11 May 2022

DLR Joint Policing Committee Public Meeting

Notice of Public Meeting

Would you like to discuss local policing and public safety in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown?

A public meeting of the DLR Joint Policing Committee, chaired by Cllr Carrie Smyth, will be held on Tuesday, 24th May 2022 at 7pm in the Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan.

There will be an opportunity to raise issues and address questions on relevant matters to senior members of An Garda Siochána and Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council.

If you wish to attend you must register in advance by 20th May 2022. To register please email community@dlrcoco.ie or phone 01-2054893.

10 May 2022

New Cycle Tracks Taney Rd, New Junction The Goat

DLRCC is seeking to establish a high quality Active Travel route along the R112 between Stillorgan and Dundrum. 

The scheme is focused on improving safety, reducing motorised traffic speeds, and upgrading active mobility infrastructure along the r112. The proposals include a new two way cycle track on Taney Road, and a new junction layout at The Goat crossroads.

You can see plans, and find out more information on the DLR website. The closing date for public submissions is June 17th.

30 Mar 2022

Defibrillator – At Roebuck Shops

We will be getting a defibrillator installed down at the shops in front of the green. The plan is for it to be located just outside Roebuck Pharmacy. Thanks to John Finnegan for allowing it to be installed there.

Special thanks to Cardiac Services for their part in this. The defibrillator needs to be stored in a special box (with a small heat source in order to prevent components being damaged in very cold weather). We will be part-funding the purchase of this box and its installation. Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council will also be part-funding it, via a grant.

We hope to have it installed very soon.

26 Mar 2021

Landscaping Work – Roebuck Green

We have some exciting breaking news for you. It has been a number of years since we first started to look into the possibility of upgrading the Green in front of the shops, and we’re happy to say that DLR County Council will be starting work this coming Monday (29th). Due to Covid the timing of Council projects has been quite erratic, so we’ve only just been told that works are to begin next week, which was a bit of a surprise. We’ve been informed that this first phase, the laying of a new path, and the hard landscaping work, will take approximately two weeks. Hopefully works won’t be too disruptive, and it’ll be short term pain for long term gain. As we get more information as to how this project will progress, we’ll let you know.

What will be included?
This will be the first time the Council has done substantial landscaping work on the Green since it was created in the 1950’s. It was definitely time for a bit of an upgrade. The plan is for the Council to do the heavy landscaping work, and for us (the Tidy Districts group) to do a good portion of the planting. Some of the new features you can expect to enjoy once work is completed are:

  • 4 benches
  • A new beige tarmac path
  • A number of new trees
  • Flat grassed areas suitable for holding outdoor events
  • Landscaped grassed mounds
  • A mix of cobblestone and timber edging to the path
  • Hoggin paved areas
  • Mixed planting, shrubs and plants
  • Community notice board

Where did this idea come from?
In our first year as an Association (2015/16), we began the task of reviving the Green by setting up a grass-cutting rota, planting flowers, painting the bench and introducing planters. Our Tidy Districts group and the Committee started thinking about what we might try to do to improve the Green in the long term. It was decided to devise a plan that would transform the Green, rather than improving it haphazardly. We engaged a landscape architect with this in mind, Austin and Associates. Our plan is to create a space where people can relax and chat, rest or read, in a safe and enhanced environment. It’s called “place-making”, with the emphasis on the community living in the area, as opposed to those just passing through. The plan is to improve and increase the seating, improve the pathway, and re-landscape the space, including some banking which will be planted with shrubs, and will reduce traffic noise. We are also planning to include a notice board for residents and a small container for Tidy Districts’ gardening tools. The Committee and the Tidy Districts group have been through a number of iterations of the plans with the Council to achieve the best possible outcome for the community.

We are looking forward to a beautifully landscaped Green that will be used by the whole community for years to come.

13 Jan 2021

New DLR CDP – Public Submission

As mentioned above the new draft DLR County Development Plan 2022-2028 is now out for public consultation. We encourage residents to have a look and to make a submission. It is quite long, but there are bits that are particularly important to us around here, e.g. the zoning regarding OLG, the Central Mental Hospital, IGB, Dundrum etc. etc.

Some possible starting points:

– The map for this area, that shows the zoning types, can be found here. (Note the OLG zoning, and Specific Local Objectives for Rosemount/CMH relating to recreation and sport)
– Also worth noting is that Goatstown Road is being categorised as a Proposed Bus Priority Route (you can see this marked on the Land Use Zoning Map 1). The significance of this is that higher densities than 50 units per hectare can be allowed within 1km of QBC/Luas or 500m of Bus Priority Route. In reality it’s pretty clear that Goatstown Road is no such thing. The kerbed cycle lanes means this cannot be achieved. Also Bus Connects is reducing the frequency of the bus (will be the No.10, now No.11) to 30 minute intervals. The OLG JR also found that Goatstown Road did not qualify as a Bus Priority Route or a QBC. This should be clarified in the new County Development Plan.

