Christmas Lights switched on in Dungarvan

Some photos from the recent switching on of the Christmas lights in Dungarvan.

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Waterford launches Ireland’s first ‘Ask for Angela’ Campaign

Purple Flag Waterford, partnering with WIT Students Union and working with local venues, have launched ‘Ask For Angela’ – a simple code-word campaign for people feeling unsafe while on a night out.  The campaign, welcomed by local venue owners and managers as a positive step in raising the perception of safety in Waterford, will be fully in place for the busy Christmas party season.

Eric O’Brien, Chair of the Purple Flag Working Group, outlined that the ‘Ask for Angela’ campaign gives assurance that where required, assistance is available. He commended the support shown by venues who will display campaign posters encouraging those in a situation where they feel vulnerable to approach staff and ask for ‘Angela’.

“This code word will alert staff that help is needed to get out of a situation discreetly. Angela is a play on the word (guardian) Angel. The posters are posted in male and female toilets, and provide reassurance there is support available if needed,” Eric said.

The campaign has got global attention since introduced by Hayley Child in Lincolnshire, England in 2016.

Michael Murphy, President of WIT Students Union commented, “The ‘Ask For Angela’ campaign has the potential to make Waterford a safer place by encouraging people to discreetly ask for help by going to venue staff and ‘Ask for Angela’ – a phrase aimed at alerting staff so they can help defuse a situation. It is encouraging to see so many local businesses engaging with the campaign, all with a common objective to protect people who find themselves in vulnerable or distressing situations.”

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DEADLINE – Register to Vote by 25th November 2017

Check the Draft Register of Electors by 25th November 2017 in order to have your voice heard.

If by 15th February 2018, you are aged 18 or over, check that your name, address and other details are present and correct on the Draft Register of Electors.

If there is a mistake, tell your Waterford Council before 25th November 2017.

The Draft Register of Electors is on display at your City/County/City and County Council’s offices, Garda Stations, Libraries, Post Offices and online at www.checktheregister.ie

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RAPID National Capital Grants Programme 2017

On 2nd November 2017, the Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring, T.D., announced the launch of the recast RAPID Programme with an allocation of €2m in Capital funding for disadvantaged urban areas.

The grants programme will run initially from October 2017 to December 2017 and is focused on supporting projects that would improve the quality of life for residents in disadvantaged urban areas, providing tangible supports.

The Programme is being administered by the Local Community Development Committees (LCDCs) along with the Municipal Districts under the remit of the Local Authorities (LAs) on behalf of the Department.

The Programme will take a national approach whereby each LA/LCDC will be given an allocation and will direct this at the areas most in need as per its assessment.  This approach will remove the need to designate any specific areas as RAPID areas.

The physical environment is an area of expertise for LAs and LCDCs, both of whom are ideally placed to identify needs and wants of local residents in disadvantaged urban areas.

Applications are now being invited for funding under this programme.  Documentation is available below.

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Direction in Control of Cranes, Hoists and Mobile Elevated Work Platforms on Public Roads in Waterford

Waterford City and County Council intends to introduce a licensing system to control the use of cranes, hoists or mobile elevated work platforms for use on public roads within its functional area and is seeking your observations in relation to this direction.

Applications must be made in respect of hoists and cranes a minimum of 7 days and 14 days respectively prior to the proposed commencement of works.

Licenses will be issued subject to a number of conditions including the submission of the following:

  • Work Method Statement / Traffic Management Plan
  • Pedestrian Management Plan
  • Dimensioned Plan Sketch
  • Insurance Requirements
  • Application fee (a reduced fee will apply for works being carried out to an applicant’s principal private residence)

Documentation

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Waterford well represented at the Retail Excellence Awards 2017

The Retail Excellence Awards 2017 will identify and celebrate those retailers who are delivering exceptional service and standards for their customers.

There are 30 stores nationwide shortlisted in the “Store of the Year” category.  Waterford have 4 entrants in this 30.

The stores are:

  • Applegreen, Waterford Road, Crobally Lower, Co. Waterford
  • House of Waterford Crystal, The Mall, Waterford City
  • Mulligan’s Pharmacy, Cedar House, Dunmore Road, Waterford
  • Tony Roche Menswear, Michael Street, Waterford City

2016 marked the inaugural Ireland’s Friendliest Place Award which truly boosted spirit and pride across many places nationwide.  Waterford City is nominated this year in the “Ireland’s Friendliest Place” category.

 

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‘Ask for Angela’ Campaign

Purple Flag Waterford partnering with WIT Students Union and working with local venues launched an ‘Ask For Angela’ campaign – a simple code-word campaign for people feeling unsafe while on a night out.  The campaign welcomed by local venue owners and managers as a positive step in raising the perception of safety in Waterford, will be fully in place for the busy Christmas party season.

Eric O’Brien, Chair of the Purple Flag Working Group outlined that the ‘Ask for Angela’ campaign gives assurance that where required, informed assistance is available. He commended the support shown by venues who will display campaign posters encouraging those in a situation where they feel vulnerable to approach staff and ask for ‘Angela’  – this code word will alert staff that help is needed to  get out of a situation discreetly. Angela was a play on the word (guardian) Angel. The posters are up in male and female toilets, and provide reassurance there is support available if needed.” The campaign has got global attention since introduced by Hayley Child in Lincolnshire, England in 2016.

Michael Murphy, President of WIT Students Union commented that “the ‘Ask For Angela’ campaign has the potential to make Waterford a safer place by encouraging people to discreetly ask for help by going to venue staff and ‘Ask for Angela’ – a phrase aimed at alerting staff so they can help defuse a situation. It is encouraging to see so many local businesses engaging with the campaign, all with a common objective to protect people who find themselves in vulnerable or distressing situations”.

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