Please note that appeals have been lodged with An Bord Pleanála against the Council decision to adopt the Cherrywood SDZ Planning Scheme.
All further correspondence in relation to this appeal should be addressed to:
The Secretary, An Bord Pleanála,64 Marlborough Street,Dublin1.
Please note that if you wish to make submissions or observation to An Bord Pleanála in relation to these appeals they must be accompanied by a fee of €50.00 and must be received in An Bord Pleanála by 11th February, 2013.
Fine Gael Dun Laoghaire Deputy, Mary Mitchell O’ Connor TD, has warmly welcomed the Government cash injection into local sports facilities, in the form of the Sports Capital Grant. A total of €26 million was granted by the Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Minister Ring TD, to sporting facilities across the country.
“Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown is a significant beneficiary of the grant, receiving in excess of €870,000. The Sports Capital Programme is the main channel of Government support for developing sports facilities and purchasing equipment for sports clubs and organisations across Ireland.
“This is the first round of sports capital funding for four years and demonstrates the Government’s commitment to encouraging more people to take part in sport. The funding is due in part to the Government’s recognition of the alarming rates of obesity in children, teenagers and adults. As a nation, we need to be mindful of the amount of physical activity we engage in. The funding made available under this programme aims to enhance sporting facilities inspire all citizens to become more active and to focus on their health.
“Ten sports/leisure groups in Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown have been successful in securing funding under the programme. They are:
Cabinteely Park – €25,000
Clonkeen – €23,852
Marlay Park – €44,039
Marlay Park – €118,577
Marlay Park (all weather) – €300,000
Rockfield Park – €92,923
Sandycove Baths – €207,785
Dun Laoghaire Active Retirement Association – €18,224
Monkstown Lawn Tennis Club €25,000
St Joseph’s Boys AFC Ltd – €16,779.
“Demand for grant funding was extremely high. A total of 2,170 applications were received; the highest number of applications ever received under the Programme. These applications sought a total of €229 million in funding. It is fair to say that Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown fared extremely well in the allocation of funding and I look forward to seeing the impact the additional funds will have on local communities.“
A draft proposal for the introduction of Pay & Display (P&D) parking controls on Old Bray Road Cornelscourt in the vicinity of the shops and at The Mart was discussed with the owner/occupier of the main retail premises at this location in 2010. This proposal was not accepted. Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Transportation Department is required to consider its policy on the introduction of P&D schemes into residential areas because of financial constraints and introduce schemes in areas that are commercially viable for the Council with the objective of becoming self-financing.
The Transportation Department in introducing P&D in residential areas is committed to introducing all day parking and it is not proposed to amend the parking periods as set out in the proposal presented in 2010. It should be noted that at this time there are a number of areas requesting the introduction of P&D and in considering the introduction of P&D all areas must be assessed individually for prioritisation in line with the objects set out.
At a Tidy Districts Awards ceremony held for over 100 members of 42 local groups across the county, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council announced that Cabinteely Tidy Towns is the overall winner of the Tidy Districts Competition 2012.
Cabinteely Tidy Towns are no strangers to the competition winning best smaller urban centre for the last three years! Commenting on the award, the judging panel said that the group had shown great teamwork for the upkeep and maintenance of the village and surrounding area by working closely with the County Council, local schools, businesses and fellow residents associations.
This is the 20th Tidy Districts Awards with over 100 people from 42 different groups represented. Eighteen residential category prizes have been awarded to groups throughout the County (see attached list). Residents Associations and Tidy Towns Groups and schools between them received award money to the “tidy” sum of €8,600.
‘We are very proud of all the estates and tidy towns groups who entered this years competition, said An Cathaoirleach Cllr. Tom Joyce, speaking at the awards ceremony. ‘The standard increases every year and even with these tough times, it is very impressive to see groups of individuals who still make time to add value to their local communities by taking responsibility for their local environment.‘
“The Tidy Districts Competition gives the Council the opportunity to reward the hard working residents associations and tidy towns groups in the County. These groups take an active interest in and responsibility for their own local environments. Building this type of partnership with the Council increases the sustainability of the progress achieved and results in long term environmental improvement in the estates, towns or villages.” says Kate Hynes, Environmental Awareness Officer, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council.
- Overall Winner Tidy Districts 2012 – Cabinteely Tidy Towns
- Best Small Town (1st) – Cabinteely Tidy Towns
Local authority delivering for local communities.
Fine Gael Dun Laoghaire Deputy, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, has today (Wednesday) said the fact that Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council (DLRCoCo) has been shortlisted for ten Excellence in Local Government Awards is testament to the hard work being carried out by the Council on behalf of the communities it serves.
“The Chambers Ireland 2012 Awards, which are entering their ninth year, recognise the hard work done by Councils across Ireland. The shortlist, which has just been announced for this year’s awards, sees DLRCoCo nominated for a staggering ten awards out of fifteen categories. The nominations reflect the range of areas the Council has targeted for the benefit of Dun Laoghaire, Rathdown and the surrounding areas.
“Among the categories DLRCoCo is nominated in are Festival of the Year for the Summer of Heritage Festival, Parks & Recreation for the enhanced facilities available at Cabinteely Park, Sports Development for the Dun Laoghaire Bay 10k Race and the Local Authority Economic Efficiencies Award for Enhancing Economic Efficiencies through Increased Pro-Active Engagement with Business Customers.
“Radical reform of how local authorities do their business is being embarked on by Government. Now more than ever, we need to do more with less. We must ensure that local government, the business community and local residents are working together to achieve best results. It is quite clear that DLRCoCo is doing just that.
“These awards are an acknowledgement of the efforts being made on the ground by the Council and the breadth of initiatives that are taking place at local level. I wish all Councils the very best of luck with the awards, which take place in November, and I am exceptionally proud of DLRCoCo for its achievements to date.”