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No rate increase for Kilkee

THE Kilkee Town Council budget, which was adopted at the December monthly meeting, will result in a reduction of €3,164.96 on 2010 expenditure when compared to 2009 figures. However, rates have not been increased.The total estimated expenditure for 2010 amounts to €79,133.76.  The estimated income, excluding town charges, is €6,518.4. The balance of €72,615.36 is to be recouped by way of town charges. However, there will be no increase in the town rate, which remains at 4.61% as in 2009. The figure demanded from Clare County Council shows a decrease of €3,614.96 from that sought in 2009. A 15% reduction has been applied where possible to all non-pay-related expenditure other than statutory or fixed expenditure, which cannot be reduced.Meanwhile, the Irish Public Bodies Mutual Insurances has informed Kilkee Town Council that the cost of insurance premiums will decrease by 10% on that paid in 2009. A sum of €44,400 will be spent on salaries and wages, which shows a reduction …

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Sanitary schemes to kickstart Clonlara development

CLONLARA looks set to experience significant growth over the coming years once new sanitary services schemes, totalling €9.1 million, are fully completed.Lack of adequate sewerage facilities is one of the major stumbling blocks that developers of housing schemes have to overcome before Clare County Council grants planning permission.It has been cited as one of the reasons why planning permissions for numerous developments in Killaloe have been turned down in recent years.However, this issue will not be a problem in Clonlara after Clare County Council signed a contract worth almost €1.6 million with Carty Contractors Ltd, of Ballisodare, County Sligo to provide new sewerage facilities for the sprawling South-East Clare village.County manager, Tom Coughlan predicted Clonlara would be very well served for its water and wastewater requirements as a result of the new sewerage project and the completion of the €7.5 million Gillogue Serviced Land Initiative Water Supply Improvements Contract in 2007.“Completion of this scheme will ensure that capacity is provided …

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Westbury health centre to reduce waiting times

THOUSANDS of people living in South-East Clare will benefit from reduced waiting times following the opening of a new primary health centre in the heart of Westbury.That’s according to Clare health manager, Dr Fergal Flynn, who explained that more primary care services such as physiotherapy and speech therapy services would be made available to residents at the new centre, which was officially opened last week.“Previously, patients would have to travel to Shannon, Ennis or other centres for such services. If you also consider the travel time, how the patients and their families/carers may have to organise their lives around appointments, having these services available locally is very significant.  “Clients are seen in a more timely fashion by healthcare professionals whom they are familiar with, thereby often resulting in a more satisfactory outcome for both client and healthcare worker,” he said.Primary care development officer, Alice McGinley, said one of the major problems in the past with primary care was the fragmentation …

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Chamber president sees ‘payback for NAMA’ in Budget

ELEMENTS of the budget were welcomed by Shannon Chamber president Ian Barrett at a breakfast briefing for members held last Thursday morning, as the country absorbed the detail of Brian Lenihan’s figures.“The chamber welcomes steps to take control of the public finances. It sends out the message that we are serious about it internationally,” he commented.He welcomed the message that corporation tax wasn’t being increased, saying the existing low rate was the single biggest factor in bringing foreign direct investment to Ireland.Mr Barrett welcomed the rates freeze in Clare. “Shannon Chamber lobbied hard on rates and I would like to applaud Clare County Council and the councillors for passing a zero per cent increase in rates and a three per cent cut in water rates.” He also welcomed a package for flooding relief and prevention.A presentation on the budget was given by Lesley Barrett and Eamonn Murphy of Grant Thornton.The credit review system mentioned in the Budget was described as …

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Councillors pushing for more library parking

CLARE County Council is being urged to provide additional disabled parking spaces at the Seán Lemass library.At this week’s meeting of local area councillors, Mayor of Shannon, Seán McLoughlin, asked that the situation be addressed and put forward three possible responses.They were: to widen the area in front of the library and put parking spaces with bumper to kerb parking; clean out the area at the back of the library and make it suitable for parking; or to provide disabled parking spaces at the back and front of the library.In his reply on the matter, however, engineer Eugene O’Shea said there are a number of difficulties to be addressed.“The road fronting the library is a private road and not in charge of the council. Widening of the area in front of the library is therefore not an option. In any event the road layout is not suitable for reversing vehicles due to inadequate sight lines and the vehicular access on …

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Roadworks needed after flooding

A SIGNIFICANT amount of roadworks are likely to be needed in Ennis due to the November flooding, according to the town council’s budget for 2010.“Road grants received in 2009 were substantially less than anticipated, due to funding restrictions at national level. The council has maintained its own resources allocation to the roads programme at €210,000. The overall situation regarding roads will need to be reviewed when road grants are notified in 2010, as there is evidence of significant work required as a result of the serious flooding that occurred in mid-November,” stated town manager, Ger Dollard in his introduction to the budget.He also said that the council is still looking at providing more off-street parking, while fewer people are breaching parking regulations in Ennis.“During 2009, the council advertised for expressions of interest for the provision of off street car parking in the town. Six expressions of interest were received and the council formed an assessment panel to consider the proposals. …

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No change to commercial rates

PARKING charges and commercial rates will remain at 2009 levels for another 12 months at least, as Ennis Town Council adopted its budget for the coming year at a special meeting last Thursday.There was little rancour, with the budget being adopted unanimously. Reviewing 2009, town manager Ger Dollard said that the grant to the town council had been cut twice in 2009, and when preparing the budget, an assumption of a 10% cut for 2010 had been made. Mr Dollard claimed that the current commercial rate in Ennis is “at the lower end of the scale” when compared to other similar-sized towns. He also said that it was estimated that the tax on second homes would generate around €350,000 for 2010.While Councillor Brian Meaney queried the assumption made that the cut in the Local Government Fund would be limited to 10%, Mr Dollard said that there were a number of unknowns but that the draft budget gave scope to deal …

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Kilrush budget cut by 12.5%

While the 2010 Kilrush Town Council budget, which was adopted last Thursday night, included no increase in commercial rates, overall expenditure for the provision of services in the town will be down 12.5% on the 2009 figures. The budget provides for €1,517,869 for the year ahead, compared to €1,736,384 for this year.Income for 2010 has been estimated at €732,298 compared to €887,179 in 2009. This estimate represents at 17.5% reduction in income for the year ahead in Kilrush. The decision to provide two hours of free parking in the lead-up to Christmas will also hit the town council budget.The budget also includes a 14% reduction in the town council payroll from that budgeted in 2009.Among additional key points adopted was a freeze on local authority housing rent rates, a 3% reduction in commercial water charges and an increase in the housing maintenance programme.With regard to the local road network, the town council expects a 10% reduction on their allocation next …

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