Update – 29th April

Monthly meeting next Wednesday 4th May – 8.00 pm Parish Centre – Come along to let us know your views.We try to finish by 9/9.30p.m. 

Runs in the Park

Bank Holiday Monday 2nd May ARC 10 K run some road closures from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Ashtown Gate/No right turn inside from 9.30 a.m. – 1.00 p.m.

Saturday 7th May – Darkness into Light – some road closures from 3.00 a.m. – 6.45 a.m.   

New trees for the Park – Many larger older trees have had to be felled due to danger and disease such as Ganoderma and Kretzschmaria Deusta which can cause crown or trunk collapse. In commemoration of 1916 a new avenue of 185 Plane Trees is being planted along Furze Road (across main Avenue from Visitor Centre). Think about planting a tree, suitable to smaller gardens, for next generation to enjoy. www.phoenixpark.ie 

Notice of temporary closure – Ashtown level crossing

Notice from Fingal County Council…

It is proposed to temporarily close Ashtown Road at the level crossing from 8.00 p.m. on Friday 6th May 2016 to 10.00 a.m. on Sunday 8th May 2016 to facilitate the carrying out of maintenance works by Iarnród Eireann at this location.
 The alternative route available is via River Road, Dunsink Lane and Navan Road (N3).

Pedestrian access will be maintained.
Any interested person may lodge an objection in writing with Mick Carroll, Administrative Officer, Castleknock Mulhuddart Operational Area, Fingal County Council, Grove Road, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15, to arrive no later than 4.30 p.m. on Wednesday 20th April 2016.

General Election Day – check your polling cards!

Our last blog post concerned the change in constituency for much of the Navan Road area. This Friday we go to the polls and this is a reminder to check your polling card for your correct polling station. Those residents living in Dublin West will vote in the school hall of John Bosco’s NS on the Navan Road. Some residents living on the city side of Nephin Road and Skreen Road are still in Dublin Central and should vote in St Joseph’s School for the Deaf. If you have not received a polling card yet but are entitled to vote then you can still turn up with identification. 

A Change in Constituency

  
REMEMBER; For the next General Election, Navan Road and Blackhorse Avenue, from Skreen Road out to Ashtown, plus all areas west of Skreen Road, Nephin Road are now in Dublin West constituency. This side Skreen Road is the dividing line, i.e. City side Skreen Road remains Dublin Central, and Bl. Avenue from junction with Skreen Road up to Ashtown is Dublin West . see http://www.constituency-commission.ie/cc/docs/Map%20C%20Dublin.pdf 

NOTE; The new Live Register comes into force on Monday 15th February and will be used for every election and/or Referendum held for the following 12 months. You can inspect it at Libraries, Post Offices and Garda Stations and use http://www.checktheregister.ie/ to be sure you are registered. If not, you can still register to vote by applying through the Supplementary Register. Forms are available from Library, Post Office and Garda Station.

(Map credit irishelectionstats.com)

Dublin City Transport Study

A consultation is underway to determine the future for transport in Dublin City. All aspects are being considered, bus, rail, Luas routes as well as facilities for cyclists and pedestrians for the period 2015-2023. 

The link to the study and FAQs is here. Navan Road Community Council has noted that it would appear that the proposed bus route from Navan Road into the city centre will run via Prussia St, across Queen St bridge up to Thomas St and Christchurch. It also appears that there will be no direct bus route into O’Connell Street such as that presently available via the 38 and 122 services. The intention is that commuters link up with Luas lines to access other areas of the north side. Below is a link to a blog post by Donal O’Brolcháin of Drumcondra which has various criticisms of the plan, not least that even the new Luas line from Broombridge completely avoids the North Central core economic area. Amenities such as the Mater Hospital and Croke Park will not be easily accessible. 

https://irelandafternama.wordpress.com/2015/07/23/does-dublins-core-economic-area-need-three-rail-links-between-the-docklands-and-heuston-stationinchicore

The closing date for submissions is 7th August. This is your chance to respond and give your opinion on the future of transport in Dublin City. Details and questionnaires are available at all public libraries and local Dublin City Council offices. Already 1300 responses have been received online. 

Ashtown Roundabout 

The issue of safety for both pedestrians and motorists at the Ashtown Roundabout is one which we have been pursuing for several years.  Anyone driving through it regularly will be familiar with having to slow down to let pedestrians cross at the Halfway House. People of all ages, mums with buggies, school-children and the elderly all have to take their lives into their hands to get across the main N3 safely.


The roundabout is under the ownership of both Dublin City Council and Fingal County Council. We have written to both on several occasions to, at the very least, talk to each other about the future of this junction. Fingal Co Co’s only response is to plan for a pedestrian crossing across the dual carriageway at the racecourse. Dublin City Council’s last response was to put all plans on hold pending the outcome of consultations on the proposed new Bus Rapid Transit from Blanchardstown to the city centre. The Bus Rapid Transport corridor is unlikely to happen for several years.

The National Roads Authority wrote in 2009 in relation to development at Pelletstown and recommended that the junction revert to a crossroads with a four-way pedestrian crossing. We on the council believe that this is the best option and will continue to bring the matter up with local representatives.