Local Minister, Paschal Donohoe T.D. secured funding of €1.5m in Budget 2016 for the expansion of Dublin Bikes to Grangegorman. Since this money was allocated, I have been working to ensure 15 new bike stations are put in place and 100 new Dublin Bikes provided.
The works associated with the expansion will consist of civil works, electrical connections, ancillary health & safety station infrastructure, etc as well as the supply and installation of cycle stands and a terminal for each of the 15 bike stations. Bike station infrastructure is under manufacture and I can confirm that these 15 new Bike Stations will be installed across May and June. The expanded Dublin Bikes network in Grangegorman will be fully operational shortly thereafter.
The new Dublin Bike Stations will be located at:
• two at Grangegorman Lower,
• the junction of Grangegorman Upper and Rathdown Road,
• the entrance of the campus along the North Circular Road,
• Rathdown Road,
• Rosemount Road,
• Charleville Road
• and at Hanlon’s Corner among others.
Residents from East Wall and across the North Strand have been in touch with myself and Minister Paschal Donohoe expressing their concern about the new traffic management system in operation at the junction of Ossory Road and the North Strand Road.
These concerns have centred on the narrowness of the entrance to Ossory Road and the closeness of waiting vehicles to the newly installed Traffic Lights. Dublin City Council Engineers have now confirmed to me that the remaining construction works associated with the Newcomen Bridge Cycle Project are expected to be completed by the end of this month. Before works are officially ‘signed-off’ on, a Stage 3 Road Safety Audit will be undertaken on site. The audit will identify any potential safety hazards which may affect any type of road user and suggest measures to eliminate or mitigate those problems.
As a local Councillor, I will be liaising with the Engineers in the Transportation Department of Dublin City Council to ensure that all necessary measures are implemented to address any road safety issues identified through the Road Safety Audit.
LOCATION OF PLANNING APPLICATION:
Phibsborough Shopping Centre and 345-349 North Circular Road, Dublin 7.
Gardaí investigating the burning of a vehicle in Stoneybatter on Tuesday night have provided me with a report into the lines of inquiry currently being pursued by local officers. Door to door inquiries are being undertaken as well as inquiries with petrol stations close to the area. Where CCTV is available that is being reviewed to see if any person(s) bought cans of petrol in the hours prior to the incident occurring. Gardaí in the Bridewell will keep me, as Chairman of the Dublin Central Policing District, updated of further developments. In addition to this, I will be highlighting the need for Dublin City Council to carry out some public realm improvements to protect and secure our local community. I will report back on this, following the Dublin Central Area Committee meeting next Tuesday.
FINE GAEL GOVERNMENT ADVANCES O’DEVANEY GARDENS REDEVELOPMENT
Last December, I along with Minister Paschal Donohoe and Simon Coveney announced that our Fine Gael Government was investing almost €18m in the redevelopment of O’Devaney Gardens. This money will enable the first phase of a mixed tenure development which has been the subject of discussions between Ministers Coveney, Donohoe, myself and other Councillors to secure 30% social, 20% affordable and 50% private development of these lands of 584 homes altogether. Two processes in parallel are now being advanced by Dublin City Council in order to advance the building of these new homes. Firstly, in terms of moving forward with the €17.8m funding provided by our Fine Gael Government to build the first 56 social housing units, tenders to be issued in May. All going to plan, a contractor should then be selected and on site by the second half of 2017. With regards to the remainder of the lands on O’Devaney Gardens, the Housing Department of Dublin City Council expects to publicly advertise its intentions shortly to gain the interest of contractors and developers. This will guide how quickly the Council can move forward on developing the remainder of the site. Dublin City Council has also established a Community Consultative Forum, which I co-Chair. The purpose of the Forum is to serve as a mechanism to ensure the community is kept up to date on the progress of the redevelopment but also to work with the various contractors and City Council officials to help contribute to and shape the redevelopment.
Despite articles to contrary, I support enhanced cycling facilities and better infrastructure for cyclists. That is why I have been very supportive of advancing the new pedestrian and cycle bridge at Newcomen Bride and the proposed cycle and pedestrian pathway along the Royal Canal.