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Town Hall Meeting
8/4/2017 1:28:34 PM

Huge THANK YOU to all who attended the "Town Hall" meeting last night in the Dunshaughlin Community Centre and to those( almost 50) who contacted to send apologies and support. It is always difficult to get a night which suits everyone.

The format for the night worked well. The meeting was excellently chaired by Aidan Murphy, Anne Tuite noted the points made, 21 Citizens stepped up to the Microphone to contribute their views to the meeting. Deputy Thomas Byrne, Minister Helen McEntee, Minister Regina Doherty (represented by Alan Boyce-The Minister was held up in the Dail), Cllr Maria Murphy PC,Cllr Damien O'Reilly, Cllr Maria O'Kane, Cllr Gillian McGrath (Toole), Cllr Nick Killian, Cllr Brian Fitzgerald, Cllr Gerry O Connor attended and contributed having listened to the Community Views.

This is a summary of the contributions on the night.

Issues

Parking in the Town- Both lack of Parking (Main St)and Bad/ Dangerous Parking especially at the entrance to the Knocks/ College Close Housing estates at Tara News and Supervalu. Also at Maelduin entrance and at Maddens field. Long term parking (Commuters) limiting access to businesses in Town.
Bye Laws needed and enforcement of Road Traffic laws by Gardaí.

Speeding-In housing Estates and at Drumree Road.

Retail-empty units on Main Street
Also lack of Commercial units available in the Business Park-One Business is now currently "Homeless" from September (if anyone knows of any commercial space -please pm me and I will pass details on)

Footpaths- lack of investment/ maintenance on Main Street especially going towards Church.

Facilities needed now and Going Forward

Cycling, Walking, Wheelchair facilities in Town
Scouts need permanent Home
Dunshaughlin Athletics need land and facilities
Dunshaughlin GAA need land and facilities
Dunshaughlin Youths likewise
Swimming pool
Infrastructure investment- footpaths etc
Childcare facilities-Creche etc.
Ring Road to facilitate traffic flow in Town
Civic Space-Courthouse potential.

Other issues now and going forward

More Schools for increasing population
Railway to Dunshaughlin.in proper location to make it sustainable with populations from Ratoath and Dunshaughlin serviced.
Youth Community Officer needed County wide
Jay Walking
Drugs being sold in Park/ Playground
Reduction of non essential traffic/parking in Town
Community Levies from current and future housing development used locally to provide Amenties FIRST rather than AFTER development which is current practice.
Access to the College from Maintenance gate at Knocks Park(Currently/ recently closed and locked)

Help Needed

Dunsalert- Volunteers needed to operate
Tidy Towns- help needed

As you can see it was a very thought provoking meeting and its clear that we have some work to do to address the issues raised.

I will make all of the above part of my submission to both the County development and Local area plans discussions.

It was noted by all public reps that last night was an impressive and unprecedented show of Community and Civic togetherness. Extremely positive and achievable in the short , medium and long term.

That's my work for the next two years sorted out...lets get going.

Meath County Council Budget 2015
7/30/2015 4:03:05 PM

FUNDING FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENT CHANGED HOW THE LOCAL AUTHORITY IS FUNDED

LOCAL GOVERNMENT FUNDING WITHDRAWN AND REPLACED BY LOCAL FUNDING FROM LOCAL PROPERTY TAX.

€14 MILLION ALLOCATED TO MEATH COUNTY COUNCIL AS AGAINST €8.7M LOCAL GOVERNMENT FUND IN 2014

THE INCREASED FUNDING HAS ALLOWED FOR:

·         €480K PROVIDED TO 6 MUNICIPAL DISTRICTS TO ENABLE MUNICIPAL DISTRICTS FUND LOCAL INITIATIVES.

·         €300K TO STIMULATE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN THE COUNTY

·         €300K TO HOUSING ESTATES FOR ROAD AND FOOTPATH IMPROVEMENTS

·         €300K FOR RECRUITMENT OF OUTDOOR STAFF FOR MULTIPAL DISTRICTS

·         €200K FOR SMALL BUSINESS SUPPORT SCHEME TO ASSIST ECONOMIC RECOVERY

·         €50K INCREASE IN HOMELESS SERVICES FUNDING

·         €200K INCREASE IN MOBILITY AIDS HOUSING GRANTS

·         €30K FOR THE PURCHASE OF LIBRARY BOOKS-AN INCREASE OF 25%.

·         €291K INCREASE IN COMBINED FUNDING FOR  HERITAGE SERVICES, LANDFILL SERVICES, RECOVERY AND RECYCLING SERVICES AND CUSTOMER SERVICE INITIATIVES

·         MAINTAINING COMMERCIAL RATES AT 2014 LEVELS-NO INCREASE

IT HAS ALSO PROVIDED FUNDS TO COVER NEW COSTS FACING THE LOCAL AUTHORITY SUCH AS

·         €1.4M INTEREST PAYMENTS ON LAND AGGREGATION SCHEME LOANS

·         €1.975M SELF FUNDING OF HOUSING SERVICES

FINE GAEL SUPPORTED THIS BUDGET BECAUSE IT IS PROGRESSIVE, TRANSPERANT AND IS IN THE BEST INTEREST OF THE CITIZENS IN COUNTY MEATH.

FINE GAEL ALSO SECURED AS PART OF OUR NEGOTIATION WITH MEATH COUNTY COUNCIL EXECUTIVE

·         €600K TRANSITIONAL FUNDING FOR MULTIPAL DISTRICT’S TO HARMONISE MUNICIPAL BUDGETS 

Getting Jobs into Meath
7/30/2015 3:59:56 PM

Economic Development Strategy for County Meath

I welcome the launch of this economic strategy

While it’s true to say that “Local authorities cant great jobs” the strategy launched today will help to create the environment for job creation.

With the setting up of Local Enterprise Offices under the control of MCC, we are now positioned as the lead employment agency for business support.

It’s important from the strategy that MCC wants to promote and support an enterprise culture that is SUSTAINABLE, and promotes best practice.

Vision.

We need to accelerate the economic transformation, revitalisation and sustainable development of this County. The strategy provides us with clear, concise, innovative and evidence-based measures towards this goal.

I welcome the target of 7500 indigenous jobs and the aim to reverse the downward trend in ratio of self employed indigenous income per capita in Meath versus national ratios.

I also welcome the aims regarding FDI and agency assisted irish owned enterprises.

This strategy provides a roadmap for economic growth and opportunity.

I welcome the emphasis on greater cooperation between this Council, State Agencies, enterprise agencies and local communities

Finally this strategy, along with the County development plan, The heritage and tourism strategies represent a strong , positive corporate response to improve the County. It clearly shows that Meath is open for business.

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