Green Party welcomes opening of Dublin Bay Walking and Cycling Route

 

Sutton to Sandycove Walking and Cycling Route, 5th May 2017

The Green Party has welcomed the opening of the first phase of the Sutton to Sandycove (S2S) promenade and cycleway running along the shore of Dublin Bay.

Green Party Spokesperson for Transport Cllr Ciarán Cuffe today called on the Minister for Transport Shane Ross to release further funding so that the project can be extended.

The Clontarf section opened at 10am this morning, 5th May. It is hoped that the plans will eventually extend approximately 22 kilometres from Sandycove to Sutton, linking where appropriate existing walkways and cycle-ways.

Speaking today, Cllr Ciarán Cuffe said: “This is the start of a safe, child-friendly and pollution free promenade for all Dubliners. I believe it is an excellent visionary proposal. I pay tribute to the ‘Sutton 2 Sandycove promenade and Cycleway Campaign’ (www.s2s.ie) group who are promoting this proposal.

“The Green Party’s vision is that similar walking and cycleways are needed along our rivers, canals and coastline, and that these links would extend as far as the River Shannon from Dublin and beyond. Such projects would create employment and attract visitors to both urban and rural Ireland.

“This is an environmentally friendly and achievable project that deserves support. The proposal involves some stretches of new promenade and a new pedestrian and cycle bridge in Ringsend, but it consists mostly of the joining together of stretches of existing walkway.

“It is relatively inexpensive project and I shall continue to promote the project through Dublin City Council.

“Fifteen years ago to the day I issued an almost identical press release  supporting the project. It shows that good ideas take time to come to fruition. I pay tribute to Michael Collins who first approached me about the project back in 2002 and I salute him and his team of volunteers who have stuck with the project through good times and bad. Congratulations also to Christopher Manzira Senior Executive Engineer with Dublin City Council who has made this section of the route a reality.”

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Page last updated 5th May 2017

Green Party Sees Amber on Dublin City Traffic Measures

Mixed traffic at Eden Quay 2nd May 2017

The Green Party has expressed concern about traffic proposals for Dublin City centre that will still allow car traffic to travel down Eden Quay.

The proposals are contained within a report that will be presented to Dublin City Council’s Transportation Strategic Policy Committee (SPC) next Wednesday afternoon at 3.30pm in City Hall. The proposals are due to come into effect next August if approved by the Council.
Green Party Transport Spokesperson and Chair of the Transportation SPC Councillor Ciarán Cuffe said;
“People need to access the city centre but these measures will delay bus users at the expense of car drivers. There is a real danger that we’re being too generous to the car driver and in doing so discriminating against those who use public transport. Bus and tram users should not be treated like second-class citizens.
“The report states that it  may be necessary in the future that Eden Quay will have to become public transport only. Certainly if buses or trams are delayed due to car traffic then we will have to take cars off Eden Quay and introduce a bus gate, particularly during the morning rush. The new trams on order for the Luas cross-city are 55m long, that’s 180 feet. They can carry 369 people and if they get delayed by cars carrying one or two people it would make a travesty of our €368m investment in linking the two Luas lines.”
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Page last updated 28th April 2017

Time to use Compulsory Purchase Powers on Vacant Sites

Vacant City Council owned lands on Dublin’s Bridgefoot Street

The Green Party has called for State Authorities to take action as Councils publish lists of vacant lands on their Vacant Sites Registers. The call comes as Dublin City Council publishes twenty-five entries on their Vacant Site Register which was initially published with an empty list in early January.

Green Party Councillor Ciarán Cuffe said:

“The Register is revealing: it shows that almost €80 million worth of valuable lands are lying vacant in Dublin City, and these twenty-five entries are only the tip of the iceberg. I have been informed by Council Officials that a further 174 sites came in under the size threshold. Many of these sites could be used to tackle the housing crisis.

Dublin City Council must now use its Compulsory Purchase Powers to acquire privately held sites that have been empty and vacant for far too long. We can then ensure that they are used to provide housing by ourselves or others. The Council must also put its own house in order and make better use of Council owned lands. Senior Management must review their very conservative approach to  determining whether a building and /or site is derelict or vacant and take a more proactive approach to dealing with owners.

I am calling on the Minister for Simon Coveney to review the size threshold so that smaller sites are included. He should also increase the levy so that the annual payment is significantly higher than the increases in land costs that we have seen in recent years. There is still a danger that land owners will hold onto their holdings after the levy kicks in 2019, as owners can make more profit from the rise in land value than they might if they were to sell. This is a slap in the face to homeless families, and the Urban Regeneration & Housing Act 2015 must be reviewed and its powers strengthened.

“While greater measures are needed to push private land owners into action, it is also revealing how much vacant land is controlled by the Health Services Executive, the Office of Public Works and state agencies including Dublin City Council. Much of this can be attributed to the impact of the recession, but this is no longer an excuse for inaction.

“Vacant and derelict sites such as the lands owned by Dublin City Council in Dublin’s Liberties at the corner of Marshal Lane and Bridgefoot Street must be developed. If the Council can’t develop these sites, than we should sell them on to someone or some body that can, and we should prioritise affordable housing on such sites.

“It is unacceptable for anyone to leave vacant lands empty in our towns and cities in 2017. Such lands can, and must be used to tackle the homeless crisis that has left thousands of families homeless.”.
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Page first published 03April2017, last updated 03April2017