RAILWAY STREET HOUSING & PLANNING MATTERS (4265/18)

I write to make you aware of a planning application that has been submitted to Dublin City Council by CIRCLE HOUSING to build new homes on the currently vacant site on Railway Street.

Given the need for more homes to be built and ensuring that you know what housing projects are being advanced through the planning process, I wanted to make sure, as your LOCAL Councillor, that you had all the information available about the details of this planning application.

LOCATION OF PLANNING APPLICATION:

Railway Street, Dublin 1.

KEY ASPECTS OF THE PLANNING APPLICATION:

– Construction of a four to seven storey housing complex.

– 47 new homes to be provided, comprising:

o 10x 3 Bedroom Apartments (five of which, are duplex)
o 27x 2 Bedroom Apartments
o 10x 1 Bedroom Apartments

– Community meeting room and ancillary spaces to be provided at ground floor level.

– 21x Car-Parking spaces to be provided, which will be accessed from the existing entrance on Railway Street.

– Communal open space and landscaped areas to be provided.

– 52x Bicycle Parking spaces.

– ESB substation, estate signage, site perimeter boundary treatment, plant and all associated ancillary site development works and services.

PLANNING APPLICATION REFERENCE NUMBER:
The Reference Number for this Planning Application is 4265/18.

This planning application was lodged on October 25th last. Should you wish to see the full application it is available online at http://www.DublinCity.ie.

Anyone can lodge an observation on the planning application. If you decide to make an observation, it must be lodged in writing and sent to the Planning Department, Dublin City Council, Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 2 inclusive of the €20 fee before November 28th 2018.

PLANNING APPLICATION INFORMATION MEETING:
I can arrange a briefing for local residents with officials in the Planning Department of the City Council to outline the particulars of this planning application. If you would be interested in attending such a briefing, please let me know.

SECURE AN UPDATE ON YOUR HOUSING APPLICATION:
Dublin City Council Housing applicants can now check the status of their application online at http://www.DublinCity.ie/HousingOnline. Alternatively, as a member of the Council’s Housing Committee, I can secure an update on your behalf. Simply email me at RayMcAdam@gmail.com.

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Street Legends – Community Street Football

The Draw for the European Championships (Euro 2020) Qualifiers takes place on the 2nd of December in the National Convention Centre.

As part of the lead up to the draw, a series of street legend events will take place in the local community. There will be loads of fun football activities on at each event.

The events that will take place will be at the following venues, dates and times;
· Little Brittan Street , Wednesday, 28th November (5-8pm)
· Mountjoy Square South, Thursday, 29th November (5-8 pm)
· Commons Street, Saturday, 1st December (3-6pm)

These are free community events and are aimed at attracting the local communities of the North Inner City and beyond. The nights are very much family focused, so please spread the word and drop down to the events.

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ARBOUR HILL TRAFFIC IMPROVEMENT SCHEME — THE NEXT STEPS

As you know, I undertook an extensive consultation initiative across late September and early September to gauge your views and feedback on what the City Council envisages as being an effective plan to reduce vehicular speeds along Arbour Hill. So many of you came back to me sharing your thoughts, offering your opinions and assessment on the measures included in the draft Traffic Improvement Scheme for Arbour Hill. For that, I wish to thank you but because of the volume of emails, texts and Facebook messages I received, it has taken a little longer than expected to update you as to how we progress the Improvement Scheme from here.

I have been liaising with the Local Traffic Engineer in the Transportation Department of Dublin City Council to analyse your feedback and what changes or clarification is required prior to the scheme being finalised.

I am happy to report to you that Dublin City Council is advancing the tendering stage of this project and I expect that contractors will be appointed to complete the works in the coming weeks. However, due to the Garda Operation Freeflow beginning on November 28th next, it is likely that the construction work associated with the Traffic Improvement Scheme will take place until after Christmas.

Finally, I have compiled a further short questions & answers document which address the variety of questions, queries and issues raised during the consultative initiative earlier in the autumn for your information.

ARBOUR HILL TRAFFIC IMPROVEMENT SCHEME

ANSWERING YOUR QUESTIONS….

 

1. Will the footpath extend along Temple Street West?

Yes. The footpath will extend from the Museum entrance on Arbour Hill to Temple Street West and tie-in with the existing footpath.

2. Will there be some form of pedestrian crossing linking the north and south sides of Arbour Hill?

Yes. An uncontrolled pedestrian crossing will be installed near the Arbour Hill / Cavalry Row junction to facilitate north to south pedestrian movements.

In addition, a buildout will be installed on north side of Arbour Hill at the existing pedestrian crossing point near the Museum Entrance. This will slow traffic and reduce the distance pedestrians need to cross the road.

