€107,846 funding for youth projects in North Inner City

Local youth projects in the North Inner City will receive €107,846 funding from new Government capital grants, a Fine Gael Councillor has said.

Councillor McAdam said: “New Government capital grants announced today are going to be of huge benefit to young people here in the North Inner City as they will improve the quality of the services on which local young people rely.
• The Cavan Centre €20,000.00
• An Siol Child & Youth Services €11,958.00
• SWAN St. Agathas Hall & North Wall Development Group €20,000.00
• Bradóg RYS €20,000.00
• East Wall / North Port Youth Development Group €15,888.00
• Belvedere Youth Club €20,000.00

The grants approved support purchases of equipment and small scale projects, including the upgrade of bathrooms and kitchens in youth services.

Eligible local services were invited by the Education and Training Board (ETB) to apply for support.

Councillor McAdam continued, “Investing in and supporting young people is a key priority for this Government. Thanks to our strengthened economy, the Government is able to improve supports to the communities who need it most. Much of the upgrade works to take place under these grants will be in areas of disadvantage.

“I’d like to thank the Youth Officer in our local ETB for their work in supporting local youth projects and I know that Minister Zappone has thanked them for their assistance to the Department of Children in the design and implementation of this scheme. They act as a contact point in their respective localities and play important support role to the providers of youth services here in the North Inner City.”

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Katherine Zappone, said: “I am delighted to be in a position to announce these grants. I am confident the grants will assist in improving the quality of the services to the benefit of young people involved.

“The provision of these grants underscores the Government’s continued commitment to enhance the quality of services which add such value to our communities. Investing in young people is a key priority for Government. In 2018 we are investing a total of €61.5m in current and capital funding in clubs, services and supports for young people.”

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North Strand Matters – Sept. 2018

FUTURE PLANS FOR READYMIX SITE

Following the wind up of the Dublin Docklands Development Authority, Dublin City Council acquired the former Readymix site along East Wall Road. The Chief Fire Officer has confirmed to myself and Minister Paschal Donohoe that Dublin Fire Brigade will seek to construct a permanent extension to the existing Fire Station along North Strand Road. The site is currently zoned Z4 which allows for mixed use development and it is our understanding that Dublin City Council will seek to construct public housing on the remainder of the former Readymix site not used for the extended Fire Station. Last week, City Council officials informed me that the Housing Department has examined the potential for building public housing on the site. That initial analysis has indicated that 86 apartments and 6 houses could be built along with some commercial or retail space. This is by no final. As your LOCAL Councillor, I want to hear your views on the potential redevelopment of the former Readymix site as outlined to me by City Council officials. Please share your feedback with me by email at raymcadam@gmail.com.

FITZGIBBON STREET GARDA STATION – REFURBISHMENT WORKS

As you know, our Fine Gael-led Government committed as part of the North Inner City Initiative that Fitzgibbon Street Garda Station would re-open. Since that commitment was made by former Taoiseach, Enda Kenny T.D., planning permission has been approved for a significant extension to the rear to the existing building as well as a major refurbishment programme internally. €8m has been provided for this project. To date in 2018, asbestos removal has been completed with further enabling works occurring throughout the summer. Hoarding has been erected outside the site in recent weeks and I expect major construction work to begin shortly. The new Fitzgibbon Street Garda Station is expected to open in December 2019. Both myself and Minister Paschal Donohoe will work to keep you updated of progress on the refurbishment and extension of the Fitzgibbon Street Garda Station across the coming weeks.

NORTH INNER CITY CLUBS SHOULD REGISTER NOW FOR 2018 SPORTS CAPITAL GRANTS

€40 million is available to develop sports infrastructure around the country, and has encouraged local clubs and sports organisations to prepare for the application process and register online now. My Fine Gael colleague, the Minister for Sport Brendan Griffin, has confirmed to me that €40 million is available to develop sports infrastructure around the country under the Sports Capital Programme in 2018. I want to see local clubs and organisations benefit as much as possible from this funding and so I encourage all involved to prepare the necessary paperwork for their applications in advance. North Inner City clubs and sports organisations looking to apply should register now at http://www.sportscapitalprogramme.ie. Applications can only be made online since last Friday (7th September) until 5pm on Friday 19th October, 2018. The Sports Capital Programme was re-instated by the last Fine Gael government in 2012, after it had been cut by Fianna Fáil in the wake of the economic crash.

