Weekly update – 11 Dec

Ashtown Roundabout; After years of requests for safety improvements, we are informed Fingal Co. Council will at least remove low lying branches from the trees, “to increase visibility” . We continue to lobby for the required change back to a safe signalised crossing. National Roads Authority in 2009 wrote to DCC that a “proposed development in Pelletstown was premature pending improvement of the Roundabout” – regretfully ignored to date. We will again be requesting a meeting with Minister for Transport.
They also undertook to install a pedestrian crossing at entrance to Racecourse Estate/Navan Road. In the interim, this should have the benefit, on our side, of slightly slowing down traffic approaching the roundabout;   

Dog Fouling; After 2 years asking – New Dog Foul notices up in past week (was also dependent on ‘funding’): But REMEMBER your doggies cannot read, so please honour the notices, and ensure that no children pick up disease; nor vulnerable people step into it. All depends on your courtesy and respect for others.
Phoenix Park – AWARE 10k and 5k Christmas run – Saturday 12th. Some road closures from 7.30 – 12.30 Ashtown Gate, right turn only to allow access to Farmleigh. Over 3,000 participants expected. AWARE HELPLINE 1890 303 302

Aware Christmas Run – Saturday 12th December- Road closures

Aware will hold their annual  10k and 5k  Christmas Run next Saturday 12th December in the Phoenix Park. Please note that the following areas will be closed off.

Road closures 

Chesterfield Avenue from Phoenix Monument to Mountjoy Cross from 7.30am- 12.30pm

Ordnance Survey Road – 9.30-12.00

Upper Glen Road – 9.30-12.00

Gate closures from 7.30am to 12.30pm

Knockmaroon Gate

Chapelizod Gate , right only  (except access to Cheshire Homes)

Ashtown Gate, left only (except access to Farmleigh)

Christmas Fête – Sun 29th November

The Community Council will have a stand at Navan Road Parish Christmas Fete this Sunday, 28th from 11.00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m.
Come along and see us if you have any queries on local planning issues; traffic; policing; litter, or anything in the public interest. We will also take applications for the community Text Alert Scheme if you have not joined already. Joining fee €10.00 – renewable approximately two-yearly.

Ashtown Level Crossing

Irish Rail have published plans to close Ashtown level crossing and 5 others on the Maynooth line.There are several fly-over or tunnel options proposed to replace the Ashtown Road access, none of them particularly pedestrian friendly, and could involve a lonely walk under a tunnel, or over a long winding bridge. The impact on existing properties in the area between Ashtown Station and Martin Savage Park houses could be considerable, depending on which option is pursued.
None of the options currently being considered allow for the automation of the existing level crossing, which we have been requesting from Irish Rail for many years, and would of course be far cheaper. The tunnel, or flyover is unlikely to require planning permission as it can be classified as necessary strategic infrastructure.
Below are extracts from a report obtained from the NTA by Cllr Roderic O’Gorman showing the options under consideration. One option goes up Mill Lane and behind the Ashtown Riding Stables, emerging beyond Super Valu. The other option involves a horse shoe shaped flyover veering right off the existing Ashtown Road, encroaching on Martin Savage Park and the end of the playing fields.These will be up for discussion at our next public meeting on Wednesday 2nd  December at 8pm in the parish centre. All are welcome. 


Weekly update plus notice of public meeting

Monthly meeting this Wednesday 4th November 8.00 p.m. Parish Centre. All very welcome. 

TEXT ALERTS; Information and opportunity to join at meeting, cost €10.00 for more than a year. see http://www.navanroad.com

PLANNING; New Temporary Educate Together School for Ashtown/Pelletstown to open September – announced by Dept. of Education earlier in year. Plan No. 2657/15 lodged April 2015. We had to submit an observation- ‘Welcoming the long overdue school’, but pointing out the serious traffic dangers at the proposed site ( corner area beside Scribblestown/River Road crossroads – ‘with no pedestrian crossings there, or indeed anywhere throughout the entire Pelletstown development’. Belatedly DCC investigated and demanded 2 pedestrian crossing be put in place BEFORE the school could open, plus other technical matters. As a result the new junior infant children are currently schooled in the basement area of a Community Centre within Pelletstown/Rathborne.      It appears that preparatory works have just now commenced on the site for the temporary school. A school was written in to the original Action Plan 2000 for Pelletstown, but never built. 

Plan No 3666/15 for housing in Pelletstown. We have submitted to this also, welcoming the provision of lower rise housing. However the plan contains 577 car parking spaces so we have objected to this aspect, as premature to :- a) provision of new station; b) re-opening of 120 bus terminus at Ashtown, serving the existing Astown Station, so people can use public transport, rather then need for cars; c) safety corrective measures are taken with Ashtown roundabout, (demanded by National Roads Authority in 2009, when they themselves objected to a previous application within Pelletstown because of this traffic hazard). We still await a twice requested meeting with Min. for Transport on this last issue. Half 577 cars = 288 extra cars up Ashtown Road and our wider area.

Further information on all above and other matters at our meeting on Wednesday. Your views & support always welcome.

Weekly update 

Reminder: From Dublin City Council to add to our Community Gardai warning last week:-
“Stay Safe this Halloween”

Every year people suffer burns or lose hands, fingers or eyes.

Bonfires and Fireworks are dangerous. This Halloween please act sensibly.

To report any incidents or hoarding of materials freefone 1800 251 500 (office hours), loCall 1850 365 121 (evenings / nights / weekends) or online to dublincity.ie ,email to customerservices@dublincity.ie or contact our local Cabra office Ph. 01 -2227400 or email cabraoffice@dublincity.ie.
REMEMBER ALSO; The Dublin City Marathon on Bank Holiday Monday 26th October.  OPW have confirmed for us that there will be traffic restrictions in Phoenix Park between 8.45 am and 12.15 pm. The race is due to enter in North Circular Road Gate, go up the Spa Road, Chesterfield Avenue, out Castleknock Gate, Tower Hill, in Knockmaroon Gate, Upper Glen Road and out Chapelizod Gate.

Weekly update

We’ll be putting a short update on our activities here every week…

Danger at Pedestrian Crossings- At our public meeting last week (7th October) there were several reports of speeding cars, breaking traffic lights on Navan Road and endangering children, which we have referred to our Community Gardai in Cabra. They confirmed “the area is monitored by their own Divisional Traffic Unit and Dublin Castle, in marked and unmarked vehicles, as well as by the Gardai in Cabra”, and they have “copied your communication to our own traffic unit for extra attention ” .

They ask anyone who has specific information of such traffic infringements to please call Traffic Watch 1890 205 805 or report directly to the station at 01-6667400 with as much information as possible, i.e. time/date/reg. numbers. We realise it is extremely difficult to get accurate reg. numbers at such times, and ask that you do not get into any danger. If you can remember, jot down the registration number as soon as possible, or enter into your phone, and do not hesitate to report it immediately.

We are still left without a Community Garda Sgt. in Cabra Station – despite promises for a replacement, following retirement of the last one last year. There is an Acting Sergeant in place.

Halloween – Gardai have reminded us that “supplying materials for bonfire is considered illegal dumping and fines can be issued accordingly” If you see dangerous materials being stocked up, please call your local Cabra DCC office 01-2227400 – (phones open 9-5 Mon – Fri) or email to cabraoffice@dublincity.ie. 
We have extended our great sorrow at the dreadful loss to our Community Gardai of yet another compatriot, lost serving the public.