3. How wide will the footpath be?

The footpath will be a minimum of 1.8 meters wide. According to the Design Manual for Urban Roads and Streets (DMURS), this is the minimum recommended footpath width for two wheelchairs to pass by each other.

4. Will there be cycle lanes?

Yes. There will be advisory cycle lanes on both sides of the road.

5. What types of trees will be planted?

Dublin City Council’s Parks Department will select the most suitable tree species depending on their suitability to setting, biodiversity value and visual appearance.

6. Will the existing cobblestones be retained?

The existing cobblestones have been incorporated into the detailed design and are likely to be retained in their current position.

7. Other traffic issues were raised, how and when will they be addressed?

The other traffic issues that were highlighted but not related to the scheme have been forwarded to the Traffic Advisory Group, which will present recommendations on each to the North Inner City Area Committee.

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Emmet Street / Great Charles Street Policing Matters – November 2018

Residents and householders on both streets highlighted to me problems with repeated incidents of anti-social behaviour. It was made clear to me that homes were being targeted by youths and that bangers and fireworks were being dumped through letterboxes and into local homes. Following my being made aware of the situation, I organised a meeting for residents with the Chief Superintendent in Mountjoy Garda Station prior to the recent Bank Holiday weekend. The key outcomes of the meeting include:

– A commitment by Chief Superintendent Dan Flavin to put in place a targeted Policing Operation to identify those responsible for this repeated anti-social and criminal behaviour.
Inspector Mulligan has been tasked with overseeing this operation that will see both uniformed and plain clothes officers policing the area to tackle the problems residents have been experiencing.

The Chief Superintendent requested that any and all incidents of anti-social behaviour continue to be reported to Mountjoy Garda Station. You can report these incidents by:

– EMAIL:  DMR.NorthCentral.Community@Garda.ie

– PHONE: 01 666 8600

As your LOCAL Councillor but also as Chairperson of the Dublin Central Policing Committee, I would ask you to include me in any email reporting of incidents. My email address is RayMcAdam@gmail.com. I ask you to do this so that I can effectively monitor the situation but also to ensure that the Gardaí in Mountjoy continue to put the resources and personnel into policing the area visibly and deal with the problem in the most effective way possible.

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Lisburn Street Planning Matters – November 2018

HSE lodge planning application for Health Centre at the corner of Lisburn Street and Coleraine Street.

LOCATION OF PLANNING APPLICATION:

HSE, Lisburn Street, Dublin 7 (Junction of Coleraine Street)

KEY POINTS OF PLANNING APPLICATION:

⁃ Demolition of the existing two single storey structures.

⁃ Restoration and repair of the existing building

⁃ Construction of two single storey extensions containing;

⁃ Shower and WC facilities at the rear,

⁃ Enlarging of an existing window for use as a new entrance door onto Coleraine Street,

⁃ and associated site works.

PLANNING REFERENCE NUMBER:

The Planning Reference Number for this application is 4238/18.

This planning application was lodged on October 24th 2018. Should you wish to see the full application it is available online at http://www.dublincity.ie.

Any resident or concerned third party can lodged an observation on the planning application. Any submission should be lodged in writing and sent to the Planning Department, Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 2 inclusive of the €20 fee before November 27th 2018.

I am arranging a briefing for local residents with officials in the Planning Department of the City Council to outline the particulars of this planning application. If you would be interested in attending such a briefing, please let me know.

If you or your family have any questions or queries arising from the details provided above, please contact me at raymcadam@gmail.com.

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Pensions Reform Plan: Have your say

Since Regina Doherty T.D. was appointed Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection, she identified that two-thirds of all private sector employees in this country have no workplace pension and are not saving for their retirement.

This means that many of these people will see an unwanted drop in their living standards when they retire. This paper is about introducing an Automatic Enrolment (AE) retirement savings system into workplaces to address this issue. When completed, this will be the largest reform of our pensions system in the history of the state.

An important part of this plan is the feedback obtained from people. So, please take 5 minutes to examine the full proposal which is available at https://www.welfare.ie/en/downloads/Automatic_Enrolment_Strawman_Proposal.pdf

Minister Doherty and her Department ask that any feedback, observations or queries should be submitted by 4th November 2018 and should be forwarded by email to autoenrolment@welfare.ie. Minister Doherty has confirmed to me that all submissions will be acknowledged.

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O’DEVANEY GARDENS CONSULTATIVE WORKSHOP

  • LIFFEY SUITE, ASHLING HOTEL
  • Wednesday, 24th October from 6pm.
  • Ensuring that the redevelopment of O’Devaney Gardens is advanced and that new homes and better community services and space provided has been a key priority of mine since you first elected me to Dublin City Council in 2009.

