The few weeks of glorious weather in July have made for a really memorable summer. I hope that your summer is going well and that you are getting an opportunity to rest and relax at the moment.

This is just a short update on some of the work I’ve been doing on your behalf. We have continued our walkabouts around the area and I look forward to meeting you in person over the coming weeks. In the meantime, if you would like to learn more about anything or would like help or advice, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Bí slán agus bí sona!

County Development Plan – Webinar

A public consultation on the draft County Development Plan is currently underway and will conclude on September 15th. On Wednesday 4 August, I’ll be hosting a public webinar on the South Dublin County Development Plan and how you can participate in the public consultation that is currently underway.

If you’d like to attend, you can sign up at with “Aug 4 webinar” in the message body or you can reply to this email with “Aug 4 webinar” in the subject line. If you can’t make this date, I will be organising another such meeting in early September.

July Council Meeting Update

This month, we had the last meeting of the County Council before the summer, under the stewardship of the new Mayor. One of the main decisions we made was to maintain the 15% reduction on the Local Property Tax. You can watch my video update below to see a more detailed update on what was discussed. Contact me if you’d like to know more!

Capital Projects – Lucan Pool to open in early 2022

At the July Council meeting, we were given an update on the status of various Council building projects were to be completed. The good news is that the Lucan Pool is planned to open in the first quarter of 2022, and the refurbishment of the old Lucan leisure centre is being undertaken in tandem. The operation and management of the overall complex will go to tender shortly. Other updates included:

  • The Grand Canal Greenway will commence construction later on this year, having secured funding of €1.4million.
  • Construction has resumed on Collinstown Teenspace.
  • Work on the Griffeen Park Pavillion will progress once formal approval is secured.

Foxhunter Site Update

A decision had been due from An Bord Pleanála on the 161-apartment development on the old Foxhunter site earlier this month. However, notification was received on 12 July that the decision has been delayed again, with no new deadline bar ‘the near future’. This uncertainty is disappointing for all involved and I have contacted An Bord Pleanála asking for an update as to when a decision will be made.

Ballyowen Lane District Clean-up

I have been approached by a number of residents in the estates beside Ballyowen Lane who are interested in organising a community clean-up of the area. We are currently gathering interest from people who would like to be involved with a view to organising a clean-up at some stage in the next few weeks. If you would like to be involved, please contact me and I will share details with you.

Dangerous Footpaths

I continue to make representations to the Council about the need for urgent repairs to dangerous footpaths, including at Glenaulin Road, Griffeen Avenue and at the Balgaddy entrance to Ballyowen Park. I was delighted to see such a good job done on the footpaths on Culmore Road and have asked the Council for an update on when outstanding footpath repairs from the 2020 programme are to be completed.

Estate Update – Glenaulin Green & Oakcourt

Following representations from a number of residents in Glenaulin Green and Oakcourt Drive, I have contacted the Council and asked them to inspect the connecting lane between Oakcourt and Wheatfield Road. This area is in need of maintenance and is dangerous in many parts, especially as the evenings will begin to get darker. I have also requested that both Oakcourt estate and Glenaulin Green estates be listed for inclusion in the 2022 Footpath Repair Programme as they are extremely dangerous in places. 

Estate Update – Liffey Valley Park

Following representations from residents in Liffey Valley Park, I have been working on a number of issues. I am following up with the Council to request that the ‘Yield’ sign between Liffey Crescent and Ballyowen Lane be re-erected. I have asked that “Children at Play” signs be erected in parts of the estate and have also asked for traffic calming measures to be considered for Liffey Crescent. If there are issues in your estate which you would like me to raise, please let me know.

South Dublin Tree Management Policy

The Council is currently taking submissions on its Tree Management Policy. This policy provides a framework to inform and support decisions made by the Council on the management and development of trees in the County and the principles underpinning that.You can make submissions up until 4pm on Friday 6 August using this link.

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