Monthly Archive for March, 2009

O’Gorman calls for 3 storey height limit as part of Blanchardstown Village Development Strategy

St Bridgets Church, Blanchardstown

29/03/09

Green Party Castleknock ward candidate, Roderic O’Gorman, has called for a 3 storey height limit on any future development in Blanchardstown. The proposal was made as part of his submission to Fingal County Council on the Blanchardstown Village Development Strategy.

“I have urged Fingal County Council to implement a 3 storey height limit on any future developments in the Blanchardstown Village area. We have seen over the last two years attempts by developers to get permission for high rise developments in the centre of Castleknock and Clonsilla villages. While it is unlikely that any major developments will take place in the next year or two, there are locations such as the Superquinn site that builders may in the future wish to develop intensively. It is vital therefore that we insert a height limit of 3 storey’s in the development strategy so developers never get permission to put high rise in the centre of Blanchardstown village”, Roderic O’Gorman.

The submission from the Dublin West Green Party included a number of other points also. Continue reading ‘O’Gorman calls for 3 storey height limit as part of Blanchardstown Village Development Strategy’

Changes to Clonsilla Road must not create inconvenience for St Mochta’s residents – O’Gorman

29/03/09

Green Party Castleknock ward candidate, Roderic O’Gorman has called on Fingal County Council to ensure that residents of St Mochta’s estate are not blocked in their estates as a result of proposed changes to the Clonsilla Road to remove the current one way system and reinstate two way traffic.

“Fingal County Council is currently considering whether to remove the current one way system and reinstate two way traffic along the Clonsilla Road. There has been considerable pressure to undertake this change as the existing one way system makes it difficult to reach Clonsilla Village”.

“A number of residents of the St. Mochta’s estate off the Clonsilla Road have contacted me about their fears that they will find it difficult to exit the estate in the event of the proposed change back to two way traffic being made. Exiting the estate was difficult before the current one way system was introduced and they fear a return to this situation”, stated Roderic O’Gorman.

“I have written to Fingal County Council and urged them to ensure a full set of traffic lights is installed at the junction of the Clonsilla Road, the Porters Road and St. Mochtas Estate and that these are timed to give adequate opportunity for traffic exiting St. Mochta’s estate. The current proposal from the Council makes reference to “upgrade traffic signals” at this point, which is somewhat vague, as is the map of the works provided”.

“I agree that returning to the old two way system on this section of the Clonsilla Road will probably ease traffic congestion in the area. However, it is absolutely vital that the people of St Mochta’s are not made suffer for this. I strongly urge the Council to take note of my submission and ensure that residents have adequate time to enter and exit their estate”, concluded Roderic O’Gorman.

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Further Information
Roderic O’Gorman: 087 417 9777
www.rodericogorman.com

Deirdre De Burca launches her Euro-election campaign

Green Party European Election candidate, Sen. Deirdre De Burca and Roderic O'Gorman

Green Party European Election candidate, Sen. Deirdre De Burca and Roderic O'Gorman

I attended Sen. Deirdre De Burca’s campaign launch for the Euro Elections last night in the Science Gallery in Trinity. A really enjoyable evening.

Deirdre has created a fantastic website – www.whatistandfor.ie . This contains a number of Youtube videos in which she sets out the key issues upon which she is campaigning – green jobs for Dublin, more democracy within the European Parliament etc.

A key element of the website is that people can upload their own views on what they believe is important. I know a key concern of Deirdre’s is how detached the public are from politics at the European level. This is why she wants to create a conversation (terrible cliché but its genuine here!) about what voters in Dublin would like to see their MEP doing.

The website is also integrated with Facebook, Twitter, Flicker and Myspace. I’m pretty proud of this site but I think Deirdre’s sets a whole new level in the Irish context.

I am Deirdre’s first substitute candidate for the Euro-Elections. That means that if Deirdre gets elected and something happens that means she can’t continue being an MEP, I would replace her. This has led to a lot of joking along the lines of if she does win the seat in Dublin, she should never let me walk behind her down a stairs!!

I’ve known Deirdre for a long time and she has always been hugely interested and knowledgeable about European issues. At a time when a large amount of our national laws originate through the European Union, I believe she will be a hardworking representative for the people of Dublin and I urge you to give her your No 1. vote in the European Elections on 5th June

Litter in Coolmine Woods must be tackled

Litter at Coolmine Woods

Litter at Coolmine Woods

Recently residents in the Coolmine area have highlighted to me their concerns about the large amount of litter in Coolmine Woods and along the laneway linking the Clonsilla Road to the Snugborough Road. I visited the area and there are a large amount of beer cans and bottles, paper and plastic litter lying among the trees and behind the wall beside the bus stop.

The Coolmine Woods are now much more open since the Council cut back much of the undergrowth. While this makes the route safer to travel, it has also revealed the large amount of litter that collects in the area.

