Below is an update on matters discussed at our committee meeting on Monday 27th June.
- SUMMER EVENT
A sub-committee has been put in place to organise this years SUMMER EVENT scheduled to take place on Saturday August 20th.. Our last summer event was in August 2019 and as you all know Covid put a stop to any such events until this year. Some great ideas were discussed and our dedicated sub-committee will be working hard over the next few weeks to bring it all together to make the event a fun and enjoyable day. Further details will be announced later. View some photos of our 2019 event here.
- NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH
We have been assigned a community garda from Blackrock Garda Station on a temporary basis. Our area is normally covered by Dundrum Garda Station, who at this time do not have enough resources to provide a permanent community garda, this will be resolved in due course. In the meantime, we are in the process of setting up the neighbourhood watch and text alert systems. This will take some time as there is a fair bit of paperwork involved. Further details will be announced later. Click here to view a Garda Crime Prevention Information Sheet focusing on personal safety and holiday security.
- MINI CLEANUP
We have organised a Mini Cleanup for Monday July 4th, meeting in the Rockfield at 7pm. We would ask as many residents as possible turn up to help. We will disperse to various roads within our catchment area.
SPEEDING IN REDESDALE
At the RRA annual general meeting on May 16th, the majority of the residents in attendance expressed great concern about the traffic flow and speed of motor vehicles in Redesdale. We also highlighted the need for road markings at the bend on Dale Road and at Dale Acedemy. We were happy to see this was done however, we now notice that these markings have faded and in need of a re-paint.
The speeding issue and road markings has always been very high on the associations list of priorities since it's revival in June 2019. We have been corresponding with DLRCOCO Road Safety as well as our local councillors about the matter.
In March 2020 we carried out our own traffic flow survey and submitted it to DLRCOCO. The response to our non-scientific survey was somewhat negative as indicated by the DLROCOC traffic section stating; based off your survey it would be impossible to establish the number of cars that are using this as a rat run and which cars are residents. Notwithstanding this the traffic volumes recorded are quite low with an average of 3.4 cars/min and a peak of 5 cars/min.
For seven days in May 2021 DLRCOCO conducted vehicular speed surveys with cameras on Rathmore Ave northbound / southbound and the setup on Dale Road and Kilmacud Ave. You can view the results for Rathmore and Dale Road here. You will notice the speeds are over the 30kmh limit.
With the closing of Drummartin Park and Eden Park to through traffic it is expected this will divert more vehicles from the Upper Kilmacud Road through Redesdale. When the works have been completed DLRCOCO will conduct a further traffic flow survey in September 2022 in order to monitor the change in the traffic flow.
Because of the concern expressed by residents at the AGM and the publication of results of the DLRCOCO Septmeber traffic flow survey, we have decided to take the initiative and try to have motorists obey the speed limit especially on Rathmore Ave and Dale Road. We have purchased SLOW DOWN reminders to be strategically placed to encourage speed reduction.
The cutouts stand at over 1.8m (6ft tall) and .9m (3ft wide), they are digitally printed and finished in a matt laminate, which means that they can be washed many times over, and the laminate helps protect the print from the rain, sun and road dirt. They are made from heavy duty 10mm corriboard (correx) and contour cut to the shape of the sign.
We have given the printers specific instructions to produce the cutouts as per our design. We expect to take delivery by the end of the week.
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SPRING WEEKEND CLEAN-UP A GREAT SUCCESS
The community weekend Spring Clean-up on Saturday April 2nd was a great success.
There was a great turnout of residents, young and old, with everybody doing trojan work.
Work stations were assigned to those present by 'Top-man Tom', while 'Barrow-man Paul' was spotted roaming Redesdale with his supercharged wheelbarrow gathering the rubbish.
After the work was done, refreshments by way of tea, coffee and confections was nicely prepared by 'Paddy the caterer'
The day proved to be a great opportunity for neighbours to meet and chat while tidying up our shared spaces.
CLICK HERE to view some photos.
TRAFFIC SPEED SURVEYS
The committee received the first report of the Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council traffic movement and speed surveys in Redesdale. The surveys were carried out over 7 days in May 2021, at locations on Sweetbriar Lane, Rathmore Avenue and Dale Road. One survey monitored vehicular movement by way of a portable traffic counter designed for short-term surveys on multiple locations low volume roads. The second survey monitored vehicular speed by using strategically place cameras. [photos]
Cllr Maeve O'Connell discussed the report with RRA commenting, 'the surveys will prompt more questions and is of limited use without more analysis and the follow-up survey, but may reassure residents that yes, speed is an issue, and that DLRCOCO are now fully aware of the problem'. Cllr O'Connell assured the committee that she will follow up to ensure the second survey is undertaken, data analysed and shared with residents and DLRCOCO engage with RRA and residents to address outcomes of that analysis.
