Tomorrow morning I will attend a meeting of the City Council’s Transportation Strategic Policy Committee. A key item on the agenda is the proposed Liffey Cycle Route and the emergence of new option that would see a continuous Cycle Route being provided along the North Quays.
Since this project was first mooted some five or six years ago, I have been supportive in principle but have always said that until detailed design works was provided, I would reserve final judgement. In advance of the meeting tomorrow, I have now reviewed the report detailing Option 7. I’m not happy! Why?
Engineers are proposing that no private vehicular traffic will be allowed up the North Quays from Blackhall Place to Arran Street and only limited non public transport vehicles between Arran Street and the Church Street junction.
The report states that:
From the details provided in the two and a half page report, no consideration has been given to how the added volumes of traffic will impact upon the existing residential communities in Stoneybatter and Church Street. Furthermore the report only talks about the traffic being rerouted along North Brunswick Street but ignores the likely reality that Manor Street, Prussia Street, the North Circular Road, Bolton Street and Dorset Street will increased volumes of traffic. This will be in addition to the already large volumes using these streets which already resemble car parks in morning and evening rush hour.
I plan to put a number of questions to the engineers tomorrow morning, including:
- What consideration has been given to how the proposed rerouting of traffic will impact Stoneybatter, Church Street and other local residential neighbourhoods?
- What is the likely figure of extra vehicles that will be rerouted to roads like Blackhall Place, North Brunswick Street, etc?
- What impact assessment has been carried out as part of the compilation of this report into how already extremely busy streets will be affected?
- Has a road safety assessment been carried out on these lights, especially in light of the increased road fatalities and accidents that have occurred on Dublin roads in 2016?
- What engagement has been had with the local community, residential or business in the area as part of the compilation this report?
Following tomorrow morning’s meeting, I will share a further detailed report including answers to the questions I put and indeed and other information which might be of use.
If you have any questions or queries about the specifics of this proposal, please make sure to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Deputy Chief Executive of Dublin City Council with responsibility for Housing has confirmed to me that a joint meeting of the Housing and Planning Strategic Policy Committees will take place on December 9th next.
The purpose of the joint meeting is to allow the Council officials to detail their proposals under the Land Use Initiative for the larger Council sites, including O’Devaney Gardens. Continue reading
The Fine Gael Group on Dublin City Council last night (14th Nov) opposed a Sinn Fein-led Budget that proposes an increase in commercial rates for the City’s 20,000 ratepayers.
Recognising that the impact of Brexit on our economy is still uncertain together with the potential implementation of the economic policies of the U.S. President-Elect Donald Trump, Fine Gael Councillors believe that this is not the time to impose a further burden on business in the city.
The Estimates put forward by the City Council, governed by a Coalition of Sinn Fein, Labour, Greens and Independents will see €862.5m allocated for services including Housing, Roads, Water, Development, Enviornment, Culture and Education. This Budget proposes an increase in the rate of charges paid by local businesses, including our pharmacists, butchers, newsagents and others. It is also suggested that City Council tenants will have to pay an increased Gas Boiler Charge to cover the cost of a new annual gas boiler service programme.
FITZGIBBON STREET GARDA STATION – PROGRESS REPORT
As outlined in my summer newsletter, An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny T.D., confirmed that our Fine Gael-led Government would oversee the re-opening of Fitzgibbon Street Garda Station. Last month, I joined the Taoiseach and local Minister, Paschal Donohoe T.D. on an examination of the existing building opposite Fitzgibbon Court. We spent the afternoon meeting local residents, officials from the Office of Public Works and Chief Superintendent Leahy to discuss the Garda requirements for a refurbished station and how these requirements can be provided for. As Chairman of the Dublin Central Policing District, I am working with Chief Superintendent Leahy to put in place a consultation programme that would allow you and other residents across the Clonliffe and Ballybough districts to put forward your ideas and suggestions in terms of how we can provide the best possible facility to serve the future policing needs of the area. It is my view that a refurbished station on Fitzgibbon Street should ultimately become the Divisional Garda Headquarters in the North Inner City. Minister Donohoe and I will work to keep you fully updated of progress on the matter.
Local Planning and development can however, have a big impact on our community. The following planning application that may be of interest to you.
LOCATION OF PLANNING APPLICATION:
Former Motor Valu site at 84 – 87 Prussia Street, including the lands to the rear of the building.
KEY POINTS OF PLANNING APPLICATION:
- Demolition of existing single storey commercial building.
- Construction of a purpose built student accommodation centre, comprising of:
- 203 bed spaces in 32 separate accommodation units throughout the site.
Following the recent announcement by Shelbourne F.C. that the club has agreed to ground share Dalymount Park with Bohemians, I sought an update from the City Council on the progress of advancing the redevelopment of Dalymount.
Officials informed me at this week’s Dublin Central Area Committee meeting that as a result of the recent purchase of Tolka Park, Dublin City Council is now in the position to move the Dalymount project forward. The Council is in the process of drawing up tender documents to be in a position to procure an integrated design team to draw up a detailed design for the project. In addition to this, a steering group has been put in place with representatives from Bohemian FC, Shelbourne FC (who both will become the anchor tenants of the new stadium), Football Association of Ireland and Dublin City Council’s local area office. This group will help advise the Council on design issues and requirements.
I believe this project should be advanced promptly but in a way that allows for the widest consultative process possible so that residents in Phisbborough can have their say on progressing this redevelopment plan.