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September 2012 County Council Meeting Agenda


Date:
10/09/2012 15:30
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

Minutes of Meeting of South Dublin County Council, 9th July 2012

(circulated herewith)

H-I (2)

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

REPORTS OF AREA COMMITTEES

(H2 no reports)

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

(H3 no reports)

H-I (4)

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

STRATEGIC POLICY COMMITTEES

Environment SPC

(i) Report  from Sept 2012 Env SPC

(ii) Mins of May 2012 SPC

(circulated herewith)

H-I (5)

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

REPORTS REQUESTED BY AREA COMMITTEES

(H5 no reports)

Questions

Qu (1)

Submitted by:
Councillor C. Bond
Responsibility:
Caitriona Lambert,Tony O Grady

To ask the Manager can the Council take measures to improve the durability of current and future Speed Ramps?

Qu (2)

Submitted by:
Councillor M. Corr
Responsibility:
Mary Hayes

To ask the Manager to indicate the number of bedsits within the Council's current housing stock?

Qu (3)

Submitted by:
Councillor M. Devine
Responsibility:
Yvonne Dervan

To ask the Manager to provide a copy of terms agreed with the owners of the Fun Fair that takes place in Tymon Park annually?

Qu (4)

Submitted by:
Councillor M. Duff
Responsibility:
Bernie McCormack

To ask the Manager if she will detail the powers of the County Dog Wardens, under The Control of Dogs Regulations, in particular to the requirement for owners of certain breeds of dogs that must be muzzled when in a public place and will she detail what penalties, if any, apply when owners fail to observe that requirement and how those penalties can be applied?

Qu (5)

Submitted by:
Councillor T. Gilligan
Responsibility:
Clodagh Henehan,Patricia McLoughlin

To ask that the Manager outlines how much this Council will get from central government this year and how much SDCC received last year?

Qu (6)

Submitted by:
Councillor J. Hannon
Responsibility:
Paul Hogan

To ask the Manager to report on progress, if any, in relation to implementing the Development Plan objective of facilitating the establishment of a visitor centre/tourism amenity on the Dodder?

Qu (7)

Submitted by:
Councillor J. Hannon
Responsibility:
Bernie McCormack

To ask the Manager to outline current practice in relation to preventing dog litter in public parks and streets, with particular reference to signage, the provision of dedicated bins and enforcement, and given that the stencil signs in some areas are virtually obliterated?

Qu (8)

Submitted by:
Councillor J. Hannon
Responsibility:
Brian Sheehan,Yvonne Dervan

To ask the Manager to report on current policy and practice in relation to facilitating fishing at the Dodder and other rivers within the County?

Qu (9)

Submitted by:
Councillor J. Hannon
Responsibility:
Brian Sheehan

To ask the Manager to report on the role of Park Rangers ie their powers and responsibilities, and to also list the parks in which they operate?

Qu (10)

Submitted by:
Councillor J. Hannon
Responsibility:
William Purcell

To ask the Manager if there is any provision whereby a residential development controlled by a management company may be taken in charge by the Council, following a request by residents and/or the management company?

Qu (11)

Submitted by:
Councillor W. Lavelle
Responsibility:
Brian Sheehan,Paul Hogan

To ask the Manager for an update on efforts to secure funding for the extension of ‘green routes’ throughout the county, including through our parks?

Qu (12)

Submitted by:
Councillor W. Lavelle
Responsibility:
Brian Leonard,Brian Martin

To ask the Manager to outline the options available to tenants in the shared-ownership scheme who are experiencing difficulties in keeping up their payments to return to the council’s housing list?

Qu (13)

Submitted by:
Councillor W. Lavelle
Responsibility:
Tony O Grady

To ask the Manager to outline the proposed new arrangements to be introduced for maintenance of the N4 and other NRA roads in the county; and to further outline the arrangements that will be in place to facilitate elected members’ representation and to ensure accountability?

Qu (14)

Submitted by:
Councillor W. Lavelle
Responsibility:
Denis Bowes,Willie Sheils

To ask the Manager to review the requirement that community groups receiving council grants have to hold a bank account so that groups with a credit union account, who wish to support their local credit union, can receive payment for lodgement in their credit union account?

