The Planning and Urban Form linkage group will take place online, on Thursday 20 July, from 7.00pm – 8.30pm Please email Ruth for the zoom link.
A key focus for this meeting will relate to the main roles and purpose of the Linkage Group; the issues it is going to prioritise over the next year and the organisation of future linkage group meetings (ie; should they be in person or by zoom, how often should they take place and so on). The meeting will be facilitated by Stephen Rourke.
July’s edition of “Connecting Nationwide” from the Irish Environmental Network (IEN), is available for reading and sharing here. This a monthly newsletter full of environmental news and events, throughout Ireland. Your Environmental Pillar representatives on the PPN are: Catherine Behan, Stephen Doody, Clare Wheeler, Ernest Beggs and Robert Moss.
Stephen Doody would like to share the following article with the PPN: this is a position paper about Wildflower Seeds, by the Dublin Naturalists’ Field Club. You can read the paper, entitled, “The case against wildflower seed mixtures” here.
Call for Expert Evidence Climate Action Plan 2024: The Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications (DECC), is launching a call for expert evidence to support and inform the preparation of the next Climate Action Plan, which is due for publication this year. This consultation is open until 14 July and you can make your submission here.
The Local Community Grant and Informal Adult Education Grant for 2023 is now open for applications and will be open until 18 August. You can find out if you meet the criteria for these grants here. We would also suggest that you email or for help with filling out the application forms.
Dublin City PPN and Academy Street Workshop will once again be holding a Festival of Fundraising in September 2023, and we invite all member groups to come along to these FREE, interactive workshops and events. More information to follow.
Kevin Delaney, of Academy Street Workshop, will also be working with Dublin City PPN to provide one-to-one mentoring and advice to several smaller organisations and groups, who would benefit from this type of mentoring. We will be getting in touch soon, to ask which groups would like to be involved in this second piece of work with Academy Street Workshop.
How to make a submission: many Member Groups struggle with making submissions on a variety of issues and themes, and the PPN would like to help groups to make a submission, particularly on the up and coming Local Economic Community Plan (LECP). We have asked Clare O’Connor to work with the PPN to assist several groups in making a submission on this plan and we will be in touch soon, to ask which groups are interested in getting involved. Keep your eyes on the Events Section of our website for further updates.
Updates from the Representatives and Secretariat
The Housing SPC meeting took place on Wednesday 12 July and you can watch the meeting back from the archive here. A Housing Linkage Group will soon also be formed, with the help of our consultant facilitator, Stephen Rourke: watch this space!
Gary Kearney, from Headway, who is the PPN Traffic and Transport SPC Representative, would like to share a presentation with you. This five-minute presentation highlights the safety and inclusion issues with bus islands, which is why he is calling for them to be removed. You can watch the presentation here.
If you’re new to the PPN and would like an introduction to its structure, the pillars, and the plenaries, then we invite you to listen back to Ruth speak with John Connell from NearFM here. Or email the PPN on to ask for more information and a “meet and greet getting to know you zoom coffee!”