Airlie Park Now Open
As mentioned in the video, the first Park gates opened today (27th), with all fencing hopefully being removed by Wednesday. Thankfully the drainage issue that has led to waterlogging during heavy rainfall did not necessitate the park remaining closed over the winter.
[Update 28th November - Already we have had reports of vandalism with graffiti tagging and obscene imagery drawn onto one of the children's play structures. I reported this and cleansing was requested asap. People using the park are requested to keep an eye out. Video recordings in a public area are permitted once they are sent to the relevant authorities, eg SDCC or An Garda Síochána. Please do not place on social media]
Use of playing areas can now be booked using the online portal. SDCC Public Realm says that it has "reviewed the needs of all clubs and in line with our fair usage policy, we have offered time slots to a number of local clubs to ensure as many different sports and clubs get time on the pitch during the week. Other time slots will become available as these clubs confirm their allocation, and weekends will be available to book online on a first come first serve basis".
The Council is also reviewing the requested time slots from local schools and will work with them to ensure fair usage to all throughout the school days.Registration is required for online bookings. Click here for more: https://portal.sportskey.com/venues/airlie-park-pavilion .
Individual bookings for Tennis etc
Update 3rd December 2033 - There was a slight delay in terms of individuals being able to book the tennis courts or spare all-weather slots. The Council was working to get the club booking system up and running as quickly as possible. I tried it out and it should be working now. Registration required as with clubs: https://portal.sportskey.com/venues/airlie-park-pavilion?f=10417&id=airlie-park-pavilion&d=2023-12-05&d=2023-12-27
Facilities in Airlie Park include:
LED flood lit Artificial Grass Pitch - Full-sized GAA pitch or 2 full-sized soccer pitches
3 tennis courts
Muga and other passive and active recreational facilities
There are toilets and changing rooms and a café is due to be provided onsite at a later stage.
Station Road Construction Traffic
This is being highlighted again given the amount of construction taking place up at the Crossings. I'm not sure what measures can realistically be put in place but at the very least I am seeking to minimise vehicles at school drop off times.
Modular housing works
This continues apace and is still due for occupation in April. Background here: https://www.paulgogarty.com/post/modular-housing-off-tubber-lane
The current issue relates to the condition of the road, which appears to have been dealt with, but if it arises again, let me know as I have it up for discussion anyway at the next Adamstown briefing meeting.
I posted about this last week and already we have over 200 responses. If you want your say on the bus service, click here: www.bit.ly/BusCorrect .
Litter and dumping on Celbridge Link Road
Following the incursion by a large number of vehicles some weeks back, a lot of dumped material has been cleaned up and I am looking to get bollards on the grass verge to prevent it happening again. Meanwhile it appears we have our very own Adamstown resident involved in large-scale dumping. The individual in question was spotted offloading a load of material behind a gate beside the Golf Club on the Link Road. However no video evidence was obtained at the time. The culprit is likely to try their luck again so I am asking Adamstown residents to be vigilent if out walking or cycling or if you have dashcam footage in your vehicle. Please, if you spot anything suspicious, pass it on to the Litter Warden or even to me in confidence. We have so many good neighbours involved in cleaning up the various areas, we don't want one or two individuals destroying all that good work because of this behaviour.
Food offerings at The Crossings
Plans are still in place for a café, pharmacy and butcher to be in situ at the Crossings in the near future. but in the meantime additional covered seating has been provided and there are now two food trucks near Tesco and Aldi, Dosa Dosa and Goats Gruff. Check them out when you get a chance.
This was put out to tender for repair, but the contract fell through and it has had to be re-tendered. This is a difficult process because there are only a small number of specialist companies. However the Council is optimistic that the repair works can be carried out shortly and the plan is for a major refurb in the medium term.
Reminder about EmpowerHER Safety Talk Wednesday 29th Nov, Adamstown Centre
Lucan Community Garda and Black Belt Leigh Ann Gilmore from Grandmaster Douglas Taekwondo will be present to provide valuable advice and give a demonstration of some safety strategies.