Monthly Archive for July, 2011

Pedestrian crossingat Roselawn Road junction

New Pedestrian Crossing at Roselawn Road

New Pedestrian Crossing at Roselawn Road

I’m delighted to see that the pedestrian crossing at the junction of the Roselawn Road and Castleknock Road has finally been opened. Like others, I’ve campaigned extensively for this dangerous junction to be altered and a pedestrian crossing to be installed. I made submissions on the issue as part of both the Fingal County Development Plan and the earlier Blanchardstown Urban Design Plan.

As a commuter who uses Castleknock Train Station on a daily basis, I’m especially happy to see this new crossing – it will make the journey for passengers going to and from the station significantly safer, particularly during dark winter nights.

Minister Burton must pressure Environment Minister to reopen independent planning investigations

One of the most disappointing actions of the new Government has been the decision to cencal independent investigations of planning decisions and practices in a number of local authorities. I’ve called on our local Minister Joan Burton to intervene and allow these independent investigations be completed.

While he was Minister for the Environment, John Gormley initiated independent planning reviews of planning practices and decisions in six county and city councils. The aim of these was to assess the application of planning legislation and policy at local level with a view to ensuring a consistent approach to these issues across all planning authorities, and to improve the delivery of planning services generally. In recent days, the new Junior Minister for Housing & Planning, Willie Penrose has announced that the independent investigations are to be halted, and instead an internal review will be undertaken by Department of the Environment officials.

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Fingal County Council needs to get back into the water-butt business

I think Fingal County Council should resu,e selling water-butts for conserving rainwater, in order to encourage efficient use during the summer months.  At a time when the demands being put on our water supply are so pressing, they should be setting an example by providing residents with low cost water-butts. These devices allow householders store water collected during rain showers and use them to water gardens or wash cars. This relieves pressure on mains water supplies, which can be saved for essential purposes.

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