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All pumped up for People’s Park new adult fitness park!

A new adult fitness park has recently been installed in Waterford’s People’s Park to encourage people to get out and get active.

With ten new pieces of exercise equipment including a sit-up press, decline bench, pull up station and shoulder press, the equipment is durable and robust enough to withstand the elements.  The exercise equipment allows for a wide range of body weight exercises to be completed across all muscle groups and the set-up of the equipment enables users to experience an outdoor exercise circuit according to ability.

Waterford City and County Council, with support from Waterford Sports Partnership’s Active Cities Waterford project, replaced the old equipment that had been in situ for over 10 years.  Commenting on the new gym equipment, Metro Mayor of Waterford, Cllr. Jason Murphy said that the new addition to the People’s Park is guaranteed to be very popular.

“The gym equipment is of the highest standard and offers a full gym experience, for free and outdoors.  It’s a wonderful addition to the Park, which I’m sure will attract those who are new to exercising in outdoor locations and expand the benefits associated with regular exercise to a greater number of people.”

“Safety has also been taken into consideration, as the bark mulch base is not only more environmentally friendly, with minimal impact on the natural environment, it also doubles as a fall-resistant material.”

Sean Gormley, Executive Engineer, Waterford City and County Council, added that the adult fitness area is an investment not just in the area, but in people’s health.  “The cost of the gym equipment and installation was €46,272, and while it is a long-term investment in key infrastructure, it is also an investment in providing a safe and accessible place to promote health and well-being in Waterford.”

Waterford Sports Partnership was delighted to contribute to the costs of the outdoor gym under the Active Cities Waterford project, which is a Dormant Accounts funded project via Sport Ireland.

Elaine Mullan, Active Cities Officer with Waterford Sports Partnership, said “Having a quality outdoor gym such as this, available free to the public, is an example of how we want to make it easier for people in Waterford to be more active.  Exercising in the outdoors brings with it added benefits and we look forward to seeing this new equipment used by young and old.”

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Social housing development shortlisted in Irish Building & Design Awards

A social housing development in Larchville which was completed by Waterford City and County Council in Autumn 2021 has been shortlisted as finalist in the Irish Building and Design Awards, Public Sector – Housing Project of the Year.

Funded by the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage under the Rebuilding Ireland programme, the project consists of five new housing units.  Client design team was led by Diarmuid Reil Architects and the contractor was John Somers Construction Ltd.

Anton Lennon, Executive Engineer, Waterford City and County Council said it was a great acknowledgment of the quality of Waterford’s social housing projects, “These awards recognise excellence in the build and design sectors, so to be shortlisted is a huge endorsement of the high standards and quality of finish of the Larchville project.”

The awards final take place in Dublin on October 7th, 2022

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Conservation Advice Pilot Programme

The Department of Housing, Local Government, and Heritage is running a pilot scheme to provide grants for expert conservation advice on protected structures in private ownership.

The scheme will provide grants of €3,000 (ex. VAT) to cover the cost of having a conservation-accredited architect visit the property, conduct a survey, and compile tailored conservation advice for the property owner. The report will outline maintenance guidelines for the building, and suggest repairs and improvements which would enhance the building’s character, integrity, and amenity.

The aim of the scheme is to help owners of protected structures to understand the value and potential of the architectural heritage of their buildings, and to prompt them to consider investments which could enhance that value, whether funded privately or through conservation grants. All applicants must be willing to complete two short questionnaires to assist with the evaluation of the scheme.

Applicants must complete the application form

Download the form here: Conservation Advice Pilot – Application Form

and submit it to builtheritage@housing.gov.ie by Friday, September 30th using the subject line Conservation Advice Pilot Scheme. Alternatively, applicants may submit their form by post to Conservation Advice Pilot Scheme, Built Heritage Policy Unit, Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage, 1.06 Custom House, D01 W6X0 by the same date. Successful applicants will be selected by lottery and notified using the contact details provided in the application form.

Successful applicants will be provided by the Department with a list of conservation-accredited architects participating in the scheme. The applicant must then select an architect from the list and arrange a site visit to be carried out as soon as possible so that the architect can complete and submit their report by the deadline of November 12th.

Following the site visit the architect will compile a report using a Conservation Advice Template. The completed report will be provided to both the building owner and the Department. The Department will use the reports only for the purpose of approving the grant payment, in line with the Data Privacy Statement attached.

The Department will make grant payments directly to the architect on receipt and approval of the required Conservation Advice and invoice. Building owners are not asked to make any upfront payments or provide matched funding.

Conservation Advice Pilot – Privacy Statement

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REMINDER: Rates saving for Waterford businesses making energy efficiency a priority

In April 2021, Waterford City and County Council agreed that Waterford City would be the designated Decarbonising Zone for Waterford.

Acting as a “Transition Super-Lab”, where real life initiatives to manage the transition from a fossil fuel-based local economy to carbon Net Zero will be designed and implemented, the DZ projects include building energy efficiency, sustainable transport, renewable energy generation and carbon sequestration.

To achieve this aim will require a very significant shift in how all businesses, and the wider community, source and use energy with the aim of substantially reducing energy derived from carbon-based fuels.

As part of their approach, Waterford City and County Council will be seeking to engage with and support businesses as they transition towards carbon neutrality.  The first initiative in 2022 is a discount on the Rates bills for ratepayers whose annual bill is less than €10,000 or operate in the hospitality industry, subject to participation in a short online energy training programme which will include a brief questionnaire.

Applicants who complete the program will have the equivalent of the 5% rates increase due in 2022 credited to their account. The training takes just 10 minutes and on completion of the course the businesses will be able to download information on the grants and supports that are available to them in their efforts to save energy.

Accounts must also be fully paid, and the training must be completed by September 30th, 2022 to avail of the discount.

Businesses can register for the training by visiting https://submit.link/16z or by scanning the QR code:

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24hr Automated Payments line available

Please be advised that Waterford City and County Council operates an automated customer payment line (24hrs) whereby customers can pay the following charges by Credit and Debit Card:

  • Traffic Fine payments
  • RAS payments
  • Rent payments

The dedicated number is:     051 511072

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Join WLRfm & Waterford Libraries to celebrate the Vitamin Sea Festival

To celebrate the Vitamin Sea Festival, WLRfm and Waterford Libraries are teaming up for an outside broadcast on Main Street, Tramore on Saturday 17th September 1pm-4pm.

  • Join us for fun on the street with a craft table, competitions and spot prizes.
  • Ask a Librarian for recommended reads or check out our e-Services.
  • Kitty Caboodle is doing story time at the Coastguard Cultural Centre at 11.30am.

The Vitamin Sea Festival takes place on Friday 16th, Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th September 2022.http://waterfordlibraries.ie/category/vitamin-sea-festival

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Recruitment: Retained Firefighters based in Portlaw & Kilmacthomas

Jobs must be applied for on the official application form provided for each post.

Completed application forms must be returned by email only to the e-mail address specified on the individual application form.

Qualifications and particulars for each job will be provided with each application form.

Retained Firefighters  based in Portlaw & Kilmacthomas, Closing Friday, 30th September, 2022 at 4pm

– Advert

– Information Booklet

– APPLY ONLINE HERE

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