Council provide reassurance for residents regarding what consideration it has given to and how it intends to manage traffic around and between Scoil Bhríde in Kilcullen

My first question at yesterday’s (11th Dec) MD meeting, ‘Can the council provide reassurance for residents regarding what consideration it has given to and how it intends to manage traffic around and between Scoil Bhríde in Kilcullen, the route to the playground and sports amenity carpark behind the school and the traffic coming through from the link road, Cnoc na Gréine and Castlemartin (to include a map of the proposed/draft traffic management plan) in light of the allocation of monies in the capital programme for the link road in Kilcullen?

Report: A report will be given at the meeting.

Council allocate the unspent 2019 LPT allocation of €236,000 to Building and Development Control

My first motion at yesterday’s (11th December) MD meeting; ‘That the council allocate the unspent 2019 LPT allocation of €236,000 to Building and Development Control to expedite the work required to bring estates not yet taken in charge around the Kildare-Newbridge Municipal District area or at least bringing them closer to the taking in charge standard, detailing ball-park figures for estates that might benefit were the fund is allocated in such a way’.

Report issued by: Ms C Barrett, Chief Fire Officer, Building and Development Control: This is a matter for the members to agree. The Development Control Section sent an e-mail to all members of the Kildare-Newbridge Municipal District asking them to consider allocating LPT money to this Section to assist with the Taking in Charge process. The following estates and estimated costings were suggested in that mail and these estates would be the ones that we would try to progress should the members agree to this motion:

  • Walshestown Abbey, Newbridge. This is a medium sized development where an investment of €15,000 should be sufficient to address the remaining issues to get the estate to the Taking in Charge standard.
  • Beechmount, Newbridge is a small development that would require an investment in the region of €10,000 to progress to Taking in Charge
  • White Abbey Court in Kildare is also a small development that would require in the region of €10,000 to progress the estate to the required standard.

Millfield is a large development with apartments and houses. It is more complex than the other developments above and would require funding over 2-3 years to resolve the retaining wall issue. The Development Control Section are in the process of getting quotes for this work at the moment. Millfield also has a Management Company in place for the whole development and this company would have to be reduced to cover just the apartments before the estate could be taken in charge. A request to take the estate in charge has not yet been received.

 

Council provide a progress report and clarify its role in relation to ongoing noxious weeds issue on the Old Magee Barracks site

My second  motion at this months; “That the council provide a progress report and clarify its role in relation to ongoing noxious weeds issue on the Old Magee Barracks site which is continuing to infringe on residential property in the area causing harm to residents and their property.

Report issued By: Mr L Dunne, Senior Executive Officer, Water Services and Environment : This is not an issue for the Environment Department. Under the Noxious Weeds Act, 1936, it is an offence for the owner/occupier of lands not to prevent the growth and spread of noxious weeds. The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine is the agency responsible for the enforcement of the Act. Persons wishing to report a location at which Noxious Weeds are present, can do so by completing a report form and submit to the Department of Agriculture, Food And the Marine via the following email address: noxiousweedsreport@agriculture.gov.ie

 

Report issued By: Ms B Loughlin, Heritage Officer : The control of Invasive Species on private land is a matter for the owner and not Kildare County Council.

Council write to the Chief Superintendent on behalf of the municipal district members asking for consideration of a dedicated Community Policing Unit and a dedicated Drugs Unit for Newbridge

My first motion at this months (20th Nov) MD meeting; “That the council write to the Chief Superintendent on behalf of the municipal district members asking for consideration of a dedicated Community Policing Unit and a dedicated Drugs Unit for Newbridge given the current restructuring of An Garda Síochána divisions and the opportunity this offers.

Report issued by: Ms K Keane, Meetings Administrator : This is a matter for the members to agree on.

Council provide a detailed progress report and schedule for engagement with residents and business owners in and around Athgarvan

My second question at this months (20th Nov) MD meeting; “Can the council provide a detailed progress report and schedule for engagement with residents and business owners in and around Athgarvan following the award of funding from the Town and Village Renewal Scheme in Oct 2018 and the subsequent engagement of a Health Check consultant in August 2018?

Here is the report issued by: Ms M Hunt, Senior Executive Officer, Economic Community and Cultural Development : Brady Shipman Martin have been engaged (this appointment took place in 2019 rather than 2018) to carry out a healthcheck/ urban design analysis of Athgarvan and develop an associated Town Renewal Plan. Once desktop research and surveys have been completed, public consultation workshops will commence. The members will be advised in advance of the commencement of the public consultation.

 

 

Council provide a progress report on the assessment and implementation of public lighting projects in the Municipal District

My first question at this months (20th Nov) MD meeting; “Can the council provide a progress report on the assessment and implementation of public lighting projects in the municipal district outlining; their current status on the Kildare Lighting Infrastructure Programme, where funding is likely to come from, and how many have been submitted for consideration in budget 2020?”

Here is the report issued by: Ms E Wright, Senior Executive Officer, Roads, Transportation and Public Safety Section: A Kildare Lighting Priority Scheme (KLIPS) report was issued to all members in October 2019 detailing all new lighting installations which have been progressed in 2018/19 in the county. The report also include details of requests that are awaiting assessment and identifies requests where public lighting will not be installed. Public Lighting installations are funded directly from the Public Lighting budget, however, if members wished to provide additional funding from LPT to progress a specific project, this can be discussed and accommodated. The identified project would have to be either an upgrade of existing infrastructure or a project approved under KLIPS criteria.

Public Lighting is currently working to complete the projects funded in 2018/19 and has not assessed any projects for 2020.

Ragwort Information Sheet

Ragwort (Senecio Jacobea) is also known as ragweed, buachalán and buachalán buidhe. It is a common weed of Irish pastures and thrives on a wide range of soils, but competes best on lighter free draining soils where fertility is reasonably high and grazing not intensive. Full report in link below;

RagwortInformationSheet210317

Social Enterprise Grants

County Kildare LEADER Partnership is currently accepting applications for the Small Capital Grant Scheme for Social Enterprises 2019.

Who can apply?
The grant is open to applications from enterprises whose objective is to achieve a social, societal or environmental impact, rather than maximising profit for its owners or shareholders. This fund is open to all social enterprises, however priority will be given to smaller and start up organisations that have not received previous funding of this nature.
How much can we apply for?
The scheme, which is funded by the Dormant Accounts Fund, will provide grants of between €2,000 and €15,000
What can the grant be used for?
Equipment, repairs or refurbishments which will enable social enterprises to improve their service delivery.
When is the closing date?
Soon! Closing date for receipt of completed applications is 3pm on Mon 11th November.

If you are interested please contact Mary Minogue, marym@countykildarelp.ie or Mick Osborne mick@countykildarelp.ie or telephone       045 895450 with any queries.

 

Social Enterprise Grants Application Form 2019 1 (2)

Social Enterprise Fund Small Grants Guidelines_for_applicants 1 (1)

 

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Council provide an update on the redress scheme for the residents of Millfield Estate, Newbridge

My second question at yesterday’s (16th October) MD meeting, ‘Can the council provide an update on the redress scheme for the residents of Millfield Estate, Newbridge?

Report issued by: Ms K Keane, Administrative Officer, Members Services : ‘Kildare County Council has no remit or role in a redress scheme for the residents of the Millfield Estate in Newbridge. As confirmed previously, this is a private housing estate.