2 - Environmental Policy

Minutes of Strategic Policy Committee 2 (Environmental Policy) held on Wednesday 26th April at 3.30 p.m. in the Strandhill Business Centre, Strandhill, Co. Sligo.


CATHAOIRLEACH:    

  • Councillor M. Fleming

IN ATTENDANCE: 

  • Councillor G. Mullaney,
  • Councillor R. O’Grady,
  • Mayor, B. Queenan 

OFFICIALS IN ATTENDANCE:

  • Mr. Pat Forkan, Director of Service
  • Mr. John McHugh, Senior Engineer
  • Ms. Breda Ronayne, Administrative Officer  
  • Mr. Conall Calleary, Veterinary Officer
  • Ms. Aideen Feeney, Litter Warden
  • Ms. Mairead Clerkin, Staff Officer
  • Ms. Ann Johnston, Assistant Staff Officer


APOLOGIES:

Cllr. P. Conmy, G. O’Connor

In the absence of Cllr. J. McGarry, Chairman of SPC, it was proposed by Cllr. Mullaney and seconded by Cllr. O’Grady that Cllr. M. Fleming take the Chair.

CONFIRM MINUTES OF MEETING

Proposed by Cllr. O’Grady
Seconded by Cllr. Mullaney

AND AGREED

“To confirm and adopt minutes of the SPC Environmental Policy meeting held on 16th February 2006”

MATTERS ARISING

There were no matters arising from the Minutes of SPC meeting on 16th February 2006


CONNACHT WASTE MANAGEMENT PLAN REVIEW

Mr. Forkan outlined the developments of the Draft Waste Management Plan and informed the meeting that 57 written submissions were received for changes to be included on the Plan.   He stated that it is now expected that the Final Plan will adopted in May and it is hoped that the relevant Local Authorities will be presented with the Plan in June.

DRAFT BEACH BYE-LAWS

Ms. Ronayne gave an outline of the recently held workshop for the review of the Beach Bye-laws.   She stated that Mr. Bryan Armstrong Solicitor was in the process of re-writing the bye-laws as he felt the original ones were too long, however, all decisions agreed by members previously would be incorporated into the re-written bye-laws.   

It was agreed unanimously that the bye-laws should be circulated to members before going on public display and with the hope that they would be brought to the full Council for adoption in July.

DRAFT ILLEGAL SIGNAGE POLICY

Ms Ronayne asked that any further comments to the draft Illegal Signage Policy should be made to her prior to presenting the policy to the full Council for its adoption in July.

Cllr. Fleming and Cllr. O’Grady advised that the Policy should be well advertised prior to its adoption.   Cllr. Fleming then suggested that a presentation is made to the Housing, Roads & Planning SPC’s before bring it to the full Council.  This was unanimously agreed.

CORRESPONDENCE

There was no correspondence presented at this meeting.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS

Mr. Calleary informed the meeting that there was a recent incident where there were 23 sheep killed and 19 injured after 3 dogs attacked sheep in the Ballinode area of Sligo.   He also reported on an incident previous to this where a child was bitten by a dog in the Strandhill area.

Mr. Calleary expressed concern that dog control legislation needs to be looked at and also that the public need to be made more aware of the requirements to keep dogs under control.

Mr. Queenan inquired if Mr. Forkan had been in contact with the company who supplied silage wrap regarding levies, etc.  In reply, Mr. Forkan informed the meeting that he had spoke to the Department and confirmed that companies who collect used silage wrap collected so far as the levies on this wrap allows them to, however, when the budget for the levy runs out, they stop all collections.
 
Mr. Queenan stated that the Farmers Journal recently printed an article on silage wrap where it suggested that further levy charges to farmers would apply.    Mr. Forkan in reply stated that levy charges were not sufficient to meet the costs for this service and that the Minister may legislate further on this issue.

Cllr. Fleming then asked that Mr. Forkan contact the Department and express concerns that a decision on levy charges, collections, etc for the plastic silage wrap should be made and also to ask what can be done to resolve such issues.   This was agreed unanimously.


The meeting concluded at 4.15 pm.


Meeting Date 26/04/2006