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January 2006 County Council Meeting Agenda


Date:
09/01/2006 00:00
Location:
Council Chamber
Standing Orders:
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Headed Items

H-I (1)

Submitted by:
Corporate Performance and Change Management Directorate
Responsibility:
Corporate Performance and Change Management Directorate

CONFIRMATION AND RE-AFFIRMATION OF MINUTES

a) Minutes of Meeting of South Dublin County Council - Annual Budget Meeting, 8th December 2005

b) Minutes of Meeting South Dublin County Council, 12th December 2005

c) Minutes of Meeting of South Dublin County Council - Adjourned Annual Budget, 15th December 2005

                                     (all circulated herewith)

H-I (2)

Submitted by:
Corporate Performance and Change Management Directorate
Responsibility:
Housing Administration,Planning Not is use,Roads Department

Report of the Area Committees

a) Terenure/Rathfarnham Area Committee (1) - 6th December 2005

Dealing with Roads, Planning, Development and Corporate Services

                                              (no report)

b) Terenure/Rathfarnham Area Committee (2) - 13th December 2005

Dealing with Community (1 Report - Grants), Parks, Environment and Housing

                                            (circulated herewith)

c) Tallaght Area Committee (1) - 7th December 2005

Dealing with Environment, Parks, Community (1 report - Grants) and Housing

                                           (circulated herewith)

d) Tallaght Area Committee (2) - 14th December 2005

Dealing with Roads, Planning, Development and Corporate Services

                                      (no report)

e) Lucan/Clondalkin Area Committee (1) - 14th December 2005

Dealing with Development, Planning, Corporate Services and Roads

                                     (no report)

f) Lucan/Clondalkin Area Committee (2) - 19th December 2005

Dealing with Environment, Parks, Community (1 report- Grants) and Housing

                                                (circulated herewith)

H-I (3)

Submitted by:
Corporate Performance and Change Management Directorate
Responsibility:
Corporate Performance and Change Management Directorate

Standing Committees - Organisation, Procedure and Finance Committee

                                                                            (no report)

H-I (4)

Submitted by:
Corporate Performance and Change Management Directorate
Responsibility:
 

Strategic Policy Committees

                                                                       (no report)

H-I (5)

Submitted by:
Corporate Performance and Change Management Directorate
Responsibility:
 

Reports Requested by Area Committees

(no report)

Questions

Qu (1)

Submitted by:
Councillor M. Daly
Responsibility:
Michael Kenny

To ask the Manager to update the Council on the proposed village renewal schemes in the county and state whether enough funding has been received to carry out the councils proposals. Will he identify the priorities within the Council work programme?

Qu (2)

Submitted by:
Councillor M. Daly
Responsibility:
Jim Walsh (Development Business)

To ask the Manager to update the Council on developments resulting from communication/correspondence between the Council and the Dept of Sport and tourism with regard to Tallaght Stadium?

Qu (3)

Submitted by:
Councillor M. Daly
Responsibility:
Mick McCartan

To ask the Manager what are decibel level requirements set at for new apartment developments which the Council will take in hand. Would she make a comment on the poor sound insulation in relatively new developments which is causing a nuisance to tenants?

Qu (4)

Submitted by:
Councillor M. Daly
Responsibility:
Tom O'Neill

To ask the Manager will she outline her proposals for tackling antisocial behaviour in former Council estates. Would she agree that there are many problems emanating from former tenants who have purchased their homes and are now deemed outside of the Council's remit?

Qu (5)

Submitted by:
Councillor M. Daly
Responsibility:
Michael Coleman,Teresa Walsh

To ask the Manager would he be positively disposed to providing language classes in Polish/English and English/Polish for the large Polish community now living within the county?

Qu (6)

Submitted by:
Councillor M. Daly
Responsibility:
Philip Murphy

To ask the Manager has South Dublin County Council maximised the potential housing monies available from the Dept of Environment?

Qu (7)

Submitted by:
Councillor R. Dowds
Responsibility:
Paul Fleming
To ask the Manager if there is a bye-law concerning biodegradable refuse bags for vegetable waste from hotels and, if so, could he outline its contents?

