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March Monthly Meeting

21/03/2022 15:00 - Council Chamber

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16 March 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 March Monthly Meeting of Westmeath County Council, to be held on Monday next, 21 March 2022 at 3.00 pm in the Council Chamber, Áras an Chontae, Mullingar 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 February Monthly meeting of Westmeath County Council held by Hybrid Meeting in the Council Chamber, Áras an Chontae, Mullingar on Monday, 28 February 2022 at 3:00 p.m.

Minutes of February Meeting of WCC 28.02.2022

(ii)    To note the minutes of CPG meeting of Westmeath County Council held by teleconference, on Tuesday, 22 February 2022 at 8:30 a.m.

Minutes of CPG Meeting 22.02.2022

(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, 14 February 2022 at 2:00 p.m.

 Minutes of MDMK Meeting 14.02.2022

(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, 7 February 2022 at 2:00 p.m.

Minutes of MDAM Meeting 7.2.2022

(v)    To note Minutes of Planning & Transportation Strategic Policy Committee Meeting, held in the Council Chambers, Co. Buildings, Mullingar at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, 17 December 2021.

Minutes of Planning & Transportation SPC Meeting 17.12.2021

(vi)    To note the minutes of the Special Meeting to seek and record the views of the Elected Members in respect of An Bord Pleánala (Strategic Housing Development) by Avenir Homes Limited for development at Cartrontroy, Kilnafaddoge and Lissywollen Athlone, Co. Westmeath, by video conferencing via MS Teams at 2:30 p.m. on Friday 25 February 2022.

Minutes of Special Meeting MDAM 25.2.22

3.    Management Report

Monthly Management Report - February 2022

4.    Chief Executive Orders

5.    Disposal of Land/Property

6.    To receive presentation from Ms. Anne O’Keeffe, Chairperson of Westmeath Audit Committee:    
a)            To receive Audit Committee Report on the Annual Financial Statement 2020 and Audit Report for 2020

S60 report LG Audit Committee - 2020

b)            To receive Audit Committee Annual Report for 2021

WCC Audit Committee Annual Report 2021

c)            To consider and adopt Audit Committee Annual Work Programme 2022

WCC AC Annual Work Programme 2022

d)            To consider and adopt Audit Committee Charter

WCC Audit Committee Charter

7.    To consider Chief Executive’s Report in respect of  Westmeath County Council Local Authority Development - File Ref. LA(M)-127:
The extension to an existing cycle route at Levington, Mullingar to Scragh Bog Carpark and the upgrading and extension of the existing carpark at the entrance to Scragh Bog
Planning Report in Accordance with Section 179 of the Planning and Development Act 2000 (as amended) and Part 8 of the Planning and Development Regulations 2001 (as amended)

Ltr to Members re Part 8 Scragh Bog 11022022-combined_1

8.(a)     To consider Westmeath County Council Annual Financial Statement  2021     

Annual Financial Statement 2021

   (b) To approve additional net expenditure in excess of Budget as are set out     in  note 16(b) on page 25 of the Annual Financial Statement 2021 in accordance with section 104(7) of the Local Government Act 2001   (As amended)

9.    To receive presentation on the Government’s Town Centre First Policy:
i.    Summary of Town Centre First  Policy  
ii.    To receive presentation on the Planning and Development Act (Exempted Development) Regulations 2022 (S.I. 75 of 2022)

10.      To receive presentation on the key achievements of the LCDC by the Chief Officer

11.      To consider Report on Live Streaming of County Council meetings

12.    Recommendation(s) from Corporate Policy Group:

•    That Athlone Moate Municipal District host an Address of Recognition for Medtronic Manufacturing Plant,  in recognition of   the plant’s 40th anniversary of operating in Athlone 

13.    To receive reports and recommendations from SPC Chairpersons

14.    Motions:

Cllr. Frankie Keena:
That Westmeath County Council corresponds to all relevant Government Departments requesting a further reduction of taxes on fuel as the escalating costs are having a serious impact on farming communities, industry and the public as they go about their daily lives, and that such reduction be passed on in full to the customer.
Cllr. Tom Farrell:
That Westmeath County Council would write to Eamon Ryan, Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications of Ireland, requesting permission for Bord na Móna to allow Contractors to harvest turf due to the urgent need for fuel, in light of the War in Ukraine.

15.    Correspondence
        •    Acknowledgement Letter from the Office of the Minister for Foreign Affairs  

16.    Aon Gnó Eile

  • To agree date and time for a Special Meeting of the Council to consider the Chief Executive’s Report on a Strategic Infrastructure Development (SID) application to An Bord Pleanála for a  220kV Gas Insulated Switchgear (GIS) electrical substation and two 220kV underground transmission cables, interface compounds and pylons and associated works at Kiltotan and Collinstown and Oldtown, Rochfortbridge; to seek the views of the Members on the proposal; and to resolve, if necessary, to attach recommendations to the Chief Executive’s Report.