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Official Opening of Waterford Council’s latest social housing development

Waterford’s latest social housing development, Port na Machan in Kilmacthomas was officially opened by Cllr. John O’Leary, Cathaoirleach of the Comeragh District.

Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People Mary Butler TD was also in attendance as the ribbon was cut on the 16-unit development.

Funded by the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage, John Somers Construction was the main contractor on the development with the design team led by CJ Falconer & Associates.

The development consists of a mix of homes with 6 one-beds, 8 two-beds and 2 three-beds.  All of the ground floor units have a south-facing garden, while the first-floor apartments are fitted with balconies, overlooking the River Mahon and river walkway.

Addressing the attendees Cllr. O’ Leary said, “The importance of having a home of your own cannot be understated. A home provides security, control, belonging, identity, and privacy, among other things. It gives us a place to set off from in the morning, and a place to come home to.”

Cllr. O’Leary also commended Waterford City and County Council’s Housing department, engineering team, estate management team, John Somers Construction and CJ Falconer & Associates for “a truly collaborative project, which has resulted in the high standard of this development.”

Ivan Grimes, Director of Services for Housing, Waterford City and County Council, said, “We are extremely pleased with the standard of finish at Port na Machan.  All of the homes are A2-energy rated for greater energy efficiency and cost savings.  Not only are the homes appointed to the highest standards, they are set against one of the most picturesque backdrops in the heart of Kilmacthomas, close to schools and amenities, a stone’s throw from the Waterford Greenway and close to Dungarvan and Waterford city.”

“In partnership with the Department of Housing, Waterford City and County Council will continue to deliver projects such as Port na Machan, which not only provide homes for families, but also help sustain local shops, local services and local communities.”

Senator John Cummins, Councillors from the Comeragh and Dungarvan / Lismore districts along with residents of the new development were in attendance.

Consultation Reminder: Three Active Travel Schemes in Dungarvan

Waterford City & County Council proposes to undertake the construction works and  crossing / footpath improvements at the Dungarvan locations mentioned below.

The drawings of these schemes are available for inspection above and are also on display in our Customer Services Departments in Bailey’s New Street in the City and Davitt’s Quay, Dungarvan from Tuesday 10th May 2022 to Wednesday 08th June, 2022.

The Council will consider any submissions or observations made in writing regarding the proposal. Submissions should be lodged with Ian Ludlow, Staff Officer, Active Travel Team, Waterford City & County Council, Menapia Building, The Mall, Waterford or
by email to iludlow@waterfordcouncil.ie to be received by Monday 20th June 2022.

Taking Pride in Waterford City and County

June 1st marked the first day of Pride Month as Waterford City and County Council celebrates LGBTQ+ people, culture and communities.

On June 1st Mayor of Waterford City and County Cllr. Joe Kelly, along with members of the Dungarvan Pride committee raised the Pride flag outside the Dungarvan Civic Offices to officially launch the start of Pride month.

Dungarvan town centre was adorned with Pride banners in Grattan Square, with almost 800 ft of Pride bunting along Main Street, O Connell St, Meagher St and along the Causeway.

As part of Pride Month celebrations Dungarvan’s first ever Pride Festival will take place in Walton Park, Dungarvan on June 18th.

Emilene Stafford, Dungarvan Pride committee co-chair, is looking forward to Dungarvan’s inaugural Pride Festival.  “While the day is about celebrating LGBTQ+ people, it is a day to be enjoyed and celebrated by everyone.  We would encourage young and old, gay and straight to come along and help us make this Pride festival one of the biggest and brightest in the country.”

The line-up includes an opening ceremony by Lady Fi Fi Fondu, a dance performance by the Kirby School of Performing Arts, circus mayhem from the Wobbly Circus, the ultimate lip sync battle,  music by Avi and the Dream Girls Drag Show to round off the entertainment.