Qu (8)

Submitted by:
Fintan McCarthy
Responsibility:
Paddy McNamara

To ask the Manager to put in place the appropriate accounting structure to ensure that all Development levies that are receipted in the Council’s Planning Department on a Countywide basis are also recorded in such a way as to enable a breakdown, electoral area by electoral area, to be provided to Councillors?

Qu (9)

Submitted by:
Fintan McCarthy
Responsibility:
Muiris O'Keeffe

To ask the Manager to provide an update on the current situation pertaining to the implementation of a special 30 kph speed limit outside all schools within the County given that the enabling legislation was enacted by the Oireachtas eleven months ago?

 

 

 

Qu (10)

Submitted by:
Fintan McCarthy
Responsibility:
Michael Kenny

To ask the Manager to make a statement on what steps are being taken by the Council to ensure that the recently announced plans for Metro and LUAS within the county will be facilitated in relation to the County Development Plan?

Qu (11)

Submitted by:
Fintan McCarthy
Responsibility:
Brian Brennan,Gary Keogh

To ask the Manager to outline what steps will be taken to enable the Council to obtain their future electricity supplies from renewable energy sources?

 

 

 

Qu (12)

Submitted by:
Fintan McCarthy
Responsibility:
Eamon Cunningham

To ask the Manager to report upon the difference in expenditure by the Council in 2005 on the construction of new roads and that spent on Quality Bus Corridors and the Safe Routes to Schools scheme?

Qu (13)

Submitted by:
Fintan McCarthy
Responsibility:
Gerry Fitzgibbon

To ask the Manager to provide an indication as to when the current review of the Council’s Water Leisure Strategy is likely to be concluded given the need for additional swimming facilities within the county as evidenced by the fact that South Dublin languishes close to the bottom of the table with regard to swimming pool use per capita in the service indicators report of the Department of the Environment and Local Government?

Qu (14)

Submitted by:
Councillor M. Murphy
Responsibility:
Paul Fleming
To ask the  Manager how many households have Bin Tax arrears?

Qu (15)

Submitted by:
Councillor M. Murphy
Responsibility:
Paul Fleming
To ask the Manager given that one bin tag equals one collection, what is the average number of bin collections per household in the county per annum?

Qu (16)

Submitted by:
Councillor M. Murphy
Responsibility:
Paul Fleming
To ask the Manager what is the average amount of waste (all kinds i.e. Black Bin, Green Bin, Civic Amenity etc) per household, per annum in the Dublin Region?

Qu (17)

Submitted by:
Councillor S. O'Conchúir
Responsibility:
Eamon Cunningham
To ask the Manager does South Dublin County Council or any of the other three council authorities benefit financially from the tolls paid for using the M50 toll bridge and to ask does this council or any of the other three councils hold shares in N.T.R and what is the percentage?

Headed Items

H-I (6)

Submitted by:
Planning Not is use
Responsibility:
Planning Not is use

Proposed Variation of the South Dublin County Council Development Plan 2004-2010 - Variation No. 1  Greenogue

                                     (circulated herewith)

H-I (7)

Submitted by:
Corporate Performance and Change Management Directorate
Responsibility:
Roads Department

Declaration of Roads to be Public Roads

                                             (circulated herewith)

H-I (8)

Submitted by:
Corporate Performance and Change Management Directorate
Responsibility:
Development, Econ. & Transport Planning Dept.,Housing Administration

Proposed Disposal of Properties/Sites

a) Proposed Disposal of Affordable Housing Units (33)

b) Granting of Apartment Lease to the Law Agent in respect of apartment being disposed of by the Council through Shared Ownership.

c) Proposed Variation in Terms of assignment of leasehold interest in Unit 3, Westward House, 8 Main Street, Clondalkin, Dublin 22.

d) Proposed disposal of 149 designated voluntary housing units at Deerpark,Kiltipper to Circle Voluntary Housing Association.  

e) Small Builders Scheme - Proposed Disposal of Fee Simple Interest at 180 Balrothery Estate Tallaght, Dublin 24.

f) Small Builders Scheme - Proposed Disposal of Fee Simple Interest at 102 Alpine Heights, Clondalkin, Dublin 22.

