Ashington Park


There is a possibility that seating could be installed in Ashington Park in the near future. At present there are no such facilities which would allow walkers to rest and enjoy the park. This has thrown up questions around the design and use of the park itself. At present there are large grass mounds on the perimeter of the park which prevents the park from being overlooked from the road. There is a feeling that the removal of these mounds would open up the park, making it more visible and therefore safer. There is little point in installing seating only to have it vandalised easily. Our playground lasted all of six months before being destroyed.

We are seeking opinions on the park and its usage. How do you feel it could be improved? We will then take these opinions to Dublin City Council. There is a poll below. Feel free to comment here or on our Facebook page.

Have your say – Wed 6th September 

Public meeting

Navan Road Community Council’s public meetings are back after the summer. The next one is on Wednesday 6th September at 8pm in the parish centre. All are welcome.

Residents have been contacting us over the summer with various issues which you may be interested in discussing on the night…

– Traffic and speeding on all routes around Kinvara/The Glens/Croaghpatrick Road/Skreen Rd/Nephin Road

-Development of the Cabra Farm site at Nephin Rd/Navan Rd

-Request for re-installation of a playground in Ashington Park

-Pelletstown/Ashington railway station 

…plus the usual, dog fouling, parking illegally and speeding on the Navan Road.

Policing Forum

Also, the Navan Road/Pelletstown Policing Forum will take place on Thursday 28th September at 7pm in Royal Canal Park Community Centre. This is your chance to bring issues to the attention of an Garda Siochána and Dublin City Council in a public arena. Any items can be sent to us on before 14th September and we will forward them for inclusion on the agenda. 

Update 2nd April – notice of monthly meeting

Notice of Monthly meeting Wednesday 5th April 8.00 pm Parish Centre – ends approx. 9.30.
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.

Dog Fouling

Sorry to put people off their lunches but as you can see in these pictures, last week we came across a lovely pile of dog dirt in  John Boscos schoolyard, of all places.  The white line you see is the line that the children queue up on to enter school in the mornings. We are appalled that Navan Road residents are letting their dogs run around the yard, we have witnessed some doing it late at night. There are railings around the Junior Boys’ School and it would appear that owners are letting their dogs squeeze under the railings to do whatever they like in that yard. 

This problem is becoming an epidemic in the area, both on footpaths and on green areas such as Ashington Park. The fact that some owners go deliberately to a yard or area where children will be playing defies belief. It is not difficult to take bags with you and pick up after your dog. There are even free bags available from Dublin City Council. 

This link contains information from Dublin City Council on attitudes to dog fouling. Dog dirt is a potential health hazard, especially to children. Please pick up after your dog. There are enough signs in the area advising you to do so and nobody should see this as acceptable behaviour. 

Notice of Monthly Public Meeting – 7th September

Monthly meetings start again Wednesday next 7th September – 8pm Navan Road Parish Centre. All welcome, especially some willing new members.
Over the summer we noted- 
 1. Ashtown Roundabout – Trees finally trimmed 11th June 2016. Our first query to DCC in 2007 when they promised ‘to look into it’ !   

Work done in 2016 by Fingal Co Council. Apart from looking much better – “A very nice cluster of trees” Dr. John McCullen OPW & Phoenix Park said – our main concern was to try make it a little safer for those living in the area or passing, who must cross there, and can now clearly see approaching traffic .

2. New Planning/Pelletstown – Appeal granted 29th July – Site is in a direct line looking across the canal from Kempton – (previously 2 football pitches with a third undeveloped )
DCC No. 3666/15 Appeal No. PL.29N.246373 = 318 dwellings comprising 176 apartments in 5/6 storeys; 142 houses; and 577 car parking spaces.

Interestingly, the Appeal Board’s report states ‘the proposed development WOULD BE ACCEPTABLE IN TERMS OF TRAFFIC SAFETY AND CONVENIENCE’, the proposed development would, therefore, be in accordance with the proper planning and sustainable development of the area. Our opinion and that of the Pelletstown Residents Associations (RCPCA and Rathborne Community Ass) is that 577 extra cars will add greatly to traffic problems in the area.