Relocation of Bring Site Facility at Millar’s Marsh

Waterford City & County Council wishes to advise that for operational reasons, the Bottle Banks & Textile Banks have been relocated from Millar’s Marsh to Waterside Car Park.

No Waste Is To Be Deposited At the Old Location. Offenders Will Be Prosecuted


Mr F Galvin

Director of Services
Waterford City & County Council
February 2020

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Cappoquin Town Regeneration – Public Meeting, 20th Feb

On next Thursday night, 20th February, Waterford City and County Council will host a public meeting in the Community Centre in Cappoquin from 7.30-9.15 pm, to discuss the regeneration of the town and potential associated projects and opportunities.

The Council is hoping that everybody interested in the future development of the town would attend this meeting so to provide the Council with ideas for future development. The Council will also be using the meeting as an opportunity to discuss with the community recent developments and funding opportunities.

The meeting will be facilitated by Ian Dempsey of Prescience who last year undertook a property study in Cappoquin and is quite familiar with the town but who is also familiar with the broader rural development environment in Ireland and with rural town regeneration best practice.

Council officials will be present at the venue from 6.30 p.m. should any member of the public wish to discuss any matter ahead of the meeting.

Here’s hoping that the community of Cappoquin sees this as an opportunity to influence the future direction of the town and that all sections of the community are well represented on the night.

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Waterford Council ends Single Use Plastics

A Single Use Plastics Policy was adopted at the recent meeting of the Plenary Council  on 13th February. This policy will result in the elimination of single use plastics from all Council buildings, hired venues, catering and all events organised by Waterford City & County Council.

In addition, all events licensed or funded by Waterford City & County Council will be required to demonstrate measures to eliminate single use plastics and segregation of waste during and after the event and their subsequent disposal.

Following a draft prepared by the SPC for Environment, Climate Action and Biodiversity, the policy was brought to the Plenary Council where it was adopted, with immediate effect.

“Plastic is designed to last forever but is often used just once. Single-use plastic includes products such as straws, bottles, cups and cutlery; any plastic item that’s made for temporary use”, said Fergus Galvin, Director of Services for Roads, Water and Environment.

“Although we might not think much of it when we buy bottles of our favorite drink or buy a sandwich in a plastic box, these choices have a serious impact on the health of our planet and ourselves. This policy enables us to say a firm ‘no’ to single use plastics in our organisation. We are now building on the existing ban on single use bottles and cups in the Council Chambers by extending a ban on all single use plastics across the range of Council buildings and events.”

ENDS

Background: In January 2018, the European Commission adopted the first-ever Europe-wide strategy on plastics. The strategy envisages that all plastic packaging on the EU market will be recyclable by 2030, the consumption of single-use plastics will be reduced and the intentional use of micro plastics will be restricted. This strategy will transform the way products are designed, produced, used, and recycled in the EU. One of the first key legislative proposals to emerge on foot of the EU Plastics Strategy was the “Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the reduction of the impact of certain plastic products on the environment”, which was published on 28 May 2018.

In January 2019, the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and the Environment, Minister Richard Bruton T.D. announced that government departments, public bodies, and schools will lead the way in the response to cutting down on single use plastics, with a number of measures, including no longer purchasing single-use plastic cups, cutlery and straws for use within their offices.

The single-use plastics directive which was adopted in May 2019 builds on the EU’s existing waste legislation but goes further by setting stricter rules for those types of products and packaging which are among the top ten most frequently found items polluting European beaches. The new rules ban the use of certain throwaway plastic products for which alternatives exist. In addition, specific measures are introduced to reduce the use of the most frequently littered plastic products.  Ireland has supported the ambition of this proposal throughout all the negotiations.

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Storm Dennis – Weather Advisory from Met Éireann

Storm Dennis will bring some very wet and very windy weather over the weekend and into Monday.

Some flooding is likely and damaging gusty winds with some disruption possible.

Further Warnings will be issued on Friday 14th Feb.

  • Valid from 03:00 Sat, 15-Feb-2020
  • Valid until 12:00 Mon, 17-Feb-2020
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Lecture: ‘The Irish Constitutional Tradition: today’s memory, tomorrow’s dream’

Waterford Treasures Talks 2020 on the occasion of the sitting of the Supreme Court in Waterford and in partnership with the Supreme Court of Ireland presents a lecture ‘The Irish Constitutional Tradition: today’s memory, tomorrow’s dream’, with Mr Justice Donal O’Donnell

Mr Justice O’Donnell has been a judge of the Supreme Court since 2010. He was born in Belfast and educated at St Mary’s CBS, University College Dublin (BCL), The Honorable Society of King’s Inns (BL), and the University of Virginia (LL M). He was called to the Bar of Ireland in 1982, commenced practice in 1983 and was called to the Bar of Northern Ireland in 1989. A Senior Counsel since 1995 he has practised in all the courts of Ireland, in the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) and the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR).  He was a member of the Law Reform Commission from 2005-2012. He has delivered the John Kelly lecture (UCD), the Brian Walsh lecture (ISEL), the Brian Lenihan lecture (TCD) the Dan Binchy lecture (Brehon Law School) and the keynote address at a conference in the University of Limerick  to mark the 80th anniversary of the Constitution.

