Cold weather update

Monday, November 29, 2010

Severe Weather Conditions – Fingal County Council Update – 3.45pm
Fingal County Council has 185 staff presently deployed in snow and ice clearing operations.
This consists of 13 staff working on gritting of motorways and the main road network. See the Fingal website for a list of Winter Salting Routes for more details.

An additional 172 staff are deployed in different towns and areas across the county. These crews are using other machinery and are working in priority areas such as entrances to fire stations, railway stations, pedestrian crossing areas, access to transport nodes and bus shelters, entrances to housing estates, entrances to burial grounds and ice breaking in town centres/populated areas.

Crews will also treat areas that fall outside these categories, but which are known from past experience to give rise to difficult driving/walking conditions due to gradients etc.
Water Services crews are on standby to deal with any problems caused by bursts/leaks in the water network.  Any updates will be posted on our Water Emergency Page on our website. 

Our Waste Collection crews will endeavour to collect refuse as normal.  In the event that we are unable to do so due to the weather conditions, we will return as soon as possible, and customers should present the bins on the following day. 

The Department of Transport have advised that people who clear snow outside their business premises or homes will not bring liability upon themselves provided they do not cause any risk in the manner by which they do so (i.e. by piling up cleared snow outside a neighbouring entrance, or causing an obstruction on a footpath).

Pedestrians and motorists are urged to exercise appropriate caution when walking/driving during snow or ice conditions, and to take note of news bulletins and weather advice from Met Eireann and AA Roadwatch. 

If you are aware of any specific local issues which the council may not otherwise be aware of, please contact me.


Laraghcon Planning Application.

Friday, November 26, 2010

The Planning Authority has requested additional information in relation to the application at Laraghcon for O'Flynn Construction. In March I tabled a motion in the County Development Plan to zone these lands back to greenbelt (GB) and restore them to the Liffey Valley but it did not receive sufficient votes.



Decision Date:   26-Nov-2010

O Flynn Construction Co.

Laraghcon, Lucan-Clonee Road, Lucan, Co. Dublin

Proposed Development: 
The development will consist of the construction of 70 detached residential units, each with a detached domestic workshop - the residential units range in size from 173 sq.m to c. 365 sq.m (GFA) comprising twenty 5/6 - bedroom units,  thirty-one 4/5 -bedroom units and nineteen 4-bedroom units; the construction of a crèche with a GFA of 238.2 sq.m;  the provision of site development works including road infrastructure, foul sewer network, surface water sewer network, services provision and landscaping;  the construction of a new internal access road forming a junction with the Lucan-Clonee Road;  the construction of a new entrance to the adjoining lands to the north;  the demolition of two habitable buildings and ancillary buildings;  improvements and upgrade works to the Lucan-Clonee Road (R149) between the Laraghcon Roundabout and St. Catherine's Park access road, to include new cycle and pedestrian paths.


Castleknock road works chaos to continue till March 2011

Sunday, November 21, 2010

The chaos caused by the Castleknock Quality Bus Corridor Scheme will continue until at least next March. Fine Gael was the only group to vote against (see here) spending €8m on these works on the basis that there was no cost benefit analysis carried out. The decision to go ahead with the scheme was made in January 2009.

Design began on the Castleknock QBC before the crash in 2007.  It was initiated by Quality Bus Networks, a quango set up to identify roads where bus lanes could be installed. The locations seem to have been chosen more for their convenience and the availability of land than for any benefits they may confer on the routes involved. Essentially Quality Bus Networks are provided with a budget they must spend and as with all such public bodies they usually reach their spending target by year end.

The contractor John Craddock Ltd., provides a list of works to be carried out each week and this can be accessed here


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