That this Municipal District Committee commit to adding sufficient LPT funding to any capital funding agreed to ensure the delivery of the playgrounds the council has identified are needed across the district

My second motion at Wednesday 18th November MD meeting, “That this Municipal District Committee commit to adding sufficient LPT funding to any capital funding agreed to ensure the delivery of the playgrounds the council has identified are needed across the district; including the delivery of a playground in Newbridge as a priority and the delivery of playgrounds in Two Mile House, the Curragh Camp and Athgarvan by the end of this council’s term.

Here is the report issued by Mr S Wallace, Senior Executive Parks Superintendent, Economic Community and Cultural Development Department : The allocation of LPT for playgrounds is a matter for members. However in addition to funding, suitable sites would also have to be identified. Any work would also have to be considered in the context of commitments to existing projects and the staff resources to deliver them.

That the municipal district councillors consider allocating the €100,000 allocated for a youth amenity to a playground for Newbridge

My adjourned motion at Wedneday 18th November MD meeting, “That the municipal district councillors consider allocating the €100,000 allocated for a youth amenity to a playground for Newbridge, identified and highlighted in the council’s Playstrategy as a known need, and seek clarity as to where the remaining funding might come from if we are to have a chance of the project being completed within the next few years.

Report issued by: Mr S Wallace, Senior Executive Parks Superintendent, Economic Community and Cultural Development Department : Funding for a second playground and Youth Amenity has been included in the Capital Programme which will be presented to members as part of the Annual Budget. €50k has been allocated for 2021 and €250k in 2022 for an additional playground. These figures are subject to confirmation in the Capital Programme that will be presented to members as part of the annual budget.

 

Can the council list all the potentially derelict properties in the municipal district

My first question at Wednesday 18th November MD meeting, “Can the council list all the potentially derelict properties in the municipal district brought to its attention (details provided) to include date of when the council first notified of each property, the procedures followed and the current status of each property?

Here is the report issued by: Mr J Boland, District Manager : The council investigates reports of dereliction and takes enforcement action in accordance with the Derelict Sites Act 1990 in an effort to have the dereliction abated. A derelict site is defined in the Act as any land which detracts, or is likely to detract, to a material degree from the amenity, character or appearance of land in the neighbourhood of the land in question because of –

(a) The existence of structures which are in a ruinous, derelict or dangerous condition

(b) The neglected, unsightly or objectionable condition of the land or any structures on the land

(c) The presence of litter, rubbish, debris or waste on the land.

If it is considered that issues can be easily remedied within a relatively short timeframe, the Council may work informally with a property owner instead of serving a legal notice and provide the owner(s) with a list of works and the opportunity to carry out such works before the site may be put on the Derelict Site Register. In other instances, the Council may serve a legal notice requiring works to be carried out, and many cases are resolved in this way and this approach is always the initial focus. The level of compliance in addressing derelict sites is often related to issues which ultimately resulted in the site becoming derelict in the first place — financial hardship, difficulties in financing development, legal or title disputes over ownership, estate issues following inheritance, receivership, property being abandoned, etc.

There can often be delays in progressing files due to difficulties in ascertaining the names of owners and accordingly, there is often recourse to land registry which can be time consuming. Indeed, disputes arising from title / probate tend to be the cause of many issues. Another contributor is the fall-out from the “Celtic Tiger” period where many commercial ventures went wrong. The issue of “derelict” may sometimes be subservient to more fundamental issues such as building control, breaches of planning / licensing which should be progressed using remedies other than derelict sites legislation.

It is also open to the local authority to compulsorily acquire under the 1990 Act, though this is rare as it can expose the Council to financial risk. Ultimately if cases are not resolved, following further notice, the site can be listed in the derelict sites register. As a general principle, a low number so registered is a positive sign (though often perceived otherwise) that cases are being resolved and that the council is being proactive. There are currently seven properties so registered. Aside from the derelict sites register, specifics in relation to ongoing cases are not publicly available. In addition, to release such details would not be in the public interest as it may impinge on the willingness of the public to report such matters. Regrettably the Council’s system does not provide a breakdown on a municipal district basis. However, the District Manager will have some additional stats, which are currently being extracted, for the forthcoming meeting.

Council clarify any changes in the previous schedule for each element of the cultural quarter that was to be developed in conjunction with the National Transport Authority traffic management and public realm plan for Newbridge

My first motion at Wednesday 18th of November MD meeting, “That the council clarify any changes in the previous schedule for each element of the cultural quarter that was to be developed in conjunction with the National Transport Authority traffic management and public realm plan for Newbridge.

Here is the report issued by: Ms M Hunt, Senior Executive Officer, Planning, Strategic Projects & Public Realm: The Strategic Projects and Public Realm Team along with the Traffic Management Section are collaborating with respect to the Newbridge Cultural Quarter, the Newbridge Town Renewal Plan and the NTA’s proposals for Newbridge. Discussions are on-going between Kildare County Council and the NTA in relation to Newbridge and when this process is concluded we will be in a position to update the Elected Members.

