Gardai & Council seize 78 horses from lands at Newcastle Road

November 17, 2012 by  
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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 by  
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– 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.

 

Lavelle announces €1,500 equipment grant for Esker Amateur Boxing Club

August 25, 2012 by  
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 Cllr. William Lavelle, local councillor for Lucan, has announced that council managers will recommend a €1,500 equipment grant for Esker Amateur Boxing Club at next meeting of the Lucan Area Committee.

Cllr. Lavelle, who has been a big supporter of Esker ABC made the announcement at a show organised by the club.

William states: “Esker Boxing Club is providing a valuable sporting outlet for many local boys and girls. Following the superb success of Irish boxers at the London Olympics I have no doubt that we will see an increased focus on amateur boxing. We are very fortunate in Lucan to have two fine clubs working with so many young people. I wish to commend Ed Griffin, Martin O’Connell and all involved in developing Esker Boxing Club.

William added: “In recent weeks I had pressed council managers to provide some funding to the club and I have now been advised that on foot of my request a recommendation will go the next meeting of the Lucan Area Committee seeking approval for €1,500 grant to support the club in purchasing equipment. I am delighted to have been able to support the club with this grant.

Another victory for the community as Griffeen Centre takeaway is refused

May 21, 2012 by  
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Cllr. William Lavelle and Minister Frances Fitzgerald have welcomed the decision by An Bord Pleanala to refuse planning permission for a controversial proposed takeaway at the Griffeen Centre follwoing their joint appeal along with the Griffeen Glen Residents Association, individual residents and local businesses. The campaign was also supported by Cllr. Emer Higgins and local schools in the area.

 “This decision represents a big win for local residents. A takeaway being developed right next to a school and youth café would have had very serious negative consequences for local children. This is yet another example of inappropriate developments being granted permission by the Council and I am very pleased that An Bord Pleanala have upheld our appeal and overturned the Council’s decision,” said Fitzgerald.

This decision comes in the wake of the Council’s decision not to grant permission for a takeaway at a nearby store in Foxborough and the refusal of two similar takeaway applications at Rosscourt. Minister Fitzgerald went on to pay tribute to the energetic local campaign mounted by residents and residents associations in the area on this issue.

“I would like to thank all the residents in the Griffeen area who ran such a successful campaign on this. I also acknowledge the work of local Councillors, particularly William Lavelle, who worked very hard on this issue. This decision was a victory for the community. A granting of permission would not have been in the best interests of either the local environment or residents and I am glad that An Bord Pleanala recognised that, despite the Council’s failure to take on board what local residents and businesses were saying,” continued Minister Fitzgerald.

“The decision by An Bord Pleanala to uphold our review was primarily on the basis that this application was contrary to Policy S16 of the Planning Authority which states that the provision of restaurants and takeaways will be strictly controlled. This decision vindicates the policy objectives adopted by local Councillors. At a national level I am continuing to work closely with Minister Jan O’Sullivan T.D. on new national planning guidelines that could restrict the provision on new take aways close to schools and youth facilities,” concluded Fitzgerald.

Cllr. William Lavelle also welcomed the decision citing it as a ‘hat trick of local planning victories’.

“I am delighted to be able to support yet another victory for proper planning in Lucan. This decision by An Bord Pleanala marks a hat trick of refusals in the Lucan area which will help make Lucan a healthier residential environment,” said Cllr. Lavelle.

 “In our appeal we contend that this proposed takeaway represents an over-intensification of takeaway usage at the Griffeen Centre which is zoned residential.  As a result this development would have had a significant detrimental impact of the residential amenity of the area in particular of the Griffeen Glen Boulevard residential area through compounding the existing problems of traffic, noise, litter and general disturbance as well as having had an overly-negative impact on the heath and well-being of the local community; and in particular of children. This decision is a victory for our area,” concluded Cllr. Lavelle.
 

Lavelle secures council order for demolition of anti-social blackspot

May 7, 2012 by  
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Cllr William Lavelle, Local Councillor for Lucan has this week welcomed the news that on foot of his initiative, South Dublin County Council has issued orders under dangerous buildings legislation requiring the demolition of the derelict hayshed structure on the Coolamber site at Finnstown and requiring the permanent closing-up of a gap in railings at the rear of the site facing the residential area of Finnsview Read more

Council confirm footpath works for Dodsboro Road – Lavelle

February 14, 2012 by  
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Cllr. William Lavelle, Fine Gael councillor for Lucan has welcomed council confirmation that it is to proceed in coming weeks with installation of a footpath linking the entrance of Dodsboro Cottages with the Grotto and the existing footpath along the west side of Dodsboro Road. The council have this week sought tenders for the job. Read more

Lavelle secures works to reinstate Grand Canal tow-path

February 14, 2012 by  
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Cllr. William Lavelle, Fine Gael councillor for Lucan has secured agreement from Waterways Ireland for works to reinstate the Grand Canal tow-path west of the 12th Lock. Read more

Griffeen Valley Park dogs area to be installed before Summer – Lavelle

February 14, 2012 by  
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Cllr. William Lavelle, Fine Gael councillor for Lucan has welcomed confirmation that South Dublin County Council is to install a dogs-area in Griffeen Valley Park before the Summer. Read more

Design Team appointed for new Lucan South Second-Level School – Lavelle

January 16, 2012 by  
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 Cllr. William Lavelle, Fine Gael councillor for Lucan and member of Co. Dublin VEC has this week warmly welcomed the appointment of a design team for the new Lucan South Second-Level School

 The proposed school, which is to be co-managed by both Co. Dublin VEC & Educate Together, is to be located at Grange Castle Road (new name for Outer Ring Road). The school will have 1,000 places and will serve children living the Lucan South area and attending local primary schools including Archbishop Ryan NS and Griffeen Valley & Lucan East Educate Together. Read more

Lavelle secures reinstatement of CCTV at Ballyowen Castle bring banks

December 4, 2011 by  
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Successful outcome to repeated requests to reinstate the CCTV so as to provide a deterrent to illegal dumping

Cllr. William Lavelle has welcomed the reinstatement of CCTV at the recycling bring banks at Ballyowen Castle (Eurospar). This marks a successful outcome to repeated requests from Cllr. Lavelle to reinstate the CCTV so as to provide a deterrent to illegal dumping.

William states: “Since the CCTV was removed from this area by the council, there was a marked increase in dumping at the recycling bring banks. This led to increased litter in the area as the wind often blew dumped material onto the main road.

“I had repeatedly raised the need to reinstate the CCTV and at I had even brought photos of the dumping to meetings of the Lucan Area Committee to highlight the problem.

“Earlier this year council management agreed with my request and this new CCTV has now been provided as part of the council’s Public Realm Transformation Initiative.

“As a result, over the past two weekends I have noted a significant reduction in dumping at the bring bank.

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