Agenda

Venue: Council Chamber, County Hall, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin

Contact: Corporate Services 

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Items
No. Item

PART 1

Initial Business

1.

Confirmation of Minutes

a)    Minutes of County Council meeting held on 14 October 2019

 (circulated herewith)

2.

Questions

PART 2

Chief Executive’s Business for Decision (Reserved Functions)

3.

Conferences and Training For Councillors

in accordance with Section 142 (5) of the Local Government Act 2001 as amended by Sections 53 (2) of the Local Government Reform Act 2014.

3a

Conferences and Training for Councillors in accordance with Section 142 (5) of the Local Government Act 2001 as amended by Sections 53 (2) of the Local Government Reform Act 2014

3b

Conferences and Training for Councillors in accordance with Section 142 (5) of the Local Government Act 2001 as amended by Sections 53 (2) of the Local Government Reform Act 2014

3c

Conferences and Training for Councillors in accordance with Section 142 (5) of the Local Government Act 2001 as amended by Sections 53 (2) of the Local Government Reform Act 2014

 (circulated herewith)

4.

Proposed Disposal of Properties

4a

Proposed Disposal of Properties

(already circulated)

5.

Strategic Policy Committee Scheme 2019-2024

(circulated herewith)

6.

Appointment of 4 External Members to Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council's Audit Committee

(circulated herewith)

7.

Appointment of 6 Members to the Sutton to Sandycove (S2S) Joint Committee

(circulated herewith)

8.

Draft Segregation, Storage and Presentation of Household and Commercial Waste Bye-Laws, 2019

Local Government Act 2001 - Part 19 & Section 199 (1)

Waste Management Act, 1996 Section 35 (1)

(circulated herewith)

PART 3

Chief Executive’s Business for Noting

[subject to a statutory deadline/of an urgent nature]

 

No business

PART 4

Cathaoirleach's Business

9.

Cathaoirleach's Business: Councillor S. Brennan

(if any, to be circulated)

PART 5

All other Chief Executive’s Business for Noting

10.

Final Accounts for the Former Harbour Company for the period 1.1.2017 to 2.10.2018 (cessation date,) and Draft Auditors Report thereon

Submitted in accordance with Section 33 of the Harbours Act 2015 .

(to be circulated)

11.

Corporate Policy Group Minutes

a)    Minutes of Corporate Policy Group Meeting held on 8 July 2019.

b)    Minutes of Corporate Policy Group Meeting held on 2 September 2019.

(circulated herewith)

 

12.

Ministerial/Departmental Correspondence

12a

Ministerial Correspondence Received

 (if any to be circulated)

12b

Ministerial Correspondence Issued on foot of a Council Decision

a)    Letters issued to the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government and the Minister for Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform dated 21 October 2019 detailing a resolution passed at the County Council meeting on 9 September 2019  to express this Council’s complete dissatisfaction with the requirement for all Councils to decide on the variation of the Local Property Tax basic rate in the absence of comprehensive budgetary information and to undertake to move the date that all local authorities inform the Revenue Commissioners of the basic rate of LPT from September to no earlier than the end of October and to copy all local authorities. (MFF 6)

b)    Letters issued to the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government and the Minister for Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform dated 21 October 2019 detailing a resolution passed at the County Council meeting on 9 September 2019 to express this Council’s complete dissatisfaction with the requirement for all Councils to decide on the variation of the Local Property Tax basic rate in the absence of comprehensive budgetary information and calls to move the date of informing revenue of basic rate to no earlier than the end of October. (MMF 8)

c)    Letter issued to the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport dated 21 October 2019 detailing a resolution passed at the County Council meeting on 9 September 2019 outlining the negative bearing of taking on the liabilities of Dún Laoghaire Harbour and to ask him to reconsider his decision not to provide any funding to offset these liabilities. (MMF 7)

d)    Letters issued to the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government and the Minister for Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform and the Minister for Health dated 22 October 2019 detailing a resolution passed at the County Council meeting on 14 October 2019 requesting the Government to review the Fair Deal Scheme.

e)    Letters issued to the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government and the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport dated 22 October 2019 detailing a resolution passed at the County Council meeting on 14 October 2019 calling on funding to be made available by Central Government to this local authority to assist with the carrying out of a noise assessment along the M50.

(circulated herewith)

13.

