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

Press Release – The Curragh Plains preliminary consultation process

The Curragh Plains preliminary consultation process

Almost 3,700 submissions received

The Paul Hogarth Company on behalf of Kildare County Council and the Department of Defence undertook a preliminary consultation process with regard to the Conservation and Management of the Curragh Plains.

The public were invited to have their say and submit a response through The Curragh Plains website – www.curraghplains.ie. The preliminary consultation received a phenomenal response with almost 3,700 submissions received. The findings are now available to view on the Curragh Plains website.

The next step in the process is to hold focus workshops. The purpose of the workshops is to concentrate on key issues identified through the public consultation survey. Kildare County Council will be inviting representatives from across all stakeholder groups to participate.

Further opportunities for public consultation will take place later in the year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Council celebrate International Women’s Day this year by commemorating great Kildare female writers

That the council celebrate International Women’s Day this year by commemorating great Kildare female writers and options might include any or all of the following; Talks from current Kildare female writers; Maynooth University Event; Involve students schools – prize for short stories; Online writing workshop with Kildare writer/s; Online Concert with Kildare Female songwriters.

Report Issued by: Ms S Kavanagh, Director of Services Economic, Community & Cultural Development. : International women’s day is the 08 March and as this motion will be discussed on the 22 February, that allows only 2 weeks before the event to organise any events.

However, the Economic, Community & Cultural Directorate are happy to take on board the suggestions made for events for 2022.

 

Council provide the register of procurement frameworks employed by the council including details of the start and end date of the framework, outlining any frameworks out of date.

My adjourned Full Council motion at February 22nd meeting, “That the council provide the register of procurement frameworks employed by the council including details of the start and end date of the framework, outlining any frameworks out of date.

Updated Report: The register of procurement frameworks originally issued to Council in January. Councillor McLoughlin Healy subsequently requested detail of suppliers where the framework listed ‘multiple suppliers’ or ‘3 suppliers’ – these have been updated in the attached register.

Cllr McLoughlin Healy subsequently asked for the suppliers for departments that have not listed them – however this register includes all suppliers that are used through procurement frameworks. Any other suppliers to Council are not procured using a framework.

Councillor McLoughlin Healy has sought clarity on the difference between the following categories:
– In contract
– Yes
– No
– Roll over
– Tendering
– Framework established

These are not categories in the procurement framework. However, to provide clarity with regards to the register attached:

The ‘Establishment Date’ is the date the framework was set up. The frameworks on the first tab are all currently in use by Kildare County Council.
• When setting up a framework it is usually done for a period of 1 – 4 years (with some exceptions), with 1 year renewal extensions built in. Exceptions are based on categories – so, for example, legal services which are a Title 3 service, can be for longer and can be awarded under more flexible arrangements.
• The renewal date is the next date where the contract is scheduled to be renewed/extended for a further year.
• The expiry date is the date the framework was originally due to end based on the original terms of the framework.

See attached Register–

That committee considers the attached guidelines as a starting point for open, transparent, impactful allocation of LPT in the Municipal District

My second motion at February 17th Municipal District meeting; “That this committee considers the attached guidelines as a starting point for open,  transparent, impactful allocation of LPT in the municipal district in the future (see  attached). Draft Kildare-Newbridge Guidelines for LPT spending 2017

Report issued by: Mr J Boland, District ManagerThere are already guidelines which have only recently been put in place and  are considered to be functioning very well in all of the Municipal Districts. These were  drawn up by the Finance Committee, were considered by CPG, and approved by Full  Council in September 2019. From an overall governance perspective, it would be best to have consistency among all Municipal Districts. There is the further concern that  the proposed new guidelines may be unduly onerous in terms of interpretation and  subsequent application. In this context, the members will be aware of difficulties and  delays in the past in terms of deciding on LPT spend in the past in the case of Kildare Newbridge Municipal District. It is, however, pleasing to note that this is now fully  reconciled to date.

