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Derryclure Civic Amenity Site - Closure Notice

PUBLIC NOTICE - The waste and recycling facility at Derryclure, Tullamore, Co. Offaly will be closed for works on Wednesday the 27th March 2019 for one day only and will reopen on the 28th March 2019.

 

Planting for our Planet - Play your part and help combat climate change during National T...

Planting for our Planet - Play your part and help combat climate change during National Tree Week 2019! • Planting more trees is the most efficient way of removing carbon from the atmosphere and combatting climate change • Tree week is a week-long festival encouraging people to plant more trees and get involved in local activities happening in their area • Over half a million trees planted during National Tree Week since if first began in 1985.

 

Notice of Deposit of Rate Book for inspection and of intention to make a rate

Notice is hereby given that Offaly County Council is about to make a County Rate on the property rateable thereto in the above named County Health District of Offaly. The annual rate on valuation (ARV - formerly Rate in the pound) for the ordinary expenditure of Offaly County Council for service of the year ending on 31st December, 2019 is €0.2198.

 

Notice of Rates having been made

Notice is hereby given that County Rates have been duly made on the property rateable thereto in the above named County Health District of Offaly. The annual rate on valuation (ARV - formerly Rates in the pound) for the ordinary expenditure of Offaly County Council for service of the year ending on 31st December 2019 is €0.2198

 

PURCHASE OF SCHEMES OF HOUSES FOR SOCIAL HOUSING

PURCHASE OF SCHEMES OF HOUSES FOR SOCIAL HOUSING Offaly County Council is seeking to purchase schemes of houses for Social Housing purposes in County Offaly. The criteria for decision to purchase would include the following: • Social Housing need in the area concerned. • Timescale for delivery. • Value for money • Quality and design Expressions of interest in providing houses should be sent to Director of Services for Housing, Offaly County Council, Áras an Chontae, Charleville Rd, Tullamore not later than Thursday, 28th February 2019. Please note that Offaly County Council is not obliged to purchase any schemes submitted and that house purchases are subject to the approval of the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government.

 

REPAIR AND LEASING SCHEME (RLS)

REPAIR AND LEASING SCHEME (RLS) LOAN SCHEME FOR REPAIR OF VACANT HOUSES & APARTMENTS IN COUNTY OFFALY. • Do you own a vacant house or apartment that’s in need of repair? • Is lack of funding a problem? • Would you lease the property if funding repairs were to be made available to you? The Repair and Leasing Scheme (RLS) may be for you The basis of the scheme is that repair and improvement works to suitable vacant properties are funded to bring them up to the standards for rented accommodation. The cost of the works is then deducted from lease payments over an agreed lease term. The minimum term of the lease is 5 years. For more information: Visit our website: www.offaly.ie/housing Email: rls@offalycoco.ie Phone: 057 9346800

 

National Community Event - May Bank Holiday Weekend (4th - 6th May) 2019

Last September, the Minister for Rural and Community Development, Mr Michael Ring, TD, announced the launch of a National Community Event, to be held for the first time over the May Bank Holiday weekend, 2019. Local communities are asked to come up with ideas for events in their areas. The event is a celebration of the great spirit of community that exists across the country and an effort to help people who share communities to come together, get to know each other and deepen the sense of community in their area. Events could be centred round food, sport, the environment, health, heritage, culture, family fun day, etc

 

Revisions to the Offaly Register of Electors

Section 15 (3) of the Electoral Act 1992 provides that a registration authority must publish details of any corrections to the Register within the period specified for same, i.e. from 1st to 15th February and that such corrections will be deemed to form part of the Register of Electors and any supplement prepared in relation to same.

 

Proposed Part 8 – Kearney’s Field

Offaly County Council, in partnership with Approved Housing Body Oaklee, proposes to carry out development at Kearney’s field, Tullamore, County Offaly.

 

REGISTER OF ELECTORS 2019/2020

REGISTER OF ELECTORS 2019/2020 & EDITED REGISTER OF ELECTORS 2019/2020 Notice is hereby given that the Register of Electors for 2019/2020 and the Edited version of this Register were published on the 1st February 2019 and will come into force on the 15th February, 2019. The Register of Electors is available for inspection at Council Offices, Garda Stations, Post Offices and Libraries. Persons omitted from the above registers may apply for inclusion on the Supplement to the Register which will be published in the event of an Election or Referendum. Any queries should be directed to Corporate Services, Offaly County Council at Tel: 057 9357402 UNLESS YOU’RE REGISTERED, YOU CANNOT VOTE.

 

Shaping Offaly’s Smart Future with Primary School children through Science, Technology, E...

Offaly County Council and the Department of Rural and Community Development are providing funding under the Digital Innovation Programme to roll out an exciting new digital initiative for 16 primary schools in Offaly. The Initiative is to expose students to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fundamentals within the context of building a robot using Vex IQ.

 

Minister Heather Humphreys visits I-LOFAR and meets STREAM Creative Suite partners

Following the launch of the Midland Regional Enterprise Plan to 2020 on February 6th 2019 in County Laois, Minister Humphreys travelled to Birr Castle to visit I-LOFAR and the STREAM Creative Suite Project.

