Monthly Archive for July, 2015

Proposed 30kmph speed limits in Dublin 15 estates

Fingal County Council is proposing to introduce 30kmph speed limits in a number of estates across Dublin 15.

The estates covered are:

Deerpark

Riverwood

Carpenterstown Park (Sycamore, Maple, Cherry)

Beechfield

Huntstown/Pinebrook

Rusheeney

You can see maps of the exact areas covered here.

The Council is currently undertaking a statutory consultation about this proposal. Should you wish to make a comment on the proposal, please contact: Ms. Rachel Lindsay, Administrative Officer, Operations Department, Fingal County Council, Grove Road, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15 or e-mail roads@fingal.ie

The deadline is 4.30 p.m. Friday, 28th August 2015.

Feel free to drop me a copy of your submission at rodericogorman@gmail.com

Planning Minister can make it easier for Tyrrelstown estate to be taken in charge

 

I’ve written to the Minister for Planning requesting that he change legislation to make it easier for residents of housing estates run by management companies to hold a vote to allow their estate be taken in charge by Fingal County Council.

I did this following a meeting of residents of Tyrrelstown that I recently attended. In Tyrrelstown, all home owners have to pay management fees, even if they live in houses, as opposed to apartments. The residents of the estate want Fingal County Council to take charge of the roads and green spaces in the estate, like they do in the majority of estates in Dublin 15. This requires a vote of the residents, but Fingal County Council insist that 85% of those home owners on the electoral register have to vote in favour of taking in charge.

This is an extremely high threshold and it is very difficult for groups seeking to collect the signatures to achieve this, particularly in situations where houses may be rented, owners may have left the country or where grown up children on the electoral register are living elsewhere. As such, I have written to the Minister for Planning to ask him to amend the relevant section of the Planning & Development (S.180) to state that a lower threshold would be appropriate. I think a figure like 55% of owners would be more suitable.

This issue has particular importance in Dublin 15, where there are a number of ‘traditional’ housing estates which are under the control of management companies, such as in Tyrrelstown and in Ongar. It is now recognised that this was a flawed model for these estates and management companies will not be used like this in the future. However, I believe the Minister needs to intervene and change the law to make it easier to deal with the existing estates across Dublin 15 which are caught in this legal situation.

The Minister for State for Planning, Paudie Coffey TD, has responded to my request and the matter has been referred onto officials in the Department of the Environment for study (see letter below). I hope the Government acts swiftly, as making this amendment will be one step in dealing the difficulties faced by residents of estates run by management companies.

 

Letter – Paudi Coffey – S.180

New e-car charge points in Dublin 15

New ecar charge point on Mill Road, Blanchardstown

New ecar charge point on Mill Road, Blanchardstown

I’m pleased that that Fingal County Council had identified locations and permitted the installation of these free public e-car charge points by the ESB. The charge points are on Park Avenue in Castleknock and Mill Road in Blanchardstown. What is good about these new points is that they are on the public road and are therefore free to access. All the charge points previously in Dublin 15 were on private property, and there were questions about the cost of using them.

The ESB have been rolling out these public charge points across the country over the last few years. They are provided at no cost to the local authority, other than finding a location to install them. I’ve been pushing to have more of these free e-car charge points in Dublin 15 since I was elected last year, as Fingal was behind some other local authorities in terms of getting them installed.

Consumers continue to buy e-cars as they seem them as cheaper and more efficient to run, as well as their environmental benefits. This new charging infrastructure in Dublin 15 means that users now have even greater opportunity to use them.