Council provide the reports for the last traffic counts done around Caragh

My second question at February 17th Municipal District meeting; ” Can the council provide the reports for the last traffic counts done around Caragh (to  include Caragh to Naas) Kilcullen, Rathangan, Kildare, Monasterevin and Newbridge  to include the locations of the counters, the dates and results/analysis?

Report : Raw data, collected as part of traffic surveys and counts and other data  collected as part of the ongoing work within the Roads, Transportation and Public  Safety Department (i.e., road construction levels, bridge structural calculations,  CCTV-generated data etc) requires a level of data cleansing prior to analysis and the  calculation of summary information. The release of raw data to a non-technical  audience would generate a level of queries, questions, verbal and written  explanations, and would create an onerous burden on the Department’s current  limited resources. 

Council provide an update on plans and timeline for EV (Electric Vehicle) charging points around the Municipal District

My first question at February 17th Municipal District meeting ; “Can the council provide an update on plans and timeline for EV (Electric Vehicle)
charging points around the municipal district?

Report: There are no plans at present to install EV charging points in the Municipal  District. Roads, Transportation and Public Safety are currently engaging with relevant  stakeholders regarding the installation, maintenance and upgrade of EV charging  points across the county with consideration to be given to future proofing EV points,  cost analysis, including continued upgrade and maintenance. Current policy restricts  the installation of EV charging points to Off Street car parks only. A dedicated clearly  marked parking space must also be provided per charge point with adequate  enforcement measures in place to ensure access to EV which require charge.  Relevant Parking Bye Laws will also have to be reviewed/enacted once the optimal  locations are identified to ensure that the dedicated EV charging locations can be  enforced. Once the Department have more information the Members will be informed. 

Council provide a clear update and timeline for the Traffic Management Plan for Newbridge

My first motion at February 17th Municipal District meeting; “That the council provide a clear update and timeline for the Traffic Management Plan  for Newbridge, to include the last iteration of the Traffic Management Plan by the  National Transport Authority, which triggered the council taking over the design of the  plan again. 

Report: Kildare County Council are currently preparing a brief to commence the  tender process for the appointment of a consultant to undertake a comprehensive  Transport Strategy for Newbridge. This is one of a number of Transport Strategies being developed for urban centres in Kildare. It is anticipated that the strategy will be  tendered later in the year subject to the availability of resources.

That committee considers the attached guidelines as a starting point for open, transparent, impactful allocation of LPT in the municipal district

My second motion at February 17th Municipal District meeting; “That this committee considers the attached guidelines as a starting point for open,  transparent, impactful allocation of LPT in the municipal district in the future (see  attached). Draft Kildare-Newbridge Guidelines for LPT spending 2017

Report issued by: Mr J Boland, District ManagerThere are already guidelines which have only recently been put in place and  are considered to be functioning very well in all of the Municipal Districts. These were  drawn up by the Finance Committee, were considered by CPG, and approved by Full  Council in September 2019. From an overall governance perspective, it would be best to have consistency among all Municipal Districts. There is the further concern that  the proposed new guidelines may be unduly onerous in terms of interpretation and  subsequent application. In this context, the members will be aware of difficulties and  delays in the past in terms of deciding on LPT spend in the past in the case of Kildare Newbridge Municipal District. It is, however, pleasing to note that this is now fully  reconciled to date. 

 

 

That this Municipal District Committee commit to adding sufficient LPT funding to any capital funding agreed to ensure the delivery of the playgrounds the council has identified are needed across the district

My second motion at Wednesday 18th November MD meeting, “That this Municipal District Committee commit to adding sufficient LPT funding to any capital funding agreed to ensure the delivery of the playgrounds the council has identified are needed across the district; including the delivery of a playground in Newbridge as a priority and the delivery of playgrounds in Two Mile House, the Curragh Camp and Athgarvan by the end of this council’s term.

Here is the report issued by Mr S Wallace, Senior Executive Parks Superintendent, Economic Community and Cultural Development Department : The allocation of LPT for playgrounds is a matter for members. However in addition to funding, suitable sites would also have to be identified. Any work would also have to be considered in the context of commitments to existing projects and the staff resources to deliver them.