proposed works amounted to €4.088m with significant funding being made available by the Office of Public Works.  Mr Boland confirmed to the members that the Ardclough scheme had been omitted from the report, but was included in the capital programme for 2010-2011. 

The members welcomed the funding being made available for works under the Flood Alleviation Capital Programme 2010-2011.  They noted the work that had been carried out to date and complimented the staff involved.  Councillor Murphy requested that the Dun Carrig scheme be prepared for commencement as soon as funding became available.  Councillor Kelly asked that the council communicate with the ESB in order to set up a procedure for advance notice of release of water on the River Liffey.

Mr Boland replied to the issues raised and confirmed that a Steering Group had been established comprised of relevant local authorities and the ESB and a number of flood management issues related to the River Liffey are being actively examined by the group.

Resolved that the report be noted.


12/0410
Water Services Investment Programme

Mr Boland referred to a report dated 20 April 2010 which had been circulated to the members setting out the details of the Water Services Investment Programme as it relates to Co Kildare.  He confirmed that the value of schemes either currently being completed or approved to go to construction is €172m, adding that this allowed for a substantial investment in water services infrastructure.

In welcoming the investment in water services infrastructure the members raised a number of issues including a timeframe for completion of the Kildare Water Supply Scheme Phase, ability of in-house staff to manage projects given current staffing resources, current position with regard to the Barrow Abstraction Scheme, Lower Liffey Valley Sewerage Scheme and length of construction phase for upgrade of Osberstown Treatment Plant.  Councillor Langan raised concerns that the Balyna Group Water Scheme was not included in the programme.

Mr Boland replied to the issues raised by the members, adding that one of the main focus areas of the investment programme is water conservation.  He stated that he would update the Celbridge Area Committee in relation to the Lower Liffey Valley Sewerage Scheme.


13/0410
Votes of Sympathy

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

Barbara Sweeney, Finance Department, on the death of her father.
The family of the late Ray Crowe, retired General Services Supervisor, Clane Area. 


14/0410
Mayor’s Business

The Mayor stated that he recently attended a Roads Safety Presentation in Goffs.  He complimented all involved of an excellent presentation and referred, in particular, to the contribution of Declan Keogh, Road Safety Officer.

The Mayor advised the members that Councillor Griffin wished to step aside temporarily from his position as the Council’s representative on LAMA. 
Resolved on the proposal of Councillor McEvoy, seconded by Councillor Nolan, that Councillor Weld substitute for Councillor Griffin as the Council’s representative on LAMA.


15/0410
Manager’s Business

The administrator advised the members that a request had been received from Kildare Comhairle na nOg to make a presentation to the next meeting of the Council on 31 May 2010.  The members agreed to receive the presentation at their May meeting.

16/0410
Correspondence

The council noted receipt of the following correspondence:

• Letter from Limerick County Council calling on the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government to defer the carbon tax, which is due to come into effect on 1 May 2010, until the economy improves.  Noted.


17/0410
Conferences

The administrator confirmed that the following Conference had been considered by the Group Leaders in the Chamber and found to be suitable for attendance:

5 June 2010

Tarbert Community Care Ltd

Lantern Hotel, Tarbert, Co Kerry

Approximate cost per delegate: €500

Nomination : Liam Doyle

18/0410
Taking in Charge of Housing Estates


The council considered the following motion from the Celbridge Area Committee:
To consider taking in charge of Temple Grove and Whitethorn Grove, Celbridge.

The administrator advised the members that the taking in charge of Grattan Park, Derrinturn, should also have been on the agenda for consideration and confirmed that a report on the taking in charge of this estate had been circulated.

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Murphy, seconded by Councillor Griffin, that Temple Grove and Whitethorn Grove, Celbridge and Grattan Park, Derrinturn be taken in charge.

The council considered the following motion from the Kildare Area Committee:
To consider taking in charge of Belmont Green, Newbridge.