In Waterford city, The Pride of the Déise committee has organised a jam-packed weekend celebration of LGBTQ+ people and communities.  Running from Friday, June 3rd to Monday, June 6th, the programme includes Bubble Talk; A Consent Workshop with Miss Gay Ireland, Pride March from Cathedral Square to the Cultural Quarter, GAYREA Youth Pride Party, PRIDE Ride Greenway Cycle and Rural Pride celebration.

More information and the full programme of events for Pride of the Déise can be viewed at https://prideofthedeise.ie/

Pride Dungarvan and Pride Waterford are proudly supported by Waterford City and County Council and Creative Waterford.

-ENDS-

Images:  David Clynch

Mayor of Waterford City and County Cllr Joe Kelly raising the Pride flag in Dungarvan

Mayor of Waterford City and County Cllr Joe Kelly with members of Dungarvan Pride Organising Committee

l-r John Gomes-Rea, Ciara McCluskey, JP McCarthy, Seona Byrne, Emilene Stafford and Lady Fi Fi Fondu

Mayor of Waterford City and County Cllr Joe Kelly, Cllr Conor D. McGuinness and Cllr Damien Geoghegan with members of Dungarvan Pride Organising Committee

Waterford to see fivefold increase in cycling under new draft transport strategy

Michael Walsh, CEO, Waterford City & County Council, Anne Graham, CEO, NTA and Sean McKeown, Acting Chief Executive, Kilkenny County Council. Photo: John Power

NTA publishes draft Waterford Metropolitan Area Transport Strategy & launches public consultation

Waterford is set to witness a fivefold increase in the number of cycling trips across the city under new proposals contained within the draft Waterford Metropolitan Area Transport Strategy (WMATS) published today by the National Transport Authority.

WMATS has been developed by the National Transport Authority (NTA) in collaboration with Waterford City & County Council, Kilkenny County Council, Southern Regional Assembly (SRA) and Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII). The strategy provides a framework for the planning and delivery of transport infrastructure and services in Waterford over the next two decades.

The projected 541% increase in cycling is set to be enabled by the delivery of a safe cycle network consisting of 100km of cycling track and a 54km greenway network. Among the primary cycling routes to be improved within the Waterford Metropolitan Area include:

  • Abbey Road;
  • Ashe Road to New Street through Barrack Street and Newgate Street;
  • Carrickphierish Road to Morgan Street via Knockhouse Road and Gracedieu Road;
  • Cleaboy Road to Lower Yellow Road through Upper Yellow Road;
  • Cork Road to The Mall via Manor Street and Parnell Street;
  • Kilbarry Road;
  • Williamstown Road to John’s Hill along Upper Grange Road.

The draft strategy recommends progressing with the development of a new sustainable transport bridge providing pedestrian and cycle connectivity across the River Suir. Through the provision of 43km of new and upgraded footpaths, the number of daily walking trips in Waterford will increase by 55% by 2040.

Another key objective of the draft strategy is the roll out the BusConnects programme in Waterford. This is set to include the provision of 63kms of bus lanes and bus priority measures across the Waterford metropolitan area. 75 new zero-emission buses and a park and ride facility will be required to service an expanded bus network spanning 100km.

The draft strategy also supports the relocation of Plunkett Station to a new site in the North Quays Innovation District to create a more direct access to Waterford City via the new sustainable transport bridge.

Future investment in road transport will be focused on maintaining, renewing and managing existing road infrastructure. This includes supporting the improvement of the existing N24 between Waterford and Cahir and the N25 between Waterford and Glenmore, in line with the provisions of the National Development Plan. The proposed Ferrybank Relief Bank would connect Belmont Roundabout to Newrath and help create an urban village within Ferrybank.

Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan said: “With Waterford set to grow by at least 50% by 2040, there is a need to scale up the public transport network and encourage active travel to and from the city. This Strategy published by the NTA today provides the blueprint for making this possible. The proposed expansion of the bus network will help encourage more people onto public transport while the delivery of a safe cycle network will increase the numbers cycling into the city by 541%.

“Through Government support, I’m confident we can deliver an integrated transport network that enables the sustainable growth of the Waterford metropolitan area and creates an attractive, accessible and connected city.”

