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Sandymount & Merrion Residents – SPRING NEWSLETTER UPDATE

Dear Neighbour – at the moment it may not feel like Spring with Storm Eunice approaching – BUT at least the days are lengthening and some brave daffodils are out !

Our last update was the Christmas newsletter 5th December and your entirely voluntary Committee has been very busy since then. I offer your thanks to them.
The submission with regards to the planned Dublin Port 3FM expansion, which we are all extremely concerned about, was made before the 31st December and the City Development Plan 2022-2028 submission was made by 14th February.
The SAMRA CDP submission, with the Dublin Port 3FM submission as an appendix is attached and should be regarded as a key reference point for you on SAMRA’s positioning. I would urge you to read this.
This document has now been sent to our 5 Pembroke Councillors who have responded back very positively and with an undertaking to work this to the point where the CDP has to be signed off by them, as our area elected representatives by 31st December 2022.
As such, the CDP response was a very important submission to make with long planning reach and I would like to offer thanks in particular to Niall McElroy, SAMRAs Planning Sub-Committee Chair who led this compilation and also to the many cross-committee contributors. This submission spans across most of the issues that SAMRA has been working on in recent times and demonstrates the breadth of our agenda. One of our goals has been to have greater influence on planning decisions which affect our area and this was a crucial input.
We would be most interested to hear your feedback, to ensure that we represent Sandymount resident needs appropriately. Where necessary in the future, we do plan to carry out surveys wherever necessary. Now that we have become largely digital, this will become more possible.
Note that our website which has served us well over the last 2 years is now subject to update and we plan to streamline a number of aspects in the future.
The decision to repeat the pedestrianisation area at the northeast part of the village green was made by DCC and Councillors at the most recent area meeting. We are happy to say that it will be 3 days a week from Easter to Halloween. This was following the trial which SAMRA requested last year, the subsequent consultation, the comprehensive analysis and the report conducted by DCC, was issued last December.
We are hopeful that this compromise with the further creative input that you are giving, can be enhanced further to deal with any remaining concerns resulting in a safe, harmonious family environment in the midst of our village. SAMRA will continue to work this collaboratively in support of DCC.
Since the Christmas newsletter, thank you for the response, we have now been fortunate to be able to bring two additional people onto the SAMRA Committee, which I am confident will enable SAMRA to make an even bigger difference as we go forward. You will hopefully meet them when we do eventually get to the AGM.
The AGM date had to be postponed from the intended (but not released) January date as the Covid complications extended but we are now hopeful that soon we will be able to reset it to a date in April, when we can have a full face to face meeting again. As a date for your calendar, we are targeting Monday 25th April but there will be further details in due course.
As another advance notice item, we also expect to be able to return to the highly popular Community Family Fun Day on the Green, a highlight of SAMRA’s calendar. This has been set with DCC for the 29th May. If you are interested in helping in any way possible it would be very much appreciated – please get in touch with Joan MacArthur directly (086 639 4701) or via this email, with your contact details.
Meanwhile, enjoy the Spring and if you have any comments with regards to the CDP submission, we would be most pleased to hear them.


David Turner
Chair for and on behalf of the Committee
SAMRA, Sandymount & Merrion Residents Association

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