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Southeast Homeless Action Plan 2023-2026 launched in Waterford

Waterford City and County Council, along with regional Local Authorities and the Health Service Executive (HSE) launched the Southeast Homeless Action Plan in City Hall on Wednesday, April 10th.

Welcoming the Action Plan, Mayor of Waterford City and County, Cllr Joe Conway said, “The Southeast Homelessness Action Plan sets out an ambitious and challenging vision for addressing and enhancing homeless services across the Southeast. Waterford City and County Council is fortunate to work alongside our Local Authority colleagues and impressive NGOs who are committed to treating people who are experiencing homelessness with dignity and care.

This plan covers a range of actions across six strategic aims which set out the work associated with the ongoing objective to reduce homelessness, provide ongoing support through the Housing First programme for rough sleepers and individuals with complex needs.”

Claire Hartley, Senior Executive Officer with Waterford City and County Council said that the action plan will create a definitive roadmap to augmenting homelessness services through inter-agency collaboration and action.

“This 360° approach to preventing homelessness, reducing homelessness in its duration and providing assistance to those who were formerly homeless, is only possible through cooperation.

“Agencies such as the HSE, housing bodies, voluntary service providers and the Local Authorities of the Southeast; Carlow, Kilkenny, Wexford and Tipperary, with Waterford City and County Council designated as Lead Local Authority, are dedicated to the long-term objective of consigning homelessness in the region.”

Mr. Paul Goff, HSE General Manager Social Inclusion, additionally recognised the partnership approach with the Local Authorities and the NGO in striving to achieve the health outcomes within the strategy.

The Southeast Homeless Action Plan has been informed and guided by key policy documents such as:

  • Housing for All, a multi-annual plan which sets out to ensure every citizen has access to a good quality home to purchase or rent at an affordable price.
  • Housing First National Implementation Plan which underpins the Government’s commitment to providing permanent and lasting solutions to rough sleeping and long-term homelessness in Ireland.
  • Implementation of the National Quality Standards Framework for Homeless Services in Ireland which strives to inform service users as to what can expect from homelessness services across the country.
  • Sharing the Vision – A mental health policy for everyone – which recognises that many vulnerable groups, including those who are homeless, have specific needs, which mental health services should be equipped to meet.

For further information or to access the Southeast Homelessness Action Plan 2023-2026 visit https://bit.ly/SoutheastHomelessActionPlan2023-2026

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Images: Free to use: David Murphy Studio

201314: Yvonne Dam – (Homeless Services, Waterford City and County Council), Ann-Marie Cushen (Homeless Services, Waterford City and County Council), Susan Lanigan (Homeless Services, Waterford City and County Council), Emily Kelly (Homeless Services, Waterford City and County Council) & Kristine Phelan (Homeless Services, Waterford City and County Council)

201320: Clare O’Sullivan (Tinteán Housing) & Ann O’Leary (South East Services, South East Simon)

201325: Louise Casey (Homeless Services Lead, Waterford City and County Council), Clare O’Sullivan (Tinteán Housing) & Ann O’Leary (South East Services, South East Simon), Claire Hartley (Housing SEO, Waterford City and County Council) & Anne-Marie Walshe (HSE, Homeless Lead)

201340: Edel Leahy (Focus Ireland), Patrick Connaughton (Carlow County Council) & Brian O’Donovan (Carlow County Council)

201343: Ivan Grimes (Director of Services, Waterford City and County Council), Louise Casey (Homeless Services Lead, Waterford City and County Council), Cllr Jason Murphy, Cllr Frank Quinlan, Cllr Mary Roche, Claire Hartley (Housing SEO, Waterford City and County Council), Cllr Joe Conway (Mayor of Waterford City and County), Cllr Joanne Bailey, Cllr Jim Griffin, Cllr Adam Wyse, Paul Goff (HSE) and Cllr Seanie Power.

Waterford City & County Council launches Climate Action Plan

At February’s Plenary Council meeting, Waterford City and County Councillors voted to adopt the Local Area Climate Action Plan for Waterford 2024–2029.

This ambitious plan sets out the work that Waterford City and County Council will commit to over the next five years to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from its own operations and in the wider city and county. The plan also provides a roadmap for the work the Local Authority will undertake in preparation for extreme weather events and changing weather patterns.

Mayor of Waterford City and County Cllr. Joe Conway helped to launch the Local Area Climate Action Plan for Waterford, along with student ‘climate ambassadors’ from the Presentation Secondary School, who participated in the Council’s first Student Climate Conference last year.

Mayor Conway said, “This plan clearly sets out the objectives for Waterford City and County Council to ensure Waterford becomes a low-carbon, sustainable, safe and healthy place to live and grow.  The onus is on all of us in Waterford City and County Council to make day-to-day changes, no matter how small, that will cumulatively protect our environment and biodiversity and enhance our health and well-being.”

