Happy New Year! I hope that you had a good break over Christmas and that the year 2022 has started off well for you. In recent weeks, the country has been struck by the senseless tragedy of the murder of Ashling Murphy, and people have been expressing their shock and solidarity both publicly and privately, not least of all in our own areas. There is much for us a society to reflect on, in its aftermath. We also look with a new sense of hope to the end of the year, following the announcement by the Taoiseach today. I’m looking forward to getting out and about to meet people in the area and hope to see you soon.
Consultation on proposed works in Lucan Village and Lucan Weir
South Dublin County Council has launched its public consultations on its proposed works on Lucan village Green as well as by Lucan Weir. They are keen that all residents have their say and make a submission. The only way for views to be taken on board is through participation in the public submission. You can find the proposals for Lucan village greenhere, and the proposals for Lucan Weirhere. Following the consultation, the Council planners will review the feedback and bring it to the Council for its consideration. Submissions must be made online or by post by 5pm Thursday 3rd March 2022.
Flexi-bollards installed in Palmerstown
Thanks to the Council for installing these flexi-bollards at the R148-Kennelsfort Road Junction, following my request on behalf of road-users in Palmerstown. These were installed to protect road users coming from Kennelsfort Road onto the R148 given how frequent dangerous u-turns take place. I am also following up on other road safety matters including flexi-bollards at the St Loman’s Road roundabout and the pedestrian crossing for Hermitage Park.
Keeping our surroundings safe, clean and maintained
Having raised it a couple of times, I was happy to see that my requests for cutting back overgrowth at the Fonthill Road/St Logan’s Road was completed in December. I was also pleased tolearn that the Council will install outreach canopieson Castle Road to improve the lighting, especially near the bus stop at Earlsfort. I raised this need, following concerns expressed by local residents about public safety. Finally, I was encouraged by the long overdue cutting back of hedges on Station Road by Palmerstown Woods, but I have asked the Council to clear remaining debris from the footpath.
You can view the full agenda hereand myvideo updateis just below. There are a number of things worth highlighting, including:
The Council’s Capital Programme was presented, including community centres for Balgaddy and Clonburris, a park redesign for Quarryvale Park and redevelopment plans for the 12th Lock, including a micro-enterprise centre;
The results of the Community Grants and Community Infrastructure Funds were presented; and
We got sight of the Council’s Housing Delivery Plan, which will see 3,700 houses delivered, over half of which will be on Council land.
Congratulationsto all grant awardees who were awarded grants from the Council’s Community Development Grants and Community Infrastructure Fund. It was wonderful to see successful applicants from Palmerstown, Lucan and North Clondalkin feature, receiving almost €80,000 in grants. If your community group is interested in applying for these grants, get in touch to learn more.
County Development Plan Update
Last year’s public consultation on the County Development Plan has been completed, and the Chief Executive has issued his response to the submissions ina report that was published in December (viewablehere). The Council will now meet to discuss the Chief Executive’s response to submissions and then issue the near-final plan for one final round of consultation in March this year. If you would like to learn more, please let me know.
Tree maintenance update
At December’s meeting of the Lucan, Palmerstown & North Clondalkin Area Committee, I asked for a comprehensive update on progress on the current Tree Maintenance Programme, and where works are planned. You can see which estates are planned in the above image. I have consistently called for extra resources to make progress on the Tree Maintenance Programme and that is starting to bear fruit. The full reply can be seenhere.Work is now underway to prepare the next Tree Maintenance Programme – let me know if you feel your estate should feature.
Operation Transformation comes to North Clondalkin!
This year’s Finding Charlie’s Voice virtual run takes place between 12-20 March! I’m delighted to beone of this year’s event sponsorsand you can support this worthwhile cause by signing uphere! Finding Charlie’s Voice is a locally based organisation that helps raise awareness around verbal dyspraxia and supports families of children that have been diagnosed with the condition.
Clondalkin Drug & Alcohol Task Force Strategic Review
Clondalkin Drug and Alcohol Task Force are taking feedback on their Strategic Plan. This is part of their mid-term review of the progress of their plan. CDATF cover Clondalkin, Lucan and Palmerstown, so it is important the voices of local residents are represented. Please help inform their work by taking this short surveyhere.
South Dublin County Council is inviting applications from suitably qualified applicants who wish to be considered for the a role as Active City Dublin Project Lead on a three-year Fixed Term Contract. You applyhere. The latest date for receipt of applications is midnight, Thursday, 3rd February 2021
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