I have raised this issue with Fingal County Council and I look forward to them removing the litter in question.

Press Release – O’Gorman welcomes clarification about opening and closing times for Rushbrook – Roselawn Road laneway

Roderic O'Gorman at Rushbrook-Roselawn Road laneway

Roderic O'Gorman at Rushbrook-Roselawn Road laneway

22/03/09

Green Party Castleknock ward candidate, Roderic O’Gorman has welcomed the clarification by Fingal County Council regarding the opening and closing time of the gates on the Rushbrook – Roselawn laneway. He was speaking after some residents had raised concerns that the gates were no longer being locked at night as agreed with local residents.

“Recently, residents in Rushbrook raised concerns with me that the gates on the Rushbrook – Roselawn laneway were not being locked at night as was agreed with Fingal County Council. I have raised the issue with the Council and they have confirmed to me that a security company have been engaged by the Transportation Department to open and close the gates at 7:00AM and 10:00PM daily”, stated Roderic O’Gorman.

“I am pleased that Fingal County Council has provided this certainty for those living in the area. While the laneway is a useful shortcut, it is essential that it is not used for anti-social behaviour. The continuation of the night-time locking is vital to ensure security for the residents of those houses adjoining the laneway”, concluded Roderic O’Gorman.

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Further Information
Roderic O’Gorman: 087 417 9777

No progress on widening footpath at Castleknock Station (yet)

Roderic O'Gorman at narrow footpath outside Castleknock Train Station

Roderic O'Gorman at narrow footpath outside Castleknock Train Station

A few weeks ago I raised the issue of the narrow footpath on the humpback bridge linking Blanchardstown to Castleknock Train Station.

I was disappointment by the response from Fingal County Council that it has not current plans to wider the footpath at the humpback bridge over the rail line and the canal at Castleknock Station.

I regularly see pedestrians forced out onto the road when they meet someone else on the footpath. There they cause a real risk for motorists and cyclists whose visibility is severely restricted when they cross the crest of the bridge.

I had this issued raised at a meeting of Fingal County Council earlier this month but unfortunately the County Manager has responded by saying there are no plans to deal with the problem in this year’s Transportation Works budget. This strikes me as ridiculous I have found minutes of Fingal County Council meetings dating back to 2002 when this exact issue was being raised and still nothing has been done about it.

I will continue to highlight this issue and work to have remedial works included in the 2010 Transportation Budget. It is simply unacceptable that such a dangerous situation for pedestrians, motorists and cyclists alike is permitted to continue.

Press Release – O’Gorman calls for safety railings to be installed along Carpenterstown Road and Diswellstown Road

15/03/09

Green Party Castleknock ward candidate, Roderic O’Gorman has called on Fingal County Council to install safety railings separating estate green spaces from busy roads.

“I’m calling on Fingal County Council to install safety railings at the roundabout on the Carpenterstown Road outside the Carpenter Pub, to separate the road from Burnell Park and also along the Diswellstown Road to separate the road from the Luttrellstown Glade and Luttrellstown Grove estates”, stated Roderic O’Gorman.

“The lack of safety railings has been a consistent concern for residents of these estates, particularly as there are a large number of young children living locally and both roads are notorious for speeding”.

“I recently had a question raised at a Fingal CC meeting regarding these two locations. The County Manager has stated that there are no plans to work on these under the current Transport Works plan for 2009. However, I will continue to pressure the Council on this issue as it not acceptable to leave young children at risk in this way”, concluded Roderic O’Gorman.

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Further Information
Roderic O’Gorman: 087 417 9777

FINGAL COUNTY COUNCIL MEETING
MONDAY 9TH MARCH 2009

ITEM 11

RAILINGS – BURNELL PARK & LUTTRELLSTOWN GLADE/GROVE

Question: Councillor J. Corr

“To ask the Manager whether the Council will consider erecting railings at the south-west side of the roundabout on the Carpenterstown Road outside the Carpenter Pub, to separate the road from Burnell Park and along the south side of the Diswellstown Road to separate the road from the Luttrellstown Glade and Luttrellstown Grove estates in the interest of public safety?”

Reply:

The railings provided at Burnell Park were provided by the developers of the estate as part of the boundary treatment between the estate and the Diswellstown Road. No provision is included in current Works Programmes to extend the railings around the turning circle bordering the Carpenterstown Road.

No provision is included in the 2009 Transportation Works Programme to provide safety railings at Luttrellstown Glade and Luttrellstown Grove adjacent to the Diswellstown Road. These areas will be listed for examination and further consideration when future Works Programmes are being drawn up.

Bridge design chosen for Metro West Liffey Valley crossing

In recent weeks, the RPA awarded the contract to build the Metro West Liffey Valley crossing to Bruno Happoid and Explorations Architecture.

You can view some images of the proposed bridge here.