Minutes of Dunshaughlin Area Meeting 14th September 2009 by hcj

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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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