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Minutes of Dunshaughlin Area Meeting 12th October 2009 Dunshaughlin Civic Offices 9.00am Councillor Joe Bonner presided Members Present Councillor Nick Killian Councillor Niamh McGowan Councillor Brian Fitzgerald Councillor Regina Doherty Councillor Maria Murphy Apologies Councillor Noel Leonard Officials in Attendance Michael Killeen Area Manager John Joe O’Reilly Area Engineer (Dunshaughlin Area) Maurice Kelly SEE Infrastructure - National Roads Design Fergal O’Bric A/Senior Executive Planner Martin Rogers Senior Executive Officer Gerry Boyle SE Infrastructure – Water & Sewerage Margaret Carroll Staff Officer 1.0 Confirmation of Minutes When the Meeting opened Item 1.1 of the Agenda was corrected to read Confirmation of the Minutes of 14th September 2009 Meeting. 1.1 Confirmation of Minutes of Dunshaughlin Area Meeting held on 14th September 2009. On the proposal of Councillor Nick Killian and seconded by Councillor Maria Murphy the minutes were confirmed. 1.2 Confirmation of Minutes of Dunshaughlin Area Special Planning Meeting held in committee on 14th September 2009. On the proposal of Councillor Maria Murphy and seconded by Councillor Nick Killian the minutes were confirmed. 1.3 Confirmation of Minutes of Dunshaughlin Area Special Planning Meeting held in committee on 18th September 2009. On the proposal of Councillor Maria Murphy and seconded by Councillor Regina Doherty the minutes were confirmed. 2.0 Expression of Congratulations and Sympathy The members expressed congratulations to Dunboyne Motor Club on the successful running of The Spirit of Dunboyne The members expressed their sympathy to the representatives of Joe Fanning R.I.P. 3.0 Matters arising from the minutes. The members discussed and sought clarification for the next Area Meeting regarding the process of holding meetings in committee. 4.0 Report from Protocol Committee 4.1.0 Planning Applications Cllr Brian Fitzgerald: Planning Ref: Name: Decision Date: DA/901303 Noel Walsh 14/10/2009 DA/900558 Siobhan Kelly 15/10/2009 DA/901014 Pauline Young 21/10/2009 DA/901358 Sean Morgan 22/10/2009 DA/901360 Siobhan Morgan 22/10/2009 DA/901371 Roisin Gogan & Richard Stewart 22/10/2009 DA/901028 Stuart Rogers 25/10/2009 DA/901375 Jim Isdale 26/10/2009 DA/901401 Aidan Joyce 28/10/2009 DA/901138 John Ferris 29/10/2009 DA/901276 Suzanne Galwey 05/11/2009 DA/901480 Sarah McDonald 12/11/2009 DA/901141 Vivian & Finbarr Marsden 13/11/2009 Cllr Nick Killian Planning Ref: Name: Decision Date: DA/900849 J P Molloy 13/10/2009 DA/901299 John Anderson 13/10/2009 DA/901311 Bus Eireann Ltd 15/10/2009 DA/901375 Jim Isdale 26/10/2009 DA/901460 Bus Eireann Ltd 09/11/2009 DA/901138 John Ferris 29/10/2009 DA/901276 Suzanne Galwey 05/11/2009 Cllr Niamh McGowan Planning Ref: Name: Decision Date: DA/901311 Bus Eireann Ltd 15/10/2009 DA/901375 Jim Isdale 26/10/2009 DA/901460 Bus Eireann Ltd 09/11/2009 DA/901319 Peter Hendricken 15/10/2009 Cllr Joe Bonner Planning Ref: Name: Decision Date: DA/901319 Peter Hendricken 15/10/2009 Cllr Maria Murphy Planning Ref: Name: Decision Date: DA/901375 Jim Isdale 26/10/2009 The members requested an updated report on the current situation regarding unauthorised development on N2. 5.0 Other Statutory Business 5.10 Planning and Economic Development 5.1.1 To receive an update on Planning decision maker arrangements This item was deferred 5.2.0 Infrastructure The Senior Executive Engineer, Infrastructure, National Road Design Office, gave an update and discussed the current status of works on the M3 in Dunshaughlin Area with the members which included the following: Phase 2 of the Dunboyne Bypass – Summerhill Road Roundabout to Maynooth Road Roundabout to be complete next week Sequencing of traffic lights may need to be adjusted once the whole Dunboyne Bypass is opened in order to suit priority flows Bennettstown Bridge will be demolished As per the approved scheme under the ABP conditions a footpath is to be provided along the Leshamstown Road. Public Lighting will not be provided Blackbull/ Woodpark Area – Landscaping in this area when will it be completed? A maintenance contract for the landscaping