Further to the recent introduction of the traffic trial at Grangegorman part of the City Council’s Covid Mobility measures, I want to share an update from Tuesday’s meeting of the Dublin Central Area Committee, which discussed the matter.
The Area Committee, which lasted almost four and a quarter hours, considered the request of some residents in the area, against the trial becoming permanent, suggested that the trial period be extended so that the trial incorporates the period that local schools return after the extended break due to the Covid-19 pandemic. After much consideration, the Area Committee, comprising all local Councillors agreed to extend the trial until September 28th next. The Area Committee further resolved that at our September meeting on September 8th will decide whether to end the trial, amend it or to extend it for a further period.
In the debate that took place on Tuesday, I expressed my annoyance at the way Dublin City Council communicated to the local community about the trial and when it was due to begin. That view was shared by Councillors of all political colours and none.
I know that there are those who are strongly opposed to this measure, as there are those who are equally in favour. I, as your local Councillor will continue to engage with everyone who has a view on the matter and to answer questions that you may have as well as ensuring that your views are heard by the Council team overseeing this trial.
Prior to the compilation of the agenda for the September meeting of the Dublin Central Area Committee, I will be seeking from officials items that I will want to see detailed in the report on the Grangegorman trial, including traffic counts on surrounding streets, potential amendments that could be introduced, alternatives that could be utilised, footfall numbers, possible changes to the management of traffic light junctions nearby among others. If there are items or suggestions that you would like me to seek of the Council Executive, please email me at RayMcAdam@gmail.com and I will endeavour to ensure they are included.
It had been intended that a document would be circulated locally, detailing the decision of the Area Committee and that Councillors would hold off commenting publicly. However, one of my colleagues has seen fit to breach that agreement and therefore, I felt, as your local Councillor to update you on the outcome of our deliberations at Tuesday’s meeting.
Finally, please do not hesitate to make contact with me if you have any questions or queries arising from the above.
Fine Gael Councillor - North Inner City
Leader, Fine Gael, Dublin City Council
Chair, Urban Form & Planning Strategic Policy Committee