Saturday, October 15, 2016

'Fine premises for cig butts litter' suggestion

The Kildare County Council Litter Warden should fine public premises which have significant numbers of cigarette butts outside their premises, local political representatives have been told, writes Brian Byrne.

"That way, they'd make sure that their staff and customers smoking outside would properly dispose of their butts," said Kilcullen Community Action chairman Ray Kelly, who was making the community presentation on the night.

The matter came up under the 'Council' heading on a list of some 60 items headlined over the course of the meeting, which seven councillors and three TDs attended.

Fast food litter and discarded betting shop slips also feature on the litter problem.

Other Council matters discussed included verges and hedge cutting on the Sunnyhill Road, which residents of the area say make exit from their estates dangerous.

Advance notification of opportunities for grants and other funding for community projects was also something which Kilcullen would like the local representatives to provide.

The future of the Valley Park was touched on when Noel Clare of KCA outlined to the representatives its history since it was purchased and developed as a community facility by the long-defunct Community Council.

He told the meeting how KCA/Tidy Towns had maintained the park over decades, and how a personal injury in recent times had affected the insurance which KCA held in relation to it.

The meeting heard that discussions had taken place with Kildare County Council to take over the park so that it would be covered by the Council's insurance. Deputy Martin Heydon said the Council was 'up for it' and the matter should be pursued.