LHRA AGM Minutes 2009

Leopardstown Heights Residents Association


Minutes of Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 16th June 2009 @ 8.00pm

 in The Step Inn



In Attendance:  Fionnula Callan Chairman, Dave O’Gorman Treasurer, John Ryder Secretary, Billy Wallace Roads/Developments Helen Irwin Greens and Katie Sutherland Sports & Social.


Public Representatives Present: DLRCoCo  Councillors – Lette McCarthy Labour, Tom Joyce FG, Neil Richmond FG, Tom Murphy FF & Olivia Mitchell TD.





The secretary advised the meeting that last year’s minutes were on the website and that 8 main committee meetings had been held during the year.


The secretary made an impassioned plea for more members both as occasional helpers and as sub-committee members as the existing members would be unable to meet the demands of the coming year.





The Current Account showed a balance of €8,021. Subscriptions for the year were in line with those in 2008 at €3,810.

There were no Planning Objections during the year and unlikely under the current climate.


For the second year in a row the association received €500 for its second place in its Tidy Towns category.


Billy Wallace proposed the accounts which were seconded by Helen Irwin.





Garda John Brennan, Community Garda from Stepaside provided the meeting with crime statistics since January 2009.


There was 1 car stolen in January, two cars broken into in April and two men apprehended trying to break into a car in May. 2 kiddie’s bikes went missing in June.


The association was anxious to set up Neighbourhood Watch, a formal partnership with the local Garda. Debbie Burke of the Grove volunteered to act as area Liaison. The Gardaí will issue quarterly reports on crime and other issues within the area.


The question of increased crime as a result of the Luas was discussed. It was felt that a vibrant Neighbourhood watch could do much to mitigate the worst of the potential crime.




The Fun Day in September was a huge success with Bouncy Castles, comedians, Fire Brigade to hose the children down and refreshments


It is hoped to hold another Fun Day in September.


Santa as usual proved a big hit with the kids and just about had enough goodies to go around.


This year’s Soccer competition for 6 – 13/14 year olds (the 10th Anniversary) was also a great success thanks to the efforts of committee members especially Liam Ryan, Katie Sutherland, and Jenny Cotter. The competition was great for encouraging community spirit and introducing children from different parts of the estate.





Helen Irwin reported on the progress of the Greens committee during the year.


Tidy Towns – Another successful year gaining a 2nd place and €500 prize in the 301 – 500 unit category. The award recognises community involvement, lack of Graffiti, rubbish and abandoned items as well as the general maintenance of the area.


MUGA – finally arrived as part of the estates 3 year plan and followed on from the footpaths and lighting. It was hoped that more routine use could be made of the facility by setting up some LHRA “clubs” e.g. Basketball.


Play Items – Installation on the Green of imaginative low level play items for younger kids is mooted for August.


Clean Up Day on the 25th April was a limited success as numbers were down on last year when major work was required around the estate. DLRCoCo were supportive again with gloves, bags & pickers. All involved did a good job and were fed & watered for their troubles.


A careful watch needs to be kept on the Water scheme contractors so that the Green is returned to its former state following conclusion of the high level waterworks scheme.


In view of the state of the Green during these works it might be impracticable to enter the Tidy Districts competition this year.





Water Scheme – The developer advised that he should be finished work within the estate by the end of June when they would proceed on to Kilgobbin Road and Aitkens Village.


The estate roads would be temporarily re-instated within the coming months and the Greens towards the end of the year following conclusion of pressure tests on the pipes.

The pipe-laying is to continue up The Way and to tie in at Sandyford Hall roundabout.


Whilst it was the contractor’s responsibility to ensure the works were secure against children they had asked that residents caution children against playing in the area. They also noted that motorists were breaking the temporary lights within the estate and causing a hazard to both residents and contractors personnel.





It is anticipated that the continuing thru traffic issue “rat running” (via The Way, Green and Lawn) may worsen once the parallel Murphystown Road is in place and the existing Murphystown Road closed at the Lawn.


Mitigating this is a speed ramp planned at the entrance to The Lawn together with suggestions for increased ‘Children at Play’ signage however Councillor Joyce suggested that under the current economic climate any permanent physical solution was probably out of the question due to cost.


Work on the parallel Murphystown Road is expected to begin in September and plans were on display at the meeting.
Parking issues – With the advent of the LUAS in late  2010 and with no Park & Ride facilities available in the area it was inevitable that LUAS users would use Leopardstown Heights and nearby estates as car parks. Residents on the Lawn have requested the council to introduce double yellow lines on one side of the road with metered parking bays on the other. Councillors have suggested that similar measures could be offered on a road-by-road basis if that was the wish of those residents affected.


The completion of the Parallel Murphystown Road & Kilgobbin Road will finally give a boundary to Leopardstown Heights.


It is the hoped that the Association can move towards more email/text based communication going forward. Newsletters & general information would be sent to residents by e mail and short messages e.g. reminders of Clean up Days, Soccer Tournaments or Neighbourhood Watch alerts by text. Use of e mail & text would be very strictly controlled. LHRA members explicitly requesting paper newsletters should still be accommodated.



Dave O’Gorman & John Ryder were re-elected as Treasurer and Secretary respectively.

Some new volunteers came forward for Website & Roads & Developments.

No new members came forward for Greens or Sports & Social on the night.
The position of chair is vacant.




There was no other business the meeting concluded at 9.40.