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Proposal to Declare Roads serving development at Fáinne Na Farraige, An Rinn to be Public Roads

Notice is hereby given pursuant to Section 11 Subsection (1) (b) (iii) Roads Act 1993 that Waterford City and County Council propose to declare the roads mentioned below to be Public Roads.

  • Roads serving development at Fáinne Na Farraige, An Rinn

The drawing indicating the roads to be taken in charge are available for inspection below or copies can be viewed in our Customer Services Departments in
Davitts Quay, Dungarvan or Bailey’s New Street for a period of one month up to and including 13th December, 2023.

Map of Area Concerned (Click for larger)

Submissions or observations with respect to the proposal to declare the roads to be Public Roads may be made in writing up to 27th December, 2023. Please include the name of the development in the submission subject line.

By Post: Aideen Jacob, Administrative Officer, Roads Department, Menapia Building, The Mall, Waterford.
By Email: submissionsroads@waterfordcouncil.ie

Please put ‘Taking in Charge – Fáinne na Farraige, An Rinn’ in the subject line.

Strong Waterford representation at Pride of Place Awards

There was strong Waterford representation at Pride of Place Awards with Larchville Lisduggan Residents Association taking top honours.

Waterford was well represented at the All-Island IPB Pride of Place Awards which took place last weekend.

Larchville Lisduggan Residents Association took top honours in the Urban Neighbourhood (Village under 3,000) category, while CAPE-ability Club was represented in the Community Wellbeing Initiative category. The awards, hosted by Armagh, Banbridge, and Craigavon Borough Council tool place in the Armagh City Hotel with almost 100 community initiatives throughout the island of Ireland represented. Now in its 20th year, the awards celebrate the best in community development, and recognise the efforts of people in making their local neighbourhoods better places to live, work and socialise.

Waterford City and County Council nominated Larchville Lisduggan Residents Association, in the Urban Neighbourhood (Under 3,000) category.

Speaking following the awards ceremony Larchville Lisduggan Residents Association Chair, John Burns was delighted with the award saying:

“It’s a great honour to be recognised and rewarded on a national platform.  The work of the association is done in tandem with all the residents.  There’s a fantastic community spirit and we love working towards the same goal of making Larchville and Lisduggan the safest, most welcoming and inclusive estates in the heart of Waterford.

“This award is testament to the hard work of every member of our community in making Larchville Lisduggan the best neighbourhood in Ireland.”

The judges’ comments outlined the positive contribution the residents association has made towards enhancing all elements of the wider Larchville Lisduggan community and acknowledged the hard work of an incredibly motivated group.

Michael Murphy of Waterford City and County Council’s Estate Management Team was delighted with the residents association’s phenomenal success, saying:

“Everything this residents association does is about strengthening community ties. I look forward to continuing to work with them as they solidify and develop the locality.”

Also nominated by Waterford City and County Council in the Community Wellbeing Initiative category was CAPE-ability.  CAPE-ability is a social and friendship group for young adults with diverse needs and abilities.  The parent-led club meets weekly and empowers and supports members to flourish through activities such as boxercise, cookery, circuit-training and much more.

Kevin Moynihan, Community Officer with Waterford City and County Council added,

“We are so lucky in Waterford to have a wonderful network of community groups that passionately and ardently work towards better communities.

“Larchville Lisduggan Residents Association and CAPE-ability

Club are just two examples of the big changes that can be made when we work together towards a common goal.  They are outstanding exemplars of People Power!”

Sponsored by IPB Insurance, the Pride of Place competition was initiated 20 years ago though a Co-operation Ireland programme to acknowledge the invaluable work undertaken by volunteers and those involved in local community development.

It has grown into the largest competition recognising community development achievements on the island of Ireland.

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Waterford City & County Council win two awards at Chambers Ireland “Excellence in Local Government” Awards

Waterford City and County Council has been successful at the recent Chambers Ireland “Excellence in Local Government Awards”, with two category wins, for the Waterford Museums of Time and Silver, and Mount Congreve House and Gardens.

Waterford Museums of Time and Silver took top honours in the ‘Heritage and Built Environment’ category which celebrates best in class by a Local Authority to promote public interest in, and knowledge, appreciation and protection of local heritage sites.  The Museum of Time opened in 2021 with kind donations and support from David Boles, Colman Curran and Liz Clooney, and is the only museum dedicated to horology and timekeeping on the island of Ireland.  The Irish Silver Museum also opened its doors in 2021 in the old Deanery Building on Cathedral Square, Waterford with benefactors Noel and Stephanie Frisby generously donating to its establishment and displays.

