Street sweeper on its way

 

We’ve been advised by DLR County Council that the street sweeper will be coming into the estate in the next few days. Avoiding parking on kerbs where possible will help the sweeper clear the leaves.

Footpath Repair Programme

As announced in our February AGM, funds would be made available by DLRCC in 2017 and 2018 in order to complete the Footpath Repair Programme. We are pleased to see that this repair work has recommenced in Grange Court.

Road Sweeping

ROAD SWEEPING

Just to remind residents that scheduled Road Sweeping by the Council between October and March each year is suspended. During these months, the Council will attend to road sweeping on any working day of the week and residents are advised to park cars off the road as much as possible. If a car is parked on the road, the Road Sweeper will go around it leaving any leaves which it cannot reach. They will not return to this spot until the next time they visit the estate. MGRA remind the Council of a build-up of leaves as they occur and the Council attend to each estate by their own rota system. As residents see a build-up of leaves happening they can make their contribution to the road sweep being effective and to the safety of pedestrians, by sweeping the leaves off their own section of public footpath.

Tree Care Programme (TCP) Update November 2017

We are pleased to confirm that the 5 year TCP which has been ongoing in Marley Estate, is now completed, with the final few trees crown lifted in the last few weeks. This phased programme which was instigated in 2012, by MGRA in conjunction with The Parks Section, of DLRCC involved the Crown Lifting (pruning) of the 500-600 trees in the Estate, together with the removal of approx. 77 trees which were either diseased and dangerous, or considered too large and unsuitable for a housing estate. In general, when trees were removed, replacement saplings were planted by Parks within the Estate.

The benefits which have resulted from this TCP, means more effective street lighting, less leaves to be swept up, reducing the clogging up of road gullies; and a reduction in damage to underground services and footpaths by tree roots.

Footpath and Road Repairs (FRR)

The 3rd phase of the FRR programme, took place during July and August 2016, when many of the outstanding trip hazards and broken footpaths were repaired. This phase concentrated on Marley Avenue, Lawn, Walk, Grove, Villas, Close, and Dargle Drive. Unfortunately, despite assurances by the Council that all repairs listed by MGRA to Roads Maintenance, would be attended to in 2016, this did not happen because the allocated funds for 2016 were depleted before all repairs in the estate were completed. A number of residents will be disappointed that the repair outside their own house was not attended to during this phase, but we are assured by Roads Maintenance that funds will be available again next year to continue with this programme.

It is appropriate to state again that the final decision as to which footpath on which road, repairs are carried out, is purely a matter for the Council. In June 2014 MGRA carried out an extensive survey of all the footpaths and roads in the estate. This resulted in a 6-page list of 120 FRR items needing attention. This was furnished to DLRCC, Roads Maintenance and has been the basis for the commencement, in Sept 2014 of the FRR programme in Marley Estate. This continued in June/July 2015 when additional funds were made available.  MGRA requested further funds to be included in the Council’s 2016 Budget and the allocation of these funds were confirmed to MGRA at a Deputation Meeting in Jan 2016.

Ideally it would suit the residents if all the footpaths were completely replaced with new ones, but with budget restraints in recent years has not been possible and we have done well with the funds allocated to us. The Council are using the MGRA survey list furnished to them but are also using their own list to carry out repairs. The resultant work completed is of a high standard with extensive areas of footpaths repaired, rather than the patchwork type repairs which we experienced in former years.

Tidy District Awards – 2nd place 2016

We are delighted to announce that Marley Grange has received 2nd place in the DLR Best Housing Estate 201 – 500 houses category 2016. This is our first prize in a few years and we are delighted to be receiving a prize in one of the most competitive categories in the Dun Laoghaire – Rathdown. A special thanks to all our volunteers on cleaning up days, our residents for keeping the verges and their houses looking well and our residents association committee!

Tidy Districts Competition

The association has entered the Dun Laoghaire Rathdown tidy districts competition this year. Most residents are very good at maintaining the area around their houses and the estate is looking well. We have been advised that the judging for the Tidy Districts Competition is due to take place during the 2nd, 3rd and 4th weeks of July. We would like to encourage all residents to keep up the good work in keeping a neat and tidy environment and maybe to go “the extra mile” if any of their neighbours need assistance due to age or illness. Despite the showery weather, the frequent watering of flower beds and planters is necessary if we wish them to survive and we would appreciate if residents would assist us in this task.

Footpath and Road Repairs Update June

Some members have enquired about the reinstatemnt of Grass Verges following the removal of tree roots by the Council,  and also regarding repairs to the footpaths outside their homes. We are pleased to inform you that following numerous communiques by your Committee to the Parks and Road Maintenance Sections of DLRCC, we have been advised as follows.
Grass Verges: SAP Landscape Contractors have been contracted to reinstate the grass verges in Marley Grange Estate, which were disturbed following the felling of trees and the removal of roots, specifically during 2016. This relates to tree removals on Manor Rise, Manor Heath, Dargle Valley and Highfield Drive and this work is expected to commence in the next week.
Footpath and Road Repairs: We had previously advised on our Web and Newsletter that DLRCC have allocated additional funds for the completion of badly needed repairs to our Footpaths and Roads. This followed representations by Committee Members of MGRA at a Deputation Meeting last January to the Council and Councillors outlining the deplorable state of our Footpaths and Roads. We have now been advised that a Contractor has been appointed to carry out these repairs, and work is expected to commence during July before and after the Concerts but not during them. The Council will address the repairs as per the Snag List furnised to them by MGRA. When this is completed they will attend to other snags until the allocated funds are depleted.
These contractors will be working to a schedule given to them by the Council, which advises the order in which roads twill be attended to. We ask Residents to refrain from asking contractors when your own specic house will be dealt with as this only holds up operations. Any queries can be forwarded to council@marleygrange.ie .

Ziplock Bag with Keys

A blue Ziplock bag, containing a number of keys, was found during the estate clean-up. They can be claimed at Rathfarnham Garda Station (01-6666500).

 

 

Estate Cleanup – Thank You!

We had a very successful clean up day on the estate on Saturday 23th of May. Thank you to all attended and we had over 30 people helping out through the morning and it was great to feel such a community spirit. This is by far our best turn out in recent years and we really appreciate the support that was given by all. We also saw many people out on the day cutting verges, lining the verge edges and sweeping old leaves around there own and neighbours gardens.  We achieved alot in terms of clean up litter, pruning trees and ivy back and in general giving our estate a clean new look.

Please keep up the great work and help keeping our estate a lovely place to live!

 

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