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Connecting Communities Roadshows to showcase the best of Waterford Community Services

Waterford City and County Council, in partnership with community groups and stakeholders, will host a series of Connecting Communities Roadshows throughout the city and county.

The roadshows, which take place from February through to May, will offer local communities the opportunity to engage with the Local Authority and its associated partners.  They will also provide insight and guidance about setting up community groups, sourcing funding for developing community initiatives and how to build a stronger, inclusive, and vibrant place to live.

The initiative is spearheaded by Healthy Waterford and Waterford PPN, in collaboration with organisations such as the Community Safety Partnership, Waterford LEADER Partnership, Waterford Area Partnership, Creative Waterford, HSE, Emergency Services and Waterford Sport Partnership, to name but a few.

Mayor of Waterford City and County, Cllr. Joe Conway welcomed the initiative.  “This series of Connecting Communities Roadshows is a fantastic platform to gain insightful and informative feedback from local communities.

“There is real value in finding out about what communities are doing, and doing well, and how they can be better, from those immersed in those communities.  Shared advice, expertise, resources, and local knowledge are integral for any community to thrive and become more inclusive and welcoming for everyone who lives there.”

Sinéad Breathnach, Senior Executive Officer for Community & Sports with Waterford City and County Council explains, “The premise of these roadshows is the provide respective communities with a chance to engage with community services and to make suggestions as to how we can work together to make communities the best they can be.

“Not only will our partner agencies be in attendance, but there is also advice and insights on hand for those exploring setting up community groups, how to go about it and how to avail of funding streams to develop progressive community initiatives.”

Attendees can also meet with ‘Community Champions’ which will showcase their local services at the roadshows.

Ballysaggart Community Development CLG and its Chairperson, Michael Walsh believes that “staying updated with new and existing opportunities and collaborating with various agencies is crucial for community groups, old or new.

“Networking plays a key role and these one-stop-shops for locals will be of great benefit. We have benefited greatly by collaborating over the last number of years. I encourage all to attend as there will be something for everyone.”

The Connecting Communities Roadshows will take place at Lismore Heritage Centre on February 7th, The Park Hotel, Dungarvan on February 21st, Rainbow Hall, Kilmacthomas on March 6th, Community Hall, Ballymacarbry on March 20th, The Haven Hotel, Dunmore East on April 3rd, Cill Barra Sports Hall, Ballybeg on April 17th and Tramore GAA Community Hall on May 8th.  These events are free to attend and members of the public are invited to call in anytime between 6pm and 8.30pm.

To find out more keep an eye on social media or contact Eoin Morrissey, Community Department Waterford City and County Council at eoin.morrissey@waterfordcouncil.ie or Muriel Tobin, PPN Waterford Coordinator at waterfordppn@gmail.com

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Images:  Free to use – Patrick Brown

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Back row:  Ovi Matiut, Eddie Mulligan, Eoin Morrissey, Dylan White of WCCC, Colin Barden Waterford Fire Service and Paul Deegan Volunteer Centre Waterford.

Front row:  Muriel Tobin Waterford PPN, Mayor of Waterford City and County Cllr. Joe Conway, Sinéad Breathnach and Ella Ryan of WCCC.

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Back row: Aine Whelan WWETB, Teresa Fennell and James O Donoghue Local Link, Liam Quinn Waterford Area Partnership and Nicola Spendlove WCCC

Front row:  Lauren Walsh Kett Waterford Sports Partnership, Mayor of Waterford City and County Cllr. Joe Conway, Sinéad Breathnach WCCC and Tracy McEneaney Waterford Libraries

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Eoin Morrissey, Waterford Healthy City and County Coordinator WCCC, Mayor of Waterford City and County Cllr. Joe Conway and Sinéad Breathnach, Senior Executive Officer for Community and Sports WCCC

Public information campaign to build greater awareness of the role of the local Council and Councillors

Minister for Local Government and Planning, Kieran O’Donnell T.D. recently launched the “Your Council” campaign, to provide members of the public with more information about local government and the role of the Councillor.

