2 - Environmental Policy

Minutes of Strategic Policy Committee 2 (Environmental Policy) held on Thursday 14th May, 2009 at 15:00 in The Meeting Room, Environmental Services Section, Cleveragh Business Park, Sligo


CATHAOIRLEACH: 

  • Councillor Paul Conmy.

 IN ATTENDANCE:

  • Mr. Brendan Queenan,
  • Councillor Albert Higgins,
  • Councillor Mary Barrett,
  • Councillor Gerry Mullaney,
  • Ms. Sally Ward,
  • Ms. Kathleen Henry.

OFFICIALS IN ATTENDANCE:

  • Ms. Rita McNulty, Director of Service
  • Mr. Fineen O’Driscoll, A/Senior Engineer
  • Mr.Paul Hampson, Senior Executive Engineer
  • Ms. Rosie Morrissey, A/Executive Scientist
  • Mr. Enda Killoran, A/Assistant Scientist
  • Ms.Pamela Bergin, A/Senior Executive Scientist
  • Ms.Mairead Scanlon, Assistant Staff Officer
  • Ms. Olivia Black, A/Assistant Staff Officer
  • Mr. Pete Murtagh, Waste Enforcement Officer
  • Mr.Conall Calleary, Veterinary Officer

APOLOGIES:

  • Councillor Rosaleen O’Grady
  • Ms.Eithne Garvin, Administrative Officer.

In the absence of Councillor Jimmy McGarry, Councillor Paul Conmy chaired the SPC Meeting.

1. CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES:

Proposed by Councillor Albert Higgins
Seconded by Councillor Brendan Queenan    

and agreed

“To confirm and adopt Minutes of the SPC Environmental Policy meeting held on 18th February, 2009”.

2.  MATTERS ARISING:

Fineen O’Driscoll referred to Signage which was discussed at the previous SPC meeting.  Fineen was in touch with the NRA and a copy of their policy was distributed to all who was present at the meeting.  He said the NRA are sympathetic with our issues, they are going to talk to other Local Authorities. 

Fineen O’Driscoll referred to the Slurry Spreading, he gave a copy of the Department’s legislation to all who was present at the meeting.

Paul Conmy said to move to point 6 – Update on Beaches.

6. UPDATE ON BEACHES:

Fineen O’Driscoll said our intention is to have Lifeguards on all beaches except Mullaghmore.  It is hoped to maintain cover for this year, if there are any changes the SPC will be notified.

Pamela Bergin said the monitoring of the Bathing Water will commence next week (18th May 2009) and continue on a weekly basis at Mullaghmore, Rosses Point and Enniscrone and fortnightly at Streedagh and Dunmoran until the end of the bathing season i.e. end of August.  She said the results will be available to the public, on Sligo County Council’s website and on the beach noticeboards.  There was full compliance with Bathing Water Standards for the 2008 season.  The Blue Flags and Clean Coast Awards will be awarded in June.

3.  RIVER BASIN DISTRICT MANAGEMENT PLANS:

Fineen O’Driscoll said the Public Consultation on 27th April, went very well.  Albert Higgins asked if many attended, to which Fineen O’Driscoll said that it was well attended, the farming background was well represented and all were pleased.  Rosie Morrissey said the consultation period ends on the 22nd June and once that date is over the plan will be published.  Kathleen Henry asked for a copy of the document as they will be discussing this at their meeting.  Rosie Morrissey gave Kathleen Henry the document at the end of the meeting.

4.  RESTRICTED BREEDS OF DOGS:

Conall Calleary gave an update on the Control of ‘Restricted Breeds’.  It is proposed to introduce Bye-Laws on restricted breeds and a brief synopsis of the main points was given. The main points will be finalised and sent to the Council Solicitor to draw up the formal draft for presentation to the Council.

5.  NITRATES DIRECTIVE:

Fineen O’Driscoll said a letter is ready to go to the Department, about the increases of work loads, the health and safety issues in legislation and is looking for clarification on some issues. 

7.  PROFESSIONAL FEES REDUCTION:

Fineen O’Driscoll informed all at the meeting that we  were advised to seek an 8% reduction in Professional fees of all existing contracts.

8.  WASTE COLLECTION:

Pete said it is hoped to have the third bin in place by 1st September. 

3rd bin (Organic):

A lot of work is being done behind the scenes.  New Draft Regulations requiring all business / offices re food separation is coming into affect soon.  The organic bin will start in the urban areas.

9.  ANY OTHER BUSINESS:

Gerry Mullaney raised the issue of business premises who are not allowed to put up signs on national routes, as this is affecting their business.  Finnen O’Driscoll applied that the NRA have a unit who are taking down illegal signs, business owners would need to apply through the proper channels i.e. planning. 

Paul Conmy paid compliments to all the Environment Staff for their cooperation and help with the SPC meetings.  Albert Higgins thanked all staff for being so courteous and helpful.  Sally Ward said it was her final meeting as their group have finished their two terms, she thanked all staff and colleagues for their help over the years.  Mary Barrett wished to express her thanks also.

Rita McNulty wished all the Councillors good luck in the forthcoming election.  She thanked the Community Sector for their participation in the SPC Meetings.  She also, thanked the Environment Staff for their input and their hard work.

 

Meeting concluded at 3:50 p.m.

 

 


Meeting Date 14/05/2009