will be in place for approx 3 years – M3 site monitoring team to provide an update on the landscaping program Fairyhouse Road Slip road – concerns of residents regarding flooding as result of embankment to be investigated and addressed. These embankments are constructed to required standards and specifications in order to achieve the required gradients and surface water run off should also be catered for. M3 site monitoring team to confirm this is so It was suggested there may be a requirement for a wall at Tolka Plant Hire Site. M3 site monitoring team to review this issue and respond Why is there only a footpath at one side of road at Raynestown It was suggested that lack of signage/or incomplete signage for Drumree off the Trim Road is leading to confusion especially traveling from the Trim direction. M3 Site monitoring to confirm signage. Concerns of residents of Batterstown, Porterstown Lane and Ratoath that there will be greater throughput of traffic due to avoidance of tolls on M3. Traffic who wanted to avoid the tolls would travel the existing N3 through Dunshaughlin which is a shorter route by approx 4.5km and volume of traffic along the existing N3 will be reduced by 75% once the M3 Scheme is opened. Cul de sac near Statoil Station on N3 – concerns that septic tanks are being affected due to mounds of earth at rear of houses. M3 site monitoring team to provide an update Delaneys Bungalow at Dunshaughlin side of Petrol Station – safety issue with lorries using pathway – bollards not visible at night. M3 site monitoring team to provide a response Roestown/Cooksland Area – no longer have cycle or footpath facilities. M3 site monitoring team to confirm what is to be provided in the M3 Scheme Design of Roundabouts – issues with current brick design regarding long term maintenance. M3 site monitoring team to provide details and what kind of finishes are to be provided on the M3 Scheme and if there will be maintenance issues Heavy goods vehicles must go through Dunboyne Village to access Business Park Infrastructure will further address the issues arising and inform the members through the Chairman. 5.2.1 To consider “Draft” Water Services Investment Programme 2010-2012 Needs Assessment 2009 Martin Rogers Senior Executive Officer and Gerry Boyle Senior Engineer in Infrastructure were in attendance to present the “Draft”. The Members were advised as follows: Circular L 6/09 required the Council to carry out an assessment of needs for capital works over the period 2010-2012 and beyond. The Needs Assessment 2009, when completed, will form the basis for the new WSIP 2010-2012 to be rolled out by the DEHLG in early 2010. Needs Assessments are normally carried out every 5 years but the two previous Assessments were in 2003 & 2006 and were carried out in different times. The previous Assessment differs from the current assessment in that it only required Councils to provide one prioritised list of schemes. The current Assessment must provide lists/tables of prioritised works categorised under (a) Water Conservation (b) Contracts in progress (c) Contracts scheduled to advance to construction over the three year period and (d) Schemes to advance through planning. MCC added a further list/table showing schemes being advanced by other Local Authorities which the Council is actively involved in and which affect the county. It was agreed at September Council meeting to consult with Area Committees. The Circular requires consultation with the SPC but as the Committees have not been constituted yet this was not possible. Assessment must be forwarded to the DEHLG by 23rd October 2009 so very tight timeframe to complete. The “Draft “Needs Assessment for County Meath was then circulated and Gerry Boyle Senior Engineer Infrastructure took the Members through the document. Questions raised were answered by the officials present. The Members agreed to proceed with the “Draft” as presented. 