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Fingal County Council needs to plan for Safe Routes to School in Development Plan

29/06/09

 

 

Green Party Dublin 15 representative, Roderic O’Gorman has called on Fingal County Council to adopt specific measures to promote safe routes to school. The proposal was one of a number contained in the Dublin West Green Party submission on the first stage of the Fingal County Development Plan.

 

“I think that Fingal County Council could take a much more active role in promoting safe routes to school across the county, and the Development Plan process gives an opportunity to make this happen. I am proposing that a section should be inserted into the new Development Plan specifically outlining Fingal County Councils responsibility in this area”, stated Roderic O’Gorman

 

“Each local area committee across Fingal would create a Safe Routes to School subcommittee. This would bring together parents, teachers, the Gardai and Fingal County Council officials and would draw up a safe route to school strategy for each school in the area. The committee would look at a wide range of measures including improving pedestrian crossings, cycle lanes and footpaths in the vicinity of schools and reducing speed limits and introducing a ban on heavy goods vehicles around school districts. It would also work to ensure the provision of bike sheds in schools so students have a safe place to park their bicycles”.

 

“I discussed this issue with many parents during the local election campaign, and it was almost universally welcomed. Parents and school kids should be given the option to walk or cycle to school, but they will only do so if they feel confident that they can undertake the journey in safety. Not only will my proposal mean healthier children and have environmental benefits, it will also have a significant impact on traffic congestion across Dublin 15 by taking cars off the road in the morning and afternoon”.

 

“As the Development Plan process continues, I intend to vigorously lobby Council officials on this and other issues to ensure their inclusion in the final draft”, concluded Roderic O’Gorman.

 

 

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Further Information

Roderic O’Gorman: 087 417 9777

Time to make cycling a genuinely safe option

Green Party Castleknock ward candidate, Roderic O'Gorman

Green Party Castleknock ward candidate, Roderic O'Gorman

 

 

Today I am setting out a range of proposals that I will implement if I’m elected to Fingal County Council on 5th June to make cycling a genuinely safe option.

 As someone who has recently taken up cycling again, I can see at first hand the problems that cyclists face every day. While Dublin 15 does have cycle lanes in certain places, these are not provided in any sort of planned manner. Many junctions in the area are highly unsafe for cyclists. There are big gaps in cycle lanes, particularly through Blanchardstown and Castleknock villages. I raised this latter issue in my recent submission on the Blanchardstown Village Development Strategy.

 

Despite the risks faced by cyclist every day, there has been an 8% increase in the number of people cycling to work between 2007 – 2008. Indeed, there has been a 34% increase in the number of cyclists since 1998. Those people who make the choice to cycle should be assured that they can do so in safety. While at national level, the Government is playing its part through the Bike Scheme tax break and investment in cycle lanes, I believe that Fingal County Council has a responsibility, but also a real opportunity to make cycling genuinely safe.

 

I have set out a range of proposals that I will work on if elected to Fingal County Council to ensure that we make cycling genuinely safe. These include ensuring that cyclist are represented on Fingal County Councils Transportation Strategic Policy Committee, appointing a Cycling Officer for Fingal County Council like in Dublin City Council and drawing up a Safe Cycling Strategy for Dublin 15.

 

On the roads, I will work to ensure that a review is undertaken of the safety of existing cycling lanes, especially where these intersect with roads or where they finish abruptly. I also will fight to see that the margins of roads are kept clean and smooth in places where cycle lanes are not provided.

 

While out canvassing I am regularly asked by cyclists why Fingal County Council are not doing more to support cyclists. If I am elected to the Council on 5th June, making cycling a genuinely safe option for commuters will be one of my key priorities.

 

 

 

Proposals that Roderic O’Gorman will enact if elected to Fingal County Council to make cycling safe

 

-          Give cyclists representation on Fingal County Council’s Transportation Strategic Policy Committee

-          Bring Fingal County Council and cyclists together to draw up a ‘Safe Cycling Strategy’ for Dublin 15. This will allow cyclists engage with the Council to identify black-spots for cyclists and the remedial works which need to be undertaken on these.

-          Employ a Cycling Officer for Fingal County Council, like in Dublin City Council – to oversee that the planning and engineering of roads considers the needs of cyclists.

-          Undertake a review of the safety of existing cycle lanes, particularly where they intersect with roads or where they abruptly finish.

-          Ensure the upkeep of the margins of roads in places where cycle lanes are not provided

-          Examine junctions to see where Advanced Stop Lines (ASL’s) would be beneficial for cyclists

-          Investigate the feasibility of developing a cycle path along the banks of the Royal Canal to provide a safe route for cyclists linking them to much of the north inner city.

