News and Highlights to the Chief Executive Report-June Meeting
- Change in District Managers – effective from July 2018
Athy – Mr N Morrissey
Celbridge-Leixlip – Mr T McDonnell
Kildare-Newbridge – Mr J Boland
Naas – Mr P Minnock
Maynooth – Ms S Kavanagh
- The Boundary Commission Report was received on 14 June 2018 and is available on the membersnet.
- Development Bonds for Housing Estates As and from the 25 May 2018 the Building and Development Control Section have taken over the acceptance, monitoring and maintenance of the development bonds from the Planning Authority.
- Speed Limit Review – Pre-Draft consultation notices have been issued inviting adjoining local authorities, An Garda Siochána, elected members, members of the Oireachtas and Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) to make submissions/observations.
- Community Enhancement Programme (CEP) Minister Ring launched the new €4,500,000 Community Enhancement Programme (CEP) on 31 May 2018.
My motion at Monday’s (25th June) Full Council meeting; ‘That the council facilitates the provision of a governance training session to members of the Public Participation Network in Kildare.
Here is the report issued by Ms S Kavanagh, Director of Service, Economic, Community and Cultural Development; The Department of Rural and Community Development fund training programmes for People Participation Networks (PPNs). If the PPN members feel that there is a demand for a certain type of training then they can communicate that through the PPN resource worker. Kildare County Council will of course facilitate and support any such request.
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.
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.
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.
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.
My motion at Monday’s (28th May) Protocol Committee meeting; ‘ To consider the removal of the Standing Order (number 21) relating to the use of recording equipment and mobile phones in the council chamber.
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.
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:
Community and Culture;
Climate Change and Emergency Planning;
Housing and Building;
Land Use and Transportation;
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.