Cllr Frank O'Rourke pictured beside the newly installed Zebra crossings on the Ardclough, Hazelhatch & Lucan Roads and also on English Row in Celbridge.
Cllr Frank O’Rourke pictured beside the newly installed Zebra crossings on the Ardclough, Hazelhatch & Lucan Roads and also on English Row in Celbridge.

I am  delighted to have been able to work and make representations to ensure this much needed and long overdue infrastructure was delivered for this location in Celbridge. I had numerous calls from Residents looking for these crossings, Celbridge is a fast growing town and with over 3,000 units between houses and apartments together with schools and business at this end of town these Zebra crossings will assist with safety for pedestrians and all road users. 

Cllr Frank O'Rourke with members of the Parents Association who are looking to have improved footpaths within Celbridge
Cllr Frank O’Rourke with members of the Parents Association who are looking to have improved footpaths within Celbridge

I have attended a number of meetings from the schools and there safety committee where they raised issues of concern with me. I have some of these issues addressed and delivered and I am committed to working on the delivery of the remaining issues. I have requested K.C.C to carry out improvements to the footpath at the corner of  Jasmine house which is very narrow and a danger for all road users and also to mark out a walk way across St Patrick’s Park adjacent to the main Street. I am delighted that following my requests that funding has been allocated by the N.T.A and these much needed upgrades will be carried out towards the end of 2013.

 Councillor Frank O'Rourke with members of the Community Forum working on the new web site for Celbridge called "thecelbridgehub.ie"
Councillor Frank O’Rourke with members of the Community Forum working on the new web site for Celbridge called “thecelbridgehub.ie”

“Thecelbridgehub.ie”  website is now completed and is in the ownership of the Celbridge Community Council. This is a one stop shop for all you want to know about Celbridge. It is an excellent site and it is a wonderful way of promoting the town and all that is positive about it. Celbridge is an excellent historic town and this is very evident when you visit this site. I welcome this to our town and am thrilled to have been involved with my colleagues on this project.

Cllr Frank O'Rourke with members of the Community Forum sub-committee which had the responsibility of delivering this wonderful "Welcome to Celbridge"
Cllr Frank O’Rourke with members of the Community Forum sub-committee which had the responsibility of delivering this wonderful “Welcome to Celbridge”

This Community Notice Board displays all the brilliant historic sites in Celbridge. It is a follow on from the Discover Celbridge thirty Points of Interest which was successfully launched in August 2012. This is a brilliant project which is promoting Celbridge to tourists and as a result of the Discover Celbridge leaflet toursgroups visit Celbridge very regular and these tours are organised on a voluntary basis by Celbridge walks which was set up by Breda Konstantin.

Cllr Frank O'Rourke with members of Celbridge Community Council at the launch of the Community Emergency Response for Celbridge
Cllr Frank O’Rourke with members of Celbridge Community Council at the launch of the Community Emergency Response for Celbridge

I decided to take the initiative and set this up for Celbridge, it has contacts in the data base for all housing estates in Celbridge, schools, business, service providers etc. etc. In the event of an emergency occurring a text will come from K.C.C into the Emergency number which will be manned and in turn this message will be sent out into the community to all on the data base which I have set up. This means that we will be aware of a problem before getting home to find it and it also can be used internally to transfer a message of importance through the community. Celbridge is the first urban hub in Kildare which I believe is a worthwhile and effective initiative for our community.

Cllr Frank O'Rourke with Celbridge Tidy Towns on the Liffey bridge in Celbridge following a proposal which was presented to K.C.C on the proposed bridge upgrade to improve safety for all road user
Cllr Frank O’Rourke with Celbridge Tidy Towns on the Liffey bridge in Celbridge following a proposal which was presented to K.C.C on the proposed bridge upgrade to improve safety for all road user

The proposal looks at taking the existing footpath of the bridge and giving this width back to the roadway which will help traffic move easier. There will be a boardwalk hung of the bridge which will give full safety to pedestrians taking them away from the traffic. This would look fantastic and be an affordable way of helping to solve the issues that exist on the main approach to the town. As a result of this proposal the N.T.A has given 40,000 euro for a feasibility study at this location and the hope is that funding will be delivered for the design stage and the part 8 with a view to eventual delivery of this wonderful project for Celbridge. I will continue to work on these projects for the benefit of all.

Cllr Frank O'Rourke at the unveiling of the Arthur Guinness Statue on Main Street Celbridge
Cllr Frank O’Rourke at the unveiling of the Arthur Guinness Statue on Main Street Celbridge

This is the first and only statue of this kind. This project was undertaken by the Celbridge Tidy Towns and I was delighted to assist and support this project and will continue to work closely with the Tidy Towns and assist with the wonderful work they do. Congratulations to them on winning Bronze in this years Tidy Towns Competition.

Grove

 

I worked with members of the Grove Residents Association to obtain a grant from Kildare Co Council to have this area of landscaping on the Ardclough Road revamped and tidied up along with landscaping works within the Grove Estate. I was happy to assist in obtaining this grant to enable these works to be carried out as this is one of the main approach roads into Celbridge and it is important that it is maintained to the highest standard while at the same time assisting the Residents Association in there wonderful voluntary work.

 Cllr Frank O'Rourke welcomes the Integrated Services Programme for Celbridge
Cllr Frank O’Rourke welcomes the Integrated Services Programme for Celbridge

The Integrated Services Programme that I have worked to deliver foR Celbridge and made on-going representation with the Community Council and the Celbridge Business Association to make sure that Celbridge was the next town for the I.S.P. This will commence in Jan 2014 and is a two year programme which will be overseen by a coordinator on behalf of the C.D.B. It is an excellent opportunity for all that is good in Celbridge to be supported, promoted and expanded to ensure that Celbridge is at the top of the pyramid. Given the level and extent of expansion in the town the timing of the I.S.P is very good. It will look at all the voluntary and non voluntary services in the town with a holistic approach supporting the on-going positive work and setting out a plan with actions where targets are required. I will work to fully support this programme.

Cllr Frank O'Rourke at the Aghards Road Maynooth Road junction and which will be upgraded in November 2013
Cllr Frank O’Rourke at the Aghards Road Maynooth Road junction and which will be upgraded in November 2013

I took on this project after becoming a Councillor as this upgrade for the Maynooth Road which will include traffic lights at the Aghards Road junction, speed tables, Pedestrian lights at Crodaun etc. is long overdue and needed for many years now. As a Residents this is a very difficult and dangerous junction to navigate. There are 1,200 house along this section of road, a school and many business and the feed back I received from them all as I consulted with them on this upgrade was very positive and this was confirmed from the submission during the part 8. I am delighted after all this time that this project is now out to tender and will be commencing in mid November ’13, once completed it will improve safety for all road users.

I am continuously working with the  residents of Celbridge to help deliver real results for our Community. I have delivered real results for Celbridge in conjunction with many local Associations and working groups. I will continue to assist all of these groups and work with the people of Celbridge.