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Public Participation: Identification of Bathing Waters 2022

Local authorities must identify official bathing areas in their area every year so that they can be monitored for safety, water quality and their level of use.  To help with this process, Waterford City & County Council are asking people who swim at beaches, lakes and rivers to tell them if they think they should maintain existing designated bathing waters designations or give a new official bathing area designation to areas that are commonly used for swimming, but not identified at the moment.

Under European and Irish law, Irish local authorities must identify bathing waters each year so that these areas can be monitored to ensure they meet stringent microbiological water quality standards. In some cases, the official bathing areas are also the areas where local authorities focus their resources providing lifeguards during the summer season.  These laws also require that the local authority prepares detailed descriptions or profiles for each of the identified bathing water sites that describe not just the bathing area but also areas in the surface waters catchment area that could be a source of pollution. The profiles include an assessment the risk of pollution and what action would be taken if pollution occurs.

If you are a regular swimmer and want to help your Council decide which bathing areas should be classified as such, it might be helpful to consider the following:

  • How your swimming area has been used up to now;
  • How many people use the site;
  • What facilities exist at the site and how accessible it is;
  • Any safety issues.

If you wish to propose your favourite beach/river, as a new bathing water site or comment on an existing site please do so ONLINE HERE.

Closing date for submissions is 9th June 2022. 

ENDS

Note to editors: Local authorities are required under the Bathing Waters Directive and the Bathing Water Quality Regulations 2008 (SI No 79 of 2008) to identify bathing waters on an annual basis. The Directive requires that water quality at all designated bathing waters meets stringent microbiological standards in order to protect the health of people who choose to bathe there.

Active Travel Scheme – Newtown, Tramore – Pedestrian & Cyclist Scheme

In accordance with Article 81 of Part 8 of the Planning and Development Regulations 2001 (as amended), notice is hereby given that Waterford City and County Council proposes to carry out the following development: Pedestrian and Cycle Active Travel scheme along the Newtown Hill and Newtown Glen in Tramore, Co. Waterford. Waterford City & County Council intend to carry out a pedestrian and cycle improvement scheme along the Newtown Hill and Newtown Glen in Tramore.

The scheme comprises of the narrowing of the existing carriageway and provision of new and upgraded pedestrian and cycle facilities within the scheme extents. The implementation of this scheme will create a safer route and environment for all road users with a strong emphasis on non-motorized road users and encourage a modal shift from private car use to more sustainable and active travel options, as part of our actions to reduce transport related carbon emissions. The main elements of the proposed scheme are:

  • Reduction in carriageway width by the provision/improvement of footpaths and cycle lanes and shared surface to encourage reduction in speed and to reduce crossing distances at pedestrian crossings.
  • Provision of adequate width footpaths throughout the scheme.
  • Provision of an adequate cycle-pedestrian shared facility along L4054-0 Newtown road and L-8089-0 Newtown Woods road.

The works will include upgrade of existing footpaths, new footpath construction, new cycle lanes, public lighting, controlled pedestrian crossing points with raised table, build outs, new road markings, upgraded road signage, services diversions, new boundary treatments, accommodation works, and all ancillary works necessary for completion. In accordance with Section 250 of the Planning and Development Regulations 2001 as amended, the Council has carried out an appropriate assessment screening and has determined that an Appropriate Assessment is not required.

In accordance with Article 120 of the Planning & Development Regulations 2001 as amended, the Council has carried out an EIA screening and has determined that an EIAR is not required. Any person may, within 4 weeks from the date of this notice, apply to An Bord Pleanála for a screening determination as to whether the proposed development would be likely to have significant effects on the environment. Plans and more detailed particulars of the proposed development will be available on our website for inspection during the period Tuesday 17th May, 2022 to Wednesday 15th June, 2022 and also in our Customer Services Departments in Bailey’s New Street in the City and Davitts Quay, Dungarvan.