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Nolan, seconded by Councillor O’Donnell, that Belmont Green, Newbridge be taken in charge.

 

19/0410
Grass Cutting on Motorway Verges

The council considered the following motion in the name of Councillor Murphy:
We seek a report on the estimated cost of grass cutting on the motorway verges, how that is funded, the extent of maintenance that will be carried out.   We further consider design issues in relation to minimising future maintenance.

The meetings administrator read a report from the Transportation Department advising that, due to the reduced National Roads Authority 2010 motorway maintenance allocation for Kildare, it is not possible to commit to carry out grass cutting on motorways.  However, estimates have been sought for cutting the verges, trees and hedges including traffic management, lane closures etc. on the motorways in the county.  In response to the issue regarding design of motorways, this matter has been referred to the NRDO. 

Councillor Murphy stated that it may be appropriate to consider an alternative finish to grass, which would require less maintenance.  She also noted that some motorways had been constructed without regard for future maintenance requirements, particularly of the central median.

Resolved that the report be noted.


20/0410
Amenity Lands

The council considered the following motion in the name of Councillor Murphy:
We seek a report on the process where amenity land can be acquired by the Department of Finance/Kildare County Council following the liquidation of construction companies.

The administrator reported that the State Property Act 1954 provides that, in the event of a body corporate being dissolved, its lands become the property of the State, subject to any existing encumbrances or charges.  Liquidation of companies can include distribution of assets (including land).  In a voluntary liquidation the members of the company are entitled to those assets which remain after discharge of liabilities.  It is unlikely that there would be residual assets in the case of an involuntary liquidation.  Any land acquired by the council should be suitable for its intended purpose.

Councillor Murphy requested clarification as to whether amenity lands, within housing developments, that become the property of the Minister for Finance or Office of Public Works, as a result of bankruptcy or liquidation, might subsequently be transferred to the local authority.  Councillor Kelly suggested that such an initiative would have to be considered on a case by case basis.  The administrator agreed to write to the Minister for Finance to establish the position.  Councillor O’Donnell requested that the Minister be asked to comment on the position with regard to other State owned lands, such as derelict sites e.g. Magee Barracks, Kildare Town.

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Murphy, seconded by Councillor O’Donnell, that a letter be sent to the Minister for Finance asking him to comment on the possibility of amenity lands within housing developments that come into State ownership being transferred to the relevant local authority.


21/0410
Litter Management

The council considered the following motion in the names of Councillors McGinley, Purcell, MacNamara and Byrne:
Given that Kildare County Council has produced a litter management plan for 2008 –
2011 could the following information be provided at this stage of the plan:
(a)  The amount of money provided each year for the implementation of the plan and a detailed break down of how that money was spent each year. i.e. 2008/2009 and how much money has been provided in 2010 and the plans for spending same.
(b)  The number of litter fines and court prosecutions that were imposed in 2008/2009 under the litter act and the areas where the offences occurred.

The administrator referred to a detailed report prepared by the Environment Department which had been circulated to the members.  The report sets out details for 2008 and 2009 of number of litter fines and prosecutions, analysis of expenditure and litter fine locations.

In considering this matter the members raised a number of issues including the re-issuing of mobile phones to litter wardens, lack of street cleaning in Celbridge and Clane recently, better use of technology in the fight against litter, including mobile CCTV, need to encourage people to testify in litter related cases, mistreatment of bring banks.  Clarification was requested in relation to a number of issues including how much has been collected in litter fines to date and how much remains outstanding, number of fines paid before going to Court, amount of money generated by fines.

The administrator agreed to report to the next meetings of Celbridge and Clane area committees in relation to street cleaning arrangements.

Resolved that the report be noted and that replies to the supplementary issues arising be included in the progress report for the May meeting of the Council.


