World Elder Abuse Awareness Day – “Don’t Turn Your Back” Campaign

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day – 15th June 2020: Don’t Turn Your Back Campaign

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Rejuvenated Fine Gael team will deliver for Waterford – Sen. Cummins

Following the election of former Mayor and Councillor John Cummins to Seanad Éireann, Fine Gael have unveiled a strong shake up of their team in Waterford.

Frank Quinlan, well known locally for raising €16,000 for six Waterford charities and organisations by running 21 half marathons in 21 days during the Covid-19 lock-down, has been selected to replace Senator Cummins on Waterford City & County Council. The party has also ratified former Councillor Sharon Carey as the Fine Gael Area Representative for Waterford City East.

Speaking about the news Senator Cummins said “I am honoured to be leading a rejuvenated Fine Gael organisation in Waterford and I am very much looking forward to working with the quality local representatives we have in each area. The addition of Frank and Sharon are very important to our rebuilding process and will assist Fine Gael to deliver for the people of Waterford.”

“I’m delighted that Frank has agreed to take on the position which I have held on the Council for the past 11 years. I have no doubt that he will be a great asset to the Fine Gael team in Waterford and he will work tirelessly for the people of Waterford City South and beyond in the years ahead. Frank is a selfless person who always puts the needs of others ahead of himself and this will certainly place him in good stead for his new role on the Council.

Speaking following his ratification by the Fine Gael membership and the National Executive Frank Quinlan said “I would like to thank former leader of Seanad Éireann Maurice Cummins for nominating me and all the branch members for their support and kind words of encouragement. I am honoured to be chosen to represent the constituents of Waterford City South and the greater Waterford area. Anyone who knows me will know I am very passionate about Waterford, have a very positive attitude and I intend to use these attributes to work as hard as I can for the people of Waterford.”

Senator Cummins added “I’m also delighted that former councillor Sharon Carey has agreed to work as the Fine Gael Area Representative for Waterford City East. Sharon was narrowly defeated in last year’s local elections but remains fully committed to the betterment of her local area. I know she is looking forward to continuing the great tradition of public representation that the Carey family have delivered for over 30 years.”

Newly appointed Area East Representative Sharon Carey said “I’m looking forward to my new role as area rep for Waterford City East. I intend to work very closely with Senator Cummins and the wider Fine Gael team to progress the many issues that are relevant to Waterford City East.”

 

Notes to the editor:

  • Frank Quinlan was born on 3rd October 1974 in Waterford City to parents Richard & Pauline Quinlan. He has three siblings Greg, Tony and Caroline and one son Dylan who is fourteen. Frank was educated at St Stephens and De La Salle College.
  • Following on from education Frank was employed by Jim Bolger, Racehorse Trainer, for a number of years before moving into the Motor Sales industry where he has been employed for the past 20 years. In recent times, Frank has taken back the reigns as exercise rider for Joseph O’ Brien, Horse Trainer, Piltown, Co. Kilkenny.
  • Frank is involved with serval sporting clubs in Waterford – De La Salle GAA club, Waterford Triathlon Club, Bohemians Soccer Club and Waterford Athletic Club. He is an experienced runner, regularly completing marathons and in recent years he has acted as the 3 hour pacer for the Dublin Marathon, helping others to achieve their goals.
  • He is very proud of his most recent achievement, completing 21k (half marathon) for 21 days during the Covid-19 period to fundraise for mental health and other charities in Waterford City. It was a huge success with over €16,000 raised and returned to the community.

Contact

Senator John Cummins,  087 9205729

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Waterford Council details the proposed Outdoor Furniture Grant Scheme

Waterford launched the COVID 19 Economic Recovery Plan Monday 8th June as a response to getting Waterford reopened and moving into recovery phase. A number of initiatives have been implemented as part of the recovery Plan and plans are now in place for the roll out of the Outdoor Furniture Grant scheme.

