Response to Motions and Questions from Cllr Mark Wall October Meeting of Athy Area Committee
8. Councillor Wall
That the council immediately bring the roads at Yellowbog, Kilcullen up to a proper standard following the recent M9 works.
Report: Temporary repairs will be undertaken on this road over the next few weeks. The road will be included in the surface dressing programme for 2011.
9. Councillor Wall
That the council immediately bring Mylerstown Cross, Nurney up to a proper standard in the interest of public safety.
Report: This matter has been referred to the Kildare Area Office for examination and preparation of a report for the next meeting of the Area Committee..
13. Councillor Wall
Can the council confirm when the roads at Goulyduff, Athy will be brought up to a proper standard?
Report: The roads around Goulyduuf are listed for improvement in 2011. This is dependant on finance from the NRA.
14. Councillor Wall
Can the council confirm the landscaping plans for the new roundabout at the N78, Athy?
Report: This matter has been referred to the National Roads Design Office for examination and preparation of a report for the next meeting of the Area Committee..
Water and Environmental Services
15. Councillor Wall
That the Council confirm the up to date position in relation to the water supply in Athy and the Barrow abstraction plant as part of such.
Report: The construction of the Srowland Water Treatment Plant and the Srowland To Ardscull and Srowland to Old Kilcullen Water Rising Mains contracts form part of the River Barrow Abstraction Scheme. The Srowland Water Treatment Plant will supply treated water to Ardscull Reservoir (which will supply Athy) and Old Kilcullen Reservoir.
The recently published Water Services Investment Programme 2010 – 2012 approved funding for these contracts.
The tendering process for the Srowland Water Treatment Plant DBO has been completed and the DoEHLG has approved the Tender Report. It is envisaged that construction will commence early in the new year. The projected construction period is two years.
The new watermain (Cloney Bridge – Bert Cross) Scheme will be complete and fully commissioned by mid December 2010. This will allow KCC to feed further water into Athy town from Monasterevin Wellfield supply and supplement current supply which is restricted by existing watermain capacity.
Combining the supply from Dublin road (750 M^3 / day at present) and the supply from Monasterevin road ( 450 M^3 / day at present ) there is adequate supply of water to Athy town, noting that Approx 30 % of total demand is supplied to Athy from outside sources.
Should the main source in Athy, i.e “the gallery” fail – (due to floods as previously happened) KCC will increase the amount supplied from alternative sources. However, increase from Dublin road will require permission of Dublin City Council, unlike the use of the Monasterevin Wellfield which is in the total control of Kildare County Council.
19 Councillor Wall
Can the council confirm if when the overgrown hedges at their housing estates in Kilberry, Athy will be maintained?
Report: There is no facility within the housing department for maintaining overgrown hedges. The housing department offers grants to residents associations for open space maintenance to support their voluntary efforts.