Thursday, January 09, 2020

KILDARE-Newbridge Municipal District councillors have voted against a proposal to allocate an unspent local property tax (LPT) allocation of €236,000 (from a total of €292,000) to Kildare Co Council’s Building and Development Control section to expedite the work required to bring estates not yet taken in charge around the MD area or at least bring them closer to that standard.

That was the subject of a motion by Cllr Fiona McLoughlin Healy, who also sought ballpark figures for estates that might benefit if the funds were so allocated, with a reply describing it as a matter for the members to agree. It was noted that the Development Control section emailed all members of Kildare-Newbridge MD asking them to consider allocating LPT money to that section to assist within the taking in charge process.

The reply to Cllr McLoughlin Healy’s motion gave details of three estates and estimated costings that were suggested in that email – those estates ‘would be the ones that we would try to progress should the members agree to this motion’. Walshestown Abbey in Newbridge was described as a medium-sized development where an investment of €15,000 sufficient should be sufficient to address the remaining issues to get it to the taking in charge standard. Beechmount in Newbridge was described as a small development that would require in the region of €10,000 to progress to taking in charge; White Abbey Court in Kildare was also referred to as a small development requiring around €10,000 to progress the estate to the required standard.

The reply also referenced Millfield, described as a large development with apartments and houses, more complex than the other developments above and which would require funding over two to three years to ‘resolve the retaining wall issue’. Councillors were informed that the Development Control section are in the process of getting quotes for this work at the moment and that Millfield also has a management company in place for the whole development and this company would have to be ‘reduced to cover just the apartments before the estate could be taken in charge. A request to take the estate in charge has not yet been received’.

During the meeting, Cllr McLoughlin Healy said that there are a number of estates that need works and also indicated that she had been looking for details of all estates that might benefit from further monies.

Some councillors, including Kevin Duffy, raised the possibility of allocating funds to the Roads programme. Mayor Mark Stafford remarked that the proposal needs further consideration. After the discussion concluded a vote on the proposal was held, with the majority voting against it.

On foot of a subsequent item on the agenda at the December meeting, a majority voted to approve the transfer of all unspent 2019 LPT funds into 2020.

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By Conor Forrest
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