    That work is now well underway but before final plans are advanced to An Bord Pleanala, the Community Consultative Forum, which I am a Co-Chairman, has organised a Community Consultative Workshop to update you on the works ongoing but to enable a conversation take place about how the final redevelopment will look, feel and how we ensure that our community has the services, amenities and facilities it needs to flourish even more.

    Therefore, I write to invite you to attend this Workshop next Wednesday, October 24th from 6pm in the LIFFEY SUITE of the ASHLING HOTEL on Parkgate Street.

    CONSTRUCTION WORK PROGRESS

    Demolition on the remaining two blocks of the original flats in O’Devaney Gardens is nearing completion. Construction work is well underway in delivering the first 56 new Public Homes with the laying of foundations nearly completed. Actual building work has started on these new homes with the contractor completing extensive drainage infrastructure works, diverting utility services and finalizing the realignment of the public road. An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar T.D. visited O’Devaney in recent days where I along with our local Minster, Paschal Donohoe T.D. showed him the progress that is currently being made on site.

    ADVANCING THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE REMAINING O’DEVANEY GARDENS LANDS

    The Special Housing Delivery Team in Dublin City Council is continuing with the Competitive Dialogue Procurement Process to select a Contractor / Developer, who will be responsible for building the remaining 640 homes in line with the Revised Master Plan, agreed by Dublin City Council in January 2017. Currently, three candidates remain in contention. Prior, however to the City Council beginning the final phase of this Procurement Process, the Consultative Forum, of which I am a Co-Chairman, is hosting a Community Consultative Workshop so that local views and opinions can be included in the criteria being prepared to begin that final phase of the Procurement Process next month.

    INVITATION TO COMMUNITY CONSULTATIVE WORKSHOP

    As one of the Community Consultative Forum Chairs, I ask that you come along to our Community Consultative Workshop in the LIFFEY SUITE, ASHLING HOTEL on Wednesday, 24th October 2018. Registration begins at 6pm with the Workshop starting at 7pm. As a resident and your LOCAL Councillor, I have always said that the redevelopment O’Devaney Gardens cannot be allowed to take place in isolation from the rest of Stoneybatter, Infirmary Road, Arbour Hill and Montpelier. That is why I ask you to consider coming along to take part in this consultative process, hear what is happening and how the redevelopment may have an effect on our community.

    WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF OUR COMMUNITY CONSULTATIVE WORKSHOP?

    Our Consultative Forum is seeking to bring together individuals, residents associations, community organizations and key local stakeholders to explore our ideas, hopes, concerns and opportunities that need to be addressed as part of the redevelopment of O’Devaney Gardens.

    Some of the things we intend to discuss on Wednesday, 24th October at our Community Consultative Workshop include:

    Building design of the homes to be provided and the materials to be used as part of that process.

    Planting and landscaping of the redevelopment.

    Future identity of the O’Devaney Gardens lands. 

    Safety during and following the construction works.

    The provision of Community & Recreational facilities. 

    Design of the Park & playground. 

    Availability of car-parking and bicycle parking spaces.

    Phasing of the redevelopment project. 

    Permeability and accessibility of the proposed redevelopment. 

    This is not an exhaustive list and if there are other items that people wish to discuss, the Workshop will facilitate that.

    REGISTERING FOR THE COMMUNITY CONSULTATIVE WORKSHOP

    If you intend coming along next Wednesday, please register at EVENTS.CONNECTTHEDOTS.IE/ODEVANEY. Alternatively, you can let me know you can attend by either:

    TEXTINGATTENDING O’DEVANEY WORKSHOP’ to 086 847 1720 along with your name and address.

    EMAILINGATTENDING O’DEVANEY WORKSHOP’ to RayMcAdam@gmail.com along with your name and address.

    I would ask you to register in advance of the Community Consultative Workshop so that I send can you a brief Questionnaire you can complete PRIOR to Wednesday’s Community Workshop. This is questionnaire is designed so that you can get the most out of the Consultative Workshop as possible but also to assist the Forum in working to ensure your views and suggestions are factored into the final criteria Dublin City Council will use to select the preferred Contractor / Developer to undertake the building of the remaining 640 homes planned for O’Devaney Gardens.

    FURTHER INFORMATION

    Between now and next Wednesday, if you have any questions or queries arising about the details outlined above or indeed, about the workshop itself, please contact me at RayMcAdam@gmail.com. I will endeavour to answer those enquiries as best I can.

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