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MEETING OF SOUTH DUBLIN COUNTY COUNCIL

Monday, February 12, 2018

QUESTION NO.24

QUESTION: Councillor F. Timmons

That a report be given on Horse control for 2017, how many horses where seized? how many where euthanized? and what was the total cost to SDCC for Horse Control?

REPLY:

South Dublin County Council has responsibility for the administration of the Control of Horses Act 1996, which makes provision for the licensing of horses in urban areas (and other areas) where horses cause a danger to persons or property or nuisance.

Problems associated with keeping such horses in an urban area may include neglect and cruelty to the animals, damage to public property including parks, sports pitches and grass verges, danger posed to public safety and general nuisance posed by presence of horses in public places.

South Dublin County Council has a proven track record in the effective management of this service, and also works closely with the DSPCA in monitoring horses within South Dublin County.

All reports of loose/stray horses which are received from elected representatives, members of the public and Council staff are considered in a timely manner and, as appropriate, are referred to the contractor engaged by the Council for the provision and operation of the horse seizure service and horse pound facility.

All seized horses are taken to the horse pound facility where they are microchipped on arrival, (if not already microchipped) and examined by a veterinary practitioner. Horses which are unsuitable for re-homing or not reclaimed by their owners within a period of five days from the date of seizure and detention the Council (or Garda Superintendent) may dispose of by way of sale, animal euthanasia or re-homing.

The Ballyowen Equine Centre, opened in February 2017 and operated under an Annual Management Licence, was developed by South Dublin County Council in collaboration with Department of Agriculture Fisheries and the Marine (DAFM) and Clondalkin Equine Club in order to address the keeping of horses in an unregulated and uncontrolled manner which resulted in serious animal welfare and public safety issues and which were a cause of concern for the Council, Gardai, central government and the communities of these areas.

This Council has recently spearheaded the establishment of the Dublin Region Horse Welfare Task Force  comprising representatives from the 4 Dublin Local Authorities, the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine (DAFM), the DSPCA; An Garda Síochána; Clondalkin Equine Club; Fettercairn Youth Horse Project and various other charity / voluntary groups and NGOs to prevent cruelty to animals, and to promote responsible urban horse ownership.  Four specific working groups have been established covering specifically:

  • Indiscriminate breeding,
  • Animal welfare,
  • Education and awareness,
  • Legislation and regulation (acts and Byelaws) pertaining to animal welfare and control of horses

Recommendations from these working groups will be examined and implemented as appropriate.

During 2017 227 horses were impounded, 5 horses were reclaimed by their owners, 9 horses were rehomed and 213 horses were euthanised.

South  Dublin County Council receives subvention from DAFM for the delivery of the service and the following is an outline of expenditure and income for 2017.

Total Expenditure €179,372.73
Total Income € 71,108.04
Nett Cost €108,264.69

MEETING OF SOUTH DUBLIN COUNTY COUNCIL

Monday, February 12, 2018

QUESTION NO.25

QUESTION: Councillor F. Timmons

To ask for a report on the new Affordable housing scheme, how many houses will be available on it?  How can a person apply and what is criteria?

REPLY:

The Rebuild Ireland Home Loan is a Government backed mortgage for first time buyers.  The new loan will allow first time buyers to purchase a new or second-hand property, or to build their own home.  The first time buyer will be able to borrow up to 90% of the market value of the property to a maximum purchase price of €320,000 within South Dublin County Council.

This new scheme is available from the 1st Februay and all information is available on South Dublin County Council website at http://www.sdcc.ie/services/housing/buying-your-home/applying-for-a-local-authority-loan or on the Rebuild Ireland website at www.rebuildingirelandhomeloan.ie.

MEETING OF SOUTH DUBLIN COUNTY COUNCIL

Monday, February 12, 2018

MOTION NO.6

MOTION: Councillor F. Timmons

Following on from Cork City Becoming the First Council to Stop Using Disposable Cups, we agree that South Dublin County Council follow their lead and stop Disposable Cup use in Council run buildings and offices, and that the Council run a campaign to encourage local businesses to do likewise.  Also In 2017 Mayo County Council introduced a Keep Cup initiative in association with local tidy towns groups in Mayo we ask SDCC to follow their lead and introduce a Keep Cup initiative.

REPORT:

The Council is aware of, and is researching existing initiative, including those undertaken by Cork City & Roscommon County Councils, and this has been included in the 2018 ECC&PR SPC programme of works.

There are a number of cafes within the County who have already engaged in the Conscious cup campaign, which is supported Eastern Midlands Regional Waste Management Office, and SDCC encourages all cafes to engage in this initiative.

Currently SDCC, as part of the Local Authority Prevention Network (LAPN), has made submission to the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment in relation to the proposed introduction of a levy (15c) on disposable cups.

SDCC in itself, does not purchased disposable coffee cups. The Café Co Co (Coffee Dock) is a separately managed facility and the current service provider does not supply compostable cups. ‘Keep Cups’ however is something that the service provider is currently examining and hopes to introduce in the near future.

With effect from Monday 5th February, as part of the Conscious cup campaign,  Café CoCo will be incentivising all customers by offer of a 10c discount when they bring their own reusable cup.