                                            (all circulated herewith)

H-I (9)

Submitted by:
Helen Keane
Responsibility:
Housing Administration

Report on Public Notification procedure under Part 8 of the Planning and Development Regulations 2001- 2003 for the proposed construction of  seven no. group houses and all necessary associated ancillary works to accommodate members of the Travelling community on a site at Tay Lane, Rathcoole, Co. Dublin.

                                   (circulated herewith)

H-I (10)

Submitted by:
Development, Econ. & Transport Planning Dept.
Responsibility:
Development, Econ. & Transport Planning Dept.

Approval of registration of charge by the Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism in respect of premises at Ballyowen Park, Lucan - land leased by South Dublin Football League.

                                     (circulated herewith)

H-I (11)

Submitted by:
Ann Concannon
Responsibility:
Development, Econ. & Transport Planning Dept.

Approval to registration of charge by the Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism in respect of premises at Bancroft Park, Greenhills Road, Tallaght, Dublin 24 - premises to be managed by Tallaght Athletic Club.

                                        (circulated herewith)

H-I (12)

Submitted by:
Corporate Performance and Change Management Directorate
Responsibility:
Gary Keogh

Health Act  2005 (Regional Health Forums) Reg. 2005 - Nomination of Seven (7) Members to Dublin/Mid Leinster Regional Health Forum

                                       (circulated herewith)

H-I (13)

Submitted by:
Development, Econ. & Transport Planning Dept.
Responsibility:
Development, Econ. & Transport Planning Dept.

Report on Completion of Stadium – Tallaght

                                    (circulated herewith)

Correspondence

Cor (1)

Submitted by:
Corporate Performance and Change Management Directorate
Responsibility:
 

Ministerial

Letter, dated 16th December 2005 from the Department of Health and Children regarding the establishment of Regional Health Forums under the Health Act 2004 (Regional Health Forums) Reg. 2005.

Cor (2)

Submitted by:
Corporate Performance and Change Management Directorate
Responsibility:
 

Other

Letter dated, 2nd December 2005 from the Food Safety Authority of Ireland in reply to motion passed at South Dublin County Council's meeting of 14th November regarding a declaration of 'GM Free Zone'.

Cor (3)

Submitted by:
Corporate Performance and Change Management Directorate
Responsibility:
 
Letter, dated 7th December 2005 from the National Roads Authority in reply to motions passed by South Dublin County Council at its meeting held on 10th October regarding the Toll Bridge.

Cor (4)

Submitted by:
Corporate Performance and Change Management Directorate
Responsibility:
 
Letter, dated 7th December 2005 from the EPA in reply to motion passed by South Dublin County Council at its meeting held on 14th November regarding an emergency action plan to avert green waste crisis.

Cor (5)

Submitted by:
Terry Fallon
Responsibility:
 
Letter, dated 12th December 2005 from Galway County Council regarding motion passed calling on the Minister for the Environment, Heritage & Local Government to amend the Waste Management Act to allow competitive tendering of household waste collection service.

Motions

Mot (1)

Submitted by:
Councillor T. Ridge
Responsibility:
Muiris O'Keeffe

Mayor's Business

That in the absence of the promised buses this Council approves the limited use of empty bus lanes for ordinary car drivers at peak hour traffic given the fact that we have lost half our road space and have not received the promised buses.

Mot (2)

Submitted by:
Councillor C. Jones
Responsibility:
Michael Coleman
That this Council calls for a report on the discussions to date with the Department of Education in relation to funding the management and maintenance of the School/Community dual use halls, currently being constructed under the Schools Building Programme.

Mot (3)

Submitted by:
Councillor T. Gilligan
Responsibility:
Michael Coleman
That the Council look towards allocating funding to the South Dublin Childcare Association.

