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Community Council Minutes 19th Feb 15

Minutes of Kinvara Community Council Meeting

on 19th Feb 15.


Application for County Council grants:

This was the first item discussed. The chairperson proposed we apply for CCTV for the Community Centre as this would make the Hall more user friendly and would assist when applying for a Dance Licence as it is one of the things taken into consideration. The pros and cons of applying for a Dance Licence and the holding of dances or discos were discussed. There were some concerns expressed that we have lost money on discos before and that getting a licence costs about 2,000e. Eventually it was agreed to apply for grant aid towards purchasing cameras from a safety viewpoint and to discuss applying for dance licence another time.


Meeting of Kinvara Community Council and Kinvara Business Network:

A meeting was held between these two groups to see how we can work together and the minutes were read. The purpose of the meeting was to decide what are the priorites that we should bring to Cllr Joe Byrne. It was agreed that the priority should be parking and traffic management. Other proposals included Infrastructure namely Carpark, Public Toilets, Bay Walk and Greenway Link. Marketing suggestions included Marketing to include with Wild Atlantic Way scheme, Folklore/Stories about Kinvara and surrounding areas to include in the package, Tourism Activity co-ordinator for Kinvaa and surrounds. A suggestion was made to link with Westport as a linked town along the Wild Atlantic Way and it was agreed to explore this further.


Farmers Market application for road closure:

The Market have to apply every year to renew the closure of Market Square to allow the stall holders to trade on Fridays during the season. There have been objections from the farmer who owns the land inside the Square and also from some Businesses in the area who feel the Market adversely affect them. The issue is largely one of parking. It was suggested that a clear sign indicating parking at the back of St Josephs church could be placed there during school holidays. It was suggested that a survey of those who come to the market asking why they come could be submitted to the Council to support it. It was agreed that Kinvara Community Council would write to the County Council unconditionally supporting the closure of the road as the Market supports social inclusion and is good for the reputation of Kinvara and is good for Tourism locally. The problem of parking pre-dates the Market and is going to be a bigger problem due to the success of the Wild Atlantic Way.


Use of the Courthouse:

KAVA are meeting with the Youth Cafe group to see if a joint usage can be agreed. This will be discussed again.

Any other business: A suggestion was made that an award should be made to Tony Moylan and the options were discussed. It was suggested that the President Micheal D Higgins would be asked to send a letter recognising his contribution to the Cruinniu and Fleadh na gCuach. His work supported local activities and also the retention of the Heritage values of the Turfboats travelling from Connemara to Kinvara. A reception could be held and a presentation made.

The next meeting of Kinvara Community Council will be on Thursday 19th March in the Community Centre at 8.30pm.