North Inner City Traffic Matters – Jan 19th – 25th

Castleforbes Road

M&M Contractors – on behalf of Colt – will be carrying out on-going works. A road crossing to lay new ducting to be carried out on Monday 21st January 2019.

East Road

BBCLG – on behalf of Gas Networks Ireland – will be carrying out works beside No. 24 on Sat. 19th & Sun. 20th January 2019.

East Wall Road

BBCLG – on behalf of Gas Networks Ireland – will be carrying out works beside No. 26 on Sat. 19th & Sun. 20th January 2019.

Gardiner Street

Cairn Construction – on behalf of JC Decaux Ltd – will be carrying out works to Adshel sign between Mon. 21st & Fri. 25th January 2019.

Liffey Street

Cairn Construction – on behalf of JC Decaux Ltd – will be carrying out works to Adshel sign between Mon. 21st & Fri. 25th January 2019.

Mary’s Lane @ St. Michan’s Street

KN – Networks on behalf of Dublin City Council – will be carrying out footpath regeneration works – works ongoing.

North Wall Quay

Cairn Construction – on behalf of JC Decaux Ltd – will be carrying out works to Adshel sign between Mon. 21st & Fri. 25th January 2019.

Parnell Street

Cairn Construction – on behalf of JC Decaux Ltd – will be carrying out works to Adshel sign between Mon. 21st & Fri. 25th January 2019.

North Wall Quay

Actavo will be carrying out works between the junction of Castleforbes Road & New Wapping Street on Sunday 20th January 2019.

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STONEYBATTER PLANNING MATTERS – Manor Street/Stoneybatter

Dear Neighbour,

A planning application that has been submitted to Dublin City Council for the redevelopment of lands off Manor Street for student accommodation.

As your LOCAL Stoneybatter Councillor, I wanted to make sure that you had all the information available about the details of this planning application.

LOCATION OF PLANNING APPLICATION:

No. 20, Stoneybatter and the lands to the rear of 20-23a Stoneybatter, and 1-2a Monor Street, Stoneybatter, Dublin 7.

KEY ASPECTS OF THE PLANNING APPLICATION:

⁃ Demolition of all existing structures on site including 20 Stoneybatter.

⁃ Construction of a 3-5 storey Student Accommodation development comprising a main block and Gatehouse.

⁃ The proposed Gatehouse is to be built on the site of 20 Stoneybatter.

⁃ Provision of 142 bed-space student accommodation complex, comprising 19 cluster units made up of:

⁃ 3x 4 bed clusters

⁃ 1x 6 bed cluster

⁃ 6x 7 bed clusters

⁃ 9x 8 bed clusters

⁃ 4x studio units

⁃ 6x bed-spaces within the Gatehouse building on 20 Stoneybatter.

⁃ Proposed ancillary facilities to include:

⁃ Internal communal space

⁃ Reception

⁃ Office

⁃ Roof terraces

⁃ Vehicular and Pedestrian access

PLANNING APPLICATION REFERENCE NUMBER:

The Reference Number for this Planning Application is 4734/18.

This planning application was lodged on December 21st last. Should you wish to see the full application it is available online at http://www.DublinCity.ie.

Anyone can lodge an observation on the planning application. If you decide to make an observation, it must be lodged in writing and sent to the Planning Department, Dublin City Council, Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 2 inclusive of the €20 fee before February 4th 2019.

PLANNING APPLICATION INFORMATION MEETING:

I can arrange a briefing for local residents with officials in the Planning Department of the City Council to outline the particulars of this planning application. If you would be interested in attending such a briefing, please let me know.

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Time to dump SF, Labour, Green & FF doublespeak on littering & fly-tipping

At tonight’s City Council meeting we approved new Waste Bye Laws. These bye laws update existing regulations relating to the separation, storage and presentation of Household and Commercial Waste.

The key issues provided for in the updated Waste Bye Laws include:

⁃ Specific requirement relating to multi use and multi let rental properties

⁃ Continuation of designated waste collection days

⁃ Facilitation of bin sharing arrangements for householders

⁃ How waste containers are maintained and stored

⁃ Where bags or sacks may be used as waste containers

⁃ Segregation and Contamination of Household Waste

While I welcome these new regulations, it is somewhat ironic that Sinn Fein, Labour, Green and Fianna Fáil Councillors called for more litter bins, better enforcement of waste regulations and clearing of bottle banks and bring centres. Why so? For it was these parties that voted to approve a City Council Budget for 2019 which contained cutting the amount of money to be spent on:

⁃ The operation of our Recycling Facilities

⁃ Litter Warden Service

⁃ Provision and improvement of Litter Bins

⁃ Enforcement of our Waste Regulations

⁃ Implementing Waste Management Plan

Sinn Fein and their coalition partners in Labour, Fianna Fáil and the Greens continue to speak out of both sides of their mouths on this issue. They increase charges on tenants but refuse to invest in the enforcement of waste regulations or the provision of new litter bins that’s the approach of this Sinn Fein alliance.

