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Louise Bayliss
" A representative who is passionate about change. You're that person!"
Sabrina Ferris
"A person of integrity in public office."
Jim Jackman (Former President of the National Parents Council PP)
"Working for the people!. Fighting for the people's rights!"
Lorraine O' Brien
"He has inspired many people first hand and nothing ever seems to stop him promoting fairness and equality!"
Shonach Hanaphy
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Margaret Kerslake
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Maria Mc Grath
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56575 Councillor F. Timmons SDZ, LAPs and Planning Projects Motions 13/01/2018
That an outdoor swimming area be included in Clonburris SDZ

 

56573 Councillor F. Timmons SDZ, LAPs and Planning Projects Motions 13/01/2018
That habitats for the otters and bats be improved and increased and a stronger commitment is given to all wildlife protection

 

56574 Councillor F. Timmons SDZ, LAPs and Planning Projects Motions 13/01/2018
That all buildings residential and non-residential have dual flush toilets installed to save water and also separate urine to recover the phosphorous from the urine for use in agriculture.

 

56572 Councillor F. Timmons SDZ, LAPs and Planning Projects Motions 13/01/2018
That SDCC place as many of the car parks, roads and rail track as possible underground as not to prevent free movement of cyclists and pedestrians.

 

56570 Councillor F. Timmons SDZ, LAPs and Planning Projects Motions 13/01/2018
That no fossil fuel powered heating systems are installed in Clonburris SDZ. Installing for example Natural Gas heating would lock-in the development to ongoing greenhouse gas emissions of CO2 for the next 30 years. The homeowners would also be at the mercy of rising carbon taxes and volatile gas prices caused by geopolitical and international economic crisis. Alternatives are available for example heat pumps, geothermal and district heating and that this is written into the SDZ

 

56571 Councillor F. Timmons SDZ, LAPs and Planning Projects Motions 13/01/2018
That SDCC clarify how there will be no repeat of the low building standards that happened in Balgaddy and Aras na Cluine and a commitment is given in the SDZ to on-going monitoring and inspection of all building work in the SDZ

 

56569 Councillor F. Timmons SDZ, LAPs and Planning Projects Motions 13/01/2018
That Diesel Particulate Filters (DPF’s) be fitted or retrofitted to all diesel powered non-road mobile machinery used in the construction of Clonburris SDZ. Such a measure would ensure that the air quality of the SDZ would be maintained during the construction phase and this is written into the SDZ

 

56498 Councillor F. Timmons SDZ, LAPs and Planning Projects Special Meeting of County Council Meeting on Clonburris SDZ Draft Planning Scheme Motions 11/01/2018
That this SDZ Calls for the re-introduction of the Affordable housing Scheme that would allow young Couples on the Average Industrial wage to buy their own Homes. We ask for an allocation towards affordable housing that’s fairly pitched at low and middle income families to meet the needs of struggling families in Dublin Mid West

 

56502 Councillor F. Timmons SDZ, LAPs and Planning Projects Special Meeting of County Council Meeting on Clonburris SDZ Draft Planning Scheme Motions 11/01/2018
“That there be a Specific Local Objective to provide a place of worship and community facilities for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Association Ireland at the former Fossett Site on Hayden’s Lane as designated in the accompanying Map.”

 

56501 Councillor F. Timmons SDZ, LAPs and Planning Projects Special Meeting of County Council Meeting on Clonburris SDZ Draft Planning Scheme Motions 11/01/2018
“This council is mindful of Ireland’s unhealthy relationship with alcohol and the effects of excessive drinking on our Families , Friends , Children , Community and our Nation’s Health.  In this regard we will commit to taking the following step – We ask SDCC Planning Department, in relation to the Clonburris SDZ that we as a Council limit alcohol places of sale to the two retail hubs and they must not be within 100m of either a community centre, sports facilities or schools.”

 

56445 Councillor F. Timmons SDZ, LAPs and Planning Projects Special Meeting of County Council Meeting on Clonburris SDZ Draft Planning Scheme Motions 09/01/2018
re Construction management: that there will be No access through existing estates or on Griffeen Avenue for construction traffic and Limitations on hours of construction site operation.

 

56444 Councillor F. Timmons SDZ, LAPs and Planning Projects Special Meeting of County Council Meeting on Clonburris SDZ Draft Planning Scheme Motions 09/01/2018
Re Permeability to include a stipulation that appropriate and meaningful consultation with residents must take place prior to permission to amend existing boundaries of existing estates.

