As an integral part of the Participatory Budgeting committee and I am delighted to announce that the process has been concluded and funding for a playground in Waterstown Park has been given the go ahead along with seven other local projects.
The playground received the most votes out of the 17 shortlisted projects and was one of 8 community objectives given the green light.
The shortlisted projects were voted on by the public, allowing the community to have a direct say in how the money should be spent.
Other projects which will be funded by the €300,000 Participatory Budget include a feasibility study for the restoration of Silver Bridge in Palmerstown, planting of apple trees in Lucan, free library book banks in public places, a multi-games wall for Lucan and the restoration of King John’s Bridge in Griffeen.
The final project that has been given the go ahead is Christmas Lights for Lucan, which has been proposed for many years.
South Dublin County Council confirmed that 160 submissions were received during the consultation process with 17 projects shortlisted for the public vote.
The voting took place between the 22nd and the 26th of May during which time over 2,500 digital/paper ballot votes were cast.
“I am proud to have been a part of this local democratic process and delighted to see so many great suggestions from local people.
“I am particularly pleased to see the money go towards so many important community projects, especially the Christmas Lights for Lucan Village, free library book banks and new apple trees – these projects will be there for our young people and future generations to enjoy.”
The results were announced at a special ceremony in the Clarion Hotel, Liffey Valley on the 1st of June by Mayor Guss O’Connell.