Have Your Say budget launched in Clondalkin

by Mark O'Brien
Paul Gogarty at the Have Your Say launch

The latest €300k Have Your Say initiative was launched in Clondalkin last week.

Mayor of South Dublin Paul Gogarty officially launched the initiative for the Clondalkin Electoral Area at The Round Tower visitor centre, Bru Chronain, Clondalkin last Thursday.

This is the second year of the initiative following the pilot launch of the scheme in Lucan last year.

An amount of €300,000 has been allocated for the Clondalkin Electoral Area of Clondalkin, Newcastle and Rathcoole.

Speaking at the launch, Mayor Gogarty said: “I am delighted to be able to offer our citizens the opportunity to get involved and have a say in how this extra funding can be used to benefit them and their community across the Clondalkin, Newcastle and Rathcoole areas.”

Residents, through a combination of locally facilitated workshops and an online consultation portal are invited to submit their spending proposals for this extra budget.

Participatory Budgeting is a democratic process that facilitates citizens in a local community to directly decide how to spend a portion of a public budget in their area.

It gives people direct power to determine spending priorities and to improve their community.

Throughout March, workshops will be held Neilstown Community Centre, the Green Isle Hotel, Peamount Football Club and Rathcoole Community Centre.

All members of the community are encouraged to attend as there is no age restriction on submitting ideas and voting, with families encouraged to bring children along and let them experience how a democratic process works.

During April 2018 proposals will be assessed, selected and costed and then put forward for a public vote. Online voting will be available.

A number of voting stations will be set up locally for people to vote in paper format, if they do not have access to a computer.

The locations and the dates to cast votes will be announced closer to the time.

Last year, Lucan and Palmerstown residents voted for a number of improvements in their area.

These included the building of a playground in Waterstown Park, Palmerstown; Christmas lights for Lucan village; the planting of native apple trees in the Lucan electoral area; access to the church and graveyard at Mill Lane, Palmerstown; free library book banks in the Lucan electoral area; a multi-games wall in Lucan and the restoration of King John’s Bridge in Griffeen Park.

Further information can be found HERE.

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