 

56443 Councillor F. Timmons SDZ, LAPs and Planning Projects Special Meeting of County Council Meeting on Clonburris SDZ Draft Planning Scheme Motions 09/01/2018
Provision of adequate infrastructure to support the provision of 8,500 new homes – at Outer Ring Road / Griffeen Avenue Junction which will serve 6 schools (4 primary and 2 post primary) provision of overhead pedestrian crossing to ensure safety of pupils of each of these 6 schools on their journey to and from school.

 

56440 Councillor F. Timmons SDZ, LAPs and Planning Projects Special Meeting of County Council Meeting on Clonburris SDZ Draft Planning Scheme Motions 09/01/2018
in relation to all existing residential estates that a Maximum of 2 storeys only be adjacent to existing 2 storey homes.

 

56439 Councillor F. Timmons SDZ, LAPs and Planning Projects Special Meeting of County Council Meeting on Clonburris SDZ Draft Planning Scheme Motions 09/01/2018
The provision of a permanent Garda Station and Fire Station, along with appropriate resources to be provided within the proposed SDZ.

 

56332 Councillor F. Timmons SDZ, LAPs and Planning Projects Special Meeting of County Council Meeting on Clonburris SDZ Draft Planning Scheme Motions 04/01/2018
56284 Councillor F. Timmons SDZ, LAPs and Planning Projects Special Meeting of County Council Meeting on Clonburris SDZ Draft Planning Scheme Motions 02/01/2018
that all the needs of the Travelling community are factored into the plan and that consultation and agreement with Clondalkin Travellers development group is written into the plan

 

56283 Councillor F. Timmons SDZ, LAPs and Planning Projects Special Meeting of County Council Meeting on Clonburris SDZ Draft Planning Scheme Motions 02/01/2018
that there is no access to the new builds from Ashwood Estate

 

56282 Councillor F. Timmons SDZ, LAPs and Planning Projects Special Meeting of County Council Meeting on Clonburris SDZ Draft Planning Scheme Motions 02/01/2018
that a commitment is given in the SDZ to provide housing in conjunction with a community center/s in a phased manner

 

56280 Councillor F. Timmons SDZ, LAPs and Planning Projects Special Meeting of County Council Meeting on Clonburris SDZ Draft Planning Scheme Motions 02/01/2018
No development over 2 storey adjacent to the existing estates of Cappaghmore and Ashwood to prevent overlooking and that Existing trees along boundaries of existing estates should be preserved to enhance privacy, in particular at Ashwood and Cappaghmore.

 

56279 Councillor F. Timmons SDZ, LAPs and Planning Projects Special Meeting of County Council Meeting on Clonburris SDZ Draft Planning Scheme Motions 02/01/2018
That recycling facilities are included in the plan and built in as part of the plan

 

56278 Councillor F. Timmons SDZ, LAPs and Planning Projects Special Meeting of County Council Meeting on Clonburris SDZ Draft Planning Scheme Motions 02/01/2018
That a commitment and timeframe for delivery of community facilities is given in the plan with facilities that caters for the Young, Teenagers, People with a disability and older people.

 

56277 Councillor F. Timmons SDZ, LAPs and Planning Projects Special Meeting of County Council Meeting on Clonburris SDZ Draft Planning Scheme Motions 02/01/2018
Commitment be given that fully inclusive Playspaces are included for every 2000 houses built.

 

56276 Councillor F. Timmons SDZ, LAPs and Planning Projects Special Meeting of County Council Meeting on Clonburris SDZ Draft Planning Scheme Motions 02/01/2018
A firm commitment should be given to developing a SME (Small to medium enterprise)centre to encourage development and growth in the area

 

56275 Councillor F. Timmons SDZ, LAPs and Planning Projects Special Meeting of County Council Meeting on Clonburris SDZ Draft Planning Scheme Motions 02/01/2018
That no estates with cul de sacs / closed roads in particular in Balgaddy, Ashwood Estate, Oldbridge, Rossberry, Tullyhall and Foxborough be opened up by the Development of the Clonburris SDZ.

 

56274 Councillor F. Timmons SDZ, LAPs and Planning Projects Special Meeting of County Council Meeting on Clonburris SDZ Draft Planning Scheme Motions 02/01/2018
A firm commitment and timeframe for expanding LUAS to serve Clondalkin, Clonburris and Lucan must be sought before any building takes place at Clonburris.This must be included in the plan.