Anne Graham, CEO of the NTA, said: “The draft strategy unveiled today is focused on investing in sustainable transport and meeting the needs of a growing city.

“From BusConnects to new walking and cycling infrastructure, there is a unique opportunity to promote public transport and active travel in communities across Waterford. By rolling out these measures, we can help contribute to a 56% reduction in carbon emissions within the metropolitan area by 2040.

“Public consultation on the draft strategy gets underway today and runs for six weeks. I would encourage everybody to look at our plans and have your say.”

Michael Walsh, Chief Executive of Waterford City and County Council, said: “Waterford City and County Council is fully committed to the Waterford Metropolitan Area Transport Strategy and working with the NTA to realise its potential.

“This new transport strategy will be instrumental in the regeneration and transformation of Waterford as a sustainable city. Providing new bus corridors and cycle tracks on routes into the city will entice more people from their cars and onto more sustainable transport modes.

“Once finalised, we can put in place the transport infrastructure that supports the development of the Waterford metropolitan area as the major growth engine of the South-East.”

A public consultation on the draft WMATS, which gets underway today, will run for six weeks until June 2022. As part of the consultation process, two public information events will be held on Wednesday, 15th June from 2pm to 8pm and on Thursday, 16th June from 10am to 4pm at the Tower Hotel Waterford.

To read the draft Waterford Metropolitan Area Transport Strategy (WMATS) and take part in the public consultation, visit: www.nationaltransport.ie.

Consultation Reminder: Three Active Travel Schemes in Dungarvan

Waterford City & County Council proposes to undertake the construction works and  crossing / footpath improvements at the Dungarvan locations mentioned below.

The drawings of these schemes are available for inspection above and are also on display in our Customer Services Departments in Bailey’s New Street in the City and Davitt’s Quay, Dungarvan from Tuesday 10th May 2022 to Wednesday 08th June, 2022.

The Council will consider any submissions or observations made in writing regarding the proposal. Submissions should be lodged with Ian Ludlow, Staff Officer, Active Travel Team, Waterford City & County Council, Menapia Building, The Mall, Waterford or
by email to iludlow@waterfordcouncil.ie to be received by Monday 20th June 2022.

Active Travel Scheme – Newtown, Tramore – Pedestrian & Cyclist Scheme

In accordance with Article 81 of Part 8 of the Planning and Development Regulations 2001 (as amended), notice is hereby given that Waterford City and County Council proposes to carry out the following development: Pedestrian and Cycle Active Travel scheme along the Newtown Hill and Newtown Glen in Tramore, Co. Waterford. Waterford City & County Council intend to carry out a pedestrian and cycle improvement scheme along the Newtown Hill and Newtown Glen in Tramore.

The scheme comprises of the narrowing of the existing carriageway and provision of new and upgraded pedestrian and cycle facilities within the scheme extents. The implementation of this scheme will create a safer route and environment for all road users with a strong emphasis on non-motorized road users and encourage a modal shift from private car use to more sustainable and active travel options, as part of our actions to reduce transport related carbon emissions. The main elements of the proposed scheme are:

  • Reduction in carriageway width by the provision/improvement of footpaths and cycle lanes and shared surface to encourage reduction in speed and to reduce crossing distances at pedestrian crossings.
  • Provision of adequate width footpaths throughout the scheme.
  • Provision of an adequate cycle-pedestrian shared facility along L4054-0 Newtown road and L-8089-0 Newtown Woods road.

The works will include upgrade of existing footpaths, new footpath construction, new cycle lanes, public lighting, controlled pedestrian crossing points with raised table, build outs, new road markings, upgraded road signage, services diversions, new boundary treatments, accommodation works, and all ancillary works necessary for completion. In accordance with Section 250 of the Planning and Development Regulations 2001 as amended, the Council has carried out an appropriate assessment screening and has determined that an Appropriate Assessment is not required.