-          Improve bike parking facilities at locations like train stations, major bus stops, Blanchardstown Library, and local shopping centres.

Speech on local authorities and making cycling safe

 

Below is a speech I made to the Green Party National Convention earlier this year on the topic of making cycling a genuinely safe option.

 

Press Release – O’Gorman welcomes confirmation on opening of Tyrrelstown allotments – renews call for more allotments to be provided in Dublin 15

Roderic at the entrance to the first phase of the new allotments at Tyrrelstown

Roderic at the entrance to the first phase of the new allotments at Tyrrelstown

13/04/09

Green Party Castleknock ward candidate, Roderic O’Gorman has welcomed the news that the new Fingal County Council allotments in Tyrrelstown will open in the next two months, but has also renewed his call for more allotments to be provided in the area.

“I had a question put to the County Manager at the April meeting of the Council regarding when the new allotments at Tyrrelstown will be open. The Manager has stated that the only works left to be completed is an ESB connection and that he anticipates this will be completed within two months”, stated Roderic O’Gorman.

“While this is positive news, it is disappointing that the new Tyrrelstown lands will only make a small dent in the overall waiting list for allotments in Dublin 15. Many of those who will get plots in Tyrrelstown are current allotment holders who have to move from the Cappogue site which has to close. As such, Tyrrelstown will only result in about 100 people on the waiting list getting allotments. Considering the last time I asked, there were over 300 people on the list, it looks like a lot of people are going to be left disappointed”.

“The Council originally intended to open a second phase at Tyrrelstown which would have provided more sites, but they now state that they will not do this because of budgetary constraints. While I realise that Fingal, along with local authorities across the country are facing financial pressure, I think that hitting the allotment budget is a false economy. I am regularly being asked by residents across Dublin 15 about the availability of allotments. Many people, including those recently unemployed, are looking at allotments as a means of growing their own food, saving money and having a healthy activity”.

“Recently, some private allotments have started up in Clonsilla. While I welcome any moves to increase the availability of allotments in Dublin 15, I do believe that it is essential that Fingal increases the number of sites that it provides. This is an issue that the Green Party have fought hard for on Fingal County Council and I will continue to press the County Manager on this if I am elected to the Council in June”, concluded Roderic O’Gorman.

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Further Information
Roderic O’Gorman: 087 417 9777
www.rodericogorman.com
www.getgrowing.ie

FINGAL COUNTY COUNCIL MEETING

WEDNESDAY 15TH APRIL 2009

ITEM NO. 12 – Tyrrlestown allotments

Question: Councillor J. Corr
“To ask the Manager when the new allotments at Tyrrelstown will be open, how many of these are reserved for current allotment holders vacating other sites in Dublin 15, what is the current waiting list for allotments in the Dublin 15 area and how many allotments could be provided in the second phase at Tyrrelstown?”

Reply:
The construction works have been completed with the exception of the electricity supply. We have engaged the ESB to carry out these works and we anticipate completion within the next two months.

All those who vacated allotments in Cappogue will be accommodated in the new development and approximately 100 allotments will be allocated to those on the waiting list.

There are no plans to construct a second phase at this location due to current budgetary constraints.

Press Release – ‘Swords-centred’ approach to planning in Fingal has to end – O’Gorman

18/01/09

Green Party Castleknock ward candidate, Roderic O’Gorman has welcomed reports in a local newspaper that work on a ‘framework for future development’ in Blanchardstown Village is being started. He also highlighted what he believes up to now has been a ‘Swords-centred’ approach to prioritizing planning in Fingal.

“The response to a recent question put on my behalf to the County Manger reveals that Fingal County Council has spent €830,000 on consultants engaged in work on the Metro North and the linked new Local Area Plan for the Swords area. At the same time, only €47,180 has been spent on consultants working on the Metro West”.

“While I understand that the Metro North project was listed under Transport 21 as to be undertaken first, when you compare the two figures regarding what has been spent on planning for Swords and what has been spent on Blanchardstown, they do seem to be extremely imbalanced. I think this imbalance shows a ‘Swords-centred’ approach to planning, with the promotion of the Council managements vision of a ‘city’ in Swords getting priority over much needed planning in other areas, particularly Dublin 15”, stated Roderic O’Gorman.