Mount Congreve House and Gardens, lauded as ‘One of the Great Gardens of the World’, clinched the title, amid stiff competition, in the ‘Supporting Tourism’ category. This award highlights the efforts of Waterford City and County Council in enriching local tourism and encouraging community appreciation of regional attractions.

The transformative investment in Mount Congreve House and Gardens has resulted in a world-class visitor experience, as well as a café, and retail offering. The estate also boasts a variety of walking paths, each adorned with creative displays that vividly narrate its long history.

Mayor of Waterford City and County, Cllr. Joe Conway said the recognition by Chambers Ireland was a great endorsement of the projects and the Local Authority’s investment in them.  He praised the Council’s commitment to initiating and advancing such exceptional initiatives, saying:

“I am delighted to see Waterford City and County Council recognised on a national platform for their commitment in initiating and driving such wonderful projects.  Both Mount Congreve and The Museums of Time and Silver are very deserving winners in their respective categories.  Waterford has an enviable tourism offering, and it is great to see the work of our Council endorsed in the wider community in such a positive way.

Waterford City and County Council’s strong performance at the awards was also highlighted by four other shortlisted projects, in a diverse range of categories.

Alongside its wins, the Council’s shortlisted projects included Tramore Town Centre Public Realm Works in the ‘Urban Revival’ category, and the proactive Ukrainian Refugee Response in the ‘Diversity and Inclusion’ category. Their innovative communication strategy was showcased in ‘A Celebration of Waterford as Ireland’s Best Place to Live’, shortlisted in the ‘Communications’ category, while the Council’s commitment to environmental sustainability was evident in the ‘Climate Change’ category with the Business Rates Waiver initiative.

Commending all the projects put forward, Director of Economic Development at Waterford City & County Council, Michael Quinn commented:

“Our diverse array of projects reflect our commitment to not only address current community needs but also to proactively shape a sustainable future for Waterford. Each project, regardless of its category here tonight, is a step towards our vision of an inclusive, dynamic, and environmentally conscious city and county.”

The Chambers Ireland Excellence in Local Government Awards are sponsored by the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage and took place in Dublin on November 23rd.

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Community Safety Initiative Grant launched

The Independent Chair of the Waterford Local Community Safety Partnership (WLCSP), Mr. Sean Aylward, has announced the commencement of the WLCSP Small Grants Fund. This initiative offers grants ranging from €1,000 to €5,000, specifically intended to aid local community organisations and service providers. The primary objective is to boost innovative projects and initiatives that cater to the requirements outlined in the WLCSP Community Safety Plan 2023-2028.

The WLCSP, a creation of the Department of Justice, embodies a novel government pilot scheme which aims to seamlessly blend the strengths of statutory services, the voluntary and community sector, local councillors, and community members. The united front is dedicated to pinpointing and resolving community safety concerns at a local level.

Expressing his gratitude towards the Department of Justice, Mr Aylward explained, “Community safety is a multifaceted notion, surpassing just the boundaries of policing and crime. It envelops the essence of individuals being secure and feeling protected within their communities. It encompasses various aspects, ranging from the visible presence of Gardaí to ensuring children have safe areas to play. These grants have been designed to invigorate and nurture local community safety endeavours, especially those that resonate with the objectives of the WLCSP Community Safety Plan”.

The fund commences with a generous allocation of €50,000, with individual grants ranging between €1,000 and €5,000. Interested parties should mark their calendars, as the application process will be advertised from Monday, 2nd October. Applications will be accepted between 6th October and 20th October. Successful applicants can expect allocation by 17th November, with the stipulation that the funds be utilised before the close of 31st December 2023.

For a comprehensive understanding and further details, individuals and organisations are encouraged to visit Waterford City & County Council’s website below.

https://waterfordcouncil.ie/departments/community-sport/community-safety.htm

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WLCSP Community Safety Small Grant Scheme 2023

Contact Details

Eddie Mulligan
Email : emulligan@waterfordcouncil.ie
Telephone : 087 7003486

Local Enterprise Office Waterford to celebrate National Women’s Enterprise Day

With the National Women’s Enterprise Day planned for October 19th, Local Enterprise Office Waterford, in collaboration with Network Ireland Waterford branch, Dungarvan West Waterford Chamber and Waterford Chamber will host a networking event at the Mount Congreve House, that promises to inspire and educate the next generation of female entrepreneurs.

