Archive for the 'Community Issues' Category

Shining a Light on Domestic Violence

 

Last Friday at the Fingal Joint Policing Committee (JPC), we had a significant discussion about the incidents of domestic violence being reported across Fingal. Each of the superintendents for the four districts (Blanchardstown, Swords/Malahide, Howth, Balbriggan) set out the number of offences in 2016 to date, the 2015 comparison, and any specific measures they had introduced to deal with the area.

The availability of these statistics were on foot of a request that I had made earlier in the year that each district would report on their domestic violence figures along with other crime statistics that they present at the quarterly JPC meetings.

The discussion on domestic violence wasn’t specifically on the meeting’s agenda. It flowed naturally from the fact that each superintendent had made comments about the domestic violence stats in their area. This was exactly the outcome I was hoping for when I made the request for the stats to be provided – that we would give a greater public profile to the issue of domestic violence. It is widely understood that this is a significantly under-reported crime. So when victims are brave enough to go to the Gardai, it is important that those of us who are public reps take account of that fact.

In the discussion, we learnt that some districts are now using a Domestic Violence Liaison Officer, who calls back anyone who reported an incident to check up on the situation. A phone service for high risk victims is also being implemented.

The JPC is made up of the Gardai, local councillors and TDs and a number of community representatives. Hopefully, this group can spread the message of the importance of tackling domestic violence across Fingal.

Proposed Traffic Calming measures along the Waterville Distributor Road

Map of proposed traffic calming measures opposite Waterville Park

Map of proposed traffic calming measures opposite Waterville Park

Fingal County Council is bringing forward a proposal for a traffic calming scheme along the Waterville Distributor Road (opposite Waterville Park).

  • Double yellow lining along each side of the road
  • Four uncontrolled pedestrian crossing points at various intervals on the Waterville Distributor Road
  • Appropriate signage and lining where necessary

The location of these can be seen on the map overleaf.

If you would like to make a submission on this proposal, please contact:

Mr. Mick Carroll, Administrative Officer, Operations Department, Fingal County Council, Grove Road, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15.

Alternatively, you can make a submission online here.

The deadline for comments is 4:30pm on Friday 17th June. Feel free to forward me on a copy of your views at rodericogorman@gmail.com

These comments will be discussed at a meeting of the Council later in the summer, where a final decision will be taken as to whether to proceed with the scheme or not.

Road safety measures need to be examined as part of Porterstown Park redevelopment

Fingal is about to embark on a major redevelopment of Porterstown Park in conjunction with the various sports clubs who use the facility. As part of this, I’m calling on the Council to examine measures to improve safety at the road crossing at Porterstown Park.

A number of parents of children who use the various facilities at Porterstown Park have expressed concern about speeding on the Porterstown Road at the entrance to the Park. While there is a pedestrian crossing in place linking the entrance to the Park to Fernleigh estate, the fact that so many kids are crossing back and forth means that this is a high risk area for kids running across the road. As such, I feel we should look at slowing the traffic on this short stretch of the road, from the entrance to Porterstown Church to just past the existing pedestrian crossing.

When I put a question (below) to the Council management about this, they stated that this stretch of road was not suitable for ramps. While I’m happy to work with the Council management at looking at alternative ways of slowing the traffic, I do not think that the existing 60kmph speed limit at this stretch of the road is acceptable. Since the Council is putting a substantial investment in the Park which will increase the number of people using it, we should be taking all measure to make it as safe as possible for the children using it.

I’ll continue to push this issue with Council management as the redevelopment of Porterstown Park continues.

 

Text of response to question regarding speeding on Porterstown Road

 

FINGAL COUNTY COUNCIL

CASTLEKNOCK/MULHUDDART AREA COMMITTEE

(Services A – Operations)

THURSDAY, 25th June 2015

ITEM NO. 18

 

Porterstown Road – Traffic Calming

Question: Councillor R O Gorman

“To ask the Chief Executive in light of the major redevelopment that is being proposed for Porterstown Park, would the Operations Department consider traffic calming along the Porterstown Road along the section between Porterstown Church and the pedestrian crossing between the Park and Fernleigh?”

Reply:

The Porterstown Road is a rural road currently with a speed limit of 60km/hr and is unsuitable for speed ramps.  There is a pedestrian crossing currently at Fernleigh which provides a safe means of crossing to the playing fields.  There are traffic signals at the junction with Porterstown Link Road which create gaps in the traffic along Porterstown Road.  These gaps provide a safe means of egress from the car parks in the vicinity of the playing fields and St. Mochta’s Church.