In accordance with Article 120 of the Planning & Development Regulations 2001 as amended, the Council has carried out an EIA screening and has determined that an EIAR is not required. Any person may, within 4 weeks from the date of this notice, apply to An Bord Pleanála for a screening determination as to whether the proposed development would be likely to have significant effects on the environment. Plans and more detailed particulars of the proposed development will be available on our website for inspection during the period Tuesday 17th May, 2022 to Wednesday 15th June, 2022 and also in our Customer Services Departments in Bailey’s New Street in the City and Davitts Quay, Dungarvan.

Submissions or observations with respect to the proposed development, dealing with the proper planning and sustainable development of the area in which the proposed development would be situated, may be made in writing, to Ian Ludlow, Staff Officer, Active Travel, Waterford City & County Council, Menapia Building, The Mall, Waterford or by emailing iludlow@waterfordcouncil.ie before 4p.m. on Tuesday 28th June, 2022. Submissions should be clearly marked with “Submission Part 8 Newtown Hill” in the subject line.

Please note that comments, including names of those making comments, submitted to the Council regarding this process will form part of the statutorily required report to be presented at a meeting of the elected members. Accordingly, they may also appear in the public domain.

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Reminder: Road Closures for Waterford Viking Marathon 2022

VIKING MARATHON – Weekend 25TH/26TH JUNE 2022

Notice is hereby given that Waterford City and County Council, in exercise of its powers pursuant to Section 75 of the Roads Act 1993, propose to close the following roads on Saturday 25th June & Sunday 26th June 2022 during the times specified below to facilitate the holding of the Waterford Viking Marathon 2022.


Alternative Route:
Diversions will be in place on the day and local access will be maintained.
Objections or submissions may be made in writing to the Director of Services, Roads, Water and Environment, Waterford City and County Council, The Mall, Waterford not later than 4pm on Friday 20th May, 2022.

Closing : Machinery Operator/Driver/General Operative

Waterford City & County Council seek applications from suitably experienced candidates in road surfacing and road surface repair works for the role of Machinery Operator/Driver/General Operative.

Duties will include handwork (raking & shovelling) of hot macadam, as well as the operation of plant, machines and equipment used in road surfacing and repair works, including lorries, pavers, planers, rollers, tar sprayers, chipping, spreader and mechanical pot-hole repair vehicles. The role will be based in the Machinery Yard, Dungarvan. Duties may also include the operation of winter maintenance vehicles.

See https://waterfordcouncil.ie/departments/human-resources/vacancies.htm for documentation and full details.  Closing 4pm on Monday 23rd May 2022.

Dungarvan celebrates with first ever PRIDE Festival

On Saturday, June 18th, Dungarvan’s first ever PRIDE Festival will take place in Walton Park, Dungarvan.

A celebration of LGBTQ+ people and culture, the event boasts a fun and exciting programme filled with music, food, family fun, magic and drag!

Emilene Stafford, one of the committee’s co-chairs, is looking forward to Dungarvan’s inaugural PRIDE Festival.  “While the day is about celebrating LGBTQ+ people, it is a day to be enjoyed and celebrated by everyone.  We would encourage young and old, gay and straight to come along and help us make this PRIDE festival one of the biggest and brightest in the country.”

“The programme has something for everyone.  Along with the great music and entertainment, there will be a real festival vibe to the day as people can picnic in the park and soak up the electric atmosphere.”

Commencing at 4pm, the line-up includes an opening ceremony by Lady Fi Fi Fondu, a dance performance by the Kirby School of Performing Arts, circus mayhem from the Wobbly Circus, the ultimate lip sync battle,  music by Avi and the Dream Girls Drag Show to round off the entertainment.

Mayor of Waterford City and County, Cllr. Joe Kelly said, “Waterford City and County Council is proud to support the inaugural PRIDE festival in Dungarvan. The day is not just about music, magic and colour, it is also about celebrating diversity, and promoting inclusion and belonging in our communities.”

“The town itself will also be adorned with colour as rainbow banners and bunting will be displayed throughout the town centre for the month of June. I’m delighted to see so many local businesses and individuals supporting the festival and pulling out all the stops to help make PRIDE Dungarvan the first of many.”

