The East Cork Municipal District chose not to debate their monthly agenda items on Monday (7 October) in preference for two back to back, closed door meetings.
A further in-camera session is due to take place later this month, with Cllrs set to discuss a draft budget for the district on Monday 28 October.
The Cllrs broke briefly from their private session on Monday to hear a group of residents from Shanagarry who were fighting for road safety improvements in their area.
They also accommodated a team from Eirgrid for an update on the Celtic Interconnector project designed to trade electricity between Ireland and France. Virgin Media also updated the Cllrs on their plan to deliver 1 gigabyte fixed line Broadband to Midleton by March.
Shortly afterwards, however, Cllrs decided to continue debate in private without Notices of Motion being discussed.
The deferral to next month’s Municipal Sitting means that Cllrs cannot discuss new agenda items, raised by their constituents, until the October Agenda items are dispensed with.
The Local Government Act 2001 states that the public and media can be excluded from meetings when issues of a “special nature” are being discussed.
In total 18 items, many of which require further discussion, have been put off until Monday 4 November.
Cllr Michael Hegarty requested that the Executive issue a report to Cllrs on the Agenda items and not have a debate on them.
Municipal Chairwoman, Cllr Mary Linehan Foley and Sinn Fein Cllr Danielle Twomey said they preferred the Agenda would be deferred to next month’s meeting, as there are issues that need to be discussed.
Fine Gael Cllr Susan McCarthy said she was not very happy with not being able to add new Agenda items, and requested the Agenda be dispensed with quickly.
Cllr Noel Collins, however, said the Cllrs had made a decision with which he didn’t agree, but about which he would not get upset and said “we’re here to serve the people.”
Below are a list of the Motions that have gone unanswered:
5.1.1 Cllr. Noel Collins, received on 2nd September, 2019
“Resulting from severe flood storm damage in low lying areas of Midleton town and environs, Council consider major cleaning and flushing of all road shores as early as possible, plus the dredging of Roxborough and Owenacurra Rivers now overladen with bags of rubbish, beer cans and bottles”.
5.1.2 Cllr. Noel Collins, received on 2nd September, 2019
“That Bus Eireann would reconsider its decision to terminate the School Bus service for some children to Leamlara, N.S, in the interest of road safety for children on country roads”.
5.1.3 Cllr. Noel Collins, received on 2nd September, 2019
“That this Council address the very serious and dangerous condition of Quarry Road, Youghal serving 56 residents plus, and consider receiving a Deputation of the victims to put their case at a future meeting of Municipal Council”.
5.1.4 Cllr. Danielle Twomey, received on 2nd September, 2019
“Can the Engineer include upgrades and repairs for the Ballinacurra Main Street footpaths in the 2020 footpath programme to coincide with the proposed works of a new footpath by the Co Op, new bus stop and shelter and the new pedestrian crossing”.
5.1.5 Cllr. Danielle Twomey, received on 2nd September, 2019
“Can the Engineer please implement traffic calming at the two entrances into Michael Collins Square as the new reduced speed limit signage hasn’t improved the situation of speed into the square”.
5.1.6 Cllr. Danielle Twomey, received on 9th September, 2019
“That a full review be done of the traffic lights at the bridge in Castlemartyr. That the sequencing pattern be revised to give the Ladysbridge and Mogeely roads more time, especially at morning time, and that the Engineer conduct a safety audit of the junction to see if there can be any added safety measures installed”.
5.1.7 Cllr. Mary Linehan Foley, received on 15th September, 2019
“Asking East Cork Municipal District that railings and safety measures are put in place in Allen’s Quay Youghal and resurfacing of same area is done ASAP”.
5.1.8 Cllr. Mary Linehan Foley, received on 15th September, 2019
“That the Engineer looks at safety measures at entrance to Bridgetown Estate, Castlemartyr and the speed issues on Ladysbridge Road”.
5.1.9 Cllr. Mary Linehan Foley, received on 15th September, 2019
“That we revisit Moll Goggins and Viewing Area on Lighthouse Hill, and get costings on reinstating both areas”
5.1.10 Cllr. James O’Connor, received 26th September, 2019
“That Cork County Council and Transport Infrastructure Ireland should take measures to improve safety and visibility at the Old Graveyard Crossroad in Killeagh Village. It is currently extremely dangerous for motorists turning onto the N25 on both sides of the crossroad”.
5.1.11 Cllr. James O’Connor, received 26th September, 2019
“That Cork County Council and Irish Water should make efforts to provide running water and washing/sanitation facilities at Youghal Front Strand and Claycastle Beach”.
5.1.12 Cllr. James O’Connor, received 26th September, 2019
“That Cork County Council should write to the Minister for Education and Skills to outline the urgent need to improve the capacity of our educational facilities in East Cork to cater for children with learning and development difficulties to enable them to access appropriate services. This is in light of the current shortage of early intervention treatment in the Municipal District”.
5.1.13 Cllr. Susan McCarthy, received on 29th September, 2019
“That this Council recommend the retention of bus stop at centre point of Main Street westbound and abandon new proposal to place it at the East End with the loss of 13 car spaces”.
5.1.14 Cllr. Susan McCarthy, received on 29th September, 2019
“That Council upgrade Kennel Road, Knockgriffin, as a priority to bring it in line with the needs of the area, as it has grown and expanded with new residential development throughout, sports facility (Midleton FC) and enterprise to the north. The road is no longer fit for purpose, and upgrade should include: footpath upgrades, build outs, possible pedestrian crossing”.
5.1.15 Cllr. Susan McCarthy, received on 29th September, 2019
“Road to be resurfaced entirely at Hillside, Aghada, as well as Ballinookera to Glanturkin, also potholes to be filled on the Inch Road”.
5.1.16 Cllr. Liam Quaide, received on 30th September, 2019
“That speed ramps be put in place on Park St., Midleton, and in surrounding residential areas including Roche’s Terrace and Michael Collins Square and that provision for these be made in the forthcoming Council budget”.
5.1.17 Cllr. Liam Quaide, received on 30th September, 2019
“That the Midleton/Youghal Municipal Council engineers would work closely with schools to alleviate traffic congestion at drop off and pick up times”.
5.1.18 Cllr. Liam Quaide, received on 30th September, 2019
“That the Midleton/Youghal Municipal Council engineers would prioritise the construction of a footpath on Quarry Road, Youghal for the safety and well-being of walkers, and that provision for this would be made in the forthcoming Council budget”.