Replies to Motions from KCC – Cllrs Wall and Mahon

Councillor Wall

That the council investigate and provide a permanent solution to the flooding problems at Plunketstown, Castledermot.

Report:  There is a serious flooding problem on the public road at this location.  The Area Office has tried to work on a solution with the adjoining landowners.  However, there is difficulty getting agreement at the present time.  The Area Office will continue to negotiate with the local landowners.

Councillor Wall

That the council provide traffic calming measures at Ballyroe National School in the interest of public safety.

Report:  Funding for 2011 has not yet been finalised.  In the interim a design can be prepared  and costed.

Councillor Mahon

That the council repair the road and gullies at Leinster Street in Athy in the interest of public safety.

Report:  The N78 through Athy requires resurfacing.  As part of this work, a number of gullies and surface water systems need to be upgraded.  This work is dependant on NRA allocations.  The Council has not yet received the 2011 allocation.  Councillor Mahon will be kept up to date with any developments in this area.

Councillor Mahon

That the council confirm the up to date position in relation to local signs on the new N78 road in the interest of local communities.

Report:  This Council is undertaking a total revamp of all signposting in south Kildare.  This is route signposting.  The situation in relation to local signs on the N78 is a matter for the NRA.

Councillor Mahon

That the council confirm the reasons why there are up to 12 lights not working following the work on the M9 at Prumpelstown and Ballyburn, Castledermot.

Report:  This work was carried out by Morrissey’s as part of a planning permission for a quarry in this area.  It is the opinion of the Area Office that this is a planning enforcement matter therefore this motion has been referred to the Planning Department.

.Councillor Mahon

Can the council confirm the up to date position in relation to the flooding at Castlemitchell South Athy and a possible permanent solution?

Report:  There is a serious flooding problem on the public road at this location.  The Council has tried to work on a solution with the adjoining landowners.  It is hoped that there may be some resolution in the coming months.

Councillor Mahon

Can the council confirm the up to date position in relation to the turning on of the public lights at the Education Campus, Kilberry Road, Athy?

Report:  The lights in question have been erected for the past year.  The Department of Education were conditioned to have the lights up and running as part of their planning permission.  The Area Engineer has referred this matter to Athy Town Council for enforcement of the planning condition.

Councillor Wall

Can the council confirm the procedure for the erection of new public lights and the current position with the repair of same?

Report:  The County Council is jointly tendering for a new maintenance/installation contract for public lighting services with Wicklow County Council.  Therefore it would not be appropriate to set out details of the services being provided by the current provider at this time. 

As promised at previous area committee meetings, the winning contractor will be asked to meet with relevant area committees to set out their capabilities and explain the performance indicators applicable for the new contract.

With regard to the erection of public lighting, it should be noted that no funding is available in the 2011 Transportation budget for the design or implementation of new public lighting works in the county.

Councillor Wall

Can the council confirm their plans to repair footpaths and roads at the Liffey Heights Housing Estate in Ballymore Eustace?

Report: Remedial works to the road at Liffey Heights Housing Estate in Ballymore Eustace are undertaken on an ongoing basis subject to prevailing financial and human resource constraints. There are no plans at present to carry out footpath repairs at this location but the condition of the paths will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.

 

Councillor Wall

That the council continue to work with the Ballybracken Cemetery Committee (Kildangan ) in an effort to provide an extension to the graveyard for the benefit of the community.

Report: Kildare Co Council continues to work with the committee .

Preparation of documentation to allow the project progress to part viii is at an advanced stage.

Members will be kept informed of developments in this matter.

Report issued by Liam Dunne, Senior Executive Officer

Councillor Mahon

Can the council confirm the position regarding drainage and remedial works on the Lerr and Greese rivers?

Report: As part of the 2011 Flood Alleviation Programme, the Water Services Section will inspect the river Greese to identify any maintenance works that are deemed necessary and to make appropriate arrangements to effect same. 

However, there are no plans to carry out such works on the river Lerr in 2011, but if the members be aware of a specific area that requires immediate attention then details should be reported to Water Services Flooding Section.

Report issued by Gerry Halton SEO Water Services.

Councillor Wall

Can the council investigate the on going water supply issues at the Kilkenny Road/Roundhills locality of Athy with the view to providing a small scheme to improve supply?

Report: Athy water supply currently has an unacceptable level of Unaccounted For Water (UFW%) in the network.  Leakage repair programme is ongoing which should improve the water pressure levels in the town supply.  Also, in the coming weeks it is expected that additional water will be supplied into Athy from Monastereven Wellfield supply.  These works will improve overall town supply and no doubt have an impact on Kilkenny road area and lessen Athy T.C. dependency on supply from Laois County Council which is not always reliable.

In relation to Small Schemes, Kildare County Council has submitted to the Department of Environment Heritage and Local Government a programme of works to be funded in 2011 and included in this is an amount of €150,000 towards watermain network improvements/inter connections in Athy town.  The Department of the Environment Heritage and Local Government generally fund 75% of such schemes and it is hoped that the remainder will be funded from Athy TC development levies.

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