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Pat The Cope Confirms Appointment Of Design Team For €2 Million Primary Care Centre In Glenties

Minister for Health Promotion and Food Safety, Pat the Cope Gallagher has confirmed that a design team has now been appointed to commence the design process for the Primary Care Centre which will be located on the site of the former national school in Glenties. The centre will provide accommodation for all services associated with a Primary Care Centre for Glenties and the surrounding area. The site was acquired from the St. Columba’s Trust on the understanding that it would be used only for a Primary Care Centre. 

The building which is now to be designed will be a single storey premises. It will facilitate the integration of Primary Care Services and individual Public Health Nurses and will be based with, and assigned to, specific GP Practices. The primary objective is to ensure the development of a fully integrated Primary Care team under one roof with a clear emphasis on patient centred care delivery.

The new facility will provide Primary Care Services and Community Service Clinics and will be used by the broader community for social interaction and activities. The new centre will enable primary care to centre on the needs of individuals and groups of people, and will match their needs with the competencies required to meet them. Some of the essential components will include assessment, diagnosis, therapy, nursing, social services referral and rehabilitation.

Speaking on the announcement Pat the Cope said “The design team will immediately set about the preparation of plans, the application for planning permission and the preparation of contract documents. It is expected that this process should be completed by the end of the year” He continued “the actual construction should commence early in 2009 and completion is expected end 2009. I know that this development will greatly improve the level and quality of the services available to the people of Glenties and I am confident that the availability of so many services under one roof will be of huge benefit to all the people who use our health services."

Emissions Monitor

As part of the new mast being constructed at the Garda station a probe was installed to monitor the emissions of the current mast so that it could be compared to the new mast when it is completed.

The probed was installed on the 7th of March and has been running since. The current mast is showing emissions well below the legal limit.

The monitor results can be accessed here:
http://www.openaccess.ie/openaccess/monitorDetails.html?id=90

Minutes of Parish Council Meeting 13th March 2008

Library

No meeting of the Museum Committee had taken place but one is to be organised before the next Parish Council meeting. Enda Bonner said that Eileen Burges wants to put library into Community Centre. It was decided that the Community Centre Committee should be approached again to push for the small room to be used as library. The Committee had said in the past that it wasn’t suitable because of the computers and equipment the FAS use these for courses. The open area in the community centre was ruled out as all the books would have to be locked away when not in use.

James is to send a letter to Community Centre Committee regarding the problem.

The new fire station has been totally ruled out as an alternative location.

Enda confirmed that the old fire station has been secured as a site for a new library but there is no money available for the project. The new library at old fire station is 2nd in the Glenties electoral area and others in the county are pushing too. 

Health Centre

James received a letter during the week saying the design team is to be appointed by March/April. Dates have been moved from January to March and now to April. Pat the Cope has confirmed the design team could still be in place by end of March and it’s pushing ahead as quickly as can be.

Councillors

All local Co. Councillors were invited to the meeting and Enda Bonner was present to discuss allocation of money in the area.

Roads

€375,000 allocated to Kilraine Junction

From the allocations made in 2007 the Tullyard road got €24,000 and Gortnasillagh got €49,600 both have been marked as completed by the Co. Council

The following allocations have been made for 2008 

  • €375,000 for the Kilraine junction only. The Co. Council asked for €1 million. 
  • €300,000 for the Frosses to Glenties road 
  • €23,400 for tarring on the Menahalla road

Under the 3 year plan for roads €200,000 has been allocated to the Glenties to Shallogans road and more will come next year.

Enda made the point that strengthening roads comes under the 3 year plan and tarring money comes up every year so any roads needing work would have to be brought to Enda’s attention so that he can apply for money for next year.

Tullyard and Church Road

Enda confirmed that he was looking into the land behind the Industrial Units for the use as a link road between the Tullyard and Church road but also made the point that if the link road goes ahead developers will lose out on land and the Co. Council will lose out on development charges.

There are 5 or 6 turnkey developments on these roads currently proposed to the Co. Council. Enda is trying to get the development on the Church Road passed as he wants the development charges to be used to widen the road and put in a proper footpath.