Minister O’Donnell said, “Local Councils and Councillors play a huge role in shaping communities across the country. They oversee the development of local areas for the benefit of everyone, including the provision of essential services such as housing, recreation, road maintenance, public lighting and footpaths, biodiversity and water quality management. They also play a vital role in local economic development through supports to and engagement with local businesses.

“As the remit of local government and Councillors is so varied, it is hoped that this campaign will encourage greater awareness among the general public of the crucial role played by Councils and Councillors. In particular, the campaign will highlight the Councillors’ role in policymaking, governance and oversight, and as representatives within their local communities.”

Paul Johnston, Acting Director of Services with Waterford City and County Council welcomed the initiative saying the role of local authorities and local Councillors is extensive and multi-faceted.

“Councillors are at the heart of their communities and robustly represent their constituents.  Through their strong local links and interest in their localities, they help bring local issues to the council chamber for address.  Councillors also help to shape policy framework within which the local authority’s executive and employees work.

“Waterford City and County Council is guided by the principles of the City and County Development Plans, Local Economy and Community Plans, national policies and legislation, EU directives and regulations, and increasingly by Climate Action plans and agendas.  Moreover, it is governed by 32 Elected Members, who crucially have a political remit to represent their constituents.”

Paul added, “The Local Authority provides a whole myriad of services such as housing, libraries and fire services, while taking the lead role in economic and social development, managing essential infrastructure and developing and maintaining local amenities and services.  It’s a broad and sometimes challenging remit, but one that our 800-strong staff takes pride in.”

Members of the public are invited to visit www.gov.ie/YourCouncil to find out more about the vital work local Councils and Councillors do, and how important it is to be informed and engaged with local government.

In conclusion Minster O’Donnell said, “I would encourage everyone to engage with the information provided, to visit www.gov.ie/YourCouncil – and indeed engage with the work of local authorities.

“Life in your local area is shaped by the decisions and policies made by your Council and the Councillors you elect to represent your community. While it is of the utmost importance, particularly in a local election year, that we are all fully informed on the important work they do, greater awareness can also allow individuals to become more involved in local government structures and decision making in their local areas.”

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Image credit:  Alan Robinson Photography

Waterford City and County Council Cleansing Crew Kenny O’Regan and Tom Murphy

 

Met Éireann Cold Weather Advisory and Status Yellow Low Temperature warnings issued for Ireland

A Met Éireann Status Yellow Low Temperature / Ice Warning has been issued for Ireland and is in place until 10am tomorrow (9th January), while a Cold Weather Advisory is currently in place and will remain in effect until 10.30pm on Friday, January 12th.

The possible impacts of these conditions include black ice and frost on the roads and dense fog at times leading to hazardous / dangerous travelling conditions.

Gabriel Hynes, Senior Engineer with Waterford City and County Council has urged the public to exercise caution.

“There have been incidences of black ice and frost reported on roads in Waterford County.  Waterford City and County Council ground crews have attended to the Priority One and Two road network, and gritting will be undertaken as required on these Priority One and Two roads for the duration of the cold weather advisory warning.  The crews are also attending to salting Priority Three roads as and when resources allow.

“We would advise all motorists to exercise caution on their journeys, reduce speed and leave extra distance between you and the vehicle in front, as there is the risk of black ice and frost on the roads.

“Please allow extra time for any journey and be conscious of vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and cyclists.”

Waterford City and County Council’s severe weather management team is monitoring the situation and a map of winter maintenance routes can be found at:

https://www.waterfordcouncil.ie/departments/roads-parking/severe-weather.htm

Members of the public can contact Waterford City and County Council’s Customer Services Desks on 0818 10 20 20 during normal office hours, after which calls will be transferred to the Council’s emergency services number.

Please note the following emergency contact numbers below:
Emergency 999/112
Uisce Éireann 1800 278 278
ESB Networks 1800 372 999
Gas Networks Ireland 1800 205 050

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GLACFAR SAOR IN AISCE LE CRAINN NOLLAG NÁDÚRTHA I GCOMHAIR ATHCHÚRSÁLA AG NA HIONAID FHÓNTAS POIBLÍ GO DTÍ AN 13 EANÁIR 2024

  • Cill Bharra

Luan – Aoine   11.00r.n. – 4.00i.n.