Mot (4)

Submitted by:
Councillor S. O'Conchúir
Responsibility:
Jim Kilgarriff
That this Council will exert its influences by writing to all area Garda Superintendents calling on them to enforce the Council bye-law re Drinking in public which is enforced by An Garda Siochana and report back to Council after a 3 month period the figures re. issuing of fines in order for this Council to monitor and see if this is having any effect in combating this scourge and especially amongst the under age.

Mot (5)

Submitted by:
Councillor T. McDermott,Fintan McCarthy
Responsibility:
Paul Fleming
That this Council calls on the Manager to replace the €40 charge for home composters to a nominal charge (less than €10) or none at all for customers who collect them. That the charge for delivery to a customers home should not be a disincentive to home composting (less than €25), and that waiver qualifiers be eligible for a free home composter to be delivered to them.

Mot (6)

Submitted by:
Councillor T. Ridge
Responsibility:
Gary Keogh
That this Council write to the Tanaiste and Minister for Health Mary Harney to ask her to provide extended and necessary facilities at the A&E Department at Tallaght Hospital to cope with the dreadful lack of privacy and lack of visitor space which is currently the case.

Mot (7)

Submitted by:
Councillor J. Hannon
Responsibility:
Paul Fleming
That this Council adopt a "Name & Shame" policy in regard to litter offences.

Mot (8)

Submitted by:
Councillor E. Tuffy
Responsibility:
Muiris O'Keeffe
That South Dublin County Council recognises that the existing national School Transport System operated by the Department of Educational and Science and Bus Eireann was designed in another era for the principal purpose of increasing educational participation at second level, and that the issue to be addressed in school transport in the County in the new century has to do with traffic congestion, safety at school locations and pressure on parents to bring children to school by car, and requests the Manager to undertake an initiative, in consultation with the Government  to provide a Council operated School Transport System in the County. 

Mot (9)

Submitted by:
Councillor J. Lahart
Responsibility:
Denis Ryan,Tony O Grady
That the Council, as a response to damages caused to grass verges, footpaths and outside driveways, as a consequence of private development work, be it residential, commercial or industrial, introduces a bye -law or introduces the provision of a Notification Certificate for residents and businesses, that enables the Council to examine locations prior to the commencement of building/developments, as a means of guarantee that either (a) sites are restored to original order (b) the Council can charge a fee to the occupier or builder or developer , to cover the expense of reinstatement by the local authority.

Mot (10)

Submitted by:
Councillor C. King
Responsibility:
Gary Keogh
That this Council, in light of the recent proposals put forward by Sinn Fein for a green paper on re-unification and the S.D.L.Ps recently launched united Ireland strategy, calls on the Dublin Government to lead an immediate and extensive consultation process with all sections of society, including unionism on a green paper for the re-unification of Ireland and recognises the need for adequate preparation for same.

Mot (11)

Submitted by:
Sen. C. Keane
Responsibility:
Pat Murphy

That this Council discuss the request from the Co. Childcare Committee that childcare facilities in the County be exempt from rates. 

Mot (12)

Submitted by:
Councillor R. Dowds
Responsibility:
Paul Fleming

That South Dublin County Council (a)  Report on the impact of composters in terms of reducing waste in our County  and (b)  Agrees to set up a pilot scheme in a given area using sophisticated food and vegetation digesters to see the impact that has on dealing with waste.

Mot (13)

Submitted by:
Councillor M. Daly
Responsibility:
Paul Fleming

That this Council set up an information drive for the county to encourage citizens to return their bulk packaging to the point of purchase and encourage REPAK and all commercial businesses to participate in a package reduction scheme which will reduce the amount of waste and reduce the amount of costs to the local environment and business.

Mot (14)

Submitted by:
Councillor D. Keating
Responsibility:
Jim Kilgarriff,Michael Hannon
That the Manager would please provide an up-to-date and detailed report on progress made to build the Council's first Skate Park. Specifically would the Manager please report on the local consultation process which I requested at the outset, with the delegation from the local Skate Board Club regarding the design, lay-out and materials to be used in the Skate Park, and the time scale for the building and completion of this Skate Park.

