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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.

South Dublin County Council are allocating €30,000 for CCTV at St Cuthbert’s park – I am delighted with this – this is part of an overall plan to reclaim the park -I am glad that a working group has been set up to look at the Park. I had motions down re CCTV and working group.

South Dublin County Council is to resurface the car park at Clondalkin Leisure Centre in 2017. The Publin Realm Section of SDCC have confirmed that this work will be carried out this year i have put a lot of representations in on this issue. I am glad this issue will be resolved this year.

As you may have heard the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government have announced the funding allocations to Local Authorities under the Local Infrastructure Housing Activation Fund, (LIHAF).

SDCC has been allocated a total of €27.39m (details below) under the scheme to fund infrastructure associated with Residential Development. 25% of this funding has to be from each Local Authorities own Capital resources, which in this case will be funded via Development Contributions.

Adamstown SDZ Roads, Park €20m

Clonburris SDZ – Surface Water upgrade works €3m

Corkagh Grange Access Road, Pumping Station €4.3m

End result will be 11,500 homes

I now have written confirmation from the minister for Health that vacant posts will now be filled  in the Pest Control service We need this extra staff to deal with what is now an epidemic in certain areas, The current resources accommodate a 4 week delay and is just not acceptable and 2 staff to deal with the issue is not enough I am glad that this is now being resourced.

Following several issues with infestations of rats Cllr Timmons says ‘’The HSE Pest Control Service have advised that they provide a free service for the treatment of rats in private households; which covers both house and garden. Residents who are experiencing rats in their properties should contact the HSE on 1850 211774 to avail of this service.’’

I have also been made aware there is up to a 4 week waiting list for this service.  Cllr Timmons asks that people dump of their rubbish correctly and not create any breeding grounds for these vermin , stacking up rubbish , leaving food out back can attract these much feared and dangerous animals.

Keep all rubbish sealed and take it out  to bin anytime you throw food away. Avoid giving rats a reason to hang around your house. Make sure that you use a plastic bin, don’t just leave your rubbish hanging out in a rubbish bag. When you throw the rubbish bag out put it in a closed bin for disposal. If it is just hanging out around your house it’s easy access for rats.