Qu (15)

Submitted by:
Councillor W. Lavelle
Responsibility:
Yvonne Dervan

To ask the Manager to ensure that when grass verges are being cut by council staff that the areas around lighting columns and signs are also strimmed at the same time and not ignored while being left to be sprayed at a later date?

Qu (16)

Submitted by:
Councillor W. Lavelle
Responsibility:
Paul Hogan

To ask the Manager, when considering future applications to the National Transport Authority, to prioritise measures to improve pedestrian and cycle safety along key routes to schools; and not to progress any further proposals for the opening-up of existing estate railings except where originally requested by local residents?

Qu (17)

Submitted by:
Councillor D. Looney
Responsibility:
Yvonne Dervan

To ask the Manager to investigate the possibility of this Council working with the 'One Million Trees in One Day' group, "a charity, not-for-profit, cross-border, community and environmental initiative" which is seeking to plant a million young native trees at different sites across the island of Ireland on a single day in the coming months, and to make a statement on the initiative?

Qu (18)

Submitted by:
Councillor D. Looney
Responsibility:
Mary Maguire

To ask the Manager to report on the processing of Higher Education Grants by this Council in light of the changes introduced by the Student Support Act 2011, including in the report details on the numbers of applications being renewed for the upcoming academic year, comparisons with relevant previous data and changes in staffing and other resources; and to make a statement on the matter?

Qu (19)

Submitted by:
Councillor D. Looney
Responsibility:
Kay O'Sullivan,Mick McCartan

To ask the Manager for a breakdown of statistics for those on the Housing List and associated lists in South Dublin, and for the numbers who have been housed in the County, year-on-year for the past 10 years, and to make a statement on how changes in housing policy are expected to meet future demand for Council housing in the coming years?

Qu (20)

Submitted by:
Councillor G. O'Connell
Responsibility:
Brian Sheehan,Yvonne Dervan

To ask the Manager for a report on the budget allocation for Grass Cutting in open spaces, grass verges on roadways and medians per electoral area for 2012 and how this relates to the service provided in previous years and what reduction, if any has taken place/is planned from that agreed by the members when approving the 2012 Budget?

Qu (21)

Submitted by:
Councillor G. O'Connell
Responsibility:
Colm Ward

To ask the Manager for a report on the budget allocation for Road Sweeping per electoral area for 2012 and how this relates to the service provided in previous years and what reduction, if any has taken place / is planned from that agreed by the members when approving the 2012 Budget?

Qu (22)

Submitted by:
Councillor G. O'Connell
Responsibility:
Brian Sheehan,Yvonne Dervan

To ask the Manager for a report on the budget allocation for Maintenance of our parks including playing pitches per electoral area for 2012 and how this relates to the service provided in previous years and what reduction, if any has taken place / is planned from that agreed by the members when approving the 2012 Budget?

Qu (23)

Submitted by:
Councillor G. O'Connell
Responsibility:
Colm Ward

To ask the Manager for a report on the budget allocation for Graffiti Removal per electoral area for 2012 and how this relates to the service provided in previous years and what reduction, if any has taken place / is planned from that agreed by the members when approving the 2012 Budget?

Qu (24)

Submitted by:
Councillor G. O'Connell
Responsibility:
Donna Lakes

To ask the Manager for a report on the budget allocation for Litter Collection (control of litter) per electoral area for 2012 and how this relates to the service provided in previous years and what reduction, if any has taken place / is planned from that agreed by the members when approving the 2012 Budget?

Qu (25)

Submitted by:
Councillor T. Ridge
Responsibility:
Brian Sheehan

To congratulate Parks Dept. on acquiring new fitness equipment at Corkagh Park and in view of huge numbers of park users is there any possibility of some of the pathways being repaired?

Qu (26)

Submitted by:
Councillor E. Tuffy
Responsibility:
Clodagh Henehan

To ask the Manager if, in the event that the cut in the Council's LGF Fund allocation is implemented by Government, she can advise councillors if it is necessary to cut the level of services provided by this Council in 2012, and if so, what are her proposals?

Qu (27)

Submitted by:
Councillor E. Walsh 2009
Responsibility:
Brian Sheehan

Maidir leis an bhfáilte a cuireadh roimh an trealamh aclaíochta nua sna páireanna ar fud an chontae an bhféadfadh leis an gComhairle Contae tuilleadh trealamh súgartha bunúsacha do leanaí a sholáthar in aice nó i gcóngar na láithreacha atá an trealamh aclaíochta lonnaithe do dhaoine fásta agus do dhéagóirí? 

