Cllr Casserly was a member of the Participatory Budgeting committee which allowed local people to have an input into how the budget of €300,000 is allocated.
The local democratic process served to inform the council about how residents want the extra discretionary money spent within their community & was run as a pilot project in Lucan & Palmerstown.
There were a number of locally facilitated workshops to explain the process & there was also an online consultation portal where residents were invited to make suggestions.
Proposals put to the council were assessed by the committee and council staff, taking into account the benefit to the community. The successful submissions were costed & the information made available to the public which voted for the preferred projects earlier this year.
The proposals with the most support were chosen in June and are set to be constructed within 12 months.
This initiative allowed the people of Lucan & Palmerstown to have a direct say in how the money is spent within their community & Cllr Casserly is “extremely proud & very excited” to have been part of the process.