Shopping Transport Service for Ballymun’s older residents and those with a Disability

Leader of the Fianna Fáil in Dublin City, Cllr Paul McAuliffe has welcomed a new plot scheme in Ballymun which will see older residents and those with a disability in Ballymun having access to a new transport scheme to take them to nearby shopping facilities.

The move comes following the decision to close Ballymun Shopping Centre and the failure of Dublin Bus to provide routes to nearby centres in Santry or Finglas.

Dublin City Council and Vantastic will launch the new shopping transport service under a joint initiative offering a door-to-door shopping transport service on a 3 month pilot basis to residents over 65 years of age and residents with disabilities.

Welcoming the news Cllr McAuliffe said he was pleased that many older people would now be able to access a wider range of shops than those that currently exist in the area. This is a short term solution and in the real solution is to attract new and more diverse retails to the Ballymun Area. Our decision sell a portion of land on the main street last month to a new supermarket will help address that issue but we need to go much further and ensure the social regeneration in Ballymun is matched with economic regeneration.”

The service will run from Ballymun to Omni Park Shopping Centre every Friday morning from19th June 2015 to 4th September 2015. People wishing to avail of this service must
complete

a registration form and pay a once off fee of €5 to Dublin City Council. Only those registered will be eligible to avail of the service and advance booking is required. Registration will take place at a coffee / information morning in the Axis Centre on Friday 12th June 2015 from 10.30‐12.30

For further questions contact. Miriam: 01 2225720 Julie: 01 2228526

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