SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL – LUCAN ROAD/CHAPEL HILL

February 28, 2017  

Following contact from numerous parents of children attending the five schools (three primary and two secondary) in the Lucan Road/Chapel Hill area, Cllr. William Lavelle conducted an online survey on the issue of safe routes to the five schools. This is designed to seek feedback from parents, staff and pupils which will then be used to support requests to South Dublin County Council and the National Transport Authority for safety improvements.

The survey is now closed. You can continue to email comments to wlavelle@sdublincoco.ie

Watch this space for reports on follow-up action on foot of the survey.

William will be conducting similar surveys in other areas at a further stage.

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Open Kishogue rail station – Sign the online petition!

May 22, 2016  

William has launched a fresh campaign calling on the new Minister for Transport Shane Ross must open the €6.35 million ‘ghost station’ at Kishogue (close to Foxborough, Moy Glas & Griffeen), to tie in with the planned reopening of the Phoenix Park rail tunnel.

The reopening of Phoenix Park tunnel will allow trains from the Kildare line, including Lucan and Adamstown, to travel via Glasnevin Junction to the Connolly, Pearse and Grand Canal Dock stations.

Kishogue station is located on the Outer Ring Road, within a short walking distance of multiple Lucan housing estates, including Foxborough, Moy Glas & Griffeen Glen.

Both Irish Rail and the National Transport Authority have claimed that funding is necessary for works to complete an access road and car-park.

Minister Ross must release the funding to complete the works to the access road and car-park and he must give us a firm commitment that this station will be opened at the same time as the reopening of the Phoenix Park tunnel.

Please sign the online petition at: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/minister-shane-ross-must-open-kishogue-rail

Image courtesy of The Echo Newspaper

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Newcastle Road school-time HGV Restriction

December 7, 2013  

I am delighted that this restriction will come into effect shortly. I have worked closely with residents on this campaign since 2008. The campaign finally secured its’ aim only after a recent effort led by me at Council level, with the support of residents. My efforts as Councillor included 14 meetings between November 2012 and June 2013 including:

          Motions to the Lucan Area Committee which moved on the process;

          Meetings on-site with South Dublin Chamber of Commerce;

          Securing an amendment to the CountyHGV policy which I drafted and proposed and which paved the way for the Newcastle Road restriction.

I wish to thank and commend Helen, John, John, Liona & Maria who were the group of residents I worked closely with in bringing this campaign to fruition.

List of  meetings in period November 2012 to June 2013 leading to Newcastle Road HGV restriction

27/11/2012: Cllr. William Lavelle tabled motion at Lucan Area Committee meeting on introduction seeking Newcastle Road school-time HGV restriction

28/11/2012: Finnstown Residents attend deputation meeting in South Dublin County Council (with Cllr. Lavelle) to seek Newcastle Road school-time HGV restriction

18/12/2012: Cllr. William Lavelle’s motion from November Lucan Area Committee meeting is debated at the December meeting

28/11/2012: Finnstown residents and Cllr. Lavelle meet to discuss next steps in campaign

22/01/2013: Cllr. William Lavelle tables a further motion at Lucan Area Committee meeting to progress the request for Newcastle Road school-time HGV restriction

01/02/2013: On-site meeting outside Esker schools between Cllr. William Lavelle and South Dublin Chamber (of Commerce)

07/02/2013: At a meeting of the council’s Joint Economic/Development Transport committee Cllr. William Lavelle proposes an amendment to the County HGV policy that would allow the Newcastle Road school-time HGV restriction to be introduced.

26/02/2013: Cllr. William Lavelle’s motion from January Lucan Area Committee meeting is debated at the February meeting

27/02/2013:Following their on-site meeting with Cllr. William Lavelle, South Dublin Chamber (of Commerce) issue letter to SDCC on HGV policy which does not object to proposed introduction of Newcastle Road school-time HGV restriction

23/04/2013: Cllr. William Lavelle tables a further motion at Lucan Area Committee meeting to progress the proposal for school-time HGV restriction, in particular on foot of letter from South Dublin Chamber (of Commerce)

07/05/2013: The council’s Joint Economic/Development Transport committee agrees the new County HGV policy in the which included Cllr. William Lavelle’s amendments which allow Newcastle Road school-time HGV restriction.