 

56273 Councillor F. Timmons SDZ, LAPs and Planning Projects Special Meeting of County Council Meeting on Clonburris SDZ Draft Planning Scheme Motions 02/01/2018
The Kishogue rail station has been lying idle since it was built nine years ago, it should open before any development takes place. This should be written into plan

 

56272 Councillor F. Timmons SDZ, LAPs and Planning Projects Special Meeting of County Council Meeting on Clonburris SDZ Draft Planning Scheme Motions 02/01/2018
That all housing is a mixed development of Social and Private in the Clonburris SDZ.

 

56271 Councillor F. Timmons SDZ, LAPs and Planning Projects Special Meeting of County Council Meeting on Clonburris SDZ Draft Planning Scheme Motions 02/01/2018
That 30% of the Council owned land within the Clonburris SDZ is used for Council housing as to increase the amount of Social Housing that is needed to deal with our housing crisis.

 

I Want to thank everyone for there huge support  , 306 lbs is a lot of weight it took years to get here and will be a huge challenge to loose , i will be going walking a lot (will be aiming for most mornings) and everyone is welcome to join me I look forward to supporting each other over the next few weeks – Round Tower GAA – Operation Transformation 2018

#RoundTowerGAAOperationTransformationFrancisTimmons2018

Name: Francis Timmons
Age: 46
Weight: 21 St 9lbs
Main motivation for participating:
Francis was recently diagnosed with high blood pressure which, among other things, is closely related to bad lifestyle choices.
Food intake on a typical day:
Breakfast – doesn’t eat breakfast, EVER!
Lunch – White bread cheese sambos x3
Dinner – Usually around 9pm or after the pub.. mostly microwave meals or takeaway (4 nights a week)
Snacks: not applicable
Alcohol consumption per week:
4 nights a week – 6 or 7 pints per night
Most difficult thing to change/give up:
Cut down visits to the local pub & start eating breakfast

Francis works sporadic hours in his capacity as a local councillor and other work commitments. Because of this he’s very likely to make bad food choices on a daily basis.. he’s not a fan of the TV or board games so heads to the pub to de-stress and chill out.. he’s recently become embarrassed while struggling to tie his shoe laces in public.. at 46 years of age, he knows this isn’t right and is determined to make a change.. it’s a brave decision to put yourself out there, so let’s get behind him!!

I am submitting motions in before January 14th on the Clonburris SDZ and am open to reasonable amendments to the SDZ , There will be meeting to vote on motions and SDZ will be voted on on the 2nd February. Please contact me if you would like to discuss or submit to http://www.francistimmons.com/submit-an-issue/

Over the past year I have given much consideration to my position within the Progressive Alliance on South Dublin County Council and it is with regret I must conclude that continuing in the Progressive Alliance is unsustainable for me . I am therefore withdrawing from the Progressive Alliance (Community Alliance . Sinn Féin and Labour) but will continue to work with the Community Alliance (Independents,Social Democrat and Green) with immediate effect.

I am very proud to represent the Clondalkin area as an elected Independent Councillor and will continue to work with Integrity and honesty for the best for Clondalkin.

I am glad to see some progress on a motion i had passed at the Development plan meetings in 2015 you will see my motion below headed item:

COMHAIRLE CONTAE ÁTHA CLIATH THEAS SOUTH DUBLIN COUNTY COUNCIL

MEETING OF ENVIRONMENT, PUBLIC REALM AND CLIMATE CHANGE SPC

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

HEADED ITEM NO. 7

Teen Space – Update on commencement of public consultation

REPLY:

Provision has been made to initiate a countywide consultation process on teen spaces and facilities in 2017.

This study will examine the provision of facilities for teenagers in parks and open spaces in South Dublin County; including provision of Youth Cafés where appropriate within parks and open space locations. The Community Department is involved in this study with Environment Water and Climate Change. The study will report to the Elected Members as the study is progressing.

The study will include examination of facilities in relation to:

  1. Active recreation
  2. Passive recreation

The study will also engage in consultation on the provision of facilities for teenagers in our parks and open spaces with particular focus on:

  • Teenagers
  • Facility providers
  • Relevant interest groups

The study has commenced with some background research currently underway to assess the current level of provision for this group.

MEETING OF DEVELOPMENT PLAN MEETING

Thursday, June 18, 2015

MOTION NO. 97

MOTION: Councillor F. Timmons

That a core objective of SDCC will be that youth cafes and safe meeting places for teenagers will be looked at being provided in Local Community centres and such facilities that may be unused in the evening times in an effort to provide much needed facilities for the 13-19 age group.

