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January Monthly Meeting

24/01/2022 15:00 - MS Teams

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                                                                                                                                   19 January 2022

To:    The Cathaoirleach and Members of Westmeath County Council

A Chathaoirligh agus a Chomhaltaí

I should be obliged if you would arrange to attend the January Monthly Meeting of Westmeath County Council, to be held on Monday next, 24 January 2022 by MS Teams Meeting to commence immediately following the conclusion of the Finance Committee Meeting, and no later than 3p.m., to consider the items set out on the Agenda hereunder.

Mise, le Meas,

Anne Galvin,
Meetings Administrator.


1.    Roll Call and Declaration of Interest at Meetings

2.    Miontuairiscí

(i)    To approve the minutes of the December Monthly Meeting of Westmeath County Council held by hybrid meeting on Monday, 20 December 2021 at 3 p.m.

Minutes of December Council Meeting 20.12.2021

(ii)    To note the minutes of CPG meeting of Westmeath County Council held by teleconference, on Wednesday, 15 December 2021 at 8.30 a.m.

Minutes of CPG Meeting December 2021

(iii)    To note the minutes of the Municipal District Mullingar-Kinnegad meeting of Westmeath County Council held in the Executive Lounge, Áras an Chontae, Mullingar and by video conference (hybrid meeting) on Monday, 13 December 2021 at 2:00 p.m.

Minutes of December MKMD Meeting 13.12.2021

(iv)    To note the minutes of the Municipal District Athlone-Moate meeting of Westmeath County Council held in Civic Centre, Church Street, Athlone and by video conference (hybrid meeting)  on Monday, 6 December 2021 at 2.00 p.m.

Minutes of December AMMD Meeting 06.12.2021

(v)    To note the minutes of the Environment, Climate Action, Water and Emergency Services Strategic Policy Committee meeting held remotely via MS Teams at 11 a.m. on Friday, 10 September 2021.

Minutes of Env., Climate Action, Water & Emer. Svs. SPC Meeting 10.09.2021

(vi)    To note minutes of the Planning & Transportation Strategic Policy Committee Meeting, held in the Council Chambers, County Buildings, Mullingar at 3pm on Friday, 24 September 2021.

Minutes of Planning & Transportation SPC Meeting 24.09.2021

(vii)    To note the minutes of the Housing, Community, Corporate and Cultural Strategic Policy Committee meeting held remotely via MS Teams at 12.00 noon on Monday, 29 November 2021.

Minutes of the Housing SPC Meeting 29.11.21

3.    Management Report

Monthly Management Report -December 2021

4.    Chief Executive Orders

5.    Disposal of Land/Property

(i)    Proposed disposal of Plot 8 at Brehon Housing Estate, Tyrrellspass, (to supersede previous Section 183 approved September 2020) in accordance with the terms of Section 183 Notice of the Local Government Act 2001 circulated within the specified period.

C.E. Cover Letter - Sale of Plot 8 at Brehon, Tyrrellspass

S183-Proposed disposal of Plot 8 at Brehon Housing Estate, Tyrrellspass

6.    To fill casual vacancy in the membership of Westmeath County Council arising from the resignation of Cllr. Jamie Moran

7.    To appoint 1 Member to the Environment, Climate Action, Water and Emergency Services SPC to replace Cllr. Jamie Moran

8.    To note audited Annual Financial Statement in respect of Westmeath County Council for year ended 31 December 2020

Annual Financial Statement 2020

9.    To note Local Government Audit Report in respect of Westmeath County Council for year ended 31 December 2020

Audit Report 31 December 2020

10.    To make the Westmeath Development Contribution Scheme 2021

Westmeath Development Contribution Scheme CE Report 17122021

Draft Development Contribution Scheme 2021

11.    To receive update on the LECP process and guidelines  

12.    To consider the Chief Executive’s Report on the proposed Material Contravention of the Westmeath County Development Plan 2021-2027 in respect of Planning Ref. 21/55: The development which will consist of (a) change house type previously approved on plots 1-4 to semi-detached bungalows with provision for attic accommodation. (b) omit semi-detached units approved on plots 17 & 18 and replace with a terraced block of 3 consisting of 3 bed units (c) erect an additional 2 no. 2 bedroom bungalows with provision for attic accommodation and (d) associated amendments to site layout and all ancillary and associated works. Previous planning reference 18/6057 relates to this application.  
Applicant: Monroe Street Developments at Rathgarve Estate, Water Street, Townspark, Castlepollard, Co Westmeath.

Ltr to members Material Contravention planning ref 21-55

13.    Recommendation(s) from Corporate Policy Group:

•    That Westmeath County Council  host  a Civic Reception for the  Raharney Camogie Team on  winning the All Ireland Club Junior ‘A’ Camogie Championship Final 2020

14.    To receive reports and recommendations from SPC Chairpersons

15.    Motions:

Cllr. Emily Wallace:

“There are 82 children with Spina Bifida and/or Hydrocephalus currently requiring urgent Orthopaedic intervention.
This was brought to the attention of the Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly’s in December 2020 (1).
However, no action has been instigated by the Minister to resolve this matter and these children continue to deteriorate.
Lack of surgical intervention has caused their limbs and bodies to become deformed and maimed. Some of these children legs are no so badly affected that the soles of their feet permanently rub together causing open sores and bleeding.
Children who have the ability to walk are losing or have lost that ability due to the absence of timely surgical management. Others who are manual wheelchair users, due to the same issue are unable to self-propel themselves effectively leaving them immobile.
The lack of timely surgical intervention means that effectively these children end up requiring more complex surgeries and failing that amputation of limbs.
I am calling on the County Council to write to the Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly and fast track these children for surgical review as a matter of urgency.
We also wish to call on the Minister for Health to ensure that provision of services is made to Disabled Children within elective Hospital settings as well as acute Hospital settings to avoid a repeat of this situation in the future.”

Cllr. Denis Leonard:

“That Westmeath County Council would write to Irish Rail immediately and seek to work actively and cooperatively with them on a business case for the reopening of Killucan rail station to be completed in 2022.  This is to seek to full advantage of 1) the greatly enhanced government funding now available for public transport projects in light of climate change; 2)  the many recently ordered rail carriages to increase capacity on the Dublin Sligo line, 3)  the newly launched NTA Connecting Ireland initiative joining rural communities and bringing them to train stations and other national connections, 4)  the vast increase in commuters and students in the east and north Westmeath area requiring connection to the national rail network.”  

16.    Correspondence

17.    Aon Gnó Eile