Author Archives: david

Addressing litter, including producer responsibility

I have this motion down for the next Area Cttee on 5th May:

That the Chief Executive set out options for what can be done to tackle the serious litter problems in heavily visited areas including Howth Promenade, Portmarnock and Malahide including consideration of the following:
•Asking businesses which are selling food and drink in disposable packaging to take responsibility for the problem to which they and some of their customers are contributing, for example by emptying bins during the hours when Council workers are not working.
•Putting signs on the promenade, open space and beach asking people to return packaging to the businesses if bins are full;
•Putting bins outside the businesses which are generating the packaging;
•Extending overtime to ensure bins are emptied as late into the evening as the waste is being generated;
•Having litter wardens rostered for the times of the day and week when this problem is arising.
•Provision of compacting bins at Burrow and Claremont Beaches.

Submission to EU consultation on Bathing Water Quality

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.
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Public information on sewage overflows

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:

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Benches in Howth / Malahide Area

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 david.healy@cllrs.fingal.ie. The more detail you can provide about the locations, the better.

Objection to Dublin Airport’s application to lift night flight restrictions

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.

Redesign of the junctions at each end of Station Road Portmarnock as part of a Strategic Housing Development

Compliance submissions in relation to condition 2 of Portmarnock South Phase 1c SHD/012/019

Three submissions have been received by the Council: 8th June 2020;14th October 2020;16th November 2020.

The designs are welcome improvements as regards pedestrian safety but both could be better. I have sent the following recommendations: [Edit October 2021: from our October Area cttee and a briefing in September I now understand that I failed to notice that the third of the 2020 submissions changed the plan, at the Council’s request, so as to provide an “interim design” for the Drumnigh Road junction without traffic lights. I pointed out at both meetings that this in breach of the planning condition.]

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