Motion to Clare County Council June 2021
The abdication of the responsibility of Irish Water to deliver critical pieces of infrastructure.
Update the Wind Energy Development guidelines so all Environmental Impact Assessment Reports and Noise Impact Studies would be designed, undertaken and commissioned by the local planning authority, instead of by the developers and that the developers would pay the local authorities to undertake these reports.
A detailed analysis is needed of the extra human resources required to provide appropriate levels of management, and enforcement of the litter, parking and beach laws, at our coastal amenities, to include projected additional costs and identifying future potential income streams.
The use of Section 254 licenses is a scurrilous abuse by multibillion euro businesses of a piece of planning legislation designed to give coffee shops a permit to put a sign outside on the footpath.
Assessing appropriate locations in public car parks for overnight camping, amending the bylaws to allow conditional, paid, overnight camping in those locations, and introducing bylaws to prevent wild camping in protected areas
It has become impossible for a community group to get an insurance quote for any new community playgrounds, and secondly, any of the existing playgrounds, whose policies have lapsed for any reason, will not be able to get insured afterwards.
Covid has fueled a massive surge in remote work, a remote revolution if you like. This means, for the first time in decades, we can now properly consider working close to where we live, instead of living close to where we work.
I am concerned the lack of ambition being shown by the state will negatively impact on our own ambitions here in Clare to ensure our rural and coastal communities can grow and thrive.
To request that the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage would re-examine the current suitability of the maximum household income thresholds in the three banded areas. We further request circulation to all other local authorities and Oireachtas Members
It is as textbook a demonstration as one will ever see about the power of lobbying by big business.
If increased ventilation and improved air quality in our schools, offices, pubs, restaurants etc is the price of some sort of normalcy, then we should be proactive in its delivery, it’s ultimately far more cost effective than paying them all to be closed, not to mention its worthwhile in its own right from a health and wellbeing perspective.