Newtownpark Avenue

 

The site where the offending pole has been removed from...

The site from which the offending pole has been removed…

Since I became a councillor, in 2009, I have been campaigning for the removal of pointless and unnecessary poles throughout Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown (see some press coverage here, here, here, here, and on Twitter here and here, and on Facebook here). This is not a priority for the Council because there are so many other, more urgent issues that have to be dealt with. However, the proliferation of signposts, particularly unnecessary ones-

  • costs a substantal amount for installation and maintenance;
  • is unsightly and damages the visual amenity of our area
  • obstructs us – wheelchair users or those pushing buggies can find them difficult to navigate and, if too close to the road, they can be a hazard to cyclists;
  • causes difficulties for the visually impaired.

In 2010, I succeeded in getting Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council to put in place an e-mail address (unnecessarysignposts@dlrcoco.ie) where people could report redundant signposts and poles to the local authority so that they could be removed (read more here). Since then, I have reported over 100 such poles in the Blackrock area alone. I am unaware of more than five of those poles that have been removed. That is why I am delighted that, on foot of my request to the Dún Laoghaire Area Committee, the Council has removed a particularly offensive, rusty sign post on Newtownpark Avenue in Blackorck.

 

Many more to follow, we hope…

Newtownpark Avenue pole question

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