Submissions or observations with respect to the proposed development, dealing with the proper planning and sustainable development of the area in which the proposed development would be situated, may be made in writing, to Ian Ludlow, Staff Officer, Active Travel, Waterford City & County Council, Menapia Building, The Mall, Waterford or by emailing iludlow@waterfordcouncil.ie before 4p.m. on Tuesday 28th June, 2022. Submissions should be clearly marked with “Submission Part 8 Newtown Hill” in the subject line.

Please note that comments, including names of those making comments, submitted to the Council regarding this process will form part of the statutorily required report to be presented at a meeting of the elected members. Accordingly, they may also appear in the public domain.

Documents & Drawings

Public Consultation : Proposed Walking Trail at Cappoquin, Co. Waterford

Notice is hereby given that Waterford City & County Council proposes to seek approval of An Bord Pleanála for a proposed walking trail at Cappoquin and Kilbree East, Co. Waterford, comprising

  • A steel platform structure to link Avonmore Bridge with the existing Cappoquin Rowing Club access ramp
  • Refurbishment of the existing Cappoquin Rowing Club access ramp with anti-slip surfacing and new balustrades
  • A new, asphalt surfaced trail route through the grounds of Cappoquin Rowing Club
  • New steps and pathway from Cappoquin Rowing Club to the N72
  • A new pedestrian and vehicular access between Port na h’Abhann and Cappoquin Rowing Club
  • Steps, stone gabions and landscaping between the proposed vehicular access to Cappoquin Rowing Club and the river
  • A paved walking route along the quay wall to the rear of properties on Port na h’Abhann, including new restraint along the river
  • New public realm spaces and a refurbished slipway at Cappoquin Boat Club
  • A woodland embankment trail on the eastern approach to the Old Red Railway Bridge, together with landscaping of the embankment and timber post and wire fence
  • Refurbishment of the masonry and steel sections of the Old Red Railway Bridge to form a new walking route, including asphalt surfacing on the masonry section of the bridge, decking to support composite surfacing on the steel section, balustrades, and planted areas
  • Surface treatment of the existing steel on the Old Red Railway Bridge, including grit blasting and surface coating
  • A new steel access ramp to provide multi-user access to the western landing of the Old Red Railway Bridge, including balustrades
  • Refurbishment of the existing footpath along Tourin Road using asphalt and granite kerbing
  • Refurbishment of the existing footpath along Avonmore bridge using natural stone paving together with a new drainage channel
  • Public lighting along the entire trail route

The following Protected Structures are considered to be materially affected by the proposed development:

RPS NumberNIAH Reg NumberTownlandLocation/NameStructure/Use
5022810097CappoquinAvonmore BridgeVehicular bridge
51922810114Kilbree EastCappoquin Railway ViaductDisused railway bridge

An Architectural Heritage Impact Assessment Report has been prepared in respect of the effect of the proposed development on these structures. An Appropriate Assessment Screening Report and Natura Impact Statement (NIS) has been prepared as part of the application for approval in respect of the proposed scheme.

An Bord Pleanála may give approval to the application for development with or without conditions or may refuse the application for development.

A copy of the Plans and Particulars for the development, the Natura Impact Statement, and the Appropriate Assessment Screening Report will be available for inspection at the following locations during working hours from Friday 27th May 2022 to Friday 8th July 2022 inclusive:

  • The offices of Waterford City & County Council:
    • Customer Care Office, Bailey’s New Street, Waterford, X91 XH42. Monday to Friday, 9:30am to 4pm (open through lunch).
    • Customer Care Office, Civic Offices, Davitt’s Quay, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford. X35 Y326. Monday to Friday, 9:30am to 4pm (open through lunch).
    • Available for inspection below.
  • The Offices of An Bord Pleanála, 64 Marlborough Street, Dublin 1, between the hours of 9.15am and 5.30pm, Monday to Friday.