With regard to the welcome given to the new exercise equipment in the parks around the county, would the County Council provide more basic play equipment for children beside or near the areas where the exercise equipment is located for adults and teenagers?

Qu (28)

Submitted by:
Councillor E. Walsh 2009
Responsibility:
Paul Hogan

Ag féachaint ar an bhfreagra a tugadh do chomhaltaí na gComhairle seo i  nDeireadh Fómhaír 2011:

1. an bhféadfadh leis an gComhairle torthaí na bpléití leis an Údarás um Bóithre Náisiúnta a fhoilsiú maidir leis an nDá Chéim chun rothaíocht a spreagadh sa Chontae?

2. Cad É toradh na hidirbheartaíochta leis an Údarás maidir leis an Scéim Rothair Bhaile Átha Cliath?

3. Cathain a bhfoilseofar Staidéar um Ghréasáin Rothaíochta an Chontae?

Having regard to an answer given to members of the Council in October 2011:

1.Would the Council publish the results of its discussions with the National Roads Authority regarding the Two Stages to promote cycling in the County?

2. What is the result of the negotiations with the Authority having regard to the Dublin Bike Scheme? 

3. When will the County Cycling Network Study be published?

Qu (29)

Submitted by:
Councillor E. Walsh 2009
Responsibility:
Yvonne Dervan

An bhféadfadh leis an gComhairle inneall séidte a Úsáíd chun cosáin na bpáirceanna a choimeád saor Ón bhféar atá tar Éis a bhainte; is minic a bhíonn na cosáin sleamhain i ndiaidh na bainte?

Would the Council use a blowing machine to keep the pathways in the parks free of grass after it has been cut; the pathways are often slippy after the cut?   

Headed Items

H-I (6)

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

DECLARATION OF ROADS TO BE PUBLIC ROADS

(H6 - no reports)

H-I (7)

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

PROPOSED DISPOSAL OF PROPERTIES/SITES

(circulated herewith)



a)  Proposed Disposal of Affordable Dwellings

(no report)



b)  Proposed Disposal of Lands at Aungierstown, Ballybane, Clondalkin, Dublin 22

(circulated herewith)

H-I (8)

Submitted by:
Bill Kearney
Responsibility:
Bill Kearney

PART 8 REPORT - PROPOSED SKATEPARK AT CLONDALKIN LEISURE CENTRE

(circulated herewith)

H-I (9)

Submitted by:
Mary Maguire
Responsibility:
John Quinlivan,Maire Ni Dhomhnaill

HALLOWEEN 2012

(circulated herewith)

H-I (10)

Submitted by:
Mary Maguire
Responsibility:
Dermot Finch,Teresa Walsh

UPDATE  ON  FLOOD  ALLEVIATION  WORKS

(circulated herewith)

H-I (11)

Submitted by:
Mary Maguire
Responsibility:
Frank Nevin

DRAFT GUIDANCE ON PREPARATION AND ADOPTION OF DEVELOPMENT CONTRIBUTION SCHEMES - Final Date for Submissions Friday 14/9/2012

(circulated herewith)

H-I (12)

Submitted by:
Planning Not is use
Responsibility:
Frank Nevin

DRAFT DEVELOPMENT CONTRIBUTIONS SCHEME

(circulated herewith)

H-I (13)

Submitted by:
Rachel Nolan
Responsibility:
Frank Nevin,Paul Hogan

COUNTY DEVELOPMENT PLAN 2010 - 2016: Two Year Report on progress in securing objectives in accordance with Section 15(2) of the Planning & Development Act 2000 as amended

(circulated herewith)

Correspondence

Cor (1)

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

Ministerial

Letter, dated 11th July 2012, from Minister for Environment regarding SDCC's motion in relation to the establishment of Irish Water (M12/0212)

Cor (2)

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

Ministerial

Letter, dated 25th July 2012, from Minister for Social Protection regarding SDCC's motion in relation to Rent Supplement and Parents with Partial Custody (M10/0712)

Cor (3)

