South Central Area Committee report, Wednesday 15th July 2015.
Area Manager’s Report
1. South West Inner City Area Report
Weavers Park, Cork Street
It is proposed to locate a 0.6 neighbourhood park is on the site of the demolished Chamber Court and Weavers Court. Meetings between the design team and local residents took place on 29th April and 24th June with 100 people attending the 2 meetings. It is expected that a report on the initiation of the Part VIII Planning Process will be made available for the September Area Committee meeting.
Bridgefoot Street Allotments
Work is continuing in both the community garden and the individual allotment plots. An event is planned in the site on 1st August to mark the first harvesting of potatoes.
Work has commenced to prepare a Public Realm Improvement Plan for Newmarket and its environs that will describe, support and guide the implementations of improvements to enhance the use and attractiveness of the area. It is expected that the plan will be finalized by the end of September.
The South Central Area has recently appointed a design company to develop a conceptual interpretive proposal for Kilmainham Mill, Kilmainham Lane. It is considered important that that any future plan complements the existing tourist attractions in the area. The plan is expected to be completed in 3 months.
City Walls, Cook Street
Tenders have been received and are being evaluated at present for the supply and fit of 11 floodlights at Cook Street to illuminate the old city wall.
St. Audeon’s Park, High Street
St. Audeon’s Park is included in the Liberties Greening Strategy. As part of the proposed improvements to High Street it is planned to redevelop the park to create a more open and publicly accessible park by removing railings and selective trees. It is expected that design works will commence shortly.
The next stage of the Dubline Project was highlighted a photo shoot in City Hall on Monday, 22nd June. A series of 4 themed walking trails ‘The Story of Dublin’, ‘Rebellion’, ‘Echoes of War’ and ‘Empire’ have been devised to help tourists explore the city. Wayfinding signage has recently been installed whilst information panels will be placed at strategic points along the Dubline route in the coming months. A ‘mock up’ panel is on display at present in the atrium in the Civic Offices.
Works to erect a boundary wall between the site of the now demolished City Council acquired buildings on the eastern side of Dolphin Barn and the rear limits of the houses at St. James Terrace commenced on 6th July. Due to the complexity of the boundaries it is expected that the work will take 4-6 weeks to complete. It is then planned to create a pop-up linear park in the area between the new boundary wall and the public footpath prior to its possible future development.
A programme to re-new the roofs in Thomas Court Bawn and Marrowbone Lane Flats was recently completed. Works to the roof lights, chimneys and tank houses were included.
A contractor has been selected to carry out similar works to the roof in Meath Place. This phase of the programme is due to commence shortly.
It is expected that remedial work to the roofs will be carried out later in the year at the following locations:
- Summer Street South
- Braithwaite Street (x2)
- Pimlico Terrace
Basin Street Flats
Works to convert an additional 4 bedsits into 2 x 1 bedroomed flats are scheduled to commence shortly following the recently completed conversion of 4 bedsits in the same complex.
As part of The Liberties Festival a family fun day will take place from 11 am to 6pm on Saturday 18th July in the area adjacent to the community garden in Bridgefoot Street.
The Community Development team is assisting a number of summer projects/programmes in the South Central Area including the Bluebell Youth & Community Centre, the Bluebell CDP, the Family Resource Centre in Inchicore and the Mary Immaculate (Oblates) in Emmet Road.
The South Central Area Office is also supporting the St. Michael’s Parish Youth Project which is holding a pop-up festival in Goldenbridge from 7th to 17th July.
2. Crumlin Area Report
Drimnagh IAP Monitoring Committee
A meeting of the Drimnagh IAP Monitoring Committee has been organised for Wednesday 2nd September at 11 a.m. in the Crumlin Area Office to discuss traffic/parking issues in Drimnagh.
The City Council submitted 6 successful applications for Sports Capital funding in relation to outdoor gyms throughout the city, including Lansdowne Valley Park and Bunting Park. Tenders have been invited and it is expected that the gyms will be installed later this year.
3. Ballyfermot Area Report
Ballyfermot 1916 Commemoration Working Group
Grants are being assessed at present. We expect that grants will be awarded around September 2015.
All summer projects are in full swing across the area.
Middle Ballyfermot Summer Project commenced July 6th for and will run for the month of July. This project is run on a voluntary basis and caters for up to 50 children and leaders.
Play Day/Skate Park Consultation day in Le Fanu Park 9th July.
Picnic in the Park in association with the Irish Architecture Foundation Saturday 11th July, information and consultation with residents and community in the nearby Le Fanu Park.
Community contacts have been given to South Dublin County Volunteer Centre with a view to hosting information sessions in communities regarding the upcoming changes to nationwide Postal Codes which is taking place throughout the Summer of 2015.
Tidy Towns & City Neighbourhood Competition 2015
Works continue across the area to support community efforts in all competitions. Spiddal/Blackditch open space project will be completed in the next week. 5 a-side pitch to be marked out and mini-league to be organised late July/ early August.
Chapelizod, Ballyfermot & Cherry Orchard Tidy Towns continue to be active with their weekly clean ups in the village.
Age Friendly Alliance
First Older Persons Council meeting to take place on 17th July. 13 members from across the South Central Area have agreed to represent Older Persons interests in making the South Central Area a more Age Friendly part of the Dublin city. SCA Alliance to meet afterward to welcome Council members onto Alliance Group and begin implementation of work plan.
Support for Groups and Projects
The area continues to support all groups and projects in the area, to disseminate information regarding jobs and funding and assist all to access services and resources as needed.
The Ballyfermot Garden Club’s second summer outing and tour of the Historic House and gardens of Beaulieu House, Boyne Valley. Over 40 members of The Ballyfermot Garden Club enjoy these wonderful social and educational outings.
Ballyfermot Senior Citizen Forum, will be meeting on Thursday 16th July, to discuss issues and topics relevant to their area.
Environmental Works at Spiddal Park and Drumfinn Park
Upgrade works in these parks are nearing completion. The painting of the railings in Drumfinn Park has now finished. The painting and the re-lining of the football/basketball area surfaces in the parks will complete the project.
Re-Surfacing of Cherry Orchard Avenue
Re-surfacing works completed.