“The money spent promoting Metro West is 5 ½ % the figure spent promoting Metro North. Looking at that figure, can we really feel that up to now the Council has been committed to supporting public transport in Dublin 15 to the same degree that it is supporting it in the Swords area? Perhaps this is a legacy of the insufficient number of councillors that the Dublin 15 wards of Fingal County Council currently have, which leads to us being underrepresented compared to other parts of the local authority?”.

“In light of this imbalance, I warmly welcome the fact that work is now commencing on a ‘framework for future development’ in Blanchardstown Village. While we have seen major development around the Blanchardstown Town Centre over the last 7 years, Blanchardstown Village has for the most part not experienced significant building”.

“As a resident of Blanchardstown Vllage, I think it is vital that we do not allow overdevelopment and excessive high rise. It’s appropriate to have tall buildings in a modern setting such as around the Town Centre, but the new plan for Blanchardstown must protect and respect its character as a village. At the same time, there is the need for enhanced community facilities in the village. In particular, I believe we should be looking to provide a venue for young people to use for social purposes – such as a youth cafe”, concluded Roderic O’Gorman.

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Further Information
Roderic O’Gorman: 087 417 9777
High resolution pictures of Roderic are available at:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/rodericogorman/

Question Submitted to Fingal CC on behalf of Roderic O’Gorman

FINGAL COUNTY COUNCIL

8TH DECEMBER, 2008

ITEM NO. 8

CONSULTANTS

Question: Councillor D. Healy
“To ask the Manager how much has been spent by Fingal County Council on outside consultants in relation to the following projects;
(i) Metro North
(ii) Metro West
(iii) Public transport provision in North Fringe/South Fringe area?”

REPLY:

Metro North/Swords LAP
The sum of £830.000 has been paid to Consultants in respect of studies carried out in relation to both Metro North and the Swords Local Area Plan. It is not possible to separate costs solely for Metro North as both issues are interlinked.

Metro West

The sum of €47,184.98 has been expended to date on this project on external consultancy.

Public transport provision in North Fringe/South Fringe area

The provision of public transport within Fingal is a matter for the service providers such as Bus Eireann, Dublin Bus and Iarnrod Eireann. Fingal County Council, however, facilitates the provision of these services by providing Quality Bus Corridors. Consulting engineering design costs arising from this work amount to €545,000. Other QBC’s have been provided in the area of the Malahide Road. These projects are the responsibility of Dublin City Council.

Press Release – O’Gorman calls on Council to immediately begin work on second phase of Tyrrelstown allotments

Roderic at the entrance to the first phase of the new allotments at Tyrrelstown

Roderic at the entrance to the first phase of the new allotments at Tyrrelstown

29/12/08

Green Party Castleknock ward candidate, Roderic O’Gorman, has called on Fingal County Council to immediately begin work on the second phase of the new allotment facility it is developing near Tyrrelstown. He made the call after the Council revealed that the current demand for allotments in the Dublin 15 area is already greater than the number of new allotments that will be provided in the first phase.

“I am calling on Fingal County Council to immediately start work on the second phase of the new land that is being provided for allotments near Tyrrelstown. I recently had a question put to the County Manager and in his response he stated that there are currently 365 persons on the waiting list to get allotments in the Dublin 15 area. The first phase of the new allotments in Tyrrelstown will only supply 250 places. Obviously, this means that there will be at least 115 persons who will be left disappointed at this time”, stated Roderic O’Gorman

“Since there is very clearly a significant demand for allotments within the Dublin 15 area, I think it is obvious that the Council should immediately commence with opening up the second phase of the allotments at Tyrrelstown. Currently there are workers on the first phase, fencing off the area, tilling the ground and laying in basic facilities. Surely it makes a lot more sense to prepare the second phase of the allotments now, rather than letting the workers leave and then calling them back in a few months time”.

“More and more people are looking to allotments as a way of providing themselves with healthy home grown food, particularly as much of the new housing built across Dublin 15 over the last 10 years does not have private gardens. Over the last year I have been contacted by a number of local people who are seeking to get an allotment. While I welcome the fact that Fingal County Council have created this new facility for allotment holders at Tyrrelstown, the Council must further demonstrate its commitment by beginning work on the second phase and making it available as soon as possible”.

“Myself and my Green Party colleagues on Fingal County Council have continuously highlighted the need to supply allotments. Indeed, it was a Green Party motion that reversed the policy the Council had adopted two years ago where it was no longer taking names onto the waiting list for allotments. We will continue to push this issue so that anyone living in Dublin 15 who wants to avail of an allotment will be able to do so”, concluded Roderic O’Gorman.

