Volunteers Needed – A message fro Kate Canning

2017! As we head into 2017, I cannot help but think of the World News! Brexit, the new American administration and the situation in the North of Ireland are issues that will in some way affect all of us. Here in Mount Merrion we have our own potential difficulties around Development, the Environment and Traffic. Our MMRA Planning Committee has been trying to influence the type and shape of commercial developments in Mount Merrion to ensure that we maintain and enhance the unique nature of the area. This is being done by working with local public representatives, and making observations to Dun Laoghaire Rathdown CC and An Bord Pleanala on all proposed developments. This also involves keeping you informed and seeking your support and ideas. 2016 was a busy year and 2017 will be even busier! The Environment Committee have been working with the Parks Department on trees and the planting of bulbs and flowers for the Spring, keeping a look out on the issues of litter, graffiti, the condition of the roads as well as the increase of traffic. Traffic and its impact on our lives in Mount Merrion will become a focus in 2017.We also keep in close contact with the Gardai regarding security in our area. 2016 demonstrated the power of the Community when we all pull together? We are all in this together! Why not get involved?   If you feel strongly about any issues that have been mentioned why not contact MMRA and offer your help? If you think you could help in any way, why not get involved? If you are not a...

Beware scammers in Mount Merrion

We have just had a report of a possible scam targeting elderly people in Mount Merrion. This concerns a group of men offering to repair roofs which they claim are damaged. The mode of operation is for the men to appear at the doorsteps of the homeowner and offer roofing repair services to the trusting victims. They go to the roof and look around for a few minutes,  and then demand from a hundred to thousands of euro for work they supposedly did while on the roof or try to convince the householder that the work needs to be done. They will have stripped away several tiles to show the damage. If the homeowner expresses surprise at the amount charged, it may be reduced  provided they pay cash up front. The scam artists will leave with the money after doing little or nothing to the roof of the victims.These people can be very pushy and persuasive even to the point of being aggressive. Our Advice: Do not do business or engage with someone arriving on your doorstep uninvited. If you need work done on your house always engage a reputable contractor. Always get a quote in writing from a contractor, before you agree to have any work to be performed on your property. If a contractor is legitimate, he will not have a problem signing such a quote. This way, a homeowner can be certain that the contractor has done the preliminary investigation of the roof properly. It is an accepted practice to provide written up front quotes  without charge and without obligation. If you become aware of such...

Illegal dumping of Christmas trees poses serious hazard to drivers.

I’m afraid that the illegal disposing of Christmas trees has started again. This has been happening for the past three years. A number of trees were dumped outside the locked up depot on Mount Anville Rd. again this year. You may remember this happened last year and some of them blew onto the road due to the bad weather and created a danger for motorists on that bend.   I have recently seen some of the abandoned trees on the road. They cannot be seen until one comes over the hill so they are dangerous. Anyone seeing a person dumping a tree there  should contact the Gardai.    DLR CC have arranged for Christmas tree recycling to take place from Tuesday 3rd – Sunday 15th January 2017 inclusive between 9.30am and 3.30pm at the following locations: Blackrock Park Main Entrance, Cabinteely Park Car Park,Killiney Hill Car Park, Marlay Park, Grange Road Car Park, DLR Parks Depot, Sandyford Road, (Near Kilcross...

Free Environmentally Gardening Workshops

Environmentally friendly gardening is essential in urban areas to preserve our natural resources.  Over 5 sessions we are offering workshops that will ensure all your gardening efforts have maximum benefits for the wildlife in your area.  These hands on workshops will offer you the opportunity to learn how to take cuttings and the best ways to sow seeds.  Learn which plants can resist drought best and techniques that minimise the need for watering.  Learn how to plant plants that will establish quickly and give long lasting displays.  Create habitats for the wildlife in your area and entice you creatures in.  You need no prior knowledge of gardening for this workshop.  Workshops will be held on the following dates:   Option 1 is from 11.30am to 1.30pm on the following mornings Sunday 5th of Feb Sunday 19th of Feb Sunday 5th of March Sunday 19th of March Sunday 2nd of April   Option 2 is from 2pm to 4pm on the following afternoons: Sunday 5th of Feb Sunday 19th of Feb Sunday 5th of March Sunday 19th of March Sunday 2nd of April   To confirm your place please email aoifemunn@gmail.com stating which option would suit you...