 

Decision not to allow access road onto Roselawn Glade is welcome

I’m pleased to see the request by Fingal County Council planners to the Roselawn Health Centre to drop plans to create an access and exit route onto Roselawn Glade. The position of the Council was set out in a request for additional information from the Roselawn Heath Centre, following on from its initial planning application.

In March, the Roselawn Health Centre has submitted a planning application for a significant redesign of its buildings. While this is welcome, the plans submitted to Fingal County Council would have allowed for an access and exit route from the Centre onto Roselawn Glade. Currently, the access and exit routes are on the main Roselawn Road.

Residents of Roselawn Glade and Crescent were extremely worried about the proposal, as it would create an entrance on a road with poor visibility and significant parking generated by school drop off and pick up each day at the nearby St Francis Xavier National School. At a recent meeting of the Fingal local area committee, I made these points to the Fingal planners, and asked that in giving permission for the redesign of the building, they omit this new entrance.

I’m delighted to see that the Fingal planners have written to the Health Centre, looking for new plans to be submitted with no entrance or exit onto Roselawn Glade. This will ensure that the redesign of the medical centre can go ahead, but that a dangerous traffic situation for local residents and children attending St Francis Xavier will be avoided.

College Grove: One size fits all approach to parking in estates will not work

 

At the Council meeting on Thursday, we had an extensive debate about the refusal by Fingal County Council to put in place extra double yellow lines in College Grove beside Castleknock village. A significant number of residents from the estate turned up to hear the discussion.

 

There are certain estates that suffer from parking issues not directly related to the estate itself. Portergate in Clonsilla used to have severe parking issues due to Clonsilla train station. Roselawn Road continues to have similar issues, caused by Castleknock Station. And College Grove in Castleknock has a major parking problem due to the fact that it is linked to the large College Wood estate, where insufficient parking was provided by the original developer.

 

In these type of situations, I feel that the Council has to do more to assist residents. As such, I was disappointed by the refusal of Fingal County Council to place extra double yellow lines in College Grove. The Council’s argument is that double yellow lines are solely for safety and are not for traffic management. However, I think this one size fits all approach fails to recognise that certain places, like College Grove, suffer disproportionately badly from non-resident parking and should be given extra support.

Tir na nOg Park – Follow Up

 

Following on from the attack in Tir na nOg Park a few weeks ago, I’ve been working on a number of fronts to improve security in the area.

I previously mentioned that the Council are seriously considering the installation of lighting along the path that runs beside the boundary with CCC. Also, following requests from myself and other councillors, significant cutting back of trees and shrubs has taken place, which will significantly improve visibility in the area.

I also contacted the Gardai regarding security in the park generally. As you see from the response below, extra patrols have been provided in both marked and unmarked cars. The Community Gardai have been liaising with local residents about enhanced security in the area.

I will update further once the lights for Tir na nOg Park are confirmed.

Response – Gardai – Tir na nOg

Serious attack in Tir na nOg Park

 

Over the weekend a serious assault took place on a young woman in Tir na nOg Park, Carpenterstown. I understand the specific issue is being investigated by the Gardai.

I’ve received extensive contacts for locals concerned about the risks to personal safety created by the current condition of Tir na nOg Park due to the lack of lighting and the overgrown bushes in the area. The issue of lighting is one I raised with the Council last year, prior to being elected.

I was in touch with Council management yesterday in the wake of this assault to see how can these security issues be addressed.

The Council have committed to continue to cut back any hedges/bushes that are a risk of concealing anti-social behaviour, with a particular emphasis on those at the entrances to the park.

Regarding lighting, the Council have been reluctant to install them within the park on the basis of cost and their argument that they do not wish to encourage people into public parks at night. This latter argument cannot be accepted as this pathway is the main route people use when walking between the Diswellstown Road and the Carpenter/Spar. Therefore, the Council has a duty to make it as safe as possible.

I’ve a motion coming up at the next relevant area committee meeting of Fingal CC and I will strongly make the point that there must be some lights installed in the park, particularly along the pathway.

I’ll post an update when I have more information.

Fingal installs noise pollution monitor at Laurel Lodge

 

Thanks to Fingal County Council for installing a noise pollution monitor in Laurel Lodge at my request.

 

Houses on a number of roads in Laurel Lodge close to the M50 have suffered badly from noise pollution from the M50 over the last number of years. Myself and other local councillors are currently working together to assist residents and try and have the National Roads Authority deal with this matter.