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December 2005 County Council Meeting Agenda


Date:
12/12/2005 00:00
Location:
Council Chamber
Standing Orders:
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Annual Interfaith Ceremony will take place in St. Mary's Parish Church, Lucan at 7.30 p.m.

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, 14th November 2005.

                                               (circulated herewith)

H-I (2)

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

a) Terenure/Rathfarnham Area Committee (1) - 1st November 2005

Dealing with Roads, Planning, Development and Corporate Services.

                                                                    (no report)

b) Terenure/Rathfarnham Area Committee (2) - 8th November 2005

Dealing with Community, Parks, Environment and Housing.

                                                           (no report)

c) Tallaght Area Committee (1) - 21st November 2005

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

                                                           (circulated herewith)

d) Tallaght Area Committee (2) - 28th November 2005

Dealing with Roads, Planning (1 report-Material Contravention), Development and Corporate Services

                                                                  (circulated herewith)

e) Lucan/Clondalkin Area Committee (1) - 15th November 2005

Dealing with Development, Planning, Corporate Services and Roads

                                                                    (no report)

f) Lucan/Clondalkin Area Committee (2) - 22nd November 2005

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

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, 24th November 2005

(a) Calendar of Meeting Dates

                                                    (circulated herewith)

H-I (4)

Submitted by:
Corporate Performance and Change Management Directorate
Responsibility:
Frank Coffey,Jim Walsh (Development Business),Mary Pyne,Pat Smith,Philomena Poole,Tom Doherty

Strategic Policy Committees

a) Report of the Environment SPC, 9/11/05

b) Report of the Housing & Social Development SPC, 10/11/05

c) Report of the Sports, Recreation, Community Development SPC, 16/11/05.

d) Report of the Transportation SPC, 17/11/05

e) Report of the Economic Development (Planning and Development) SPC, 30/11/05

f) Report of the Arts, Culture, Gaeilge, Education & Libraries SPC, 1/12/05

                                (all circulated herewith)

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. Corr
Responsibility:
Paddy McNamara

To ask the Manager to state in how many instances has the Council required as a condition of planning permission that a Management Company be established to provide specified services to apartment blocks and other residential developments and will he detail the developments where such arrangements now obtain and if he is aware of the fees that obtain in each case?

 

Qu (2)

Submitted by:
Councillor M. Corr
Responsibility:
Paul Fleming

To ask the Manager what additional resources will be put in place in the County to deal with the usual enormous increase in volume of glass recycling over the Christmas period - given the unacceptable and dangerous situation that arose last Christmas whereby bottle banks were full and recycleable glass was indiscriminately abandoned in the areas surrounding the bottle banks?

 

 

Qu (3)

Submitted by:
Councillor M. Daly
Responsibility:
Jimmy Kelly

To ask the Manager to update the Council on developments resulting from the council,s involvement with the education initiatives for the Travelling Community and will he make a statement on this?

Qu (4)

Submitted by:
Councillor M. Daly
Responsibility:
Paul Fleming

To ask the Manager what action he will take to increase the level of waste reduction at origin or point of purchase within the County?

Qu (5)

Submitted by:
Councillor M. Daly
Responsibility:
Fiacra Worrall

To ask the Manager to give an account of the level of take up of the disability home improvement grant. Will he outline the number of applicants, time of adjudication, % level of approvals and number of cases rejected by Medical Officer?

Qu (6)

Submitted by:
Councillor M. Daly
Responsibility:
Paul Fleming

To ask the Manager will he outline his proposals for the roll out of brown waste collection/house composting for 2006?

Qu (7)

Submitted by:
Councillor M. Daly
Responsibility:
Brian Brennan

To ask the Manager to clarify the position of all contractors working on behalf of the Council that they are in compliance with the optimum Health & Safety Standards and compliance with proper industry rates of pay?

Qu (8)

Submitted by:
Councillor M. Daly
Responsibility:
Michael Coleman

To ask the Manager to update this Council on the siting of a commemorative plaque in County Hall to the 200th anniversary of the Emmett Rebellion as passed by motion of the full council and agreed to by management?

