10th September 2020 | Blog post, Green Gazette

Council update: Green Party Councillors work towards bicycle parking and environmental protections


Green Party councillor for Clontarf Donna Cooney – Dublin’s first Bicycle Mayor – wrote to the Dublin City Council Chief Executive Owen Keegan in May, 2020, requesting that as part of its Covid mobility response, Dublin City Council would examine this as a solution for the provision of secure bicycle parking.

“After attending the BYCS European Bicycle Mayor Summit in Amsterdam in February and seeing their excellent cycling parking infrastructure, it seemed to be the obvious solution to integrated transport,” Cllr Cooney said.

“The council has been rolling out safe cycling infrastructure as part of the city’s response to the Covid crisis. People are being encouraged to cycle into the city to free up capacity on the roads and on public transport for those who need it, and the provision of safe, secure bicycle parking is an essential aspect of that.

“I wrote to the Chief Executive on behalf of myself and my Green Party colleagues, and we’re very pleased to hear that the council is now negotiating with car parks to move our suggestion forward and secure this space for cycle parking.”

Green Party Councillor for Kilkenny, Maria Dollard, has welcomed the news that An Bord Pleanála refuse planning permission for 120 residential units at Sion Hermitage Lands, Sion Rd, Kilkenny.

Cllr Dollard took up the case after she was approached by local residents and asked to support their objection to the development. “I worked with colleagues in the Green Party to lodge an objection on environmental and traffic grounds, as well as the inappropriateness of such a large development outside the ring road of Kilkenny City and well outside walking distance of shops, schools, health services, community services or social amenities.”

An Bord Pleanála stated that planning would be refused based on the proposed location and because the Natural Impact Statement was deficient. The reply stated that, “the board is not satisfied that the proposed development would not adversely affect the integrity of the River Barrow and Nore SAC and the River Nore Special Protection Area, in view of the sites conservation objectives. In such circumstances, the Board is precluded from granting permission.”

David Rossiter, Green Party representative for Drogheda Urban, has criticised Louth County Council for not delivering on the trial pedestrianisation of West Street.

Reacting to the news that the trial in September will lack the proposed parasols and parklets Rossiter said: “It is a real shame that the trial pedestrianisation of West Street in Drogheda will lack the key infrastructure to make it as successful as possible. I’m extremely concerned the first weekend won’t encourage residents of the town to fully support the proposal. As a result of this, I believe the trial should be postponed until the parklets have been secured and can be used in the trials.”