11/06/2013: Finnstown residents and Cllr. William Lavelle meet to discuss remaining steps in campaign.

10/06/2013: The June meeting of South Dublin County Council ratifies the new policy HGV mobility in the County including Cllr. William Lavelle’s amendments allow Newcastle Road school-time HGV restriction.

25/06/2013: Cllr. William Lavelle tables a further motion at Lucan Area Committee seeking formal agreement on introduction of Newcastle Road school-time HGV restriction on foot of adoption of new policy. At this meeting it is agreed to introduce Newcastle Road school-time HGV restriction later in 2013.

 

Text of motions tabled by Cllr. William Lavelle to the Lucan Area Committee and the Joint Economic/Development Transport committee

Lucan Area Committee – November & December 2012

That this Area Committee, NOTING:

  • Approximately 2,100 children attend St. Thomas NS, Scoil Áine Naofa & Lucan Community College, located on the Newcastle Road;
  • That another approximately 400 children attend Adamstown Community College, (due to rise to 1,000), many of whom currently reside in the Greater Lucan Area, east of the Newcastle Road;
  • There remains significant local concern among parents of children attending these four schools regarding pedestrian/cycle safety along Newcastle Road;
  • On foot of the elected members’ request during a discussion on a headed item report at the November 2010 meeting, the Manager wrote to the Garda Commissioner seeking his support for a school-time HGV restriction on Newcastle Road;
  • The Garda Authorities wrote to this Council in January 2011 advising that An Garda Síochána supports the introduction of school time heavy goods vehicles restriction on the Newcastle Road, Lucan”;
  • That this Committee, at the March 2012 meeting, agreed my motion requesting “The Manager to conclude any remaining consultations with stakeholders so as to present a report to the May meeting of this committee for the purpose of consideration of the proposal to introduce a school-time HGV restriction on Newcastle Road.”

And FURTHER NOTING:

  • Policy T30 of the current South Dublin County Development Plan; 
  • The legal obligation flowing from section 15 (1) of the Planning and Development Act 2000 which states that “It shall be the duty of a planning authority to take such steps within its powers as may be necessary for securing the objectives of the development plan.”

Now REQUESTS the Manager to immediately proceed to initiate the required statutory process for introduction a school-time HGV restriction on Newcastle Road between the Nangor Road & N4.

Lucan Area Committee –January & February 2013

“That this Area Committee restates its request for the immediate introduction of a school-time HGV restriction at Newcastle Road similar to that in place in Lucan Village since 2008; and noting the motion approved at the December 2012 meeting which requested the Manager “to conclude the required statutory process for introduction a school-time HGV restriction on Newcastle Road between the Nangor Road & N4 junctions”; requests the Manager:

  • To confirm or clarify, clearly and unambiguously, the statement made at the December 2012 meeting to the effect that the only outstanding element of the required statutory process relates to the ongoing consultation with South Dublin Chamber;  
  • To report on the consultation with South Dublin Chamber;
  • To immediately conclude the required statutory process with a view to bringing a report and recommendation to the Lucan Area Committee similar to the report presented to the June 2008 Lucan-Clondalkin (1) ACM on the proposed Lucan Village restriction. 

Joint Transport/Economic Committee – February 2013

The following were amendments tabled by William to the draft County HGV policy:

  • To amend the defining framework to include HGV restrictions” where there is low level of pedestrian/cycle trips to schools located on a route subject to HGV usage, which may be improved through introduction of appropriate restrictions.”
  • To amend the process for dealing with requests for HGV restrictions to include following text: “The presence of schools on the route and existing levels of pedestrian/cycle activity along the route shall be assessed as well as the potential of increasing pedestrian/cycle activity is an appropriate restriction was introduced.”

