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Deirdre Heney Winter Newsletter 2011

Deirdre Heney Winter Newsletter 2011

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 News & Comment from
Cllr. Deirdre
30 Collins Avenue East, Killester, D5. e.mailheneydm@gmail.comPhone 6183793 / 8512031 Winter 2011
Government finances are improving withtax revenues ahead of target. However thereis a significant increase in the overalldeficit due to some €10 billion once of payments for bank recapitalisation. Thequarterly reviews of the EU/IMF loan aregoing well and all targets are being met. Itis strange to see the Government Partiesclaiming credit for the progress achieved bydecisions they previously opposed. Everymeasure implemented by Fianna il inGovernment for the past few years wasopposed tooth and nail by FG/LAB usingthe most irresponsible and recklesslanguage and with no regard to the damage being done to Ireland’s reputation abroad.In last year’s Budget the correction of the gap between income and expenditure was
6 billion. We have overcome that move withGDP growth expected this year, helpedmainly by export growth and a recovery intourism numbers, both inward and holidaysat home. Much of the heavy lifting was donein last Decembers Budget with thecorrection for the coming Budget expected inthe area of 
3.6 to
4 billion.Fianna il, now with 19 TDs and 14Senators has a much smaller Oireachtasrepresentation than before. With the renewal process underway within the Party, there is afar greater role for Councillors thanheretofore, in forming national policy. I look forward to playing my part in this processand with no TD or senator in theconstituency, I ask that you channel your ideas and queries to me.
Playing Pitches Clontarf Road
The 3 new synthetic turf, floodlit playing pitches at Clontarf Rd are getting good use.G.A.A, rugby & soccer are catered for. Thetraffic school building provides control & pavilion facilities. Phone 2228583 fo bookings and rates. Reduced off-peak ratesfor youths/schools available.
Half Price Parking
Parking tag is a convenient way to pay for  parking via your mobile phone. From 1
Decto 6
Jan users of parking tag will get parkingat half price. No more fumbling for change ata parking meter and you can extend your  parking session remotely. Register atwww.parkingtag.ieor phone 0818 300 161.
City of Neighbourhoods
Congratulations to the overall City winners from our  North Central area
Harry Byrnes Pub
Best Shop Front
Raheny Tidy Village Group
Best Mixed Use St.
Donnycarney West CommunityAssociationRaheny Tidy Village Group
All the above received first prize at area level
Clanmoyle Road
As part of the River Wad Catchment Studynegotiations with residents continue. A Part 8 planning procedure as well as significantenvironmental and hydraulic reports will berequired. A Preliminary design for works inthe Golf Club is being drafted. The works areexpected to begin in late 2012
New Household Charge
The Government has announced the introductionof a new household charge from next year. It will be
100 for 2012 and will apply to mosthouseholds in the country. This is an interimcharge pending a new property valuation system.It is expected to raise
160 million. It is due fromJanuary and late payment penalties of 
10 per month will apply from April.I understand the Government must try to bridgethe gap between expenditure and tax take.However all property taxes should take intoaccount (a) the value of the house & (b)household income. Flat rate property taxesshould be avoided.
Casino Park Estate Entrance
A new entrance is to be erected into theMarino Casino at Malahide Road. It is hopedto have a contractor on site before Christmas.The project is being funded by the OPW tocommemorate the 250
Anniversary of theMarino Casino.
Grants for Senior Citizens
Dublin City Council is still accepting grantapplications under the Housing Adaptation &Mobility Grant Schemes. If required, Irecommend you apply without delay as thescheme may close again because of the highvolume of applications. The grants cater for necessary works for elderly people and thedisabled and include stair lifts, walk inshowers, downstairs toilets, rewiring & roof repairs for senior citizens in some cases.
Donnycarney West Residents Association Committee
Dublin Bike Scheme
Since launched in September 2009 thisscheme has been a great success with over 59,000 members and 2.3 million journeysrecorded. There are now 550 bikes operatingfrom 44 stations. There is no doubt that theCollege Green bus gate and the general HGVcity ban have provided the climate to allowthis scheme to prosper.
Health Route/Shop Route
Dublin City Council and Vantastic offer thisfree door to door transport service for over 65s to local health/hospital appointments andsupermarkets. Freephone 1800-242703 for  bookings.
Fairview Footbridge
Dublin City Council is to refurbish the bridge. Itwill remain open to pedestrians during the workswhich should commence soon.
Planning Matters
The following are some local planning applicationswhich can be viewed in Dublin City Council CivicOffices during normal office hours.
Permission requested by our Lady Mother of Divine Grace Church, Raheny for improvements incl.new ramps, alteration of some existing steps, new wcother minor alterations
permission requested for build of 2 newsemi-detached dwellings on Danieli Road.
approval given for 83sqm single storeyextension to supermarket at Killester ShoppingCentre
request from St. David’s CBS, Artane for removal of wall & railing and creation of newentrance to school grounds from St. David’s Park 
St. Joseph’s CBS Fairview have sought permission for changes incl. demolition of changingrooms & construction of new buildings
New covered multi-storey car park atBeaumont Hospital granted approval. 313 spaces and167 at semi-basement level.
Demolition of dormer house and build of 4 x2 bed apts at 203A Collins Avenue now gone to AnBord Pleanala.
; Approval granted for development at 59/60Clontarf Rd incl. apartments, houses etc on site of existing 2 x 2 storey houses due to be demolished.
Application sought to construct single storeyextension to rear of existing sports hall for storage purposes at Dominican College, Griffith Avenue
Application for rear of 57 & 58A Clontarf Rd to include demolition of existing structures andconstruct new 2 & 3 storey office extensions foindividual units
; part demolitions of extensions and construct2 x 2 storey detached 4 bed dwellings at 77/79Kincora Rd now appealed to An Bord Pleanála.
single storey day hospital for older peopleat St. Joseph’s Hospital, Raheny.
; restoration of existing Clontarf baths incl.single storey restaurant & café bar, provision of changing cubicles, lifeguard viewing area etc.
Clontarf flood barrier
There is huge disquiet about the CityManagers flood defence proposal for theseafront. When this matter was initially putto Councillors by senior Council officialsthe height was to be 1.2 meters. During the planning process and discussions betweenDublin City Council, An Bord Pleanála andthe Office of Public Works, the height thenwent from 1.2 to 2.75m without anyconsultation whatsoever with localresidents or Clontarf Councillors. Thissituation is changing on a continuing basis.I will keep in touch with residents on thismatter. Please email me for updates – 
Public Lighting
The 2011 programme included works at Conquer HillRd, Croydon Park Ave, Dunluce Rd, Kincora Park &Rd. Schedule of works are now almost completed
Tree Pruning
This year’s list includes Haddon Rd, Park LawnDollymount, Kincora Estate, St Annes Estate, StilesRd, Castle Ave. Seafield Rd. Most of this work isdone in the dormant Winter season.
Domestic Refuse Collection
The City Manager wants to withdraw from thisservice which has been provided by DublinCorporation/City Council for over 140 years. Privateoperators would take over the business. However, thecost and the waiver scheme are key factors.
Cllr. Deirdre Heney presenting the Lord MayorsCup to this year’s Winner in Clontarf Golf Club

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