He has published articles on a variety of legal topics in the Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly, The Irish Jurist, the Dublin University Law Journal, the Judicial Studies Journal, and has contributed to volumes of essays on legal issues. He was a director of Our Lady’s Hospice from 2009-2014 and is the current chairman of the Judges’ Library Committee and a member of the Incorporated Council for Law Reporting and of the Council of the Irish Legal History Society.

In 2009, he became a Bencher of the Honorable Society of King’s Inns. His father, Lord Justice Turlough O’Donnell, was a judge of the High Court and Court of Appeal in Northern Ireland and was later a member of the Irish Law Reform Commission. This public talk will be a survey of highlights of the last century and the lessons that might be drawn. 

  • Monday 24th February 2020,  6.30 pm (please note earlier time!)
  • Medieval Museum, Waterford
  • FREE ADMISSION, all welcome

Enquiries 0761 10 2501/ museumreception@waterfordcity.ie

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Creative Ireland Open Call Grants 2020 opens on February 11th

Waterford City and County Council launches its Creative Waterford Open Call Grants 2020 on February 11th. Waterford City and County Council’s Culture and Creativity Strategy 2018-2022 wishes to provide opportunities for access, participation and engagement in culture and creativity for all citizens. This call is open to everyone, from artists & creatives to collectives & communities to apply for funding to assist in developing Waterford’s creativity in all sorts of ways.

Katherine Collins, Creative Waterford Coordinator said:

“This funding has provided great opportunities to communities, groups and individuals to express their creativity in a huge range of disciplines over the past three years. Projects relating to sustainability, climate action, heritage, literature, music, theatre, murals and many more topics have been completed, and we are looking forward to seeing a wide variety of applications again in 2020. This is a competitive Open Call, so we encourage applicants to work through the Creative Waterford Toolkit which gives advice and information on how best to approach devising a project for this or any culture / community application process.”

The Creative Ireland Programme is the Government’s Legacy Programme for Ireland 2016 – a five-year initiative which places creativity at the centre of public policy. It is a culture-based programme designed to promote individual, community and national well being. Its vision is ‘that every person living in Ireland will have the opportunity to fully realise his or her creative potential.’ Creative Waterford delivers the “Creative Communities” pillar of the national programme, which provides funding to community based creativity projects.

The maximum grant to a project is €5,000. The Creative Ireland Open Call application form & information sheet are available in English and Irish at http://bit.ly/CreativeIreland2020  / http://bit.ly/ÉireIldánach2020

Waterford City and County Council’s Culture and Creativity Strategy 2018-2022 and the Creative Waterford Toolkit & exercises are available at http://www.waterfordcouncil.ie/departments/culture-heritage/creativeireland.htm

The deadline for submissions is 4pm on 05/03/2020

For further information contact creativewaterford@waterfordcouncil.ie

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Plenary Council Meeting Agenda for 13th February 2020

Published: Plenary Council Meeting Agenda for 13th February 2020 #waterford

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REMINDER: Supporting Communities Fund 2020 now open

Waterford City & County Council is committed to encouraging communities and empowering residents to make a difference to their areas. To support this, the Council is inviting applications to its Supporting Communities Fund 2020.

The Supporting Communities Fund provides grant aid assistance to Residents Associations, Community Groups, Sports Clubs and other groups/committees engaged in community activity, providing community services or carrying out improvement works at local or county level. Groups can apply under one the following 3 funding strands:

  1. Residents Association Fund
  2. Community Activity Fund
  3. Sports & Recreation Fund

Please read the guidelines carefully as there are some changes to this year’s criteria. Please ensure that all documents required are submitted with your application, as incomplete applications or applications with ‘documents to follow’ shall be deemed invalid. The closing date is Friday 28th February 2020 and no late applications shall be accepted. Should you have any queries please contact Colette O’Brien, Community Section on 0761 102016.

 

 

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Waterford City and County accepted as a member of Age Friendly Global Network

WATERFORD City and County has been accepted as a member of the World Health Organisations (WHO) Global Network for Age Friendly Cities and Communities.

The WHO Global Network for Age-friendly Cities and Communities was established in 2010 to connect cities, communities and organisations worldwide with the common vision of making their community a great place to grow old in. … supporting cities and communities to find appropriate innovative and evidence-based solutions.

Age Friendly means that cities and communities must address social issues like isolation, social inclusion, literacy and engaging seniors in helping to plan their environments. The eight areas which have to be addressed are: Outdoor spaces and buildings, transportation, housing, social participation, respect and social inclusion, civic participation and employment, communication and information, community and health services.

All of these issues are included in the Waterford Age Friendly Alliance City and County five year Strategy which is being driven to its next phases by Waterford Older People’s Council Executive. The voluntary body was formed in the summer of 2019 and has already seen major improvements in a number of key areas including transport and, for the first time, a public bus service between the west of the county and UHW.

Waterford’s certification as a member of the World Health Organisations (WHO) Global Network for Age Friendly Cities and Communities was accepted, at a conference in Slane, by Chief Executive, Waterford City and County Council, Michael Walsh, who is chairperson of Waterford Age Friendly Alliance.

At a ceremony in City Hall, last week, Susan O’Connor, chairperson of Waterford Older People’s Council accepted the accreditation on behalf of the Executive which is made up of volunteers from right across the city and county.

Waterford Older People’s Council can be contacted through their Facebook Page or by calling 089 452 5414.

(Issued by Marion O’Mara on behalf of Waterford Older People’s Council. For further information call 086 8143873).

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