REPORT:

General policies set out throughout the County Development Plan support and facilitate the provision of recreational facilities for children of all ages at suitable locations. Policy CI1 Objective 6 specifically supports flexible and adaptable community buildings to incorporate uses such as youth programmes and youth cafes.  This motion is agreed.

Recommendation

It is recommended that this motion is adopted.

I have organised for Dublin Bus to meet with the elected Councillors for Clondalkin area this Wednesday from feedback i have received i will be raising the following issues:

• Palmerstown Woods / Millford / Cloverhill Prison to Liffey Valley and into City Centre
• Newcastle to Bawnogue to Liffey Valley to Lucan to Blachardtown
• Balgaddy (No current service)
• A shuttle bus from Newcastle to Saggart Luas taking in Rathcoole School
• 13 Bus extra needed 7am to 740am *Increase in peak hours
• A shuttle bus between the Mill and the Red Cow Luas
• A Bus stop near the Ibis Hotel
• More 69 Busses (Review)
• Bus service Old Church – Cherrywood
• Buses between Tallaght, Clondalkin and Liffey Valley
• bus between Clondalkin and Lucan village
• bus from Clondalkin to Lucas via N4 so people can get to Maynooth by public transport ie connect to 66.
• Shuttle Bus to train station
• A relook at the 40 bus service (Review)

I had the below motion down at the Clondalkin area committee meeting on Dec 14th 2016 “That this committee agrees that 1A Saint Patrick’s be sold and the money raised be ring-fenced to purchase 2 property’s in order to Honour an agreement made with St Patricks Residents and house two families on our Housing List.” The motion was deemed out of order and this is not possible or allowed.

At a meeting of the Council, 9th January 2017, the elected members voted to place the Council owned property at 1A St. Patrick’s Road, Clondalkin, Dublin 22 on the market for sale by private treaty.

On  Monday 8th May the Council Report states the County Manager now recommends that the Council disposes of the property and site at 1A St Patricks Road, Clondalkin, Dublin 22 for the sum of €400,000 and i will be supporting this.

I remain strongly convinced that the house should never of been built in the first place and that it was a dreadful waste of taxpayers money from day one. Hopefully some of the wasted Taxpayers money can be recouped from the sale of the house and from the taxes that the owner will pay.

Mr John Saunders Dublin Bus Area Manager will meet the Clondalkin area Councillors on 17th May in Clondalkin Civic Offices at my request to discuss bus services in our area (See below motion) Any suggestions i will raise at meeting!

52848 Councillor F. Timmons Clondalkin Area Committee Clondalkin Area Committee Meeting 15th March 2017 Motions 16/02/2017

“That Dublin Bus management is written to and ask them that a meeting with management and Clondalkin Area Councillors is convened to look at all deficits in the Bus Service for the Clondalkin Area , to include Bus Service Deficits in :
1) Palmerstown Woods / Millford / Cloverhill Prison to Liffey Valley and into City Centre
2) Newcastle to Lucan to Bawnogue to Liffey Valley
3) Balgaddy”

MEETING OF CLONDALKIN AREA COMMITTEE

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

MOTION NO. 10

MOTION: Councillor F. Timmons

“In light of the SDCC Corporate Plan and its expressed aim of maximising our natural resources/tourism and community use potential, does SDCC have a position regarding the development and management of the facility that is Corkagh Park Fisheries?  Also the ETB are also wondering what the current position is with the fishing pond in Corkagh Park. (They would be very interested in organising fishing days there if it was stocked.) Also the opportunities for people with a disability to use the facility.  We ask that a full report be brought to the Area committee for discussion.”

REPORT:

The Corkagh Fishery arose initially from the development of a flood attenuation scheme on the River Camac following significant flooding in Clondalkin Village in the late 1990’s / early 2000’s. Following construction of the flood attenuation ponds, an opportunity to develop a “put and take” fishing facility as an amenity concession in Corkagh Park was developed and opened in 2004.

In recent years the Council has been examining its options, which are varied, in relation to the operations at the Corkagh Park fishing lakes.

BK Golf Management Ltd are managing the facility for some time, on a voluntary basis, in line with the Camac Valley Licence Agreement, at the requirement of South Dublin County Council following the outcome of a failed tender process specific to the Fishery operation.

Consideration and discussions on potential options for operation of the facility, (including with Elected Members and potential interested parties) have been extensive. In more recent times the Council considered reissue of a tender opportunity for the management and operation of the Fishery, with a particular focus on community linkages and previous experience in managing community based fishing facilities or other similar facilities, on a not for profit basis.