There will no doubt be plenty of other things that will be of interest to residents. The chapter headings for the draft CDP are:

  1. Vision and context
  2. Core Strategy (this deals with ‘big picture’ of where growth (housing, population centres  and employment in particular will go)
  3. Climate Action
  4. Neighbourhood – People, Places and Home (New definition of INST, p.83)
  5. Transport and Mobility
  6. Enterprise and Employment
  7. Towns, Villages and Retail Development (Dundrum is on p.147)
  8. Green Infrastructure and Biodiversity
  9. Open Space, Parks and Recreation
  10. Environmental Infrastructure and Flood Risk
  11. Heritage and Conservation
  12. Development Management
  13. Land Use Zoning
  14. Specific Local Objectives
  15. Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation

You can view the Plan here (see the orange links at the bottom of the page). You can make a submission via the relevant section on the DLR website. The closing date for submissions is April 16th. In addition to making an online submission, you should also email the Dundrum Councillors with your concerns or questions. This is really the only opportunity they have to influence zoning, as well as many other aspects of this Plan. So if there’s something you want to see done, this is the time to approach them.

08 Jul 2020

Dundrum Village – Big Changes

The Council, working with the NTA, has just announced some major changes to Dundrum Village. There will be dedicated cycle lanes, increased space for pedestrians, and some bus stop and car parking relocations in this complex project. It’s going to be quite a big change from the Village that we currently know. Certainly it’ll be a much more attractive place for pedestrians and cyclists.

You can find out more here on the DLR website. Included is a detailed description, and maps showing new traffic flows, and bus routes etc. Work will be starting soon, and will be completed in two phases.

04 Jul 2020

Goatstown Road – New Bike Lanes

The Council is piloting a new style of kerbed bike lanes on Goatstown Road. As well as increasing cycle safety, there will also be some improvements for pedestrians. A lot of the junctions will be made smaller to reduce crossing time, and to slow down turning traffic. These junctions include Goatstown Avenue and The Grove (the access to the schools), but not Larchfield Road by the looks of the plans. Tightening the junction at the turn for the schools in particular will make an improvement in pedestrian safety there.

Commencing for 2 nights on the 7th July, the main works will start on 20th July lasting for 17 nights. Work will be undertaken overnight, Monday to Thursdays.

More information can be found on the DLR website here and here.

Also, this is a good Tweet from the DLR Cycling Group.

10 Jun 2020

Spring Clean, Cruinniú na nÓg, Council + Gov Info

Well the plants are certainly enjoying the weather, even if the rest of us aren’t. We hope you’re all keeping well, and getting used to this latest phase. Be sure to get in touch if there’s anything we can do. A few bits and pieces for you.

1. Spring Clean This Weekend – Donate an Hour for your Community
2. Cruinniú na nÓg – This Saturday
3. Some County-Wide Information Sent to us from the PPN
4. Latest Email from Covid-19 Health Communications Stakeholder Support

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1. Spring Clean This Weekend – Donate an Hour for your Community
This weekend the postponed An Taisce National Spring Clean will take place. We usually organise groups to litter-pick and remove weeds but this year is different due to the continuing Covid 19 restrictions. So instead we are going for an individual/ family approach. 

Could you donate an hour to pick rubbish and weed a local area close to you? Areas that need particular attention are weeds between the roadside and kerb. Residents are also encouraged to edge the grass verge outside their house and to help neighbours who are unable to do this themselves.

Contact us if you need supplies; we have gloves, bags and a limited supply of litter-pickers. There will also be a number of volunteers on the green outside the shops on Saturday morning between 10am-12pm.

All collected bags should be returned to the green by Monday morning for collection by the council. Only council blue bags will be collected. 

A few basic guidelines that need to be adhered to:
– Wear gloves
– Bring a bag for the litter/ weeds
– If weeding on the roadside wear a hi-vis vest and face oncoming traffic
– Put the gloves in the rubbish bag
– Wash your hands afterwards

One thing that Covid has taught us is how important it is to have amenities close to us. Please help us to keep our area clean. 

Take pictures before and after and send them in to us. Let’s try to cover the whole of Roebuck and to also stay safe.
You can see a couple of photos of the sort of areas that need looking at on the website
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(The very hard working Tidy Districts Team is behind this initiative. It would be great if we could show our appreciation for all the hard work they do by as many as possible coming out and doing a bit of cleaning up this weekend. – The Committee)

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2. Cruinniú na nÓg – This Saturday
Do you know about Cruinniú na nÓg? It’s Ireland’s national day of free creativity for children and young people, and this year it’s on this Saturday, June 13th. Obviously events have been quite curtailed and most things are taking place online this year. 