PUBLIC LIGHTING UPGRADE

The Public Lighting Section of Dublin City Council is currently upgrading the quality of street lights across the North Inner City. This has involved the upgrading of 660 lights to LED lights. To date, street lights have been upgraded along Annesley Avenue, Annesley Close, Austins’ Cottages, Charlemont Parade, Clonmore Terrace, Enaville Avenue, Hibernian Avenue, Hyacinth Street, North Strand Road, Northbrook Avenue Lower, Northbrook Avenue Upper, Northbrook Terrace, Seville Terrace, Spring Garden Street and Strandville Avenue. This programme will continue across remaining streets in the North Strand across the coming months.

GARDA YOUTH AWARDS 2018

Applications are now being accepted for the annual Dublin North Central Garda Youth Awards in association with Croke Park.  These awards celebrate outstanding young people between 13 and 21 years of age and recognise the good work being done by young people throughout the communities of Dublin North Central. Awards will be considered for nominated young people who by their presence make their communities a better place to live.  There will also be an award for groups of two or more young people whose combined efforts have contributed positively to their communities.  The Dublin North Central Garda Division covers Mountjoy, Fitzgibbon Street, Bridewell and Strore Street Garda Stations. This year’s Garda Youth Awards ceremony will take place on Saturday, November 17th. Nomination forms can be downloaded from http://www.crokepark.ie.

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ARBOUR HILL DRAFT TRAFFIC IMPROVEMENT SCHEME – TELL ME WHAT YOU THINK

2018 ARBOUR HILL SPEED SURVEY

Earlier this year, the Transportation Department of Dublin City Council undertook a Speed Survey along Montpelier Hill and onto Arbour Hill as far as the junction with Manor Street. While the area is included in the City Council’s 30km/hr Speed Limit, the surveys showed that the average vehicular speed was significantly higher than the 30km Speed Limit set for Montpelier Hill and Arbour Hill.

Transportation Engineers have recommended that as a result of the information contained in the Speed Surveys that an Improvement Scheme be developed in order to combat the higher than expected vehicular average speed along Montpelier Hill and Arbour Hill.

The North Inner City Council Engineer reported back to me this week advising that six separate proposals are included in the draft Arbour Hill Traffic Improvement Scheme. Full details of what has been proposed are detailed overleaf.

DRAFT TRAFFIC IMPROVEMENT SCHEME

The primary aim of the DRAFT Arbour Hill Traffic Improvement Scheme will be improve pedestrian provision along the route, reducing driver operational speeds while at the same time enhancing the public realm and streetscape along Arbour Hill and Montpelier Hill.

Therefore, it is proposed that:

1. A footway is provided along the south side of Arbour Hill between the junction with St. Bricin’s Park and the Museum entrance to Collins Barracks. Installing such a footpath will result in the narrowing of the existing road lanes which should help to reduce vehicular speeds.

2. Formalising the on-street parking which occurs along both sides of Arbour Hill through the use of road markings and by installing new kerb and footway build-outs.

3. A footway is provided along the east side of Arbour Hill between the junction with St. Bricin’s Park and the junction with Montpelier Hill. Installing such a footpath will result in the narrowing of the existing road lanes which should help to reduce vehicular speeds.

4. New on-street parking along Arbour Hill is provided and that the existing parking on the street be formalised through the provision of kerb and footway build-outs.

5. Dedicated cycle lanes are provided which is subject to detailed design.

6. Build-outs are constructed at strategic locations along both sides of Arbour Hill to incorporate the planting of trees.

WHAT ARE THE NEXT STEPS?