This year’s “Empowering Business Together” themed day starts with a welcome reception at 3pm and an opportunity for attendees to get a Professional Headshot taken.

The event will kick off at 3.30pm with a ‘Meet the Media’ panel hosted by Nichola Beresford which will cover how to approach the media, the different mediums and what you should have prepared when approaching the media.

This is followed by afternoon tea in the magnificent setting of the Chinese Room in Mount Congreve House.

Finally, there will be an interactive Empowering Business Together Workshop which will allow attendees to choose what topics are discussed. Participants will be asked what they would like to hear on arrival, and this facilitated workshop will be tailored to the audiences’ needs.

Waterford’s National Women’s Enterprise Day Ambassador, Christine Murphy is founder and Creative Director of Urban Aran, an independent Irish Knitwear business in 2018. Based in Waterford, Urban Aran encapsulates the essence of her brand. The term “Urban” reflects her deep appreciation for urban landscapes. It is the imagery from cityscapes and professional street art in her home city of Waterford to minute detail including peeling paint on walls, which inspires her drawings and designs.

Christine was proud to be asked to be an ambassador for this year’s event, “I have interacted with the LEO for years and attended the NWED before, so was delighted to be asked to be an ambassador. The programme this year as always is geared to support women in business, and I’m thrilled to be involved.”

Brid Kirby, Acting Head of Enterprise, Local Enterprise Office Waterford said that the event will be of benefit to any female entrepreneur who is either thinking of starting a business or already in business, “The panellists at this event are highly renowned for assisting businesses in unleashing their potential and identifying opportunities for growth.  Supporting women in enterprise and addressing the key challenges confronting women in business is paramount to ensuring female entrepreneurs realise their full business potential.

“At Local Enterprise Office Waterford we have a broad range of support services, including events like this that enable entrepreneurs to take their business to the next level. National Women’s Enterprise Day not only showcases the work of successful female entrepreneurs, but also supports and fosters female entrepreneurship by encouraging more women to start their own business.”

National Women’s Enterprise Day is Ireland’s largest female enterprise event. It promotes, encourages and stimulates female entrepreneurship across Ireland. It is designed and led by women and is an annual high point in promoting entrepreneurship to women in Ireland. The Local Enterprise Office along with Enterprise Ireland provide a wide range of help, incentives, training, and development programmes to female entrepreneurs.

While help is available all year round, National Women’s Enterprise Day allows the LEO to turn the spotlight on female entrepreneurship. It attracts widespread media attention. It opens the prospect of entrepreneurship to women who may not have considered it before. It highlights what support is available. It provides valuable networking opportunities and connections with industry experts. And it celebrates the achievements of women in enterprise.

It tackles the real-life subjects affecting women in business. While finance, marketing, innovation, and new product development are important, so too are family, well-being, and mental health and these all have their place in National Women’s Enterprise Day.

National Women’s Enterprise event takes place from 3pm to 6.30pm in Mount Congreve House, Waterford on Thursday, October 19th.  Tickets cost €20.  To book your place visit www.localenterprise.ie/Waterford/ . This event is a collaboration between Local Enterprise Office Waterford, Network Ireland Waterford branch, Dungarvan West Waterford Chamber & Waterford Chamber.

Photos by Noel Browne

Tamara Sheehan, Enterprise Executive, Local Enterprise Office Waterford, Brid Kirby, Acting Head of Enterprise, Local Enterprise Office Waterford, Lynda Lawton, Operations Officer, Waterford Chamber, Jenny Beresford, CEO, Dungarvan & West Waterford Chamber, and Mailo Power Founder/Owner of Monkey Cups.

HSE’s National Breastfeeding Week 2023 being marked in Waterford

                                                           

The HSE will be highlighting National Breastfeeding Week 2023 (1st to 7th of October) with participation in a number of events in the Waterford area.

The Breastfeeding Friendly Waterford Interagency Working Group have organised a suite of events scheduled throughout the week to support the launch of the National Healthy Ireland Framework “We’re Breastfeeding Friendly Waterford” and to promote and celebrate breastfeeding.