Grainne Kennedy, Climate Action Officer with Waterford City and County Council added, “Taking action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions or to adapt to climate change will be part of everyone in the Council’s work. From the Roads Engineer designing drainage based on the changing weather patterns, to the Housing Officer upgrading existing homes and making them more energy efficient, to the Community Liaison Officer encouraging communities to consider climate adaptation and energy saving in their projects, we all have a part to play.

“Public opinion was crucial in the creation of this plan and to ensure that the public was happy with what was put forward, the Climate Action Team ran two consultations to collect people’s suggestions and held 23 community events across the city and county. These events included the County’s first Student Climate Conference, where young people from nine secondary schools in Waterford spent a day in City Hall workshopping and setting out what actions they wanted to see included in the Climate Action Plan.”

The plan is wide ranging looking at everything from buildings and infrastructure to parks and waste reduction. 

Some examples of actions set out in the plan relating to the County include:

  • Short term (by 2025): Provide training to all Council staff on how their work is impacted by Climate Change.
  • Medium term (by 2027): Replace fossil fuels with renewable fuel in Council fleet.
  • Long term (by 2029): Deliver over €1m worth of Community Climate Projects or deliver a 50% improvement in energy efficiency across Council buildings.

Some examples of actions set out in the plan relating to the city include:

  • Short term: Deliver a carpooling app for the city.
  • Medium term: Deliver a Rain Gardens project to reduce run off in flooding and to help the public to plant gardens that hold onto excess rain.
  • Long term: Work with partners to deliver a District Heating system for the city.

Councillors will be issued with an annual report to monitor progress and there will be dashboard that the public can access.  The completed plan is available to view on the Council website at https://waterfordcouncil.ie/services/environment/climate-action/ and physical copies will also be available at the City Hall on The Mall and from the Civic Offices in Dungarvan.

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Images : Patrick Browne

NTA publishes first-ever survey of walking, wheeling & cycling in Waterford

Walking and cycling take 16,000 cars off Waterford roads every day, according to Walking and Cycling Index 52% of adults in Waterford walk or wheel at least five times a week, 16% cycle at least once a week.

The National Transport Authority has today published the findings of the first-ever survey of walking, wheeling and cycling in Waterford Metropolitan Area, which reveals that 52% of residents walk or wheel (meaning the use of a wheelchair or mobility scooter) at least five times a week, while 16% of residents cycle at least once a week.

The Walking and Cycling Index provides the largest-ever assessment of walking, wheeling and cycling in Ireland. Delivered in collaboration with Waterford City and County Council and Kilkenny County Council, the National Transport Authority and sustainable transport charity , the Index was expanded last year to include Waterford alongside Cork, Limerick/Shannon, Dublin and Galway Metropolitan Areas. 18 city regions in the UK also produce reports.

The Waterford Metropolitan Area Walking and Cycling Index is based on an independent demographically representative survey of more than 1,100 residents from across Waterford Metropolitan Area aged 16 and above, not just those who walk, wheel or cycle. The Metropolitan Area is centred on the City of Waterford and its suburbs including Passage East, Slieverue, and Ferrybank in Kilkenny.

It reveals that 68% of residents are in favour of additional investment in walking and wheeling infrastructure while 63% of residents are in favour of additional investment in cycling infrastructure. This comes amid a growing demand for active travel with 53% expressing their desire to walk, wheel more in the future, and 31% expressing a desire to cycle more.

Key findings from the 2023 Waterford Metropolitan Area Walking and Cycling Index:

  • 52% of adult residents walk 5 or more days a week, 64% use a car 5 or more days a week while 16% of adults cycle at least once a week.
  • 76% of residents support building cycle tracks physically separated from traffic and pedestrians even where that means less room for other traffic.
  • Every day those who walk and cycle takes nearly 16,000 cars off the road in the Waterford Metropolitan Area. If all of these cars were in a traffic jam it would tail back 78 kilometres equivalent to the distance from Waterford City to Rosslare.
  • Residents walking, wheeling and cycling create an annual economic benefit for individuals and the Waterford Metropolitan Area of €80.5 million.
  • Walking and cycling improve public health in the Waterford Metropolitan Area and saves the HSE €2.67 million equivalent to the cost of over 47,900 GP appointments.
  • Those walking and cycling instead of driving, save greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to 61,300 flights from Dublin Airport to London Heathrow Airport.
  • There is a €1.40 net economic benefit for each km cycled instead of driven and €0.94 net economic benefit for each km walked instead of driven.

Environmental Benefits
Every day nearly 16,000 return walking, wheeling and cycling trips are made daily in the Waterford Metropolitan Area by people that could have used a car. If these cars were all in a traffic jam it would tail back 78 kilometres equivalent to the distance from Waterford City to Rosslare.

