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Since I first became involved in local politics in 2008, I have fought for a solution to the serious day-time parking problem in the residential area between Trimleston, Woodbine and Seafield, including Glenomena, Dornden Park and Ashfield Park.

Having received representations from residents and residents’ groups, and seen the problem first hand, I made several representations to Council management and eventually proposed an amendment to the Council’s Parking Control Bye-laws in June 2015. I have long been critical of the one-size-fits-all approach to parking control that DLRCoCo has followed. I feel strongly that parking solutions must reflect their different causes in different areas. You can see the details of my original proposal here.

This was not supported by councillors but, working with officials, we agreed on a plan, largely based on the change I had originally proposed.

A plebiscite brought pay-and-display parking controls into Dornden Park in 2014 and that solution has worked well. However, a similar plebiscite in the adjoining area failed because the proposed scheme would have resulted in less parking for residents, rather than more.

GWRA tweet re attendance of Cllr Barry Ward 16/06/2016

My argument was that this particular area is unique because it is a parking perfect storm surrounded, as it is, by Allianz Insurance/Elm Park, UCD, the N11 bus corridor and the Rock Road, with no publicly-available off street parking.

The officials engaged with councillors, residents and local (small) businesses to create a Local Parking Area Pilot Scheme, which is designed to control parking to your benefit and to provide greater turnover and availability of spaces while facilitating access and improving road safety.

Finally, through much hard work and negotiation with officials in DLRCoCo, I am delighted to see that a solution based on, and similar to, the one I proposed to the Council in 2015, and which was approved of by residents in a vote at the end of 2016, has been unanimously passed by councillors tonight. DLRCoCo officials also deserve great credit in working with councillors, residents and local businesses to find practical solutions.

It was with great pleasure that I proposed the special parking area, along with my five council colleagues in Blackrock, which will have effect on the following roads:

  • Ashfield Park
  • Bellevue Park
  • Glenomena Grove
  • Glenomena Park
  • Seafield Close
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  • Seafield Drive
  • Seafield Park
  • Seafield Road
  • Trimleston Avenue
  • Trimleston Drive
  • Trimleston Gardens
  • Trimleston Park
  • Trimleston Road
  • Woodbine Avenue
  • Woodbine Park
  • Woodbine Road

This scheme will take effect soon and will restrict the irresponsible parking by non-residents, that has caused all the recent problems.

It is proposed to run this pilot scheme for a period of one year. During that time, there will be regular meetings with stakeholders and quarterly reports to the Dún Laoghaire Area Committee, on the impact of the scheme.

Signage will soon be erected at 3 vehicular entrance points to the Local Parking Area: Trimleston Avenue, Woodbine Road and Seafield Road.

Some other points of interest:

• The scheme will operate between 9am and 6pm, from Monday to Friday inclusive
• Parking will be by display of a Local Parking Area Permit (LPAP)
• Non-permit holders may only park for maximum 3 hrs (anywhere) by text or Parking Tag
• Non-permit holders will be required to pay €1 per hour
• 1 new parking ticket machine will be installed at the Seafield shops
• DLRCoCo will enforce these new parking regulations
• The usual 15 minutes grace period before and after will apply
• All residents will be eligible for a LPAP (up to max 4 per household)
• LPAPs will cost €45 per annum per permit

Special Parking Area - Pilot Scheme

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7 thoughts on “Special parking area for Booterstown, at last!

  1. Brendan Morahan

    Hi Barry,

    is there a timetable for implementing the Special Parking Area for Booterstown scheme.

    Many thanks

  2. Thanks for your query, Brendan. At the moment, there is no official timetable but I am keeping the pressure on the officials and I understand signage is not far away. Once erected, it will take a few weeks to fully implement the scheme (warning notices on cars, issue of permits to residents, arrangement of enforcement procedures, etc.). In any event, once I get a firm timeline I will communicate it to residents. Barry.

  3. Fiona Dowling

    Hi Barry,

    I would be one of those who uses the housing estate for parking for work. If it was my own housing estate I would probably be glad of the same measures and I understand how frustrating the current situation must be for residents. For those of us who have no other option but to commute by car we mainly feel let down by the lack of planning that facilitates parking for workers in the area. It seems as though the buildings at Elm Park were approved for planning in spite of the fact that they are seriously lacking in the parking facilities required for the volume of workers it employs.

    What I would like to ask is will the council be providing any infrastructure i.e.extending the citybike service to the greater South Dublin Area so that longer distance workers (who don’t have the convenience of public transport) can park in more reasonably priced public car parks then cycle to work from there? Or indeed if there are any future plans for unused public car parks/spaces that can be used by commuting workers?

    Also, it would be reassuring to know that future applications for industrial/business sites like Elm Park will not be sanctioned unless they provide reasonable parking facilities for the numbers they intend to employ.

    Thank you in advance,

    Fiona Dowling.

  4. Brian roche

    will all roads apart from woodbine road have to be marked now and how long will it take for this to be implemented.

  5. mark

    Good evening Barry, I was recently conducting business in the German Embassy and received a fine for parking on Trimleston Ave. I received this fine whilst there is currently no signage along Trimleston Ave that pay and display is now in operation (i.e. on any of the poles are per normal procedures; a single notice 1km from the embassy surely is not deemed sufficent), there is yet to be any pay and display machines to be installed in the vicinity (and no signage directing you where the closest one is) and there is no pays indicating that parking restrictions are in place as per other roads in the area. In addition Trimleston Ave is not yet listed on the DLRCoCo areas of active Pay and Display.
    Can you clarify if and when these discrepancies are planned to be resolved.

  6. Siobhan

    Shame it hasn’t solved the Robles, only moved it elsewhere. It’s that “so long as I’m all right” attitude that only seems to exist in D4.

    Speaking of which has anyone else noticed how much traffic speeds have increased on Woodbine Road? That will surely rile the complainants, who don’t like people using “their” road.

  7. Jane Gunn

    I’ve just been ticketed on Woodbine Ave. Before I parked I drove the length of the street searching for evidence re parking arrangements on the street but saw no evidence of signage to say it was a permit/pay and display area. There were no signs at all. 2 cars in front of me were parked with no tickets or permits therefore as a northsider and novice to the area I did not know I was parked illegally.
    Please sort out your signage as unsuspecting motorists are easy prey

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