Tidy Towns groups interested in engaging the conscious cup campaign can make contact at info@consciouscup.ie

 

 

My campaign That a Library or Library Hub is included in the South Dublin County Council´s Library Development Plan 2018-2022 for the the area of Rathcoole , Newcastle and Saggart.

https://www.change.org/p/south-dublin-county-council-library-for-rathcoole-newcastle-and-saggart

I have started a campaign on line to build up support the Live streaming via Webcastings of South Dublin County Council meetings. I think this is vital for openness and transparency . While the council chamber has a public gallery there is many reasons the public can’t attend , on line webcasting would allow the public and members of the media/press have full access to what is really said and goes on at council meetings’’

https://www.change.org/p/south-dublin-county-council-webcasting-at-south-dublin-county-council-meetings

I have concerns over the lack of Infrastructure and transport commitments give in in the Clonburris SDZ Plan , Past experience of Palmerstown Woods waiting 40 years for a bus service and the many structural and planning issues with Balgaddy etc does not give me much comfort for this Clonburris SDZ plan.  Over 600 submissions where made pre council meetings and they where effectively ignored , if these had of been dealt with at that stage a lot of motions would of been dealt with. The mistakes of Bad planning , lack of Transport and Lack of Facilities of the past much be dealt with in the final plan.

On the 2nd February after 4 long meetings and at nearly 230am I proposed that the Clonburris SDZ be amended to include all passed motions/amendments and that it go out for public consultation. (2 weeks to amend and 4 weeks for public consultation than council will finally vote to accept or reject) – 22 voted with me , 10 abstained and 1 against. At the end of the day i hope people get homes in Social/affordable or private homes in a sustainable community. I still have huge concerns over traffic. let the community have there say now!

I am looking forward to working with and as part of the Dublin Region Horse Welfare Working Group and also on the Review of Legislation/Bye Laws sub group in 2018 , I  am glad to see some progress being made, this is about looking at 1) Animal Welfare 2) Education 3) Indiscriminate Breeding and 4) Review of Legislation/Bye Laws , This is the first time there has been a county approach.

My Motion

51559 Councillor F. Timmons County Council December 2016 County Council Meeting Motions 15/11/2016
That this committee supports My Lovely Horse Rescue calls to council for enforcement of the Control of horses Act and the council bye laws and that the council considers placing signage in all parks and open spaces – a sign to state such,  won’t be tolerated. Also to enforce the requirement for a horse licence, and compliant stabling etc. – all already in bye laws – Also to review the penalties for non compliance that looks at ways to make people comply and enable enforcement. Also, educate people on the bye laws – maybe people literally haven’t a clue that they need a horse licence (in a control area), a chip, a passport and an EPN. Equine premises contacts etc. That the Minister be written to and asked to review legislation and that SDCC review its bye Laws and enforcement of same.

In relation to Clondalkin Swimming Pool Provision.It is expected that the Clondalkin pool will be fully operational within the next few weeks. Bespoke equipment is currently being fabricated in the UK and will be fitted when ready. i hope this issue can be resolved in the next few weeks i have been working with SDCC to resolve the issue

I have had confirmation my motion to set up a working group on scramblers and quads is going to the Feb Environment SPC initially as a matter of course as Item Referred from Council – i will be pushing this as i believe progress can be made through this.

”That this committee asks for a task force to be convened to look at what can be done to combat the issue of Scramblers and Quads, the behaviour is causing ongoing distress to many residents, it is both anti-social and a dangerous behaviour, The Task force should include Elected Reps, Guards, Safety Forums reps, Council Reps (Particularly Anti-social unit) , Crosscare rep and any other required member ”

Clondalkin Village centre boasts the oldest and most entact round tower in Ireland that has survived for over a 1000 years. The Round Tower, Clondalkin – Bru Chrónáin. One Tower, 1,000 years of stories. Featuring an interpretative centre, café, gardens, and shop, located in the heart of Clondalkin village.

Cllr Timmons says ‘’ Visit our rich culture and heritage and our own village that has such a long and interesting history, Clondalkin is believed to have been founded by Saint Cronan Mochua as a monastic settlement on the River Camac over 1,400 years ago, We recently have a Tower Heritage centre which showcases our wonderful village and the People that have made it the town it is.’’

The Round Tower, Clondalkin has stood witness to over 1,200 years of social and cultural development of the village, from monastic to modern, Viking to Victorian. The restored Mill Cottages are home to 8 rooms in which these stories unfold through sight, sound and stunning visuals. Visit the Happy Pear café on site and enjoy a coffee and food in the terraced garden. Entrance to the Heritage centre is free and it open 8am to 8pm every day.

Cllr Timmons says ‘’Clondalkin is a great place to visit with free admission into Bru Chrónáin and after you enjoy a visit there and have some healthy food in the Happy Pear , than pick up a map at reception desk and tour some of the beautiful buildings and sites Clondalkin has to offer.’’

Places of interest include St John Church across the road from the tower that opened in 1789 and the beautiful Church of Ireland houses were built in 1879, the school house was built in 1870 , the round towers GAA founded in 1884 , Clondalkin Church 1862 , the presentation convent 1857 , St Brigid’s well , Aras Chronan 1826 , Clondalkin Library 1912 , Tully’s Castle , Mount St Joseph’s Graveyard started in 1813 , the Grand Canal , Corkagh Park , 1916 Garden , Enjoy time out in Nicos Café , East Coast Café or one of the many local Public Houses.

Cllr Timmons says ‘’ Clondalkin provides the ideal day out for all the family , Bru Chrónáin provides a focal point for the village that showcases the Tower and delves into a rich and vibrant history of the area.’’