6.0 Matters raised with the permission of the Cathaoirleach Cllr. Nick Killian 3 No. Public Lights required on Curragha Road - commitment was made in 2006 but not delivered Vacant Houses should be boarded up and so prevent damage caused by anti social behaviour Status of 2 County Council Offices in the Area - services to the public should be considered Pot hole at entrance to Old Mill Estate, Ratoath Taking in Charge of Phase 2 of Old Mill Estate Confusion re Speed Limits on Ashbourne/Ratoath Road and Kilbride Road Cllr. Niamh McGowan Street Lights need to be turned on in Kilmessan. The Area Engineer advised that the ESB needs payment before the service can be supplied Dumping problem at Stream at Milltown, Ashbourne Concerns regarding Frederick Street, Ashbourne project. The Area Manager told the members that the process for Capital Appraisal for new projects is outlined by Department Circular. Asked for check whether Area close to St Marys National School, Tudor Grove is taken in charge Bus stops for North end of Ashbourne – possible consideration for 2010 Estimates Tree cutting at Garden City Possibility of opening Road at Steeplechase Estate, Ratoath. The Area Manager advised that Road Design Section of MCC is in consultation with the Developer with a view to opening the road Pumping Station at Deerpark, Ashbourne – reinstatement works and clean up needed Traffic hazard and parking issues at Corks Corner Ashbourne – (Hunters Lane Junction with Milltown Road) Cllr. Regina Doherty Taking in Charge of College Close, Dunshaughlin Cemetery at Kilbride in neglected state Pot holes at Mahons Lane, Mulhussey Ownership query re tall rusty disintegrating pole at St. Patricks Park, Dunboyne Lack of directional signage in Ashbourne to Garden City Shopping Area Poor appearance of Council yard at Ratoath Cllr. Maria Murphy Trees at front of Beechdale Estate, Dunboyne need attention Lack of speed signs at Drumree Road Lack of signage to identify St Patricks Park, Dunboyne Kerbs and paths need cleaning and hedge overgrown at Tetrarch Grove, Clonee Hedge cutting needed opposite Londis at Summerhill Road Possible unauthorised signage on wall of Dunboyne Park Cllr. Joe Bonner Ongoing issue regarding bus stops at Ashbourne Provide disability kerbing on Main St, Ashbourne Planning Enforcement issues at Johnswood and Brindley Park, Ashbourne Stream at Archerstown Wood – culverts closed in – possible flooding consequences Banks of Broadmeadow at Ashbourne Town Centre not being properly maintained Issue regarding safe pedestrian crossing at Castle St, Ashbourne Gullies need checking at rear of Deerpark Estate Issues regarding water supply at Racehill Manor and Johnswood Road markings fading at Junction in Main Street, Ashbourne 7.0 Items / Correspondence raised by the Area Manager The members discussed the position regarding Meath County Council Offices in Ashbourne and Dunshaughlin. Concerns were highlighted regarding: Area Function, Services to the Public, Population of Dunshaughlin Area, Staffing, Costs incurred, Renting of offices in Navan, Lack of consultation with elected members, Services being provided that are not as relevant as Core functions – housing , planning, roads and water. The Area Manager informed the members that staffing matters across the organization are being reviewed by Management at present. Issues regarding Housing Function will be addressed at the Special Housing Meeting on Oct 22nd. Resources of MCC are limited at present. 8.0 Notice of Motion 8.1 Submitted by Councillor Niamh McGowan “That the Dunshaughlin Local Area Committee recommend to the full Council that the Millennium Park in Ashbourne be designated as an area in which consumption of intoxicants is prohibited and that the Council resolve to pass whatever bye-laws are necessary to prohibit the use of intoxicants in this area” On the proposal of Councillor McGowan and seconded by Councillor Killian the members agreed that the following amended Notice of Motion be presented at Full Council: “That the Dunshaughlin Local Area Committee recommend to the full Council that the Millennium Park and Killegland Park in Ashbourne be designated as an area in which consumption of intoxicants is prohibited and that the Council resolve to pass whatever bye-laws are necessary to prohibit the use of intoxicants in these areas” The meeting closed at 1.30pm.
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