Wishing you a very happy and safe Christmas and New Year

A very Happy Christmas to you and your family.    The area will welcome home many sons and daughters over the coming days and those who cannot be with us will be in our thoughts.

Santa is already starting his big annual journey and no doubt all of the children have been especially good in recent weeks.    We have confirmed that Santa’s magic allows him to get down the chimney even when the house alarm is on, and with the amount of presents under trees in the neighbourhood, it is probably a good idea to keep it that way.

Thank you and to all for the continued support that you give to the neighbourhood watch efforts.

Through your support we hope to maintain an awareness of security and a sense of community and support for each other.

We have a great team of street coordinators (listed below) and a social team that work quietly behind the scenes to make everything run smoothly.   We also receive a lot of support throughout the year from the Garda community policing team.

Your actions in watching out for neighbours and reporting unusual events are the core of the neighbourhood watch group and thank you for your continued efforts in this regard.     Your messages of support and suggestions are also much appreciated.

A couple of other updates below:

Attempted break ins in the broader area:

Although things have been relatively quiet for us in recent months, we did have one attempted break-in in Hadleigh and neighbouring watch groups in Deerpark and in College Grove have reported a number of incidents.     Burglars are never too far away and continued vigilance is required.

Christmas Trees

This may come as a shock to some, but the green on Auburn Avenue is not an authorized recycling point for Christmas trees.  In past years, trees that were dumped there illegally have been set on fire and have blown onto Auburn Avenue in Christmas and New Year’s storms.

Christmas trees are accepted for free at the car park at Millennium park (close to Power City in Coolmine) from 27th December to the 14th January.

Dumping trees there is illegal and Fingal have advised that it is subject to on the spot fines of €150 or up to  €3,000 on conviction in the District Court.  In their new signage they also provide a number for the Fingal  Litter Hotline @ 1800 20 10 93 and people are encouraged to report any incidents.

Bicycles:

One of the areas where crime is increasing in the greater Blanchardstown district is in bicycle theft.    In addition to ensuring that your bicycle is properly secured, Gardaí advise people to take note of their bicycle serial number (generally on the frame – underneath the pedals) and to take a photo of their bicycles.    It takes about 2 minutes to do but if you are unfortunate enough to have your bicycle stolen, these details are very helpful to Gardaí.   Another useful tip is to mark the frame or other belongings with your Eircode.

The Gardaí recover several hundred bicycles each year that they cannot trace and these details would facilitate this process.

Turn from Auburn Avenue to the Pines

Although, not necessarily a Neighbourhood Watch issue, a number of people have mentioned to us the continued issue of cars turning right into the Pines to use it as a shortcut when traffic gets backed up on Auburn Avenue.    This is made even more dangerous when some cars drive down the wrong side of the road to get past traffic.

We have spoken with Fingal and to the community Gardaí.

When Auburn Avenue was resurfaced, we  lost our unbroken white line from the Auburn Avenue Green down to the junction with the Pines and Fingal Operations are checking with the engineers to understand why and would suggest that it should be reinstated if possible.

At the moment, the Pines is a no right turn from Auburn Avenue (heading towards the Navan Road) in the mornings between 7.30am and 9.30am but thereafter it is a legal right turn (although for clarity driving down the wrong side of Auburn Avenue is never legal).

Any changes to traffic management in this area would impact the local residents as well so it is important that any solution that is considered comes with the backing of those that live on that side of the Pines and the relevant part of Pecks lane.   If people have suggestions feel free to email them to me and I am happy to collate those and relay them back for consideration.   Once we have that I may ask one of the street coordinators in that area to put together a meeting to consider what actions – if any – to suggest.

Finance:

At our AGM earlier in the year we said that we would look to collect a further €10 in January or February as a voluntary contribution to cover running expenses for 2018 and 2019.    Our finances are on track for what we discussed at the AGM and we will be on touch with you on this in mid / late January.

Rogue Golf balls:

A couple of neighbours have mentioned that they have found golf balls in their back gardens in recent weeks, presumably from someone diligently keeping their swing going in the off season or perhaps with the next generation of Tiger Woods secretly practicing in the back garden.      At this time of year we will not get more precise on the location but would ask the budding golfer or their parents to be aware of the dangers to neighbours’ children of such missiles when they leave the property.

That’s all for now.    Thanks for your support and good wishes.

Happy Christmas and best wishes for 2018.

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