Greenifying the Council
Living in a green community provides a wealth of benefits for residents, including improved health and wellbeing, increased morale, reduced energy costs and cleaner air, reduced air pollution and environmental toxins. This leads to a better quality of life for constituents.
I participate in local clean ups as often as I can to keep the areas as litter free as possible. Beach clean ups create a tangible and fast improvement on DLRs coastal environment, making it safer and more enticing for bathers to use our beautiful coastal areas. Flossie and the Beach Cleaners is a registered marine environmental charity who take volunteers for their regular beach clean ups in the area.
As well as the coastlines, keeping our streets and green areas clean is important. Clean up groups work with volunteers to make a cleaner, tidier, greener, nicer and lively town in which to live, work and visit. Tidy town groups do a number of tasks such as clean ups of the constituency, renovate, plant and maintain green areas to promote biodiversity, report and remove graffiti, and establish Dún Laoghaire heritage and signage. During my time on Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council I put through the ban on use of chemical weedkiller in our green areas.
As well as the improved cycle lanes and public transport infrastructure in the constituency, I support the move towards more electric vehicles on our roads, with the help of EV grants and increasing numbers of charging points being made available.