The Natura Impact Statement and the Appropriate Assessment Screening Report may be inspected free of charge or purchased on payment of a specified fee (which shall not exceed the reasonable cost of making such copy).
Submissions or observations may be made in writing only to An Bord Pleanála, 64 Marlborough Street, Dublin 1 D01V902 during the above-mentioned period relating to:

  • The impact of the proposed development, if carried out, for proper planning and sustainable development in the area or areas concerned.
  • The likely effects of the proposed development on the environment, and
  • The likely significant effects of the proposed development on a European site.

Submissions or observations must be received by An Bord Pleanála not later than 5.30 pm on Friday 8th July 2022.

A person may question the validity of a decision by An Bord Pleanála by way of an application for judicial review, under Order 84 of the rules of the Superior Courts (S.I. No.15 of 1986) in accordance with Section 50 of the Planning and Development Act 2000 (as amended).

Practical information in respect of the judicial review process can be accessed on the Board’s website: www.pleanala.ie or on the Citizens Information Service website: www.citizensinformation.ie

Documents & Drawings

Letters to Prescribed Bodies (Section 177AE)

Active Travel Scheme – Footpath Construction – Bayview to Youghal Road, Dungarvan

Waterford City & County Council in partnership with the NTA is currently delivering an Active Travel programme across the county. The programme’s goal is to promote walking and cycling and to develop the infrastructure to allow people change from a reliance on their cars for local journeys and to walking and cycling as a sustainable form of transport.

As part of this programme the development of local pedestrian routes is vital, and we have sought to identify and sought submissions from the public on potential routes that we can develop to help this change happen.

One such route that we now have funding to develop to a high quality is the existing link between Bayview and the Youghal Rd in Dungarvan.

The proposal involves the construction of a new 2.5m footpath with new planting and low-level lighting between Bayview and Youghal Rd. The aim is to improve the existing link and offer a more attractive route for active travel use in the area. We have attached further details of the scheme.

Projects like this aim to improve existing links, and develop new paths between communities, local services, and amenities.

The active travel programme is managed by your local authority and funded by the National Transport Authority and is part of the national transport strategy to reduce our country’s transport associated carbon emissions; in that since these connectivity schemes represent one element of the local face of climate action in your area. They represent a small part of many changes we need to make to the way we travel.

We are aiming to carry out the proposed works this summer and we would like to hear your opinion on this scheme and any other ideas you might have for similar projects in your area and beyond.

Submissions or comments should be submitted before 10th June 2022.

You can contact the team directly by email to ActiveTravel@waterfordcouncil.ie

Documents & Drawings

Public Participation: Identification of Bathing Waters 2022

Local authorities must identify official bathing areas in their area every year so that they can be monitored for safety, water quality and their level of use.  To help with this process, Waterford City & County Council are asking people who swim at beaches, lakes and rivers to tell them if they think they should maintain existing designated bathing waters designations or give a new official bathing area designation to areas that are commonly used for swimming, but not identified at the moment.

Under European and Irish law, Irish local authorities must identify bathing waters each year so that these areas can be monitored to ensure they meet stringent microbiological water quality standards. In some cases, the official bathing areas are also the areas where local authorities focus their resources providing lifeguards during the summer season.  These laws also require that the local authority prepares detailed descriptions or profiles for each of the identified bathing water sites that describe not just the bathing area but also areas in the surface waters catchment area that could be a source of pollution. The profiles include an assessment the risk of pollution and what action would be taken if pollution occurs.

If you are a regular swimmer and want to help your Council decide which bathing areas should be classified as such, it might be helpful to consider the following:

  • How your swimming area has been used up to now;
  • How many people use the site;
  • What facilities exist at the site and how accessible it is;
  • Any safety issues.

If you wish to propose your favourite beach/river, as a new bathing water site or comment on an existing site please do so ONLINE HERE.

Closing date for submissions is 9th June 2022. 

