Replies to motions November 2013

Councillor Wall
Can the council confirm the up-to-date position with possible footpaths at Carlow Road and Shanrath, Athy and to the Castlevilla Soccer Club in Castledermot?
Report : These three sections of road have been referred to the NTA as schemes to be considered for 2014.

Councillor Wall
That the council confirm the up-to-date position with sewerage upgrade works in Kilcullen and its effects on the Cnoc Na Greine and Castlemartin housing estates.
Report : The Castlemartin Sewerage Scheme is substantially complete with a gravity sewerage system now in place from the R413 (Kilcullen to Newbridge Road) to the Kilcullen Sewerage Pumping Station. Included in the scheme is the extension of the new sewer to the southern side of the R413 to facilitate Kilcullen Community Centre and Scoil Bhride, as well as works related to the Castlemartin pumping station, which serves the Cnoc na Greine housing estate. This pumping station has now been bypassed by the new sewerage system and will be decommissioned in the coming weeks.

Councillor Wall
That the council confirm the up-to-date position with further flood alleviation works at Ballymore Eustace National School.
Report : The Preliminary Design Report and Cost Benefit Analysis for the Ballymore Flood Alleviation Scheme has been completed.
The council is in contact with the Office of Public Works regarding funding for this project and will revert to the Area Committee as soon as a reply has been received from OPW in this regard.We can confirm however, that should funding become available, and assuming that all landowner consents are available, all, or at least some phases of the proposed scheme could be advanced expediently by the Council.

Councillor Wall
Can the council confirm the up-to-date position with the request for assistance for a suitable premises for the newly formed scouting group in Kildangan?
Report: The council are investigating a premises with the view to establishing it’s suitability and will report to the committee when the investigation is completed.

Councillor Wall
Can the council confirm the number of housing loans they have allocated in the last year, the length of time it takes to process an application and the number of applications the council has had?
Report: Kildare County Council has received 45 House Purchase Loan applications so far this year. The majority of applications are sent to the Housing Agency for evaluation and report. On receipt of a Housing Loan Application, the submission is checked thoroughly to ensure, as far as possible, that all the necessary information is included with the application. The quality of information submitted determines the length of time that the process takes.
The Housing Agency have requested that we hold applications until we are in receipt of the full documentation as it is time consuming for them to have to communicate with us to request information and we in turn, communicate with the applicants.
Any subsequent queries arising from the Housing Agency are made to us, and we in turn, write to the applicants seeking the information/ documentation requested to enable the Housing Agency to make their recommendation. On receipt of the recommendation from the Housing Agency, a report is prepared for Kildare County Council’s Credit Committee for final decision. Four loan applications have been approved so far in 2013

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