Fine Gael Ard Fheis hears warning that worsening traffic congestion will hamper Dublin’s economic growth!

March 1, 2014 by  
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25a busCllr. William Lavelle, local councillor for Lucan, has addressed the Fine Gael Ard Fheis in the RDS, warning that worsening traffic congestion will hamper Dublin’s economic growth.

William stated: “For three years, Fine Gael in Government has worked to get more people back to work; and we see the results of this every day in the form of more cars on our roads, because more people back to work means more trips to work.”

“As local councillor for Lucan, I see this every morning, every evening, in lengthening tailbacks on the N4.”

Cllr. Lavelle outlined how in Lucan, council road engineers had recently reported that “since September the level of congestion has increased. This is primarily due to (road) capacity provided in recent years being finally used up…”

Cllr. Lavelle warned that “worsening traffic congestion will hamper Dublin’s economic growth”.

William added that: “going forward, we can’t just rely on individual car trips to get people to work. We need to provide and promote more public transport options, so those who can use public transport have that option; and so that those who need to use their car can do so without having to face crippling congestion.”

Cllr. Lavelle argued that in the short term, this should mean putting more buses on the Capital’s roads while making sure routes are direct and fares are kept low.

William stated: “When you see, as I do in Lucan: overcrowded buses, passing by and not stopping at overcrowded bus-stops; then you know we need more buses on the roads! But if we want more buses on the roads and if we want the state’s subvention to stretch further, then we need to open up the market to more private operators, in healthy, regulated competition with Dublin Bus; not replacing or privatising Dublin Bus.”

Cllr. Lavelle further stated that “the recent decision of the National Transport Authority to open-up only 10% of routes to competitive tendering; and none to the city centre; simply does not go far enough!”

“Dublin needs more buses on the road. Dublin needs more bus competition.”

 

Speech by Cllr. William Lavelle to Fine Gael Ard-Fheis 

That this Ard Fheis calls on the Government to begin to increase bus service capacity in Dublin, both private and public, to help alleviate traffic congestion and support economic growth.

Chairman, Ministers, Delegates,

For three years, Fine Gael in Government has worked to get our economy back on track;  to get more people back to work; and Fine Gael’s policies are working!

We see the results of this, every day, in the form of more cars on our roads; because more people back to work means more trips to work.

As local councillor for Lucan, I see this every morning, every evening, in lengthening tailbacks on the N4.

Dublin’s road network is beginning to creak under this extra pressure. We simply don’t have enough road space. In Lucan, council road engineers recently reported, in writing; and I quote: “since September the level of congestion has increased… This is primarily due to (road) capacity provided in recent years being finally used up…”

Remember, traffic congestion does not come without a cost.

Worsening traffic congestion will hamper Dublin’s economic growth!

So, going forward, we can’t just rely on individual car trips to get people to work. We need to provide and promote more public transport options.  So those who can use public transport have that option; and so those who need to use their car can, without having to face crippling congestion.

In the short term, this should mean putting more buses on the Capital’s roads while making sure routes are direct and fares are kept low.

When you see, as I do in Lucan: overcrowded buses, passing by and not stops; then you know we need more buses on the roads!

But let’s be realistic. The scope for additional Government subvention is limited; and anyway subvention can only go so far. If we want more buses on the roads and if we want the state’s subvention to stretch further then we need to open up the market to more private operators – in healthy, regulated competition with Dublin Bus; not replacing or privatising Dublin Bus.

In this regard, the decision of the National Transport Authority to open-up only 10% of routes to competitive tendering; and none to the city centre; simply does not go far enough!

Dublin needs more buses on the road. Dublin needs more bus competition.

I commend this motion to the Ard-Fheis.

Thank You

 

New Kishogue Community College to open in September 2014

January 25, 2014 by  
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William has welcomed the significant progress in the delivery of the new Kishogue Community College for the Lucan South area. Kishogue Community College will open to students this September.

The college will be run by the Dublin-Dun Laoghaire ETB (formerly Co. Dublin VEC) in partnership with Educate Together. The enrolment principles for the College will prioritise children living in/attending schools in the Lucan South area.

William stated: “When I was elected to the Council in 2009, I identified a second-level school for the Lucan South area as my No.1 priority. This was at a time when Lucan was facing a future second-level place shortage, which was not helped with the Fianna Fail Minster for Education Mary Hanafin saying that local children should travel outside Lucan!!!”

