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.