300K Have Your Say!

What is €300K Have Your Say?

€300K Have Your Say is a local democratic process, which facilitates citizens in a local community to directly, decide how to spend a portion of a public budget in their area. It gives people direct power to determine spending priorities to improve their community.

How does it work?

For 2018, South Dublin County Council has allocated €300,000 for the Clondalkin, Rathcoole and Newcastle area. Residents, through a combination of locally facilitated workshops and an online consultation portal are invited to submit their suggestions for this budget. 

During March 2018, four community workshops have been arranged to facilitate the generation of ideas in Clondalkin, Rathcoole and Newcastle. A facilitator has been engaged to coordinate these meetings. 

Workshop 1: Neilstown Community Centre, Clondalkin, 7-9pm, Tuesday March 13th

Workshop 2: Green Isle Hotel, Newlands Cross, Clondalkin, 7-9pm, Thursday March 15th   

Workshop 3: Peamount United Football Club, Newcastle, 7-9pm, Tuesday March 20th

Workshop 4: Rathcoole Community Centre, 7-9pm, Thursday March 22nd.

Submissions will remain open until close of business (6.00pm) on Monday, April 9. Proposals will then be assessed in terms of their community benefit. A panel of elected councillors and council staff will conduct this assessment.

Selected proposals will then be costed and re-presented to the public on the website www.sdcc.ie/haveyoursay. The public will then vote for their priorities up to the value of €300,000. Following the closure of the voting period, the proposals that receive the highest vote, with a combined value of €300,000, will be chosen to proceed to completion.

You can vote online until 23:59 on Sunday, May 27th by clicking here. Voting stations for printed ballots are also opened during the below times:

Clondalkin Civic Offices – Monday, 21/05 – 9.00am to 5.00pm

Clondalkin Library – Monday, 21/05 – 4.00pm to 7.00pm

Rathcoole Community Centre – Monday, 21/05 – 4.00pm to 7.00pm

Peamount United Football Club – Monday, 21/05 – 4.00pm to 7.00pm

Neilstown Community Centre – Monday, 21/05 – 4.00pm to 7.00pm

This initiative was first launched in the Lucan Electoral Area in 2017, the results of which you can view on the Votes and Results and Implementation pages.

FAQs

Is this a new concept?

Have Your Say €300K is a local democratic process, which facilitates citizens in a local community to directly, decide how to spend a portion of a public budget in their area. It gives people direct power to determine spending priorities to improve their community.

What are the main benefits of Participatory Budgeting?

Participatory Budgeting gives you and your neighbours the power to improve your area as a place to live, work and play. It is empowering, civic minded and fun. It is also educational, fair and transparent.

Does it mean extra money for a chosen area?

Yes. This is €300,000 additional real money over and above the normal yearly budget for your area.

Is it only for certain areas?

It was decided to pilot this initiative in one area in 2017 with the Lucan Electoral Area (Lucan, Adamstown and Palmerstown) chosen by lot at a public meeting of the Council. Following a successful pilot, the Clondalkin Electoral Area (Clondalkin, Rathcoole and Newcastle) was chosen by lot to benefit from the initiative in 2018.

It is envisioned that it will be rolled out to further areas following a review process.

Is this not the job of Elected Councillors?

It is the function of the Councillors to adopt the Annual Budget of South Dublin County Council, including the identification of spending priorities. While Councillors are elected by the people to represent their views and work on their behalf, this is an ongoing process of consultative decision-making. In this instance, the Councillors decided to set aside €300,000 extra discretionary funds to allow citizens to directly identify their own priorities for their community. This initiative is in the interests of enhanced democracy and citizen consultation.