Answers to Motions for November County Council Meeting – Cllr Wall and Mahon

Report to Athy Area Committee Meeting on Monday 22nd November 2010

Transportation and Public Safety

4.         Councillor Wall

That the council immediately bring Mylerstown Cross, Nurney up to a proper standard in the interest of public safety.

Report:  The area office is aware if the situation and has previously indicated they will carry out remedial works at the junction.  The delay in carrying out the works is not due to funding but due to a reduction in staffing resources.  The area office will

8.         Councillor Wall

That the council immediately install traffic safety measures and sight line improvements at Bothar Ban Crossroads, Kildangan in the interest of public safety.

Report:  The Kildare Area Office will examine this issue and report back to the Committee.

9.         Councillor Wall

That the council immediately bring the Sweep Lane, Nurney up to a proper standard.

Report:  The area office does not have funding available to carry out road resurfacing works in this area.  However Sweep Lane will be added to the list of areas for remedial patching.

10.       Councillor Wall
That the council investigate and provide a permanent solution to the flooding at Mill Road, Castledermot.

Report:  There is a flooding problem near Dunne’s Funeral Home on the Mill Road.  The River Lerr is nearby.  With the landowner’s agreement, the flooding issue can be resolved permanently.

11.       Councillor Mahon

That the council immediately address the issue with sight lines at Cloney Bridge in the interest of public safety.

Report:  The Area Office has recently cut back all the foliage in the vicinity of the bridge.  It has improved the sight distance situation.

12.       Councillor Mahon

That the council confirm the up-to-date position in relation to the public lighting at Monasterevin Road, Athy.

See reply to item 6.

 

13.       Councillor Mahon

That the council immediately address the continuing safety issues at the Fortbarrington junction, Kilkenny Road in Athy in the interest of public safety.

Report:  This matter has been referred to the Roads Design Section for report.

 

Adjourned Question

20.       Councillor Wall

Can the council confirm the landscaping plans for the new roundabout at the N78, Athy?

Report:  Landscaping of the roundabout is to be carried out by Roadbridge as part of the N9 Phase 3 works.  The landscaping sub-contractors are currently working on site and the roundabout will be finished this planting season.

22.       Councillor Wall

Can the council confirm the up-to-date position in relation to Johnsons Cross, Kilcullen?  What proposals have they to improve public safety at this junction?
Report:  It is my understanding that this question actually refers to Thompsons Cross and not Johnsons Cross. Accordingly the reply is as that per replies Nos. 3, 15 & 29

23.       Councillor Wall
Can the council confirm the up-to-date position in relation to a public footpath at Shanrath, Castledermot Road, Athy?
Report:  The Area Office has no plans to install a footpath at Shanrath, Athy.  The housing estate that was constructed on the Castledermot road was part of the Southern Distributor Road that was planned as part of the overall plan for the area. This has not materialised, and as a result no footpath has been installed.

24.       Councillor Wall
Can the council bring the road from Cush, Kildangan to the Cross Keys, Kildangan up to a proper standard in the interest of public safety?

Report:  The Kildare Area Office does not have funding available to carry out the works requested.  The area office will include this road for consideration for 2011 Road Grant works.  Until the budget is confirmed a decision on whether the works will commence can not be made.

25.       Councillor Mahon

Can the council investigate the cambering on the road following roadworks at the moat of Ardscull, Athy?

Report:  This work was carried out by the Waterworks Section as part of an archaeological dig.  As far as the Area Engineer is aware the work is to commence in 2011.

26.       Councillor Mahon

Can the council investigate the concerns of local residents re traffic safety and road conditions at Prumplestown Cross, Castledermot?

Report:  This road has recently been surfaced by Morrissey’s as part of their planning conditions for a quarry.  This whole area has been surfaced by the Council with finance from the NRA.  In the Area Engineer’s opinion the road surface is of a very high quality.  There is a query over the safety of the junction which should be referred to road design.  There are also some lights out at the junction and this issue will be referred to the Council’s public lighting maintenance contractor.

33        Councillor Mahon
Can the council confirm the amount of conservation grants allocated in the Athy area in the last 3 years and the total amount in the county for that period?

Reply:  Conservation grants received by Kildare County Council from the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government are as follows:

2008               €315,000.00

2009               €207,600.00

2010               €135,000.00

Grants approved in the Athy electoral area are as follows:

2008               €16,225.00

2009               €17,758.25

2010               €0.00

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