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

Ministerial

(i)  Letter, dated 30th July 2012, from Department of Justice & Equality, regarding SDCC's motion in relation to Direct Provision Accomodation (M3/0712)

(ii) Letter, dated 23rd July 2012, from HSE acknowledging receipt of SDCC's letter regarding SDCC's motion in relation to Direct Provision Accomodation  (M3/0712)

Cor (4)

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

Letter, dated 10th July 2012, from Fingal County Council to the Minister for the Environment, regarding their motion passed in relation to Water Services Workers

Cor (5)

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

Letter, by email dated 11th July 2012, from Irish Medical Organisation regarding their motion passed in relation to Smoking in Playgrounds

Cor (6)

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

Letter, dated 9th July 2012, from Longford County Council regarding their motion passed in relation to Property Tax and Waste Disposal

Cor (7)

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

Letter, dated 16th July 2012, from RPG office regarding SDCC's motion in relation to Regional Planning Guidelines / Liffey Valley Park (M6/0612)

Cor (8)

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

Letter, dated 18th July 2012, from Monaghan Town Council regarding their motions passed in relation to (a) Part-time Firemen and Unemployment Benefits, & (b) Circuses which use wild animals

Cor (9)

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

Letter (acknowledgement), dated 18th July 2012, from Environmental Protection Agency regarding SDCC's motion to revoke Greyhound Waste License (M1/0712)

Cor (10)

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

Letters from Voluntary Housing Associations operating in the SDCC area, regarding SDCC's motion in relation to FIS (M7/0712):-

1) Letter, dated 20th July 2012, from NABCO

2) Letter, dated 23rd July 2012, from Circle Voluntary Housing Association

3) Letter, dated 25th July 2012, from Oaklee Housing Trust

4) Letter, dated 25th July 2012, from Respond! Housing Association

5) Letter, dated 26th July 2012, from Clanmil Ireland

6) Letter, dated 26th July 2012, from Clúid Housing

7) Letter, dated 7th August 2012, from Focus Ireland

8) Letter, dated 16th August 2012, from Sonas Housing Association Ltd.

9) Letter, dated 22nd August 2012, from FOLD Housing Association Ltd.

(all circulated herewith)

Cor (11)

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

Letter, dated 2nd August 2012, from Donegal County Council regarding their motion on Legalization of Abortion

Motions

Mot (1)

Submitted by:
Councillor C. King,Councillor M. Devine,Councillor M. McDonagh
Responsibility:
Mary Maguire

MAYOR'S BUSINESS

That this Council supports the same rights and entitlements to civil marriage for all citizens of South Dublin regardless of race, religion or sexuality.

Mot (2)

Submitted by:
Councillor T. Gilligan
Responsibility:
Colm Ward

That this Council revokes Greyhound's waste licence, following on from a motion I put down at the last Council meeting.

Mot (3)

Submitted by:
Councillor W. Lavelle
Responsibility:
Dermot Finch

That this Council calls on the Ministers for Environment & Health, as part of the process to establish Irish Water, to commission an independent review and Value for Money assessment of the continuing policy of fluoridation of Irish drinking water.

Mot (4)

Submitted by:
Councillor C. Brophy
Responsibility:
Willie Sheils

That this council would make available Tallaght Stadium to the IRFU as part of any Irish bid for the Rugby World Cup. The economic and tourist benefits of having the stadium included in the world’s third largest sporting will be significant and the Council should actively promote the inclusion of the Stadium as part of any Irish hosting of this event.

Mot (5)

Submitted by:
Councillor E. Walsh 2009
Responsibility:
Mary Maguire

Go dtacaíonn an Chomhairle seo leis an mbeartas deireadh a chur leis an urraíocht ó thionscal na ndeochanna alcóil do chúrsaí spóirt, de réir a chéile, ag féachaint ar an díobháil a dhéantar dár sochaí agus dár dtimpeallacht de bharr mhí-úsáíd alcóil.    

That this Council supports the gradual ending of sponsorship of sport from the alcohol drinks industry having regard to the damage that is done to our society and environment because of the abuse of alcohol.

Mot (6)

Submitted by:
Councillor B. Bonner,Councillor C. Bond,Councillor D. Looney,Councillor E. Tuffy,Councillor M. Corr,Councillor M. Duff,Councillor P. Cosgrave,Councillor P. Kearns
Responsibility:
Corporate Performance and Change Management Directorate

That this Council believes that couples of the same sex should be able to avail of the same civil marriage rights and recognition as heterosexual couples. This Council will communicate this viewpoint to the Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence.

