Minister Trevor Sargent as a Dublin North TD was doing his rounds mainly in Skerries over the weekend. Many issues were discussed on the doors including the long awaited construction of a proper path across the Ballast Pit, electrification of the railway for an extended DART service, the Farmers’ Market in the Mills each Saturday 10am – 4pm, allotment demand in Skerries, home energy grants and the ways to replace jobs lost like those at SR Technics. Reporting on his rounds in Skerries, Minister Sargent said:
Martin Tobin, General Manager of ERP with Green Party Minister Sargent at the free WEEE recycling day in Skerries
“Weather cold but dry. No wind so ideal for walking and talking. In the times available, we got to Kelly’s Bay, Selskar, Downside, Hillside Gardens and Skerries Rock. Thanks to Diarmuid, Brian, Don, Paul, George and Ciarán for turning out as well. As we say ‘as Gaeilge’, ‘giorrann beirt bóthar’ (two people shorten a road), so a few Green colleagues together helping out makes time fly.
Some exceptional and very friendly people live in Kelly’s Bay. One such person in Lynette Kelly who is busy with her own family as well as her own floral design business www.littledaisy.net or call 086 3809 172. Notwithstanding all that, Lynette is keen to help those suffering at present as a result of devastating floods in Ireland during November. The Red Cross has now a store of clothing etc. but needs financial assistance www.redcross.ie. Meanwhile I spoke with Mr Willi Ruiter, a farmer near Ashbourne who is another compassionate citizen. Willi has been co-ordinating animal fodder assistance for farms in places like Ballinasloe where floods have been devastating.
I have decided to fundraise for relief of flood victims having been inspired by people like Lynette and Willi. I am starting with the proceeds of the annual raffle I host at the Dail dinner next Monday, 14th December 2009 at 6.30pm. Phone my office 01 8900360 for details.
Other issues raised in Selskar were the prospect of GAA supporters and players being stung for a parking charge along the road beside the Harps GAA juvenile pitch. I am working with the Council to have a concession in this case.
Another related Council matter is the roar of road noise for residents caused by the corrugated concrete road surface which may be resurfaced in future. I’m checking this out.
I met many fellow rail commuters who are also aggrieved by the disimproved new timetable. I’m working on this with Iarnród Éireann management as I am with the Council to have desire lines (where mud tracks have been worn) paved for those walking from Hillside Gardens to and from the station.
Below on this website is a pie chart giving the results of our Skerries Allotment Survey. A number of possible sites proved popular. One earmarked site is behind Hillside Gardens off the Golf Links Road. This is seen by senior officials in the Council as better draining and less prone to vandalism than the more central Skerries Mills, while still being within walking distance for many Skerries allotment enthusiasts. Your views on this latest position or any other thoughts are still welcome perhaps by logging on to www.trevorskitchengarden.ie where you can also leave comments.
People in Skerries Rock are wondering who asked for a sign to be erected on the footpath opposite their estate entrance. The sign tells people exiting Skerries Rock that they should turn right if they are they are going to …. (wait for it) … Skerries! The sign also says go left for Balbriggan! Monty Python would be proud of a sketch explaining the logic of that initiative. Moreover, the sign now impedes those pushing buggies. Meanwhile NO footpath exists on the opposite side of the road for a dangerous few metres where people living in Skerries Rock have to continue walking on the road or risk crossing the road to find another path …. before they are blocked by the famous sign! Discussions with colleagues in the Council are planned shortly to get the missing footpath built first of all.
I have been enquiring about the Supervalu planning application F09/0580 which is greatly upsetting the school community of St. Patrick’s Junior NS amongst many people. I have spoken with Fingal Planning Department about this and feel a less dense development with some community gain, such as sheltered housing, might represent good development but the current proposal is not acceptable.
Quite a number of homes I called to had been affected by unemployment. Some had depended on SR Technics, the Swiss company at Dublin Airport. The fall out from their exodus from Ireland continues with unresolved pension issues and the quest for alternative employment in aviation with Dublin Aerospace etc.
In the face of despair, it was inspiring to meet the bold and the brave embarking on new ventures such as the stallholders at Skerries Farmers’ Market. Apart from the expected diversity of fresh and cooked produce, preserves and ready to eat foods, I was impressed to also meet Anna Maria Brady who was taking orders for exotic delicious Indian dishes made to order for dining at home. I tasted the samples and was most impressed. I have since ordered a meal as I love Indian cuisine. You can contact Anna Maria of ‘Padayachees Curry Delights’ in Skerries by phoning 087 685 44 18. Please give one day’s notice as everything is cooked fresh.”