Summer Competition 2015

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Clondalkin - A Poster Free Area!

 

Clondalkin TidyTowns introduced a poster ban for the centre of Clondalkin Village, to protect and enhance our historic village. The ban is a voluntary request that all posters be kept out of the historic centre of the village.

Clondalkin TidyTowns has received a very positive response from all quarters in all previous elections and referenda, especially from local residents and businesses. We would like to thank all of the elected representatives and political groups for their cooperation in agreeing to a poster ban in Clondalkin Village.

The Poster-free zone can be seen in the above map, marked in orange. Our Tidy Town area is shown in a black dotted line with the outer boundary shown by red dots.

 

The agreed limits for poster ban where:


* Village Centre
* Convent Road - Entrance to Church
* New Road - Entrance to Church
* Monastery Road - Tully's Castle
* Old Nangor Road - Main Entrance to Leisure Centre carpark
* Watery Lane - Entrance to Aras Chronain
* 9th Lock Road - Entrance to SDCC carpark (Social Welfare office entrance)

The judging of the national Supervalu TidyTowns competition takes place between June and August and is done in complete secret. Results are then sent to all entrants in September. Clondalkin TidyTowns are seeking new volunteers all the time. Everyone is welcome to join us. We meet in Tuthills carpark in the village every Tuesday at 6.30pm and Saturday & Sunday at 10am. Gloves & hi-vis vests are supplied.

For more information, please visit our Facebook & Twitter pages.

Update on Round Tower Project April 2015

 

South Dublin County Council have set aside a considerable sum of money for the design and construction of the Round Tower Visitor Centre and Public Gardens. This is the largest single allocation proposed under the Villages Initiative Project. These works will commence on site in autumn 2015. No other projects will be proposed for Clondalkin under the Villages Initiative Programme until this flagship scheme is completed.

 

The Consultant Design Team for the Round Tower Project has now been tendered and consultants appointed. This team is already at work preparing tender documentation for the Visitor Centre project. Upcoming works will include ground investigation testing (bearing capacity) and enabling works to determine the exact nature of conservation works to the Millview Cottages. Both of these investigations will be supervised by the consultant archaeologist as required by Departmental approval. 

 

Tender is scheduled to issue in early October 2015 with works commencing November. Construction works should last approximately 12 months. The Centre is targeted to open in late 2016. Expressions of Interest advertisement has already issued in relation to the café / retail franchise associated with the Visitor Centre. Libraries Section have allocated a staff member to work full-time on researching material and content suitable for exhibition in a variety of formats. The scheme will be promoted when its themes, content and construction are at a more advanced stage.

 

We would like to congratulate the entire Round Tower Heritage group committee for their unbelievable hard work and commitment over the past couple of years to get this project to a stage where we will see construction work commencing in the coming months. The opening of the Round Tower site to general public will allow Clondalkin to grow as a tourist destination. 

 

Clondalkin Tidy Towns are delighted to have played a central part of this group.

 

 

National Volunteering Week 2015

 

It’s that time of year again…

National Volunteering Week, supported by Salesforce, takes place from May 11th – 17th – the one week of the year when we encourage everyone in Clondalkin to give volunteering a try.

National Volunteering Week is also an opportunity to shine a light on the inspiring work of our volunteers and highlight the value and impact of volunteering to our community.

You can get involved by joining us in our usual meeting place (Tuthills Carpark) on Tuesday 12th of May at 6.30pm & Saturday 16th of May at 10am.

National Spring Clean 2015

 

It's that lovely time of year again and time to do some Spring cleaning in our homes, gardens and neighbourhoods.

Clondalkin Tidy Towns are dedicating Saturday, 18 April to do theirs. We will meet in Tuthills car park at 10.00 am. and quickly disperse to the following areas where we have decided to concentrate our efforts:

* Watery Lane

* St. Killians'

* Riversdale

* Aras Cronain

* Ninth Lock Road

* Sally's Lane

The activities on the day will entail grass cutting, preparing flower beds, litter picking and painting.

Greyhound are providing us with bins where we can segregate the waste environmentally. We are grateful for their continued support.

Once again we are delighted to team up with our friends in Muintir Cronain, Localise, The Church of the Latter Day Saints and we welcome any other residents' groups and others who would like to join us.

Thanks to Muintir Cronain for the offer of refreshments in the Aras on the day. It's much appreciated.

 

"The success of Clondalkin Tidy Towns is spreading out in very direction" - Evening Herald, Wed. 8th April.

 

Please continue to spread the word and please print off and display this poster if you have noticeboard facilities.

