Monthly Archive for September, 2013

Dublin Bus cannot continue to ignore inadequate service on 39 route

I'll continue to lobby for improved services on the 39 bus route

Recently I’ve been receiving a lot of representations about the 39 bus route, both as regards the inadequate number of buses serving it and the uncertainty about when buses will actually arrive.

 While Dublin Bus has streamlined many of the routes across Dublin 15, these changes have resulted in Blanchardstown village and the Clonsilla Road having a significant decrease in the number of available buses. This is particularly the case due to the withdrawal of the 39A route. While this was done in order for that route to serve more densely populated areas like Ongar, it has meant that the older population of the Blanchardstown and Coolmine area are left with the much less frequent 39 route.

I have received a significant number of representations by people, primarily those over 60, who have been negatively impacted by this. The 39 service only operates every 30 minutes for most of the day, and the fact that the service is so poor turns people off from using it.

Regrettably, when I raised this issue with Dublin Bus, they stated that they had no plans to increase services on the 39 route at present. I think this is a mistake on the part of Dublin Bus, and fails to recognise the demographics of many estates around Blanchardstown, where older people are being unfairly affected by the reduced bus services. I will continue to work on this issue and seek improved bus routes across Dublin 15.

I have been able to make some progress regarding the lack of ‘Real-Time’ bus monitors along the 39 route. I contacted the National Transport Authority and I’ve been assured that a new round of bus monitors are soon to be installed across Dublin 15. The NTA have stated that they will give consideration to my recommendation that some of these are installed along the Clonsilla Road.

Council must repair footbridge over river Tolka

I was recently contacted by a Dublin 15 resident who regularly uses the Tolka Valley Park. The small footbridge over the Tolka in the section between Corduff and the M3 has been badly scorched by a fire that was lit on the bridge. A number of the planks of wood now have holes in them, or are badly warped. This makes the bridge a hazard to walkers, runners, or young children crossing it.

Damage done to footbridge in Tolka Valley Park

I took some photos of the damage that has been done and I’ve contacted the Parks Department of Fingal County Council. The Council have said that they will look into the issue.

I think it is really important that repairs are undertaken here. The Tolka Valley Park is a great resource in Dublin 15, and the current dangerous state of this footbridge cannot be left as it is.

Running for the Local Elections next year

 

It will come as no big surprise to people that I’m going to stand in the local elections next May. I’ve been selected by the Green Party to run in the Castleknock ward, which covers Blakestown, Blanchardstown, Carpenterstown, Castleknock, Laraghcon and the Strawberry Beds. I’m really looking forward to the campaign and meeting people in all these areas over the next nine months.

Dublin 15 is a great area to live, work and raise kids in. However, I think we can always do more to make it better. That’s why over the last 9 years, I’ve campaigned on issues like proper planning, adequate school places and public transport provision. These issues still need to be tackled and I know that if I am elected as a councillor next May, I can work more effectively in delivering on these priorities.

Too often, people tell me they feel that Fingal County Council is out of touch with the needs of the communities in Dublin 15 and that its services are difficult to access. I believe that county councillors need to be active, accessible and deeply aware of the issues and concerns in each neighbourhood. This is the type of councillor that I will be if I am elected.

It’s hard to find a family in Ireland that hasn’t been hit by unemployment or emigration over the last few years. It is vital that Fingal County Council takes a lead role in promoting opportunities for job creation across Dublin 15. As I campaign over the next nine months, I’ll be setting out ideas on how the Council can support employment initiatives.

Obviously, an election campaign is a big undertaking. If you are interested in some of the issues that I’ve raised, or would like to help out, please get in touch.