Council provide an update on the implementation of public drinking water fountains across the district

My second question at Wednesday 17th November MD meeting; “Can the council provide an update on the implementation of public drinking water fountains across the district to include the costing for buying/installing each fountain and the top 5 optimum locations for installation across the district, in preparation for budget and LPT retained tax allocation discussions?

Report issued by: Mr S Wallace, Parks Superintendent. : A public water fountain is currently being installed in Kildare Town Playground. The cost of a non- touch battery powered unit is €4,500 provided by Ecofil which has been used by a number of local authorities, installation and a water connection is costing €3,500. This does not include the ongoing charge that Irish Water will apply for the water usage and ongoing cleaning and maintenance of the unit. The costs for the installation and connection may vary from the figure quoted depending on the location and type and length of excavation that has to be undertaken. The figure quoted above is for a 10m connection to a water main. The Parks Section does not have the capacity to lead the role out of a programme of the fountains within existing resources and commitments.

Council detail what investigations of overcrowded accommodation in the Kildare-Newbridge Municipal District

My second motion at Wednesday 17th November MD meeting; “That the council detail what investigations of overcrowded accommodation in the Kildare-Newbridge Municipal District it has been asked to initiate in the last 2 years as part of its Service Level Agreement with the HSE – and the outcome of same.

Report issued by: Mr O Brady, Administrative Officer, Housing Department : The housing element of the Service Level Agreement relates to the inspection of private rented properties to ensure compliance with minimum rental standards. The HSE has not been requested to inspect properties for over-crowding.

Council confirm how much is needed for a safe crossing for hundreds of children and families daily over the Pinkeen Stream, Kilcullen

My first question at Wednesday November 17th MD meeting; “Can the council confirm how much is needed for a safe crossing for hundreds of children and families daily over the Pinkeen Stream, Kilcullen and which budget line the allocation will be contained in, in preparation for the upcoming budget?

Report issued by: Ms P Pender, A/Senior Executive Officer, Roads, Transportation and
Public Safety Department.
: This project is at design stage at present. All projects that the Municipal District Office delivers are budgeted for within our annual budgets, which have not yet been allocated.

Council cost and identify optimum locations for bicycle repair and pump stations in the municipal district.

My first motion at Wednesday 17th of November MD meeting; “That the council cost and identify optimum locations for bicycle repair and pump stations in the municipal district.

Report issued by; Mr D Keogh, Road Safety, Cycling and Sustainable Transport Officer: The Road Safety, Cycling and Sustainable Transport Officer has costed for 5 no. ‘Public Cycle Repair and Pump Station’s’ for the Kildare/Newbridge Municipal District as follows, and subject to available funding in 2022. There are currently no funds available in this year’s remaining budget for this project.

Unit Cost Town Location
€1,195.00 Newbridge Outside Garda Station, Main Street
€1,195.00 Kildare Town The Square, Kildare Town
€1,195.00 Kilcullen Community Centre OR Kilcullen Library
€1,195.00 Rathangan Outside Ma’s Kitchen, Main Street
€1,195.00 Monasterevin Monasterevin Community Centre

TOTAL €5,975.00

That this municipal district committee ask the executive to increase the proposed allocation for local Residential Associations in the municipal district budget

My second motion at yesterday’s (20th October) MD meeting, “That this municipal district committee ask the executive to increase the proposed allocation for local Residential Associations in the municipal district budget, in order to bring the allocations for Residential Associations in the Kildare-Newbridge Municipal District in line with those allocated by the Naas Municipal District.

Report: The General Municipal Allocation, which is included in the Draft Budgetary Plan is on the agenda for the October meetings. Residents Associations allocations form just one element of this allocation.

It is a matter for the Members of the MD to move monies within this allocation in their MD. As per the table below, Kildare/Newbridge has (excluding the retained lpt) over €2.5m at their discretion.

If the Members wish to reassign monies within this envelope from one heading to another, then this can be done as part of the Draft Budgetary Plan. Full details are included in the Draft Budgetary Plan to the MD.

Patrician Monastery, Newbridge

My first motion at yesterday’s (20th October) MD meeting, ” That the council consult with interested community stakeholders regarding how the Patrician Monastery, Newbridge (currently for sale) might be purchased with the help and support of the council and retained for community use.

Report issued by: Ms M Higgins, A/Director of Services, Economic, Community and Cultural
Development :
Kildare County Council has expressed interest in this site and discussions are ongoing. It is too early in the process to engage in detailed discussion with community stakeholders.

Council confirm wheh the NTA meeting with MD Councillors is taking place

My second question at yesterday’s (20th October) MD meeting; “Can the council confirm when the NTA meeting with municipal district councillors is taking place (as promised previously by the NTA), to discuss the pilot traffic management and public realm plan previously announced for Newbridge, which was to include an estimated investment on the Main Street alone of approximately €10 million?

Report Issued by: Ms P Pender, A /Senior Executive Officer, Roads, Transportation and Public Safety. “It is expected that the Greater Dublin Area (GDA) Transport Strategy will be published by the NTA in the coming weeks providing a framework for the planning and delivery of transport infrastructure and services in the GDA over the next two decades. The Roads Design section are working to deliver a number of Transport Strategies and expect the Kildare Town Transport Strategy to be finalised towards end of November. The Team expect that procurement of a consultant to progress the Newbridge Transportation Strategy will take place in Quarter 1 of 2022 after which the
Strategy will take 12 months to complete. The NTA are primary consultees in preparing the Draft Transport Strategy for Newbridge and in this regard it would be premature to call for a meeting at this time.

Council provide an update on the request that was to be issued by the council to the landowner/s bordering Tankardsgarden, to cut back/remove dangerous branches

Here is my first question at this months (20th October) MD meeting; “Can the council provide an update on the request that was to be issued by the council (following a previous motion), to the landowner/s bordering Tankardsgarden, to cut back/remove dangerous branches and branches that were obstructing the view of drivers/cyclists/pedestrians along the route?”

Report Issued by: Ms P Pender, A /Senior Executive Officer, Roads, Transportation and Public Safety; “The Municipal District Office has undertaken some hedge cutting on areas that were deemed a danger to road users in recent days. Kildare County Council published notices in September in several local and national newspapers outlining the landowner’s obligations under Section 70 of the Roads Act, 1993.

THE CURRAGH PLAINS Preliminary Public Consultation Findings

A preliminary public consultation exercise was undertaken to help establish an understanding of what aspects of the Curragh Plains are important and why.

The consultation comprised a short questionnaire that was hosted on a dedicated project website and publicised through various media platforms.

The survey was open for four weeks between Monday 15th March and Monday 12th April. PLEASE SEE LINK BELOW;

Curragh Consultation Findings