POLICING MATTERS – PROGRESS NOTED
I attended the follow-up meeting in O’Connells’ Schools last Wednesday evening where local residents, Community Gardaí and Council officials were present to monitor the progress made since the January meeting. The general consensus from those present was that the actions undertaken by the Gardaí helped to address the problems with anti-social behaviour that were occurring from Christmas through the first fortnight of January. The visible Garda presence was noted by residents and I want to assure you as Chairman of the North Inner City Policing Committee that I will continue to liaise with Superintendent Flavin and Inspector Meighan to ensure that highly prominent police presence is maintained for the foreseeable future.
INTERESTED IN WORKING IN CONSTRUCTION?
CALL IN & MEET GRANGEGORMAN CONTRACTORS WHO ARE HIRING
The ‘Meet the Contractor’ event is organised by the Grangegorman Labour and Learning Forum (GLLF), Sisk FCC and the Grangegorman Development Agency with participation from Grangegorman Development contractors, the Dublin North West Area Partnership, DEASP/Intreo, TU Dublin Access to Apprenticeship, and the Construction Industry Federation. The event takes place on Wednesday, February 27th next between 9am and 12noon in St. Laurence’s Church on the Grangegorman Campus. The aim of the ‘Meet the Contractor’ event is to bring people from the North West Inner City and surrounding communities interested in working in construction together with contractors on the Grangegorman Development who are hiring. This is an informal event and all are welcome, whether unemployed or in employment. There’s no need to register – anyone interested is invited to just drop in for a cup of tea and a chat. In addition to hiring contractors, there will be advice and support on CVs/job applications/interviews, social welfare information, details of the TU Dublin free Access to Apprenticeship programme, updates on the Grangegorman Development, and information on the wider construction sector plus free refreshments. So, whether you are interested in working on site or simply eager to hear more about the works taking place on site, please call in if you can.
PUBLIC LIGHTING REVIEW
Residents in Sean O’Casey Avenue spoke at the last two policing forum meetings about the need to rectify and ultimately improve the quality of public lighting on Sean O’Casey Avenue. At this month’s North Inner City Area Committee meeting, I asked the Executive Engineer of the Council’s Public Lighting and Electrical Services Division to complete these works. I confirm to you that the Public Lighting Division will examine the lighting on Sean O’Casey Avenue and any improvements considered necessary will be added to a future lighting project. Separately, Council officials have confirmed that they carry out routine maintenance on the existing lights. Some of the lamps in the
existing lights are due to be replaced and I am arranging for this to be carried out as soon as possible.
SEAN O’CASEY AVENUE WEEDING
At this month’s North Inner City Area Committee meeting of Dublin City Council I asked that the Council arrange for the stone setts in Sean O’Casey Avenue to be weeded as the appearance of the public realm is not acceptable. I am happy to note that these works have been undertaken but as highlighted at the Policing meeting last Wednesday evening there is still some weeding left to be completed. I am arranging for the rest of these works to be carried out as quickly as possible.
SEAN O’CASEY AVENUE RAILINGS
The North Inner City Area Committee, of which I chaired for twelve months has agreed to allocate €5,000 in funding to enhance the railings in Sean O’Casey Avenue. Residents at both recent policing meetings and separately in conversations with me have stated their strong preference for the railings to be replaced with a permanent wall. Therefore, given that I and my Council colleagues have agreed to provide money for the railings, I am arranging for the Area Manager to meet with local residents to discuss how their preference for the construction of a permanent wall as opposed to retaining or upgrading the railings. As and when that meeting is confirmed, I will share those details with residents. If you like to attend, please email me at RayMcAdam@gmail.com or text me with your name and address to 086 847 1720.
COMMUNITY GRANTS 2019
I am happy to report that €41,125 worth of Community Grants will be made to projects and organizations across the North Inner City. These grants are designed to provide assistance to local areas and help support community development projects. Local groups set to benefit from these Grants in 2019 including The Five Lamps Arts Festival, North William Street Parents’ Group, James Larkin Community Group. Full details will be available on http://www.RayMcAdam.com from Monday.
DRAFT DUBLIN CITY COUNCIL PARKING BYE LAWS 2019
Councillors agreed at the February City Council meeting to initiate a public consultation on the draft Parking Bye Laws for 2019. The proposed amendments include:
• Fees for Pay and Display Parking
As the current charging structure hasn’t been reviewed since October 2008, it is proposed to increase the charges in the Yellow Zone (Monday to Saturday) to €3.20/hour and in the Red Zone to €2.70/hour. This is an increase of 9% and 11% respectively. To encourage motorists to use the Parking Tag App, it is proposed to only increase the Yellow Zone Charge to €3.10/hour and the Red Zone Charge to €2.60/hour for Parking Tag users. It is also proposed to introduce a charge for Coach Parking in the City, in designated Coach Parking Bays. This rate is to be set at €9 per hour. All other charges will remain unchanged.
• Permit Quota for converted houses
It is proposed to lower the quota for dwellings not formally in multiple units to 1 permit per premises.
• Display of Residents Parking Permits and Visitors Permits
It is proposed to include for, when the technology allows, a virtual parking permit system for Residential and Visitors Permits.
• Drawing of Tariff Zones
It is proposed to widen certain boundaries of the Green, Red and Yellow Zone to reflect the change in demand in these areas.
Submissions should be made in writing to Mr. Dermot Stevenson, Parking Enforcement Officer, Environment and Transportation Department, Block 2, Floor 6, Civic Offices, Fishamble Street, Dublin 8. The deadline for submissions to be received by Dublin City Council is Friday, March 22nd at 4.30pm.
Fine Gael Councillor - North Inner City
Leader, Fine Gael, Dublin City Council
Chair, Urban Form & Planning Strategic Policy Committee