Archive for the ‘Local Issues’ Category
Fingal County Council is currently preparing a Social Housing Assessment Summary in accordance with Section 21 of the Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2009.
All Local Authorities are required by the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government to complete this assessment for all persons who have applied for social housing support. The purpose of the Assessment is to capture the total number of households qualified for social housing support across the county whose social housing need is not being met, in order to understand the level of need for such support.
This Council is contacting certain applicants who have applied for social housing support prior to the 20th of April 2017 to confirm that they still require social housing support. Each applicant must confirm their requirement to the Council by completing and returning the assessment form which will be issued. Applicants who have applied after the 21st of April 2017 will not be written to so there is no need to contact the Council unless there is a change in circumstances .
‘With the introduction of recent bin charge hikes to cover recycling costs the wheel has come full circle on the bin tax issue. Fifteen years ago communities across north county Dublin campaigned against the introduction of bin charges, warning they would lead to privatization of the service & price increases. This was denied, we were told it was a measure to encourage recycling, that ‘you only pay for what you throw away’, as if residents were the producers of waste. If this was about recycling they would have tackled the packaging companies and the real producers of waste’, Clare Daly said.
She continued, ‘With the new recycling charges, bins are being rejected for the slightest contamination in recycling bins with extra charges and bins being left behind. Already this has led to a sharp rise in items going into black bins and reports of even worse than usual illegal dumping in our rural communities.
The report commissioned by my office, with the survey conducted by Dean Mulligan is incredibly timely. There is a massive desire for the re-municipalisation of the service with 91.1% of residents supporting it & deep discontent with the present situation. We look forward to bringing the information back to the community & actively developing an alternative co-operative service .’
Dean Mulligan said, ‘conducting the survey was an incredible experience. We spoke to 930 households in Rivervalley and the anger was enormous. The report presents our findings. It puts the issue squarely in the context of privatization & the history of waste collection in Ireland over the past number of years. In terms of recycling only 35.7% believe they get adequate advice and information on recycling with almost 2/3 believing that they don’t. There is a total lack of awareness of the impact of the legislation.
The key finding we will be moving on is the fact that 98.5% of residents expressed interest in a local not for profit co-operative waste collection service. I will be going back on the doorsteps with the survey and working with Trademark who prepared the report for us to make this a reality, and convening a follow on meeting in the coming weeks.’
The survey is available at the link below.
Clare has continuously raised the issue of coastal erosion in relation to a national strategy to deal with the worse effected areas including Portrane in North County Dublin. The sluggish response to the issue is placing homes in danger. See below for recent replies from the minister on this issue:
To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his plans to develop a coordinated national coastal plan to prioritise the most at risk inhabited and to develop a unified approach to the management of coastal erosion nationwide..
– Clare Daly TD
The primary objective of Government policy on coastal protection is to ensure that in areas identified as being at greatest risk of damage or loss of economic assets through coastal erosion or flooding, appropriate and sustainable measures are identified by Local Authorities to protect those assets. Where such measures are economically justified on cost benefit grounds and compatible with all required environmental and other statutory requirements, they are implemented subject to the availability of resources.
Despite numerous requests and consultations about the dangerous situation of damage to the dunes at Portrane there is still no action or plan to tackle the issue. Inaction by government and council may cost people their homes, they both need to step up and take some responsibility.
To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the steps he has taken to ensure that Fingal county council using available funds is acting to prevent further damage to dunes at Portrane, County Dublin.
To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his strategy for preventing the destruction of homes at risk due to coastal erosion in particular in relation to coastal damage at Portrane, County Dublin; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
– Clare Daly TD
I am very aware of the problems that coastal communities face in dealing with the erosion of soft coastline particularly given the severe weather events we have experienced in this country in recent years. I am aware from my recent visit to Donegal the issues associated with erosion of soft coastal defences. I can assure the Deputy that work is being carried out to address the problem at both a strategic level and through the local authorities responding to localised coastal erosion issues.