I want to hear from you before the October meeting of the North Inner City Committee. At that meeting, I intend to share with the local Engineer the views, concerns and put forward any questions that you may have about the proposals contained in the DRAFT Traffic Improvement Scheme. Once I have secured your views on the matter and clarified any issues that may arise with officials, I will confirm with the Transportation Department of Dublin City Council and the North Inner City Area Office an indicative timeline for the implementation of this scheme. In terms of funding, earlier this year, as Chairman of the North Inner City Committee, I secured some funding for the improvement of road safety in the Arbour Hill area but additional monies may be required in order to complete all aspects of the DRAFT Traffic Improvement Scheme.

HOW YOU CAN HAVE YOUR SAY

The North Inner City Committee will meet next on October 9th in City Hall at 10am. Please email me with your views on the DRAFT Arbour Hill Traffic Improvement Scheme before Friday, October 5th next. My email address is raymcadam@gmail.com.

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Know Where You Stand on Bus CONNECTS

In recent weeks, I have received many questions and queries about the DRAFT plan published by the National Transport Authority that would greatly change how we access public transport across Dublin.

Therefore, I have put together some information detailing some of the changes contained in the draft plan and how these proposals might impact upon you and our neighbourhood.

It is also important to remember that these proposals are contained in a DRAFT which no doubt will evolve as work continues to improve our public transport network.

Make sure to have your say during this phase of public consultation and as your LOCAL Councillor, I want to hear what you think about these proposals as I engage further on your behalf with the National Transport Authority.

WHAT IS BUSCONNECTS?

BusConnects aims to overhaul the current bus system in Dublin by:

• Building a network of “next generation” bus corridors on the busiest bus routes to make bus journeys faster, predictable and reliable;

• Introducing Bus Rapid Transit; a higher quality of bus system, on three of the busiest corridors;

• Completely redesigning the network of bus routes to provide a more efficient network, connecting more places and carrying more passengers;

• Developing a state-of-the-art ticketing system using credit and debit cards or mobile phones to link with payment accounts and making payment much more convenient;

• Implementing a cashless payment system to vastly speed up passenger boarding times;

• Revamping the fare system to provide a simpler fare structure, allowing seamless movement between different transport services without financial penalty;

• Implementing a new bus livery providing a modern look and feel to the new bus system;

• Rolling out new bus stops with better signage and information and increasing the provision of additional bus shelters;

• Transitioning – starting now – to a new bus fleet using low-emission vehicle technologies.

WHY IS BUSCONNECTS BEING PUT FORWARD?

Redesigning the bus network, it is hoped, will ensure Dubliners have a more reliable bus system that will be more useful to more people, thereby ensuring that more people get to more places, more quickly.

HOW WILL BUSCONNECTS MAKE THE BUS NETWORK BETTER?

• Increase the overall amount of bus services;

• Provide new and frequent orbital services connecting more outer parts of the city altogether;

• Simplify the bus services on key radial corridors into “spines” where all buses will operate under a common letter system and buses will run very frequently and be more evenly spaced;

• Increase the number of routes where buses will come at least every 15 minutes or better all day between 6am and 10pm weekdays.

HOW WILL THESE BUSCONNECTS PROPOSALS WORK?

The new network is made up of several kinds of service that are new to Dublin:

• Spines (Core Bus Corridor): Most buses to the centre would be on spines identified by a letter (A, B, C, D, E, F & G). On these lines, a bus would come every 4 to 8 minutes all day (3 to 6 minutes at peak times). Further out, spines would branch to cover more area, but usually still every 15 minutes or better.

• Orbital lines would run in arcs around the city. These lines would make it easier to go places on the same side of the city without going into the centre.

• Local routes would run within a suburban area and connect to major lines, including LUAS and DART. Many of these are more frequent than what is provided in those areas today.

• Everywhere that frequent lines cross, it would be easy to change buses. LUAS and DART are also part of this frequent grid.

HOW WILL BUSCONNECTS AFFECT BUS FARES?

Under these proposals, the National Transport Authority seeks to simplify fares across bus, LUAS and DART. There will be two LEAP fares:

• A “90 Minute Fare” that covers all bus, DART or LUAS trips started within that 90 minute period;

• A short distance fare paid each trip for short journeys.

