Monthly Archive for July, 2013

Rail car-park fare increases will hit commuters and force parking into residential estates

 

Are parking charges pushing commuters out of station car-parks into surronding estates?

I’m disappointed to see that Irish Rail is to increase daily parking charges at the train station car-parks that it operates. The company announced yesterday that it would raise the daily cash fee for parking from €3 to €4 and the daily pay by text fee from €2 to €3. The new charges will apply from next Monday, 15th July.

This parking charge increase punishes commuters, particularly those who may not use the train on a daily basis, but try and take it a few times a week. At a time when more and more charges are being levied on households, I think it is the wrong move by Irish Rail.

I would also be concerned that the increase in charges will drive commuters to park their cars on roads in estates surrounding train stations. This is already a significant problem around Coolmine and Castleknock train stations, and can cause major inconvenience for residents of these estates.

While I welcome the fact that the price of the weekly ticket has not risen, I still believe that Irish Rail has made a mistake in increasing its daily parking charges in this way.

Abandoned House on Clonsilla Road is Major Health & Safety Worry

Roderic O'Gorman at abandoned house on Clonsilla Road

Over recent weeks, I’ve been talking to residents along the Clonsilla Road and adjoining estates who are deeply concerned about the severely dilapidated state of a house along the road. This house has been unoccupied for several years, has undergone extensive vandalism, and last year was set on fire.

I’ve spoken with the Director of Services for Housing from Fingal County Council about this issue. The Director of Services is aware of the problem, though as the house is privately owned, the Council is somewhat constrained in what it can do. However, some enforcement measures have already been undertaken against the owner, and I have been informed that further measures are underway.

I specifically highlighted to the Director of Services for Housing that the house continues to be used for drinking and in the last few weeks has again been significantly graffitied.

This house not only very unsightly, but it poses a major health and safety risk as if it is set on fire again, this could easily result in severe damage to neighbouring houses. This is a major concern for residents that I spoke to who live near the house. I will continue to lobby Fingal County Council to conclude enforcement action against the owner.