 

  • Dún Garbhán

Luan – Déardoin 8.30r.n.- 1.00i.n. & 1.30i.n.- 4.00i.n.

Satharn 9.00r.n. – 12.30i.n.

 

Déan athchúrsáil ar do chadhnraí le do thoil. Úsáid na boscaí bailiúcháin chadhnra i do theach, i do scoil, san ionad oibre, i do shiopa áitiúil agus ag d’ionad fóntas poiblí áitiúil.

Revised Traffic Management System – Ferrybank

As part of the Waterford City North Quays Public Infrastructure Project, a revised traffic management system will be installed on Fountain Street and Abbey Road, Ferrybank from January 2nd 2024.

The traffic management will consist of:

  • Closing the free flow lane from Abbey Road onto Fountain Street
  • Closing the bus lane from Fountain Street towards Rice Bridge
  • Re-directing pedestrians from the Abbey Road crossing to the Fountain Street crossing

This traffic management system will remain in place for a number of months.

Warnings and signage will be in place throughout these works.

 

Status Yellow Thunderstorm Warning for Munster

A Met Éireann Yellow Thunderstorm warning is currently in place for Waterford until 21:00 this evening (Thursday, December 28th).

The possible impacts of these conditions include power outages, hazardous travelling conditions and localised flooding.

Gabriel Hynes, Senior Engineer with Waterford City and County Council has urged the public to exercise caution.

“Our ground crews are attending to a number of fallen trees and roads blocked as a result of yesterday’s Status Orange weather event.  While the worst of the weather has passed, the current thunderstorm warning is expected to bring some scattered thunderstorms and spells of rain, which could lead to localised and spot flooding.  These conditions combined with fallen branches and debris on the roads will make travel hazardous.”

“We would also advise motorists to avoid driving through floods.  If a road is flooded, do not attempt to drive through it and choose an alternative route, as flood waters can be deeper than they appear. Pavement and road surfaces may also be damaged beneath the flood waters.”

Motorists are reminded to be conscious of vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and cyclists.

Waterford City and County Council’s severe weather management team is monitoring the situation and Council ground crews are on stand-by to deal with any issues that may arise, such as localised flooding, blocked drains, and gulley overflows.

Members of the public can contact Waterford City and County Council’s Customer Services Desks on 0818 10 20 20 during normal office hours, after which calls will be transferred to the Council’s emergency services number.

Please note the following emergency contact numbers below:
Emergency 999/112
Uisce Éireann 1800 278 278
ESB Networks 1800 372 999
Gas Networks Ireland 1800 205 050

Waterford City and County Council advises the public to:

  • Stay away from all coastal areas for the duration of the Met Éireann warnings.
  • All road users should be aware of the hazardous travelling conditions, and allow extra time for journeys.
  • The public are warned electricity wires are always live, never approach. If you see fallen or damaged wires, keep clear and phone ESB Networks immediately on 1800 372 999

A festive Féile Grianstad is coming to Dungarvan

On Thursday December 21st the skies of Dungarvan will light up for Féile Grianstad, as the town centre will be the backdrop for an amazing solstice celebration.

The free festivities kick off at 5pm with a series of ‘ceolchoirmeacha agus craic’, featuring Dungarvan’s own Loungeroom Lizards, Danny and Tommy Dunford, Andy Dunne, Brendan Clancy, Benny McCarthy, Joe Kelly and friends.

Santa Claus and his naughty nemesis Krampus will make a special appearance and you never know who else may turn up at the party.

Then at 9pm, a very special sound and light extravaganza is planned as a spectacular fireworks display bursts into the skies to the beat of the bodhrán on Dungarvan’s beautiful quays.

This year Dungarvan Town Square will be partially closed off from lunchtime on December 21st to facilitate the ‘Big Stage’. Earlier in the morning the Square will be the scene of a special weekly market with the emphasis on all things Christmas.

