Replies to motions at May meeting of Athy Area Committee – KCC



Athy Area Committee Meeting

Agenda Reports

21 May 2012




  1. Councillor Wall

Can the council bring the road at Rickardstown Lower, Kildangan up to a proper standard?

Report from the Kildare Area Office:  Due to current budget constraints the Western area office is currently not in a position to carry out substantial road works in this area.  The road will be listed for consideration for 2013.  In the meantime the area office will carry out ongoing maintenance as required and as funding allows.



Housing, Community and Cultural Services (10:45 a.m.)

  1. 2.    To receive an update on developments and projected time scales at Coneyboro.

Report:KildareCounty Council and Athy Town Council are working closely with all interested parties to progress the above scheme. The Council has agreed a methodology with the developer for the completion of the estate and occupation of housing units and all parties involved are endeavouring to deliver on this. The Council anticipates that works on site will commence within the next two months.


  1. Councillor Wall

That the council confirm the up to date position in relation to the leasing of lands to Kilcullen GAA Club.

A report will be issued at the June meeting of the committee.



Water and Environmental Services (10:50 a.m.)


  1. Councillor Wall

That the council confirm the up to date position in relation to the sewerage connection at the Cnoc na Greine housing estate in Kilcullen.

Report: Castlemartin and Cnoc na Gréine have not been taken in charge. Water services are maintaining a pumping station here which serves both developments and there are no issues with this pumping station at present.


  1. Councillor Wall

Can the council confirm the up to date position with flooding alleviation works in and aroundBallymoreEustaceNationalSchool?

Report: Funding has been identified for the first phase of the works required to address flooding issues in and aroundBallymoreEustaceNationalSchool. 

These works will involve repair of the Ballymore River Walk and construction of a new channel with sufficient capacity for the 1 in 100 year flood plus an additional allowance of 20% for climate change.

Detailed design is now nearing completion and tender documents will then be prepared. It is hoped to invite tenders over the coming weeks and have all works complete by September of this year.



  1. Councillor Wall

That the council confirm the amount of undeveloped land owned by the local authority within the Athy area with a view to using suitable land for the benefit of the communities where these lands are located.


Kildare County Council owns two large sites in the Athy area,. These sites were acquired for housing purposes a number of years ago and several developments have since taken place including the provision of private sites, Traveller accommodation, local authority and voluntary housing. Kildare County Council has no immediate plans for further housing development at these locations due to budgetary constraints.

As these sites were acquired for housing purposes, any proposal to utilise residual or undeveloped lands would have to be considered by the Housing, Community and Cultural Services directorate having regard to local housing need.

Councillor Wall

Can the council work with Athy Town Council on the proposed MMS texting service for the area, informing business and those that sign up of events that may affect them?

Report: The council currently does not have an SMS gateway and has no immediate plans to deploy same. Instead, it is using a combination of alerts via the council websites that feed social media sites, Facebook and Twitter, to which citizens can ‘sign up’ to. There are commercial offerings in this space that provide industrial strength SMS solutions, for example, that might be of interest in this regard.

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