Fine Gael Councillors opposed the Council Budget because of these cuts and if you elect enough Fine Gael Councillors in May’s Local Elections, I commit, as Fine Gael Council Leader to ensure that litter and waste enforcement is properly resourced and that litter bins are located where we need them and that recycling facilities and bottle banks are cleared more efficiently.

The philosophy of the Sinn Fein alliance on the City Council is to blame everyone else so that they cant be held responsible for anything. This approach isn’t working for Dubliners and that’s why Fine Gael is putting forward the strongest slate of candidates possible to stand up best for Dublin and Dubliners.

Posted in Arbour Hill, Ballybough, Church Street, City Centre, Clonliffe Road, Constitution Hill, Dublin City Council, Fine Gael, Grangegorman, Markets, Montpelier, North Circular Road, North Strand, North Wall, Quays, Rathdown Road, Smithfield, Stoneybatter | Leave a comment

15 North Inner City Projects secure Community Enhancement funding – McAdam

15 North Inner City clubs, organisations and projects have secured more than €143,000 in funding through our Fine Gael Government’s Community Enhancement Programme.

This scheme is administered by Minister Michael Ring’s Department of Community and Rural Affairs. The money that has been made available for works like the renovation of community centres and community amenities; improvements to town parks and common areas and spaces; and the purchase of equipment which is used to benefit the community. The Programme has also supported energy efficient upgrades, developing community gardens, provision of defibrillators, CCTV, and sports and IT equipment.

Across the country, more than 3000 separate projects are benefitting from €12.5 million in funding. In the North Inner City, Minister Ring has confirmed to me that funding has been approved for:

  • Ana Liffey Drug Project
  • Barbara Ward Clonliffe & Croke Park Community Centre
  • Carmichael Centre
  • Charleville Mall Art Group
  • CASPr
  • ICON
  • MACRO Centre
  • Mud Island Community Garden
  • North Inner City Folklore Project
  • Ozanam House
  • Sheriff YC
  • Smithfield Boxing Club
  • The Cavan Centre
  • The Complex
    The Five Lamps Arts Festival

Today’s announcement is further evidence of Fine Gael’s commitment to supporting the communities of the North Inner City so that all our citizens can achieve their full potential across a wide range of areas.

Posted in Arbour Hill, Ballybough, Broadstone, Church Street, City Centre, Clonliffe Road, East Wall, Fine Gael, Grangegorman, Markets, Montpelier, North Circular Road, North Strand, North Wall, Quays, Rathdown Road, Smithfield, Stoneybatter, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

New Bill provides for five-year minimum expiry date for gift vouchers – McAdam

A new Bill will provide for a five-year minimum expiry date for gift vouchers, a Fine Gael Councillor has said.

 

Councillor Ray McAdam said: “My Fine Gael colleague, Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys has secured Cabinet approval to publish the Consumer Protection (Gift Vouchers) Bill 2018.  The Bill provides for a five-year minimum expiry date for gift vouchers.

 

“Every year consumers lose out because their gift vouchers go out of date.

 

“Part of the problem is the great variation on expiry dates which can range from as little as 6 months to 12 months to 24 months. This often leads to confusion amongst consumers.

 

“By having a set 5-year expiry date on all gift vouchers, we will provide certainty to everyone involved.

 

“This has been a real bugbear for people for many years and, of course, it’s particularly relevant now in the run up to Christmas when many of us will buy gift vouchers for family and friends.

 

“There is cross-party support on this issue and I look forward to getting this Bill enacted in early 2019 so that consumers will have greater protection.”

 

The Bill also includes two important additional provisions raised by consumers during the recent public consultation on gift vouchers.

 

The first relates to cases where traders require a gift voucher to be spent in full in a single transaction. The second relates to cases where traders require the name of the intended recipient of a gift voucher to be provided, and either cancel the voucher if that name is not correct, or apply a charge for the correction of the name.

 

Councillor McAdam concluded: “It’s wrong that consumers should have to spend a voucher in full in one transaction. Similarly, it isn’t fair that businesses can penalise consumers simply because of a wrong letter in a name.

 

“I’m glad that these two issues were raised during the public consultation so that we can now address them as part of this Bill.”

