Kildare County Council
Draft Minutes of the Athy Area Committee Meeting
Held on Monday 21 February 2011 at 10.00 a.m.
At Municipal Offices, Athy.
Dowdenstown Lower, Ballymore Eustace
Councillor Wall requested that interim repairs be carried out at this location.
Liffey Heights, Ballymore Eustace
Councillor Wall requested that the area office investigate the matter of an open manhole cover in this area, after Eircom had carried out works at this location.
Bothar Bán Crossroads, Kildangan
The members considered the following adjourned motion in the name of 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”.
It was reported that the area office had examined this issue and were preparing a road marking and signage layout. Once the draft was complete the area engineer wished to meet the councillor on site to confirm details (within next two weeks). The area office has programmed this work to be carried out as part of the 2011 budget. Works would take place in the coming weeks subject to weather and staffing resources.
The report was noted.
Proposed Motorway Service Station, Kilcullen
The members considered the following motion in the name of Councillor Wall ”That the council seek a meeting for its members with the NRA in relation to the proposed location for motorway service station at Kilcullen”.
Ms. Kavanagh reported that if it was the committee’s wish the transportation department would arrange a meeting with the National Roads Authority. Councillor Wall requested that this meeting be arranged.
Resolved: that the transportation department arrange a meeting between the committee and the National Roads Authority.
Traffic Safety, Kilberry National School
The members considered the following motion in the name of Councillor Wall “That the council update its members regarding traffic safety measures at Kilberry National School, Athy”.
The area engineer reported that a car park adjacent to the school would greatly ease the traffic logjam in this area. The principal of the school was to approach the landowner and then revert to the area office. There has been no update since.
Resolved: the committee requested a further meeting with the school principle.
Traffic Problems at Athy Sports Grounds
The members considered the following motion in the name of Councillor Mahon “That the council update its members on their investigations into traffic problems at the entrances to Athy’s sports ground on the Dublin Road”.
The area engineer reported that this matter has been referred to roads design. The Regional and Local Road Grant Allocation for 2011 has been received and no funds have been provided for improvement works on the N78. Councillor Wall requested that a design be prepared for the next meeting, as this was a major problem in a dangerous area.
Resolved: that a design be prepared in relation to easing the traffic problems at this location.
Footpath from Ard Na Laoi Estate
The members considered the following question in the name of Councillor Wall “Can the council confirm when the footpath from the Ard na Laoi estate in Castledermot is likely to begin, given that the four area councillors have allocated discretionary monies to ensure its completion”.
The area engineer informed the committee that he could not give a precise date but it was hoped to start the works as soon as the serious drainage problems at this location had been sorted out. This was a priority project for the area office. Councillor Wall and Councillor Miley thanked the area engineer, and agreed that it was a worthwhile project which all four area councillors came on board for.
The report was noted.
Footpaths and Public Lighting from Shanrath Estate
The members considered the following question in the name of Councillor Mahon “Can the council confirm the position with public footpaths and lighting from the Shanrath estate on the Castledermot Road, Athy in light of recent announcements by the Minister for Transport on the Southern Distributor Road”.
The area engineer reported that there was no finance available in the Roads Maintenance Budget for 2011 for public lighting or footpaths in this area. Councillor Mahon suggested that funding be sought from levies received by Athy Town Council, to fund this project.
Resolved: that funding be sought from Athy Town Council levies.
Millview Estate, Ballitore
The members considered the following motion in the name of Councillor Wall “That the council update its members on the work done to date in the Millview estate in Ballitore in relation to the chimney problems that the residents have experienced”.
Mr. Perry briefed the members on the current situation regarding fire fronts being fitted in all units, and advised the committee that testing was still ongoing. Councillor Wall and the members thanked Kildare County Council and the housing section staff for the work done in this area. Mr. Perry agreed to contact the committee with regard to meeting the residents in the coming months to update them on the matter.
Resolved: that Mr. Perry contact the committee regarding this matter.
Funding for Housing Grants
The members considered the following motion in the name of Councillor Wall “Can the council confirm the up-to-date position in relation to funding for the older persons grants and housing adaptation grants for 2011 and when this funding will be confirmed?”
Mr. Perry informed the committee that funding of €3.5m was received by Kildare County Council for the purpose of these grants, and that applications were being accepted on an ongoing basis.
Taking in Charge – Abbeylands/Lerr Avenue
The members considered the following question in the name of Councillor Mahon “That the council confirm when the Abbeylands/Lerr Avenue estate in Castledermot will be taken in charge”.
The administrator reported that this estate could not be taken in charge until all outstanding remedial works were completed. The Council has served an enforcement notice on the developer. The file has been referred to the council’s solicitors. The council has also been in contact with the bond provider to call in the bond. The members would be kept informed of any developments on this matter.
The report was noted.
Taking in Charge – Friary Estate
The members considered the following question in the name of Councillor Mahon “That the council take in charge the Friary estate in Castledermot and update members on the footpath from this estate”.
The administrator reported that as this estate was only partially complete it would be premature to consider taking the estate in charge at this point. Councillor Mahon requested that the planning department pursue the matter with the developer. Councillor Wall enquired as to whether funding announced by the government recently, in relation to ghost estates, would cover this estate. Members wished to be updated on the matter. The committee requested that the planning department write to them with updates on their queries.
Resolved: that the planning department pursue the matter with the developer and keep members updated.
Sewerage Problems, Kilcullen
The members considered the following question in the name of Councillor Mahon “Can the council confirm the up to date position in relation to the sewerage problems at Castlemartin and Cnoc na Greine estates in Kilcullen”.
The administrator reported that there were a number of blockages in the sewerage system in this estate in recent weeks. The developer has cleared the blockages. The building control section was currently investigating the sewerage system to establish if the blockages were caused by a defect in the sewerage system or if they were caused by material that was put into the system.
The report was noted