Replies to May meeting Athy Area

Kildare County Council​
Athy Area Committee Meeting
Agenda Reports
20 May 2013

Councillor Wall
That the council carry out a safety design at Geraldine Crossroads, Athy in order to improve safety for all users of the junction.
Report: This matter has been referred to roads design to carry out a survey of the junction.

Councillor Wall
That the council bring the Cloneybeg Road up to a proper standard.
Report from the Kildare Area Office: The area office will add this area to current list for the road patching and pothole repair crew.

Councillor Wall
That the council confirm the up to date position with the proposed footpath at the Shanrath housing estate on the Castledermot Road in Athy and look at the safety of the turning points into the estate.
Report: This matter has been referred to roads design to survey the area in relation to the following; (a) footpath, (b) public lighting, (c) drainage, and (d) land acquisition.

Councillor Wall
Can the council confirm the up to date position with the proposed footpath on the Carlow Road?
Report: This matter has been referred to roads design to carry out a survey of the area in relation to the following; (a) footpath, (b) public lighting, (c) drainage, and (d) land acquisition.​

It was stated in a response from the finance department, in relation to shared ownership
loans, that there had been no recent formal contact made with the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government. Councillor Wall requested that clarification be given on how recent, formal contact has been.

Footpath, Castle Villa Soccer Club
The committee considered the following motion in the name of Councillor Miley:
That the Council design and cost and work with Castle Villa soccer club to develop a footpath from the village of Castledermot to Castle Villa soccer out at Mullarney.
The administrator read a report from the roads and transportation department, dated 18 April 2013, stating that this job had been referred to road design for a design and costing of same. The chief technician would meet Councillors Miley and Wall on site to discuss the matter.
It should be noted that there were a number of elements to the work:
-Land acquisition.
-Drainage.
-Footpath construction.
-Public lighting.
-Reinstatement of road after work.
This work could then be considered in light of finances available.
The members wished to state that these works needed to be carried out as a matter of health and safety, and the works should be prioritised. The committee wished to be kept informed of progress.
The report was noted.

Safety of Merrins Cross Roads – Kildoon, Nurney
The committee considered the following question in the name of Councillor Wall:
Can the Council investigate the safety of Merrins Cross Roads in Kildoon Nurney ensuring its safety for all road users?
The administrator read a report from the Kildare area office, dated 18 April 2013, stating that
the area office would examine the junction in question. It should be noted that due to the rural aspect of the junction it was not possible to ensure the safety of all road users in particular vulnerable road users. The members requested that this junction be redefined, possibly with bollards, as the road markings and roadside have almost disappeared.
Resolved: that members be kept informed of progress.

Coneyboro Estate
The committee considered the following question in the name of Councillor Wall:
Can the council give an update on the allocation of the vacant houses in the Coneyboro estate, the discussions they have had with the voluntary housing association involved and a possible timeframe involved in their allocation?
The administrator read a report from the housing department, dated 19 April 2013, stating that these houses are the subject of a proposed leasing arrangement under the Social Housing Leasing Initiative. The leasing agreement would be between the voluntary housing association approved by the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government and the developer in question. The council would enter into a Service Level Agreement with the voluntary housing body once they confirm that the units are available for allocation. The Council has not, as yet, been advised of a delivery date for the units. The members were anxious to receive a completion date for this and requested that they be contacted directly by email with a response to their query.
Resolved: that members be informed of completion date by email as soon as possible.

Illegal Dumping – South Kildare
The committee considered the following motion in the name of Councillor Wall:
That the Council update its members on the measures they are taking to combat illegal dumping in the South Kildare area, specifically around and along local rivers and canals.
The administrator read a report from the environment department, dated 18 April 2013, stating that some of these locations could be particularly difficult to monitor due to the local geographics and rural nature. There were a number of different parties who have varying levels of responsibilities including the Barrow Drainage Board and Waterways Ireland. Kildare County Council waste enforcement staff have carried out checkpoint stops in an area between Monasterevin and Athy with the assistance of the local Gardaí in 2011 and 2012. The checkpoints are set up to ascertain if waste collection operators have correct permits etc. It was proposed to carry out further spot checks during 2013. The council’s litter warden has been working with local groups to examine dumping issues in an effort to detect offenders. Local groups, following community clean ups, receive assistance from the council’s environmental clean up crew to remove material collected. A meeting has been arranged to discuss the issues involving all parties. Kildare County Council would endeavour to assist in any action plan agreed following this meeting. The members wished to acknowledge the work done by the litter warden, and agreed that the community texting system was very positive. Councillor Wall queried if covert cameras could be used along the Milltown Canal for a period of time, to detect any illegal dumping in this area.
Resolved: that covert cameras be used along Milltown Canal to detect illegal dumping.

About Mark Wall

Member of Kildare County Council Contact 0833341488
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