Because there is so much development proposed for these roads the Council will not be carrying out any work on either road. Enda is to look for the developers to fix these roads when developments are complete. He will follow up on this as the 34 houses currently occupied have been left with a road that two cars are unable to pass and has a very bad surface.

Pedestrian Crossing

James was speaking to Brian Cannon who said that the crossing at the bridge will never be a proper pedestrian crossing as there isn’t enough traffic. Enda is to make more enquires.

Points raised from the floor: 

  • The current location is the most suitable place to cross in town 
  • The planted pots on the bridge are too far out and you can’t see if cars are coming. 
  • With the large number of pupils at the Comprehensive would there not be greater need for pedestrian crossing at that end of the town.

Sewage

There will be no improvement until the new treatment plant is built and there are still no tender documents set out. Enda is to check if Ard McGill and Ard Patrick are to be pumped to new location

Old Fire Station buildings

It was asked if the tidy towns sent a letter to the Co. Council regarding using the out buildings for lawn mowers etc. James is to chase up and Francis Brennan is to ask Kieran Kennedy

Public Toilets

More work was done to the toilets. James and Paddy checked the work and felt the job was satisfactory. All sanitary fixtures and fittings work. The point was made from the floor that the fixtures and fittings needed to be updated because of the way they looked also the old roof was leaking and would need to be fixed. Enda is to mention this and chase up.

Gardai

Paddy and James met with Superintendent McFadden last Friday to discuss issues 

  1. Eircom poles on high road (Derries) are now in the middle of the road and are very dangerous. Eircom advised that if the people living there wanted to pay they would be moved. James to pursue this through the Gardai as a health hazard. 
  2. The lack of a footpath on the Station Road was raised as a health and safety matter. 
  3. Friday night disco – a lot of work is being done by the Gardai. Over the last couple of key weekends buses were being stopped and any drink on board is seized. Drunken teenagers were not aloud off the buses and so drivers had to take them back. Other buses were turned away. There is a heavy Gardai presence on these nights and it’s a problem being tackled nationally.

Points raised by the Garda in attendance: 

  • The problem with Friday nights is that there is no drink being sold to the teenagers in Glenties it’s before they get on the buses. 
  • All the pubs have been visited to make sure ID is requested. 
  • The Limelight is inforcing the use of the Gardai ID cards. 
  • Saturday night underage drinking being checked
    • The problem is improving 
  • Drinking on street is not illegal in Glenties. A by-law needs to be passed by the town but this would mean that pubs could no longer have a seating area out on the street for use during the summer. 
  • There is a drug awareness meeting by Janet Dean in the Comprehensive School on the 9th April at 7:30pm

Points raised from the floor: 

  • Car horns being blown in the town by young people 
  • It was asked if the town had a Civic/Community Garda that is dedicated to the town, call to youth clubs and the outreach program

Concerns regarding safety should be brought to the Parish Council or direct to the Gardai

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Lights

There are lights off at the church entrance. The problem was reported but was told it would take 21 days to get fixed.

There are lights not working next to Dr. Cooke’s house and because of this the road is very dark at that point.
There are also lights no working in Dr. McCloskey Crescent

Chemist

The point was raised that the community are worried about vulnerable in the area not being able to afford medication.

Famine Graveyard

It was brought to Donna’s attention that there are no signs to the Famine Graveyard. Also the Comprehensive used to maintain a certain amount of land beside the graveyard and this is no longer being maintained and is now a mess

Tidy Town

There is disappointment in lack of interest shown from the Co. Council in relation to the tidy towns and the 50th year celebration. Enda confirmed there is no funding. Glenties is being looked at as the host town for this year’s competition. The Tidy Town committee will look to the Department of the Environment, Pat the Cope and Mary Coughlan for funding.

Traders

The publicans and other traders should be requested to come to the meeting to get their views on the new by-law.

Ethic Minorities

The Parish Council is for everyo
ne in the parish and so the ethic minorities in the area should be invited to the meetings.