ENDS

Note to editors: Local authorities are required under the Bathing Waters Directive and the Bathing Water Quality Regulations 2008 (SI No 79 of 2008) to identify bathing waters on an annual basis. The Directive requires that water quality at all designated bathing waters meets stringent microbiological standards in order to protect the health of people who choose to bathe there.

Scéim Mhoillithe Tráchta – Oibreacha Breise Feabhsúcháin Bóthair feadh an R-674 An Rinn

CINÉAL COMHAIRLIÚCHÁIN: OSCAILTE LE hAIGHNEACHTAÍ
DÁTA DEIRIDH: 14ú Meitheamh, 2022

Tá sé beartaithe ag Comhairle Cathrach & Contae Phort Láirge tabhairt faoi oibreacha breise feabhsúcháin bóthair feadh an R-674 An Rinn. I measc na n-oibreacha molta beidh leathnú ar na cosáin reatha ar an taobh thuaidh den R-674 go dtí leithead íosta 2.0m, ag síneadh soir ó Scoil Náisiúnta na Rinne chomh fada le Tigh Tábhairne Uí Mhaonaigh agus leathnú na gcosán go 3.0m ó Thigh Tábhairne Uí Mhaonaigh chomh fada le Meánscoil San Nioclás. Tógfar sraith de shíntí starracha ar an taobh theas de charrbhealach an R-674, ag síniú siar ó Thigh Tábhairne Uí Mhaonaigh i dtreo Scoil Náisiúnta na Rinne, ar mhaithe leis an trácht a mhaolú feadh an R-674.

Cuirfidh cúngú an charrbhealaigh go leithead lána 3.0m agus leathnú na gCosán maolú tráchta éifeachtach ar fáil agus cuirfidh sé timpeallacht níos sábháilte ar fáil do gach úsáideoir bóthair. Cuirfidh na hoibreacha maolaithe tráchta seo feadh na gCosán a tógadh roimhe seo agus na hoibreacha maolaithe tráchta a cuireadh i gcrích in 2021 mar chuid den Chlár Taistil Ghníomhaigh timpeallacht shábháilte ar fáil do gach úsáideoir bóthair.

Tá an líníocht ar fáil lena scrúdú ag an bpobal ar shuíomh gréasáin na Comhairle www.waterfordcouncil.ie agus inár Ranna Seirbhísí Custaiméirí i gCé Daibhéid, Dún Garbhán agus Sráid Nua Bailey, Port Láirge ón 4 Bealtaine go dtí an 31 Bealtaine 2022.

Breithneoidh an Chomhairle aon aighneachtaí nó tuairimí a dhéantar i scríbhinn maidir leis an togra. Ba chóir aighneachtaí a chur isteach chuig Aideen Jacob, Oifigeach Riaracháin, Rannóg na mBóithre, Comhairle Cathrach & Contae Phort Láirge, Áras Menapia, An Meal, Port Láirge nó trí ríomhphost chuig ajacob@waterfordcouncil.ie le bheith faighte faoin Máirt, an 14 Meitheamh 2022.

Doiciméid

Consultation : National Minimum Wage 2023

The Low Pay Commission makes recommendations to the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment designed to set a minimum wage that is fair and sustainable.

When appropriate the minimum wage can be adjusted to assist as many low-paid workers as possible without harming overall employment or competitiveness.

Consultation on the National Minimum Wage 2023.

Open from 23 February to 23 March 2022.

The Low Pay Commission is looking for your views on the National Minimum Wage rate for 2023.

Have your say:

Or post to:

The Secretary, The Low Pay Commission, Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment, 23 Kildare Street, Dublin 2

No opinion is too big or small.

Consultation : National Minimum Wage 2023

The Low Pay Commission makes recommendations to the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment designed to set a minimum wage that is fair and sustainable.

When appropriate the minimum wage can be adjusted to assist as many low-paid workers as possible without harming overall employment or competitiveness.

Consultation on the National Minimum Wage 2023.

