Meeting of Trim Municipal District 12/07/2019
Friday, 12th July, we attended our first Ordinary Meeting of Trim Municipal District which is normally held on the 3rd Friday of the month. We brought it forward this month to accommodate the Cathaoirleach’s trip to the US with Gluais. We wish Noel and Gluais every success on their travels and know they will be great representatives of the town.
I asked the Engineer if all roadworks and traffic calming measures at Longwood in particular would be completed before the school season commences in September. It is important that the Council undertake these works where possible at convenient times for the people. With a contractor appointed in July, this should be the case at Longwood. I welcome the addition of the raised pedestrian crossings however we wait to see if it will be enough on the approach roads where speeding is a serious issue.
I asked the Council Officials to confirm the up to date position on the Ribbontail development project. €92k fund hangs in the balance as the Council endeavour to come to an agreement with concerned landowners. The Council have now proposed to take the lane in charge to alleviate the landowners’ worries in relation to claims for slips, trips and falls – or worse.
Who can blame them in the current claim culture that exists?
An added complication that part of the land is under the Kildare Co Co jurisdiction has to be overcome. We need Kildare Co Co to do likewise for part of the lane. Council Officials are quietly confident but cautious a positive conclusion can be reached. We need to be mindful and respectful of the landowner’s concerns and rights in relation to their land but hopefully a compromise can be reached as the project means so much to locals and the wider community.
Traders – Parking & CCTV
A group of over 100 traders in Trim believe that paid parking is having a detrimental effect on trade around the town. At a minimum they want 30 minutes grace, at the most they believe removal of paid parking entirely would have a positive impact on business.
The traders also suggested to me that we require CCTV around the town. I wholeheartedly agree – in light of all the recent instances of anti-social behaviour, criminal damage and theft, CCTV will be a very welcome addition. Understanding the issues around GDPR, data controlling etc, we need to overcome these for the greater good.
Our businesses are the backbone of our towns – we can ask people to shop local and support business, but as Councillors, it is our responsibility to ensure favourable conditions for traders as well. We do not want to see any more vacant units appearing particularly on our main streets.
R154 – Lackanash – Dublin Rd
I seconded Cllr Golden’s motion and was delighted to do so. He asked that Meath County Council assess and prepare a report on improving pedestrian access from the R154 to Lackanash Road and onto the Dublin Road. So many people are very concerned about this area. The speed sign at Lackanash Road was a great addition but without continued speed checks it loses impact. A raised pedestrian crossing on Lackanash Road – one at least - at the entrance to Porchfields – is required. A cantilever bridge and pedestrian/cyclist lights should all be considered as part of a comprehensive report which is being commissioned. Experiencing first-hand the speed on this road regularly this report should be done as a matter of urgency. Speeds have been recorded up to 147kph!
The proposed project, which will be subject to a Part 8 application, is a really exciting. I welcome this without reservation. It is a welcome addition to the Porchfields while still being sympathetic to its surroundings. We are extremely lucky to have kept this green amenity within the town, thanks to the foresight of many before us. We are literally proposing enhancing what is a fantastic resource for walkers, runners, tourists and families. The natural beauty of the Fields will be protected. Paths will be levelled, not widened, but grass verges on the paths will be improved to allow safe passing. Running paths will be reinforced. Picnic benches and seating areas will be included and improved. A biodiversity area will be included. The piece de resistance will be a performance area – not permanent structure – with the castle in the background providing a breathtaking setting.
We discussed and congratulated all those associated with the progress made on Trim’s Blueway and look forward to advancing it.
A long discussion was held about hedge and verge cutting and councillors expressed a desire for more hedge cutting demands to be issued by the Council.
All in all, we had a very productive meeting with great participation, ideas and engagement. I look forward to September’s meeting.
If you have any issues or queries you’d like addressed please don’t hesitate to contact me.