A Cuidiú coffee morning for all parents and the breastfeeding community in the Central Library, a launch by the Deputy Mayor in City Hall of the National Healthy Ireland “We’re Breastfeeding Friendly” framework and the unveiling of a mural in the city centre are among the activities organised by the Breastfeeding Friendly Waterford Interagency Working group, which the HSE will be supporting, along with other key partners in such ventures including Waterford City and County Council, the Sláintecare/Waterford Healthy Communities initiative, Cuidiú (parent to parent breastfeeding support group), Réalta Centre for Arts and Health, Waterford Libraries, Autism Friendly Waterford and CYPSC Waterford.

The theme of this year’s National Breastfeeding Week is ‘Making our communities and workplaces more breastfeeding friendly’ and it aims to raise awareness of local supports for parents and the expansion in law of breastfeeding breaks during work hours up until to a child’s second birthday.

According to its 2022 HSE figures, 62% of babies were breastfed when the Public Health Nurse made their first visit after birth. The figure has been rising since a rate of 55% was recorded in 2017.

The HSE, as part of an inter-agency group in the Waterford area, will be supporting a range of activities next week:

  • Monday 2nd October: 10am-12pm Cuidiú Coffee morning for all parents and members of the breastfeeding community , Central Library, Waterford.
  • Wednesday 4th October: 11am-12.30pm Launch of Healthy Ireland “We’re Breastfeeding Friendly” framework by the Deputy Mayor Cllr. Declan Doocey in the Large Room, Waterford City Hall.
  • Thursday, 5th October: 1-2pm Artist Talk with Dr. Afif El-Khuffash with poetry by Dr. Maria Tempany (Author on Motherhood and Poet), Réalta Centre for Arts and Health, with panel discussion to follow.
  • Friday 6th October: 12pm (to be confirmed) Unveiling of a mural by street artist Zabou in Ballybricken, Waterford City Centre (on gable end of Mulligan’s Pharmacy, Ballybricken X91 RY26), depicting an image supporting breastfeeding – commissioned through Waterford Walls and sponsored by Waterford City and County Council and Mulligans Pharmacy.

Throughout October, 10 breastfeeding related art pieces by Dr. Afif El Khuffash will be on display at the Central Library (x 5) and the Réalta Centre for Arts and Health (formerly Waterford Healing Arts Trust), University Hospital Waterford (x 5). Dr. El Khuffash is a Consultant Neonatologist and Paediatrician at Dublin’s Rotunda Hospital and is also a qualified International Board Certified Lactation Consultant.

Speaking ahead of the National Breastfeeding Week events in Waterford, Claire Bulfin, (Midwife and Lactation Consultant at University Hospital Waterford) said:

“Parents can get support and advice on establishing breastfeeding from their Midwife and Public Health Nurse. They can also ask them questions about other aspects of caring for newborn babies, such as recognising what is normal in the early weeks and soothing a crying or unsettled baby. Hospital and community healthcare Lactation Consultants can offer support with specific breastfeeding queries and challenges.

“The number of breastfeeding groups is also growing in every county and such excellent support is readily accessible throughout Waterford City and County. The Cuidiú organisation (see www.Cuidiu.ie) have been fantastic, in addition to the Library services. There are also a range of online resources, such as virtual breastfeeding groups. Practical breastfeeding advice and so much more (including contact details for support groups etc.) on the HSE’s www.MyChild.ie – including the 7 day a week “Ask our Expert” live chat and e-mail breastfeeding support service.

“I encourage mothers to attend breastfeeding classes and get advice for their own situation in the antenatal period, to prepare them for what to expect in the early days and weeks. The most rewarding part of my job is seeing mums surprise themselves at how well they do, gaining confidence with every feed and enjoying breastfeeding their baby.

In addition to Lactation Consultants being in place in the region’s four maternity hospitals (University Hospital Waterford, Wexford General Hospital, St. Luke’s General Hospital Carlow/Kilkenny and Tipperary General Hospital), there are also HSE/South East Community Healthcare based Lactation Consultants across counties Carlow, Kilkenny, South Tipperary, Waterford and Wexford.

Looking forward to the programme of activities marking this year’s National Breastfeeding Week, Brianna Connaughton (Health Promotion and Improvement Officer with HSE/South East Community Healthcare’s Health and Wellbeing Service) says:

“Improving breastfeeding rates will help to improve long term population health. Breastfeeding supports your child’s health now and over the long term. It’s also important for mothers too, supporting their recovery after birth, supports bonding with their baby and also reducing their risk of breast cancer and diabetes.”