The report also found that walking, wheeling and cycling save 4,300 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions in Waterford each year, which is equivalent to about 61,300 flights from Dublin Airport to London Heathrow Airport.

Health Benefits and Inclusivity
The benefits of walking, wheeling and cycling to the Waterford Metropolitan Area are outlined in the report, with the physical activity benefits of walking, wheeling and cycling preventing 186 long-term health conditions annually, valued at approx. €2.67 million equivalent to the cost of over 47,900 GP appointments.

The Index showed that residents’ travel choices and their perceptions of walking, wheeling, and cycling vary between different groups. It found that 53% of residents without a disability walk or wheel at least five days a week in Waterford, compared to 46% of residents with a disability. 5% of residents with a disability cycle at least once a week compared to 17% without. It also found that while 53% of women and 52% of men walk or wheel at least five days a week, there is a gender gap when it comes to cycling with 23% of men cycling at least once a week, compared with 9% of women.

What Residents Said Will Help Them Walk or Cycle More
When asked what would help them walk or wheel more, Waterford Metropolitan Area residents want better footpath surfaces including dropped kerbs at crossing points, more parks and green spaces close to home, and nicer places along streets to stop and rest.
When asked what would help them cycle more, residents wanted infrastructural improvements such as traffic-free paths through parks or greenways, signed cycle routes along quieter streets, and cycle tracks along roads physically separated from traffic and pedestrians.

There is evidence too that residents support the development of more protected cycle infrastructure within the Waterford Metropolitan Area, with 76% of residents supporting building more cycle tracks physically separated from traffic and pedestrians, even where that means less room for other traffic.

Creating a Better Place to Live
Waterford residents also recognise the importance of liveable neighbourhoods. 79% agree that increasing space for residents socialising, walking, wheeling and cycling on their local main street would improve their local area. 80% of residents support creating low-traffic neighbourhoods where groups of streets, bordered by main roads, have ‘through’ motor vehicle traffic greatly reduced. 86% support the creation of 20-minute neighbourhood – neighbourhoods where it is easy for people to meet most of their everyday needs in 20 minute return walk.

Economic Benefits of Active Travel
The report also found that walking, wheeling and cycling creates an annual economic benefit for individuals and the Waterford Metropolitan Area of €80.5m. This includes €1.40 of a net economic benefit for each km cycled instead of driven and €0.94 benefit of each km walked instead of driven. These costs were determined through an analysis of travel time, vehicle operating costs, health benefits, air quality and taxation.

Speaking on the Walking and Cycling Index, Cllr Joe Conway, Mayor of Waterford City & County Council said: “As Mayor of Waterford City and County Council, I am pleased to welcome the first Waterford Metropolitan Area Walking and Cycling Index. This report, which covers both the County Waterford and County Kilkenny areas of the city, provides useful insights into the behaviours and opinions of residents towards walking and cycling. As a long-term resident, I have viewed at first hand and with satisfaction, the growth in active travel. The enclosed data underscores the strong level of support in Waterford for walking and cycling.

“This report indicates that there is broad public support for active travel investment in Waterford, with 68% of residents wanting to see more investment in walking infrastructure, and 63% wanting to see more investment in cycling infrastructure, to create a more sustainable, liveable city, where people and businesses can thrive. Waterford City and County Council, supported by the National Transport Authority, have done some great work in the past number of years with many more projects planned.

“The benefits and support for active travel in the Metropolitan area are clear from this report, and Waterford City and County Council will continue with efforts to make Waterford a healthy sustainable, and attractive place for all.”

Cllr. Michael Davis, Cathaoirleach of Kilkenny County Council said: “As Cathaoirleach of Kilkenny County Council, I welcome the Waterford Metropolitan Area Walking and Cycling Index. The report gives us a great sense of what type of investment and infrastructure people in Ferrybank and South Kilkenny want and will benefit the forthcoming Ferrybank Mobility Management Plan. Projects like the South East Greenway connecting New Ross to the heart of the new North Quays will strengthen links between Kilkenny and Waterford in a sustainable and attractive manner.”

Anne Graham, CEO of the NTA said: “We’re delighted to roll out the largest survey into walking, wheeling and cycling in Ireland. Over the past few years, the NTA has been working with local authorities across the country, including Waterford, to deliver safe pedestrian and cycle infrastructure that encourages more people to engage in active travel.
“It’s clear from the latest Index that more people in Waterford want to cycle and walk each day. By encouraging people to make active travel a part of their daily journey, we can all play our part in creating a more sustainable future. The NTA will continue to accelerate our efforts to roll out walking and cycling infrastructure in Waterford and other cities across Ireland.”

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Reminder: Last Call for submissions on Draft Dungarvan/Ballinroad & Tramore Local Area Plans 2023-2029

Waterford City and County Council has published pre-draft ‘Issues Papers’ for the Dungarvan/Ballinroad Local Area Plan and the Tramore Local Area Plan.