 

Offaly County Council Winter Service Plan

The weather forcecast for the remainder of the week indicates unsettled and very cold weather with frost and some sleet and snow anticipated. Offaly County Council prepare for such a week and any night where frost is forecast in line with our Winter Service Plan available on our website. (https://www.offaly.ie/eng/Services/Roads/Winter-Maintenance/) Offaly County Council treats 430km of national routes and regional routes above a certain traffic count. Routes are prioritised on the volume of traffic on the roads. We treat 4 routes for each run taking 4 – 5 hours or longer depending on conditions. Offaly County Council Engineers will monitor the forecast and information and graphs from the weather stations across the Region to determine the level of salt treatment required and the best time to start treating. If necessary our drivers will cover the routes a number of times throughout the day and night. If the snow is significant to warrant ploughing we will plough and treat. Our salt barns are full and the plant and equipment is checked and ready to mobilise. Unnecessary travel during periods of severe weather should be avoided if at all possible. Those taking to the roads should do so with due care and attention considering the conditions to be encountered. Road users should not assume that roads included in the winter service plan have been treated and are free of ice at all times. Motorists and pedestrians are requested to make themselves aware of the Road Safety Authorities guide to driving in winter conditions. Regular updates will be available during severe weather periods on www.offaly.ie, Offaly social Media platform and through local broadcast media.

 

Offaly County Council - Adopted Budget 2019

Offaly County Council - Adopted Budget 2019

Community & Enterprise

 

€400,000 for Grand Canal Greenway in Offaly

Minister for Rural & Community Development, Michael Ring TD announced today €400,000 for 2 separate projects along the Grand Canal Greenway under the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme.

 

Public consultation on proposals to reform electoral registration process

The Government has launched a public consultation on proposals to reform the electoral registration process. Minister of State for Local Government and Electoral Reform, John Paul Phelan, T.D., launched the consultation on 17 December and said the proposals are aimed at enabling people to register in simpler and more user-friendly ways. The way people register to vote or amend their details (for example, address) on the Register of Electors has not changed significantly since the foundation of the State.

 

Tullamore Public Realm Enhancement Works Commencement Date

Tullamore Public Realm Enhancement Works to commence in January 2019 David Walsh Civil Engineering Ltd. has been contracted by Offaly County Council to undertake Tullamore Public Realm Enhancement Works. The project includes the phased public realm improvement works to High St, Bridge St, Columcille St, Millennium Square and O’Connor Square. The works to High Street and Bridge Street will involve the undergrounding of the existing overhead wires together with the removal of existing poles. The existing street lighting will be replaced with new feature light poles. The existing footpath will be replaced and widened at particular locations. Road reconstruction and surfacing will also be undertaken on a phased basis. To facilitate the works on High Street and Bridge Street it will be necessary to restrict traffic to a One-Way Outbound traffic management system. Traffic will be prohibited from travelling inbound from Cormac Street & O’Moore Street and traffic will be redirected towards the town center via alternative detour routes (see map overleaf). It will not be possible to facilitate on-street carparking, while the one-way system is in operation. Once the works progress past the Tara Street entrance, two-way traffic will be facilitated between O’Moore Street and Tara Street only (between A and C on the map overleaf) to allow local traffic access to the Bridge Centre carpark. Works are to commence on High Street (from the junction with O’Moore St.) from Wednesday 2nd January 2018. The one-way system will be in operation from this date and will remain in place up to the end of June 2019. Please note that during the above works, there will be some disruption as the work in the footpath moves past doorways / entrances, however we will endeavor to keep this disruption to a minimum.

 

Christmas Tree Recycling 2018

Offaly County Council's 3 Civic Amenity Sites are accepting real Christmas trees for recycling

 

Proposed Part 8 – Edenderry Inner Relief Road Project

Notice of advertising of Part 8 for the development of a proposed internal link road in Edenderry

 

Offaly secure €60,000 to establish open-access WiFi hot-spots throughout the county.

Offaly secure €60,000 to establish open-access WiFi hot-spots throughout the county. Minister of State at the Department of Rural and Community Development, Seán Canney TD today welcomed the announcement of the first successful applicants of the European WiFi initiative, WiFi4EU. This announcement sees Offaly secure €60,000 to establish open-access WiFi hot-spots throughout the county. €30,000 was secured through the European WiFi initiative and the Department of Rural and Community Development provided match funding of €30,000. Broadband Officer for Offaly County Council Ray Bell, stated “This is great news for Offaly as it allows us to continue to provide free public access to WiFi throughout the county. Earlier this year we provided free public WiFi along the Shannon in Shannon Bridge, Banagher and Shannon Harbour. In early 2019, the Greenway along the Grand Canal will be connected at Edenderry, Daingean, Tullamore, Pollagh and Shannon Harbour. This announcement today will improve the connectivity of communities in Offaly and enable us to support the flagship tourism and recreation projects that we are working towards in the county." The funding was awarded at EU level on a first-come first-served basis and Minister Canney added: “This outcome shows how proactive local authorities in Ireland are and their determination to bring connectivity to their areas. They are doing as much as they can to provide their communities with a much needed service and their efforts and engagement need to be applauded. Officials from my Department worked very closely with Broadband Officers, local authorities and the European Commission ahead of the first call for applications, and this great result is a demonstration of the very positive engagement and willingness from all involved to improve the connectivity of communities https://drcd.gov.ie/about/news-centre/press-releases/minister-canney-welcomes-european-funding-of-e885000-for-21-local-authorities-under-the-wifi4eu-initiative/?fbclid=IwAR1W0zuacFPxTtx-sd5bICOK3uPDpG61sNTNLoESBFq31Hsi2NLYMdAnBuk