One of the organisers is a Roebuck resident, Carla on Farmhill Road. She’s behind the programme of events for South Dublin County Council. These events will be streaming on www.facebook.com/CruinniuSouthDublin from 11am on Saturday. If you miss it at that time, it will stay up on the page, or you can go to this YouTube Channel- https://bit.ly/CruinniuTVChannel, where it will be all up and running by Saturday morning.

More information can be found at https://bit.ly/CruinniuTVSD. You can also see some information on this PDF.

Thanks to Carla for sharing this with us.

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Council are also running a programme of events for Cruinniú na nÓg. You can read all about that here.

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3. Some County-Wide Information Sent to us from the PPN
1. Free webinar on Sustainable Energy Communities (SEC) in collaboration with the DLR PPN:
Tuesday June 16th at 7:00pm. The purpose of this 40 minute information session is to introduce you to the Sustainable Energy Communities Network and to see what benefits and supports it can bring to your group and its members. The event will be facilitated by Gavin Harte who is the SEAI Community Energy Mentor for Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown. Read more here

2. From Land to Sea – Fly Your Flag at Dún Laoghaire Harbour:
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council are asking everyone of all ages to come together in a day of solidarity and create a flag that we will fly at Dún Laoghaire Harbour in August 2020. As we emerge from the fifth and final phase of the Covid 19 public health restrictions, the Council are asking you to make a flag with your message of hope for the future. Tell your Covid-19 story! Read more here.

3. Community Connection radio show in collaboration with DLR PPN:
Tune in to Dublin South FM today 93.9FM, 3pm Friday 5th June 2020 for Community Connection, Dublin South FM’s monthly community affairs show. There will be a repeat on Saturday 6th June 4pm. Read more here.

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4. Latest Email from Covid-19 Health Communications Stakeholder Support#InThisTogether Wellbeing campaign
Thank you for all of the fantastic support for the #InThisTogether Wellbeing campaign, from the Department of Health and the HSE. This will continue to be on the airwaves in June.

The website is www.gov.ie/together and the hash tag is #InThisTogether. Partners are recommended to continue to share their wellbeing content under the hash tag #InThisTogether.

The radio adverts can be found here and include new ads which are being aired on national and local radio relating to:
1.       Social distancing and disability – keeping in mind people with disabilities, including the visually impaired
2.       Sleep – advice for people experiencing disturbed sleep at this time
3.       ‘Small Walk’ – advice for people who are worried about getting back out and about or may be feeling unsteady on their feet  

Family Carers Ireland – offering family carers free counselling sessions
As a carer, there are times when mental health and emotional well-being may be challenged due to a combination of the demands of a caring role, and the additional worries of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Family Carers Ireland offer help to family carers, as they believe no one should have to care alone. They have developed a free, short-term online and phone counselling service for family carers, and will connect carers with a qualified counsellor from a panel of approved professionals.
The service can be accessed through the website or through the National Freephone Careline on 1800 24 07 24.

Online Mental Health Supports – As part of their on-going collaboration with HSE Mental Health, Silvercloud Health has made four of their online mental health and wellbeing programs free to access for all health sector staff and volunteers. The four programs cover: Stress; Sleep; Resilience; and Challenging Times, and were developed in response to COVID-19. These programs, which are self directed, feature evidence based content in a series of modules that draw on well-established interventions such as cognitive behavioural therapy. The HSE and Silvercloud want to ensure that the wider health sector can avail of the programs. To find out more and to access the content, please visit the dedicated landing page and please remember to use the access code HSE2020. Further information on minding your mental health during Covid-19 can be found here .

COVID-19 Deaf and Hard of Hearing Communications Resources
For people who are deaf or hard of hearing, communicating in a health setting such as a busy clinic or ward situation can be difficult. The COVID-19 pandemic and the necessity for many healthcare staff to wear face masks have made communication even more difficult, especially for people who may rely on lip-reading.
The Irish Deaf Society and Chime, in partnership with the HSE, have prepared resources for use by Healthcare workers and people who are deaf or hard of hearing. These can be found here and include guidelines for staff, communication supports and videos in Irish Sign Language.  

Institute of Public Health survey – The Institute of Public Health is inviting people to take part in an online anonymous international survey to help understand how people are coping during the Covid-19 pandemic. The survey has been developed by the International Loneliness and Social Isolation Research Network (I-LINK) that includes the Institute of Public Health along with Ulster University, Trinity College Dublin and Maynooth University as well as colleagues from the UK, Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, Canada and the USA. The intent is that the information will help understand how the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted individuals, families, communities, policies and services at both a country and global level.
See survey – https://bit.ly/36PxDg1

Public Health Information: As always, for the most up to date information and advice on Coronavirus, please go to: https://www2.hse.ie/coronavirus/ and https://www.hpsc.ie/a-z/respiratory/coronavirus/novelcoronavirus/.

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