The purpose of these LAPs is to set out an overarching strategy for the proper planning and sustainable development of Dungarvan/Ballinroad and Tramore over the life of the LAPs to 2029.

The LAPs will incorporate a spatial framework for guiding the future development of transportation, regeneration, heritage, social and community infrastructure/ amenities and natural/ cultural assets in both Dungarvan/Ballinroad and Tramore.

The LAPs will be based on and be fully consistent with the Waterford City and County Development Plan 2022 – 2028, and in particular the; The Core Strategy, Vision, Strategic Outcomes, Land Use Zoning Objectives, Housing Strategy and other strategies underpinning the Development Plan. In other words, the LAP will give a local focus to the strategies of the Development Plan.

The LAP process provides a fresh opportunity to take a ‘big picture’ approach to looking at the key issues affecting Dungarvan/Ballinroad and Tramore and plot a development strategy for their future sustainable growth and regeneration. Therefore, local input is considered vital to the entire LAP process and the Planning Authority values what you have to say. It is intended that these Issues Papers will kick-start interest and debate which will provide helpful feedback, and result in stronger and more informed Local Area Plans.

The pre-draft issues papers for Dungarvan/Ballinroad and Tramore can be viewed online at https://consult.waterfordcouncil.ie/en/browse

In addition, copies of the pre-draft issues papers are available to view at the following locations:

  • Customer Care Office, Civic Offices, Davitt’s Quay, Dungarvan, X35 Y326
  • Customer Care Office, Bailey’s New Street, Waterford, X91 XH42
  • Dungarvan Library, Davitts Quay, Dungarvan, X35 AV29
  • Tramore Library, Market Street, Tramore, X91 CY96

The LAPs are currently at the stage of pre-draft public consultation which will be followed by the preparation and publication of a draft LAPs.  If you are interested in the development of Dungarvan/Ballinroad and/or Tramore and wish to contribute to the shaping of their sustainable future, please make a submission.

Submissions and observations on the pre-draft issues papers or any other key issues that you wish to have considered in the preparation of the new Draft Local Area Plans are invited up until Tuesday,7th March 2023.

Submissions can be made online via the Council’s dedicated public consultation portal (consult.waterfordcouncil.ie) or in writing, marked “Draft Dungarvan and Ballinroad Local Area Plan 2023-2029” or “Draft Tramore Local Area Plan 2023-2029” to the Planning Department, Waterford City and County Council, Menapia Building, The Mall, Waterford City.

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Waterford commits to new Creative Ireland Culture and Creativity Strategy

161,161.00  to be allocated for core Creative Ireland initiatives in Waterford City and County in 2023

Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sports and Media Catherine Martin TD and Minister of State with responsibility for Local Government and Planning Kieran O’Donnell  TD announced the roll out of 31 new Local Authority Creative Ireland Culture and Creativity Strategies (2023-2027) at an event in Farmleigh in the Phoenix Park on February 23rd 2023.

Included in the launch was a new vision for creative activity in Waterford that was devised in consultation with the people of the city and county and will be delivered by the Waterford Culture and Creativity team led by Katherine Collins, Waterford’s Creative Ireland Coordinator.

The Waterford County Culture and Creativity team also includes Michael Walsh – Chief Executive, Waterford City and County Council, Kieran Kehoe – Director of Service, Jane Cantwell – City and County Librarian, Emma Haran – Cruinniú na nÓg Coordinator, Rosemary Ryan – Keeper Waterford Treasures, Sinead O’Higgins – Executive Librarian,  Billy Duggan – Senior Executive Officer, Economic Department, Bernadette Guest – Heritage Officer, Joanne Rothwell – Archivist & Records Manager, Máire Seo Breathnach – Irish Officer/Oifigeach Gaeilge, Gráinne Kennedy, Climate Action Coordinator, Margaret Organ – Arts Officer, Bríd Kirby – Senior Enterprise Development Officer, Conor Nolan – Arts Officer, Rosemary Ryall – Architectural Conservation Officer, Jim Lenane – Assistant Irish Officer, Luke Currall – Visual Arts Coordinator and Ovidiu Matiut – Healthy Cities Coordinator.

Last year the Waterford City and County Culture and Creativity team reviewed the original strategies that were devised in 2017 and made changes that reflected the evolving priorities of the community.  The team incorporated contributions from community stakeholders that will encourage people to engage, participate and enable their creative potential.

The new Waterford City and County Culture and Creativity Strategy reflects the creative ambitions of the county that will be supported by the Creative Ireland Programme 2023-2027.  Emphasis will be placed on initiatives that strengthen the connection between people of Waterford and the place they call home; that support those working within creative sector of the county; enhance Waterford’s creative and cultural infrastructure; enable to public to engage with climate action and biodiversity and initiatives that support the health and wellbeing of people of Waterford.