“Looking at this year’s National Breastfeeding Week theme of ‘Making our communities and workplaces more breastfeeding friendly’ reminds me as to many mothers who have now returned to work and have seen first-hand the difference breastfeeding breaks in the workplace has made. Recent advances in legislation have made combining breastfeeding and returning to work more appealing and feasible. Breastfeeding breaks, as provided for, have helped some mothers breastfeed for longer than they intended to.”

! Important ! Annual Social Housing Assessment

Social Housing Assessment

Waterford City & County Council is currently undertaking the annual Social Housing Assessment.  If you are an approved housing applicant whose file was not reviewed since 11th August 2022 and you are not on RAS, HAP or leasing scheme, you will receive a letter outlining what you need to do to complete the online form.

Please complete the relevant form online at https://waterfordcouncil.ie/services/housing .  If you need a paper form you can obtain this by using the contact information in your letter.

All forms and supporting documentation to be submitted or returned by Friday 29th September 2023.

! Important ! Annual Social Housing Assessment

 

Social Housing Assessment

Waterford City & County Council is currently undertaking the annual Social Housing Assessment.  If you are an approved housing applicant whose file was not reviewed since 11th August 2022 and you are not on RAS, HAP or leasing scheme, you will receive a letter outlining what you need to do to complete the online form.

Please complete the relevant form online at https://waterfordcouncil.ie/services/housing .  If you need a paper form you can obtain this by using the contact information in your letter.

All forms and supporting documentation to be submitted or returned by Friday 29th September 2023.

PUBLIC MEETING this Saturday: Draft Town Centre First plan for Portlaw

 

Waterford City and County Council, in partnership with Portlaw Town Team, is pleased to announce the launch of the public consultation on the draft Portlaw Town Centre First Plan.

The plans will be on display in Portlaw Library and all are invited to an event to discuss the Town Centre First Plan and to celebrate the potential of Portlaw on Malcomson Square, between 12pm – 5pm on Saturday 23 September 2023.

Portlaw has been selected as one of 26 towns in Ireland to participate in this new initiative from the Irish Government.

The Draft Town Centre First Plan presents a vision for the future of Portlaw and a series of projects suitable for funding applications. The draft vision statement for Portlaw reads:

“As Ireland’s first model village and an inspiration to many, Portlaw was planned as the best possible place in which to live and work. With our unique streets, our waterways and woodlands, Portlaw is a special place with a story to tell. Today we look back with pride and forward with confidence, rediscovering and renewing Portlaw’s pioneering ambition for the town and all its people.”

The draft plan has been developed by the Portlaw Town Team, composed of local residents and business owners, with input from elected members and has been facilitated by urban designers, The Paul Hogarth Company and Hall Black Douglas architects. It includes proposals for new community facilities, active travel connections and civic spaces, all designed to complement the future restoration of Mayfield House and the former Tannery.

Chair of the Portlaw Town Team, Paudie Coffey explained that:

“We have been working hard over the past few months to prepare this plan for Portlaw, which builds on many years of work to improve the town and also on the recommendations of the 2022 Community Strategic Plan.”

Welcoming the public consultation process, Cathaoirleach of Comeragh District Council, Cllr. Seánie Power said that:

“The Council is delighted to be involved in this new planning initiative and that Portlaw – with its wonderful history, heritage and environment – is included as one of the pilot towns. It is now over to the people of Portlaw to take a look at the draft plan, give your feedback and share your ideas. The results will, hopefully, include a number of positive projects for the town and a period of significant regeneration and development”.

The public are invited to view draft plan online at www.waterfordcouncil.ie/PortlawTCF and to complete the short online survey by Thursday 28 September 2023.

 

Regulator Publishes Waterford City & County Council Planning Review

 

A report published today (19th September 2023) by the Office of the Planning Regulator (OPR) has found that Waterford City & County Council is providing its key planning functions effectively.

This is the first time that the systems and procedures used by Waterford City & County Council’s planning department have been reviewed by the OPR. The report considers the Council’s performance across a range of functions and makes ten recommendations as to how existing service levels can be maintained and improved.

Commenting on the review, Planning Regulator, Niall Cussen said:

Waterford is a key asset for Ireland in terms of its location, ability to compete nationally and internationally along with capacity to grow and rebalance some of the prevailing development trends of recent decades. The Council has delivered notable successes in recent times including the outstanding Waterford Greenway and leveraging record funding for the flagship North Quays regeneration project. I would like to see this momentum built on to further deliver on the opportunities that are presenting for Waterford over the coming period”.

