ARBOUR HILL TRAFFIC IMPROVEMENT SCHEME
I can confirm that construction work will begin on the Arbour Hill Traffic Improvement Scheme in April 2019. The Roads Department of Dublin City Council will undertake further investigative trial holes between now and the middle of March with the major construction phase including the delivery of new footpaths starting in April. This will mark a culmination of work that I along with local residents have been undertaking to improve road safety for everyone living in the Arbour Hill area.
WHERE STANDS THE LIFFEY CYCLE ROUTE?
Dublin City Council has not received a recommendation from the National Transport Authority regarding the Liffey Cycle Route. Officials in the Transportation Department have advised me that a recommendation is anticipated no later than the end of March 2019. As and when that recommendation is shared with Councillors, I will ensure that those details are circulated locally for your consideration and feedback.
BUSCONNECTS PUBLIC CONSULTATION EXTENDED
I attended last week’s Stoneybatter Forum in the Ashling Hotel, organised by the National Transport Authority (NTA), to discuss the proposed Blanchardstown Core Bus Corridor. At that meeting, NTA officials confirmed that due to the pending publication of the Ballymun Core Bus Corridor and how that will impact the north-west inner city, my request to extend the Public Consultation on the bus corridor affecting Stoneybatter. They have confirmed that submissions can now be made up until Friday, March 29th next. BusConnects.ie has been updated to reflect this consultation extension.
STONEYBATTER 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 Stoneybatter based groups set to benefit from these Grants in 2019 including Pride of Place Stoneybatter, Aosog, Aughrim Street Residents Association, CARA RA, Drumalee Court Arts & Craft, Kirwan Street & Cottages Residents Association, Palatine Square Residents Association and St. Gabriel’s National School. Full details will be available on http://www.RayMcAdam.com from Monday.
IMPROVING PEDESTRIAN SAFETY AT STONEYBATTER JUNCTION
In recent weeks, Stoneybatter residents have been getting in touch with me on social media and by email highlighting their concerns about pedestrian safety at the Junction of Blackhall Place and North King Street, Dublin 7. Therefore, I arranged for engineers to examine the sequencing of the traffic lights at this junction and determine whether an additional road safety audit is required due to near accidents. This junction has been inspected by a DCC traffic officer. The delay before the green signal is shown for pedestrians has been increased by 2 seconds to allow more time for cars to clear the crossing before pedestrians begin to walk. At this junction there are 3 signal heads (1 primary & 2 secondary heads) for vehicles approaching from Stoneybatter, which clearly show a red signal to approaching traffic. Issues with motorists driving through red signals are an enforcement issue for An Garda Síochána. DCC has asked the Gardaí to increase enforcement at this junction. Both the Area Engineer and the Traffic Officer have suggested that a road safety audit is not an appropriate measure in this case. Road safety audits are only undertaken by DCC after there have been major civils works at a location. Do you use this junction frequently? If so, please send me your feedback on the sequencing changes introduced and let know if think they are having a positive impact or not.
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.
ACCESS TO APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAMME
The Access to Apprenticeship Programme is aimed at young men and women aged 16 to 24 living in Dublin who experience social and economic barriers. The Programme provides an opportunity for young people to;
• Sample a range of apprenticeships in; Construction, Engineering, Electrical, Motor and Aviation industries
• Prepare their CV and interview skill
• Undertake two weeks work experience
• Health & Safety and Safe Pass Certificate
• It is a 12 week full time course commencing in April 2019.
The purpose of the programme is to progress young people into apprenticeships. The closing date for applications is Friday the 8th of March 2019 at 1p.m. I strongly recommend starting the application as soon as possible as it could take some time to get the required documentation together. Once applications are completed please send them to;
• Therese Fitzgerald, Programme Officer Access to Apprenticeship, TU Dublin Bolton St (Formerly DIT Bolton St), Dublin 1, D01 K822.
For anyone interested in future intakes you can register your interest by following this link: http://www.dit.ie/colleges/collegeofengineeringbuiltenvironment/accesstoapprenticeship/
If you have any queries re the Access to Apprenticeship Programme or the application form please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or ring (089) 219 3691.
CLIMATE CHANGE ACTION FOR DUBLIN
Dublin’s four local authorities have joined together to develop Climate Change Action Plans 2019-2024, which outline the actions they will take in response to the climate change challenges facing Dublin. Each Dublin Local Authority has developed a detailed plan outlining the actions they will take in mitigating and adapting to the effects of climate change. Dublin City Council’s Climate Change Action Plan identifies the main climate risks facing Dublin City and both the council’s and the city’s current levels of greenhouse gas emissions. It also outlines all the actions that are ongoing or planned within the council and these are grouped under five key areas – Energy & Buildings, Transport, Flood Resilience, Nature-Based Solutions, and Resource Management that collectively address the four targets of this plan:
• A 33% improvement in the Council’s energy efficiency by 2020
• A 40% reduction in the Council’s greenhouse gas emissions by 2030
• To make Dublin a climate resilient region, by reducing the impacts of future climate change-related events
• To actively engage and inform citizens on climate change
You can have your say on the City Council’s Climate Change Action Plan by making a submission online via http://www.dublinclimatechange.ie, by email at email@example.com or by writing to Executive Manager, Environment and Transportation Department, Dublin City Council, Block 2, Floor 6, Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8. The closing date for receipt of submissions is Monday 25th March 2019.
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.
DRAFT OXMANTOWN ROAD TRAFFIC IMPROVEMENT SCHEME
I circulated details of the draft Traffic Improvement Scheme for Oxmantown Road to householders in the past few days. If you would like a copy of the proposals, please email me at RayMcAdam@gmail.com. Alternatively, you find full details of the measures included in the draft scheme at http://www.RayMcAdam.com. I’d welcome your feedback.
Fine Gael Councillor - North Inner City
Leader, Fine Gael, Dublin City Council
Chair, Urban Form & Planning Strategic Policy Committee