Social and Information Meeting – Bumper Crowd!
A very well attended Social and Information Meeting took place in Blackrock Cellar on Thursday 30 May 2019 where the large audience were brought right up to date on what is happening in Blackrock. Topics ranged from the trivial to the very serious and there was wonderful interaction between the audience and the presenters. We made a big effort this time to involve the residential community and they responded by turning out in large numbers. Four of the newly elected local Ward Councillors were also in attendance.
The topics covered included the Local Area Plan, the S2S, Building Works in the Village, AEDs in the Village and the new Partnership with Vincennes.
The Green Agenda also featured very prominently in discussions.
Local Area Plan – Blackrock
The Local Area Plan is where the Council sets out its policy and vision for an area for the forthcoming six years. The last LAP for Blackrock was published By DLRCoCo in 2015 and the next one is due in 2021, with submissions likely to be invited during 2020. In an ideal world the policy set out in an LAP will be implemented and delivered over the period of the plan but that has been far from the situation in the case of Blackrock since 2015. After vigorous discussion at last Thursday’s meeting it was agreed to set up an LAP Task Force involving all stakeholders to address ways of getting the Council to deliver on its own plan.
AED’s ( Defibrillators) in the village
To add to the list of AEDs available in the Village, the BBN has just taken delivery of a new AED to be based in Centra (Jim Kenny’s shop) on Main Street. Training for the public will be put in place shortly. The cost of this device has been part funded by DLRCoCo.
Old Post Office
The Old Post Office building on the Main Street has finally opened as a Chinese Sichuan Restaurant. The main dining room at the back of the building features a wall of windows overlooking the sea and across to Dublin Bay. The striking stone-fronted building in the centre of Blackrock was built in 1909 and has lain empty since Starbucks moved out some years ago. We wish General Manager Paul Malone and his staff every success in this exciting new venture.
New Post Office
The Post Office in the Frascati Shopping Centre closed early in the year but has now reopened in SuperValu in the Blackrock Shopping Centre. This is a great boost for the Village and the arrangement should be mutually beneficial to both SuperValu and to the Post Office
Blackrock Further Education Institute
Since the arrival of Tom Taylor as Principal, BFEI has been a wonderful supporter of the BBN and the Blackrock Community. Tom has added a new string to the BFEI bow by putting on night classes for the local community. Please support these classes and if there is a particular topic that you would like added to the list of what’s currently available Tom would love to hear from you.
S2S – Sutton to Sandycove Cycleway
The idea of joining up all the existing bits and pieces of seafront walkway and cycleway to create a continuous walkway and cycleway between Sandycove and Sandymount was first proposed in 1998. In 2001 it was extended to Sutton and it has since been referred to as the Sutton to Sandycove Promenade and Cycleway (S2S). The purpose was to provide a segregated, off-road, traffic free cycleway and walkway around the Bay from the suburbs to the city centre. It was adopted and remains in all national and local development plans. The route is substantially complete in the North Dublin Bay but the South Bay remains unresolved.
The BBN supports the idea of including the combination of the Coastal Protection of the Railway with the S2S on the seafront. Such a proposal will be seen as, not just enhancing the protection of a vital piece of transport infrastructure, but also a very significant new amenity for the local community and visitors to Dublin and a much needed traffic-free cycleway. It would enhance the coastal protection of the railway and simplify the design of the Bus connects project. It is an environmental solution that would conform to all national and regional policies on health and sustainable transport.
The signing of the partnership agreement by Blackrock with Vincennes was completed in Vincennes on 10 May 2019. The event was attended by representatives of Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council as well as the BBN and BFEI. The Frascati Singers performed in the Town Hall as part of the celebrations and brought the house down by the brilliance and enthusiasm of their performance.
The latest mural, a tucan, was recently created on the parcel box outside the Old Post Office and funded by the BBN. Bob Toal of Triggerfish is the mastermind behind the project and has more sites in mind! Watch this space!
Enterprise House (Zurich Building) is being rebuilt to become the base for all of Zurich’s employees in both Ballsbridge and Blackrock. The building work is due for completion in August/September 2019. Zurich which is the lessee expects to move into the building during Q1 2020.
Don’t forget the Bloomsday performance on 16 June 2019 at 6pm in the Village Square! Once again this year the Play on Ulysses will be directed by Nastaise Leddy and Iris Park. The performance gets better and better each year and should the weather be inclement, BFEI have offered their building as a backup to accommodate the performance. (Performance time 75 mins.)