17 Jan 2020

New County Development Plan

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Council is embarking on the process of reviewing the current Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Development Plan, 2016-2022, and preparing a new County Development Plan (CDP) that will shape the future growth of the County for the period of 2022 – 2028.

This Plan–making process is a collaborative one and they are looking for your views to feed into the next County Development Plan.

You can find all the information on the DLRCoCo website.

There will be a public information day next Thursday (Jan 23rd) in the Council Offices in Dundrum, from 2pm to 8pm.

27 Nov 2019

Bike Parking – Update

The Council have informed us they intend to proceed with the installation of bike parking on Farmhill Road.

They have informed us they have reviewed the area again and have come up with an alternative location on the nearby double yellow lines as per the image below.

They say this will provide cycle parking for 10 bikes on 5 cycle stands.

They believe that the advantages of the latest proposal are the following:

1. It overcomes the main local objection to the cycle parking proceeding as no car parking spaces will be removed as part of the latest proposal

2. It is easier and quicker to install a Toaster cycle stand than 4 individual cycle stands

12 Nov 2019

Bike Parking

The Council has indicated that they wish to provide bike parking at the shops area on Farmhill Road. Over the last couple of years the Council has been rolling out an initiative across all of Dún Laoghaire Rathdown to improve the frequency and quality of bike parking in the county.

They are proposing to put a small amount of bike parking on the public slip-road between the shops and the Green. Two stands of two “n” bars on either side of the pedestrian access to the shops’ forecourt are being proposed.

This location solves two problems here:
1. The need for bike parking
2. The Council has highlighted a pedestrian safety issue at this location. There should be a 45 degree clear “sightline” from the kerb out to the road, in order to allow for enough line of sight for people crossing the road. This would equate to a small yellow box-type area of approximately 2 metres either side. Enough space to install the small bike racks, and to improve pedestrian safety at this area.

The Residents’ Association supports this proposal. The Council is keen to install it as soon as possible.

06 Nov 2019

Deputation Meeting with Council

We held a deputation meeting with members of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council last month. Four members of the committee attended the meeting along with representatives of various Council departments and County Councillors. We discussed issues relating to drainage, the built environment, traffic etc. We’ve been very impressed that in the time since that meeting the Council has come to tackle some of our issues.

You may have noticed that we now no longer have our long-established swimming pool at the end of Farmhill Drive and Larchfield Road. The drainage issue at this location has finally been investigated properly, and is being repaired. The drainage people also responded to these issues:

  • Gullies to be upgraded (i.e. two at Farmhill Dr/Larchfield Rd junction and one at Larchfield Road/Friarsland Rd junction)
  • One new gulley to be installed at old Goatstown Road/Larchfield Road junction where ponding occurs at dished footpath.
  • Damaged gully lid at Larchfield Park/Farmhill Road junction

The Council also came and put new kerbing along the old stretch of Goatstown Road, close to the end of Larchfield Road.

We’ve been so impressed with the response that we’ve already requested another Deputation meeting for next year!

08 Oct 2019

Community, Cultural and Civic Facilities in Dundrum – Association’s Submission

Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council commissioned work on an Action Plan for Community, Cultural and Civic for Dundrum. A public consultation was part of this plan. The Residents’ Association submitted a response outlining the lack of civic, cultural, community, park and leisure facilities in the Plan Area, as well as the poor public cycling and pedestrian provisions, and inadequate permeability between locations.

The areas we focus on in our submission are:

  1. Main Civic, Cultural and Community facility:
    Location: Dundrum Village centre.
  2. Dundrum Park with provision for Indoor and Outdoor Recreation
    Location: Central Mental Hospital (CMH) Site
  3. Improving Liveability by improving walking and Cycling infrastructure
    Location: All

You can download and read this submission here.

12 Sep 2019

Runners Up – Tidy Districts Competition 2019

We were awarded Runners Up in this year’s Tidy Districts Competition! Well done to our fantastic Tidy Districts’ Team, and to everyone who came out and helped during the year. We’ve won a prize for 3 out of the last 4 years. Not bad, not bad at all.

Winners and Runners Up 2019

You can read more about it on the DLR website. While the competition is primarily an anti-litter and anti-graffiti competition, it has evolved over the years and now considers biodiversity, ecological projects and community engagement. This year, a new climate change category was added. This category seeks to encourage and reward positive climate action. So if anyone has any ideas please let us know.

12 Sep 2019

Public Consultation – Community, Cultural and Civic Facilities in Dundrum

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council has commissioned work on an Action Plan for Community, Cultural and Civic for Dundrum, and that work has already begun.The Action Plan will propose what community, cultural and civic facilities will be needed in the area over the next 20 years.

A public consultation begins on Thursday (September 5th) for a four week period. This is a great opportunity for local people to make the case again for a new Civic Centre at the heart of Dundrum Village, including a modern library and additional community facilities. 

You can find out more here: https://dlrcoco.citizenspace.com/planning/dundrum-community-cultural-civic-action-plan-cccap/. The consultation period runs from Thursday September 5th 2019 to Thursday October 3rd inclusive.

It only takes about 10 minutes to complete, and it is anonymous for private individuals.

Update 8/10/19:
Read the Residents’ Association’s submission here.

26 Apr 2019

Works – Junction of Larchfield and Farmhill Roads

KN Networks, on behalf of DLR County Council, will begin works at the junction of Larchfield and Farmhill Roads on Monday April 29th. Works are expected to be completed by Friday May 3rd. The road space between the footpaths (the bottom of Farmhill Road over to the corner of the Green) will be narrowed slightly for pedestrian and road safety reasons. It’s great to see the Council doing work in our area.

You can open and view a PDF here for more detail.

27 Mar 2019

New Trees, Need Watering

You may have noticed all the new trees planted around our area in the last few weeks. We have been liaising with the Parks Department over the last couple of years regarding trees – proposing particular varieties, doing a survey on the missing and damaged trees etc. All this hard work is paying off and we’ve had some more lovely trees planted this year.

Newly planted trees are very vulnerable to dry conditions. They need a lot of watering, especially in the first few months. If you have a new tree outside your house, please water it. If you notice a new tree close to your own house that isn’t being watered, please consider taking on the job of watering that one too.

You may also have noticed the damage done to a few of the newly planted trees on Larchfield Road on Wednesday night. You do have to wonder what goes through the (tiny) mind of someone who would do such blantant vandalism. It has been reported to the guards and the Council.