Update and Notice of Public Meeting – 7th June

Monthly meeting Wednesday next 7th June, 8.00 pm Parish Centre. All are welcome.

Following a request received from Actavo (Ireland) Ltd., Dublin City Council is considering the temporary closure of the following road to facilitate road reconstruction on the dates and times listed below:

Skreen Road (from Navan Road to Blackhorse Avenue), Dublin 7 from 00.00hrs on Monday 19th June 2017 to 24.00hrs on Monday 17th July 2017.

In addition to the traffic management plan as detailed on the webpage below, pedestrian and local access will be maintained during the period of the closure.

http://www.dublincity.ie/main-menu-services-roads-and-traffic/current-roadworks-temporary-road-closures

Any person may lodge an objection, in writing, to Dublin City Council, Environment & Transportation Department, Block 2 Floor 6, Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8. The closing time and date for receipt of objections is 12:00 midday on Wednesday 31st May 2017. You may email your objection(s) to roadworks.control@dublincity.ie

Update and Notice of Public Meeting 3rd May

Our monthly meeting Wednesday next 3rd May 8.00 pm Parish Centre – all are welcome with your local problems, or better still – your ideas.
PHOENIX PARK – NOTE

For improved environment and recreation Chesterfield Avenue closed to vehicular traffic over summer weekends, from 8 p.m. Fridays – 8 p.m. Sundays and Bank Holidays – starting Friday 28th April – Sunday 24th September. 1st May is Bank Holiday.

Lots things to do/ Visitor Centre – Children (6-11 yrs.) Free Art workshop Sundays from 11.00 – 12.30, must be accompanied by adult;  
Adults – Free Lectures & walks Sundays in May 3.00 p.m. – booking necessary – 6770095;

Wednesday walks during May from Visitor Centre 11.00 – 12.30 – weather permitting.

Links to Phoenix Park on our web page http://www.navanroad.com contact us at 089 2010724/leave a message

Update 2nd April – notice of monthly meeting

Notice of Monthly meeting Wednesday 5th April 8.00 pm Parish Centre – ends approx. 9.30. www.navanroad.com
Report From Policing Forum 23rd March :-    
Illegal parking on footpaths raised by many – Gardaí to visit all areas/will impose parking enforcement ;

Bad behaviour at Keyhole (Kinvara Park) entrance to schools, endangering children daily – Gardaí will look at parking enforcement relating to all cars illegally parked.

Requests for speed deterrents Navan Road has gone to Traffic Advisory (TAG) which takes 5 stages. Flashing speed signs are in use within Fingal/D.15 to good effect;

Ashtown Grove – marked for road repairs – we have asked if this to be piecemeal or a proper repair – await confirmation.
 Opinions welcome – Bring your suggestions to our meeting on 5th April.

Update 24 February plus notice of meeting

Our meeting Wednesday 1st March 8.00 pm Parish Centre. We would love to have new people consider joining, and if you have professional experience to offer even better. Attendances at monthly meetings, occasional Committee meeting, and some DCC Council meetings . Also Navan Road/Pelletstown Police Forum, about 3/4 times a year. We were lobbying for this before Pelletstown lands were even re-zoned – some things take gigantic efforts, so determination helps! Result – Forum held alternately on Navan Road and a Pelletstown community centre.
Community Gardaí inform us via our Text Alert system – they will supply an information pack about Personal pendant alarms, such as Pendant; Watch; Fall alarm. Normal cost €250, free to all over 65. NOTE; There is a €66 annual monitoring fee. Information Packs be collected from Cabra Station, or ring 01 6667420, Community Gardaí 01 6667421 – leave a message on voicemail if not there – their work takes them out & about

Navan Road – Parking during School Runs

We are asked to remind parents of ongoing parking issues at the keyhole area in Kinvara Park, at school pick up times. Small children are in danger daily from badly parked/badly turning cars. PLEASE do not park in or block driveways, clearways, double yellow lines, or anywhere that might cause obstruction, at
-Keyhole Kinvara Park; 

– Villa Park

– on Navan Road, especially on marked clearway outside Church and Doctors’ Surgery

– in spaces for disabled drivers

The car park behind the church is designated for parent parking.