Other Correspondence

13a

Other Correspondence Received

a)    Letter of a resolution adopted by Wicklow County Council dated 8 October 2019 regarding the roll-out of 5G.

b)    Copy of letter from Dublin City Council dated 9 October 2019 detailing the names of their Councillors who have been appointed to the Sutton to Sandycove Joint Committee (S2S).

c)    Copy of a resolution adopted by Sligo County Council dated 9 October 2019 regarding Lyme Disease.

d)    Copy of a resolution adopted by Donegal County Council dated 11 October 2019 regarding the Mercosur Trade Deal.

e)    Copy of a resolution adopted by Westmeath County Council dated 21 October 2019 regarding the Defence Forces.

f)    Copy of resolution adopted by Fingal County Council dated 25 October 2019 regarding developing and implementing Local Migrant Integration Strategies.

(circulated herewith)

13b

Other Correspondence Issued on foot of a Council Decision

a)    Letter issued to Dublin City University dated 22 October 2019 informing them of the nomination of Councillor Daniel Dunne to the DCU Governing Authority.

b)    Letter issued to Councillor Daniel Dunne dated 22 October 2019 informing him of his nomination to the DCU Governing Authority.

c)    Letter of condolence dated 22 October 2019 issued to The Fahy Family.

(circulated herewith)

14.

Monthly Management Report October 2019

14a

Monthly Management Report October 2019

(circulated herewith)

PART 6

Reports from Area Committees and SPC's

 

No business

PART 7

Members Motions

RÚIN/MOTIONS

15.

Councillor J. Gildea

“That this Council requests the Chief Executive to identify a suitable site within the county which can be used for the provision of a sustainable solar powered electricity generating facility of at least 10MW capacity and to report back to this council within three months.”[1 July 2019]

 

16.

Councillor D. Quinn

 “That this Council take all appropriate steps to meet its obligations under Section 42 of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission Act (2014) by:

1. Putting in place a responsible officer, establishing a working group of the County Council with senior management participation, providing training to relevant staff and developing an action plan to establish the necessary conditions for implementing effectively the Public Sector Equality and Human Rights Duty

2. Prepare and publish a general assessment of the equality and human rights issues relevant to each of its functions and establish the systems to ensure these are adequately addressed in all Council plans, programmes and procedures

3. Commit to ensuring participation by organisations representing groups experiencing inequality and human rights issues in developing and implementing the action plan and put in place the necessary systems for this to happen.”[1 July 2019]

 

17.

Councillor C. Smyth

“That the Chief Executive when rolling out the public drinking water fountains to Parks throughout the County, that they ensure it includes a drinking fountain for dogs.”[1 July 2019]

 

18.

Councillor K. Ahmed

“That the Chief Executive would consider a bigger community centre with facilities for multicultural & recreational activities in the Dun Laoghaire Rathdown area for the integration of diverse communities.”[1 July 2019]

 

19.

Councillor M. Halpin

“That this Council agrees to commence a programme of retrofitting all Council homes and other Council owned buildings over the next 3 years to bring them up to the highest BER rating.”[1 July 2019]

20.

Councillor D. Donnelly

“That the Chief Executive complete negotiations with the owners of the land around the landlocked Glenalbyn Swimming Pool site in Stillorgan and commence works to re-open the pool without delay.”[1 July 2019]

 

21.

Councillor H. Lewis

“That this Council reaffirms its position that Rebuilding Ireland is failing in the provision of social and affordable housing for the people of Dún Laoghaire Rathdown and calls on central government to initiate an emergency construction programme of social and affordable housing.”[1 July 2019]

22.

Councillor A. Colgan

“That this Council initiates a system through which progress on implementing motions by the Council can be tracked at intervals and that will provide updates on implementation.”[1 July 2019]

 

23.

Councillor C. Devlin

“That this Council investigate changing the use of one of its properties for the purpose of opening up a Womens Refuge to provide emergency accommodation for women and children who are victims of domestic violence?”[9 September 2019]

24.

Councillor P. O'Brien

“That this Council, with a view of the re-entry of local authorities to domestic bin collection, write to the Minister of Communications, Climate Action & Environment calling for the establishment of a regulator for household waste collection to ensure that every household has access to an affordable waste disposal service.”[9 September 2019][LETTER]

25.

Councillor J. O'Connell

“That the Chief Executive now report on the status of the final accounts for the former Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company pursuant to Section 33 of the Harbours Act 2015 and if they have been presented to the Minister for Housing,Planning and Local Government and laid before both houses of the Oireachtas.

 

·         Report on the integration of the Harbour operations into the Councils.

 

·         Agrees that the Council Executive commence the Procurement of an independent Economic and Spatial Strategy for the harbour and Town.

