13 Apr 2020

Eastery Updates

Hope you all had a nice weekend, as nice as possible anyway. Chocolate always makes things better we find, so hopefully you all got an egg or two to munch on.

Local Books
One of our members has let us know that he is very happy to loan and deliver books to anyone who is cocooned and short of reading material. Email us and we will put you in touch. He has thousands of books (Enid Blyton’s Famous Five to James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake) and will probably be able to find something of interest for you. In good weather he will leave a box of books at his gate from which people can borrow. We’d like to thank him for this very generous offer. A great service.

Easter Decoration Competition – Photos
We had a great response to our Easter Decoration competition, and the bunny judges were out on Saturday delivering the Easter egg prizes. We’ve put some photos of the beautifully decorated houses up on the website.

Other Photos
We’ve also put some other recent random photos from around the area up on the website too. Sure why not.

Banking Freephone Numbers
Banking freephone numbers have been set up for people cocooning. (Information taken from this Irish Times article.)
AIB: 1800 207 232
Bank of Ireland: 1800 946 146
KBC Bank: 1800 804 472
Permanent TSB: 1800 218 000
Ulster Bank Ireland: 1800 656 00

Planning
There is no sign of the IGB secondary school planning application drawings/details up on the DLR Planning website yet. According to the DLR website, the external scanning company they use is closed. The new emergency legislation means that the clock has been effectively stopped on the time period available to lodge an observation until April 21st. So that means there should be just under 5 weeks from that date to make an observation if you wish. Well unless things change again. More information regarding the changes to planning etc. can be found here.

DLR Biodiversity
DLRCoCo posted some biodiversity ideas and activities to do at home or in self isolation. The bird guide could be useful, and the mammal tunnel is an interesting idea. Although be prepared for what you might discover…
More here.

DLR Community Call Freephone Number
The DLR Community Call helpline now has a freephone number. 1800 804 535 or 01 271 3199. Both lines open from 8am – 8pm You can also email covidsupport@dlrcoco.ie
Please note: These numbers/email is not for ordinary Council services.

New Trees
You may have noticed some new trees in verges around the area. It looks like PJ from the Council was busy a few weeks ago putting in some new trees for us. (PJ sometimes works in mysterious ways, but we won’t hear a word against him.) If these new trees are outside your house (or the house of neighbours who might be cocooning), can you ensure they get regularly watered over the coming few months? If there’s a dry patch, they won’t survive.

24 Mar 2020

Coronavirus – Info for the Community

Come back Brexit, all is forgiven. Hope you’re all doing as well as can be expected. We thought we’d post some information that has been sent to us:

1. An email from DLR PPN (the umbrella organisation for community groups like ours). There’s a good summary there of the updates from the government today, some useful advice from the Guards, etc.

2. An email from the Department of Rural and Community Development which is organising the community-led response to Covid-19. They have identified three key actions for immediate priority:

a) Encourage and facilitate volunteering

b) Provide community supports for older people –in partnership with ALONE

c) Establish a helpdesk facility for local community groups –in partnership with the 31 Public Participation Networks nationwide

Further information on volunteering (beyond just our Support Network) can be found in the text below. You can also find information on how to volunteer on our website.

Note: There is a request in the email from the Dept of Rural and Community Development to print and distribute an information leaflet (6 pages) to people who do not have access or knowledge of digital platforms. If someone would be willing to take on this job for the residents’ association, please contact us.

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1. DLR PPN Email

Here are some relevant news and updates for the DLR community
– Summary of updates from the Government – 24th March 2020 : welfare entitlements, social distancing, rent, support for businesses and employers, and more. Please read here.

–  If you need to avail of assistance from An Garda Síochána in Blackrock an email should be forwarded to the District Office at  blackrock_ds@garda.ie. To read more, please click here.

(We presume Dundrum Garda Station is the one we should contact. To contact Dundrum station, call 01 6665600)

Airfield Estate are interested to hear from organisations that are in need of hot meals or hot meal supplies during the current Covid-19. Airfield Estate have a broad range of skills and facilities would be delighted to help out in any way they can. To get in touch, please email Aislinn Barrett at aislinn.barrett@airfield.ie

– An Garda Síochána have warned that fraudsters may exploit the spread of COVID-19 Coronavirus to carry out various types of scams. The three types of fraud to look out for:
         1. Phising / Smishing / Vishing
         2. Fraudulent Selling / Trading
         3. Social Engineering Scams
Please read here for more information on how you can protect yourself. If you have been a victim of fraud or cyber crime contact your local Garda Station. – Although we hope that you and your family will not need to ever undergo testing for Covid-19, it is important to keep track of all your social interactions, including those of your close family members. Keeping a list of people you have been in contact with in the last days and their contact details would help the contact tracing teams in their efforts, should there ever be a need to do this. Again, we hope no one will need to self-isolate but there is merit in keeping track of all your social interactions on an ongoing basis.  Read more here

– Organisations, residents groups and communities have gotten in touch to let us know the supports they are putting in place for those who are vulnerable. Thank you for that! If you are offering support or if you need support, please let us know. Staying in touch is now more important than ever.

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2. Email from Department of Rural and Community Development

March 24th
Dear All

The National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) is leading our public health response to COVID-19 and a National Action Plan was published on 16th March, setting out a whole-of-society response and mobilisation of resources across Government and society to fight the spread of the virus.  This Community Response Action Plan supports the National Action Plan and is focussed on our initial response in supporting a community response to COVID-19.

We have produced a Communications Pack for community and voluntary groups and members of the public and we would appreciate if you distribute this information across your networks, to members of your group, neighbours, friends and recipients of your service.  This pack contains:

1.      Department of Rural and Community Development – COVID-19 Government Action Plan to Support the Community Response.

