Replies to questions re Ballykelly GFC, Lights at Castlemitchell, Railway bridge Cloney, Housing Grants and Housing, Playgrounds and NAMA

Cllr Wall
That the council improve the road and margins to Ballykelly GFC, Monasterevin.

Report: The Area Office will consider this location, along with other areas, for works in 2014. The area office will not be in a position to make a decision until budgets are confirmed.

Councillor Wall
Can the council confirm their plans to remove the traffic lights at Castlemitchell, Athy as previously raised by this committee and in the interest of the community

Report: The Athy area office has been in discussion with the relevant landowners with a view to solving the issue of the road realignment at Castlemitchell. The structural stability of the road was compromised after a road traffic accident at this location. The traffic lights were erected to ensure traffic was diverted away from the weakened road lane. The road cannot be opened to two lane traffic until this issue has been solved.

Councillor Wall
Can the council investigate and improve the safety of the railway bridge at Cloney, Athy?

Report: The road surface on the railway bridge on the L7063 at Cloney, is not in good condition. An improvement scheme has been proposed for this area. Progression of this work will depend on finances made available for 2014. Issued by: Sonya Kavanagh, Senior Executive Officer, Roads & Transport

Councillor Wall
Can the council improve the road surface from Woodstock Street to the Canal Bridge in Athy, removing the continued flooding at Dooley’s Terrace, Athy

Report: The Area Office is looking at the drainage issues at Dooley’s Terrace, Athy. Funds have been sought to carry out footpath improvements and surface repairs at Woodstock St., Athy and the progression of this work will be dependent on the availability of funding.

Councillor Wall
Can the council investigate and improve the safety of the railway bridge at Cloney, Athy?

Report: The road surface on the railway bridge on the L7063 at Cloney, is not in good condition. An improvement scheme has been proposed for this area. Progression of this work will depend on finances made available for 2014.

Councillor Wall
That the council confirm their plans for the Housing Adaption and Housing Aid Grants for 2014.

Council confirmed it is their intention to open up Housing Aid grant possibly within the the next 3-4 weeks , there will be a new form. They are waiting on final submission from Department, there is no back log in the Department .

Councillor Wall
That the council lease their lands at Ardrew, Athy (Pir 10013 & folios ke3861 and ke3862 and ke3863) for the use of those sporting clubs that are coming under pressure within the town for recreational space and especially for the welcome increase in youth teams of different sports.

Council confirmed that their Architects are looking at this proposal, all Councillors urged it to be progressed , further updated in the coming weeks .

Councillor Wall
Can the council confirm the up-to-date position with its recent application to the Department of Children and Youth Affairs for assistance with the upgrading or provision of playgrounds within the county

Report: An allocation of €20k has been awarded by The Department of Children and Youth Affairs towards the up grading of the playground in The Peoples Park. A further €20k will be provided in match funding to assist the upgrade. It is proposed to develop a programme of works in conjunction with Athy Town Council towards the upgrade of the playground and to implement this in 2014. .

Councillor Wall
Can the council confirm any further discussions they may have had with NAMA about the possible take over of potential social housing units within the county and in the Athy Electoral Area, given the recent announcement by NAMA and the recent welcome news in Athy town

Report:The properties potentially available through the National Assets Management Agency (NAMA) are part of the security for loans that NAMA has acquired. In the majority of cases, properties remain in the ownership of the original borrowers. The remaining properties are controlled by receivers appointed by NAMA. The Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government and the Housing Agency are continuing to work with NAMA to ensure that suitable properties, for which Kildare County Council has a demand, are secured for social housing. It is expected that the majority of suitable properties will be secured through leasing arrangements with the property owners or receivers. The Council has facilitated the leasing of thirty-nine properties and the purchase of eight social units in the Athy area through NAMA

About Mark Wall

Member of Kildare County Council Contact 0833341488
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