Kildare-Newbridge Municipal District Meeting – Progess Report

Progress Report
Kildare-Newbridge Municipal District Meeting
19 September 2018
Housing and Corporate Services


***Developments at Tankardsgarden (KN09/0618)***

Stage 3 Approval request has been submitted to the Department for this project. Part of the submission relates to costs. The members will be advised further when this process is completed.

Medical report for those applying for housing grants (KN10/0518)

This item has been included on the agenda for the September Housing SPC Meeting. Councillor Doyle has confirmed that she will be attending the SPC meeting.

Report issued by: Ms S Scully, Administrative Officer, Housing Section


***Small town centre improvement upgrade at Athgarvan (KN02/0717) (KN11/0617) KN02/0917), (KN02/1017), (KN02/0618)(KN02/0718)

The District Manager stated that he has discussed this matter with both the Director of Transport and Municipal District Engineer. He has given a copy of the submission to the Municipal District Engineer who has agreed to meet with representatives of the Athgarvan Development Committee locally to discuss the roads/traffic related aspects of their submission.
Report issued by Mr J Boland, Director of Environment and Water Services and he has emailed to the Councillors on 13th September 2018 with regard to the updade at Athgaravan.

Roads, Transportation and Public Safety

Investment Plan in Newbridge (KN17/0718)
The Roads Department are waiting feedback from the National Traffic Authority (NTA)

Traffic calming and pedestrian safety around Athgarvan (KN12/0718)
The Municipal District Office will assess the location further and report back to the members.

Sight-lines and functioning of Lackagh Cross (KN13/0718)
This item was referred to TAAG.

The junction at Carna Graveyard (KN14/0718)
This item was referred to TAAG.

Cut back the hedge and surrounding foliage between Carna & Suncroft Village (KN17/0718)
The hedges have been cut back in this area.

Pedestrian lights/yellow box at College Farm/Sexes Bridge (KN18/0718)
This item was referred to TAAG for assessment.

Laneway between Maryville and Assumpta Villas (KN11/0717, KN03/0218, KN02/0618)
The Municipal District Engineer had inspected this location and also liaised with Kildare County Councils Wastewater Area Engineer in relation to this request. As there was an existing live public foul sewer located in this laneway with access required into the future for maintenance purposes, Kildare County Council Water Services and Irish Water would not be agreeable to the closure of this laneway.

Crossroads at Brownstown (KN12/0618)
This item was referred to TAAG
Road resurfacing in Kildare town (KN17/0618)
The Municipal District Engineer advised the members at the June Municipal District meeting that there was no surfacing work arranged in Kildare Town in 2018. Irish Water was scheduled to carry out work in the Chapel Hill/Chapel Lane/Lourdesville and Cleamore Terrace/Academy Street areas in 2018. In fact, work had recently commenced in the Chapel Hill/Chapel Lane/Lourdesville area. It was intended that resurfacing work would be scheduled in Kildare Town in 2019 to resurface the roads in this area. This would also apply in the Cleamore Terrace/Academey Street areas assuming Irish Water complete work here in 2018.

Signage and road markings along the L7002 at the entrance to Tullylost House (KN21/0618)
The Municipal District Engineer discussed this request with Councillor Stafford and arrangements had been made to provide additional road markings in this area to address this issue in the coming weeks

Traffic count carried out on Standhouse Road (KN21/0618)
This information will be examined by the National Transport Authority (NTA) who had been carrying out traffic counts and surveys in Newbridge themselves in recent months as part of their work in relation to the preparation of a traffic management plan for Newbridge.

Hill of Allen (KN02/0518)
The new Municipal District Engineer for the Kildare/Newbridge area has advised that a site inspection will be carried out as soon as possible and she will revert back to the members with a report.

Installation of places to pass or pull in bays along the L70055 from Ballyteague to Derrymullen (KN22/0418)
The Municipal District Engineer previously advised the members that he would not be providing passing or pull in bays in this area in the context of work being carried out by Irish Water between Allenwood and Kilmeague.

Cobblestone Footpath in Kilmeague (KN08/0318)
The Municipal District Engineer previously requested that the members arrange to consult with the local community in relation to the proposal to provide a new footpath at this location using LPT/Pay Parking Surplus monies in 2018. If the local community support the proposal this work will be arranged and carried out in the second half of 2018.

Sheep Grids (KN13/0318)
The Municipal District Engineer previously provided the members with a drawing showing all roads in the Curragh Area which are and are not secured by a sheep grid.
Issued by: Ms E Wright, Senior Executive Officer, Roads Transportation and Public Safety Section.

Water Services and Environment

Place permanent/regular road counters at locations of commercial pits in this Municipal District (KN14/0618)

This matter can be discussed at a future meeting of the Environment & Water Services SPC. However, it should now also be referred to the Planning and Roads Sections for comment.

