Recent Thefts from Cars in Marley Grange

A number of our residents have reported thefts and attempted thefts from cars throughout the estate during recent weeks. It appears that individuals have been patrolling the estate during the night/early hours of the morning checking for unlocked cars. We understand that this has also occurred in neighbouring estates, and is not isolated to Marley Grange.

We encourage all residents who experience this to report it to Rathfarnham Gardaí. It is important that they are kept fully aware of the scale and frequency of this problem. MGRA are currently communicating with the Gardaí to discuss next steps in combating this. Meanwhile, we remind all residents to be vigilant in locking cars at night, and where possible to avoid leaving valuable items in their cars.

UPDATED: ESB Power Outages – Marley Avenue

UPDATE 10/12/19: MGRA have been informed that two separate faults were identified in the underground network serving Marley Avenue during the investigations on December 4th. These have now been repaired and no other faults have been detected. ESB Networks are confident that no further supply losses will be expected. They have apologised for any inconvenience caused to residents. 

Many of our residents on Marley Avenue and surrounding areas have recently experienced a high volume of power outages. MGRA have been in contact with the ESB Networks to investigate this issue. The Operations Supervisor from ESB Networks has informed us of an intermittent fault with some underground cables in the area. Regrettably the ESB fault detection equipment has been unable to detect to specific location of the fault.

A power outage has been planned for Wednesday 4th December 2019 from 9am to 5pm, of which many residents will have received notification. ESB fault repair crews will attempt to locate and rectify the fault during this period. While this will undoubtedly cause significant inconvenience to residents, it is hoped that future outages will be prevented.

Bus Connects Revised Network

In response to last year’s public consultation, Bus Connects have compiled a revised proposal for bus network restructuring. Local area booklets outlining the revised networks and proposed route maps can be found here.

A second round of Public Consultation on the revised proposal is now open for comment until 3rd December 2019. Observations can be submitted via the following link. Bus Connects staff will be available to answer any questions in the Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire on Thursday 13th November from 11.30am-5.30pm and Friday 14th November from 1.30-7.30pm.

All-Ireland Pollinator Plan

On behalf of MGRA, we thank all those who organised and attended our recent sustainable gardening talk and bulb-planting workshop. Our particular thanks to Aoife Munn for sharing her time, expertise and wealth of experience with us. We have received extremely positive feedback from residents, and we hope to follow their success with similar future events. So please keep an eye on our website and all MGRA correspondence. Meanwhile, for the attention of residents with a keen interest in landscaping and biodiversity, we draw your attention to the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan from the National Biodiversity Data Centre. This offers a wealth of guidance, resources and support to biodiverse-conscious gardeners for all your landscaping endeavours.

Beware of bogus charities

It has been brought to our attention that some residents may have received charity collection bags from associations that might not be legitimate. Many charities collecting used or unwanted goods will bear the logo of the Irish Charity Shops Association (for more information see here). Others will display an Irish Registered Charity number, and details can be found by consulting the public register. MGRA encourage all residents to remain vigilant to potential bogus charities, and advise that you gain more information via the telephone numbers they provide before donating. Queries or concerns can be addressed by contacting the Charities Regulator, or following this link.

Volunteers Needed: Irish Cancer Society

The Irish Cancer Society are in urgent need of volunteers to drive patients to and from chemotherapy treatments in all public hospitals nationwide. Volunteers will need their own cars, but all expenses are paid. Further information can be obtained by emailing transport@irishcancer.ie or via the following link.

Road Safety in Marley Grange

MGRA are continually striving to help improve road safety throughout the estate. Feedback following last year’s DLR pilot speed-calming initiative was very promising. However we are awaiting the final outcome to determine whether speed restrictions will be implemented. We have been advised that this may be a lengthy process. Earlier this year we requested the installation additional cautionary signage, which now features in areas with high volumes of children.  We are also currently engaging with DLR regarding revision and improvement of road markings at particularly troublesome spots within the estate. We thank all residents for the support and commitment they continue to provide to these endeavours.

Recent years have seen a significant drop in road fatalities in Ireland, particularly among children. This is largely due to the introduction of safety legislation around driving. However, the top five factors in road deaths remain: 1) Speeding, 2) No seatbelts, 3) Drink and drugs, 4) Fatigue, 5) Distraction. MGRA encourage all residents to remain vigilant to all issues of road safety concern that they witness or encounter within our neighbourhood.

*RESCHEDULED 22nd October* Gardening for Nature with Aoife Munn

*RESCHEDULED* MGRA are pleased to invite all residents to attend a talk on Gardening for Nature, led by renowned horticulturist Aoife Munn. The talk will take place in Divine Word Parish Centre on the new date of Tuesday 22nd October at 8pm.

Aoife is a horticulturist with many years experience working with County Councils to deliver courses on sustainable gardening, and as a member of the judging committee for the tidy districts competition. She has a keen interest in community gardening and works regularly with residents’ associations. For many years, Aoife has been involved with the Marlay Garden School and is particularly passionate about gardening in an eco-friendly way. Her work has featured on RTE’s Nationwide.

Please join us for what promises to be an enjoyable, informative and rewarding evening. Both experienced gardeners and novice enthusiasts are welcome and refreshments will be provided. We look forward to meeting many of our friends and neighbours on the night.

Thank you to all those who took part in the Community Bulb-planting workshop on Sunday 6th October. Thankfully the sun stayed with us, and it was great to see so many residents getting involved. Let’s hope we all enjoy the results of our hard work next Spring!

DLR Corporate Plan 2020-2024

Every 5 years Local Authorities in Ireland are obliged to develop a Corporate Plan, which will run for a five year period, assisting the Council in framing it’s objectives and priorities. DLR are currently undertaking a consultation process to help identify core values underpinning the Councils objectives for the next five years. To have your say in prioritising DLR activities, please submit your comments and opinions, confidentially and anonymously, via the following link.

DLR Public Participation Network

DLR PPN is running information sessions for anyone who might be interested in becoming a DLR PPN representative on Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council’s Strategic Policy Committees.
  • Wednesday 18th of September, Shanganagh Park House, Rathsallagh Ave Shankill, 7pm-8.30pm
  • Thursday 19th of September, Holy Cross Parish Centre, Dundrum, 7pm-8.30pm
These sessions are to give DLR PPN members an opportunity to find out what is involved in being a DLR PPN representative, what the Strategic Policy Committees do, what kind of skills or expertise they might need and to get answers to any questions you have. You can register for either session here
More information about the Strategic Policy Committees can be found at http://dlrppn.ie/about-strategic-policy-committees/, but generally they advise the Council in its work by helping to develop, monitor and review council policy.
The proposed policy areas of the new Strategic Policy Committees are:
  • Housing
  • Economic Development and Enterprise
  • Community, Culture and Wellbeing
  • Planning and Citizen Engagement
  • Environment and Climate Action
  • Transportation and Marine