Roderic O'Gorman and the Dublin West Greens at the 2010 Annual Royal Canal Clean Up
The Dublin West Green Party held their second annual Royal Canal Clean Up on Saturday 17th May.
“We are delighted to have had a very successful second annual Royal Canal Clean Up. Our group met at Castleknock Train Station and worked along the canal bank towards the 12th Lock and then some of the way towards Coolmine Station”, stated Roderic O’Gorman.
“The level of litter was significantly less than last year, which was encouraging. We still gathered 10 bags of glass bottles, cans, plastic cartons and general waste”.
“There were one or two real black spots. In particular, there is an area off the bridge over the canal at Castleknock Station just beside the canal which is clearly being used regularly as a drinking haunt. There we found hundreds of bottles and cans. I will be contacting Fingal County Council to advise them of ways to block up this particular location”.
“I’d like to thank everyone who came out and also to Fingal County Council for picking up the litter we collected”, concluded Roderic O’Gorman.
The Dublin West Green Party will be holding our annual Canal Bank Clean-Up on Saturday, 15th May. We will be meeting at 2:30 PM at Castleknock Train Station and be cleaning up towards the 12th Lock and then down towards Coolmine Station.
After our Canal Bank Clean-Up was so successful last year, we have decided to make an annual event of it. The Royal Canal is a huge resource in Dublin 15, but unfortunately not everyone respects it. Last year we collected about 15 bags or rubbish, cans, glass and various other types of waste.
I’d encourage anyone who is free on Saturday to join us, but please, bring your own implements and gloves!
As I mentioned last week, Dublin Bus are proposing changes to the bus network across Dublin 15.
The have arranged a public consultation in the Blanchardstown Town Centre on Friday, 14th May about the changes.
They also have provided further details of the proposed changes here.
Green Party Dublin West representative, Roderic O’Gorman has called on a number of new local objectives for Blanchardstown and Castleknock to be included in the new Fingal Development Plan. He was speaking at a public meeting organised by the Dublin West Green Party.
“I’m calling on Fingal County Council to include two local area objectives within the new Development Plan, addressing important issues in Blanchardstown and Castleknock villages”, stated Roderic O’Gorman.
“There is a major need for a pedestrian crossing to be put in place at the junction of the Castleknock Road and Roselawn Road. For too long, pedestrians and commuters going to and from Castleknock Train Station have had to take their lives in their hands as they cross the road here. The new County Development Plan is an ideal opportunity for this issue to be finally addressed”.
“In my original submission, I called for a height restriction of no more than 3 stories to be put in place on any future buildings in Blanchardstown, Clonsilla and Castleknock. I was delighted that this was adopted for Blanchardstown, but the same needs to be achieved for Castleknock. This is particularly important as residents of the village are concerned that the decision to grant planning permission for a major development in the centre of village will act as a precedent to allow other multi-storey developments. There needs to be a height restriction on future development in Castleknock, written into the Development Plan”.
The public meeting in Diswellstown Community Centre heard from Gavin Daly, a planning consultant, on how the planning process works and how to make an effective submission. Damien Carbury, Chairperson of the Dublin 15 Community Council, also addressed the meeting on the key priorities for the Dublin 15 area.
“I organised this meeting in order to encourage public participation in the round of the Development Plan. If we want to see good planning decisions in Dublin 15, its essential we use the development plan process to achieve these”, concluded Roderic O’Gorman.