“I am delighted that our campaign for secondary school was therefore successful.”

Previously as planning consultant to the Lucan South Secondary School Action Group, William drafted the changes to the Council Development Plans which secured, for the first time, a commitment to delivery of this school.

When elected a Councillor, William prioritised the sale of a site by the Council to the Department of Education;

Planning permission was granted for development of the school in 2013.

Construction is now underway on a site close to the Outer Ring Road.

The first Principal of the College was appointed last week. The new Principal is Mr. Niall Hares who is current Principal of Confey Community College in Co. Kildare. William stated: “I wish Mr. Hare all the very best in his new role and I welcome this appointment which marks another step forward in our long campaign for a new second-level school for the Lucan South area.” 

Artist’s impression above forms part of planning application prepared by McCullough Mulvin Architects and submitted by Co. Dublin VEC.

 

Free WiFi for Lucan Village

May 18, 2013 by  
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– Proposal first tabled by Cllr. William Lavelle in February
– Local businesses, led by River Café, to house equipment supported by SDCC
– Free WiFi represent first ‘big win’ for Lucan Village Network

Local businesses in Lucan Village, led by Michael Keane of the River Café, this week joined with Cllr. William Lavelle, local councillor and Chair of the Lucan Village Network in welcoming theintroduction of free WiFi in Lucan Village.

This follows a proposal initiated by Cllr. William Lavelle at the February meeting of the Council’s Lucan Area Committee. In response, the Council has worked with William and with local businesses including the River Café, Kenny’s Vesey Arms, Fresh’n’Fruity and McAllisters Fish.

The Council has worked with a third party supplier to secure the required infrastructure.

Michael Keane of the River Café stated: “It is great news for Lucan Village that it has been selected for the Wifi project. It is also great to see that all the hard work of Lucan Village Network is bearing fruit. That South Dublin County Council is supporting WiFi in the village is very encouraging for future enhancements. The Lucan Village Network continues to drive initiatives for the improvement of our village amenities and we hope to get support for these in the near future.”

Cllr. William Lavelle stated: “The provision of free WiFi in Lucan Village represents the first ‘big win’ for Lucan Village Network and our efforts to attract more visitors to Lucan Village. I wish to thank the Council IT Department for their active support in responding to my proposal and I wish to commend local businesses for their proactive and enthusiastic approach in helping to introduce this important new initiative.”

William is pictured with Gerry Kenny of Kennys Vesey Arms, Michael Keane of The River Cafe and Dave McAllister of McAllisters Fish

Lavelle welcomes South Dublin vote to reduce development levies

January 14, 2013 by  
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Fine Gael councillors had repeatedly called for levy reduction so as to support jobs and investment

Cllr. William Lavelle, Fine Gael councillor for Lucan, has today the vote by South Dublin County Council to significantly reduce development levies. This follows a three year campaign by Fine Gael councillors to reverse the previous 33% increase in levies voted through by the Sinn Fein-Labour majority in December 2009.

The new scheme adopted at today’s council meeting provides for a levy on non-residential development of €81.65 per square metre, reduced from the current rate of €111, representing a complete reversal of the previous 2009 increase. The draft scheme also provides for a levy on residential development of €88.27 per square metre, reduced from the current rate of €120. This scheme also includes a number of exemptions aimed at supporting small businesses who wish to develop or extend their premises.

William states: “In 2009 the Sinn Fein-Labour majority on South Dublin County Council controversially voted to increase development levies on new business premises by an outrageous 33%. This increase was opposed by Fine Gael and since then we have repeatedly called for a reversal in this increase”.

Last year the council’s Economic Development policy committee agreed to review the Development Contribution Scheme. A sub-group of the Committee, of which William was a member, met regularly to thrash out a new scheme. This work was informed by an independent consultant’s review of the current Development Levy Scheme.

Commenting on the newly-adopted scheme William stated: “I warmly welcome the decision to reduce these levies, in particular the reversal of the 2009 increase in levies on commercial development. I have consistently argued that commercial development levies act as an unfair burden on local businesses, in particular small businesses, who despite the recession seek to expand their operations and premises.”

“I believe that in reducing these levies we are be sending out a strong message that South Dublin County is open for business and investment!”