Mot (7)

Submitted by:
Councillor T. Ridge
Responsibility:
Mary Maguire

That this Council contact the operators of the Red Line Luas re. bullying and nuisance of passengers on a continuous basis by groups of youths who disturb and frighten other passengers particularly the elderly.  I was verbally abused recently when I asked a group to stop shouting and moving around upsetting, in particular senior citizens.  My journey was from Abbey St. and there was no security presence until Red Cow.  I believe an on-board security is the only safeguard for the users of the Luas.

Mot (8)

Submitted by:
Councillor G. O'Connell
Responsibility:
Clodagh Henehan,Mary Maguire

That this Council, being deeply concerned at the need for credible, transparent, accountable and proper funding for the services delivered by and through the Local Authority, requests the Manager to write to the Minister for the Environment and Local Government, copied to the Minister for Finance, asking that any consideration of a property tax and/or review of the household charge be done only in the context of the funding of Local Government and that it be introduced in a manner that takes account of (a) the ability to pay by householders, (b) includes a realistic subvention from central Government and (c) that it provides for the active participation of elected Councillors in determining both the need and the level of such charges within their circumscription.

Mot (9)

Submitted by:
Councillor E. Tuffy
Responsibility:
Yvonne Dervan

That this Council expresses its dissatisfaction with the timing of the publication by the Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government of the Waste Policy document "A Resource Opportunity" in late July, a time when local authorities could not feasibly schedule meetings to consider the many important proposals in the policy document, notes that the Policy in one very important respect departs completely from the commitment in the Programme for Government to introduce a tendering system in each local authority area which would result in one Waste Management company getting the contract for all household waste collection in a defined area, and is concerned about the sustainability of a possible "free for all" situation with several company waste collection trucks coming into small areas on several days per week, nevertheless acknowledges that there are several positive aspects of the new policy, including a renewed commitment to include provision for financial support to help low income families to pay for waste collection, calls on the Manager to provide for this meeting a draft response document  to the policy proposals, which councillors can consider for forwarding to the Minister, and finally that it is the view of this Council that Government should implement improved and strictly regulated systems for effective management for the recycling and disposal of household waste as soon as possible.

Mot (10)

Submitted by:
Councillor D. Looney
Responsibility:
Mary Maguire

That this Council will include, by the end of the calendar year 2012 at the latest, an easily-accessible yearly breakdown of all Councillor expenses and remuneration on its website (correctly annotated to take account of different positions), beginning with the election of the current Council in 2009.

Mot (11)

Submitted by:
Councillor E. Coburn
Responsibility:
John Browne,John McLoughlin

That this council discuss with the aid of a report the policy of SDCC towards the treatment and management of Ragworth.

Mot (12)

Submitted by:
Councillor M. Devine
Responsibility:
Colm Ward

That this Council corresponds with Minister Hogan to express dismay at the delay in the planned upgrade and extension Tallaght fire station that serves Dublin South West. 

Mot (13)

Submitted by:
Councillor T. Gilligan
Responsibility:
Anne Byrne - Community,Willie Sheils

That this council initiates a 'Make Local' campaign in conjunction with the South Dublin Chamber of Commerce / Clondalkin Chamber of Commerce. Similar to the 'Think Local' campaign launched some time ago

Mot (14)

Submitted by:
Councillor W. Lavelle
Responsibility:
Frank Nevin

That that Council requests the Manager to present a detailed report, for discussion, on the funding options available to the Council to develop new community enterprise centre spaces, training space, ‘hot-desking’ facilities etc. (including though the leasing of currently vacant premises) in areas of the county currently not serviced and where there is a clear verifiable demand.

Mot (15)

Submitted by:
Councillor G. O'Connell
Responsibility:
John McLoughlin

That a discussion take place on the proliferation of the noxious weed "RAGWORTH" on public spaces across the County, e.g. the N4 at Palmerston, the Coldcut, the N81, with a view to finding a way of dealing with it (it is illegal not to cut it) as it is a source of frustration and blight on the efforts of local communities to work towards the objectives of  "Beautiful South Dublin".

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