Best Regards

Agnes

Newlands Cross Landscaping Issues

PRESS RELEASE 

 

The landscaping of Newlands Cross 

 

Newlands Cross, perhaps the most famous 'crossroads' in Ireland. Generations of visitors set their compass by Newlands Cross. This is borne out by the record number of visitors to our village and our hotels (Green Isle, Bewleys, Louis Fitzgerald, Ibis). From the moment we heard that work on a new flyover was to commence at Newlands Cross, we engaged strongly with public representatives, South Dublin County Council, the National Roads Authority (NRA) and BAM, the company who won the tender to carry out the work both at Newlands Cross (N7) and at Arklow, Co. Wicklow (N11).

 

The design, construction and financing of the upgrading of the existing Newlands Cross N7 Naas Road / R113 Belgard/Fonthill Road at-grade junction to a grade-separated junction, resulting in the creation of an N7 overpass, and estimated to carry up to 90,000 vehicles a day was officially opened 3 months ahead of schedule on the 18th November 2014. BAM are currently close to completing the entire project with alterations being made to all surrounding links roads. The NRA has not disclosed the cost of the PPP but Bam Contractors’ website put the combined value of the Wicklow and Dublin elements at €126 million, without land costs.

 

 

 

The design, construction and financing of the upgrading of the existing Newlands Cross N7 Naas Road / R113 Belgard/Fonthill Road at-grade junction to a grade-separated junction, resulting in the creation of an N7 overpass, and estimated to carry up to 90,000 vehicles a day was officially opened 3 months ahead of schedule on the 18th November 2014. BAM are currently close to completing the entire project with alterations being made to all surrounding links roads. The NRA has not disclosed the cost of the PPP but Bam Contractors’ website put the combined value of the Wicklow and Dublin elements at €126 million, without land costs.

 

When you invite someone to your house, you're sure to invite them into a tidy and clean sitting room. That is what Clondalkin Tidy Towns, with the help of other agencies and bodies try to achieve in the greater Clondalkin area, and when construction started at Newlands in 2013, we insisted that we should not accept substandard work, especially in the look and feel of the junction. Elements that Clondalkin is famous for should also be used in the finished product, such as stone walls that can be seen throughout the village today.  An old stone wall from the Naas Road opposite Joels was found during construction work and under instruction from Clondalkin Tidy Towns every stone carefully removed by BAM and then transported to Round Towers GAA clubhouse on Convent Road, where the wall was brilliantly rebuilt again.

 

A number of very mature and iconic trees were regrettably uprooted from the site and we have been left with two miserable and sick looking trees which will not survive. At present we have a barren landscape bereft of any shape, colour or imagination. Our concerns were further compounded when Martin Desmond of MCD Landscapes indicated he was not involved in the landscaping of the areas discussed (area in front of Office Block and the green area opposite Bewleys Hotel). 

 

Clondalkin Tidy Towns Chairman, Mr Pat O’Sullivan was shown plans by john Coughlan, an engineer with SDCC which only included bulb planting. Hopefully this is not the extent of the landscaping. The question we have asked on numerous questions to BAM, the NRA, SDCC and local elected representatives is, “What if any landscape plan is there?” Mr O’Sullivan also asked senior officials in SDCC on replacing the large stone that had been at Newlands with a more suitable 'welcome feature' to Clondalkin and he also highlighted the negative comments regarding the Newlands area by the 2014 National Tidy Towns adjudicator.

 

We must commend BAM on their sterling work so far, ensuring that traffic disruptions have been kept to a minimum and the concerns of local residents have been addressed in the majority of cases. 

 

We now ask on the NRA and SDCC to ensure that when BAM complete all works at Newlands Cross, that it is an example of world class engineering and that the aesthetics match this too. Bulb planting is not sufficient in such a vast green space. A couple of thousand euro would go a long way to meeting our request, and considering the overall estimated cost of the project, we are not looking for much.  All we ask for is that this area be given the touch of class it deserves to match the flyover beside it and one BAM, the NRA, SDCC, local residents and ourselves can be proud of…..again.  

 

We held a meeting with Minister Francis Fitzgerald last weekend to ask her if she could raise our concerns with the NRA and SDCC. Minister Fitzgerald assured us she would contact the relevant bodies immediately and echo our request for appropriate planting and landscaping in all green spaces at Newlands.  

 

The people of Clondalkin, especially Newlands residents have put up with a lot of disruption and inconvenience (and still are). The concerns of the people and the many generations who will visit us must be listened to and addressed fully.