The objective of the street furniture grant scheme is to contribute to vibrant City, Town, and Village centre and assist and support the hospitality sector with a grant towards the cost of equipment in providing additional outdoor seating and accessories in reopening   post COVID 19.

A consistent and high quality standard in the street furniture will be required in order to enhance the appeal of the city, town and village centre and to create confidence in visiting and dining in city, town and village centre.

The details of the Outdoor Furniture Scheme are as follows:

  • Food and Beverage retailers who wish to avail of the Outdoor Furniture Scheme need to apply in the first instance for a S.254 licence in order to be approved to place furniture in public spaces outside premises. The application form and details of the application process are detailed on www.waterfordcouncil.ie The fee for S.254 licence has been waived as a recovery measure by Waterford City and County Council.
  •  All grants will be subject to compliance with conditions of a licence granted under section 254 of the Planning and Development Act 2000 (as amended) or the conditions of a relevant grant of planning permission

The following items are eligible for the grant :

  • Tables, Chairs, Umbrellas, electric heaters, screens/windbreaks, plant stands, temporary bike stands and wooden platform
  • Items must be purchased between 1st June and 31st August 2020 and payment will be made to applicants on submission of receipt  for equipment purchased. The scheme will provide up to 75% of the cost of equipment purchased / installed, with a maximum allowable contribution of €2,000 per applicant.

For further details on the scheme, please visit www.waterfordcouncil.ie or call 0761 102020.

ENDS

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Update on Grattan Square Works, Dungarvan

An Update on Grattan Square Works, Dungarvan

  • The Junction of TF Meagher Street and the Central Area in the Square are reopening to traffic on 12th June.
  • The next phases will involve the Junction at Mary Street (15th -17th June) & the Junction at O’Connell Street (17th to 19th June). For the most part traffic will be managed and streets will remain open, however, some short term closures will be required. Where possible these closures will take place outside of business hours so any impact is minimised. When short term closures are in place alternative routes will be signposted to maintain access to Grattan Square at all times.
  • From 19th to 26th June  only lining works, road studs,  localised repair and cleaning will remain and the visibility of the works will be significantly reduced.
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New City Centre Parking incentive introduced

“BUY 1st Hour, get 2nd Hour Free”

From Thursday 11th June, 2020 to 31st July, 2020 a new parking concession to incentivise business and trade in Waterford City Centre will be introduced.  The initiative applies to car parks operated privately and to those run by Waterford City & County Council.

Under the scheme, when a motorists pays for the 1st hour parking, they will receive the 2nd hour free.  Pay & Display machines have been calibrated to add the time to the ticket dispensed.

All the usual parking enforcement will apply and all machines will be calibrated to issue a 2 hour ticket when one hour is requested.

Due to the current remedial works in Grattan Square, Dungarvan, parking is FREE in this Car park from Friday 12th June, 2020 to Friday 31st July, 2020.

Some FAQs on the scheme are listed below … please email contact@waterfordcouncil.ie for further information.

FAQs relating to the “BUY 1st Hour, get 2nd Hour Free” parking concession.

  • P&D machines have been calibrated to add the extra time to the ticket dispensed.
  • If you pay for 2 hours or more, you will still only receive one hour free.
  • If you pay for a portion of an hour i.e. the minimum payment, you do not get any free parking.
  • Jenkins Lane car park has a 3 hour max stay.   The machine will only accept the price of 2 hours and give the 3rd hour free to comply with the restriction of 3 hours.
  • There are no changes to the weekly or all-day tickets at Waterside Car park or Millar’s Marsh Car park.
  • Bolton Street Car park – €1.00 per hour, no max stay – pay 1st hour, get 2nd free i.e. one additional hour added to number of hours paid for.
  • O’Connell Street – there is a max stay of 1 hour.   However for the duration of this initiative if you pay for 1st hour you will receive the 2nd hour free, thus allowing 2 hours stay on the street for this period only.
  • Pay & Display machines do not give change.