 

·         Agrees that in recognising the Harbour area as having enormous historic and cultural significance commences a public consultation process with all of the stakeholders, statutory bodies and residents of Dún Laoghaire Rathdown as a first step to developing an economic plan for its future use and that of the Town.

 

·         Agrees to review the current harbour Bye-Laws, review harbour policy including the National Ports Policy, County Development Plan and the National Maritime Planning Framework.  

 

·         Identify sources of funding.

 

·         And that regular briefings for the elected Council be undertaken.”

[9 September 2019]

 

26.

Councillor L. McCarthy

“That this Council agrees to install defibrillators in our public parks.”[9 September 2019]

 

27.

Councillor D. Dunne

“That this Council requests the Chief Executive to prepare a plan for the development of public housing on the former council depot on Mount Anville Road, inviting development proposals from Housing Associations, the Land Development Agency, and any other relevant partners who can bring the site into use for this purpose.”[14 October 2019]

28.

Councillor D. O'Callaghan

“That the Chief Executive reports on the process for assessing social housing needs with specific regard to the annual assessment of applicants on the lists.”[11 November 2019]

 

29.

Councillor B. Ward

“That this Council, under powers reserved to it under the Local Government Act 2001, and, inter alia, section 199(3)(c) of that Act, resolves to consider the following draft Bye-Law for the Prohibition of Certain Single-Use Plastics 2019, and in that regard, initiate the procedure set down in sections 200, 201 and 202 of the Local Government Act 2001 for the making of such a bye-law.”[11 November 2019]

 

30.

Councillor E. Blain

“That this Council, in recognition of the historic gender balance of the current Chamber, would task the Monuments Committee with erecting a public statue, bust or appropriate memorial to commemorate one, or more, of the many women from our County who have made significant contributions to Politics, the Arts or the community, for example the Overend Sisters, Monica Barnes or Maeve Binchy.”[11 November 2019]

 

31.

Councillor D. Kingston

“That the Chief Executive agrees to organise a meeting with representatives from Tusla, the Department of Housing and a delegation of Councillors, with a view to identifying a pathway to delivering a domestic violence refuge in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown.”[11 November 2019]

 

32.

Councillor C. Smyth

“That the Chief Executive begin the process of identifying all trees identified on the Development Plan under zoning objective (symbol) “To Protect and Preserve Trees and Woodlands” to a list of trees designated with a Tree Preservation Order.”[1 July 2019]

 

33.

Councillor H. Lewis

“That this Council supports the international boycott divestment and sanctions campaign against the state of Israel.”[1 July 2019]

34.

Councillor K. Ahmed

“That the Council requests the Government (Minister for Education) to review the necessity of more secondary schools in the County in order to reduce the pressure of waiting lists.”[9 September 2019][LETTER]

 

35.

Councillor L. McCarthy

“That this Council can guarantee our public that all granted planning permissions will comply with building regulations and ensure potential apartment buyers that apartment blocks will not suffer from fire safety defects, water ingress or any other structural defect?”[9 September 2019]

 

36.

Councillor C. Devlin

“That this Council asks the Chief Executive to write to and seek a report from the Local Government Management Agency (LGMA) about their involvement with the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR) over the past 5 years and what plans exists for the next number of years?”[9 September 2019][LETTER]

37.

Councillor J. O'Connell

“That this Council agrees to continue the 'Beatyard Festival' in addition to the 'Shakespearean Rose Theatre' events in the harbour venue.”[14 October 2019]

38.

Councillors A. Colgan and P. O'Brien

“That the Chief Executive takes steps to address persistent failure to observe parking regulations and persistent failure to pay parking fines by giving parking wardens the discretion to clamp vehicles engaging in such persistent breaches of parking regulations.”[14 October 2019]

 

39.

Councillor M. Halpin

“That this Council agrees, in the interests of value for money for the residents of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown, climate change, and traffic congestion, to take the waste management services of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown back under the control of the Council.”[11 November 2019]

40.

Councillors D. Kingston, L. McCarthy, D. O'Callaghan, J. O'Connell, P. O'Brien and C. Smyth

“That this Council agrees to set up a Climate Action Working Group, which will monitor the targets and activities set out in the climate action plan and the climate action activities of each Council Department. The Committee will have representation from each political party and/or Independent grouping and will meet quarterly.”[1 July 2019]

41.