DIFFICULT TO REACH CONCLUSIONS
The volumes of vehicles were low (less than 1000 per day) a positive, but this was during work-from-home, so less commuter traffic than in “normal” times.
Speeds would be higher than the desired 30kph but the low volume may explain why the speeds might be higher.
These are average results so: volumes might be highest and the speeds lowest around the traditional commuting/rat-running times - thus speeding by commuters not an issue, or volumes could be lowest and the speeds highest at night and during the day, and thus locals who know how to navigate the area.
NEXT STEPSA more detailed analysis needs to be done to identify time of high speeds, high volumes etc.
This analysis does not include the “camera” data, which was to identify level of “rat-running”
It needs to be read in conjunction with the secondary survey, which will only be done after all the local works are complete i.e. Drummartin Park/Woodley junction closures, Eden Park closure, and road works on Lower Kilmacud Road.
Saturday, February 12th - Redesdale Residents Association mini clean-up day - great support from residents and committee members.
With nice hot cups of tea and coffee when work was done...
Following on from the mini clean-up, remember when walking your dog to always 'SCOOP THE POOP'
SPATE OF CAR BREAK-INS
One item in particular from the Local Policing Forum (LPF) attended by the RRA chair, Wednesday 9th, that the Garda superintendent wanted to be passed on.
There has been a spate of car break-ins of late in the greater area. In fact, some cars didn't need to be broken into as they were left unlocked.
Make sure your car is locked and keys are kept out of sight in the home. Also, it is advisable not to keep remote electronic key fobs on your hall table or anywhere in proximity to your front door. A handy tip would be to keep electronic keys in a small tin/metal box - this would prevent intending thieves cloning the data on your fob.
A WORD FROM THE CHAIR
After what has been a difficult couple of years there is a welcome sense of positivity in the air. As we return to life with fewer restrictions there is an opportunity to reignite some of our community activities during 2022 and this is where you come in!
The committee would welcome your views on the type of events you would like to see this year. Have you ideas for a summer event? Is there something you would like to see happening in the area? Do share your suggestions with us on email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and keep your eye out for opportunities to get involved and become active in our community.
The Gardening Crew are readying themselves for action in the Spring, they will be on a recruitment drive over the coming weeks for volunteers. The level of commitment is totally up to you so don’t be shy to put your name down!
Due to the unprecedented times, there was no membership subscription collected in 2021 however the 2022 household subscription (€20) is now due.
It just remains for me to say, WELCOME BACK! To all new residents a very warm welcome.
2022 MEMBERSHIP SUBSCRIPTION
€20Support by way of an annual subscription provides funds for the Redesdale Residents Association (RRA) to operate. Subscriptions cover recurring costs such as insurance, community events, printing, website hosting fees and general administration.
Membership is open to all residents in our catchment area and runs for the full calendar year.
The subscription for the coming year is €20. Payment can be made to any committee member / road representative by cash or cheque. You can also pay directly into the RRA bank account: IBAN IE07AIBK93357014759031.
Please make sure to put your house number and road on the Transaction Narrative. If using IBAN please inform a committee member. A paper receipt will be issued for all subs received.
SANTA'S VISIT - community involvement
The committee would like to acknowledge Two Mugs, O'Dwyers, Total Healthcare and Dale Academy for supporting Santa's walkabout along with anonymous generous contributions received. A big thank you for the voluntary involvement on the day from residents.
In these difficult times Santa's visit on December 12th was a great distraction. A big thank you to Jo Behan, a medical professional who acted as Covid supervisor on the day.
SANTA'S WALKABOUT 2021 - Karen Devine reports
Santa’s Christmas walkabout proved to be a resounding success again this year. He was delighted to see so many happy smiling faces of all ages, everyone waving furiously at him as he walked through the roads of Redesdale. The delight on the children’s faces was a joy to behold, fun and laughter was the order of the day.
With his helpers, Santa delivered presents to lots of children in the area and there were treats for some of our older residents also.
Santa was very proud of the enthusiasm and fun his helpers portrayed as they walked with him through Redesdale
Did anyone spot the reindeer riding around on a Honda 50?