Council provide a list of all buildings/units/centres owned or in control of the council, outlining whether they are open or closed

My motion at this months Full Council Meeting, “That the council provide a list of all buildings/units/centres owned or in control of the council, outlining whether they are open or closed, the governance structures in place and any Covid-19 training that has been provided to volunteers and/or staff.

Report Issued by: Mr B Griffith, Facilities Manager, Corporate Services.
: Áras Chill Dara and the Athy Customer Service point remain open to the public, on an appointment basis only. This is in line with the current Level 3 requirements. All relevant instruction and training has been, and continues to be, delivered to staff in relation to national health advice requirements and guidelines issued related to Covid-19. Two Covid-19 worker representatives have been appointed who meet regularly with HR and the Health and Safety Officer in relation to staff welfare.

In line with Level 3 requirements, Kildare Library Service are currently providing a Contact and Collect request service at this time. Library items can be ordered online: www.kildare.ie/library. A full list of our library contact information is available at
www.kildare.ie/library/Library/. In all situations, the health and safety of library users and staff is paramount. Social distancing will be observed where library users interact with services, and all health and safety protocols will be observed.

Council owned Community Halls ie. Newbridge and Maynooth, remain closed to the public until further notice.

The operation of council owned, but third party operated buildings under lease arrangements, is the responsibility of that operating body.

That municipal district councillors consider allocating the €100,000 allocated for a youth amenity to a playground for Newbridge

My second motion at October (21st) MD meeting, “That the municipal district councillors consider allocating the €100,000 allocated for a youth amenity to a playground for Newbridge, identified and highlighted in the council’s Playstrategy as a known need, and seek clarity as to where the remaining
funding might come from if we are to have a chance of the project being completed within the next few years.

Report issued by: Mr S Wallace, Senior Executive Parks Superintendent, Economic Community & Cultural Development Department. : Funding for a second playground and Youth Amenity has been included in the Capital Programme which will be presented to members as part of the Annual Budget. €50k has been allocated for 2021 and €250k in 2022 for an additional playground. These figures are subject to confirmation in the Capital Programme that will be presented to members as part of the annual budget

Can the Council clarify and outline the next steps required to provide a safe passage for the hundreds of children crossing the Pinkeen Stream daily

My first question at this months (October 21st) MD meeting “Following the council’s site visit to the Pinkeen Stream in July and the helpful research since supplied by the Council’s Environment Dept, can the Council clarify and outline the next steps required to provide a safe passage for the hundreds of children crossing the Pinkeen Stream daily – to and from Kilcullen Community Centre, the playground, the GAA pitches and Scoil Bhride, including but not restricted to the;

• Section 50 application for the OPW to include a calculation of flow in a storm
event and confirmation that the proposed structure will not impede flow;
• consultation with Inland Fisheries;
• more detailed design and costings?

Report issued by: Mr C O’Toole, A/Staff Officer, Roads, Transportation and Public Safety Department. : Any works on the Pinkeen Stream require a section 50 application to the OPW and discussions with Inland Fisheries. This requires the appointment of a consultant to prepare same. If the OPW are agreeable to allow works to take place, a design is then required, tender documents prepared and works tendered. There is no budget allocated at present for the appointment of consultants or the preparation of the design. If the members wish to allocate funding from the 2021 budget, we can proceed to procure a consultant and prepare a design in early 2021

Before allocating the next round of LPT and pay-parking funds, the municipal district councillors consider a public consultation with the wider community

My first motion at October (21st) MD meeting; “That before allocating the next round of LPT and pay-parking funds, the municipal district councillors consider a public consultation with the wider community across the district to ascertain what the wider community would like to see LPT and pay-parking funds spent on – to inform a strategy for a fair and impactful distribution of funds around the district.

Report issued by: Mr B Leonard, Meetings Administrator. : This is a matter for the members to agree.

Can the representatives from Kildare County Council to the Midlands Regional Transition Team engage with municipal district councillors to give an insight into the work of the Transition team

My second question at October (21st) MD meeting, “Can the representatives from Kildare County Council to the Midlands Regional Transition Team engage with municipal district councillors to give an insight into the work of the Transition team, the contributions of the council to the work of the Transition team, decision making and consultation regarding the allocation of funding, the projects being considered for around the district starting with a presentation to the councillors at the October municipal district meeting?

See report attached. Item 35 MRTT JTF background info

Report Issued by: Mr J Boland, Director of Services, Water Services and Environment Department.

Draft Kildare Litter Management Plan – Public Consultation

Have your say!

Kildare County Council’s Draft Litter Management Plan 2020-2023 is currently available for public consultation.

The plan proposes to address the impacts of litter on our county, and how to enhance our commercial and tourism potential through the effective and efficient enforcement of legislation and regulation, management and maintenance of our public realm, and through a programme of communication, education and awareness.

Your comments are important to this process and we look forward to hearing from you. All written submissions will be considered before the plan is finalised. Submissions may also be made through our online consultation portal available on the council website https://consult.kildarecoco.ie/en. To make a submission, you will need to register first (a very easy process). The draft plan is also available to view at your local library.

The closing date for receipt of submissions is 4.00 pm on Friday 4, September 2020.

Draft KCC Litter Management Plan 2020 – 2023 PDF 24072020