Category Archives: Notice of Motion

Motion calling for the consideration of Nuclear Power Generation in Ireland.

Over the years I have spoken about Nuclear Power in many contexts including Global Warming, Energy Security, Sustainability and Government Policy. Cllr. Alan Tobin also spoke on these issues and we share many views on the subject. In October I reached out to Cllr. Alan Tobin to co-sponsor a motion.

The Electricity Regulation Act, 1999 reads:

(6) An order under this section shall not provide for the use of nuclear fission for the generation of electricity.

This legislation has effectively stopped Ireland talking about Nuclear Energy. The purpose of the motion is for our country to have an honest debate about Nuclear energy and its possible role in our transition to low carbon electricity generation.

The motion does not propose or suggest renewables are not the future, they are but there is a difficult transition period ahead of us. Crucially, we don’t have the time. We believe a mix of nuclear and renewables is a viable solution for Ireland.

At the December 2022 meeting of Meath County Council our motion on the Electricity Regulation Act & Nuclear Power Generation was debated and passed by the members. The motion:

10.2 Submitted by Councillor Trevor Golden and Councillor Alan Tobin (Deferred fromOctober and November Meetings)

“Meath County Council calls on the Government to amend the Electricity Regulation Act and associated legislation to allow for the consideration and possible implementation of nuclear power generation in Ireland.”

The motion was sent to Government and to all local authorities for their consideration. We continue to work with elected members and groups so Ireland can have an honest debate on Nuclear Power Generation.

Here is a link to my notes that I worked from for the debate – Cllr Trevor Golden – Motion – Nuclear Power – Electricity Generation Act.pdf

Link to Meath Chronicle Article – Should nuclear power be generated in Ireland? – that is the question posed by two councillors at a Meath County Council meeting.

Link to 12-2022 Minutes December Meath County Council.

Open Data – Meath County Council

Meath County Council Ordinary Meeting – 13th May 2019, Council Chamber

10 Notice of Motion
10.3 Submitted by Councillor Trevor Golden
“We call for Meath County Council to make Data that is currently publicly accessible online (Meath.ie) also available in Open Data formats as detailed at https://data.gov.ie/pages/formats”

Response:
In line with Action 7.4 under Theme 7 of the National Open Data Strategy 2017-2022 (https://data.gov.ie/uploads/page_images/2018-03-07-114306.063816Final-Strategyonline-version1.pdf) which was published in July 2017, Meath County Council has now designated a member of staff to act as a liaison with the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform’s Open Data Team, to engage on their planned initiatives.

There has also been a Local Government Open Data Working Group put in place, with which Meath County Council are currently participating on the development of a protocol for the publishing of Open Data datasets by all 31 Local Authorities to the https://data.gov.ie/ site, and which will be made available from www.meath.ie also.

Meath County Council has also engaged with the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government, on their Myplan.ie project, and are currently publishing data to the National Planning Application Database portal, (https://housinggovie.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=9cf2a09799 d74d8e9316a3d3a4d3a8de)

Recycling Centres Incentives

Meath County Council Ordinary Meeting
5th November 2018, Council Chamber

9 Notice of Motion
9.1 Submitted by Councillor Trevor Golden

To help promote recycling at our recycling centres and reduce illegal dumping, we ask Meath County Council to consider introducing measures such as loyalty programmes, household credits or regular free recycling days for households in Meath.

Supporting Information subject to the motion being proposed, seconded and considered.The operation of the Council’s three Civic Amenity Sites at Navan, Kells and Trim is the subject of a three year contract with Oxigen, which expires at the end of 2018. The contract provides various incentives that promote greater usage of the three sites, andalso requires the operators to engage in extensive education and awareness initiatives to promote recycling and other sound environmental practices.In order to facilitate the public to the greatest extent possible, a number of trials have been conducted in relation to the opening hours at the centres. However, the current opening hours of 8.30am to 4.45pm Monday – Saturday have been found to meet the needs of the majority of visitors to the site. In recent years, the Environment Department, in collaboration with the operators, hasheld a number of successful events in the three sites, which found great favour with the public, including a free mattress ‘drop off day’ in July of this year, resulting in approximately 500 mattresses being brought to the Kells Recycling centre. This initiative was funded under the Anti Dumping Initiative and it is believed that some of these would otherwise have been dumped. A trial food waste project was held over a number of months in Navan where participants gained free access to the site. It is pointed out that persons wishing to drop off waste electrical, electronic equipment (WEEE) are exempt from the €3 entry fee. A free toy drop off was held in 2017 in the three sites where large volumes of recyclable materials were delivered to the sites. A farm hazardous waste collection day was held in Kells recycling centre last year. A number of new initiatives are now being considered, some of which will tie in with the award of a new contract for the operation of the sites for the next four years – these include:

  • The introduction of a compulsory loyalty scheme which will reward regular users of the sites and encourage additional users.
  • Subject to approval as part of the estimates process, a possible review of the entry fee to the three sites.
  • A free couch recycling day at Kells Recycling Centre on Saturday 17th November with further household bulky waste events to follow in 2019, as part of the Anti Dumping Campaign – (such events to be strongly advertised and promoted and aimed to dissuade the public from giving such goods to Man in the Van Type Operators.)
  • A further ‘toy drop off’ day to be held in each of the three sites in December.
  • Farm tyre waste collection day similar to a very successful event held recently in Cootehill, Co Cavan.
  • New signage at each site highlighting what is included in your gate fee, and which waste streams involve extra costs, with up to date leaflets and leaflet holder attached to signs.

