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KILDARE COUNTY COUNCIL

Minutes of Monthly Meeting

held at 2.00 p.m. on Monday, 27 June 2011 at

Áras Chill Dara, Devoy Park, Naas, Co Kildare

Members Present: Councillor M Nolan (Mayor); Councillor S Griffin (Deputy Mayor); Councillors F Brett, F Browne, K Byrne, R Daly, L Doyle, S Doyle, I Keatley, P Kennedy, S Langan, A Larkin, P MacNamara, J McGinley, M Miley, S Moore, T O'Donnell, F O’Rourke, C Purcell, D Scully, and B Weld

Apologies: Councillors W Callaghan, P McEvoy, F O'Loughlin and M Wall

Also Present: Mr M Malone, County Manager, Messrs E O’Sullivan, P Minnock (Directors of Services), M O’Leary (A/Director of Services), A Aspell (Meetings Administrator) and other officials.

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1/0611

Confirmation of Minutes

The council considered the minutes of the monthly meeting held on 30 May 2011, together with the progress report.

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Langan, seconded by Councillor Byrne, that the minutes of the monthly meeting held on 30 May 2011, be confirmed and taken as read.

2/0611

Committee Minutes

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

Clane – 10 May 2011

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

Kildare – 18 May 2011

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Kennedy, seconded by Councillor O’Donnell, that the minutes be noted.

3/0611

Disposal of Land

0.19 acres at Lower Liffey Valley Regional Sewerage Scheme

The Council considered statutory notice dated 15 June 2011 which had been circulated to members pursuant to section 183 of the Local Government Act 2001 signifying intent to dispose of 0.19 acres of the council’s land at Lower Liffey Valley Regional Sewerage Scheme [decommissioned waste water pumping station] to McGarrell Reilly Homes Ltd in consideration of payment of €150,000.

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Purcell, seconded by Councillor O’Rourke, that 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.

4/0611

Bridge Works in Other Counties

Mr O’Leary presented report to the meeting and outlined the salient points contained therein.

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor McGinley, seconded by Councillor L Doyle, that in accordance with Section 85 of the Local Government Act 2011 agreements be made with Fingal County Council, Kilkenny County Council and Wexford County Council as follows:

Fingal County Council - replacement of parapet at Cappoge Bridge

Kilkenny County Council - replacement of parapet at Milltown Bridge

Wexford County Council - replacement of parapet at Larkin’s cross pedestrian underpass and parapet repairs at Carrowreagh Bridge.

5/0611

Policy on sponsorship of roundabouts

Mr O’Leary presented a report to the meeting and outlined the salient points contained therein.

The members welcomed the report and queried if the proposed policy could be extended to included signage. Mr O’Leary indicated that the proposal to develop signage would be referred to the Transportation Strategic Policy Committee for review.

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Byrne, seconded by Councillor Miley, that the policy on sponsorship of roundabouts be approved.

6/0611

Planning and Development Act 2000,

Planning and Development Regulations 2001–2009 – Part VIII.

Proposed link road from Dunmurray Road (R4010) to the Rathbride Road (R415) at Bishopsland, Kildare.

Mr O’Leary presented a report to the meeting and outlined the salient points contained therein. The members noted the report and acknowledged that this had been a difficult process to date. The members noted the concerns of the local residents groups and it was recommended that there be consultation with the residents throughout the process. In this regard, Councillor O’Donnell proposed an amendment to state that “Kildare County Council will consult with the Kildare Area Committee and a representative group of residents (nominated by the residents of Rathbride Abbey Action Group and the other residents of the Rathbride / Dunmurry Road who made submissions) at appointed stages within the detailed design and construction and when the link road is open to traffic. The appointed stages shall be as follows; during the detailed design stage, following the completion of detailed design and before the tendering process, during the construction phase and then finally after the road has been opened to traffic and the Council has had an opportunity to monitor how the road is performing”.

Councillor Browne indicated that while the link road was necessary to facilitate the new school, he had some concerns and was reluctant to support the proposal.

Mr O’Leary addressed the members concerns and confirmed that it was the intention of the council to build the road to the best design and safety standards, complying with all statutory requirements and in consultation with all resident groups and the Part 8 report would be amended to reflect this.

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor O’Donnell, seconded by Councillor S Doyle, with 20 members in favour, and 1 member abstaining, that, in accordance with the Planning and Development Act 2000 and the Planning and Development Regulations 2001 – 2009, the proposed development of a road from Dunmurray Road (R4010) to the Rathbride Road (R415) at Bishopland, Kildare, may be carried out as recommended in the modified manager's report.

 

7/0611

Housing Report

Mr Minnock presented the housing report setting out the current position on housing matters.

The members noted the report and queried the average length of time for turnaround of vacant houses, funding for the house improvement grants and the housing supply allocation. Mr Minnock replied to the questions raised and confirmed that he would prepare a report for circulation to the members on the current position with regard to the grant schemes and that the Housing Department would write to all applicants outlining the position with their individual grant applications.

Resolved that the report be noted.