To find out more about Dungarvan’s first ever PRIDE Festival on Saturday June 18th follow Dungarvan Pride on Facebook and Instagram.

-ENDS-

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Getting ready to celebrate Dungarvan’s first ever PRIDE Festival are Kerrie Bedell, proprietor of Ballot Flowers and John Gomes-Rea Dungarvan Pride Committee member.

Three Active Travel Schemes launched in Dungarvan

Waterford City & County Council proposes to undertake the construction works and  crossing / footpath improvements at the Dungarvan locations mentioned below.

The drawings of these schemes are available for inspection above and are also on display in our Customer Services Departments in Bailey’s New Street in the City and Davitt’s Quay, Dungarvan from Tuesday 10th May 2022 to Wednesday 08th June, 2022.

The Council will consider any submissions or observations made in writing regarding the proposal. Submissions should be lodged with Ian Ludlow, Staff Officer, Active Travel Team, Waterford City & County Council, Menapia Building, The Mall, Waterford or
by email to iludlow@waterfordcouncil.ie to be received by Monday 20th June 2022.

The Crème de la Crème of the Watch World head for Waterford’s International Festival of Time

The crème de la crème of international watchmakers have set their travel plans for Waterford for the inaugural ‘Waterford International Festival of Time’ this May 20th to 22nd.

16 of the world’s most famous horologists have now been confirmed for the festival weekend. They will be showcasing their masterpieces of time, design and engineering at the Waterford Treasures Museums in the City.

Commenting on the upcoming festival Curator of the Irish Museum of Time and Director of Waterford Treasures Eamonn McEneaney said:

It’s very exciting to be welcoming a vast array of world-renowned clock and watchmakers to Waterford – home to the Irish Museum of Time.  These are the most respected Masters in the world of contemporary independent watch and clock making and many of these watchmakers have three and five years and longer waiting lists for appointments and others have their future lifetime books of work filled with orders so this is an incredibly unique opportunity to enjoy meeting them, observe their masterpieces and chat with them about their work and process.”

Reading like a “Who’s Who” of contemporary watch and clock making, festivalgoers will have the opportunity to view, for the very first time in Ireland, masterpieces, which have defined the careers of these celebrated, award-winning and even Guinness World Record holding creators. The visiting watchmakers include three Irish makers brothers John and Stephen McGonigle and also Bryan Leech. Vianney Halter of France, Andreas Strehler, Marc Jenni and Thomas Prescher of Switzerland; Sebastian Naeschke of Germany, Patrik Sjögren of Sweden, Philippe Narbel of Switzerland, Christian Lass of Denmark, Bastien Vuillomenet of Switzerland, Rune Bakkendorff of Denmark, Giles Ellis from the UK and Paul Gerber of Switzerland.

Plus Bernhard Lederer who is one of the original members of the elite and most respected watchmaking bodies, the invitation-only AHCI (Académie Horlogère des Créateurs Indépendants), or Academy of Independent Watchmakers.

In addition to the master craftsmen of the watchmaking world a very special event will be hosted at City Hall where author and former Curator of Timekeeping at the Royal Observatory Greenwich Mr David Rooney will take to the stage to discuss his work and his book, the acclaimed ‘About Time: A History of Civilization in Twelve Clocks’.

The weekend promises a celebration of the centuries-old traditional crafts, skills and techniques, which continue to be perpetuated by the hands of watchmaking’s most prodigious talents. Set in the city’s historic Viking Triangle, the Irish Museum of Time is the newest addition to the Waterford Treasures experience, having opened in 2021.

Within the refurbished nineteenth-century gothic-style church, a meticulously curated collection of historically significant long case and table clocks and watches from Ireland and abroad are preserved in all of their majestic elegance, for generations to come.

