Lets share our parks and roads with care

Family walking and cycling in Malahide Demesne

Family walking and cycling in Malahide Demesne

One silver lining of this challenging time is to see so many people out walking, jogging and cycling. We’re fortunate in Malahide to have Robswall Park (Paddy’s Hill), Malahide Demesne and Estuary Park, with lots of green spaces between.  We need to share space with care as we walk, jog, bike and drive, respecting the needs of children, vulnerable and mobility impaired people.

When walking…
Let’s remember to drop to single file and observe 2 metres social / physical distancing.

When jogging…
In many of our parks, the council has cut grass paths around beautiful wild meadows. Where possible, let’s jog on the grass and leave paved paths for vulnerable and mobility impaired park users.

When biking…
Paths within our parks are “share with care”. When passing pedestrians from behind, let’s slow down, tinkle our bells from about 20 metres – smile and say hello.

Cycling from Tennis lesson in Malahide Demesne Tennis Courts - Helen Jack Charlie

Heading home after tennis lesson in Malahide Demesne

When driving…
We need to look out for people on bikes, especially children. Our parks provide safe places to cycle, but until we have segregated cycle lanes we all have to cycle on roads to get to our parks. Let’s slow down and give people on bikes plenty of space when overtaking. Let’s also think before we park – cars parked on footpaths make social distancing more difficult and cause serious issues for our mobility and visually impaired residents.

Cycling to Malahide Demesne over Railway Bridge - younger people

Young people cycling to Malahide Demesne over the railway bridge

Note: The Malahide Community Forum is working with Fingal County Council to link our parks and green spaces to enable residents and visitors to walk and cycle more safely between them. We’re also working on the development of walking / cycling routes to local schools, clubs and shops.

 

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Latest notes

Here are the notes for May 2020.

The notes of our previous meetings are available on our monthly notes page.

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Kill your speed – not our nannas

Kill You Speed Not Our Nanas

Sign on Back Road Malahide – opposite entrance to Malahide Demesne

May 22nd was national slow down day.

Despite the lockdown, road deaths are higher this year than last – 56 people have been killed to date – 30% pedestrians. As the sign says:  “Kill your speed – not our nannas”.

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What’s your opinion regarding the planning application for Westbury Club, The Green Malahide?

Do you have an opinion on the planning application for the site of The Westbury Club, The Green, Malahide for 26 apartments?

If so, the planning sub-committee of the Malahide Community Forum would like to hear from you (via our Contact Us page) as they are preparing a submission to Fingal County Council regarding this application. We include below images of the site layout and elevations of the proposed development.

00659378 Westbury Club The Green Malahide - planning application document - Site Layout Image

Site Layout

00659316 Westbury Club The Green Malahide - planning application document - Elevations

Elevations

00659317 Westbury Club The Green Malahide - planning application document - Front and Side - East Elevation

Front and Side (East) Elevation

00659482 Westbury Club The Green Malahide - planning application document - Rear and Side - West Elevation

Rear and Side (West) Elevation

You may view the planning application on the Fingalcoco planning page – Planning Application reference F20A/0171.

 

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Latest Notes

Here are the notes for April 2020.

The notes of our previous meetings are available on our monthly notes page.

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New Street to become pedestrian zone to facilitate social distancing

New Street Malahide - Google Streetview

Unfortunately, social distancing is likely to be with us for the foreseeable future. Those of us who shop in Malahide village will have found that social distancing can be difficult to do when queuing outside shops, or attempting to pass queues that form on footpaths outside shops. Some people are stepping into the street which can put themselves in danger.

As you can see from the Google Street view image above, New Street currently has four road lanes, parking on both sides and a narrow footpath on each side.

On Saturday 26th April, Fingal county council published a plan to facilitate Social Distancing in the Public Realm across Fingal. New Street Malahide is one of eight initial locations identified across Fingal. New Street will be temporarily closed to traffic, with the exception of access for deliveries and emergency services. Parking will also be temporarily removed from the northern side of Main Street, from The Diamond to the junction with Townyard Lane – outside Bank of Ireland, Supervalu, Kerrigans etc.

While no date is indicated, it is likely that these temporary changes will be implemented quite quickly. The council will monitor the changes for effectiveness.

