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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STONEYBATTER ROAD RE-SURFACING WORKS

Further to my updates earlier this year, I want to advise you that Dublin City Council will be carrying out the re-surfacing of Kirwan Street Cottages and Sitric Road in the coming weeks.

The re-surfacing works are taking place on foot of further I secured this year to continue the rolling programme of road improvements across Stoneybatter since 2015.

These works will result in the temporary closure of streets to enable the re-surfacing works to take place. Prior to their beginning, Dublin City Council or the Contractor selected to complete the re-surfacing, will communicate with households as to temporary parking arrangements for the duration of the works period.

KIRWAN STREET COTTAGES & SITRIC ROAD:
The Roads Maintenance Department of Dublin City Council envisages that the re-surfacing of both streets will take place at the end of August and across the first week of September.

Dublin City Council will finalise the selection of a contractor by early August, after which the relevant Temporary Road Closure orders will be sought.

I hope this information is of assistance to you. However, if you have any questions or queries arising from the details provided, please contact me at raymcadam@gmail.com.

As your LOCAL Stoneybatter Councillor, I work to keep you updated of issues and matters taking place in the area.

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Major investment in sport in the North Inner City over the next decade

Participation in sport and physical activity across the North Inner City is set to vastly increase across all age groups, a Fine Gael Councillor has said.

Fine Gael’s City Council Leader, Ray McAdam said for the next decade, the Government has set ambitious targets, as part of the National Sports Policy 2018 -2027, which will greatly benefit communities across the North Inner City including:

• Sharing of sports facilities between clubs will be prioritised for funding
• Sports Capital Programme to be run annually
• Immediate acceleration of Women in Sports Programme
• Multi-sport, multi-use facilities will also be prioritised
• A commitment to double State investment in sport from €111m in 2018 to €220m in 2027

Councillor McAdam said: “This National Sports Policy will prove to be a roadmap for sports across over the next ten years. It has three high-level goals. These are increased participation in sport and physical activity, more excellence from our high performance athletes and improved capacity of National Governing Bodies (NGBs) and Local Sports Partnerships (LSPs) to deliver sport and physical activity programmes.

“One of the main targets for achievement by the State by 2027 is to have overall participation in sport and physical activity to rise from 43% to 50% of the country’s population (an extra 250,000 people).

“In simple terms, this will mean more people, of all ages, taking part in sporting activities across the North Inner City. This can only be good for people in terms of their health (physical and mental) and wellbeing and will boost community spirit across the North inner City. Physical inactivity costs the taxpayers an estimated €1.5bn a year.

“We are very proud of our sporting traditions and successes in the North City Council, with the likes of Kelly Harrington, Pierce O’Leary, Wes Hoolihan representing Ireland at various levels, not to mention being home to Croke Park and Sheriff YC, the most successful junior soccer club in the country. Any bid, supported by the necessary State funds, to achieve future worldwide success at major events for athletes representing their country could result in the next Sonia O’Sullivan, Robert Heffernan, Jonny Sexton or Katie Taylor emerging from one of our communities.

“There is now a drive to match high performance funding with comparator nations like New Zealand and achieve more medals at international events through increased funding.

“In the near future, there will be an immediately acceleration of Women in Sport Programme with a double annual funding provision to €2m. The plan includes that all 65 NGBs, all 29 LSPs and around 12,000 sports clubs nationwide, including all clubs here in the North Inner City will adopt the governance code for community, voluntary and charity (CVC) sector.”

“I’ll be continuing to work with my government colleagues, Ministers Shane Ross and Brendan Griffin, to ensure that the sporting communities of the North Inner City are adequately catered for,” Councillor McAdam said.

Minister Griffin outlined the ambitions of the Government’s National Sports Policy 2018–2027 to significantly improve the sporting landscape in this country: “The benefits of sport and physical activity to our population are clear and sport is a valuable asset to communities across the country.

“The availability of quality sports facilities is key to raising standards and Government investment in recent years at the National Sports Campus and throughout the country is proof of our commitment to sustaining this investment to our sporting infrastructure.”

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NORTH STRAND ROAD RE-SURFACING WORKS

Dublin City Council will be carrying out the re-surfacing of Waterloo Avenue in the coming weeks.

These works will result in the temporary closure of streets to enable the re-surfacing works to take place. Prior to their beginning, Dublin City Council or the Contractor selected to complete the re-surfacing, will communicate with households as to temporary parking arrangements for the duration of the works period.

WATERLOO AVENUE:
The Roads Maintenance Department of Dublin City Council envisages that the re-surfacing of the avenue will take place at the end of August and across the first week of September.

Dublin City Council will finalise the selection of a contractor by early August, after which the relevant Temporary Road Closure orders will be sought.

I hope this information is of assistance to you. However, if you have any questions or queries arising from the details provided, please contact me at raymcadam@gmail.com.

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NORTH WALL MATTERS

 

As you know the Government, through the North East Inner City Taskforce, has provided the funding for a new and improved play area to be built for local children. Consultation took place with local kids as what they would like to see included in the play area and Dublin City Council has now selected The Children’s Playground Co. Ltd to carry out the installation works.

The new play area will feature:

• Curved water run
• 2-Fold Bars
• Waterwheel
• Leap Frog
• Floating Balancing Beam
• Swing with Basket
• Swing 2 Cradle seats
• Swing with 4 flat seats
• A covered Sand-play table

 

I know that it has taken somewhat longer than I would have liked for works to begin. However, they are now starting and it is envisaged that they will take three weeks to complete. I hope this information is of assistance to you. However, if you have any questions or queries arising from the details provided, please contact me at raymcadam@gmail.com.

