The Harbourmaster and the Department of the Marine are proposing to dredge Howth Harbour and to use the material to infill behind the West Pier. These are my comments in response.Continue reading
The EU is reviewing the rules on Bathing Water monitoring. I have made a submission addressing
- the ongoing failure to identify traditional and heavily used swimming locations;
- the refusal to monitor locations used for contact water sports, even where the discharge of treated effluent means there is a potential health risk to the public;
- the fact that monitoring is only over a short summer season, not throughout the year when people are actually swimming.
I have submitted this motion to the SPC meeting which will happen at 4.30pm this afternoon;
“That this SPC recommends that the Council in accordance with Regulation 5 of the Access to information on the Environment Regulations, makes information on all overflows and irregular discharges from the wastewater network which it manages known to the public by putting it online as soon as possible and that the Chief Executive report on whether any contractual agreements with Irish Water cause a difficulty for making this information available and give details of the reporting procedure and format currently used for reporting this information to Irish Water.”
Here’s the background:Continue reading
The Council received a report this month on the proposed programme of active travel infrastructure for the County. This will be discussed further at each area committee, with the Howth Malahide discussion on 7th April. I would be interested in any feedback on the report in advance of the meeting.
Fingal County Council is going to provide protection to cycle lanes on Grange Road, Warrenhouse Road and Howth Road, similar to the protection installed in Hartstown, D15 and River Valley, Swords. Details are in this presentation given to the Area Cttee in January.
The Council is reviewing the provision of benches in the area with a view to providing more. If you have locations where you would like to see a bench provided, please let me know, by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The more detail you can provide about the locations, the better.
The planning permission for the third runway at Dublin Airport included two conditions restricting night flights, to take effect when the runway is complete. These conditions are to protect the health of local residents whose sleep is disrupted by night flights. Now Dublin Airport Authority has applied to Fingal County Council to amend the conditions restricting night time flights. My objection includes the noise impact and the climate impact of the application.
Compliance submissions in relation to condition 2 of Portmarnock South Phase 1c SHD/012/019
The designs are welcome improvements as regards pedestrian safety but both could be better. I have sent the following recommendations:Continue reading
Fingal County Council proposes to trial a one-way system on New St. over the winter, to retain much of the space which has been available to people walking, sitting and eating outside over the summer, but allow north-bound general traffic and two-way cycle traffic.
This is to be a trial and subsequently, the Council will decide between the two options of year-round pedestrianisation and summer pedestrianisation/ winter one-way. The details of the proposal will be discussed at an online meeting between local organisations, Council officials and councillors next Friday 9th October.
Tetrarch is the property investment company which bought Howth Castle, Deer Park Hotel and the golf courses and woodlands.
Its submission to a process of Variation of the County Development Plan, seeking rezoning is here. It was rejected by Council planners and Executive (see page 61 of Chief Executive’s Report on the Variation) and by Councillors who approved the variation with no change to zoning in Howth at our June meeting.
Tetrarch has produced a ‘Masterplan’ for their lands which has generated a lot of concern locally: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3. I am opposed to those elements of their plans which involve the rezoning of amenity land.