Can council explain how or why a derelict extension built decades ago without planning permission has been permitted to stand

My second question at yesterday’s (20th June) MD meeting, ‘Can the council explain how or why a derelict extension built decades ago without planning permission, adjacent to a pensioners house (location provided) has been permitted to stand and what can the council do to find a satisfactory solution for this constituent?

Here is report issued by: Ms V Cooke, Acting Senior Executive Officer, Planning Section : In general, if the council becomes aware of unauthorised development or if alleged unauthorised development is brought to the attention of the council, the council will investigate the matter. If it is considered that unauthorised development has taken place, the developer will be asked to regularise the matter within a specified period of time. If the request is not complied with, the council will refer the file to our solicitors. Where the case is brought to court and the court requires the owner to regularise the matter, this can mean reversing any works done that are the subject of the enforcement process but excluding any element which is statute barred. If the unauthorised development occurred more than seven years prior to its coming to the attention of the council, a case will not succeed at court as it would be deemed to be statute bared even though the development would continue to be deemed unauthorised.

Council reassure residents of Athgarvan that the necessary road widening of the Athgarvan Road and upgrade of the water pumping station will be completed before any further building is permitted

My second motion at yesterday’s (20th June) MD meeting, ‘That the council reassure residents of Athgarvan that the necessary road widening of the Athgarvan Road and upgrade of the water pumping station will be completed before any further building is permitted that would contribute further to the traffic and sewage issues in the area.

Here is the report issued by: Ms E Wright, Senior Executive Officer, Roads Transportation and Public Safety Section.: Road widening will involve land acquisition by Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) which is costly and will take time to complete. There is no funding in place for the road widening of the Athgarvan Road at this time. The Roads Department will continue engage with the Planning Department and Water Services with regard to future proposed projects in the Athgarvan area.

Curragh Forum’s rejection of the Council’s invite to meet with Municipal District Councillors

My first question at yesterday’s (20th June)  MD meeting, ‘In light of the Curragh Forum’s rejection of the council’s invite to meet with Municipal District Councillors to discuss ongoing littering, overgrazing, illegal encampments, damage to unique flora and fauna, and degradation of the Curragh Plains can Municipal District Councillors receive a written progress report on what if any progress has been made regarding any of these areas of concern; this report should include the Curragh Forum’s response to Municipal District Councillors request that they broaden representation on the Forum to include amenity users.

Here is the report issued by Mr T McDonnell, Director of Service, Housing and Corporate Services : ‘During the course of a discussion at the January meeting of the council (item 19/0118 – motion to ask the Minister for Defence in conjunction with the Minister for Heritage and the Minister for Agriculture, to address the legislative barriers preventing interested parties from progressing a vision for the Curragh Plains as a multifunctional recreational, cultural and heritage amenity for all of Kildare) the members were advised (as the creation of new primary legislation will take a long time) that the Chief Executive had confirmed that Kildare County Council had volunteered to prepare a vision document with respect to the Curragh . A draft report has been prepared, and was sent at the end of last month to the Department of Defence for their consideration. Thereafter the report will be circulated by the Department of Defence to the members of the forum, and at the same time the report will also be circulated to members of the Kildare-Newbridge Municipal District. Members have previously been advised that the request in relation to the Curragh Forum addressing the Municipal District, was forwarded to the Department.

Council alert the PPN each year re: the availability of the discretionary Local Property Tax Fund

My first motion at yesterday’s (20th June) MD meeting, ‘That the council alert the Public Participation Network in a timely manner each year re the availability of the discretionary Local Property Tax Fund (LPT) and publishes the LPT allocations for the Kildare-Newbridge Municipal District on its website to let constituents know how their LPT monies are being spent’.

Here is the report issued by Ms S Kavanagh, Director of Service, Economic, Community and Cultural Development;  The distribution of the Local Property Tax (LPT) fund is a matter for the elected members as this is a discretionary fund. If the Municipal District agrees that the Public Participation Network (PPN) should be alerted then this can be arranged. The publication of the allocations is also a matter for the elected members; if the members agree that this should take place then this can be arranged.

Last paragraph of Standing Order 12, be deleted due to its arbitrary nature

Councillor Cronin’s  motion at Monday’s Full Council Meeting , (28th May)  ‘That the last paragraph of Standing Order 12, transcribed below, be deleted due to its arbitrary nature thereby placing the paragraph at variance with a democratically elected representative council. The Mayor, the Chairman of the Protocol Committee and the Chief Executive may decide on the listing of potentially controversial items on the agenda and the members submitting those items shall receive written notification of the decision.

