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.
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
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
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)
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.