Lobby the government through the forum of Dublin City Council to fast-forward the development of city council-owned "brownfield" sites for the provision of social and affordable housing. Currently the city council is purchasing houses on the open market, which in turn results in the council competing against first-time buyers.
Continue to impress upon the chief executive of Dublin City Council the need to introduce our own "affordable rent"-type accommodation so as to offer some hope to renters out there who can totally ill afford to rent in the current market.
Lobby the government through the forum of Dublin City Council to fast-forward the development of city council-owned "brownfield" sites for the provision of social and affordable housing. Currently, the city council is purchasing houses on the open market, which in turn results in the council competing against first-time buyers. Development of brownfield sites would provide more housing, which would lead to a reduction in homelessness.
Dublin City Council's Living City Initiative and Living Over the Shop scheme have failed to encourage property owners to redevelop their properties as viable residential units. I have lobbied, and will continue to lobby, the chief executive of Dublin City Council to agree to set up a workshop to identify current barriers and propose potential solutions, with input from the Departments of Environment and Finance, Dublin City Council an DublinTown, and to also carry out an audit of suitable properties and identify property owners; if successful, this initiative has the potential to provide a large number of residential properties which Dublin people could rent or purchase.
Public transport provision is not within the remit of Dublin City Council, however, there is a serious problem on the Dart line with overcrowding, particularly at Harmonstown, Killester and Clontarf stations. There is an urgent need to provide additional carriages for use at peak Dart times and I intend to continue to lobby government and the NTA to increase the number of Dart carriages in order to ease the dangerous over-crowding in carriages at Harmonstown, but more particularly at Killester and Clontarf stations.
I will continue to support the introduction of proper and additional safe cycle routes. I will also continue to argue for cyclist contraflow routess on certain city routes (to encourage more cycling) and city bike schemes.
I am and continue to be concerned about the speed of climate change and intend to speak out and make people aware of what we can do as a society to make a real contribution to slow down the rate of climate change. We need change at policy level. It's no longer acceptable to think that we can solve the crisis of the speed of climate change simply by changing domestic behaviour ourselves. We need policy change at city, national, and global level in order to have any real impact.
Continue to ask parents and schools to ensure that we educate our young people about the negative effects that litter of all types has on our communities. I recently officiated at a Green Flag ceremony at Our Lady of Mercy College, Beaumont, where students in the school's eco committee successfully achieved Green Flag status for their school with a project on encouraging young people not to litter and also to reduce, reuse and recycle their waste. A very positive way to tackle litter.
I will continue to try and protect our current green space amenities through work on our City Development Plan as well as ensuring there is adequate green space provided for in the plan. Regularly, major planning applications include attempts to remove trees and green spaces and I will continue to work hard for the preservation of same.