Open from 23 February to 23 March 2022.

The Low Pay Commission is looking for your views on the National Minimum Wage rate for 2023.

Have your say:

Or post to:

The Secretary, The Low Pay Commission, Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment, 23 Kildare Street, Dublin 2

No opinion is too big or small.

Consultation : National Minimum Wage 2023

The Low Pay Commission makes recommendations to the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment designed to set a minimum wage that is fair and sustainable.

When appropriate the minimum wage can be adjusted to assist as many low-paid workers as possible without harming overall employment or competitiveness.

Consultation on the National Minimum Wage 2023.

Open from 23 February to 23 March 2022.

The Low Pay Commission is looking for your views on the National Minimum Wage rate for 2023.

Have your say:

Or post to:

The Secretary, The Low Pay Commission, Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment, 23 Kildare Street, Dublin 2

No opinion is too big or small.

Survey : Working Group to Examine Defects in Housing

A series of online surveys are being launched by the Working Group to Examine Defects in Housing. The Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O’Brien, TD, established the group to examine defects in housing.

The Working Group will use the survey responses to inform its report on the nature, scale and difficulties arising from discovery of such defects. It will also provide information on the costs and levies associated with remediating defects.

The Connecting Ireland Rural Mobility Plan

Connecting Ireland is a major public transport initiative developed by the National Transport Authority (NTA) with the aim of increasing connectivity, particularly for people living outside our major cities and towns.

The plan aims to improve mobility in rural areas, and it will do this by providing better connections between villages and towns by linking these areas with an enhanced regional network connecting cities and regional centres nationwide.

To view county-by-county proposals, network tables, and maps, please visit the Connecting Ireland website by clicking here.

To submit your feedback, please visit our survey by clicking here. The survey is available in both English and Irish.

Comhairliúchán Bailte Seirbhíse Gaeltachta – Gaeltacht Service Towns Consultation

Cuireann “Dún Garbhán le Gaeilge” fáilte mhór romhaibh bhur gcuid moltaí a roinnt linn maidir le bearta dhréacht Phlean Teanga do Dhún Garbhán mar Bhaile Seirbhíse Gaeltachta, ar fáil tríd an nasc seo.

Iarrtar oraibh aiseolas a chur chugainn trí ríomhphost ag bsgdungarbhan@gmail.com faoi Chéadaoin 8ú Meán Fómhair. Táimid ag súil le cloisint uaibh!

Is féidir a thuilleadh eolais faoin bpróiseas Pleanála Teanga agus na Bailte Seirbhíse Gaeltachta a fháil ag:

“Dún Garbhán le Gaeilge” is requesting your feedback regarding the measures contained in a draft Language Plan for Dungarvan as a Gaeltacht Service Town, available to view here.

This is an Irish language document, but a summary in English of all the measures (particularly in relation to Family & Youth, Business and Education) is available on pages 3-9.

Any suggestions or observations can be sent through e-mail to bsgdungarbhan@gmail.com by Wednesday September 8th. We are looking forward to hearing from you!

Further information on the Language Planning Process and the Gaeltacht Service Towns is available at:

Dónal Ó Conghaile
Cathaoirleach Choiste Dhún Garbhán le Gaeilge

Draft Waterford City and County Development Plan 2022-2028

Waterford City and County Council has published a Draft Development Plan which sets out a framework or blue print for the proper planning and sustainable development for the whole of Waterford for the City and County for the six year period from 2022 to 2028. The Draft Plan has been prepared having regard to the ambitious population and employment targets set out in the National Planning Framework (NPF), the Southern Region Regional Spatial and Economic Strategy (RSES) and Government Policy and sets out a clear pathway for Waterford to achieve these targets.

The Draft Plan places a strong emphasis on implementation and delivery through Active Land Management processes, placing a particular focus on housing delivery, and in this regard aims to provide certainty to Government, State Agencies, key stakeholders and the communities of County Waterford as to the optimum manner in which the Project Ireland 2040 targets will be achieved. The Draft Plan acknowledges the need to be flexible and adaptive in order to respond to and shape changing circumstances.