Constituency Commission – submission date 10th January

Tuesday 10th January is the deadline for submissions to the above commission. As you may be aware, the community council is of the opinion that the Navan Road area should revert to Dublin Central for the next General Election. The text of that submission is set out below. 

Anyone wishing to make their own submission can do so via email or post. 

Submissions can be emailed to constituency.commission@housing.gov.ie 

or by post to 
The Secretary 

Constituency Commission 

Room 1.65 

Custom House 

Dublin 1 

Further details are at http://www.constituency-commission.ie

“Dear Sir/Madam,

I wish to make the following submission to the current Constituency Commission on behalf of the Navan Road Community Council.
1. That Dublin Central reverts to a four-seater constituency.

2. That the electoral areas of Navan Road, Ashtown A and Ashtown B be returned from Dublin West to Dublin Central.
Following the last Constituency Commission it was decided to remove an area of Swords from Dublin West. In order to maintain Dublin West as a four seat constituency it was decided to carve up Dublin Central and transfer from Dublin Central to Dublin West Ashtown A, Ashtown B and a part of the electoral division of the Phoenix Park.

This was to the detriment of those remaining in the new Dublin Central and residents who were moved into other constituencies.

Dublin Central was redrawn as a three seat constituency. A three seat is not the ideal type of constituency as every effort was previously made by Commissions to minimise the number of these sized constituencies across the country.

The redrawn boundaries also meant that the socio-economic balance of the constituency was upset. There is a concentration of lower socio-economic groups in Dublin Central where the majority of CSO respondents indicated that they were in non-professional groups, mainly D, E, F and G. A proper socio-economic balance needs to be restored.

The changes have also disrupted the socio-economic profile in surrounding constituencies. The removal of areas with higher socio-economic groupings from Dublin Central led to them being added into other constituencies such as Dublin West, which already has a large group who identify themselves as being in the higher socio-economic groups. This will have shifted the balance in that constituency. 

New census information shows that a three seat Dublin Central will far exceed the limits allowed in the legislation governing the number of people (30,000) per TD. This will mean that boundary changes are required. Dublin Central should be returned to a four seat constituency.

The division of Dublin Central and the redistribution of the Navan Road area (Ashtown A, Ashtown B) into Dublin West also had other negative consequences. 

Firstly, it has resulted in our area being divided into two parts one of which is in Dublin Central and represented by Councillors in Dublin City Council. The other part is in Dublin West but represented by Councillors in Dublin City Council. 

In the 2016 General Election no sitting Dublin Central TD contested the election in Dublin West. This left us feeling disenfranchised as the elected TD’s for Dublin West are concentrated and invested in the residents in the original parts of that constituency.

Representing our residents often means liaising with local and national representatives. This has been made much more difficult now that part of our area is represented by TDs with no connection to the Local Authority in Dublin City Council. 

This situation was made worse when the local election boundaries were changed placing the Navan Road area into the Cabra/Finglas Ward which covers three General Election Constituencies.
 

“The Commission is not required to avoid the breaching of the boundaries between the local government counties of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown, Fingal and South Dublin and between these and Dublin city. However, given that these county administrative boundaries are in place for over 18 years the Commission recommends adherence to these boundaries where this is feasible and practicable”

We would draw your attention to the findings of the previous Commission (see above) in relation to the removal of Swords from Dublin West.and would respectfully request that Ashtown A, Ashtown B and the part of the Phoenix Park be reinstated into a four seat Dublin Central Constituency.”

Update – 5th November 2016

Fingal area – Racecourse development.

We have been pursuing with Fingal for some time, the need for a pedestrian crossing at entrance to Racecourse development from where residents are crossing over the central median to get to bus stop, in great danger. Fingal have finally informed a very helpful Councillor, new to us – ‘that they will fund this, it has gone out to tender, to be commenced early next year ‘ . We hope when pedestrian lights operate, that this will slow traffic a little, coming down from D. 15 across the roundabout to the benefit of Ashtown residents, those from new area of Pelletstown, and walkers to and from Phoenix Park.

Leaf fall.

DCC have blue bags for collection of leaf fall – available Cabra Office (opposite Clarkes Bakery) which they will collect when full Ph. 01 2227400 cabraoffice@dublincity.ie – OR better still, keep these leaves in a large plastic bag to create leaf mould in a few short months for your garden.