DCC Neighbourhoods Competition 2017

Once again DERA has a number of entries in the DCC Neighbourhoods Competition. Judging takes place in June. Please help support our estate entry by keeping up the nice appearance of our community with special attention to grass, verges, shrubs & trees and try to have our area clean & tidy. Our DERA Environmental Team & Support Volunteers need all your help & support!!

Community Garden Update

IMG_0863Work has begun on the Community Garden in Donaghmede Park, in cooperation with Dublin City Council and with generous support from local businesses. While progress has necessarily been slow over the winter months, there’s a lot of work ahead this year to bring the plan to completion. Selection of furniture and signage is under way, and a planning meeting with DCC will be held in the coming weeks.

Our picture shows some of the younger residents of Donaghmede lending a hand with planting. The fruits of their labours should be visible soon, now that spring is in the air!

We’d like to remind residents that bicycles, skateboards and scooters are not allowed on the all-weather pitch, to protect the surface from damage. Signage to this effect will be erected soon, and we ask parents to remind their children of this necessary rule. We are investigating the provision of a bicycle rack outside. We also remind residents that dogs are not allowed on the all-weather pitch. The pitch is a valuable resource, and it’s wonderful to have such an amenity freely available, so it’s in everyone’s interest to protect it.

DCC City Neighbourhoods Competition

Each year DERA submits a number of entries to Dublin City Council’s City Neighbourhoods Competition, representing projects undertaken by DERA’S Environmental Team & Volunteers on which they work all year round for the benefit of all our community. DERA has an excellent track record in the competition, and this year was no exception:

Best Open Green Space WINNER: “Angela’s Green”, Carndonagh Lawn

DERA also received awards for a section of Donaghmede Road and for “The Island” on Newbrook Road, in association with Donaghmede Shopping Centre. Other prizewinners in the local area included TARGET, Scoil Bhríde, Ard na Gréine Residents Association, and The Donahies Residents Association.

We thank all residents who contributed to our success and congratulate our environmental winners on their achievements.

Photos of the North Central Area and Citywide prizegiving ceremonies are used courtesy of Dublin City Council.

DCC Neighbourhoods Environmental Competition

Once again DERA has 5 entries in the Dublin City Council Neighbourhoods Competition for this summer’s judging which takes place in June. We ask all residents to support our entry by helping in every way to attend to our local environment, with special attention to grass verges, plants, flowers and the protection of trees and green spaces in our estate. You can help by removing litter (always use gloves) and encouraging children and visitors to take a special interest in our environment. Last year DERA received 7 awards, including one citywide award, presented by the Lord Mayor of Dublin. Judging in our community takes place during June and July. Volunteers are always welcome to join the Environmental Team – please contact us for more information.

PS. You may have noticed that DCC have installed a “talking lamp-post” in Donaghmede Park to remind dog owners of the part they can play in maintaining a clean and safe environment for all.

Have your say – we want to hear from you!

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Dublin City Council is rolling out a Local Environmental Improvement Plan Consultation for the Donaghmede Area. With this in mind, they are making a questionnaire available on the Dublin City Council website from today.

Click here to access the questionnaire in English or click here for the Irish version.

Additionally, hard copies will be available from Wednesday 17th February from the Public Library in Donaghmede, and from the DCC public counter located on the 2nd Floor of the Northside Civic Centre on Bunratty Road, Coolock between the hours of 9.30am and 4.00pm Monday to Friday.

Representatives of Dublin City Council will be in Donaghmede Shopping Centre on Wednesday 17th February and Thursday 18th February from 10.30am to 12.30pm and also on Saturday, 20th February from 12.00pm to 2.00pm to answer your questions and collect completed surveys.

Completed surveys can also be returned to the Donaghmede Public Library or the public counter in the Northside Civic Centre, Bunratty Road, Coolock.

DERA encourages you to take part in the consultation: don’t miss this chance to have your say!