Cash fares will continue to be available but will be payable for each trip.

HOW WILL BUSCONNECTS AFFECT LOCAL RESIDENTS?

STONEYBATTER / ARBOUR HILL / MONTPELIER / ARBOUR HILL

• The existing 39, 39A & 70 bus services will be replaced by the B Core Bus Corridor (Spine) that will have a bus frequency of every 6 – 7.5 minutes.

o This B Core Bus Corridor (Spine) will be the main bus link between Blanchardstown and the City Centre.

o Part of the National Transport Authority’s plan in respect of this proposal is to “remove general through traffic on Prussia Street and the Old Cabra Road”. I understand that local “access would still be maintained including” to the Park Shopping Centre but I am seeking assurances on this point.

o There is a potential loss of car-parking spaces, trees and front gardens along the proposed route length.

• The existing 37 bus service will be replaced by the N2 service that will have a bus frequency of every 20 – 25 minutes.

o This N2 route will continue to run between Hueston Station along Blackhorse Avenue and Skreen Road but it is now proposed to continue along Nephin Road to Broombridge LUAS Station onto the Old Finglas Road, Griffith Avenue before terminating at Alfie Byrne Road.

• The existing 46A bus service will be replaced by Line O Inner Orbital which is intended to surround the inner city around the North Circular Road and South Circular Road.

o Services on this route will operate every 8 minutes in the middle of the day.

o Line O would connect to every single service entering or leaving the city centre.

NORTH STRAND / EAST WALL / BALLYBOUGH

• Existing bus services along North Strand Road will be replaced by the D Core Bus Corridor (Spine) that will have a bus frequency of every 6 – 7.5 minutes.

o This D Core Bus Corridor (Spine) will be the main bus link between Clare Hall and Crumlin.

• The existing 130 bus service will be replaced by the 64 route that will have a bus frequency of every 15 minutes.

• A new 60 bus route serving Howth Road and Donaghmede and will operate along the North Strand Road every 15 minutes.

• The existing 53 bus service will be replaced by the N4 bus service that will operate every 10 minutes. This service will operate between Spencer Dock and Blanchardstown Shopping Centre.

o This N4 bus service will serve Spencer Dock, East Road, East Wall Road along Alfie Byrne Road connecting Clontarf Road DART Station before travelling to DCU and Blanchardstown Shopping Centre.

• The existing 151 bus service will be replaced by the 63 bus service that will operate on an hourly basis and will operate between Dublin Port and City West.

o This 63 bus service will connect Dublin Port, through East Wall along East Road, Church Road, St. Mary’s Road, West Road, East Wall Road, North Strand Road and into the City Centre and out to City West.

HOW CAN YOU HAVE YOUR SAY ON BUSCONNECTS?

The proposals contained in the National Transport Authority’s DRAFT plan for the future organisation of how we access our bus services are NOT THE FINAL PLAN! You can make your views known to the National Transport Authority by emailing: consultations@busconnects.ie before Friday, September 28th next. I will be meeting National Transport Authority officials on September 20th so please share with me your views and observations on the proposed changes as well as any questions that you may have.

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Almost €1m funding for digital library services and facilities – McAdam

Fine Gael North Inner City Councillor, Ray McAdam, said €915,843 funding has been secured for digital library services and facilities locally.

This investment will enhance ICT infrastructure, create new meeting spaces with state of the art technology and provide dedicated digital learning suites.

Councillor McAdam said: “The new facilities and services will attract new users of all ages to our public libraries. This funding will transform our public library service in the North Inner City and across Dublin City.

“The funding includes the provision of iPads/tablets/smart devices for users and for staff to assist users; computers and workstations including image deployment technology; software to support design, gaming and coding; Meeting space technology; Podcasting equipment and workstations; “Dementia Tables” which facilitate play and learning for people with mild to severe dementia as well as those with intellectual disabilities, learning difficulties and autism; Mobile LCD screens with audio; Interactive whiteboards and digital training suites.

“All of this shows how progressive our libraries have become. We are to the forefront with new technologies and services for our local communities here in Dublin City, Councillor McAdam said.

