Public voting on South Dublin County Council’s landmark €300k Have Your Say initiative in the Rathfarnham Templeogue Electoral Area has commenced. Residents are asked to log on to www.sdcc.ie/haveyoursay and vote on a shortlist of twenty-four projects which aim to improve the quality of life for residents, visitors and businesses in the area.
€300k Have Your Say is a participatory budgeting initiative that has been run by South Dublin County Council since 2017. €300k Have Your Say allows residents to develop project proposals for their local area and then vote on shortlisted proposals to select winning projects to be funded up to the value of €300,000.
There are no age barriers to taking part and every proposal is treated with respect. Simply put, €300k Have Your Say is about helping to create community-led projects that directly benefit you, your neighbours, friends and family.
The Council received a record 249 submissions from the public during the consultation process which took place in April and May.
The participatory budgeting steering committee, which is made up of Elected Members and Council Officials, reviewed all ideas into a comprehensive shortlist. The recommendations were then brought to the full Council meeting for approval on Monday, 13 June 2022.
As well as the online vote, the Council will also open voting stations on Thursday, 23 June at several locations in the area. The venues being used as voting stations are:
- Ballyroan Library – 9.45 am to 8pm
- Greenhills Community Centre – 7pm to 9pm
- St Jude’s GAA Clubrooms – 7pm to 9pm
Voting closes on Sunday 26 June 2022.
Speaking on the launch of the voting stage, Councillor Peter Kavanagh, Mayor of South Dublin County, said, “Before I was elected to the Council, I took part in €300k Have Your Say when it ran in Clondalkin in 2018 and it is a great way for people to get involved and decide what they want to see in their local area. Voting is open for the next two weeks and I would urge the people of Rathfarnham Templeogue to get involved and have their say on where this funding should go.”