#StayLocal #StaySafe #TogetherWaterfordisStronger #MyWaterford

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Waterford’s COVID-19 Economic Recovery Plan launched

Waterford is preparing to bounce back from the impact of the COVID-19 restrictions and is aiming to do so in a responsive and collaborative manner. Waterford’s COVID-19 Economic Recovery Plan (Draft) launched today (Monday 8th June 2020) details a range of innovative and creative measures including:

  • pedestrianising some locations in the city and town centres
  • incentivising food and beverage retailers to develop outdoor seating areas,
  • implementing a tourism promotion campaign showcasing the Great Outdoors in Waterford,
  • mentoring professional advice and a business restart grant scheme,
  • working with arts and cultural organisations to animate the public realm,
  • installation of thermal imaging terminals to encourage safe shopping in City Centre,
  • incentivised parking in the City Centre to increase shopping dwell times,
  • promoting a Shop Waterford Support Local campaign.
  • Download the draft document here – Waterford Covid19 Economic Recovery Plan (DRAFT)

Waterford businesses are known for resilience and have shown this spirit for survival since mid March when our City and town centres essentially closed down overnight. Many excellent models of business resilience emerged and initiatives such as #LoveWaterford and Waterford Online gained national recognition for their ingenuity and clarity of message.

The clear and resounding message from Waterford business has been Shop Waterford and Support Local and a campaign with this message was launched on 19th May 2020. The campaign will continue throughout the recovery phase with a call to Waterford people to Support Local jobs by Buying Waterford whenever and wherever possible. The Waterford and Dungarvan Chamber shopping vouchers are being promoted as the Waterford Shop Local voucher scheme and local companies are being asked to support this initiative.

The Mayor of the City and County of Waterford said at the launch, “Waterford’s COVID Economic Recovery plan is about all of Waterford working together to be stronger. This plan is not just for Waterford City, or the larger towns of Dungarvan and Tramore. It is also for all the rural towns and villages from Tallow and Ballyduff in the West to Portlaw and Passage in the East and all points in between. We want to rebuild and recover as One Waterford and this plan allows us the flexibility and the focus to do this”

Waterford’s capital investment in the wide pedestrianised areas throughout our town and city centres will stand us in good stead in the recovery and re-imagining of Waterford post COVID-19.

The plan to turn our city and town centres “inside out” is well advanced with a draft funding proposal before the elected members for decision later this month. Retailers wishing to avail of the Outdoor Street Furniture scheme are urged to apply for The Outdoor Furniture Section 254 licence from today. Waterford Council is waiving the S. 254 licence fee for 2020 so as to assist all eligible businesses apply for the financial assistance under the Outdoor Street Furniture of 75% of outlay up to a maximum of €2,000.

Waterford Council presentation teams have been working throughout the COVID restrictions to ensure our public spaces are best presented for reopening on 8th June. Intensive street cleaning has been undertaken, City in Bloom flower baskets are in place, Social Distancing signage will be an aid to shoppers and along with measures by local businesses will provide safe shopping environment for both customers and staff. Waterford City and County Council working in partnership with TQS Integration from Lismore is developing a pilot Thermal Imaging Reader to add an additional level of safety for shoppers in Waterford City Centre by providing public access to thermal imaging terminals in the City Centre. Standard Operating Procedures for Reopening have been developed and are available for retailers and businesses to use when planning for reopening.

Financial supports for businesses to provide a safe environment are available from the Waterford Council COVID-19 Restart Grant alongside a wide range of supports from the Waterford LEO office. An online Business Support Hub launched in May 2020 has brought together all of the resources, support measures and best practice advice and is an excellent one stop shop for businesses. Waterford LEO is providing free online advisory HR, H&S, finance and digital clinics to any business which is in need of specific tailored advice.

The COVID-19 Economic Recovery Plan includes a range of measures which the Tourism and Cultural sectors will be involved with as part of the economic recovery of Waterford. The promotion of Waterford as a location of choice for the domestic market will focus on the numerous stunning Great Outdoor amenities and activities across Waterford City and County. Cultural activities will adapt to mainly safely organised outdoor events with a focus on animating and engaging our public realm.