The almost €8 million national investment comprises of approximately €6 million from Fine Gael
Minister for Rural & Community Development, Michael Ring’s Department and a further €2 million contribution from Local Authorities.

Minister Ring said: ““I launched the new public library strategy Our Public Libraries 2022– Inspiring, Connecting and Empowering Communities in May. The strategy seeks to establish the library as not only a community hub but also an important enabler of digital services and facilitator of digital skills development. This significant investment is the first step towards realising this aim.”

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North Inner City clubs should register now for Sports Capital Grants – McAdam

Fine Gael North Inner City Councillor, Ray McAdam has confirmed that €40 million is available to develop sports infrastructure around the country, and has encouraged local clubs and sports organisations to prepare for the application process and register online now.

“My Fine Gael colleague, the Minister for Sport Brendan Griffin, has confirmed to me that €40 million is going to be made available to develop sports infrastructure around the country under the Sports Capital Programme in 2018.

“I want to see local clubs and organisations benefit as much as possible from this funding and so I encourage all involved to prepare the necessary paperwork for their applications in advance.

North Inner City clubs and sports organisations looking to apply should register now at www.sportscapitalprogramme.ie. Applications can only be made online since last Friday (7th September) until 5pm on Friday 19th October, 2018.”

“The Sports Capital Programme was re-instated by the last Fine Gael government in 2012, after it had been cut by Fianna Fáil in the wake of the economic crash.

“It represents an excellent value for money investment for society.

“It is crucial we invest in sport and the health of our population, particularly with obesity is on the rise. Investing in sport is good for the health of the nation, both literally and economically.

“This scheme has proved very successful in getting much needed funding to our local clubs,” the Fine Gael Councillor said.

Minister of State, Brendan Griffin highlighted the changes to the terms of the new programme. “While the Sports Capital Programme is already hugely popular with sports clubs across so many different sporting disciplines, we are determined to make the application process as simple and user-friendly as possible.

“We undertook a detailed review of the 2017 round of the Sports Capital Programme and the recommendations arising have been fully factored in to the new terms and conditions of the 2018 scheme.  In particular, we are introducing some significant changes in our assessment methodology to ensure that we minimise the number of invalid applications.

“We will also give even greater priority to applications from disadvantaged areas and projects that promote the sharing of sports facilities with other clubs and the wider community.”

Welcoming the opening of applications, Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton said, “I’m delighted that this year, following an agreement by both my own Department and the Department of Tourism, Transport and Sport, that all schools may now be able to avail of the Sports Capital Grant Scheme as long as they do so in conjunction with a sports club. This is a great opportunity and I encourage all interested schools to apply.”

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Local Property Tax – Public Consultation Phase Budget 2019

In September, Councillors will decide on whether to reduce the Local Property Tax rate for 2019 or leave it as is.

In advance of that decision, Dublin City Council is undertaking a Public Consultation to gauge the views of Dubliners. Under the Finance (Local Property Tax) Act 2012, as amended by section 5 of the Finance (Local Property Tax) Act 2013, the City Council can vary the basic rate of the Local Property Tax within its functional area by a maximum of +/-15%.  This power is available to Local Authorities effective from 2015, the relevant sections of the act came into effect on the 1st of July 2014.

Any decision by a Local Authority to vary the basic rate of tax of the LPT must be taken by the 30th of September each year in order that it can have effect from the 1st of November (the liability date) and therefore determine the LPT liability for taxpayers in that local authority area the following year.

Therefore, you can share your views with me, my Councillor colleagues and Dublin City Council as to whether you think the LPT rate should be cut, increased or left the same for 2019.

The Public Consultation runs from Monday 23rd July to 4.30pm on Wednesday 22nd August 2018.

Your submission can be made in one of three ways:

– By completing an on-line survey at https://consultation.dublincity.ie

– By submitting a PDF version of the survey via email to LPTconsultation@dublincity.ie

– By submitting a hard copy of the survey to

LPT Consultation, C/O Finance Dept, Dublin City Council, Block 1 Floor 8, Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8.

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