***Bus Connects consultation today Monday 17th September 2pm to 8pm Grand Hotel Malahide***
***Submission deadline 28th September www.busconnects.ie***
My draft submission is below. I would be interested in any feedback, positive or negative before I submit it.
1.Howth to city centre along the coast
Although all national and local policy talks about prioritising public transport, walking and cycling and ensuring as many people as possible can avail of it, it is often not implemented in practice.
Howth Malahide Area Committee (Services A – Operational Matters)
Wednesday, 5 April 2017
Councillor D. Healy – Signage to Sutton Dart Station. AI036626
“To ask the Chief Executive what progress has been made in relation to the provision of signs indicating the routes for pedestrians and cyclists from Dublin Road and Warrenhouse Road to Sutton Dart Station via Binn Éadair View and Railway Avenue and also in the opposite directions since the matter was raised at this Committee in May 2015.”
These laneways were intended for local access to the DART Station. It would be inappropriate to sign the area as a pedestrian and cycle route for the general public through these residential areas.
HOWTH-MALAHIDE AREA COMMITTEE MEETING (Services A – Operational Matters)
Wednesday 6th May, 2015
ITEM NO. 11
DIRECTIONAL SIGNAGE FOR SUTTON DART STATION
Question: Councillor D. Healy
“To ask the Chief Executive to provide signs indicating the routes for pedestrians and cyclists from Dublin Road and Warrenhouse Road to Sutton Dart Station via Binn Éadair View and Railway Avenue and also in the opposite directions?”
Reply: The area will be inspected and appropriate signage erected.
Between Sutton Train Station and Lauder’s Lane there is a pedestrian route. Unfortunately it is badly surfaced and after rain is a string of puddles. Iarnród Éireann met with the the Area Committee in June 2015 and promised to address it. I’m still following up the lack of progress in this.
Green activist David Healy welcomes An Bord Pleanála’s ruling that Howth Junction Station needs planning permission.
An Bord Pleanála has ruled that most of Howth Junction train station was illegally rebuilt without planning permission. The decision was made in response to a section 5 referral submitted by Fingal County Council as a result of a motion from then Councillor David Healy. David is particularly concerned that the rebuilt train station does not provide for mobility impaired access to Fás Training Centre and Baldoyle Industrial Estate.
“2. Within 3 months of the final date of this decision, the applicant shall demonstrate adherence to the Disability Act 2005, the Guidance Framework on Good Practice in Developing on Implementation Plan in Local Authorities and National Guidelines in relation to accessibility to mobility impaired people, the applicant shall be required to undertake the following: (a) To clearly indicate on plan and elevation drawings all access/ egress from and to the station and through the site, including public right of way through site and to demonstrate accessibility to mobility impaired persons. Such drawings and details shall be certified by a suitably qualified person with expertise and experience with regard to accessibility for mobility impaired persons. Reason: In order for the retained development to meet the requirements for access to mobility impaired persons”
I first wrote to the City Council in relation to non-compliance with this condition in April 2009. I still have had no substantive reply. Continue reading