Commenting on the work undertaken by the 31 local authority Culture and Creativity teams Minister Catherine Martin said, “Your teams are the key strength of the Creative Communities initiative and the engine that drives our collective efforts.  The agility of the local authority teams has facilitated a collaborative and flexible approach to reshaping how creativity and culture is valued within and across local authorities. Through the Creative Ireland Programme, my Department will continue to work with collaborators across Government to activate the power of creativity in every community.”

Since 2017 Creative Ireland has allocated over €1,117,751.13 for the implementation of Creative Ireland initiatives in Waterford City and County.  Highlights include:

Waterford Designers & Makers: The Waterford Designers & Makers Exhibition showcased the excellence of eighteen craft makers’ work designed and made in Waterford.https://thisiswaterford.ie/waterford-designers-and-makers-exhibition/

Diverse Creatives Waterford: Diverse Creatives is a showcase of arts celebrating the rich culture and experience of migrants who have made Ireland their home. https://thisiswaterford.ie/2022/04/03/future-collaborations-for-the-successful-diverse-creatives-project/  

Waterford Intergenerational Music Project: A very special Intergenerational music project with the Bealtaine Choir of older singers and pupils at Kilmacthomas National School, sharing identity, heritage, and culture.https://thisiswaterford.ie/2022/01/12/waterford-intergenerational-music-project/

Between 2017-22 Creative Ireland allocated €29.8 million to support thousands of local authority initiatives that have unlocked a national ecosystem of creativity. The 31 local authority Culture and Creative Strategies have been key to the successful delivery of creative opportunities directly into communities. This year Ministers Martin and O’Donnell announced funding of €6.1 million for the 2023 Creative Ireland Programme Creative Communities initiative.

Reiterating Minister Martin’s praise, Minister of State Kieran O’Donnell TD said, “I would like to sincerely thank all of the Culture and Creativity teams in our Local Authorities who have been working hard in recent months to drive the key ambitions in the Creative Ireland programme. Travelling around the country and to each of our Local Authorities I get to see the ambitious plans they have to promote creativity. The power of culture cannot be overestimated; arts and culture can open our minds, enliven our communities and enrich everyone’s lives,” he concluded.

For more information about Creative Ireland’s programme of Creative Communities initiatives please visit www.creativeireland.gov.ie

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Image: Katherine Collins, Waterford Creative Ireland Coordinator, Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sports and Media Catherine Martin TD, Mayor of Waterford City and County Cllr. John O’Leary, and Minister of State with responsibility for Local Government and Planning Kieran O’Donnell  TD at the launch of 31 new Local Authority Creative Ireland Culture and Creativity Strategies ( 2023-2027) at an event at Farmleigh in Phoenix Park on February 23rd 2023.

For further information or comment please contact:

Katherine Collins
Waterford’s Creative Ireland Coordinator
Waterford City and County Council
kcollins@waterfordcouncil.ie
087 9268520

Reminder: Call for submissions on Draft Dungarvan/Ballinroad & Tramore Local Area Plans 2023-2029

Waterford City and County Council has published pre-draft ‘Issues Papers’ for the Dungarvan/Ballinroad Local Area Plan and the Tramore Local Area Plan.

The purpose of these LAPs is to set out an overarching strategy for the proper planning and sustainable development of Dungarvan/Ballinroad and Tramore over the life of the LAPs to 2029.

The LAPs will incorporate a spatial framework for guiding the future development of transportation, regeneration, heritage, social and community infrastructure/ amenities and natural/ cultural assets in both Dungarvan/Ballinroad and Tramore.

The LAPs will be based on and be fully consistent with the Waterford City and County Development Plan 2022 – 2028, and in particular the; The Core Strategy, Vision, Strategic Outcomes, Land Use Zoning Objectives, Housing Strategy and other strategies underpinning the Development Plan. In other words, the LAP will give a local focus to the strategies of the Development Plan.

The LAP process provides a fresh opportunity to take a ‘big picture’ approach to looking at the key issues affecting Dungarvan/Ballinroad and Tramore and plot a development strategy for their future sustainable growth and regeneration. Therefore, local input is considered vital to the entire LAP process and the Planning Authority values what you have to say. It is intended that these Issues Papers will kick-start interest and debate which will provide helpful feedback, and result in stronger and more informed Local Area Plans.

The pre-draft issues papers for Dungarvan/Ballinroad and Tramore can be viewed online at https://consult.waterfordcouncil.ie/en/browse

In addition, copies of the pre-draft issues papers are available to view at the following locations:

  • Customer Care Office, Civic Offices, Davitt’s Quay, Dungarvan, X35 Y326
  • Customer Care Office, Bailey’s New Street, Waterford, X91 XH42
  • Dungarvan Library, Davitts Quay, Dungarvan, X35 AV29
  • Tramore Library, Market Street, Tramore, X91 CY96

The LAPs are currently at the stage of pre-draft public consultation which will be followed by the preparation and publication of a draft LAPs.  If you are interested in the development of Dungarvan/Ballinroad and/or Tramore and wish to contribute to the shaping of their sustainable future, please make a submission.

