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Waterford Joint Policing Committee public meeting – June 12th

Notice of Public Meeting

Reachtáilfidh Comhchoiste Póilíneachta Phort Láirge cruinniú poiblí ar an 12 Meitheamh 2017 in Óstán na Páirce, Dún Garbhán, Co. Phort Láirge ar a 7.00i.n.  Sé an téama ná “Sábháilteacht phoiblí, cosc ar choireanna agus sábháilteacht phearsanta a fheabhsú trí bheith ag obair le pobail.”

Beidh fáilte roimh bhaill an phobail a bheith i láthair.

Reachtáilfear ceardlann agus ina dhiaidh san freagrófar ceisteanna ó bhaill den bpobal maidir leis an téama. Tabhair faoi deara go dtabharfar tús áite do cheisteanna a chuirfear isteach i scríbhinn roimh an chruinnithe.

The Waterford Joint Policing Committee will hold a public meeting on 12th June 2017 in the Park Hotel, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford at 7pm.  The theme is “Improving public safety, crime prevention and personal safety through working with communities”.

Members of the public are welcome to attend.

A workshop will be held followed by answers to questions from members of the public in relation to the theme.  Please be aware that questions submitted in writing in advance of the meeting shall receive priority.  Questions are to be submitted in writing to Colette O’ Brien, Community Department, Bailey’s New Street, Waterford or by email to jpc@waterfordcouncil.ie no later than 4pm on Wednesday 31st May.

Questions will be accepted from any person affected by the policing of the area. Questioners must give their name and address, however this will be kept completely confidential and will not be publicised.  The public are advised that in some cases it may not be possible to provide information or respond to a question for legal reasons, in cases relating to an individual or in relation to information received in confidence by the Gardaí or the local authority, or because to do so would involve the disproportionate use of resources.

Energising Communities Seminar – Become a Sustainable Energy Community

Become a Sustainable Energy Community for a safer, healthier more energy efficient environment.  This seminar gives information on supports and grant aid and will help change the way your community thinks about energy.

Date: Tuesday, 23rd May 2017
Time: 7:00pm
Venue: Park Hotel, Dungarvan, Waterford

A Sustainable Energy Community (SEC) is a community in which everyone works together to develop a sustainable energy system for the benefit of the community. SEAI will sign three year partnership agreements to support communities develop sustainable energy communities. SEAI will also provide technical and financial supports to communities.

Get Involved – see this document for more information.

Important Notice re: Town & Village Renewal Scheme 2017

Town & Village Renewal Scheme 2017

We have discovered that not all expressions of interest submitted since Tuesday 25th April 2017 have been received by Waterford City & County Council owing to a slight technical difficulty in our IT systems – this has now been resolved.

If you have not received a response from one of our Economic Development Officers – can you please re-submit your expression of interest to townvillagerenewal@waterfordcouncil.ie to ensure that it is dealt with appropriately.

We would like to apologise for any inconvenience,  if you have any queries please contact Vinnie on 087 9793444 or Claire on 087 6263277

Pedal for Port Láirge in the European Cycling Challenge

Sign up and pedal Waterford to the top of the European leaderboard!

The European Cycling Challenge – ECC2017 is a urban cyclists’ team competition. It takes place from 1 to 31 May 2017. It is a challenge among European cities: the City that “rides” the longest total distance wins!  We’re competing for the top spot against 50 other European Regions to see who will earn the Yellow Jersey.

So what do you need to do?
Simply sign up, log your trips during May, and let’s get cycling in Waterford noticed. It doesn’t matter whether you cycle just 5km, or 500kms over the next month, every km counts! The goal is to get out and just enjoy the cycling you do.

You can register for the challenge through the App or through the website (see below). We recommend the App as it will also track your trips once the challenge starts.

To Register through the FREE Naviki App:

Follow these simple steps below and with a little patience, your effort in signing up should pay off. A visual user guide for registering with the App can also be found here: http://cyclingchallenge.eu/users-guide

A)   Download the App
B)   Register via settings for Naviki (remember your USERNAME)
C)   Click on the confirmation link e-mailed to you
D)  Log in (using your USERNAME not your e-mail), go to SETTINGS and tap ‘CONTESTS’ and then ‘ECC2017’; and swipe the ‘I’m participating’ button to join your City, your workplace Sub-team (if participating) and the Local Authority Area that you live in.  Note – If your workplace is not listed, and would like it to be, please email contact@waterfordcouncil.ie

To register through the website  go to http://cyclingchallenge.eu/subscribe.
You can then also log trips manually or upload GPS files or insert tracks manually – for more info on this see http://cyclingchallenge.eu/naviki

Dungarvan Town Centre Improvement Scheme 2017

Waterford City & County Council are pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the Dungarvan Town Centre Improvement Scheme 2017.

The scheme is funded by Waterford City & County Council and is an element of the Dungarvan Town Centre Management Groups presentation strategy.

The scheme is an initiative which aims to financially assist and support independent business owners to improve the appearance of their shop fronts/commercial properties. This funding is being provided in recognition of the fact that a building’s facade makes a big impact on our town centres.