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O’DEVANEY GARDENS – PROGRESS REPORT

WHAT IS THE CURRENT PLANNING STATUS OF THE O’DEVANEY GARDENS REDEVELOPMENT?
In 2010, Dublin City Council submitted a Planning Application seeking permission for the construction of 110 homes on the site formerly occupied by the recently demolished flats. Planning permission was finally granted by An Bord Pleanala for this part of the redevelopment in 2011. 50 homes are to be privately owned with the remainder being social or public housing. In total, the following mix will apply:

• 31x 2 storey terrace houses
• 25x 3 storey terrace houses
 13x 2 bedroom units
 34x 3 bedroom units
 9x 4 bedroom units
• 41x apartments in 4 storey blocks
 9x 1 bedroom units
 25x 2 bedroom units
 7x 3 bedroom units
• 7x 2 storey duplex units
• 6x 1 bedroom live work units.

FUNDING CONSTRUCTION OF PUBLIC HOUSING
In December 2016, local T.D. and Minister for Finance, Public Expenditure & Reform, Paschal Donohoe announced on behalf of the Government funding of €17.8m to allow construction begin on the first 56 public homes on the O’Devaney Gardens lands. In total €20.6m has now been provided by Government which has enabled the City Council to begin the tendering and procurement of a contractor to start work on these new homes. In recent weeks, Dublin City Council agreed contracts with CAREYS CONSTRUCTION Ltd to construct the first 56 homes on the vacant lands in O’Devaney Gardens bordered by Findlater Street and the North Circular Road. Careys Construction Ltd will begin work almost immediately with dilapidation surveys of homes closest to the construction site, so as to ensure in the event of damage occurring due to the building work, it can be measured.

LOCAL INFORMATION EVENING – JULY 3rd, ASHLING HOTEL
Prior to works beginning, the O’Devaney Gardens Consultative Forum, of which I am a Chair, have organised an Information Evening to provide local residents with information about the scale and duration of these initial works but also on what is planned for on the rest of the O’Devaney Gardens lands. You are therefore invited to attend this Information Evening in the Phoenix Suite of the Ashling Hotel from 7pm on TUESDAY JULY 3rd next.

WHAT IS PLANNED FOR THE REST OF THE O’DEVANEY GARDENS LANDS?
In January 2017, Dublin City Councillors agreed to revise the 2010 Master Plan which had set out how the O’Devaney Gardens lands would be developed by the Council in partnership with Government. The changes agreed by a majority of Councillors representing a variety of political parties and independents include:
• Building in total 584 homes, of which 50% will be owner-occupier, 30% public housing with the remaining 20%, a mix of affordable purchase and rental.
• The redevelopment will take place in partnership through the establishment of a Development Agreement between Dublin City Council, Government and a Private Developer or Developers.

Dublin City Council has since established a Public Procurement Process that is being used to ascertain the level of interest from private developers and contractors to build and fund this redevelopment. To date, five separate developers have been engaging with the City Council’s process and continue to do so. Over the next three to four months, the City Council will engage with each of the interested developers to flesh out proposals as how best to ensure the redevelopment is advanced in line with the changes made to the Master Plan by City Councillors in January 2017. As the Chairman of the most recent O’Devaney Gardens Consultative Forum meeting, it is anticipated that a Final Tender agreement between Dublin City Council and the preferred developer will be in place by the end of this year.

HOW YOU WILL HAVE A CHANCE TO HAVE YOUR SAY!
Once that tender has been agreed, the developer will be responsible for finalising a planning application that will be submitted directly to An Bord Pleanala for permission. Before that application is lodged, the Consultative Forum will meet with the developer to discuss and examine the draft planning application and as your local Councillor and a Chair of the Consultative Forum, I want to assure you that any application will ensure that this redevelopment does not take place in isolation from the rest of Stoneybatter, Infirmary Road, Arbour Hill and Montpelier. Therefore, many opportunities for local consultation and public engagement will be arranged so that local residents will have an opportunity to have their say in what is being planned, well in advance of a planning application being lodged.

TURNING OF THE FIRST SOD – COME ALONG!
The collapse of the O’Devaney Gardens Public Private Partnership in 2008 marked the beginning of our economic collapse as a country. Now, after many years of work between residents in O’Devaney Gardens, across Stoneybatter, Infirmary Road, Montpelier, Councillors, officials and Government, we are at a stage where construction of new housing in O’Devaney is beginning. Almost 600 homes will be built in a mix of public and private, houses and apartments as well as community, retail and recreation facilities in the lands just off Infirmary Road. To mark the beginning of construction, the first sod will be turned by An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar T.D. along with the Lord Mayor, myself, Minister Donohoe and others on Wednesday, July 4th. If you are free to attend, please come along! I have always said that the redevelopment of the O’Devaney Gardens lands must not take in isolation from the rest of Stoneybatter, Arbour Hill, Infirmary Road and Montpelier because the building of almost 600 homes will have an effect on us all. As a local resident and your LOCAL Councillor, I will work to keep you fully updated of developments on the lands but also how it is through the Rebuilding Ireland Home Loans or Dublin City Council that you or your family member may one day be able to live in homes built there.

DO YOU REQUIRE FURTHER INFORMATION?
If you require any additional information or clarification on the works planned on the O’Devaney Gardens lands or have any questions about the details outlined above, please come back to me and I will endeavour to answer any enquiries that you may have.

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