Those coming to Dungarvan are encouraged to park outside the town and walk to Grattan Square for the festivities.  Immediately prior to the fireworks display the quays will be closed to all traffic to facilitate the safe passage of pedestrians and viewers.

The long-term plans for the festival will see a vibrant mix of community arts and entertainment that will animate and illuminate the shortest days and the longest nights with fun, traditional hearty food, song, storytelling, and winter warmth.

Older than Santa Claus, and well before the Vikings arrived, the origin of this festival symbolises the triumph of light over darkness and the promise of renewed life.

Féile Grianstad is an initiative of Waterford City and County Council Arts Office, in association with the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport & Media.

Waterford FC signs 50-year contract with Waterford City & County Council for the use of Regional Sports Centre

Waterford FC has played its home games at the RSC since 1993, and after winning promotion to the Premier Division for the 2024 League of Ireland season, is delighted to secure the RSC for the long-term future, with the recent signing of a 50-year contract with Waterford City and County Council.

The RSC has been named the League of Ireland Pitch of the Year on multiple occasions, with the state-of-the-art facility having undergone large investment in recent years – most recently the installation of brand-new floodlights at the beginning of this year at a cost €260,000.

With the dedicated Waterford FC Club Shop a stones-throw away from the RSC, the club is delighted to secure its future at the Cork Road venue.

Speaking on the announcement, Group CEO Steve Curwood said, “It’s vital for Waterford FC to have a very productive relationship with the council; we’re in the early stages of a longer journey so it’s important that we continue to work together in making things happen.

“We have to use promotion as a fabulous platform to plan and develop everything around the football club, and this commitment from both ourselves and the Waterford City and County Council with this long-term agreement is the perfect start.”

Mayor of Waterford City and County Cllr Joe Conway welcomed the announcement saying, “On behalf of Waterford city and county, we are delighted that this robust relationship with Waterford FC is set to continue.

“It was a significant year for the club, one which we all celebrated, and I’m confident the next fifty years will be as significant and exciting for Waterford FC as they begin their topflight League of Ireland journey.

“Waterford FC has put down a great base here at the RSC and we’re delighted with its success.  Waterford City and County Council is looking forward to continuing its work in supporting the club.  It’s destined to be a symbiotic relationship, great for the city, great for the county and great for the club.”

Ivan Grimes, Director of Services with Waterford City and County Council added, “This long-term agreement will not only consolidate our great working relationship with the Board, management, players and fans of Waterford FC, it signals the Local Authority’s commitment to help build a better club.

“The benefits of this agreement are far-reaching as they will permeate through to our sports clubs, our schools, and our communities for many years to come.”

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Images:  Free to use – Noel Browne

1. The Mayor of Waterford City & County, Cllr.Joe Conway is pictured with Steve Curwood, Executive Director, Waterford FC and Ivan Grimes, Director of Services, Waterford City & County Council.

2. The Mayor of Waterford City & County, Cllr.Joe Conway is pictured with Steve Curwood, Executive Director, Waterford FC.

6.  The Mayor of Waterford City & County, Cllr.Joe Conway pictured with Marc O’Donovan-Wyatt, Chief Operating Officer, Waterford FC, Steve Curwood, Executive Director, Waterford FC and Ivan Grimes, Director of Services, Waterford City & County Council.

7. The Mayor of Waterford City & County, Cllr.Joe Conway pictured with Marc O’Donovan-Wyatt, Chief Operating Officer, Waterford FC, Steve Curwood, Executive Director, Waterford FC, Ivan Grimes, Director of Services, Waterford City & County Council and Darren Sealy, Manager, Waterford Regional Sports Centre.

€100,000 in Outdoor Recreation Funding Announced for Waterford

On Tuesday, November 21st, Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys announced funding of almost €2.3 million nationally to support the development of 50 outdoor adventure projects across Ireland.

The investment under the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme (ORIS) will be key to enhancing outdoor amenities such as our walkways, cycleways, rivers, lakes and beaches.

As part of this announcement two Waterford projects received a very welcome funding boost; Blackwater River Valley Outdoor Recreation Plan and Comeragh Mountains Outdoor Recreation Management Plan.

