That Athy Area Committee receive an update on progress on the Southern Distributor Road.
Report: There is nothing further to report at this time. Grant allocations will not be announced until, at least, the end of January. However, early indications from the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (DTTAS) are that there will no further funding available for this scheme next year, therefore the CPO cannot progress any further at this time. However, if and when funding is confirmed this scheme will be ready to be progressed quickly.
5. Councillor Wall
Can the council work with the local Gardai to reduce the speeding on the Stradbally to Athy Road, the R428?
Report: The speed limit on the R428 (Athy/Stradbally road) is 80kph, except for the section at Castlemitchell which has a 60kph limit. If it is felt that is appropriate, the Council, in consultation with the Gardai, has the power to change speed limits. In relation to the enforcement of speed limits, this is a matter for the Gardai.
6. Councillor Wall That the council invite all the relevant bus operators providing bus services in the Athy area to an area meeting to discuss the needs of the transport users within the Athy area, targeting those areas most in need of public transport at this time.
Report: If the Committee are in agreement I can arrange for the public transport providers to be invited to an Area Committee Meeting.
7. Councillor Wall
Can the council confirm the current position in relation to the housing aid and housing adaption grants, will the council be accepting new applications?
Report: The Housing Aid for Older people will remain closed until such time as the existing applications have been dealt with and the funding position for 2012 becomes clear. The Housing Adaptation Grant Scheme remains open and applications are being dealt with in order of medical priority.
8. Councillor Wall
Can the council confirm the up to date position with regard to the new long term housing leasing proposals?
Report: Kildare County Council is in discussion with a number of property owners and voluntary housing bodies throughout the county on a significant number of projects under the Social Housing Leasing Initiative. Each proposal involves the signing of a payment and availability agreement between the council and a voluntary housing body and a separate agreement between the voluntary housing body and developer or property owner.
The process of making units available under the scheme is taking longer than anticipated in many cases as a consequence of the funding mechanisms, completion of estates, compliance with planning permission, sustainable communities and ensuring value for money. I will update the area committee as soon as any schemes in the Athy area are agreed.
12. Councillor Wall
That council enter into an agreement with the local GAA club in Kilcullen, for the use of lands adjacent to the current GAA grounds, considering the tremendous work being carried out by the club with the young people of the town
Report: The economic development unit will engage with Councillor Wall and Kilcullen GAA club officials to assess the club’s request to develop and use some, or all, council land adjoining the club’s existing facilities. Any proposal to enter a lease agreement with the club will be brought before the committee in due course.