Coolamber Park Ramps

I have mixed news about the ramps for Coolamber Park; they have been approved but did not make the list of four projects to be completed in the first six months of 2014. They may – or may not – make it onto the projects for completion in the second half of the year, which leaves us in limbo. I have made a strong case for the need for ramps as access to the school is due to re-open and hopefully that will push them up the list of priorities.

Broken Path near Ballyroan Church – To be Fixed 25/04/14

Dear Roads Inspector

I am writing on behalf of Mrs XX  who fell and was badly bruised on her shins and thigh when falling outside Ballyroan Church where the path is severely cracked. This accident required a hospital visit and badly shook up Mrs XX who is a senior citizen. I realise that there is a huge list of path works to be done but since this is a busy local amenity used by many of our elderly residents I ask that this area be prioritised.

Yours Suzanne McEneaney

UPDATE: Location inspected and repairs commencing tomorrow 25/4/2014 at the location listed under a refurbishment scheme.

Work has begun on replacing the badly cracked path.
Work has begun on replacing the badly cracked path.

 

Letter re Sequence of Knocklyon Road / Firhouse Road Traffic Lights

18 April 2014

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Roads Department
County Hall
Tallaght
Dublin 24

Dear Ms Leonard

Locals coming from Knocklyon Road face delays getting onto the main road because of the traffic light sequence at the junction of Knocklyon Road and the Firhouse Road. They have to wait for three cycles of light changes before the pedestrians are allowed to cross and it is only then that the cars have a chance to cross the junction.

We realise that traffic on the main road should be kept as free flowing as possible but during peak times there is too much of an imbalance at present. The sequence could be changed for a trial basis at least to see if that alleviates the situation and monitor any knock-on effects.

Another, smaller, problem with a local traffic light is that the crossing lights on Old Bridge Road are covered by the leaves of a tree outside

Yours sincerely

Suzanne McEneaney

Letter re Trees at Coolamber Park


18 April 2014

 

Parks Superintendent
County Hall
Tallaght
Dublin 24

Dear Mr Kearney

Residents in Coolamber Park have reported a couple of issues with trees in their area. Firstly two trees were removed outside number XX* but bark chippings now cover the grass verge and this will prevent the grass from growing back. Ms XX* has previously carried out her full responsibility for this area but is unable to clean up this mess.

The tree outside number XX* is obscuring the light from the street light beside it and needs to be pruned before the leaves come out in full. Mr XX* has reported this matter already.

As these issues are on the same stretch of Coolamber Park they could be tackled together for the sake of efficiency.

Yours sincerely

Suzanne McEneaney

*Names and House Numbers Redacted for Confidentiality

Paths between Coolamber Park and National School

18 April 2014

 

Parks Superintendent
County Hall
Tallaght
Dublin 24

Dear Mr Kearney

Residents in Coolamber Park have asked me to report that the paths from Coolamber over to the National School are in a bad state and hard to negotiate as well as becoming flooded in parts when it rains. Are these paths due for remedial work? If not can they be scheduled for improvement as soon as possible in keeping with South Dublin’s development plan’s Transportation Strategy (2.2.3 – p128) to promote and develop cycling and pedestrian facilities as well as road safety measures which states that ‘footpaths should facilitate safe, easy and direct access to services’.

Yours sincerely

Suzanne McEneaney

Letter re Crossing for 15B bus at Ballyroan Road

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15 April 2014

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Roads Department
South Dublin County Council
County Hall
Tallaght

Dear Ms Leonard

Residents in the Ballyroan Road area have asked me to raise the issue of the lack of a crossing to the 15B bus stop (no. 1140) on the Firhouse Road (R114) near the junction with Butterfield Avenue . The existing pelican crossings on Butterfield Avenue and Old Bridge Road do not connect with a reasonable route for pedestrians from Ballyroan Road or Woodbrook Park, elderly people cannot and young people and those with young families are not willing to add extra distance onto their walk to the bus. People will be discouraged from using public transport when the access to it is inconvenient. This is an extremely busy road and it is dangerous for the many elderly local residents and even more agile younger people to try to cross it unaided.

The crossroads is a very active junction already controlled by sets of lights, placing a pedestrian crossing close to the position of the bus stop would not impede the flow of traffic as it could be co-ordinated with the existing lights or be a zebra crossing without lights.

Given the Transportation Strategy (2.2.3 – p128) in South Dublin’s Development Plan to “promote and develop cycling and pedestrian facilities as well as road safety measures” I cannot understand why such a crossing was not part of the plans in the recent upgrading of the junction. I ask therefore, on behalf of the residents, that providing this crossing be now made a priority.

Yours sincerely

Suzanne McEneaney