The Project Development Measures will fund the preparatory work required to bring large scale outdoor recreation projects to a shovel-ready stage.

Each project will receive €50,000 in funding under this round of ORIS funding with a minimum of a further 10% in funding being contributed by Waterford City and County Council. It is envisaged that the projects will be implemented in 2024.

Mayor of Waterford City and County, Cllr. Joe Conway welcomed the funding announcement saying, “This funding announcement is significant for Waterford, as it will drive the impetus to bring these two large-scale projects to fruition.

“Waterford’s successful projects are located within two areas of outstanding scenic beauty namely the Blackwater River Valley and the Comeragh Mountains, and the development of these high quality recreation opportunities will only serve to enhance the areas and the communities within.”

Blackwater River Valley Outdoor Recreation entails the design of improved river access points to facilitate water-based activities at Ballyduff Upper and Lismore to include developing designs to planning stage, environmental assessments and submission of the resultant planning application. This work will build on a feasibility which was undertaken in 2022 to look at the potential of the Blackwater River Valley for Blueway, water trail and related land based outdoor recreation opportunities. It will also greatly add to ongoing projects in both Cappoquin and Villierstown seeking to enhance access to the River Blackwater for recreation.

Comeragh Mountains Outdoor Recreation Management Plan will see the development and management of high-quality outdoor recreation opportunities in the Comeragh Mountains focusing on core environmental, conservation, landscape, and socio-economic factors.

Widespread stakeholder and community engagement are planned as part of the preparation of this plan which will be consistent with objectives contained within the Waterford City and County Development Plan 2022 to 2028.

Similar to the River Blackwater project, the process of preparing the plan will very much consider the unique characteristics of this wonderful upland landscape.

The Rural Economic Development team in Waterford City and County Council looks forward to working with the local communities on these exciting projects in 2024.

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Waterford City & County Council seeks Expressions of Interest (EoI) for Ardmore Affordable Housing Scheme

Waterford City and County Council is actively considering the development of an affordable housing scheme at Ardmore, Co. Waterford.  Initially, the Local Authority is assessing the viability of, and the need for such a scheme in the area.

The Local Authority Affordable Housing Scheme provides for Local Authorities to make new homes available at a reduced price for first-time buyers whose mortgage and deposit will not cover the price of the home and who are seeking to purchase a newly-built home.

If you are a first-time buyer, unable to get a mortgage for a new home in the Ardmore area, the affordable housing scheme will provide for:

  • The purchase of a home using the income capacity of the purchaser(s) and the maximum mortgage available to them.
  • The Local Authority to take an equity stake in the home to cover the shortfall in the price to a maximum of 40% and a minimum of 5% which can be redeemed at any stage in the future or may be left in place until a future sale of the property.

While the final purchase price of the affordable housing has yet to be determined, the scheme will be targeted at those who cannot access social housing supports and cannot afford to purchase a property on the private market.

If you consider that you may qualify and are interested in declaring an interest provisionally at this point, you are invited to complete an Expression of Interest online survey, subject to the important information contained within the survey and acceptance of the terms outlined in it.

To complete the Expression of Interest online survey, visit Waterford City & County Council (submit.com)

The survey will remain open until 4pm, Sunday December 31st, 2023.

For further information about the Admore Affordable Housing Scheme (EoI) email affordablehomes@waterfordcouncil.ie

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Waterford City & County Council calls for dog owners to bag it and bin it!

Dog owners of Waterford are being urged to clean up their dog’s waste by bagging it and binning it!

Not only is dog poo unsightly and smelly, but it can also pose a health hazard. Dog poo on our streets, parks, trails and beaches can cause illness and lead to the spread of disease, as it contains harmful bacteria such as E-coli and parasites like roundworm. Not only this, but it can cause serious kidney disorders, diarrhoea, intestinal illnesses, and cramps.

Parents with buggies, children, and vulnerable groups such as wheelchair users and the visually impaired, are particularly susceptible to stepping in or wheeling through dog poo, and being at risk of these health implications, not to mention the unpleasantness and inconvenience of getting poo on shoes, hands or wheels.