This has now been referred to Planning & Roads Section.

Limiting the number of election posters per candidate ( KN22/0618)
This item is included on the agenda for consideration at the next meeting of the Environment & Water Services SPC (10 October, 2018). The member is invited to attend.

Saint Conleth’s cemetery in Kildare (KN24/0518)
The Environment Section is progressing a draft design for the proposed works at the cemetery.

Dara Park Surface Water Scheme (KN21/0418)
The Environment Section is preparing a schedule for additional works (landscaping).
Issued by: Mr L Dunne, Senior Executive Officer, Environment Section

Planning and Strategic Development

Land zoned in our Local Area Plan Towns (KN26/0618)(KN02/0718)
The revised pie chart issued for September’s meeting. (See attached chart)
Issued by: Ms V Cooke, Administrative Officer, Planning Section

My motions & questions for today’s (19th Sept) MD Meeting

Motion 1

The Standards in Public Office Commissioner has expressed concern with the failure of lobbyists to register as lobbyists. Notwithstanding the responsibility of lobbyists to register as lobbyists, in light of the Commissioners request that councils make an effort to ensure that lobbyists register with that the council detail how it plans to respond to the Commissioner’s request in relation to people and companies (identity will be supplied) who have failed to register their lobbying of Municipal District councillors and officials.

Motion 2

That the council clearly outline the grounds on which it helped set up a partisan Steering Group for Kildare Town Centre Renewal when it invited two public representatives – one councillor and one TD from the same party, to form part of the Steering Group, to the exclusion of other municipal district councillors.
Question 1

an the council confirm the status of the vote regarding the most recent town twinning proposal for this municipal district, which did not have the associated costing as is required by law before a vote of the council was permitted; and from where in other budget lines the council planned to take the monies for the new town twinning arrangement (if the agreement to twin had been compliant with legislation)?
Question 2

Can the council confirm if any Local Property Tax (LPT) Grants have been distributed to persons/groups/organisations since 2014 in this municipal district who at the time of allocation had not provided receipts for funding in previous years?

Chief Executive Report – July Meeting

This months  News and Highlights – Chief Executive Report-July Meeting

Annual Meeting of Kildare County Council

Councillor Sean Power was elected Mayor of Kildare at the annual meeting of Kildare County Council and Councillor Robert Power was elected Deputy Mayor.

Urban Regeneration and Development Fund (URDF)

As part of Project Ireland 2040, the Government announced the establishment of a new Urban Regeneration and Development Fund (URDF), primarily to support the compact growth and sustainable development of Ireland’s cities and large urban centres.

Maynooth Harbour Cycleway Link

Minister Shane Ross, T.D., Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport officially opened the Maynooth Harbour Cycleway Link on Monday, 02 July 2018.


An Bord Pleanála has confirmed the Compulsary Purchase Order (CPO) for remediation of Kerdiffstown Landfill and the construction of Kerdiffstown Park, on the 11 May 2018.

Summer Stars

Summer Stars Reading Adventure 2018 is currently running in Kildare Library Service. Registration began on the 23 June 2018 and runs until the end of July and so far more than 2000 children have registered to take part.

Heads Up – Young Men’s (18-24 years) Programme

Email below I received re: Heads Up Programme.

We were delighted to be successful in our recent application to the Department of Community and Youth Affairs, Q.C.B.I. Innovation Fund to develop a programme for young men aged 18-24 years in Kildare following a successful pilot earlier in the year.  The aim of the programme is to support marginalised young men aged 18-24 years build positive futures and realise their full potential by providing a community based youth mental health programme.  These programmes will be offered in Athy and Kildare Town (Phase 1).

 When will it happen?

Phase 1 – 5 sessions, 1 day a week X 2 groups, September to October.

Phase 2 – 20 sessions, 2 days per week, October to December.

How will it be run?

Group work, individual 1:1’s, peer learning, sharing of stories, reflection, physical exercise, access to counselling supports and a range of creative arts etc.

 What will the programme focus on?

4 key elements of Heads Up.

  1. Wellbeing & resilience.
  2. Life planning.
  3. Physical fitness.
  4. Social connection.

 What are the programmes objectives?

To enable participants to:

  • Develop skills, confidence and knowledge to support their mental and physical health.
  • Build resilience.
  • Access supports and services within their community.
  • Make positive life choices.
  • Develop strong protective factors that will enable them deal with what life brings.
  • Create more positive future outcomes, including improved mental health, educational attainment, better parenting, reduce crime and positive coping strategies.

 We are now taking referrals.  The referral process is key to engaging young men and the role of the referrer/key worker is central.  We will meet any young man who may be interested/unsure about the programme at your premises/other suitable locations within 7 days of receiving a referral/request from yourself.