Here is the report issued by: Ms M McIvor, Senior Executive Officer, Corporate Services. : Proposed amendments to Standing Orders should firstly be considered by the Protocol Committee and a report brought back to full council.

Council clarify the role and function of the County and City Management Association

My motion at today’s Full Council Meeting, ‘ That the council clarify the role and function of the County and City Management Association including its role in relation to local authorities, re legislation, the number of meetings attended by the Chief Executive since 2015, the agenda of the meetings, duration of meetings, travel and subsistence and any state boards the Chief Executive is appointed to from here.’

Here is the report issued by: Mr T McDonnell, Director of Housing and Corporate Services : The County and City Management Association (CCMA) is the “representative voice” of the local government management network. Its members are Chief Executives of the County and City Councils and the Assistant Chief Executives of Dublin City Council. It operates through a number of established committees each of which is concerned with a specific policy area as follows:

Corporate;

Economic,

Enterprise,

Community and Culture;

Environment,

Climate Change and Emergency Planning;

Finance;

Housing and Building;

Land Use and Transportation;

Water

Each Committee, which is made up of County and City Council Chief Executives and Directors of Service / Heads of Finance, interfaces with senior management of the Department of the Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government (DHPCLG) and other relevant Departments and organisations. No travel and subsistence is paid and no appointments to state boards are made by the association.

KLIPS Ranking & Guidance Notes

After over 4 years of lobbying for public lighting across the district – we finally received a report of the councils assessment of priority areas to be completed this year.

Needless to say I’m hugely disappointed that the Green Road, Eyre Street and Morristown are not included in the council’s initial plans. Costs of lighting for the Green Road, Newbridge are estimated at €75k.

All is not lost yet however as Senior Officer in Roads section Evelyn Wright assured me at our Council meeting earlier that she will seek funding for Green Road lighting elsewhere

There have been significant increases in the public lighting budget in the last couple of years. I will be asking that part of the public lighting budget for next years annual budget (negotiated this autumn) will be ring-fenced specifically to fund NEW public lighting in the district.

I attach below the details of how the Council identifies priority areas through its Kildare Lighting Infrastructure Priority Schedule (KLIPS)

The Council cited as shortage of human resources and the moratorium on public appointments as reason for the delay to this point. However, an senior executive engineer position has been agreed and the Council are awaiting the appointment of that person by the Public Appointments System. Cllrs at today’s meeting offered to write to the PAS to impress upon them the urgency of the need to fill the appointment. Officials say they are in regular contact already and are pushing to have the appointment filled ASAP.

KLIPS Ranking and Guidance Notes

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Council provide details of how much and by whom expenses have been claimed for Twinning Trips

The council recently adopted a new Town Twinning Policy which while welcome fails to address key governance concerns which triggered it. Can the council provide details of how much and by whom expenses have been claimed for Twinning Trips to include all twinned with Towns in the District, since 2011; and the status of the Argentre du Plessis twinning where the costing for the twinning was not provided in advance of the vote, as required by law?

Here is the report issued by: Ms. Ann Marie Connelly, Acting/Senior Executive Officer Community and Culture Section: The information below is drawn from our current Agresso system and does not include Newbridge Town Council figures as the former Town Clerk is on leave. When this information becomes available it will be provided. Total expenses claimed since 2014 is €2894. Councillor Aspell (€2508) and Councillor Kennedy (€386). All three local town twinnings are active.

Council clarify how and why the community benefit of ten acres promised by then Minister for Defence has been withheld

My first question at today’s (16th May) Municipal District meeting, ‘Can the council clarify how and why the community benefit of ten acres promised by then Minister for Defence Simon Coveney has been withheld, including in the answer; the council’s rationale for refusing to take ownership of the land from the Department; and what if any discussion was had or commitment required of the developer in relation to the promised ten acre community benefit?

Here is the report issued by: Mr T McDonnell, Director of Service Housing and Corporate Services : Discussions with the Department have identified their understanding that the community benefit was realised when part of the lands were transferred from their ownership to allow the construction of school facilities. Kildare County Council has not refused to take ownership of lands from the Department.

 

Report Issued by: Mr Mark McLoughlin, Administrative Officer, Planning Section : The Planning Department has held pre-planning discussions with the developer in accordance with Section 247 of the Planning and Development Acts 2000, as amended and Section 5 of the Planning and Development (Housing) and Residential Tenancies Act 2016. The pre-planning process cannot address matters extraneous to the application in question.