2 - Environmental Policy

Minutes of Strategic Policy Committee 2 (Environmental Policy) held on Tuesday, 16th December, 2003 at 11.00 a.m. in the Meeting Room, Environmental Services, Unit 9, Cleveragh Business Park, Sligo


COUNCILLORS:

  • L. Conlon,
  • A. Parke,
  • A. Higgins

PRESENT:

  • Ms. S. Ward, ICA,
  • Gearoid O’Connor, IFA

OFFICIALS IN ATTENDANCE:

  • Mr. Pat Forkan, DOS.
  • Mr. John McHugh, SE.
  • Ms. Emer Concannon, SEE.
  • Ms. Breda Roynane, A.O.
  • Mr. Conall Calleary, Veterinary Inspector.
  • Ms. Ann Johnston, Assistant Staff Officer.
  • Ms. Naomi Gorevan, Clerical Officer.

APOLOGIES:

  • Cllr. M. Fleming

CONFIRM MINUTES OF MEETING:

Proposed by Cllr. Higgins 
Seconded by Cllr. Parkes

AND AGREED

“To confirm minutes of Environmental Policy Meeting held on 17th September, 2003”.

In a recent Rehab Recycling Partnership article, Sligo achieved the highest level of recycling per person in Ireland.  Cllr. Conlon offered congratulations to officials and staff who have worked on recycling in County Sligo.   

Cllrs Parke and Cllr Higgins seconded this but expressed disappointment at the position Sligo town achieved in the overall placings on litter in the country.

MATTERS ARISING:

Cllr. Parke asked that we employ Temporary Wardens to patrol some black spots in the County.

Mr. Forkan stated that when the Enforcement Officer takes up position they may be able to concentrate on these spots for a time.

Cllr. Parke also asked about illegal dumping at Marlow, Ballymote.  Mr. McHugh stated that this site had been investigated previously, and that the Waste Enforcement Officer will do further investigations.

Mr. O’Connor had a query about Dockery’s piggery, Ballymote.  Mr. McHugh stated that investigations have taken place and there is no pollution threat there at present.  This piggery will be monitored on an ongoing basis.

WASTE MANAGEMENT INFRASTRUCTURE

Mr. McHugh reported on 2 projects:

 Tubbercurry Recycling Centre

Mr. McHugh outlined the present position in relation to Tubbercurry Recycling Centre.  Mr. Forkan hopes that the funding for this project will be approved early next year, with the centre being complete for late 2004.


Construction/demolition facility at Union Quarry

Mr. McHugh, outlined the present position in relation to the Construction/demolition facility at Union Quarry.  It would be possible with Council approval for a private company to lease this land and apply for Planning Permission in the normal way.  Cllr. Parkes asked if there has been any interest in the provision of such a facility, and Mr. McHugh stated that there are a number of interested parties at present.

BRING BANKS

Ms. Concannon gave a brief report on this.  Cllr. Conlon stated that the system seems to be working very well because of the great availability of banks all around the County.  Cllr. Parkes asked about the possibility of getting banks in Ballisodare.  Ms. Concannon stated that there is a problem getting agreement on a suitable site.  More consultation with the local community is needed.

ENFORCEMENT

Ms. Ronayne gave a brief report on this.  Everyone agreed that the appointment of the Waste Enforcement Officer will make a big difference to a lot of issues.

CONTROL OF HORSES

Mr. Calleary gave a report on this. The Council solicitor is currently examining the draft bye-laws, and his advice is awaited.

CONTROL OF DOGS

Mr. Calleary gave a brief report on this.  He stated that Leitrim County Council will no longer be using the services of the Dog Warden, so we will have to come to an arrangement with him.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS

Mr. Forkan was speaking to the EPA and is glad to report that water quality in County Sligo is very good.  He stated that the EPA would like to give a presentation on this in 2004.  It was agreed that the presentation should be given at a general Council Meeting.

END OF MEETING:

The meeting concluded at 1.00pm and it was agreed to hold the next meeting on the 12th March, 2004.


Meeting Date 16/12/2003