22/0410
Street Lighting

The council considered the following motion in the name of Councillor Murphy:
We seek a comprehensive report on the Council’s street lighting contract including,  the number of columns,   the level of columns out of order,  the repair timeframe, the cost to the council and how that cost is met (National Primary/Secondary Route lighting and the remainder of the system.  The efficiency or otherwise of the repair service, the type of light and if there is a more efficient system.  If there are recurring problems with particular lighting or in particular areas how that is being addressed towards minimising the problem etc.  

The administrator read a report from the Transportation Department dated 23 April 2010 stating that at the end of 2009 Airtricity Utility Solutions (AUS) completed the purchase of the public lighting maintenance section of ESB networks including all existing contracts with local authorities.  Kildare County Council, on behalf of the Kildare Local Authorities, had a temporary contract with ESB networks until the end of 2010 and this has been taken over by AUS.  A new 3 year public lighting maintenance contract is currently being prepared to be tendered in summer 2010.  In preparing for the contract, the Council is investigating incorporation of new procedures for lamp replacement, better lamp efficiency and improved customer relations.  Staff from the Traffic Management Centre (TMC) are being trained in the area of public lighting and all queries in relation to maintenance and new works are being processed from the TMC in Áras Chill Dara on publiclights@kildarecoco.ie.  With regard to an asset register, the Council has collated a list of all public lighting columns in the county including their location, type and other technical details. The information from this survey is being currently digitised to form a comprehensive database for use into the future.  This process is expected to be finalised shortly and it is intended to use the data as the basis for the new maintenance contract.

In proposing the motion Councillor Murphy stated that she had noticed a deterioration in the service being provided in relation to the replacement of lights over the winter period.  She requested that consideration be given to incorporating penalties into any future contract which can be initiated were the terms of the contract not to be adhered to.  The motion was seconded by Councillor Kelly and a number of members spoke in support of the motion.
 

The administrator agreed to request the Transportation Department to consider the issues raised in the motion and report back to the Council. 

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Murphy, seconded by Councillor Kelly, that the Transportation Department consider the content of the motion and report back to the Council in relation to the incorporation of appropriate penalties in any future contract for non-compliance with the terms of the contract and also clarify why the level of service appears to fall below what is expected.


23/0410
Irish Rail

The council considered the following motion in the name of Councillor Murphy:
That the Transportation SPC when meeting with Irish Rail pursue with them their dual suburban service pricing policy, whereby locations that fall within the natural catchment of the Dublin Commuter Belt such as Sallins and Kilcock  pay higher fares than other locations, some of which are significantly further from Dublin City Centre.  We seek a remedy for this problem.

The administrator confirmed that this matter will be tabled for discussion at the next Transportation Strategic Policy Committee meeting on 12 May 2010.

Councillor Murphy raised concern about Irish Rail’s pricing policy which could result in a large increase in fare between some stations.  She added that this was a major issue for many people who were commuting to work from the county.

Resolved that the matter be listed on the agenda for the next meeting of the Transportation Strategic Policy Committee on 12 May 2010. 


24/0410
Funding for Youth Needs

The council considered the following motion in the names of Councillors McEvoy and Kennedy:
That this Council identify the services and public funding being allocated to youth needs across the county in order to identify gaps and strategic objectives for our developing communities.

 
Mr Minnock reported that, through the offices of the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, 4 Children Services Committees have been established under the auspices of the respective County Development Board.  A further 6 are in the process of being established, including Kildare.  An audit of services for youth is one of the early actions emerging from meetings of the Kildare committee.  A further briefing will be prepared for Council following the next meeting of the Children Services Committee and the County Development Board.  Mr Minnock also circulated a briefing on support for Youth Cafes.

Councillor McEvoy noted that there were 9 agencies providing youth services across the county.  Councillor Kennedy stated that a Youth Plan was needed for the county.  In referring to the Youth Cafes, Councillor O’Loughlin suggested that, given that many areas around the county would like to have a Youth Café, a feasibility study be carried out on the possibility of using a mobile Youth Café as an alternative. 

Resolved that the report be noted.


