Courtlands Residents Association Newsletter Spring 2011

The AGM this year marked the 40th anniversary of our Association. The evening opened with a presentation by the local Community Liaison Garda from Whitehall Garda station. The usual business of the AGM was then conducted. This was followed by a celebratory reception, organised by Aislinn and Dave Daly with their family. This event was a great success. Neighbours had the opportunity to catch up with old friends and meet new friends. The evening concluded with a draw for five €40 vouchers to celebrate 40 great years.

Homefarm
Special thanks to Homefarm for their support and hosting of our meetings over the years. If anyone is looking for a venue for a party or other event, look no further.

Annual Clean Up Day 28 May
Clean up day will be Saturday 28th May 11. Volunteers are needed to work on common areas not fully covered by our maintenance contractor. Please come along to the pedestrian entrance at 10.00am. On that day all residents are asked to sweep outside their own houses and to give their gardens a spring tidy up. The clean up will make the estate more attractive for everyone.

Courtlands is our home, show our pride in it by taking part in this annual event.

The skips needed for clean up will be sponsored by OZO Waste Management who are giving us a generous discount. If you need a skip, check out their competitive prices. If you need to put items in the skips on clean up day as usual, no paint cans, electrical items or hazardous waste or bulky items like old beds.

Plastic bags and gloves donated by the Council will be available on the day. Jim O’Connor will coordinate the clean up day. Contact him if you have any queries.

Subscriptions
The annual subscription remains at €35 per house. Your cooperation in paying the collectors promptly is appreciated.

Sports Day 18 June
Sports day is a day we all look forward to. It is an opportunity for young residents and young at heart residents to enjoy activity and fun. Sponsorship is needed to ensure the success of this important event. Raffle prizes and event prizes will be gratefully accepted.

13A bus
The committee have written to Dublin Bus to petition that this service be retained.

Health Hazard
Dog fouling is a health hazard. The long days and fine weather highlight this ongoing problem. It is annoying to see the paths and grass areas on the estate littered with dog mess. If you have a dog please pick up after it. Dog fouling interferes with the safe enjoyment of common areas of the estate. If you see someone who does not pick up after their dog report the offence to the Council Dog Warden. If this problem persists at the present level we will consider putting pictures of offenders on the website.

Neighbourhood Watch
There is a neighbourhood watch scheme in the estate. Later this year it is hoped to be more active in this area.

Parking
Careful and thoughtful parking makes life easier and safer for all. Avoid parking close to corners. Do not block footpaths. Be aware of the age profile of residents. Make allowances for bicycles and pedestrians when driving and parking.
Courtlands is a great place to live. By working together we will keep it like that and may even make it better.

Poplars
Thanks to Dublin City Council and a special word of thanks to Tom Hassett for the work carried out on these beautiful trees. The removal of the ivy improves the appearance of the trees and will ensure survival for years to come.

Get Involved
To support the work of the your Residents Association, pay your subs promptly, volunteer on clean-up day, come along to the sports day and log on to the website. If you have any ideas or concerns contact a member of the committee.