The wide range of measures are detailed in the Waterford COVID 19 Economic Recovery Plan which has been agreed following an extensive consultation with representatives of Waterford City and Town centre management groups, business and industry sector, retail and hospitality sector, elected members of Waterford Council, key agencies and organisations including WIT, Enterprise Ireland, Fáilte Ireland, Visit Waterford and internal consultations with Waterford Council’s Tourism, Rural Development, Marketing and Culture teams. The plan is fluid and responsive and will need to adapt as Waterford recovers and re emerges from COVID-19.

ENDS

For Press Queries please contact

Claire Hartley – 087 2905194 chartley@waterfordcouncil.ie

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Irish Water issues National Water Conservation Order

Irish Water issues National Water Conservation Order in a bid to safeguard supply for essential purposes

Water levels in Bohernabreena Reservoir, Co Dublin on 5 June.  The water has already dropped to the level it was in July 2018 when the last Water Conservation Order was introduced.

Irish Water has confirmed that a National Water Conservation Order commonly referred to as a hosepipe ban will be in place from Tuesday 9 June until Tuesday 21 July. Four weeks ago, Irish Water urged the public to choose handwashing over power washing as domestic water usage increased as people stayed at home in response to the Covid-19 crisis. Now, the increased domestic demand and increase in commercial demand as businesses are reopening is being exacerbated by warm weather and the widespread emergence of drought conditions. 

The Water Conservation Order has been issued in a bid to safeguard water supplies for essential purposes. Advertisements will appear in the national papers today (Monday 8 June) in line with statutory requirements outlining the prohibition of the use of garden hoses and other non-essential uses of water.

Met Eireann has confirmed that May 2020 was the driest since 1850. Their data shows that temperatures were above average in nearly all areas and rainfall totals in every county were below average for the season, with the Greater Dublin Area, Westmeath, Sligo and Tipperary experiencing their driest spring on record.   Since March, Irish Water has been carefully monitoring all of its raw water sources, that is the water from lakes, rivers, springs and ground sources that feed our water treatment plants. Of Irish Water’s 900 drinking water schemes, 27 currently are in drought and 50 are at risk of going into drought.  The weather forecast is for a continuation of drier than normal conditions which will further exacerbate the situation.

Irish Water’s data shows dramatic spikes of water usage on very sunny days. During the June Bank holiday, the exceptionally warm saw an equivalent daily increase of water usage for an additional 200,000 people being used in the Greater Dublin Area. This increase in demand was replicated across the country. Given the current pressures on the water sources, this level of demand cannot be accommodated in the coming weeks.

The amount of rainfall needed to replenish supplies varies around the country and is site specific however Irish Water estimate that a minimum accumulation of 100mm rainfall spread over a number of weeks would be required and normal rainfall levels after that before the threat to water sources would pass.

The Conservation Order prohibits the use of garden hosepipes and other non-essential uses of water by domestic users and commercial premises for non-commercial activities for example watering gardens attached to a business premises. The Water Conservation Order (hosepipe ban) will be in place until midnight on Tuesday 21 July.

Niall Gleeson, Managing Director of Irish Water, says: “Irish Water’s top priority during the current dry period is to protect our water supply for use in homes and businesses and for essential sanitation during the Covid-19 crisis. As demand continues to outstrip supply and the dry weather looks set to continue, Irish Water has taken the extra step of implementing a Water Conservation Order.

 “It is very clear from Irish Water’s data that that warm weather creates a surge in demand of water. Such weather brings people into their gardens and makes the use of hoses more likely. Similarly with children confined to home, it can be tempting to use paddling pools etc., however, using a hosepipe for one hour is the equivalent of the daily water usage of an average family and this is evidently a non-essential use of water.”

 ”Irish Water will continue to analyse water consumption levels nationally while the National Water Conservation Order is in place. It is essential that our water supply is protected if we are to avoid restrictions and outages over the coming weeks and months.”