Notwithstanding the above, in the intervening period, having regard to the Council’s ambition to develop the offerings at Corkagh Park (as a whole) in order to attract national and international visitors to the area, and to support the growth and development of tourism in the area, the Council commissioned an options and feasibility report for the further development of the tourism potential of Corkagh Park.

The findings and costings for the deliverables of the recommended elements of the report referred to above includes for a further more comprehensive study on the potential of lakes and angling in Corkagh Park, and this is currently being pursued.

In the meantime, there will be no immediate change to the current operations at Corkagh Fishery, which was recently restocked with some 1,200 fish.  General maintenance and repair works will be undertaken to allow for the continued safe use in its current format.

My Response:

The main thing is to get it fenced in. There is no other business in the world that would spend 1000s on stock and leave the front door open at night with nobody around so why should a fishery owner. Unfortunately it is easy pickings for poaching at the minute so nobody wants to pay 100s on fish to stock it for them to be killed. Any successful fishery in the country is fenced in to protect the fish stocks. The coffee shop could also be run as a tackle shop but because it’s left unattended at night nobody wants to leave €1000s worth of tackle in it to be broken into. I spoke with Dublin pike anglers  who tell me All Ireland jnr qualifiers could be run on it which would bring people from all over the country to Clondalkin if the fish stocks where regularly stocked and protected They could also hold big BBQ days on it with the club. People will pay to fish if the fishing is good. I am informed that there is great opportunities for People with a disability in terms of day services and competitions and learning.  I would welcome a return to the glory days of Corkagh Fisheries.

 

 

MEETING OF CLONDALKIN AREA COMMITTEE

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

MOTION NO. 1

MOTION: Councillor F. Timmons

”In regards to Cyberbullying and children , we ask SDCC to look at what can be done in Libraries in Clondalkin and North Clondalkin (when built) to combat this growing and worrying issue. To ask that a campaign be looked at to deal with this issue that poses a serious threat to many children within our area. This should include all types of Social Media.”

REPORT:

Libraries are aware of the dangers of Cyber bullying and have safeguards in place with regard to our public internet usage and Wifi in all our libraries. Advice for parents is available on the library website http://www.southdublinlibraries.ie/our-services/childrens-zone

However, parents need to be vigilant and need to monitor the Apps and websites that their children are accessing.

To help parents the library service will organise workshops next autumn. These workshops, facilitated by Barnardos, will last one hour plus time for questions. Parents will be offered an opportunity to consider how they can increase their child’s online safety and what to do if they suspect their child is experiencing cyber-bullying.

Parents will be provided with take home information that offers the most up to date information in relation to the apps their child may be using and associated safety considerations.

My Response

Recent research Of the children who experienced cyberbullying, one third also reported feelings of depression related to the abuse.

The research shows gross inconsistencies between parents’ reporting of child cyberbullying, as only one in ten adults said their son or daughter had been a victim of cyberbullying.

According to the research, 51% of the online bullying happens to children on Facebook; some 14% said they had been bullied on Instagram.

Approximately 29% of girls said they had been bullied on Snapchat, while 16% of boys reported being harassed on this platform.

These reports are despite all three social media platforms claiming to have robust reporting procedures in place to deal with this type of behaviour.

The bullying of women is more prevalent, with one in four reporting having been body-shamed online.

The online bullying related to numerous behaviours, with one third of people saying that someone had spread lies or rumours about them on the internet.

Some 18% of respondents said an embarrassing photograph of them had been posted online and 35% reported receiving threatening text messages or emails.

People were also asked how they dealt with the harassment — “unfollowing” or “unfriending” was the main action taken that victims had taken.

“There are a number of factors that contribute to this, ranging from short-circuited early play stages to an immersion in a virtual and online world where nothing feels real.”  “What this means is that I see a photo you post of yourself online and I comment that you look like a troll. Then I log off and go about my life and I do not pause to consider that when you log on and read what I wrote that you will have an emotional response that I am, at least in part, responsible for.

“As a result of decreasing empathy and reflective functioning we are seeing higher incidences of online bullying and lower self-esteem in this demographic than ever before.”

I am very happy with the response and urge SDCC to play a big part in an anti-cyberbullying campaign, I have a similar motion down for full council meeting to urge this throughout SDCC and I also will ask at the full council to write to ministers for education in the schools and a change in laws.