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Stoneybatter Traffic Improvements

Throughout the past twelve months, I have been working with Stoneybatter and Arbour Hill residents in conjunction with Traffic Engineers in the City Council to improve road safety in the area and help slow traffic speeds.

This work has resulted in:
• the development of a Traffic Improvement Scheme in Arbour Hill
• greater traffic calming measures being developed for Oxmantown Road
• the introduction of permit parking on Ross Street
• the undertaking of a Road Safety audit on Fingal Place

Arbour Hill
Will the footpath extend along Temple Street West?
Yes. The footpath will extend from the Museum entrance on Arbour Hill to Temple Street West and tie-in with the existing footpath.

Will there be some form of pedestrian crossing linking the north and south sides of Arbour Hill?
Yes. An uncontrolled pedestrian crossing will be installed near the Arbour Hill / Cavalry Row junction to facilitate north to south pedestrian movements. In addition, a buildout will be installed on north side of Arbour Hill at the existing pedestrian crossing point near the Museum Entrance. This will slow traffic and reduce the distance pedestrians need to cross the road.

How wide will the footpath be?
The footpath will be a minimum of 1.8 meters wide. According to the Design Manual for Urban Roads and Streets (DMURS), this is the minimum recommended footpath width for two wheelchairs to pass by each other.

Will there be cycle lanes?
Yes. There will be advisory cycle lanes on both sides of the road.

What types of trees will be planted?
Dublin City Council’s Parks Department will select the most suitable tree species depending on their suitability to setting, biodiversity value and visual appearance.

Works will begin in 2019.

Oxmantown Road
Following concerns being raised with me about the volume of speeding traffic using Oxmantown Road in rush hour, both morning and evening, the Traffic Department of Dublin City Council agreed to examine what measures could be undertaken address the situation.

As a result of this, Traffic Engineers are preparing a detailed design drawing for the provision of traffic calming will be completed in early 2019. The proposals are very much in draft form at this stage but they are likely to incorporate a limited no. of small buildouts with trees to complement each other in both speed reduction and environmental terms. These measures may impact upon the existing amount of parking on the street.

As with the Arbour Hill Traffic Improvement Scheme, I will seek to undertake a Consultative process to gauge the views of householders on Oxmantown Road as well as securing input from residents as to the location of buildouts and trees that are to be planted.

Ross Street
Residents signed a petition requesting that Permit Parking & Pay & Display be introduced on the street. The Traffic Avdisory Group of Dublin City Council is expected to make a recommendation on this request shortly.

Fingal Place
The Area Engineer is currently assessing the junction of Fingal Place and Prussia Street with our consultants for consideration for the 2019 Central Area Works Program. Any recommended measures that will improve safety of the junction can be considered for inclusion on the Works Program, subject to the necessary funding. In the interim, a STOP sign has been recommended on Fingal Place to ensure that vehicles stop before proceeding through the junction. The STOP sign will be placed in-advance of the footpath/pedestrian crossing to improve pedestrian safety.

Over the coming months, I will be working to ensure that any measures proposed to improve road safety in Stoneybatter have the input and support of local residents. I believe only be implementing a bottom up approach, can you have measures that can be successful in improving road safety for pedestrians, cyclists, motorists but above all else our local community. Keep an eye out for my next Stoneybatter Matters newsletter which will include more details about these and other local initiatives.

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Phibsborough LEIP Implementation – Progress Report

 

 

The Shop Front Scheme
The initiative Scheme will be rolled out early in the New Year. Advertisement leaflet to be circulated to the Implementation Group. Phibsborough Tidy Towns to be requested to assist with the advertisement of the scheme – “door knocking”. Important to not however, that any proposed improvements must be Planning compliant.

Expand and enhance Mount Bernard Park
The Parks Department met with Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) and the outcome was that they would do some due diligence work in relation to any potential land transfer. The issues are:
• Clarification that TII don’t have any strategic need to retain the lands into the future
• That there are no potential hazards to the public in DCC taking in charge of the lands and developing it for public use/access
• That there are no significant costs or liabilities to be incurred by DCC in taking in charge these lands
The Park Service met with the environmental consultancy that carried out the original investigation, report and risk assessments into the contamination and potential future usage of these lands. The recommendations of this report and risk assessment, whereby the entire site be sealed with a geotextile membrane and covered with 600mm of uncontaminated soil, would be prohibitively expensive. The Parks Service has requested that Golder provide an updated risk assessment and remediation plan in the context of the ‘nature park’ proposal previously discussed rather than developing the site to traditional parkland. A first draft of the report is expected in the new year.
It must be noted that there is no guarantee that the updated risk assessment will roll back on the previous recommendations.

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