Lucan Area Committee – April 2013

That this Area Committee requests the Manager to provide a detailed report on the recent review of pedestrian/cycle safety at Newcastle Road; and requests the Manager to agree to the introduction of a three-axel restriction on Newcastle Road, between the N4 & Nangor Road junctions, at limited school start and close times; noting that introduction of a three-axel restriction would support the objective of South Dublin Chamber, as stated in correspondence to this Council dated 27th February, to permit lower weight commercial vehicles access to more of the County’s road infrastructure to support commercial activity in South Dublin County.

Lucan Area Committee – June 2013

That this Area Committee, noting the new Council Policy Document on ‘The Mobility and Management of Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGV’s) on South Dublin County Road Network’; and further noting the previous requests from this Area Committee to ‘conclude the required statutory process for introduction a school-time HGV restriction on Newcastle Road between the Nangor Road & N4 junctions’;  REQUESTS the Manager to finally agree to the introduction of a 12500kg restriction on Newcastle Road, between the N4 & Nangor Road junctions, at limited school start and close times; noting that introduction of this limited restriction would greatly support efforts to improve the current low rates of pedestrian/cycle trips to and from local schools; and further would support the objective of South Dublin Chamber, as stated in correspondence to this Council dated 27th February, to permit lower weight commercial vehicles access to more of the County’s strategic road infrastructure to support commercial activity in South Dublin County.

Lavelle welcomes review of Adamstown masterplan

March 12, 2013  

– Councillor secured agreement for review at recent council meeting
– 10 years since plans adopted for Ireland’s newest town
– 1,249 occupied units in Adamstown – Lavelle says “Adamstown is no ‘ghost estate’.”

Cllr. William Lavelle, local councillor for Lucan, has this week welcomed the planned review by South Dublin County Council of the Adamstown SDZ masterplan. The strategic development zone planning scheme is 10 years old this year, having been adopted in 2003 as an ambitious plan for Ireland’s newest town.

At the January meeting of the Council’s Lucan Area Committee, William tabled a motion: “That this Area Committee recognises the importance of Adamstown SDZ Planning Scheme in guiding the sustainable development to date of Adamstown, but recommends that it would be appropriate during 2013, ten years after its adoption, to review the SDZ Planning Scheme including, in particular, the phasing requirements; and to provide the residents of Adamstown an opportunity to input on the future planning of their community.”

Council managers accepted William’s request, reporting that: “Review of the Adamstown SDZ Planning Scheme forms part of the Planning Department work programme for 2013. The Local Area Committee was briefed on this and other matters related to the 2013 forward planning work programme prior to the January Area Committee Meeting. The review process will facilitate input from all interested parties, including in particular, Adamstown residents.”

Councillors were last week advised that the Council was initiating the statutory process to amend the Adamstown SDZ Planning Scheme and that the process will include ‘pre-plan’ public consultation from 25th March to 22nd April 2013 and will include facilitated sessions for residents, landowners and other stakeholders.

Latest statistics indicate that of the 1,400 units commenced, there are 1,249 occupied residential units in Adamstown – meaning an 89% occupancy rate.

William states: “These figures prove that Adamstown is no ‘ghost estate’. It has a vibrant residential population. But the changed economic climate has seriously stalled the development outlook for Adamstown. I feel it is therefore timely that we update the Adamstown masterplan and that residents play a central role in the future planning of their community.”

William has recently met with representatives of the new Adamstown Residents Association regarding the consultation process and a proposal to establish a resident’s planning group. William has also met with representatives of the Adamstown Community College Parents Association, Adamstown Cricket Club and with both Castlethorn Developments, who developed the southern ‘Castlegate’ area of Adamstown; and with Grant Thornton, who are the court-appointed Receivers overseeing completion of the northern ‘Paddocks’ area of Adamstown

William commented that: “having spoken with many Adamstown residents I believe that the upcoming review should include a number of key objectives including:
– Revising the phasing of much-needed community infrastructure such as the long-awaited Sports/Community Hall and the first large park;
– Linking up the Castlegate & Paddocks areas so as to consolidate the Adamstown community; and
– Revising residential densities and parking ratios so as to ensure that future development is both sustainable and realistic.”

William added: “As local councillor, I am committed to ensuring that Adamstown is not simply left as an unfinished development.”

