Monthly Archives: February 2006

Beach Bye-laws agreed; Jet-ski bye-laws to go on display

The Council agreed new beach bye-laws today.  By a majority of 11 (including all 3 Greens) to 7 the Councillors removed the rather draconian ban on dogs on the beaches during the summer.  We replaced it with a requirement that dogs be on a leash during the summer when they’re in the "Reserved Bathing Areas" on the beaches.  Councillors were unanimous in calling for proper enforcement of the Litter Act against those who fail to pick up after their dogs.

The other Bye-laws which came up were the Jet-ski and fast power boat bye-laws.  These require jet-ski users to get permits and restrict where they can use jet-skis.  These bye-laws have been approved for public display and will be on public display soon with a view to adopting bye-laws at the May Council meeting. 

30km/hr speed limits

The following motion which I submitted was voted down at the monthly Council meeting.

"That all new residential areas be designed as 30km/hr zones and have a 30km/hr designation and, if it is necessary to give effect to this for all future planning permissions, that the appropriate Variation to the Development Plan be put on public display, and that the report which the Manager undertook to bring to the September 2005 meeting of the Council in relation to designating 30km/hr zones be brought to the Council without delay." To be honest, I ‘m still not sure why this was voted down.

The Manager’s report referred to the designation of 30km/hr zones in existing areas.  It didn’t refer to the issue of new areas which the motion referred to.

I still don’t know if the motion would need a Variation to the Development Plan to take effect.

Nor do I know if it’s possible to decide to implement a 30km/hr zone when the development is still at planning stage. 

However, I will not let this go.   I still haven’t gotten an answer as to whether the new housing in Stapolin can be designated a 30km/hr zone, which I raised in January.

I have submitted the following question:

"To ask the Manager whether the permitted road designs in the new residential areas in Stapolin, which I understand were granted following inspection of the planning file by the Transportation Department, meet the conditions of the mandatory guidelines published by the Department of Transport, which must be adhered to in the case of 30 km/hr speed limit zones."

Additionally, I will be asking one of the Green TDs to ask the Minister for Transport whether it is intended that new residential areas could be designated before they are built.

Good progress in developing community facilities in Howth

Many local residents and community organisations participated in the survey carried out late last year in relation to the needs for community facilities on the Peninsula, with support from Fingal County Council.  There was good a good participation rate and the information gathered provide a good basis for developing a strategy.  At the moment, the Howth Sutton Community Council and Howth Community Centre Ltd. are finalising the report on the needs analysis and will be publishing it soon, with a public launch.

The next step is the development of a strategy to provide the
facilities to meet the needs identified.  This will involve the
cooperation of community organisations and the County Council in an
open transparent process.  I will put updates in relation to this
important process on this site as things happen.

Architectural Conservation Areas in Howth, Sutton and Baldoyle

A number of areas are designated in the Development Plan as Architectural Conservation Areas, including the historic core of Howth, Nashville Road and Terrace, St. Nessan’s and St Peter’s Terraces,  Howth Castle, two Terraces on Strand Road, Sutton and Baldoyle village.

The Council’s Conservation Officer has been carrying out detailed surveys of these areas. The next step is that the Statement of Characters and survey photos will go on public display.  There will be public consultation on the implications of the conservation area, looking for people’s feedback and input into how the ACA should be implemented.  This is expected to happen in March.  For more information, you can contact the Council’s Conservation Officer, Helena Bergin at 8906709.

Given the high level of development pressure especially in Howth, this work is badly needed and very welcome.