Deirdre Bigley – Life Planning Coordinator – will be available on Tuesdays to meet potential participants.  Please consider any young men you may know who might benefit.

 Attached please find:

  • A copy of our poster for the Young Men’s programme commencing the second week of September in both Athy and Kildare Town.
  • A copy of the referral form.
  • A copy of the dates for the programme in both locations.

If you have any questions or would like any further information please do not hesitate to get in touch.

 HeadsUp Kildare Young Mens Prog Sept 2018

Council put a protocol in place to ensure that all councillors are consulted in pre-budget discussions and consultations

My motion at July’s Full Council Meeting, ‘That the council put a protocol in place to ensure that all councillors including those not represented on the Corporate Policy Group or at meetings of group leaders at which no minutes are taken, are consulted in pre-budget discussions and consultations.
Here is the report issued by: Ms F Millane, A/Head of Finance; , ‘Kildare County Council follows the relevant legislation vis-a-vis the budget process (Appendix I attached). The Corporate Policy Group are consulted with regard to the overall budget strategy; the draft budgetary plan is brought to all elected members at the municipal district meetings in October and discussed with the members then. In addition, each municipal district has a nominated representative on the Finance Committee. The Finance Committee is convened a number of times in September and October to discuss how the draft budget is progressing. If members have particular concerns they can be brought to the Finance Committee by themunicipal district representative.
The draft budget that is presented by the Chief Executive to the elected members in November, is the best estimate of expenses based on the resources available to the organisation. This budget can, however, be amended by the members by agreement at council. In accordance with legislation the draft budget is brought to council in November where it is discussed and agreed, subject to amendments brought by the members. In Kildare there is also a pre-budget meeting a week or so in advance of the actual budget where members can discuss line items with the relevant senior officials.
If the elected members wish to change any element of the budget they can do so, by agreement at the budget meeting, but should always be aware that any amendments must be met by reductions to other, identified areas of expenditure and/or valid areas of additional income.

Council watchdog reveals satisfaction rankings

The National Oversight and Audit Commission’s Local Authority Satisfaction Survey of the 10 largest local authority areas has revealed that Limerick City and County Council tops the rankings in overall satisfaction, with a score of 69%, ahead of South Dublin County Council on 61%, Fingal County Council on 58%, Galway County Council and Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown County Council on 57%, and Dublin City Council on 53%, the national average.

Cork County Council, Meath County Council, Kildare County Council, and Tipperary County Council scored below the average, from 46% down to 40%. Of the services offered by councils, affordable housing saw the greatest discrepancy between importance and satisfaction, with 27% considering it the most important local authority service, while just 25% were satisfied with availability. Satisfaction was higher on other important services, such as roads, parks, footpaths and local amenities and leisure areas.

Cllr James Collins, Mayor of Limerick, welcomed the survey results, saying they validated the “hard work being done by the local authority’s troops on the ground.”

#LGiU #dailynews #KFM Radio #Limerick Leader


NOAC Local Authority Satisfaction Survey 2018 (1)


Pedestrian lights/yellow box at College Farm/Sexes Bridge

My second question at this months (18th July) MD meeting, ‘Can the council include in its annual budget to be agreed in the autumn a budget for pedestrian lights/yellow box at College Farm/Sexes Bridge to deal with ongoing safety and traffic flow issues at this location?

Report: A technical examination will have to be carried out to assess the suitability of a pedestrian light at this location

Traffic Management Plan for Newbridge

My first question at this months (18th July) MD meeting, ‘Can the council outline the process, timeline and funding for the delivery of the eagerly anticipated Traffic Management Plan for Newbridge, detailing all progress since the draft plan was presented by the National Transport Authority to municipal district councillors in February?

Report issued by Ms E Wright, Senior Executive Officer, Roads Transportation and Public Safety Section: The Director of Services is engaging with the National Transport Authority (NTA) in relation to proposed plans for the Newbridge area. As per Motion 10 (Councillor Lynch) if the members are in agreement, this request can be forwarded to the NTA for response.

Traffic calming and Pedestrain safety around Athgarvan

My first motion at this months (18th July) MD meeting, ‘That the council include in its annual budget to be agreed in the autumn a budget for traffic calming and pedestrian safety around Athgarvan to include a pathway from the lights at Athgarvan towards the Mill, and speed ramps near Connolly Villas.

Here is the Report Issued by Ms E Wright, Senior Executive Officer, Roads Transportation and Public Safety Section: The Municipal District Office will list the location to be surveyed and assessed for possible inclusion in the 2019 Road Works/Local Property Tax (LPT) Programme. It may not be possible to install a footpath from the traffic lights to the Mill due to the road width restrictions and may require land acquisition and relocation of services (ESB etc). The Municipal District Office will assess the location further and report back to the members. The request for traffic calming near Connolly Villas, Athgarvan will be referred to TAAG for assessment.