Mot (15)

Submitted by:
Councillor J. Neville
Responsibility:
Paul Fleming
That this Council notes the widespread damage caused by unauthorized bonfires at Halloween in the administrative area of South Dublin County Council and the widespread dumping thereof and in an effort to minimise such dumping of household goods calls on the Manager to schedule the annual Council junk collection for the month of September each year.

Mot (16)

Submitted by:
Councillor M. Murphy
Responsibility:
Paul Fleming

That Council Staff would research in Canada the cost of setting up a Re-Cycling Plant that can Handle Dry Waste from Green Bin Collection capable of separating Paper, Cans, Glass and Plastic. That the Manger would put a plan in place to ring fence enough capital from the sale of lands to build such a plant. The Plant to be in place when the current waste plan runs out in 2010. The Green Bin collection to then be extended to twice a month and for it to be carried out by directly employed Council Workers.

 

Mot (17)

Submitted by:
Councillor S. O'Conchúir
Responsibility:
Frank Nevin
In view of recent job losses, that South Dublin County Council takes the initiative and brings together all interested parties - such as FAS, the unions, employers' organisations, local chambers of commerce, community representatives and government bodies such as the IDA and so on - to ensure that everything possible is done to promote and maintain the attractiveness and suitability of the area for new industries.

Mot (18)

Submitted by:
Councillor T. Ridge
Responsibility:
John Quinlivan,Tom O'Neill
That a detailed report be brought to this Council outlining the actual numbers of staff working directly on anti-social issues.  The report to include staff on part time hours, maternity leave and a breakdown re Clondalkin and Tallaght areas.

Mot (19)

Submitted by:
Councillor T. McDermott
Responsibility:
Muiris O'Keeffe
That South Dublin County Council calls on the Dublin City Manager to restrict access to the city centre (between the Royal Canal and the Grand Canal ), by vehicles of three axles and more between the hours of 7AM and 7PM unless such vehicles are carrying a permit issued by the City Manager. And that such restriction becomes effective when the Dublin Port Tunnel opens - in order that the citizens of South Dublin County enjoy the benefits promised when funding for the Port Tunnel project was approved.

Mot (20)

Submitted by:
Councillor J. Lahart
Responsibility:
Martin Judge
That the Council undertakes a review of the regulations governing the siting of planning application roadside public notices, particularly in light of obvious flaws relating to where a planning application may be lodged within an estate that directly affects residents to the rear of that house but located in a different estate.

Mot (21)

Submitted by:
Councillor E. Tuffy
Responsibility:
Mary O'Shaughnessy
That the Council notes with concern that individuals and families who have been approved for apartments and houses under the Council's Affordable Housing Schemes are being required to pay Management Charges of € 800 per annum and more, that the requirement to pay such charges is effectively adding about € 20000 to the cost of their homes, and requests the Manager to have these charges taken into account when arriving at prices to be determined for Affordable Housing units.

Mot (22)

Submitted by:
Sen. C. Keane
Responsibility:
Gary Keogh

That this Council recommends that we make representation to the Colombian Ambassador in London to ensure that the  military rescue operation proposed by President Uribe  to rescue hostages held by FARC be cancelled.  Mindful of the fact that FARC leaders have ordered their men to execute hostages in such a rescue operation, by proceeding in this way, it is imposing a death sentence on the hostages one of whom includes Ingrid Betancourt on whom we have bestowed the Freedom of the County of South Dublin.

Mot (23)

Submitted by:
Fintan McCarthy
Responsibility:
Muiris O'Keeffe

That this Council takes the appropriate steps to instigate a pilot school bus project as part of its role in traffic management and road safety. Such a scheme would benefit primary and secondary school children as well as all other road users by providing a reasonable alternative to the many families who at present spend a considerable amount of time ferrying children to and from school; thereby contributing in no small part to the traffic congestion that currently plagues our communities.

 

 

 

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