Thursday | 24th September 2020

DLR Times Summer Edition is out – Updates on RESTART GRANT for rate payers & Reimagining our villages and roadways

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DLR Times Summer Edition is out

It is packed with news and updates, here are the contents:

A Community United……………….03
NEWS
New Cathaoirleach Elected……………. 04
Information for Ratepayers……………. 04
dlr LEO Business Supports……………. 04
Dublin Canvas Invite……………………. 05
Housing Adaptation Grants……………. 05
dlr PUBLIC INFORMATION
Thanks to our Volunteers ………………..06
Reimagining our villages and roadways…08
Roger Casement statue for dlr Baths……09
dlr STAFF PROFILE
Therese Langan …………………………. 09
dlr ARTS & LIBRARY EVENTS
dlr Libraries Update ……………………. 10
Graphic Studio Dublin
60th Anniversary………………………….10
dlr Writer in Residence………………….10
dlr Musician in Residence………………11
Online Exhibitions ……………………….11
St Michael’s Church Anniversary………11
YOUR dlr COUNCILLORS ……….12

Of particular interest to the business community of our town will be the new Restart Grant.

Restart Grant 

RATEPAYERS
The Council is conscious of the on-going impact that COVID-19 is having on many businesses and citizens throughout the County and staff are continuing to work with customers whose finances are negatively affected.

RESTART GRANT
The Government announced details of the Restart Grant on the 2nd May. The grant is aimed at helping micro and small businesses. To avail of the Restart Grant, applicants must be a
commercial business in our Commercial Rates Payment System and (1) have an annual turnover of less than €5m and employ between 1 to 50 people (2) have suffered a projected 25%+ loss
in turnover to end June 2020 and (3) commit to remain open or to reopen if it was closed. The grant is based on the 2019 rates bill subject to a minimum grant of €2,000 and a maximum grant
of €10,000. It is open to applicants to apply on the Council’s website www.dlrcoco.ie/restartgrant

RATES WAIVER
The Government also announced on the 2nd May, 2020, that commercial rates will be waived for a 3 month period beginning on 27 March 2020, for all businesses that have been impacted
by COVID-19.

Of interest to residents, workers, visitors and business owners in the town will be the article on urban spaces.

Reimagining our villages and roadways

Creating safe and inviting public places dlr have been working in partnership with local stakeholders in a number of areas around the county to create temporary designs
for re-imagined public spaces in our villages and dedicated cycling links on our roads. We want to ensure we can provide a safe and welcoming place for residents, businesses and visitors and help re-open our areas
as our society gets on the path to recovery following the impact from COVID-19.

Safety is at the heart of this public realm project, in terms of safe physical distancing and road safety. This initiative will allow pedestrians and cyclists to move around safely, to shop, rest and
enjoy this new public space. These projects will roll out over the summer months through June and July.

Commencing in Blackrock Village, in order to create an attractive public space in this village setting, we will be integrating planters and street furnishings to help make visiting, shopping or
simply spending time in Blackrock Village a safe and enjoyable experience. The design concept envisions a ‘soft’ separation between pedestrians and cyclists, as this is intended to be a
public space through which people can move through at a leisurely pace, taking time to rest and enjoy. We want to ensure that the village is safe and can be enjoyed by all – the young
and old, those who are new to cycling or who may have taken it up again after a long time; those who are mobility-challenged, including, amongst others, the blind and visually impaired.

This design will provide a new temporary one-way flow for vehicular traffic and cyclists from Rock Hill down through Main Street with the space resulting from the removal of a traffic lane
and sections of on-street parking being reallocated for the safety of pedestrians, through wider footpaths, and cyclists, by means of a new contra-flow facility. We will be using screw-down kerb
separators between traffic and pedestrians and cyclists, as well as placing a contrasting layer buff-coloured anti-skid surfacing to mark the areas clearly.

The expanded pedestrian zones may also offer opportunities for cafes and restaurants to use the public realm whilst ensuring safe physical distancing is adhered to.

See the full DLR Times here.

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