Opening to the public on Friday, May 20th and running until Sunday, May 22nd, between 10:00 and 17:00 on each of the three days, the inaugural International Festival of Time in Waterford is a unique and very special event which captures the spirit of contemporary independent watch and clock making, and one which introduces this extraordinary world of high mechanical complications and uncompromising hand finishing to a steadily growing number of Irish watch enthusiasts and aficionados.

Admission to the Festival is included in a ‘Freedom of Waterford’ ticket to Waterford Treasures Museums that gives access to all Waterford Treasures museums and a walking tour. The Festival of Time Lecture by David Rooney will take place on Friday 20th May at 7.30 pm in the Large Room and is FREE but bookable at medievalreception@waterfordcouncil.ie

For further details on the inaugural festival see www.waterfordtreasures.com

 

Advanced Notice : Temporary Road Closure : Mayor’s Walk, Waterford

Notice is hereby given that Waterford City and County Council, in exercise of its powers pursuant to Section 75 Roads Act 1993, will close the following public road to through traffic from 4th to 8th July, 2022 to facilitate New Connection for Irish Water.

Road to be closed:
• L1511 Mayors Walk, Waterford.

Diversion Route:
• Via Newgate Street and Manor Hill &
• Via Newport Terrace to Ballybricken Green

Active Travel Scheme – Newtown, Tramore – Pedestrian & Cyclist Scheme

In accordance with Article 81 of Part 8 of the Planning and Development Regulations 2001 (as amended), notice is hereby given that Waterford City and County Council proposes to carry out the following development: Pedestrian and Cycle Active Travel scheme along the Newtown Hill and Newtown Glen in Tramore, Co. Waterford. Waterford City & County Council intend to carry out a pedestrian and cycle improvement scheme along the Newtown Hill and Newtown Glen in Tramore.

The scheme comprises of the narrowing of the existing carriageway and provision of new and upgraded pedestrian and cycle facilities within the scheme extents. The implementation of this scheme will create a safer route and environment for all road users with a strong emphasis on non-motorized road users and encourage a modal shift from private car use to more sustainable and active travel options, as part of our actions to reduce transport related carbon emissions. The main elements of the proposed scheme are:

  • Reduction in carriageway width by the provision/improvement of footpaths and cycle lanes and shared surface to encourage reduction in speed and to reduce crossing distances at pedestrian crossings.
  • Provision of adequate width footpaths throughout the scheme.
  • Provision of an adequate cycle-pedestrian shared facility along L4054-0 Newtown road and L-8089-0 Newtown Woods road.

The works will include upgrade of existing footpaths, new footpath construction, new cycle lanes, public lighting, controlled pedestrian crossing points with raised table, build outs, new road markings, upgraded road signage, services diversions, new boundary treatments, accommodation works, and all ancillary works necessary for completion. In accordance with Section 250 of the Planning and Development Regulations 2001 as amended, the Council has carried out an appropriate assessment screening and has determined that an Appropriate Assessment is not required.

In accordance with Article 120 of the Planning & Development Regulations 2001 as amended, the Council has carried out an EIA screening and has determined that an EIAR is not required. Any person may, within 4 weeks from the date of this notice, apply to An Bord Pleanála for a screening determination as to whether the proposed development would be likely to have significant effects on the environment. Plans and more detailed particulars of the proposed development will be available on our website for inspection during the period Tuesday 17th May, 2022 to Wednesday 15th June, 2022 and also in our Customer Services Departments in Bailey’s New Street in the City and Davitts Quay, Dungarvan.

Submissions or observations with respect to the proposed development, dealing with the proper planning and sustainable development of the area in which the proposed development would be situated, may be made in writing, to Ian Ludlow, Staff Officer, Active Travel, Waterford City & County Council, Menapia Building, The Mall, Waterford or by emailing iludlow@waterfordcouncil.ie before 4p.m. on Tuesday 28th June, 2022. Submissions should be clearly marked with “Submission Part 8 Newtown Hill” in the subject line.

Please note that comments, including names of those making comments, submitted to the Council regarding this process will form part of the statutorily required report to be presented at a meeting of the elected members. Accordingly, they may also appear in the public domain.

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