25/0410
Appeals Process for Special Education Decisions

The council considered the following motion in the name of Councillors McEvoy and Kennedy:
That this council call on the Minister for Education to create a fully independent appeals process for Special Education decisions and that appeals be evaluated by qualified educational psychologists with senior grade experience.

In proposing the motion Councillor McEvoy referred to a recent Dail debate on this issue.  He stated that one of the main concerns for parents was a lack of understanding as to how to appeal when a service has been removed from a child.  He added that it was necessary for an educational psychologist to have a role in any appeals process.  Councillor McEvoy seconded the motion. 

Councillor Kelly stated that there is now an appeals process in place and set out the process involved.  Councillor Griffin agreed with the necessity for an assessment to be carried out by an educational psychologist.  Councillor Griffin proposed that the wording of the motion be changed to remove the words “with senior grade experience”.  This was seconded by Councillor McEvoy.

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor McEvoy, seconded by Councillor Kennedy, that a letter be sent to the Minister for Education calling on her to create a fully independent appeals process for Special Education decision and that appeals be evaluated by qualified educational psychologists.


26/0410
Reporting of Illegal Dumping

The council considered the following motion in the name of Councillor Wall:
That Kildare County Council in association with the relevant local authorities in the county immediately provide a free confidential telephone number for the reporting of illegal dumping, considering the proliferation of rubbish in the county and its environs and as an attempt to counteract the growing problem.

The administrator read a report from the Environment Department dated 23 April 2010 stating that the Council has a freephone litter line in place, 1800 243 143.  It is advertised on the website and with schools and community groups.  At the moment the Environment Section is receiving between 20-30 calls per week.  The use of the word "confidential" in relation to the reporting of illegal dumping may be problematic for the following reason.  If the aim of the litter line is to increase the rate of successful prosecutions, it is vital that when members of the public report dumping that they leave their contact details and that they understand that they may be called as witnesses.  It would be preferable to call it a freephone litter line and include a message explaining the procedure to the callers.  As the litter wardens already patrol the county they investigate the dumped materials to check for evidence. The purpose of the litter line should be to report the details of the offenders such as a vehicle registration and/or name of offender in order to be able to issue a litter fine or bring the offender to court.

In noting the report Councillor Wall requested that the number be more prominently advertised, including the erection of signs, particularly along motorways.  He asked that the local press also publish the number.

Resolved that the report be noted.


27/0410
NAMA

The council considered the following motion in the name of Councillor Lawlor:
That Kildare County Council actively engage with NAMA to:
(a)  Seek to purchase residential property to help alleviate the housing waiting list.
(b) To develop a strategy to complete unfinished estates in the county.

The meetings administrator read a report from the Housing Department in relation to part (a)
of the motion which stated that the provision of social housing is done in consultation with
the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government.  Units are provided
by means of purchases, construction (programmes on hold at present), RAS and, in the near
future, a social leasing programme will be commenced.  All commitments require
Departmental approval and any purchases or leasing of NAMA properties will require
agreement according.  He also read a report from the Planning Department in relation to part
(b) of the motion which stated that over the coming weeks Building Control Section will carry
out an assessment of all residential estates not yet in charge to establish:
(i) No. of units to be completed in each estate.
(ii) Establish the quantity and cost of works required to complete each estate.
(iii) Establish the value and type of bond provided (bank or cash) for each estate.
(iv) Establish expiry date of bank bonds.
This assessment will provide a basis for forming a strategy for dealing with finished, unfinished and abandoned estates.

Councillor Lawlor welcomed the report from the Building Control Department adding that NAMA will have a major influence in the future and he was concerned that there may be pressure on Councillors to zone lands which fall to NAMA in order that the value of the land can be maximised for the taxpayer.  He also stated that it was important that the Council liaised with NAMA in order to acquire properties to house people on the housing list.  This motion was seconded by Councillor O’Donnell.

Resolved that the reports be noted.


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The meeting concluded.