Proposals for funding do not have to involve a significant or expensive change. Simple jobs like repainting a shop front or seasonal window dressing may qualify. Each application will be assessed on its own merits and any job that will enhance the town’s character may qualify for grant aid.  Terms and conditions of the scheme are outlined on the application form.

The Scheme is applicable to Dungarvan Town Centre; as defined in the Development Plan 2012-2018, the grant will be applicable to properties within the defined town centre.

The Grant will cover 50% of the costs capped at a maximum contribution by the Council of €600.00.   For more information you can contact us in Economic Development Offices, Waterford City & County Council, Dungarvan or telephone 0761 10 2804 or 0761 10 2169 or to download the form please view www.waterfordcouncil.ie

Illegal dumping at Owenashad River walk, Lismore

See below some before and after photos which relate to illegal dumping at the Owenashad River walk also known as “the Strand” in Lismore, Co Waterford.

We are currently investigating the material collected and if evidence is available, we will prosecute those responsible. The area is now also under surveillance.

If you see illegal dumping, please report it – either on Facebook or by calling 0761 10 20 20.

 

“Sundial” Art work re-installed on Dungarvan’s Causeway

Waterford City & County Council has re-installed an artwork originally commissioned in 1987 by the artist John Burke, titled ‘Sundial’.

It was paid for at the time by the ‘Per Cent for Art Scheme’ for the Shandon Bridge project.

Book of Condolence opened for the late Martin McGuinness

A Book of Condolence has been opened at City Hall, Waterford for the late former Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland, Martin McGuinness MLA, RIP.

The book was opened today by both the Mayor of Waterford City & County, Councillor Adam Wyse and the Mayor of the Metropolitan District of Waterford, Councillor John Hearne.

The book is available for the public to sign for a period of one week, between the hours of 9:30am-5pm, in the foyer of City Hall.

Let’s Talk Business Information Sessions with Waterford Libraries

Let’s Talk Business Information Events in your Local Library

Are you thinking about setting up a business or are you in business, looking to expand?

The Local Enterprise Office has joined with Waterford Libraries to offer you advice and support on your business journey and they are hosting two information events;

DateTimeEvent
Wednesday, 29th March 20176.00p.m. – 7.30p.m.Kilmacthomas Library
Friday, 31st March 20173.00p.m. – 4.30p.m.Tallow Library

Mr. Richie Walsh, Head of Enterprise at Waterford Local Enterprise Office, said “Many of the entrepreneurs that we meet with have a brilliant business idea in mind, they are hungry, not afraid of failure and passionate about succeeding.

What we do is give them the tools, advice, direction and support to turn that idea into a viable business enterprise.”

“In many cases the assistance comes in the form of mentoring, in some it’s financial assistance and in others it is business training and upskilling.  These resources are easily accessible and invaluable to anyone thinking of starting a business. Waterford is open for business and these services serve to encourage the growth of the small business sector in Waterford.”

Waterford Libraries provides “Work Matters at the Library”, a service offering support for business and employment.  This service includes free access to online business courses as well as a wide variety of business magazines, books and language learning facilities. Support services such as free membership, WiFi and meeting spaces are also available.

If you have a business idea  or what to grow your business and would like to find out more about what support services are available, call into into the LEO offices at 35 The Mall, Waterford or The Civic Offices, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford on 0761 10 2905 / www.localenterprise.ie/Waterford  or your local library or click on Library Service at www.waterfordcouncil.ie

Invitation to the Official Opening of Waterford Greenway on March 25th 2017

On Saturday March 25th Waterford Greenway will be officially opened. Mayor Adam Gary Wyse would like to invite you and everybody in Waterford to join us to celebrate this great occasion.

The stunning 46km Waterford Greenway is the longest off-road walking and cycling trail in Ireland.

The opening celebrations will take from 12 Noon till 4pm at three locations below along the length of the Greenway, with free family entertainment, music and a whole host of activities throughout the afternoon.

Waterford Under 21 Manager Séan Power announced as 2017 Grand Marshall of St Patrick’s Day Parade!

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The manager of the 2016 Hurling All-Ireland Under-21 Champions will lead the 2017 parade along with some of the stars of his winning team. He has always had a strong link with this current crop of Waterford players, having nurtured the talents of players like Austin Gleeson, Shane Bennett, Stephen Bennett, and Patrick Curran, who have since become house-hold names.

He was also the boss when Waterford won the 2013 minor All-Ireland. While still playing junior hurling for Mount Sion, he got involved in the club’s underage teams and that was the springboard to coaching Waterford underage sides.

Speaking about the grand marshall this year, Adam Wyse, Mayor of Waterford City and County said “It’s a great privilege to be able to celebrate the success of Sean Power and his team on such a large scale, this year’s parade is all about going green to celebrate the opening of Waterford Greenway project, we want people to get out and enjoy this amazing amenity we now have joining our City and county, and what better way to celebrate that then to commemorate a team who have given the entire county such joy and pride”.

Book now for “Master Composter” Training Programme

giyA Master Composter Training Programme will be run in Waterford during March & April in partnership with GIY and Stop Food Waste.