 “During this time we are supporting and advising our commercial large water users on their conservation efforts and we are grateful for all of the measures they have taken so far. We are also working with our Local Authority partners and others to ramp up leak detection and repair, particularly in water stressed areas.”

“There are lots of helpful tips for conserving water on [%20%20]water.ie but the key messages are to leave the hose and the pressure washer in the shed; don’t use paddling pools; reuse household water for the garden; and take shorter showers. Safeguarding the supply of water is essential at this time when handwashing and hygiene is of critical importance. We are calling on everyone to play their part.”

Ends

 For media queries please contact press@water.ie / 087 145 8896

 Note to Editors

Water Conservation Order

The prohibited uses are as follows:

Use of water drawn through a hosepipe or similar apparatus for the purpose of –

  1. watering a garden
  2. cleaning a private motor-vehicle using a domestic hosepipe
  3. cleaning a private leisure boat
  4. filling or maintaining a domestic swimming or paddling pool (except when using hand held containers filled directly from a tap)
  5. filling or maintaining a domestic pond (excluding fish ponds)
  6. filling or maintaining an ornamental fountain (with the exception of such use for commercial purposes)
  7. filling or replenishing an artificial pond, lake or similar application.

This prohibition will apply from 00:01am Tuesday 9 June until 00:00am Tuesday 21 July

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Waterford Libraries launch “Contact and Collect” Service

Waterford Libraries are delighted to launch their new “Contact and Collect” service. Contact and Collect is the first step in gradually reopening library services as part of the National Phase 2 Roadmap to Recovery.  The service is available from two Waterford Libraries (Dungarvan Library and Central Library, Lady Lane) from June 8th.

From June 8th, library members can phone and speak to a staff member at 0761 10 2484, Monday to Friday from  9 a.m. to 5 p.m., or email library@waterfordcouncil.ie  Friendly and expert library staff will discuss your book preferences and will select up to five books for collection by appointment from either Central or Dungarvan Libraries.

Waterford Libraries are working hard to ensure the safety of our customers and staff. We will arrange a collection appointment and location with each customer and will ensure that social distancing rules are adhered to at all times. The health and safety of library customers and staff is at the forefront of all decisions regarding the gradual re-opening of library services. The library management team are working with national guidelines in relation to social distancing and sanitation to provide safe library services.

Library materials can also be returned to Dungarvan Library and Central Library from June 8th. Any items you have on loan can be returned to the library at your Contact and Collect appointment or they can be returned at specific times. Further information and frequently asked questions (FAQ’s) are available on our phone line 0761 10 2484, on the Waterford Libraries website www.waterfordlibraries.ie and via library social media platforms

Waterford Libraries will continue their expansive collection of online library services such as BorrowBox (online books), PressReader (online newspapers) and will roll out a series of workshops for children and young people as part of Cruinniú na ná nÓg, Ireland’s festival of creativity for youth in June on the library website www.waterfordlibraries.ie. People who are not yet members of Waterford Libraries can join the library service online and avail of a huge range of free online materials and activities. Email library@waterfordcouncil.ie or visit the library website for further details.

ENDS.

Note to editors

Please contact Jane Cantwell, Waterford City and County Librarian jcantwell@waterfordcouncil.ie  / 087 2235434

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Making of a Vesting Order: No. 4, 2020 – Farronshoneen Waterford

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN GIVEN that Waterford City & County Council (hereinafter called “the Council”) has pursuant to the powers vested in it by Section 80 of the Housing Act, 1966,as applied by Section 10 of the Local Government (No.2) Act 1960 (as substituted by Section 86 of the Housing Act 1966) on the 3rd day of June 2020 made a Vesting Order whereby the lands specified in the Schedule hereto will on the 6th
day of July 2020 VEST in the Council in fee simple free from encumbrances and all estate rights titles and interests of whatsoever kind.

AND FURTHER TAKE NOTICE that a map of the said lands and a copy of the said Vesting Order has been included on our website at https://waterfordcouncil.ie/media/newspaper-adverts/index.htm

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