2 - Environmental Policy

Minutes of Strategic Policy Committee 2 (Environmental Policy) held on Friday 24th June, 2011 at 11:00 in Sligo County Council’s Training Room, County Hall, Riverside, Sligo


CATHAOIRLEACH:

  • Councillor Pat McGrath.
     

IN ATTENDANCE:

 

  • Councillor Mary Barrett,
  • Councillor Marcella McGarry,
  • Councillor Aoiffe McLoughlin,
  •  Councillor Dara Mulvey,
  • Councillor Hubert Keaney
  • Ms. Kathleen Henry.
     

 

OFFICIALS IN ATTENDANCE:

 

  • Mr.Tom Kilfeather, Director of Service.
  • Mr. Fineen O’Driscoll, A/Senior Engineer.
  • Ms. Pamela Bergin, A/Senior Executive Scientist.
  • Ms. Rosie Morrissey, A/Executive Scientist.
  • Mr. Enda Killoran, A/Assistant Scientist.
  • Mr. Conall Calleary, Veterinary Officer.
  • Mr. Matthew Byrne, Waste Enforcement Officer,
  • Mr. Pete Murtagh, Waste Enforcement Officer,
  • Ms. Mairead Clerkin, A/Senior Staff Officer.
  • Ms. Olivia Black, A/Assistant Staff Officer.
     

 

APOLOGIES:

  • Ms. Eithne Garvin
  • Mr. Paul Hampson.

1. CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES:

Proposed by Councillor Mary Barrett.

Seconded by Councillor Pat McGrath.    

and agreed

“To confirm and adopt Minutes of the SPC Environmental Policy meeting held on 21st September 2010”.

Pat McGrath welcomed all to today’s meeting.   Pat proposed a two minutes silence as a mark of respect to the late Billy Sommerville R.I.P. 

Pat wished Tony McLoughlin all the best for his new post as TD in the Sligo/Leitrim area. 
 

2.  MATTERS ARISING:

None.
 

3.  PANEL OF SITE ASSESSORS:

Rosie gave all present a handout and a presentation.  A brief discussion followed.
 

4.  IMPLEMENTATION OF THE RIVER BASIN MANAGEMENT PLANS:

Enda gave out a handout and an update on the River Basin Management Plans and a discussion followed.
 

5. RIVIEW OF BEACH  BYE-LAWS:

Fineen said it is hoped to review the Beach Bye-Laws but due to staffing issues this has not happened.  There are a few issues on different beaches i.e. camping at Rosses Point Beach and the ongoing saga at Mullaghmore Beach.  Pat said it was great to hear about the awarding of the Blue Flags and to congratulate all staff involved.

6.  INFORMATION UPDATES – MULLAGHMORE BEACH:

Mairead said letters were sent to all landowners last year and again this year in relation to the ongoing problem with cattle and a bull on the beach.  Mullaghmore Beach was awarded a Blue Flag Beach again this year and unfortunately the flag cannot be flown.  Under Health and Safety Sligo County Council cannot employ Lifeguards on this beach, which is one of the main criteria for obtaining a blue flag.  Conall said Sligo County Council do not own all of the beach and a fence cannot be put up in the middle of the beach or at the boundaries, the cattle can come onto the beach from a gap in the Dunnes.  Mairead said Sligo County Council have signs up in relation to the cattle on the beach and no Lifeguards.

7.  LITTER:

Mairead gave an update on the work of the Litter Warden and a discussion followed.  Pat complemented the outdoor staff, especially in these difficult times and with the lack of resources.  He also thanked the Tidy Towns Committees and Community groups for all their good work and cooperation with Sligo County Council.  Pat mentioned dog fouling and suggested leaving plastic bags in Area Offices.  Mairead said poop-scoops were previously provided but they are very expensive and are now just provided for the Bathing Season.

Marcella praised the outdoor staff on the great job they continue to do especially when there is so much dumping taking place in the town and in the same locations.  She suggested cameras as this may stop some of the dumping, to which Mairead said this would be costly.  Dara mentioned the portable battery operated cameras and suggested putting up signs as scenic areas are always targeted.  Dara praised Cyril Walsh’s good work. 

Pat said to have a costing on CCTV done up for the next meeting.

Kathleen praised Sligo Tidy Towns for their great work and the next big tidy up is taking place next Wednesday night, meeting at Stephens Street car-park for all who are interested.

8.  DRINKING WATER:

Pamela gave a handout and an update on Drinking Water.  Pamela said the IT Section are setting up a link on how to obtain water results through Sligo County Council’s website and gave a test run to all present.


9.  BEACH BATHING WATER PROFILES:

Pamela said the new Bathing Water Regs are gradually coming into Irish Law.  A handout was given out.  Pamela said Bathing Water results from each beach they sample are now available on the Council’s website and at the Notice boards on the Beaches also.  www.bathingwater.ie shows the results nationally and Pamela went into this website to give an example.
 

10.  FORMER FINISKLIN LANDFILL ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT REPORT 

Matthew gave an update and said Consultants have done up a report and if any member wanted to see this report they were welcome.

11. PRESENTATION OF WASTE FOR COLLECTION BYE-LAWS:

Pete said they will have a Draft copy of the Bye-Laws for the next meeting.
 

12.  STRAY HORSES:

Conall said it has been a very busy year so far for the ceasing of horses, a lot of horses and ponies are being abandoned.  The Department has cut funding and all horses are to be put down if not collected after seven days.  The Department has addressed this nationally.

13.  ANY OTHER BUSINESS:

Hubert asked about skip-hire companies and their obligations in relation to Hazardous waste.  Pete said there are strict guidelines and when skips are picked up, they are checked and if any items are in the skip, the person who hired the skip removes the items in question.  Hazardous waste is being accepted at the Tubbercurry Recycling Centre.

Kathleen wanted to thank the Water Services staff for all their great work last Christmas.

Fineen thanked all the Environment Staff who are so busy at the moment.  He suggested that members put forward the items for the Agenda.

Pat praised the amount of work being done in Environment and he also thanked all the staff and members for today’s attendance.

 

 


Meeting Date 24/06/2011