€300k Have Your Say voting starts this week

By Mary Dennehy

PUBLIC voting for the €300k Have Your Say initiative for the Firhouse Bohernabreena electoral area has opened – with residents invited to have their say on 19 shortlisted projects by this Monday, November 25.

South Dublin County Council received 187 submissions during the consultation process in October, which have been shortlisted to 19 projects.

SDCC Bohernabreena Reservoir Walk Photo Ben Ryan 023 compressor

Bohernabreenafalls within the area

The participatory budgeting steering committee, which is made up of elected members and council officials, reviewed and consolidated all ideas into a shortlist, with the recommendations brought to the full council for approval.

The shortlisted projects (see list, right) includes a diverse selection of environmental, leisure and creative projects that people living in the Firhouse Bohernabreena electoral area can vote for.

The €300k Have your Say is a participatory budgeting initiative run by South Dublin County Council since 2017.

According to the council: “[The initiative] allows residents to develop project proposals for their local area and then vote on shortlisted proposals in order to select winning projects to be funded up to the value of €300,000.

“Have your say is about helping to create community-led projects that directly benefit you, your neighbours, friends and family.”

People living in the Firhouse Bohernabreena area can now vote for projects up to and including €300,000 on the council’s Have your Say website – where the 19 projects are listed along with their cost.

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Cllr Trevor Gilligan with a resident at one of the community workshops in October

South Dublin County Council will also open voting stations from 5pm to 9pm on Thursday, November 21, in a number of local locations.

The venues being used as voting stations include; Glenasmole Community Centre, Whitechurch Old Library, Firhouse Community Centre and Knocklyon Community Centre.

Voting closes on Monday, November 25.

Visit www.haveyoursay.southdublin.ie for more or drop into one of the polling stations this Thursday, November 21.

Shortlisted projects

A nature trail along the Dodder

New fishing facilities on the Dodder

Health community space in Knocklyon

Native tree trail in Woodlawn Park

Outdoor exercise equipment for Whitechurch community

Skate park in Ballycragh Park

Playground facilities Ballycragh Park

Outdoor exercise equipment Ballycragh Park

Accessible sensory garden Whitechurch library

Planting of Beech hedging in Firhouse

Kiltipper Viewing Point

Intergenerational outdoor activity spaces Glenasmole

Outdoor exercise equipment Firhouse

Green space improvements on Hunters and Oldcourt roads

Improved pedestrian experience in Ballycullen

Community gathering space in Ballycragh Park

Health and Wellbeing Garden in Firhouse Community Centre

Improved cycle pathways to St Colmcille’s primary school

Public art spaces in Knocklyon

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