The Malahide forum has asked member residents associations for feedback which we will pass to Fingalcoco. Based on initial feedback, we will be asking Fingalcoco to facilitate social distancing:

  • In the area of the Marina, which has been restricted and reduced by the hoarding erected around the Village Green
  • On the northern side of Main Street, from junction with Old Street to The Diamond

The proposed temporary changes will pose challenges for retailers in the village. As a community, we can help by shopping local at every opportunity.

So what will a pedestrianised New Street be like?

In 1982, Grafton Street was fully pedestrianised after a prolonged trial period that started in 1971. (see RTE report). Traders in the area initially resisted the idea. Could New Street become the Grafton Street of Malahide? Only time will tell.

Grafon Street 1971 - 2003 - pedestrianised in 1982

 

Posted in Community, CoronaVirus, COVID-19, Environment, Footpaths, Pedestrians, Roads, Tidy Towns, Transport

Connecting communities to amenities

It’s great to share a good news story in these challenging times!

There’s now a brand new footpath connecting Ashwood Hall on the Back Road to the playground entrance at Malahide Demesne. New footpath at Back Road Playground Car park entrance The timing could not be better, as due to COVID-19, all car parks in Malahide Demesne have had to temporarily close, and visitors are required to enter on foot, by bicycle, or by scooter as in the photo.

There’s also a new set of pedestrian lights (which we hope to see activated in the coming weeks) at Ashwood Hall, enabling residents to cross the increasingly busy Back Road where some drivers are unfortunately exceeding the current 60km / hour limit.    New Pedestrian Lights Ashwood Hall - Back Road Malahide

The new infrastructure was installed thanks to the efforts of the Ashwood Hall residents who contacted Fingal county council explaining their need for the path and pedestrian traffic lights.

The Malahide Community forum would like to thank the Ashwood Hall residents and the staff in Fingal county council for making this happen. It demonstrates the power of residents coming together. It illustrates how effective communication and cooperation between residents and Fingal county council helps us make Malahide and Fingal an even better place to live, work, visit and do business.

As we’re learning in this COVID-19 emergency, we’re all in this together.

See also: COVID-19 Malahide Community Response

 

 

 

Posted in Community, CoronaVirus, COVID-19, Environment, Footpaths, Pedestrians, Roads, Transport

Latest Notes

Here are the notes from our March 2020 meeting. (Limited attendees due Covid-19).

The notes of our previous meetings are available on our monthly notes page.

Posted in CoronaVirus, COVID-19, Environment, Monthly Notes & Newsletter, Planning, Roads, Transport

COVID-19 Malahide Community Response

See updates 4th April 2020 at foot of this post.

Our sense of community in Malahide has long been one of our greatest attractions. In the challenging time ahead of us, it will be our greatest strength.  Syls here to help

Local clubs have already stepped up to the plate. St. Sylvester’s GAA club has established a volunteer team to assist those who need help with daily errands (call 086 174 3088).

Enjoy Malahide is helping to keep us informed with well moderated messages on their Facebook page.

The Malahide Community Forum has asked each residents’ association to contact their members to ensure they’re OK.

Many older residents do not use the internet for information. We ask residents to phone elderly neighbours to keep up their spirits, help them with groceries and inform them of resources including:

We’ve been told by Tony Holohan, our Chief Medical Officer, that we’re still in the lull before the storm. If you don’t’ currently have a residents association, act now, while you have time. Keep it simple – set up a WhatsApp group. As Dr Michael Ryan of the World Health Organisation says “Speed trumps perfection”.

When this crisis passes, you may find this Residents Association Handbook  helpful.

Please, protect yourself and others, especially the more vulnerable members our community by maintaining physical distance, washing  hands and following HSE guidelines.

Be kind. Stay safe, stay apart, stay in touch.

Updates 4th April 2020:

  1. Fingal County Council Community Response now 7 days a week – 8am to 8pm
  2. SuperValu Malahide Text service for vulnerable / cocooned to get shopping

Fingal Covid-19 7days per week community response

SuperValu Malahide Community Delivery Service

 

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Temp Road Closure – Old Yellow Walls Tues 24th March 2020

Road Closure Mar 24 2020 - Old Yellow Walls RoadOld Yellow Walls, Malahide will be closed temporarily on 24th March 2020 between Millview Road and Seabury Crescent.

Works are scheduled to commence at 10.00am and are expected to take 4 hours to complete.

See diversion details below.

More details on Fingal County Council website.

Diversion details March 2020 - Old Yellow Walls Road

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