Submissions and observations on the pre-draft issues papers or any other key issues that you wish to have considered in the preparation of the new Draft Local Area Plans are invited up until Tuesday,7th March 2023.

Submissions can be made online via the Council’s dedicated public consultation portal (consult.waterfordcouncil.ie) or in writing, marked “Draft Dungarvan and Ballinroad Local Area Plan 2023-2029” or “Draft Tramore Local Area Plan 2023-2029” to the Planning Department, Waterford City and County Council, Menapia Building, The Mall, Waterford City.

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Draft Dungarvan/Ballinroad & Tramore Local Area Plans 2023-2029

Waterford City and County Council has published pre-draft ‘Issues Papers’ for the Dungarvan/Ballinroad Local Area Plan and the Tramore Local Area Plan.

The purpose of these LAPs is to set out an overarching strategy for the proper planning and sustainable development of Dungarvan/Ballinroad and Tramore over the life of the LAPs to 2029.

The LAPs will incorporate a spatial framework for guiding the future development of transportation, regeneration, heritage, social and community infrastructure/ amenities and natural/ cultural assets in both Dungarvan/Ballinroad and Tramore.

The LAPs will be based on and be fully consistent with the Waterford City and County Development Plan 2022 – 2028, and in particular the; The Core Strategy, Vision, Strategic Outcomes, Land Use Zoning Objectives, Housing Strategy and other strategies underpinning the Development Plan. In other words, the LAP will give a local focus to the strategies of the Development Plan.

The LAP process provides a fresh opportunity to take a ‘big picture’ approach to looking at the key issues affecting Dungarvan/Ballinroad and Tramore and plot a development strategy for their future sustainable growth and regeneration. Therefore, local input is considered vital to the entire LAP process and the Planning Authority values what you have to say. It is intended that these Issues Papers will kick-start interest and debate which will provide helpful feedback, and result in stronger and more informed Local Area Plans.

The pre-draft issues papers for Dungarvan/Ballinroad and Tramore can be viewed online at https://consult.waterfordcouncil.ie/en/browse

In addition, copies of the pre-draft issues papers are available to view at the following locations:

  • Customer Care Office, Civic Offices, Davitt’s Quay, Dungarvan, X35 Y326
  • Customer Care Office, Bailey’s New Street, Waterford, X91 XH42
  • Dungarvan Library, Davitts Quay, Dungarvan, X35 AV29
  • Tramore Library, Market Street, Tramore, X91 CY96

The LAPs are currently at the stage of pre-draft public consultation which will be followed by the preparation and publication of a draft LAPs.  If you are interested in the development of Dungarvan/Ballinroad and/or Tramore and wish to contribute to the shaping of their sustainable future, please make a submission.  Public consultation meetings will take place at the Civic Offices, Dungarvan on Wednesday, February 15th between 4pm and 7pm and at Tramore Library, Market Street, Tramore on Thursday, February 16th from 4pm to 7pm.  All are welcome to attend.

Submissions and observations on the pre-draft issues papers or any other key issues that you wish to have considered in the preparation of the new Draft Local Area Plans are invited up until Tuesday,7th March 2023.

Submissions can be made online via the Council’s dedicated public consultation portal (consult.waterfordcouncil.ie) or in writing, marked “Draft Dungarvan and Ballinroad Local Area Plan 2023-2029” or “Draft Tramore Local Area Plan 2023-2029” to the Planning Department, Waterford City and County Council, Menapia Building, The Mall, Waterford City.

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Call for Submissions: Tramore & Dungarvan/Ballinroad Local Area Plans (LAP)

Waterford City and County Council has published pre-draft ‘Issues Papers’ for the Dungarvan/Ballinroad Local Area Plan and the Tramore Local Area Plan.

The purpose of these LAPs is to set out an overarching strategy for the proper planning and sustainable development of Dungarvan/Ballinroad and Tramore over the life of the LAPs to 2029.

The LAPs will incorporate a spatial framework for guiding the future development of transportation, regeneration, heritage, social and community infrastructure/ amenities and natural/ cultural assets in both Dungarvan/Ballinroad and Tramore.

The LAPs will be based on and be fully consistent with the Waterford City and County Development Plan 2022 – 2028, and in particular the; The Core Strategy, Vision, Strategic Outcomes, Land Use Zoning Objectives, Housing Strategy and other strategies underpinning the Development Plan. In other words, the LAP will give a local focus to the strategies of the Development Plan.