Qu (9)

Submitted by:
Councillor R. Dowds
Responsibility:
Paul Fleming
To ask the Manager for a detailed report on the experiment in Cork City Council where renewable fuels, based on oil seed rape, were used to propel some of that city's council vehicles?

Qu (10)

Submitted by:
Councillor R. Dowds
Responsibility:
John Quinlivan
To ask the Manager if she would consider developing a policy whereby older Council tenants whose families have left their homes can exchange their homes for sheltered accommodation and to give her response to this idea?

Qu (11)

Submitted by:
Sen. C. Keane
Responsibility:
Maria O'Neill

To ask the Manager (a)  many dogs were impounded from the South Dublin Co. Council area in 2003, 2004 and to date in 2005 (b) what was the re-homing rate for this area? (c) what was the put down rate? that the proprietor of the Dogs home be contacted to ascertain this information if it is not available, (d) what proposal do we have to publicize the “national spay week”  in conjunction with the National Stray dogs and Cats Society in order to reduce the numbers of dogs being neglected?

Qu (12)

Submitted by:
Councillor D. Keating
Responsibility:
Muiris O'Keeffe
To ask the Manager to agree to introduce by way of a pilot project, the facility of Flashing/Warning Lights at Schools. Such lights would be of practical assistance in enhancing the safety of many people, including school-going children and students, whose safety is now more at risk with increased traffic volumes, including Heavy Goods Vehicles on our roads, and where there are increased pressures on car parking spaces in the vicinity of schools in the county owing to increased traffic volumes and growing traffic congestion?

Qu (13)

Submitted by:
Fintan McCarthy
Responsibility:
Muiris O'Keeffe
To ask the Manager, in light of the ever increasing congestion being experienced on the roads of South Dublin, to request that the DTO and An Garda Siochana make arrangements for Gardaí to be allocated to direct traffic at all “free-flow” junctions on a year-round basis at peak traffic times?

Qu (14)

Submitted by:
Fintan McCarthy
Responsibility:
Paul Fleming

To ask the Manager to make arrangements for a double green bin collection following Christmas due to the fact that most households produce a great deal of recyclable waste during the festive season? 

Qu (15)

Submitted by:
Fintan McCarthy
Responsibility:
Paul Fleming
To ask the Manager to outline what measures will be taken over the Christmas period to ensure that Bottle Banks and Plastic recycling facilities are regularly emptied, on a daily basis if necessary, and that the surrounding areas are kept free from rubbish at all times?

Qu (16)

Submitted by:
Fintan McCarthy
Responsibility:
Teresa Walsh

To ask the Manager to report upon the Council’s library building programme with specific reference to what area is next on the list for the provision of a library according to the County Development Plan and to detail what steps are being taken to ensure that this schedule is being adhered to? 

Qu (17)

Submitted by:
Fintan McCarthy
Responsibility:
Gerry Fitzgibbon

To ask the Manager to indicate when it is envisaged that provision will be made in the capital budget for the furtherance of the Council’s Water Leisure strategy and to provide reassurances that the current review of the programme will in no way be used as an excuse not to put finance aside given that funding will invariably be required one way or another? 

Qu (18)

Submitted by:
Fintan McCarthy
Responsibility:
Paula O'Rourke

To ask the Manager to outline what the extent of the Council’s landownership is of green-field sites within the county and to list, site by site, the area involved in each parcel of land and the current zoning status of each? 

Qu (19)

Submitted by:
Councillor M. Murphy
Responsibility:
Breda Fogarty
To ask the the Manager to explain what are the new provisions that come into effect when the Council takes over the administration of Social Welfare rents. In particular will the Council have any role in vetting tenants, is there provisions to cap rents and is there a change to the system to encourage longer periods of tenure.

Qu (20)

Submitted by:
Councillor M. Murphy
Responsibility:
John Browne,Michael Kenny
 To ask the Manager to provide a list of Developments which had Estate Management Companies included as a condition of Planning Permission.