Councillor C. Devlin

“That this Council, in the interest of expanding our County’s recreational play space and given the lack of public open space in Dún Laoghaire town and its environs, requests the Chief Executive to acquire the 1.255 hectares / 3.1 acres green field site (zoned open space) on Tivoli Terrace South, Dún Laoghaire (PRSA #002340) and that a report is brought back to our next Council meeting as a headed item on this subject?”[14 October 2019]

42.

Councillor K. Ahmed - Housing Crisis

“That this Council in conjunction with the Chief Executive adopt a policy to tackle homelessness within the remit of this Council, with special consideration to families, so that no families with children live in emergency accommodation outside the County in stressful situation.”[11 November 2019]

43.

Councillor H. Lewis

“That this Council discusses the Living Over the Shop Scheme.”[11 November 2019]

44.

Councillor A. Colgan

“That the Chief Executive bring forward proposals for Dún Laoghaire Rathdown’s participation in the Global UN Safe Cities Programme, which addresses sexual harassment and other forms of sexual violence, especially against women and girls, in public spaces.”[11 November 2019]

CEISTEANNA/QUESTIONS

APPENDIX

A1

Councillor K. Ahmed

‘To ask the Chief Executive about plans to reduce the housing crisis in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown?’

 

A2

Councillor K. Ahmed - Urban Regeneration

“To ask the Chief Executive out of the total fund of €100m for urban regeneration and urban development, how much has been allocated to Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County this year?”

 

A3

Councillor K. Ahmed - Community Centres

“To ask the Chief Executive how many community centres have been built in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown since 2015?”

 

A4

Councillor K. Ahmed - Urban Regeneration and Urban Development Fund Projects

“To ask the Chief Executive to publish a report of the projects that have been accomplished in the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County under urban regeneration and urban development fund?”

 

A5

Councillor M. Baker - Pilot Deep Clean

“To ask the Chief Executive to bring a report on the feedback from the pilot deep clean programme carried out in a number of County towns this summer. Will this deep clean programme be extended to other towns in 2020?”

A6

Councillor M. Baker - Selection Committee - Grants

“To ask the Chief Executive to bring a report outlining the make up of the selection Committee who decide on the granting of funding to groups who apply using the Grants Scheme under each of the grant categories?”

A7

Councillor A. Colgan - DLR Climate Team

“To ask the Chief Executive to provide a report on the establishment of the DLR Climate Team, including membership, terms of reference and initial start up activities?”

A8

Councillor C. Devlin - Road Sign

“To ask the Chief Executive to install a road sign on Brighton Road at the crossroads of Foxrock village so that it can be seen from Westminster Road and state when this work will be carried out?”

 

A9

Councillor C. Devlin - Housing Completions

“To ask the Chief Executive to detail the amount of private housing completions there were across this County year-on-year over the past 5 years and can these figures be broken down by Area Committee?”

 

A10

Councillor C. Devlin - Sweeper Fleet

“To ask the Chief Executive if the Council has purchased two new, additional street sweepers, and a mini-sweeper for towns and villages as per the Budget for 2019 and can a detailed breakdown be provided of the Council's existing fleet indicating fuel and energy efficiencies of each please?”

A11

Councillor C. Devlin - HOP Grant Applications

“To ask the Chief Executive how many applications were made, year-on-year under the "Housing Aid for Older People (HOP) Grant" and how many applications were successful, breaking down the amount granted for each? 

 

A12

Councillor C. Devlin - Anti Social Figures

“To ask the Chief Executive for the following figures from the Anti-Social Unit of the Housing Department pertaining to the administrative area of this Council for 2019;
• The number of anti-social cases received to-date?
• The number of verbal warnings issued to-date?
• The number of tenancy notifications issued to-date?
• The number of tenancy warnings issued to-date?
• The number of possession orders granted in court thus far this year?
• The number of excluding orders obtained by the Council this year?
• The number of repossessions/evictions on the grounds of anti-social behaviour by tenants so far this year?
• The number of dwellings surrendered in lieu of legal action by the Council this year?”

A13

Councillor M. Fleming - Affordable Housing Schemes

“To ask the Chief Executive when information/criteria for new Affordable Housing Schemes within the County will be made available and what is the expected date for each scheme to come available?”

 

A14

Councillor M. Fleming - Plastic Bottle Vending Machines

“To ask the Chief Executive to consider piloting plastic bottle vending machines within the County and the possibility of working with a partner if funding is needed for this project?”

 

A15

Councillor M. Halpin - DLR Properties

“To ask the Chief Executive to liaise with DLR Properties Board to provide the following information:

1.    The plans for the housing land under its control in Cherrywood

2.    If they will pay a further dividend to the Council considering the profits that have been made in particular in the last 2 years.

