Mu­nic­i­pal Dis­tricts to ‘tease’ out draft pol­icy on func­tions

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A Draft pol­icy de­ter­min­ing which func­tions should be car­ried out by Wick­low’s Mu­nic­i­pal Dis­tricts will be back on the agenda for one of Wick­low County Coun­cil’s upcoming meet­ings.

The draft has been drawn up to fi­nalise which re­served func­tions may be per­formed un­der S131 (A) (1) (B), Part 2 of the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Act 2001 in re­spect of the five Mu­nic­i­pal Dis­tricts.

The pol­icy doc­u­ment has al­ready gone to the Cor­po­rate Pol­icy Group (CPG) and will be teased out by each Mu­nic­i­pal Dis­trict be­fore re­turn­ing on the agenda for a full coun­cil meet­ing.

Speak­ing at July’s meet­ing, Cllr Tommy Cullen felt the de­vo­lu­tion of pow­ers had to be wel­comed.

‘One of the as­pects of the pol­icy has to be about ru­ral plan­ning and how our plan­ning con­cerns in ru­ral Wick­low aren’t the same as Grey­stones or Bray,’ said Cllr Cullen.

Cathaoir­leach Cllr Pat Vance ob­served that re­sources also need to be in place at Mu­nic­i­pal Dis­trict level if they are given more power.

After ob­serv­ing the draft, Cllr Miriam Mur­phy queried why Trav­eller Hous­ing Ac­com­mo­da­tion hadn’t been in­cluded.

Cllr Ed­ward Tim­mins was of the opin­ion that the ma­jor­ity of Coun­cil­lors wanted to see more power re­turned to the Mu­nic­i­pal Dis­tricts.

‘The gen­eral con­sen­sus seems to be that as much as pos­si­ble goes to Mu­nic­i­pal Dis­tricts where peo­ple know what is go­ing on and have lo­cal knowl­edge,’ said Cllr Tim­mins, who also ac­knowl­edged clear plan­ning dif­fer­ences through­out the county.

‘AS a county, we need to ac­knowl­edge there are dif­fer­ences re­gard­ing ru­ral plan­ning and ar­eas ur­ban. We need to look closely at di­vid­ing the county un­der plan­ning rules. In Kil­dare, plan­ning rules are dif­fer­ent to those in other parts of the county which are closer to Dublin.’

Cllr Joe Be­han said: ‘The de­ci­sions should be made at lo­cal level and re­sources should fol­low the power.’

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