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AGM Feedback

posted 26 Feb 2017, 11:21 by BailisDowns Community   [ updated 26 Feb 2017, 11:36 ]

Attendee Households: 

89, 75, 51, 121, 139, 85, 57

Pre AGM Survey Submissions: 

13, 14, 18, 21, 23, 45, 52, 57, 59, 67, 68, 75, 78, 85, 86, 89, 90, 103, 104, 114, 118, 121, 123, 132, 134, 136, 139. 

2016 In Review

Thank you to everyone who has volunteered and given up their time to help our community in many different ways.

2016 was an unusual year with significant and dramatic changes. The outcome shows we have a community that pulls together when needed. I wish to extend a special thank you to those individuals and families who ‘went the extra mile’ to rally around and assist several of our resident families who experienced a very unfortunate and difficult year.

We came together to create Neighbourhood Watch with Text Alert and we hope to see you at the official launch event. We are fortunate to have a very quiet estate that does not attract much unwanted attention.

88% of households participated in sharing the burden and cost of maintaining our estate. It was not an easy process to watch the grass grow 4ft high but hopefully going forward and in years to come it will reduce the individual costs to us all.

We spoke with one voice with residents signing a petition and successfully stopping the ‘pedestrian permeability routes’ or lanes & footpaths that would connect us with our neighbours.

We more than doubled our engagement with residents through our Facebook Page and created www.BailisDowns.ie to enable us to reduce door-2-door paper flyers and communicate better.

The Bailis Times online magazine written for us, by us, and about us was very well received and thank you to everyone who participated in the 2 editions. In the next few weeks you will see another significant change but the aim is to build and enhance Community Spirit.

Finally, we offer a warm welcome to those who are new to our estate and encourage everyone to extend their friendship to ensure that we help them to join Our Community.


Robin, Chairperson

2017 AGM Headlines

  • Current Committee has been re-elected - Chairperson: Robin Marshall, Secretary: Darren Mulligan, Treasurer: Shanna O’Neil
  • AGM Prize Draw Winners - 1st Tim Casey, 2nd Cathal Finegan, 3rd Amanda Phelan
  • Facebook membership has grown significantly but may change to a Members Group Page.
  • Residents should join ‘Navan South-Communities Unite’ Facebook Group which is fast becoming the main noticeboard for all Johnstown.
  • €30 has been set as the Community Fund contribution, collections will begin in March.
  • 80% in full is the collection target before the grass will be cut.
  • 75% joined Neighbourhood Watch. Formal Launch Event Monday 27th Feb. A minimum contribution to the estate fund is required to participate. 2 signs will be erected.
  • Local area road traffic is set to get significantly worse.
  • The ‘Pedestrian Permeability Through Routes’ Project has been Stopped
  • No Community Facilities for Johnstown have been planned at this stage.
  • Estate has still not been taken in charge, Irish Water and Council still resolving details.
  • We will plan to enter Pride of Place using the entrance area as a project.
  • We will support the Johnstown Tidy Towns entry.


These have been updated in our website Goals and Updates section.

Brief reply to comments:

1) Meath Local Sports Partnership

Opportunity being investigated by several estate representatives to bring the scheme to Johnstown. At present the nearest location is Blackwater Park.

2) Cars parking on the entrance road into the estate.

Many have commented how dangerous it has become to pass into oncoming traffic. However, it is legal to park there and residents are within their right to do so but at their own risk too. 

3) Area for children to play.

Unfortunately we don’t own the green spaces nor are we insured to host activities on them. 

The Johnstown Peoples Park has within their proposal a children’s play area but this has yet to achieve planning permission. 

4) Cars speeding through the estate

Once the Council Take the Estate in charge it will no longer be a private road and speed limit will be 30. We are not allowed to install speed ramps or similar without legal repercussions.

5) Cars unable to Exit our estate

We are considering a project involving all the Johnstown Estates to approach the Council to sort out what is becoming a congested bottleneck.

6) Dog Fouling

RM to approach the council to ask for signage and dog bins.

7) Footpaths on Oak Place

It took 4 years to establish the paths at the far end of the estate but we’ll ask…..don’t hold your breath though.

8) Tree growing in the ESB box on the main green.

RM to contact the supplier and the alternative is that we cut down what we can.

9) Antisocial Behaviour

These are mostly kids from nearby estates who have no alternative place to go therefore hang around our estate (and are entitled to since some are our residents). If the proposed Community Facilities appear things may change.

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