An overarching recommendation arising from the review is that the Council would give sufficient consideration towards the planning department’s longer-term resourcing needs. While the Council has achievements to be proud of, the planning department has been delivering against a background of significant pressures on resources.

Commenting on the need for additional resourcing, Mr Cussen continued:

It must be recognised that delivering on Waterford’s intended role as a regional driver for the south-east must be facilitated through a strengthened planning department. The OPR would like to see the planning department taking time to reflect on how it is organised to meet its current and future workloads and strengthen its capacity.”

The OPR’s report also recommends that the Council build on its existing proactive approach to special projects by providing dedicated resources to coordinate site activation projects – a recommendation that has been fulfilled since the review process was conducted through the establishment of a new team tasked with delivering on active land management, including derelict and vacant sites.

Noting this Mr Cussen concluded:

I very much welcome that Waterford City & County Council has committed to implementing the review recommendations, and is already making progress in this regard. My office will continue to engage with the Council in order to monitor progress and assist in any way possible”.

Annual Social Housing Assessment

 

Social Housing Assessment

Waterford City & County Council is currently undertaking the annual Social Housing Assessment.  If you are an approved housing applicant whose file was not reviewed since 11th August 2022 and you are not on RAS, HAP or leasing scheme, you will receive a letter outlining what you need to do to complete the online form.

Please complete the relevant form online at https://waterfordcouncil.ie/services/housing .  If you need a paper form you can obtain this by using the contact information in your letter.

All forms and supporting documentation to be submitted or returned by Friday 29th September 2023.

Have your say on the draft Town Centre First plan for Portlaw

 

Waterford City and County Council, in partnership with Portlaw Town Team, is pleased to announce the launch of the public consultation on the draft Portlaw Town Centre First Plan.

Portlaw has been selected as one of 26 towns in Ireland to participate in this new initiative from the Irish Government.

The Draft Town Centre First Plan presents a vision for the future of Portlaw and a series of projects suitable for funding applications. The draft vision statement for Portlaw reads:

“As Ireland’s first model village and an inspiration to many, Portlaw was planned as the best possible place in which to live and work. With our unique streets, our waterways and woodlands, Portlaw is a special place with a story to tell. Today we look back with pride and forward with confidence, rediscovering and renewing Portlaw’s pioneering ambition for the town and all its people.”

The draft plan has been developed by the Portlaw Town Team, composed of local residents and business owners, with input from elected members and has been facilitated by urban designers, The Paul Hogarth Company and Hall Black Douglas architects. It includes proposals for new community facilities, active travel connections and civic spaces, all designed to complement the future restoration of Mayfield House and the former Tannery.

Chair of the Portlaw Town Team, Paudie Coffey explained that:

“We have been working hard over the past few months to prepare this plan for Portlaw, which builds on many years of work to improve the town and also on the recommendations of the 2022 Community Strategic Plan.”

Welcoming the public consultation process, Cathaoirleach of Comeragh District Council, Cllr. Seánie Power said that:

“The Council is delighted to be involved in this new planning initiative and that Portlaw – with its wonderful history, heritage and environment – is included as one of the pilot towns. It is now over to the people of Portlaw to take a look at the draft plan, give your feedback and share your ideas. The results will, hopefully, include a number of positive projects for the town and a period of significant regeneration and development”.

The public are invited to view draft plan online at www.waterfordcouncil.ie/PortlawTCF and to complete the short online survey by Thursday 28 September 2023.

The plans will also be on display in Portlaw Library and all are invited to an event to discuss the Town Centre First Plan and to celebrate the potential of Portlaw on Malcomson Square, between 12pm – 5pm on Saturday 23 September 2023.

Have your say on the draft Town Centre First plan for Portlaw

 

Waterford City and County Council, in partnership with Portlaw Town Team, is pleased to announce the launch of the public consultation on the draft Portlaw Town Centre First Plan.

Portlaw has been selected as one of 26 towns in Ireland to participate in this new initiative from the Irish Government.

The Draft Town Centre First Plan presents a vision for the future of Portlaw and a series of projects suitable for funding applications. The draft vision statement for Portlaw reads:

“As Ireland’s first model village and an inspiration to many, Portlaw was planned as the best possible place in which to live and work. With our unique streets, our waterways and woodlands, Portlaw is a special place with a story to tell. Today we look back with pride and forward with confidence, rediscovering and renewing Portlaw’s pioneering ambition for the town and all its people.”