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Further Information
Roderic O’Gorman: 087 417 9777

COUNTY COUNCIL MEETING

MONDAY, 8th December, 2008

ITEM NO. 9

ALLOTMENT WAITING LIST

Question: Councillor D. Healy

“To ask the Manager what is the current size of the waiting list for allotments in the Dublin 15 area and whether, in light of the large number of applicants, he will consider developing the second phase of the new allotments at Tyrrelstown/Powerstown?”

Reply:

There are currently 365 persons on the waiting list for allotments in the Dublin 15 area. Phase One of the new allotment scheme at Powerstown will provide for approximately 250 allotments.

Following the allocation of allotments in Phase 1, the waiting list will be further examined and consideration, if necessary, can be then be given to the provision of a second phase.

Press Release – O’Gorman demands that Liffey Valley Advisory Committee meet

13/11/08

Green Party Castleknock ward candidate, Roderic O’Gorman has called on the Mayor of Fingal County Council to swiftly convene a meeting of the Joint Fingal and South Dublin Liffey Valley Management Advisory Committee. O’Gorman made the call after the County Manager confirmed in a reply to Green Party councillor that the committee has only met 6 times since its formation in 1995 and has not met for the last 5 years.

“I have written to the Mayor of Fingal and called on him to rapidly convene a meeting of the Joint Fingal and South Dublin Liffey Valley Management Advisory Committee. I recently had a question asked at a Fingal CC meeting about how often this committee meets. When the County Manager replied, I was shocked to discover that this committee has only met 6 times since it was first established back in 1995. Indeed, the last time the committee met was in 2003. This means that the Committee hasn’t met once during the lifetime of the current Fingal County Council, which was elected in 2004”.

“The Liffey Valley is a huge natural resource for Fingal – particularly for those of us living in the Dublin 15 area. I would have thought it was plainly obvious that Fingal councillors should be working with members of South Dublin County Council on issues of joint concern relating to the management of the valley area. Why else was this committee set up in the first place?”

In answer to a question put on behalf of Roderic O’Gorman, Cllr Robbie Kelly, a Green councillor from Malahide, the Manager reported that the first meeting of the Liffey Valley Advisory Committee was held on 1st March, 1995 and that subsequent meetings were held on 9th January, 1996, 21st June, 1996, 6th June 2001, 22nd January 2002. The most recent meeting was held on 31st March, 2003.

“Not only has the committee hardly met at all, but the Manager also reported that he was unable to locate minutes for the few meetings it did have. Has the benefit of any work the committee actually achieved in its very few meetings now been lost”, asked Roderic O’Gorman.

“I can think of a range of issues that the committee could be dealing with. The possible extension of the Special Amenity Area Order (SAAO) to the south side of the valley, the impact of the Metro West crossing on the valley, recent severe flooding suffered in the Strawberry Beds area”.

“Further, I think the Liffey Valley Advisory Committee should be working to progress the Towards a Liffey Valley Park strategy document which was drawn up on the behalf of the Office of Public Works, after public consultations. This was a very wide ranging document looking at how the maximum public benefit could be obtained from the Liffey Valley in areas such as recreation and tourism, with the eventual aim of creating a Liffey Valley national park. I’d like to see Fingal County Council becoming the driving force behind this strategy and working with South Dublin CC to achieve its objectives”.

“If I am successful in the local elections in June next year, one of the first things I will commit to doing as a councillor for the Castleknock and Blanchardstown areas is to quickly seek to have the Liffey Valley Advisory Committee reconvened and meet on a regular basis. It’s vital that Fingal County Council is leading the fight to preserve the Liffey Valley and enhance its use as an amenity for people in Dublin 15”, concluded Roderic O’Gorman.

Editors Note – Text of response to question from Cllr Robbie Kelly (Green Party)

Fingal County Council

13th OCTOBER, 2008

ITEM NO. 18

JOINT FINGAL AND SOUTH DUBLIN LIFFEY VALLEY MANAGEMENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE

QUESTION: Councillor R. Kelly

“To ask the Manager when did the last meeting of the Joint Fingal and South Dublin Liffey Valley Management Advisory Committee take place, when is the next meeting of the Advisory Committee scheduled to take place, how many times has it met since its formation and are minutes of its meeting available?”

REPLY:

The last meeting of the Joint Fingal and South Dublin Liffey Valley Management Advisory Committee took place on 31st March, 2003.

The Inaugural Meeting was held on 1st March, 1995 and meetings were held on 9th January, 1996, 21st June, 1996, 6th June 2001, 22nd January 2002.

No future schedule of meetings has been arranged.
Minutes of the meetings are being sourced and will be made available as soon as possible.