This meeting took place at FCC offices and the first time all three parties got together.
The BIG issue was health and safety with construction vehicle movements now and more especially into the later part of the year when it is expected works will commence on the main St. Ita’s project by the H.S.E.
The community reps have great concerns about future potential traffic restrictions not being complied with and thus asked that cameras be installed at three locations given, to enable proper monitoring traffic movements of works vehicles. There will be restricted timelines on works movements to the construction site through the village when they commence, probably October. There are already safety concerns with existing heavy vehicle movements with other ongoing works at St. Itas and other activities taking place. The refurbishment of 1.2.3 blocks at St. Itas will be completed in September and Crannog Nua Special Care Centre in October.
Elaine Downey (Sec. St Pats GAA club at Ballymastone) has had several meetings with the HSE regarding health and safety issues along the narrow access road to the GAA premises and especially on Saturdays. Elaine is the contact for all safety issues with GAA coaches and has informed all the schools in the area with updates on all traffic issues and the associated problems.
The soccer club raised a health and safety issue about a large tree which restricts vision along the road, and also mentioned lease problems preventing them applying for funding. The issues were noted and will be looked at.
A tree has been sourced for the Secondary School for the purpose of the woodwork classes constructing park type benches. The timber will have to sit for a year to be seasoned.
Re access to the village from the Hearse Road, a planning application has been lodged by the landowner on the southeast side for a few houses. In this plan there is provision for road widening to provide better access to the village and in particular the large size of heavy vehicles in the near future.
FCC stated plans are well advanced for the bypass of Donabate Village and that all the works will take place at the same time, and will not be done in sections. It is expected works will be completed by 2019.
The next meeting between all parties will take place in three months or possibly sooner if required.
John Lovatt for DPCC