William pictured with Minister Frances Fitzgerald and members of Adamstown Cricket Club

Lavelle welcomes progress in taking-of-charge of Larkfield and Mount Bellew estates

March 12, 2013  

Cllr. William Lavelle, local councillor for Lucan has welcomed progress in the taking-in-charge of both Larkfield and Mount Bellew estates, both of which will shortly be advertised for final taking-in-charge by South Dublin County Council

Larkfield and Mount Bellew were both developed by Fitzgibbons Bros.

William states: “Over recent years I have worked with residents to seek to progress the taking-in-charge of both Larkfield and Mount Bellew. “

In 2010, William helped secure the taking-in-charge of open spaces at Larkfield. However the taking-in-charge of roads and drains has since been delayed. Last April councillors were advised that the major barriers to taking-in-charge of Larkfield related to legal issues surrounding wayleaves. This remained the case for many months.

However last November William received information from the estate developer, Fitzgibbons Bros, advising that legal documentation had in fact been previously submitted.

William states: “On foot of this information I intervened with the council and between this and the proactive approach of Fitzgibbons, things began moving. Last week I received a letter from the council to advise that the process has been progressed to a stage where it will be advertised for taking-in-charge.”

At the same time, Fitzgibbons completed works in Mount Bellew including required CCTV surveys of the drainage system. This work has been completed to the satisfaction of the council and William was also advised last week that that the taking-in-charge of Mount Bellew is now also to be advertised.

William added: “I wish to thank both Fitzgibbons and the council for progressing these taking-in-charges. As local councillor I am delighted that we have been able to progress the completion of so many estates in recent times.”

Gardai & Council seize 78 horses from lands at Newcastle Road

November 17, 2012  

Joint operation in response to community safety and animal and welfare concerns highlighted by Cllr. Lavelle

Cllr. William Lavelle, local councillor for Lucan, has this week welcomed a joint operation by Gardai by South Dublin County Council which resulted in the seizure of 78 horses from lands at Newcastle, between the 12th Lock and the Polly Hops. The Gardai and Council were supported by the staff of a horse pound in Urlingford, Co. Kilkenny to where the animals were taken. Only one of the horses was legally chipped and registered as required by the Control of Horse Act. This information was provided to Cllr. Lavelle in a briefing by Lucan Gardai.

Cllr. Lavelle stated: “I welcome this joint operation and I wish to thank both Gardai and the Council for responding to my concerns about horses being kept illegally on these lands. Many of these horses were being ill-treated and ridden in a dangerous fashion along Newcastle Road and in the nearby Finnstown estate. This is the third time that the council has seized horses from these lands at my request, but this has been by far the largest operation to date.”

“This operation was aimed at improving community safety and addressing animal welfare concerns.”

 

Lavelle welcomes significant breakthrough in long-running taking-in-charge saga

September 23, 2012  

– Legal documentation finally submitted to the council to allow taking-in-charge of open space at the access road to Rossberry, Tullyhall and Haydens Park

 – Cllr. Lavelle has had this issue on the agenda for every meeting of the Lucan Area Committee for the past two years

 Cllr. William Lavelle has welcomed the significant break-through in the long-running saga relating to taking-in-charge of open space at the access road to Rossberry, Tullyhall and Haydens Park. Cllr. Lavelle has received confirmation that the legal documentation required for the taking-in-charge has finally been submitted to the council.

These three estates have been built for over 14 years, yet in all that time the open space has not been handed over to the council. As a result the grass has been often left to grow long and this open space has been often left unkempt to the frustration of local residents.

Cllr. Lavelle has sought to progress this taking-in-charge since being first elected to the council and he has welcomed the submission of legal documentation.

Cllr. Lavelle states: “I have had this issue on the agenda for every meeting of the Lucan Area Committee for the past two years as well as holding regular meetings with council management to seek to progress the taking-in-charge. I have not given up on this issue and I have received significant support from local residents.

“I am delighted that these efforts have now resulted in the submission of legal documentation. While it will take a few weeks to verify and process the necessary legal work, I am very hopeful that we are reaching a final satisfactory conclusion to this long-running saga.