Qu (21)

Submitted by:
Councillor T. Ridge
Responsibility:
Muiris O'Keeffe
To ask the Manager to report on the proposed Park and Ride services for this County?

Qu (22)

Submitted by:
Councillor E. Tuffy
Responsibility:
Michael Coleman
To ask the Manager if he would provide a report on the Council's involvement, financial and otherwise, in supporting the provision of community childcare services in the County?

Qu (23)

Submitted by:
Councillor E. Tuffy
Responsibility:
Breda Fogarty
To ask the Manger if he would provide a report on projects through which the Council secures housing units for letting to tenants additional to the Council's housing programme? 

Qu (24)

Submitted by:
Councillor E. Tuffy
Responsibility:
Michael Coleman
To ask  the Manager if he would provide a progress report on the development of the Council's Play Policy and a summary of proposed additional playground facilities in the County in 2006? 

Qu (25)

Submitted by:
Councillor K. Warren
Responsibility:
John McLoughlin
To ask the Manager to set out the policy of South Dublin County Council in respect of the erection of sound barriers close to the M50 motorway as  a means of reducing noise pollution for residents who live in the adjoining estates to the m50, or within a reasonable distance from the M50, if this matter has been discussed with the NRA, and the natureof those discussions, if in the context of the proposed work on upgrading the M50 over the next three years, if this matter could be considered and acted upon, and if he will make a statement in the Matter.

Qu (26)

Submitted by:
Councillor K. Warren
Responsibility:
Paddy McNamara
To ask the Manager to set out reasons why South Dublin County Council makes a condition of various planning applications to have management and licenced companies employed to run essential services on new  housing developments, if the Council is aware of the considerable public controversy surrounding fees charged by such companies for the services they provide, and if, in the light of recent statements from the Government,South Dublin County Council will change its policy in relation to this matter, and if he will make a statement on the matter.

Qu (27)

Submitted by:
Councillor K. Warren
Responsibility:
Muiris O'Keeffe
To ask the Manager to set out the implications for South Dublin County Council in respect of the Government's recent announcement concerning "Transport 21", and if at this stage he could indicate the general route which will follow the introduction of new Metro and Luas lines in the functional area of South Dublin County Council, and if he will make a statement on the matter?

Headed Items

H-I (6)

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

Declaration of Roads to be Public Roads

                                                                 (no report)

H-I (7)

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

b) Small builders scheme - proposed disposal of fee simple interest at 159 Alpine Heights Clondalkin Dublin 22

c) Small Builders Scheme - Proposed Disposal of Fee Simple Interest at 19 Limekiln Avenue Walkinstown Dublin 12

d) Small Builders Scheme - Proposed Disposal of Fee Simple Interest at 12 Limekiln Avenue Walkinstown Dublin 12

e) Small Builders Scheme - Proposed Disposal of Fee Simple Interest at 132 Balrothery Estate Tallaght Dublin 24

f) Proposed disposal of property at  1 Drumcairn Green,Tallaght, Dublin 24.

g) Variation in proposed disposal of land at Cookstown Road, Fortunestown, Tallaght, Dublin 24 to Avorado Holdings Ltd.

                             (all circulated herewith)

 

 

 

H-I (8)

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

Report on the Public Notification Process under Part 8 of the Local Government (Planning and Development) Regulations 2001-2003 for the creation of a pedestrian priority amenity corridor from the Civic Theatre to the student gate of the Institute of Technology , Tallaght, known as the Tallaght “ZIP” Project.

 

                                   (circulated herewith) 

H-I (9)

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

Report on the Public Consultation Process under Part 8 of the Local Government (Planning and Development) Regulations 2001-2003 in respect of the completion of a new football stadium at Whitestown Way, Tallaght, Dublin 24.