3.      To provide the elected Councillors with the minutes of their board meetings for the last 2 years?”

A16

Councillor M. Halpin - Council Owned Subsidiaries

“To ask the Chief Executive to provide details of all the Council's wholly owned subsidiaries including the date of the set-up of the company, the details of any vote to set up the company, the details of the shareholder of these companies?”

A17

Councillor M. Halpin - Part V Homes

“To ask the Chief Executive to provide details of all Part V homes expected across the County in the coming 3 years, whether planning permission has been granted and whether a commencement notice has been lodged for these homes?”

A18

Councillor M. Halpin - Private & Public Housing Report

“To ask the Chief Executive to provide an updated version of the Private and Public Housing Supply Report that was issued to Councillors in July 2016?”

A19

Councillor L. McCarthy - Cyclist Use of Bells

“To ask the Chief Executive to please ask cyclists using our parks to use their bells in order alert pedestrians of their presence - this could be done through our social media and our website?”

 

A20

Councillor L. McCarthy - Tree Removal

“To ask the Chief Executive, when a tree needs to be removed to please notify residents who will be directly impacted beforehand?”

 

A21

Councillor L. McCarthy - Sweeping of Cycle Lanes

“To ask the Chief Executive to please keep all cycle lanes swept and free from leaves during the autumn season?”

 

A22

Councillor M. O'Connell - Women Sports Events

“To ask the Chief Executive to explore expanding a Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council event to include a Girls 5K running event, given that the challenges facing young women’s participation in sports and active lifestyle are well documented by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, Sports Ireland and many others. Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council’s Sports Participation Strategy 2018-2022 includes a strategic goal to “Promote equality of opportunity”, and the strategy identifies as a target group “women and young girls”. Sports Ireland’s, Women in Sport Policy seeks to “reduce the drop-out from physical activity and sport in young girls”. By the age of 13, one in two girls quit their sports. However, targeted events have proven to be very successful in increasing participation among women, with the Women’s Mini-Marathon the largest women’s event of its type in the world. However, this event is not open to young girls and women?”

 

A23

Councillor S. Ó Faoláin - Projects Under DMURS

A24

Councillor S. Ó Faoláin - Traffic Improvement Scheme

“To ask the Chief Executive how much of the €6,000,000 grant available for ‘Traffic Improvement Schemes (Walking and Cycling)’ [Item 24 of Schedule of Schemes under Contract (Funding Available), Report indicating the Programme of Capital Projects proposed 2019 – 2021, February 2019 County Council meeting] has been drawn down to date; why none was drawn down for the period prior to 2019; whether the full amount will be drawn down by the end of 2021; what projects are planned for these funds?”

A25

Councillor S. Ó Faoláin - NTA Funding

“To ask the Chief Executive, in relation to NTA funding for 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019, the amounts that have been a) requested b) approved c) spent on transport projects, and the status of each of these; the planned expenditure on NTA-funded projects for 2020; the reasons given by the NTA where funding was not approved?”

A26

Councillor C. Smyth - Columbarium Wall Update

“To ask the Chief Executive for an update on the first Columbarium wall to be provided by the County?”

 

A27

Councillor C. Smyth - Contractors Payments

“To ask the Chief Executive has this Council ever paid “protection money” to contractors carrying out works on behalf of this Council?”

 

A28

Councillor C. Smyth - Retrofitting

“To ask the Chief Executive to report on retrofitting of the Council’s Housing Stock?”

 

A29

Councillor B. Ward - Cable Ties

"To ask the Chief Executive if any measures have been put in place to remove cable ties from poles in the County, and what process is in place to prosecute those responsible for leaving them there?"

A30

Councillor B. Ward - Litter Fines

"To ask the Chief Executive, for 2018 and 2019 to date, how many litter fines have been issued, how much money has been recovered on foot of same, how many resulted in prosecutions and how many of those prosecutions were successful, and what the budgetary effect of the process is?"

A31

Councillor B. Ward - Public Toilet List

"To ask the Chief Executive if she will provide a list of the public toilets in the County, including those that are not operational, how many of them are pay-per-use, and if she can indicate the reason why some are not operational?"

A32

Councillor B. Ward - Drain Clearing Vehicles

"To ask the Chief Executive how many vehicles the Council currently operates to clear drains and/or shores?"

A33

Councillor B. Ward - Switch to LEDs

"To ask the Chief Executive if she will give a report on the progress of the project to change the public lighting bulbs to LEDs, and how long it will take to complete?"