The LAP process provides a fresh opportunity to take a ‘big picture’ approach to looking at the key issues affecting Dungarvan/Ballinroad and Tramore and plot a development strategy for their future sustainable growth and regeneration. Therefore, local input is considered vital to the entire LAP process and the Planning Authority values what you have to say. It is intended that these Issues Papers will kick-start interest and debate which will provide helpful feedback, and result in stronger and more informed Local Area Plans.

The pre-draft issues papers for Dungarvan/Ballinroad and Tramore can be viewed online at https://consult.waterfordcouncil.ie/en/browse

In addition, copies of the pre-draft issues papers are available to view at the following locations:

  • Customer Care Office, Civic Offices, Davitt’s Quay, Dungarvan, X35 Y326
  • Customer Care Office, Bailey’s New Street, Waterford, X91 XH42
  • Dungarvan Library, Davitts Quay, Dungarvan, X35 AV29
  • Tramore Library, Market Street, Tramore, X91 CY96

The LAPs are currently at the stage of pre-draft public consultation which will be followed by the preparation and publication of a draft LAPs.  If you are interested in the development of Dungarvan/Ballinroad and/or Tramore and wish to contribute to the shaping of their sustainable future, please make a submission.  Public consultation meetings will take place at the Civic Offices, Dungarvan on Wednesday, February 15th between 4pm and 7pm and at Tramore Library, Market Street, Tramore on Thursday, February 16th from 4pm to 7pm.  All are welcome to attend.

Submissions and observations on the pre-draft issues papers or any other key issues that you wish to have considered in the preparation of the new Draft Local Area Plans are invited up until Tuesday,7th March 2023.

Submissions can be made online via the Council’s dedicated public consultation portal (consult.waterfordcouncil.ie) or in writing, marked “Draft Dungarvan and Ballinroad Local Area Plan 2023-2029” or “Draft Tramore Local Area Plan 2023-2029” to the Planning Department, Waterford City and County Council, Menapia Building, The Mall, Waterford City.

Closing date for submissions: midnight on 7th March 2023. Please note that
late submissions will not be considered.

Part 8 – Urban Animation Scheme – “City of Lights”

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:
Urban Animation Scheme – “City of Lights”

Waterford City & County Council intend to introduce outdoor lighting of iconic buildings and the City walls in 19 locations. The lighting will be by various means including but not limited to flood lighting, wall mounted Linear LED luminaires, ground mounted LED luminaires and projectors.  Lighting will be programmable so that they can changed throughout the evening and be leveraged by festivals to celebrate events and will be used nightly or as considered appropriate.

Numbers 1 to 7 and 9 to 18 are protected structures. All sites are within an Architectural Conservation Area.

For full listing, and associated documents, click here: https://waterfordcouncil.ie/projects/public-consultations/index.htm

Waterford City & County Council publishes 2022 Gender Pay Gap Report

Waterford City and County Council has published its Gender Pay Gap Report for 2022. 

The gender pay gap is the difference in the average hourly wage of men and women across a workforce. Employers with more than 250 employees in Ireland are now required to publish their gender pay gap data.

In the 2022 report, the Mean Gender Pay Gap reflects that on average, females are paid 4.04% less than males.  The Median Gender Pay Gap shows that the median range of pay for females is 1.60% higher than the median rate of pay for males.

Publishing its gender pay gap data helps to reinforce the focus on supporting an open and inclusive workplace at Waterford City and County Council.

Waterford City and County Council is a place where all employees have the same opportunities for recognition and career development and are treated fairly and equitably at work.

The Council continues to be committed to addressing workplace barriers to equality and creating an open and inclusive workplace community. Many equality, diversity and inclusion initiatives and supports are already in place, and we will continue to work in this area.

The local authority sector gives people the opportunity to play a key role in the positive development of their county and community.

As an employer, Waterford City and County Council is committed to providing a positive and supportive environment for employees. The Council offers flexible and family friendly arrangements, blended working, and great career progression and education opportunities.

Visit our website www.waterfordcouncil.ie and www.localgovernmentjobs.ie to find out more about the work we do.

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Community and inclusion prioritised by Government as it extends Creative Ireland for another five years

  • Creative Ireland Programme will continue until 2027
  • Over 7,500 creative initiatives completed to date
  • Over 100,000 young people now participate in Cruinniú na nÓg
  • New initiatives in Creative Industries, Creative Health and Wellbeing, Climate Action and Social Sustainability to be delivered
  • New Shared Island element to be introduced

Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin T.D. has welcomed the Government’s support for her proposal to extend the Creative Ireland Programme to 2027. Along with established programmes of work in Creative Communities and Creative Youth, new priorities will be pursued in the Creative Industries, Creative Health and Wellbeing and Climate Action and Social Sustainability. The Programme will also develop a major Shared Island dimension with support from the Department of the Taoiseach. This extension was approved by Government this week.