The Draft Plan consists of 4 Volumes as follows;

  • Volume One: Main Policy Section.
  • Volume Two: Development Management Standards.
  • Volume Three: Appendices (Inc. Environmental Reports (SEA/AA/HNDA/SFRA).
  • Volume Four: Book of Maps.

It is intended that the new Waterford City and County Development Plan 2022 – 2028 will be the first consolidated and unitary development plan for the entire functional area of Waterford City and County Council, following the merger of Waterford City Council and Waterford County Council on the 1st June 2014 (Local Government Reform Act 2014).

When finally adopted in August 2022, this plan will replace the current Waterford County Development Plan 2011-2017, Waterford City Development Plan 2013-2019, Dungarvan Town Council Development Plan 2012-2018, and three Local Area Plans for Tramore, Lismore and Portlaw.

The Draft Plan, as well as the associated environmental reports, can be viewed online at: https://consult.waterfordcouncil.ie/en/consultation/draft-waterford-city-and-county-development-plan-2022-2028

In addition, copies of the plan are available to view at the Council’s Customer Care Desks in Waterford City and Dungarvan and in branch libraries throughout the county.

Submissions and observations on the Draft Plan are invited up until 5:00pm on Monday 30th August 2021 from individuals and groups interested in the future development of the City and County. Such submissions can be made online via the council’s dedicated public consultation portal (consult.waterfordcouncil.ie) or in writing, marked “Draft City and County Development Plan” and addressed to the Planning Department, Waterford City and County Council, Menapia Building, The Mall, Waterford City.

To inform this process, and to give the public an opportunity to engage directly with the planning authority, it is proposed to hold a series of focused online evening consultations at 7:00pm on the following dates:

  • Tuesday 20th July Strategic Vision, Population, Housing, Employment and Education
  • Wednesday 21st July Environment, Heritage, Conservation, Tourism and Amenity
  • Thursday 22nd July Transportation, Climate Change, Infrastructure and Regeneration
  • Tuesday 27th July Local Placemaking – Waterford Metropolitan Area
  • Wednesday 28th July Local Placemaking – Comeragh Municipal District
  • Thursday 29th July Local Placemaking – Dungarvan/Lismore Municipal District

Links to these online events will be posted on the council’s dedicated public consultation portal (consult.waterfordcouncil.ie)

The Mayor of Waterford of Waterford, Cllr. Joe Kelly welcomed publication of the Draft Plan stating:

“The Draft Plan has been prepared following an intensive series of meetings and engegements between the Elected Members of Council and the Executive, in addition to a public consultation process seeking views on strategic matters at the Pre-Draft stage. This publication is an opportunity for individuals and groups across the City and County to consider the contents of the Draft Plan and I would strongly encourage people to get involved and have their say in the future development of Waterford.”

Local Property Tax adjustment factor

The Finance (Local Property Tax) Act 2012 (as amended), makes specific provision that elected members of a local authority may pass a formal resolution to vary the basic rate of the Local Property Tax for their administrative area by a percentage known as the local adjustment factor.

The members of Waterford City and County Council meet each year to consider this matter. They may set a local adjustment factor within the range of +/- 15% of the basic rate, or may decide not to adjust the basic rate, on an annual basis.

Waterford City and County Council welcomes written submissions from the public on this matter specifically covering the potential effects of varying the basic rate of the Local Property Tax on businesses, individuals and on local authority services.

To make your submission you can write to: Local Property Tax Consultation, Finance Section, Waterford City and County Council, City Hall, Waterford. OR Alternatively submissions can be made by email to LPT@waterfordcouncil.ie or by online submission at: http://bit.ly/LPTAdjustment-2021

All submissions must be received by 30th June 2021. There is no prescribed format for a submission.