8/0611

Twinning Agreement between Maynooth and Canet-en-Roussillon

Mr Minnock indicated that a twinning invitation had been received by Maynooth Community Council from the community of Canet-en-Roussillon. Exchange visits between the two communities have already taken place and plans are afoot to put in place a three year programme which will focus on development of joint ventures in the areas of education, sport and tourism. The members welcomed the twinning agreement and indicated the importance of giving assistance and support to Maynooth Community Council.

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Griffin, seconded by Councillor McGinley, and agreed by all members that the twinning agreement between Maynooth Community Council and Canet-en-Roussillon be approved.

9/0611

Parks Policy 2010 - 2012

Mr Minnock presented a report to the meeting on the Parks Policy 2010 – 2012, outlining the objectives and the works programme for the next two years. The members commended the policy and complimented the work of the Parks Department over the past couple of years. Councillor S Doyle asked that Rathangan Playground be given priority and also suggested that the council consider making a policy on developing teenage facilities around the county. Councillor McGinley recommended the teen facility in Maynooth be used as a template.

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor S Doyle, seconded by Councillor McGinley, and agreed by all members that the Parks Policy 2010 – 2012 be approved.

10/0611

Mayor’s Business

Councillor Griffin raised a matter that had recently come to his attention whereby a landowner in the Kilmeague area, had been served a Section 9 Notice under the Litter Pollution Acts 1997 - 2009 by Kildare County Council for illegal dumping, but it should be noted that it is other people dumping on this person’s land. Councillor Griffin raised the fact that there was an anomaly in the legislation where the person who had illegally dumped was not the person being prosecuted and recommended that the council write to the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government and request that the legislation be reviewed. The members discussed the possibility of erecting more signage and placing CCTV in this area. Councillor Griffin indicated that in this particular instance the landowner was willing to work with the council to have the refuse removed and asked the County Manager to withdraw the Notice. The County Manager agreed to look at this case.

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Griffin, seconded by Councillor L Doyle, that the council write to the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government and request that the Litter Pollution legislation in relation to illegal dumping on other peoples land be reviewed.

11/0611

Votes of Sympathy

The Mayor and members expressed sympathy with the following:

Mr Peter Doherty, father of Seamus Doherty, National Roads Design Officer

Mr Matthew Corbally, brother of Jim Corbally, Environment Section

Mr Peter Sheridan, father of Angela Sheridan, Motor Tax Officer

Mr Charlie O’Neill, Clane, who was well renowned in the horse racing industry

The members also expressed their sympathy on the recent death of Mr Brian Lenihan, TD.

 

12/0611

County Manager’s Business

The Manager confirmed to the meeting that an allocation had been received for the Local Improvement Scheme in the sum of €27,000 and two schemes had been identified as follows:

1. Daniel Lane Gilltown, Donadea, Naas Co. Kildare

2. Ciarian Leigh Lipstown Upper, Narraghmore

The members welcomed the funding, but considered that the amount allocated was insufficient. Councillor Langan queried the process of taking-in-charge of a private road.

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Miley, seconded by Councillor Daly, and agreed by all members, that the Local Improvement Schemes be approved.

13/0611

Correspondence

The Council noted receipt of the following correspondence:

• Notice of Motion from South Tipperary County Council that they ask the Minister and the Department of the Environment to give serious consideration to keeping summer time going the entire year around rather than the present system of putting the clocks back an hour at winter time as the reasons for doing this are no longer valid. Noted.

• Notice of Motion by Dublin City Council acknowledging the 30th anniversary of the death of 10 Irishmen on hunger strike in 1981. Noted.

• Notice of Motion by Dublin City Council supporting the Justice for Magdalene’s, survivor advocacy group’s calling on the Irish state to offer a formal state apology to all survivors of the Magdalene laundries and that the Government immediately establishes a statutory inquiry into these abuses. Noted.

Councillor O’Donnell queried when the Council issues a formal letter following a meeting, if no reply is forthcoming is the matter followed up and referred to a particular item regarding signage on the M7 motorway. The administrator advised that, where correspondence is received on issues raised, an update will be included on the Progress Report.

 

14/0611

Address by Senator David Norris

The Mayor welcomed Senator David Norris to the meeting. Senator Norris addressed the members and confirmed that he was seeking their support in the Presidential nomination. Senator Norris stated that he was very passionate about his beliefs and had the energy and enthusiasm to create a dynamic country. He indicated that there were three areas which he was focusing on in his campaign, namely mental health, culture and enterprise. The members thanked Senator Norris for his presentation and wished him well in his campaign.

15/0611

Outsourcing of Services

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

That the Council examine the feasibility of delivering certain out sourced services through community based enterprise schemes, for example when reviewing the provision of the pay parking contracts provide for a pilot scheme to determine the feasibility of delivering the service through a community based enterprise scheme that might link in with the Leader administered Tus programme. This might be an appropriate partnership action of the County Development Board.

The administrator presented a report to the members advising that the matter could be referred to the County Development Board for consideration.

Resolved that the report be noted.

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The meeting concluded.