Glenties Website

It was asked that people look at the Glenties website. www.glenties.ie

Next meeting Thursday 10th April at 9:00 in Highlands Hotel

Glenties & Dungloe Sewerage Schemes to go to Tender €7.678 Million

The following is a correspondence received on the 15th January from the office of Pat the Cope Gallagher, Minister for Health Promotion & Food Safety.

Pat the Cope Gallagher, Minister for Health Promotion & Food Safety, has today the l5th of January confirmed that following approval earlier this year of Donegal County Council’s Preliminary Reports for the Dungloe and Glenties Sewerage Schemes the Council has now received approval to invite tenders for the schemes which are estimated to cost €4.603m and €3.075m respectively. Substantial funding is being provided under the Department of Environment’s Water Services Investment Programme 2007 – 2009 with the balance being provided from the Councils own resources.

These schemes will provide new wastewater treatment plants, pumping stations and sewers in Dungloe and Glenties to replace the present overloaded and obsolete infrastructure. The new works will facilitate existing and future residential and commercial development in the Dungloe and Glenties areas. In addition, the state of the art wastewater treatment plants, which will treat the wastewater in each location to the highest standards, will ensure that the local environment is enhanced and the good quality of the Dungloe and Owenea rivers is protected and improved.

The approval to go to tender clears the way for Donegal County Council to advance the construction of the schemes as soon as possible.

Welcoming the announcement Minister Gallagher said: "I have requested the Council to ensure that the preparation of the tender documents proceeds as soon as possible. It is expected that both Schemes should go to construction in late 2008 early 2009.

This good news follows on from a meeting last year with the Environment Minister organised by Cllr Enda Bonner during his time as Mayor; and attended by myself, the County Manager and Cllr Bonner, all of whom welcome this news."

Pat the Cope has thanked Minister Gormley for responding positively to his request to allow the Schemes to proceed to tender.

Construction of New Mast Behind Garda Station

The town was recently informed that a new mast would be constructed behind the Garda station. The new mast will be the same height as the existing one but will be wider. 

This was raised at the Parish Council meeting in December and on the night it was agreed to make contact with the company proposing to erect the mast. The following is part of the email sent to the company on December 18th.

Further to our meeting of Glenties Parish Council last Thursday night, a number of issues have arisen on which we need clarification

  • How much bigger is this new mast going to be? (Dimensions) 
  • Will it impinge aesthetically on the town environs?  very important for Tidy Towns committee.  
  • Where could we see a mast that will be similar to the new one proposed for Glenties ?  
  • In the event of radiation levels rising after new antennae are installed what will be the recourse of local residents?  
  • Will there be space available on this mast for local broadcasting on a nominal rent basis. 

The following reply was received on January 2nd.

Tower Dimensions
The replacement tower is being designed at the moment, once a solution has been confirmed I will forward the exact dimensions to you. I can, however, confirm that the proposed replacement will be of equal height to that of the existing structure (34.2m) and that the tower base dimension will not exceed twice that of the original mast (0.88m)

Visual Aesthetics
It is proposed that the replacement structure will be erected beside the old tower. This will result in a minimal change in visual aesthetics (to what already exists)

Structure Types
As the new tower design at this location will be unique to Glenties Garda station I am unable to provide any previous comparisons. I have attached photographs of the development at Balbriggan Garda Station to show both old and new structures in situ during the Garda antenna cut over process. The new structure is on the left and whilst looks a metre or so higher is actually 20m nearer to where the photograph was taken and is off the same height.

EMF Emissions
All OPW sites developed through iProperty must comply with the International Commission on Non Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) General Public Guideline Limits. We have proposed installing an EMF Monitoring Probe at this location prior to the site development progressing into build. This will enable the local population to monitor the current levels of EMF received in the area, pre and post development, and identify any increase in levels as a result of this development. 

Broadcasting Equipment
This is something I will look into for you, can you please provide the following information? 

    • Identify the equipment operator,
    • Provide frequency and power output
    • Provide antenna and associated equipment to be placed on structure
    • Provide details of ground space requirements for equipment cabinet(s)
    • Power requirements