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National Accessibility Week 2017

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Date 
Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Location 
dlr County
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National Accessibility Week 2017 will start Monday 24th November and is an important opportunity to encourage all people to focus on issues of accessibility and universal design. 

The week provides local authorities, businesses and community groups with a valuable opportunity to highlight the accessibility of their facilities and services. 

A range of events will take place, and social media will be used to encourage wider society to be more inclusive of the varied access needs of disabled people of all ages.

 

Some important point to remember:

Wheelie bins

When presenting your bins for collection, think about other persons who may need to access the path and/or road. Bins are often left out on Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown footpaths without leaving enough room for wheelchairs, or indeed buggies, or our older citizens, to pass safely. In some cases, bins are emptied early in the morning, but are left out all day. This is a breach of the Presentation of Waste Bye-Laws. Service Providers are reminded to return emptied bins to a location that does not cause an obstruction. 

Disabled Parking Permit

Only use your Disabled Parking Permit for parking in a Disabled Parking Bay when you are either the driver or passenger of a vehicle. The permit is not transferrable. It is assigned to you and not your friend or family member. The misuse or duplication of a Disabled Parking Permit may constitute a criminal offence which under the Road Traffic Acts is punishable by a fine or three months imprisonment. Failure to display your Disabled Parking Permit when parked in a Disabled Parking Bay will result in a fine in the dlr area. Photocopies of your Disabled Parking Permit are not acceptable. You are legally obliged to present your Disabled Parking Permit to either the Gardaí or the Council’s Traffic Warden, if requested. Holders of a Disabled Parking Permit ARE NOT entitled to park in bus lanes, loading bays, clearways, single or double yellow lines, or any other restricted areas.

Please bear in mind, you can also park in any of dlr's Paid Parking areas, and the Harbour area, free of charge as long as your Disabled Parking Permit is clearly visible from outside the vehicle. Please keep this option in mind as this may free up a disabled parking space for others with a greater need, in key locations. Finally, the value of accessible parking bays cannot be underestimated as their availability supports disabled people’s right to inclusion.

Inconsiderate Parking

 It is an offence to park at any location that is likely to cause an obstruction/ hazard such as in Disabled Bays (Illegally), on Double Yellow Lines, on Scoil Zig Zag markings, at School Warden Crossings, on Footpaths/On Grass Verges, at Bus Stops/Bus Bays/Bus Lane, on Cycle Tracks, at Traffic Lights/at Pedestrian Lights.

Hedging at/near public pavements 

All householders are obliged to ensure that their hedges/trees are properly maintained and are not overgrown on to the public footpath, impeding access for the general public. This can be extremely dangerous for people in wheelchairs and sight impaired persons.

Where a tree, shrub, hedge or other vegetation is a hazard or potential hazard to persons using a public pavement or where it obstructs or interferes with the safe use of a public pavement or with the maintenance of a public pavement. Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council may serve a notice in writing on the owner or occupier of the land on which such tree, shrub, hedge or other vegetation is situated requiring the preservation, felling, cutting, lopping, trimming or removal of such tree, shrub, hedge or other vegetation within the period stated in the notice. The Council may be forced to use its enforcement powers under the Roads Act 1993, to direct a householder to cut overgrown hedges/shrubs etc. Be also aware that bird nesting season is 1st March to 31st August.  

Bin the poo

Dog fouling can cause all sorts of problems, especially for wheelchairs and buggies.  It can also be a major problem for the visually-impaired and children.  Dog fouling can have serious health implications. Diseases such as round worm infestation by Toxocara Canis, Salmonella, E. Coli, Leptospirosos Weils Disease, which can be contracted by humans. Dog dirt should not be left for others to deal with in public places. It also poses a serious problem for less mobile and vulnerable members of our community. 

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