The draft plan has been developed by the Portlaw Town Team, composed of local residents and business owners, with input from elected members and has been facilitated by urban designers, The Paul Hogarth Company and Hall Black Douglas architects. It includes proposals for new community facilities, active travel connections and civic spaces, all designed to complement the future restoration of Mayfield House and the former Tannery.

Chair of the Portlaw Town Team, Paudie Coffey explained that:

“We have been working hard over the past few months to prepare this plan for Portlaw, which builds on many years of work to improve the town and also on the recommendations of the 2022 Community Strategic Plan.”

Welcoming the public consultation process, Cathaoirleach of Comeragh District Council, Cllr. Seánie Power said that:

“The Council is delighted to be involved in this new planning initiative and that Portlaw – with its wonderful history, heritage and environment – is included as one of the pilot towns. It is now over to the people of Portlaw to take a look at the draft plan, give your feedback and share your ideas. The results will, hopefully, include a number of positive projects for the town and a period of significant regeneration and development”.

The public are invited to view draft plan online at www.waterfordcouncil.ie/PortlawTCF and to complete the short online survey by Thursday 28 September 2023.

The plans will also be on display in Portlaw Library and all are invited to an event to discuss the Town Centre First Plan and to celebrate the potential of Portlaw on Malcomson Square, between 12pm – 5pm on Saturday 23 September 2023.

Harvest Festival 2023 – Road Closure Arrangements

Notice is hereby given that Waterford City and County Council, in exercise of its powers
will close the following public roads to through traffic from 8th to 10th September, 2023 to facilitate the 2023 Waterford Harvest Festival.

Road to be closed:

1. From 6am Friday 8th until 10pm Sunday 10th September 2023.
• L5532 Arundel Square
• L5531 Peter Street
• L15237 Michael Street North (from its junction with Patricks St. to Lady Lane)
• L91092 Broad Street
• L91091 Barronstrand Street
• L90352 Georges Street
• L90353 Blackfriars Lane
• L90354 Arundel Lane
• L90355 Little Patrick Street
• L55301 Bakehouse Lane
• L1525 Patrick Street
• L1502 O’Connell Street (from its Junction with Thomas Street)
• L5501 Gladstone Street
• L15023 Sargents Lane (from its Junction with Jenkins Lane Car Park)

2. From 6am Saturday 9th September until 10pm Sunday 10th September 2023
• L1528 Johns Street (Applemarket)

Traffic Diversions:
A comprehensive Traffic Management Plan will be in place from the start of the road closures and all alternative routes will be signposted.

• Access to the Cork Road from Ballybricken Green shall be via Mayors Walk and Barrack Street.
• Access to The Quays from Ballybricken shall be via James Street & Vulcan Street.
• There will be no access to The Quays from O’Connell Street after Vulcan Street.
• Access and egress to Jenkins Lane Car Park shall be via Meeting House Lane only.
• Entry to Patrick Street will controlled by security and barriers at its junction with Stephens Street and Carrigeen Park and all non-permitted traffic shall be directed to Stephens Street and onto Lady Lane. Traffic Permitted to the closed section of Patrick Street will only be Taxis, Festival Production and Emergency Vehicles.

• Access to Alexander Street shall be via Stephen Street, with egress via Lady Lane. The traffic direction on the section of Lady Lane from Michael Street to Bakehouse Lane shall be reversed for the duration of the Road Closures.

Emergency Access:
Access will be maintained for the emergency services at all times to all areas subject to these road closures.

Local Residents:
As on street car parking on the above streets will be unavailable during the event car owners who reside on the affected streets will be asked to relocate to other areas of the city. Any vehicle found parked in such areas will be impounded and will be subject to a release cost.

Deliveries:
All businesses within the cordon area are being asked to avoid, if possible, deliveries to and from their premises during the festival period. No unauthorised vehicles will be allowed within the site area between the hours of 8am – 9pm.

Car Parking:
Access to all city centre car parks will be unaffected.

Public Transport:
Buses:
The following Bus Routes will be affected:
W4 – Peter Street to Browns Road.
Full details will be made available closer to the event from Bus Éireann.

Taxis:
Arising from the closure of Peter Street and Arundel Square the Peter Street Taxi Rank shall be closed for the duration of the Road Closure and a Temporary Stand shall be installed in Patrick Street.

Signage within City Square Shopping Centre and at Peter Street will direct users to the
temporary stand.