Proposed Part 8 Mount Congreve Development

REMINDER – closing date for public consultations is July 26th, 2019.

Waterford City & County Council is proposing development works which, when realised, will transform Mount Congreve House & Gardens into a world class visitor attraction.

Have your say at : http://waterfordcouncil.ie/projects/public-consultations/index.htm

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Waterford Dog Shelter – Closed, Saturday 6th July 2019

Please note that #Waterford City and County Council Dog Shelter, Bilberry, Waterford will be closed on Saturday, 6th July, 2019.

Pound will re-open on Monday, 8th July, 2019 at 11am.

Waterford City and County Council regrets any inconvenience caused.

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Dungarvan Civic Amenity Site – TEMPORARY CLOSURE – Friday 5th July 2019

Please note that Dungarvan Civic Amenity Site will be closed until 12 noon today Friday 5th July.

Waterford City and County Council regrets any inconvenience caused.

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Public Participation: Identification of Bathing Waters

Local authorities must identify official bathing areas in their area every year so that they can be monitored for safety, water quality and their level of use.  To help with this process, Waterford City and County Council is asking people who swim at beaches, lakes and rivers to tell them if they think they should maintain existing designated bathing waters designations or give a new official bathing area designation to areas that are commonly used for swimming, but not identified at the moment.

Under European and Irish law, Irish local authorities must identify bathing waters each year so that these areas can be monitored to ensure they meet stringent microbiological water quality standards. In some cases, the official bathing areas are also the areas where local authorities focus their resources providing lifeguards during the summer season.  These laws also require that the local authority prepares detailed descriptions or profiles for each of the identified bathing water sites that describe not just the bathing area but also areas in the surface waters catchment area that could be a source of pollution. The profiles include an assessment the risk of pollution and what action would be taken if pollution occurs.

If you are a regular swimmer and want to help your Council decide which bathing areas should be classified as such, it might be helpful to consider the following:

  • How your swimming area has been used up to now;
  • How many people use the site;
  • What facilities exist at the site and how accessible it is;
  • Any safety issues.

If you wish to propose your favourite beach/river etc as a new bathing water site or comment on an existing site please do so online via www.waterfordcouncil.ie

Closing date for submissions to Waterford City and County Council is 17th July 2019. 

ENDS

Note to editors: Local authorities are required under the Bathing Waters Directive and the Bathing Water Quality Regulations 2008 (SI No 79 of 2008) to identify bathing waters on an annual basis. The Directive requires that water quality at all designated bathing waters meets stringent microbiological standards in order to protect the health of people who choose to bathe there.

 

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Waterford Council features well in NOAC LA Satisfaction Survey 2019

Over the past 2 years, NOAC (The National Oversight & Audit Commission) has worked with IPSOS MRBI to survey public attitudes to Local Authorities and the public’s satisfaction with their own Local Authority. The 10 largest LA’s were surveyed in 2018 and Waterford City and County Council was included in the 10 medium sized LA’s to be surveyed this year. The interviews took place in March 2019 and the results for Waterford City and County Council are really positive.

The headline figures are that 65% of Waterford people surveyed are satisfied with their Local Council (Net satisfied 56%), Waterford Council topped the league at 41% in Providing Value for Money (Net is low at 28%) and 67% of Waterford people surveyed feel WCCC is “Doing a Good Job” which is much higher than the net figure of 51%. The Council also scored highly in terms of “Promoting Economic activity”, being “Open and Transparent” and people feeling Informed by the Local Council.

The Council scored better than anybody else in the 5 most important services to the public (namely Roads Maintenance, Road Safety, Affordable Housing, Playgrounds/Parks and Protecting The Environment).

When compared with the large local authorities as surveyed in 2018, analysis would place Waterford in the top two or three of the 20 medium and large sized local authorities in terms of public rating, despite disparity in resource availability with the larger authorities. While a satisfaction rating of 65% does not seem extremely high, when one is cognisant of the many regulatory functions a Council discharges, the rating compares very favourably with peers.

The overall perception of the Council is driven by many factors but above all else is informed by the quality of services we deliver and by the thousands and thousands of interactions that we have with the public on a yearly basis across all levels of the organisation.

Speaking of the results, Council CE Michael Walsh said: “I am delighted that the surveys reflect the hard work of the many dedicated people in the organisation and would like to thank everybody for their efforts. We do and can make a difference to people’s lives. As a relatively new amalgamated organisation we have done reasonably well but equally we can improve and get even better as we collectively serve the people of Waterford.”

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Get ready for the GAA World Games in Waterford!

Getting ready for the GAA World Games!

Mayor John Pratt welcomes Pat Daly, GAA Director of Games Development & Research back to Waterford  

 Waterford is set to become the 3rd host of the Renault GAA World Games. The magnificent WIT Arena in Carriganore will be the venue for the majority of the action. An opening parade in Waterford City Centre will kick off proceedings in stunning fashion on the evening of July 28th, and following this, four action-packed days of Gaelic Games action across 7 pitches, comprising of 100 teams and 1300 players will ensue.

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Reminder: Waterford Dog Shelter – Restricted Opening Hours

Please note that Waterford City and County Council Dog Pound, Bilberry, Waterford will operate restricted opening hours between Monday, 1st and Friday, 5th July 2019, inclusive.

For inquiries and access to the Pound please, telephone 0761 10 20 20 or e-mail contact@waterfordcouncil.ie

Waterford City and County Council regrets any inconvenience caused.

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Reminder: Community Clean Up Grant available

Waterford City & County Council invites submissions from community groups or other community development organisations based in County Waterford, who are interested in receiving funding for a once off Community Clean Up Grant  of €500.

A grant of €500 will be made available to ten community groups who can clean up a local area this summer. Before, during and after photographs must be provided before payment can be made. Closing date for entries is 1st July 2019 at 5pm.

This grant is funded under the national Anti-Dumping Initiative 2019. 

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Waterford Dog Shelter – Restricted Opening Hours

Please note that Waterford City and County Council Dog Pound, Bilberry, Waterford will operate restricted opening hours between Monday, 1st and Friday, 5th July 2019, inclusive.

For inquiries and access to the Pound please, telephone 0761 10 20 20 or e-mail contact@waterfordcouncil.ie

Waterford City and County Council regrets any inconvenience caused.

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