Mayor of Waterford City and County, Cllr. Joe Conway said, “The majority of dog owners and dog walkers are responsible and ensure that they clean up after their pets.  However, there is a minority that believes their dog waste is not their responsibility.”

“The consequences of not bagging, binning or bringing it home are not pleasant.  Dog poo and discarded poo bags are a blight on the landscape, they spoil our wonderful natural amenities, and they are harmful to people and wildlife.”

By simply ensuring we all clean up after our dogs, we protect our community and our environment.”

Niall Kane, Senior Executive Engineer, with Waterford City and County Council added, “Dog waste should be bagged immediately and can be discarded in any public bin.  If there is no public bin in the vicinity of the walk, it should be brought home and disposed of in a suitable sanitary manner.

“Often is the case, some owners will bag it, but then leave the bags on trees or on walkways, which is unsightly and has a detrimental effect on the environment. Discarded poo bags are a threat to wildlife through ingestion and entanglement, and can end up in our rivers and lakes, causing further damage to our marine life…the consequences of which will be felt for generations to come.”

Waterford City and County Council encourages all dog owners to make the right decision and clean up after their pooches to protect our communities, our wildlife and our outdoor spaces.

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Images: Free to use (WCCC)

  • Lydia O’Connor (WCCC) and Peaches, Niall Kane Senior Executive Engineer (WCCC) and Ivy, Mayor of Waterford City and County, Cllr. Joe Conway and Ella Ryan Environmental Awareness Officer (WCCC) with Bess.
  • Ella Ryan Environmental Awareness Officer (WCCC), Mayor of Waterford City and County, Cllr. Joe Conway and Niall Kane Senior Executive Engineer (WCCC) with Bess and Ivy.

Phase 3 of works at Farronshoneen Roundabout

Phase 3  of the construction works at Farronshoneen Roundabout are due to commence on Thursday, November 16th  and continue for 5 working days until Wednesday, November 22nd.

The works will entail the reconstruction of the east bound lane of the Outer Ring Road coming off the roundabout (i.e. between Farronshoneen Roundabout and Waterford University Hospital).

During this stage all routes will remain open to traffic, however Stop / Go controls will be in place on all four legs of the roundabout for the duration, resulting in some delays to traffic in the area.

Waterford City and County Council apologies for inconvenience caused.

Moladh chun bóithre atá ag freastal ar fhorbairt ag Fáinne Na Farraige a fhógairt mar Bhóithre Poiblí

Tugtar fógra leis seo de bhun Alt 11 Fo-alt (1)(b)(iii) d’Acht na mBóithre 1993 go bhfuil sé beartaithe agComhairle Cathrach agus Contae Phort Láirge na bóithre thíosluaite a chlárú mar Bhóithre Poiblí.

  • Bóithre a fhreastalaíonn ar fhorbairt ag Fáinne Na Farraige, An Rinn

Tá an líníocht a thaispeánann na bóithre atá le glacadh i gcúram ar fáil lena iniúchadh thíos, nó is féidir féachaint ar chóipeanna inár Ranna Seirbhísí do Chustaiméirí i gCé Dáibhéid, Dún Garbhán nó ar Shráid Nua Bailey ar feadh tréimhse míosa suas go dtí an 13 Nollaig, 2023 agus an lá sin san áireamh.

Léarscáil (Cliceáil le haghaidh leagan níos mó)

Is féidir aighneachtaí nó tuairimí maidir leis an togra chun na bóithre a chlárú mar Bhóithre Poiblí a dhéanamh i scríbhinn suas go dtí an 27ú Nollaig, 2023. Cuir ainm na forbartha i líne ábhair nahaighneachta, le do thoil.

Sa Post: Aideen Jacob, Oifigeach Riaracháin, Rannóg na mBóithre, Áras Menapia, An Meal, Port Láirge.
Trí Ríomhphost: submissionsroads@waterfordcouncil.ie

Cuir ‘Glacadh i gCúram – Fáinne na Farraige, An Rinn’ i líne an ábhair le do thoil.