                                          (circulated herewith)

H-I (10)

Submitted by:
Jim Kilgarriff
Responsibility:
Parks Department

Report on Provision of Cafe Type Facilities in Regional Parks

                                              (circulated herewith)

H-I (11)

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

Recent National Awards to SDCC from Chambers of Commerce in Ireland and Irish Planning Institute

                                (circulated herewith)

H-I (12)

Submitted by:
Finance Department
Responsibility:
Finance Department

Authorisation of Over Expenditure for 2005

                                             (circulated herewith)

H-I (13)

Submitted by:
Finance Department
Responsibility:
Finance Department

Proposed Raising of Loans

(a) Arthurstown Landfill Development

(b) Housing Purposes

                                 (circulated herewith)

Correspondence

Cor (1)

Submitted by:
Corporate Performance and Change Management Directorate
Responsibility:
 
Letter, dated 9th November 2005 from Passage West Town Council regarding two motions passed in relation to (1) regular monitoring for bacteria in hospitals, and (2) the treatment of cardiovascular disease as a chronic illness.

Cor (2)

Submitted by:
Corporate Performance and Change Management Directorate
Responsibility:
Corporate Performance and Change Management Directorate
Letter, dated 9th November 2005 from Bantry Town Council regarding motion passed in relation to continued support for Fair Trade Mark.

Cor (3)

Submitted by:
Corporate Performance and Change Management Directorate
Responsibility:
Corporate Performance and Change Management Directorate
Letter, dated 15th November 2005 from Killarney Town Council regarding motion passed requesting the Department of the Environment to stop penalizing motorists who cannot afford to pay motor tax in one payment.

Cor (4)

Submitted by:
Corporate Performance and Change Management Directorate
Responsibility:
Corporate Performance and Change Management Directorate
Letter, dated 17th November 2005 from Ennis Town Council regarding motion passed calling on the Minister to the amend  the regulations governing voluntary housing to allow tenants to purchase their dwellings on a similar basis to tenants of Local Authority dwellings.

Cor (5)

Submitted by:
Corporate Performance and Change Management Directorate
Responsibility:
Corporate Performance and Change Management Directorate
Letter, dated 17th November 2005 from the Southern and Eastern Regional Assembly regarding motion passed calling for the total ban on drift net fishing off our shores.

Cor (6)

Submitted by:
Corporate Performance and Change Management Directorate
Responsibility:
 
Letter, dated 24th November 2005 from Longford County Council regarding motion passed regarding legislation governing unauthorised fireworks.

Cor (7)

Submitted by:
Corporate Performance and Change Management Directorate
Responsibility:
 
Letter, dated 25th November 2005 from the County Sheriff in reply to question approved at South Dublin County Council's meeting of 14th November regarding the cost of storage of electronic voting equipment.

Cor (8)

Submitted by:
Corporate Performance and Change Management Directorate
Responsibility:
 
Letter, dated 30th November 2005 from the Private Residential Tenancies Board in reply to question approved at South Dublin County Council's meeting of 10th October 2005.

Motions

Mot (1)

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

Mayor's Business

That this Council agree to seek an urgent meeting with the NRA re preparations for trucks from the Port Tunnel coming on to M50.

Mot (2)

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 (3)

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 (4)

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

Mot (5)

Submitted by:
Councillor D. Keating
Responsibility:
Gerry Fitzgibbon
That the Manager would please outline in detail the newer and most recent efforts made by South Dublin County Council in order to ensure that all Swimming Pools are provided to communities as outlined in the earlier Water Leisure Strategy Report and that the Manager would specifically outline what new efforts are being made to provided Swimming Pools to communities where the earlier preferred option of a Public Private Partnership arrangement has to date failed.

Mot (6)

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 (7)

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 (8)

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 (9)

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

Mot (10)

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 (11)

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 (12)

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 (13)

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 (14)

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 (15)

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 (16)

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 (17)

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 (18)

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 (19)

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 (20)

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 Dubin 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 (21)

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 (22)

Submitted by:
Fintan McCarthy
Responsibility:
Gerry Fitzgibbon

That this Council calls upon the Manager to immediately provide funding in the 2006 estimates to initiate the process to provide a Swimming Pool in Lucan given that the Minister has indicated that it falls to the Council to do so. 

Mot (23)

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 (24)

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.

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