In 2017 the Creative Ireland Programme launched as an all-of-Government culture and wellbeing initiative committed to the vision that every person in Ireland should have the opportunity to realise their full creative potential.

Since then thousands of opportunities have been created to unlock an ecosystem of creativity. This was achieved by building strong partnerships between central and local Government, artists and the wider creative community and most of all the communities in which the projects were delivered.

Minister Catherine Martin said:

“My Department will continue its work with partners across central and local Government, through the Creative Ireland Programme, to deploy the power of creativity in support of wellbeing in every community.  While I was keen for Creative Ireland to retain its priorities around young people, local communities and opportunities for the most disadvantaged, I am delighted Government has agreed to place a greater focus on health and wellbeing, our creative industries, climate action, and social sustainability.  I am particularly keen that, through this programme, we enhance the opportunities for the most disadvantaged to engage with creativity.”

Through Creative Ireland, the Government emphasised the supporting role of culture and creativity across policies in education, health and wellbeing, innovation, international relations, sustainable local development and increased support for the creative industries.

In five years the Creative Ireland Programme has emerged as a positive framework for change. Over 7,500 community-led creative initiatives nationwide have promoted participation, inclusion and cultural expression. These include initiatives such as Cruinniú na nÓg, which provides thousands of Irish children with the opportunity to express themselves creatively.

Creative Ireland has led in policy development by supporting conferences where new ideas around the role of creativity in education and young people’s lives, the role of culture in our health care system, and the role of service design across the public service were discussed.

Programme highlights include:

Cruinniú na Óg launched in 2017. It is now a key event in the cultural life of Ireland’s young people and is the only event of its kind in the world. In 2022 over 101,000 young people participated in 1,690 free cultural events led by more than 1,200 creative practitioners. These events provided young people with the opportunity to try something new and demonstrate their own creative abilities.

Creative Climate Action. This unique initiative pulls together the skills and expertise of the creative community, climate activists, NGOs, academics, local government organisations and communities to create projects that will raise awareness and change the behaviours that have helped exacerbate the climate crisis. The second Creative Climate Action fund has just been launched with financial support from the Department of Environment, Climate and Communications and the Department of the Taoiseach.

In response to the isolation caused by the lockdown in 2020, the Creative Ireland Programme worked with the Mobile Music Machine to bring the joy and energy of live music to care homes and hospital settings around the country. Travelling continually throughout the crisis, the Mobile Music Machine delivered over 1650 concerts by more than 100 musicians in nursing and care homes in 23 counties.

In 2022 the programme piloted six creative Shared Island projects to harness the power of cultural creativity to bring communities together and to strengthen our sense of shared identity. Government is now fully committed to the project with a projected spend of €6 million over three years.

The Creative Ireland Programme led by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media is designed to promote creativity as a strategy for wellbeing, social cohesion and economic success. Its core proposition is that participation in cultural and creative activity promotes individual, community and national wellbeing. The Department strives through Creative Ireland to promote understanding and appreciation of the value of creativity in all its forms and embed creativity across public policy.

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Energy Saving Booklet for Waterford households

Waterford City and County Council’s Climate Action Team has published an
Energy-Saving Booklet, developed in direct response to the ongoing global energy crisis which is adversely impacting households and businesses.

Using a common-sense approach to energy saving, the booklet is intended to act as a baseline from which actions can be taken and built upon. While many may be familiar with the tips within, old habits may prevent us from realizing their benefits. Topics covered in the booklet include energy poverty, energy supplier guidance, household appliance energy usage and home energy upgrades.

Climate Action Coordinator with the Council, Gráinne Kennedy says:

Everyone relies on energy to run their homes. Be it for heating, cooking, or powering appliances but in Ireland, we rely primarily on fossil fuels for our energy needs which of course, is not sustainable.  Though a small gesture, it is hoped that the people of Waterford will be able to use the information within this booklet to reduce their energy use with the aim of making cost and emissions savings.”

The booklet has been developed with the primary aims of the reduction of C02 emissions through the mitigation of energy-related emissions and to assist households with the management and reduction of their household energy costs.

The booklet forms part of Waterford City and County Council’s adopted Climate Adaptation Strategy 2019-2024, the Council’s Roadmap to Carbon Neutrality 2040 and commitments made under the EU Covenant of Mayors. Available in English and Irish and containing some 20 pages of information including tip and tricks on energy reduction, as well as a detailed glossary of terms, the booklet will be distributed free of charge to households throughout Waterford in the near future.

Speaking at the launch of the booklet, Mayor of Waterford City and County Council, Cllr. John O’Leary said:

“I’d like to thank all who worked on this valuable booklet and am delighted to see that it will be distributed free of charge around the county.  The cost-of-living crisis effects each one of us and a reference like this will be a useful resource as to what we can all do in our homes and businesses to reduce our energy needs.”

The booklet is also available below.