 

William’s submission on planning application for St. Andrew’s NS

August 17, 2012  

William’s submission is available by clicking here: http://www.sdublincoco.ie/viewdocument.aspx?filename=1851718.pdf

Lavelle calls on council to drop proposals to open-up estate railings

August 17, 2012  

Councillor meets with Fforster residents opposed to unwanted ‘permeability’ project

Cllr. William Lavelle, local councillor for Lucan has joined local residents in opposing controversial plans to open up gaps in the railings between Fforster estate and the Outer Ring Road.

William states: “I recently attended a meeting with a large number of Fforster residents opposed to these proposals which are being proposed as part of a so-called ‘permeability’ project.

“Residents in Fforster are very clear that do not need permeability measures foisted on their estate to increase their levels of walking and cycling. Instead residents fear that these new gaps will bring unwelcome traffic into their estate, especially late night spillover from the Mint nightclub located immediately opposite one of the proposed gaps.

“Last year I successfully supported residents of Moy Glas in opposing proposals to open-up railings at Griffeen Avenue. Yet again I am supporting residents against unwelcome proposals.

“I will be tabling a motion at the next full county council meeting calling on the Manager to focus on improving pedestrian and cycle safety along key routes to schools, not on projects which the community does not want.

Council refuse proposed takeaway at Tesco Shopping Centre

July 2, 2012  

South Dublin County Council has refused permission for a controversial planning application for a takeaway at Tesco Shopping Centre. William had supported Woodview residents in opposting this planning application. William’s objection is copied below.

To: Planning Department, South Dublin County Council, Tallaght, Dublin 24.

29th June 2012

Re: Objection to Planning Application Reg. Ref. SD12A/0109 

 Dear Sirs,

 I wish to lodge an objection to planning application reg. ref SD12A/0109 for change of use of retail unit to a food take-away restaurant at Lucan Shopping Centre.

 I enclose the prescribed fee of €20.

Impact on Residential Amenity

I share the concerns of local residents regarding the impact of this proposed takeaway on the residential amenity of Woodview, Hillcrest, Dodsboro Road and the apartments at Wentworth and Woodview Court immediately opposite the proposed takeaway.

I have a consistent record of objecting to applications for new takeaways which I felt would negatively affect residential amenity.

While I acknowledge that this unit is zoned ‘LC’, nonetheless, Policy S16 of the South Dublin County Development Plan 2010-2016, which was adopted by the elected member, still applies, i.e.:

“It is the policy of the County that the provision of restaurants, takeaways, nightclubs, licensed premises and betting offices will be strictly controlled, having regard to the following, where appropriate:

  • The effect of noise, general disturbance, hours of operation, litter and fumes on the amenities of nearby residents or adjoining commercial activities;
  • The need to safeguard the vitality and viability of shopping areas in the County and to maintain a suitable mix of retail uses;
  • Traffic considerations;
  • The number/frequency of such facilities in the area; and
  • Satisfactory arrangements with the Council in relation to litter control.

In line with Policy S16, I would in particular wish to point out the following:

  • A new takeaway will invariably  increase the likelihood of late-night loitering and anti-social behavior and problems of littering in the area;
  • A change of use will have parking and traffic implications in particular the increased likelihood of short-stay parking on Tandy’s Lane, opposite and close to the entrance to Woodview estate;
  • There is already similar uses in the general area including Dominos Pizza, 2 Lucan Shopping Centre (immediately next to the subject premises; The Tasty Chinese, 1 Dodsboro Shopping Centre and McDonalds, Celbridge Road (across the N4 footbrodge).

Lack of Information

Regrettably the planning application is ‘light’ on information, providing only basic plans, therefore preventing a proper assessment of its likely impact. In particular, the applicant has failed to submit any form of report or other details to indicate how this proposed development would comply with Policy S16 of the Development Plan. Neither has an assessment of the parking and traffic implications been provided.

I would feel that the failure to submit sufficient information is wholly unacceptable and represents sufficient reason to request a refusal of this application

Yours Sincerely,

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Cllr. William Lavelle

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