Link to Minutes on Meath County Council

Rathmolyon Post Office

Trim Municipal District Ordinary Meeting
2 :00p.m., 21st September, 2018, Trim Civic Offices

6 Notice of Motion
6.2 Submitted by Councillor Trevor Golden

For the Trim Municipal District to issue an appeal to An Post (reviews@anpost.ie) in support of efforts in Rathmolyon by local business and residents to establish a new Post Office. The appeal should include details on projected population, transport and connectivity links.

Link to Minutes on Meath County Council

Longwood – HGV Study

Trim Municipal District Ordinary Meeting
2 :00p.m., 21st September, 2018, Trim Civic Offices


6 Notice of Motion
6.1 Submitted by Councillor Trevor Golden

Requesting Meath County Council to carry out an in-dept traffic analysis of heavy goods vehicles traveling through Longwood. The data should include the following in addition to any other criteria deemed necessary by the Transport Department:

  • The number of Heavy Goods Vehicles Passing through the village on average per day (Mon-Fri)
  • The Source and Destination of the vehicles.
  • Average Speed of vehicles on the Enfield / Trim road – Propose the relocation of radar sign to measure.

Supporting information subject to the motion being proposed, seconded and considered: Meath County Council will undertake an in-depth analysis of the average number of HGVs travelling through Longwood village along this route (Mon – Fri) and also the average speed of vehicles on the Enfield/Trim Road. The Council has carried out a preliminary study on traffic at this location and intends to submit an application for funding to the Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport, under the Safety Improvement Scheme 2019 for minor improvements works.

Link to Minutes on Meath County Council

Paid Parking – Cost, Revenue & Alternatives.

Meath County Council Ordinary Meeting
2nd July 2018, Council Chamber

9 Notice of Motion
9.1 Submitted Councillor Trevor Golden

Arising from Item 9.3 of the September 2017 Ordinary Meeting and subsequent meeting of the Transport SPC we call for Meath County Council to prepare a proposal for the members consideration, circulated prior to our budget meeting this year, of the cost implications as set out in Item 9.3. The proposal will be an item on the agenda. This motion does not seek any implementation or changes at this time, its purpose to provide members with the appropriate information to make an informed decision during the budget process. This motion does not seek to limit amendments or additions that are in the spirit of the proposal.

See content of 9.3 below:
For Meath County Council to prepare a document for the consideration of the members detailing the following: The revenue generated and the operating cost of paid parking across the county and per Municipal District. The annual cost of paid parking bye-law enforcement across the county and per Municipal District.The cost implication (€/%) to Commercial Rates if parking charges were to be abolished with the retention of enforcement for time limits and illegal parking).

Supporting Information subject to the motion being proposed, seconded and considered.

NOM – queries Countywide KellsNavanTrim
The revenue generated from paid parking
€1,425,706

€225,000

€965,706

€235,000
The annual cost of paid parking bye-law enforcement
€945,057

€225,799

€482,908

€236,350
The cost implication (€/%) to Commercial Rates if
parking charges were to be abolished with the
retention of enforcement for time limits and
illegal parking

€1,225,706 or
an increase of 4%

Link to Minutes on Meath County Council.

HGV Routes for Safer Towns & Villages.

Meath County Council Ordinary Meeting
9th April 2018, Council Chamber


9 Notice of Motion
9.7 Submitted by Councillor Trevor Golden

For the Transport SPC of Meath County Council to designate HGV routes throughout the county and propose any by-laws required. The purpose of such routes:

  • Divert HGV traffic to higher capacity routes (National & Motorway).
  • Reduce HGV traffic in towns & villages.
  • Improve Road Safety on Regional and Local Roads.

Supporting Information subject to the motion being proposed, seconded and considered. It is recommended that this matter be referred to the Transportation SPC and that the SPC extend an invitation to Cllr. Trevor Golden to attend the meeting to contribute to the discussion.

Estate Public Lighting – Taking in Charge Process

Meath County Council Ordinary Meeting
6th November 2017, Council Chamber

9. Notice of Motion
9.4 Submitted by Councillor Trevor Golden

“For Meath County Council to establish a lighting fund to provide lighting for estates that are without service and are in the process of being taken in charge or are unfinished (No Developer). Resident Associations can apply for fund by plebiscite.”

Supporting Information subject to the motion being proposed, seconded and considered. The Council holds a central budget to address deficiencies in estates to be taken in charge where insufficient funds are available for the carrying out of such works. On receipt of a valid taking in charge request/plebiscite, the Council initiates the taking in charge process and uses any available funds to carry out the required remedial works including public lighting up to the standard for taking in charge.

Notice of Motion – Traffic Calming Policy

Meath County Council Ordinary Meeting 7th November 2016.

9 Notice of Motion
9.4 Submitted by Councillor Trevor Golden

“To call on the Transportation SPC to consider introducing a Traffic Calming Policy
referencing the National Traffic Management Guidelines and to include the
following local factors:
• Requests from the majority of residents similar to the plebiscite used in
planning for taking in charge requests.
• Length of road
• Recorded speed
• Accident history
• Traffic volumes
• Vulnerable road users
On adoption of the policy, each Municipal District would use these criteria to
allocate funding and prioritise works.”