CLICK HERE

2.      Information leaflet “You, Your Community and COVID-19” – We would ask that you distribute this across your communities, to individuals and in particular, those that do not have access or knowledge of digital platforms.  Maybe include them as part of a meals on wheels drop.

CLICK HERE

3.      How can I volunteer?

 CLICK HERE 

4.      Sensible volunteering – Do’s and Don’ts

CLICK HERE

5.      Advice for local community groups – how can we get volunteers?

CLICK HERE

6.      Advice for vulnerable people who need supports

 CLICK HERE 

7.      How to guard against fraud and generate trust

CLICK HERE

We remind you that the HSE website is the key source for health advice: www.hse.ie/coronavirus. It also includes posters and other resources that can be used in your community.

Our email helpdesk facility is available to assist you with advice or queries and is open 7 days a week – C&VSupports@drcd.gov.ie

We thank you for your assistance in spreading these important messages.

Kind regards

The Department of Rural and Community Development

20 Mar 2020

Join the Library

If you’re not already a library member, you can now join online here:

https://lgma.iii.com/selfreg

While libraries are closed due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), you do not need to finalise your application in the library before being able to use online services accessible at https://www.librariesireland.ie/elibrary

Just fill out the online form. You’ll get a temporary library number and you can set up a library PIN. With those, you’ll be able to access the online services at www.librariesireland.ie/elibrary straightaway.

There are still staff in the libraries during the day to answer any queries. You can phone or send an email.

12 Mar 2020

COVID 19 Impact on Services in DLR

Further to the announcement from An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar this morning and the guidelines issued by the Department of Health in the interest of public safety.

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council wishes to advise that there will be an impact on certain services over the period of 13 March – 29 March.

For the duration of this period:

  • All dlr Libraries will be closed to the public from close of business today, Thursday 12 March.
  • Events held inside Libraries buildings during this time will be cancelled. Unfortunately this will mean that the Mountains to Sea Festival for 2020 is cancelled.
  • dlr Heritage Events are cancelled.
  • dlr Parks events are cancelled
  • dlr CoCo Markets in Peoples Park and Marlay Park are cancelled.

However, please also note that:

  • All Parks will remain open.
  • Aside from Libraries, all Council public buildings will remain open, including County Hall in Dún Laoghaire, our Dundrum Offices and our recycling centres until further notice.
  • All other Council services will be operating as normal until further notice.

The above information will be subject to change as the situation evolves with the COVID 19 outbreak. The Council advise all citizens to stay in touch with latest updates on our website and social media channels.  

11 Mar 2020

OLG Judicial Review – Judgement Given

On 10th March, Judge Garrett Simons delivered his judgment following the Judicial Review hearing that took place on 19th, 20th, and 21st February in the High Court. This case was taken by a local resident, and member of the Roebuck Residents’ Association, Michael Redmond. He took the case without legal representation, due to the costs involved.

The Judicial Review was successful, the judge ordered: “The decision to grant planning permission is invalid and an order of certiorari will be made setting aside An Bord Pleanala’s decision of 15 August 2019”.

This means that the planning permission to build 132 units at Our Lady’s Grove campus is quashed, and the decision has been declared invalid by the High Court.

Roebuck Residents’ Association welcomes this ruling, and sees it as a vindication of the democratic process that has been compromised by the Strategic Housing Development (SHD) process. The judgement respects Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council’s conclusion that planning permission for this development ought to have been refused. It also respects the views of two local Residents’ Associations, many local residents, and parents of children attending the schools on the campus, that the scale and composition of this development were inappropriate for the school campus site.

The Association welcomes the fact that the “Institutional Objective” attached to the zoning of this site has been clarified and strengthened by Judge Simons’ ruling. Any future planning application for this site will now have to accommodate adequate public open space (25% of the campus site), which can be used by the schools and child care facility located on the campus site, as well as by the local community. By our calculations, an extra 2.32 acres will be available. It also means the other provisions attached to the “Institutional Objective” must apply. These are: appropriate density (35-50ha), tree protection and maintaintenance of the open character of the lands, and retention of sufficient space for the expansion of the schools in adjacent land. This ruling will have implications for all other (approx.) 47 sites with an “Institutional Objective” in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown.

We wish to note that Mr. Michael Redmond, the local resident who took this case, did so without legal representation, due to the substantial costs involved. We applaud his extremely impressive achievement , and we offer our sincere thanks and gratitude to him for all his hard work, and for representing the local community so ably.

02 Mar 2020

New County Development Plan – Submission

We made a submission to the first round of public consultation for the new DLR County Development Plan, due to come into effect in 2022. The areas we commented on were:

People, Home and Place

  • Protection Afforded to Institutional Lands Needs to be Strengthened
  • Downsizer/ Elderly Accommodation
  • Green Open Space for the Growing Population in DLR
  • Ensure Adequate Leisure Facilities for the Increasing population in DLR – Municipal/Community and Commercial
  • Waste Management
  • Place Marking Signage
  • Public Art

Climate Action and Energy Effeciency

  • Community-Based Energy Projects and Support
  • Private Development’s Role in the Decline in Biodiversity

Sustainable Movement and Transport

  • Making future development more sustainable
  • Making current land use sustainable
  • Speeding Enforcement and reduction
  • Illegal Parking

You can see our submission here.

You can see some of the submissions that were made here.

17 Feb 2020

Wall Repaired – Larchfield Road

We had a deputation meeting with the Council back in October of last year. (See here for more details.) The wall at the junction of Rosemount field and Larchfield Road was one item on the agenda. It was slowly but surely getting demolished, one block at a time, and it didn’t look great. Following on from this meeting the Parks Department have recently repaired and re-rendered the wall. Looks good, thanks Parks Department!

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.