If you are involved in a community group, school, Tidy Towns group, resident association, Men’s Shed, etc. you can take part in this for free.

  • Session 1.   Friday 3rd March.   Theory. Garden Waste Prevention (Garden Design & Layout)
  • Session 2.   Friday 10th March.  Theory. Composting Essentials. (How it all works)
  • Session 3.   Friday 24th. Theory. Composting Systems for Gardens
  • Session 4.   Friday 31st.  Theory. Wormery & Green Cone Digester. Use of Compost
  • Session 5.    Saturday 1st April. 10am-3pm. Practical session. Building a 3 bay turning system, a slow system, leaf mould enclosure, burial system & setting up an ordinary plastic composting bin at GIY HQ
  • Session 6.    Saturday 8th April 10am – 3pm. Practical session. Setting up a wormery (Vermiculture) & Green Cone Digester at GIY HQ, Lunch. Official Opening after Lunch with Certificate presentation.

Four of these sessions (duration of 2 hrs max. each, to include a break) will be theory based groups sessions and 2 sessions will be the practical building of a compost area (of 5 hours duration, to include lunch break). The first four sessions can be held either during morning or evening so please let us know which would suit you best when expressing interest in these workshops.

At the end of the training participants will be master composters with the ability to train others in composting skills and set up a fully functioning compost area of their own. If you are interested in this course, please email Ella Ryan at eryan@waterfordcouncil.ie

Places are limited.

Local Enterprise Week in Waterford

LEO Conference in Adare County Limerick Picture Credit:  Brian Gavin Press 22
LEO Conference in Adare County Limerick
Picture Credit: Brian Gavin Press 22

Local Enterprise Office Waterford announces plans for ‘Local Enterprise Week’ in March

Around the country, 14,500 small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs expected to attend over 380 events during Local Enterprise Week in March.

The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Ms. Mary Mitchell O’ Connor T.D. has welcomed plans by the Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) to host more than 380 inspiring events around the country for an estimated 14,500 start-ups, aspiring entrepreneurs and business owners during Local Enterprise Week 2017. The focus of Local Enterprise Week is to increase awareness of the range of LEO supports and services available to micro and small enterprises.

Running from March 5th to 10th, all 31 LEOs, including LEO Waterford will be celebrating Local Enterprise Week with a range of events for start-ups, aspiring entrepreneurs and small businesses in their area.

Entrepreneurs of all ages will have the opportunity to participate in workshops, seminars, advice clinics and one-to-one mentoring in areas such as: Intellectual Property Rights, Trading Online, Resource Efficiency, Social Media and Customer Service.

Highlights of Local Enterprise Week in Waterford are expected to include:

  • Protect Your Intellectual Property Rights on 7th March with the Patents Office in The Granville Hotel.
  • Women in Business Networking Event on 8th March in The Garden Room, Waterford Museum.
  • Funding your Business Workshop on 9th March, Manapia Building, The Mall.
  • HR and general business one to one mentoring sessions in both Waterford City and Dungarvan.
  • Cost Saving through Resource Efficiency in conjunction with Waterford Chamber and Southern Region Waste Management Office.

Local Enterprise Week officially kicks-off on Sunday, March 5th with the national final of Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur (IBYE) competition in Google Headquarters in Dublin.  IBYE, which is an initiative of the Local Enterprise Offices and supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation and Enterprise Ireland, achieved an unprecedented number of entries across all 31 LEOs with more than 1,800 young people competing for the €2 million IBYE investment fund. Local Enterprise Office Waterford is represented in the IBYE competition by Flexi Wage, Dreamboat and Aphex.

Welcoming the extensive range of events planned by the LEOs for Local Enterprise Week, Minister Mitchell O’ Connor said: “I am very impressed with the comprehensive programme of events organised by the LEOs for Local Enterprise Week 2017. I would encourage every start-up and small business owner to make it their business to check out and participate in the events taking place in their locality. It is important that anyone starting or growing a business is fully aware of the extensive range of enterprise supports that are available to them. As set out in the Action Plan for Jobs, 2017, I also want to encourage more micro and small businesses to grow international sales and diversify into Europe and beyond. The LEOs are the first-stop-shop on hand to help entrepreneurs and small business owners embark on this journey.”

Richie Walsh of the Local Enterprise Office Waterford said that Local Enterprise Week was the ideal ‘shop window’ to show the wide range of supports on offer to start-ups, sole traders and small businesses in Waterford. He said: “Local Enterprise Week, which takes place from March 5th to 10th, is a collaboration on a local and national scale between LEOs, local business communities, Government Departments, other units within Local Authorities, and State support agencies. We hope these events will inspire and motivate hundreds of entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs in Waterford.  Small businesses continue to be the backbone of our local economy, with huge potential to grow and create jobs.”

Details for all events can be found at www.localenterprise.ie/waterford and Local Enterprise Office Waterford are strongly advising businesses to book well in advance.

ENDS

For all media queries, please contact Brid Kirby, Local Enterprise Office Waterford on 0761 10 2766 or bkirby@waterfordcouncil.ie