Hi, I’m Lydia Bigley, your Local Election Candidate for Blackrock 2024

I’m running for local election because I want Blackrock to be a great place to live for all our community.

I believe that Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council could be doing so much more, particularly in the areas of housing, the environment and our public spaces.

I’m a passionate campaigner with a strong work ethic. I would love the opportunity to represent you on Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council.

I’m asking for your number 1 Vote

The Local Elections will take place on Friday, June 7th.

If elected, I pledge to:

  • priortise the delivery of social and affordable homes
  • push for the integration of climate policy at council level
  • tackle vacancy and dereliction
  • fight for increased funding for public amenities for all our community
  • make Blackrock more liveable for everyone in the community

My priorities:

Delivering housing

The Social Democrats believe in building sustainable communities. That means treating houses as homes for people and families, not investment opportunities for vulture funds. Rents are unaffordable, and house prices are beyond the reach of anybody on an average income.

The only reason I can afford to live in Booterstown is because I live with my parents! This is far from ideal at my age but despite having a good job, the excessive cost of rental properties are beyond my current means.

As a councillor, I will:

  • Tackle vacancy and dereliction as a top priority
  • Fight for the delivery of social and affordable homes
  • Push for affordable student accommodation

Your vote is your voice, if you want to see change, vote for it!

Protect our natural resources

We are very fortunate to live by the sea. I want to make sure our beautiful coastline is kept free of plastic waste and pollution. We need better public recycling facilities in the area and better waste collection and management.

Our natural environment needs to be protected and we need to ensure that future developments take account of this.

Improving our public spaces

While Blackrock is fortunate to have some great public facilities they don’t suit the needs of all our community.

I will fight for:

  • safer roads and improved footpaths
  • better street lighting, particularly in Blackrock Park
  • amenities for teenagers and young adults so they have suitable places to socialise

Are you being heard?
In 2019, only 48% of our community who were eligible voted in the local elections.

Can I vote for you?
Yes, if you are aged 18 or over on polling day in June, are registered to vote (visit voter.ie) and live in the Blackrock Local Election Area which includes Blackrock, Booterstown, Stillorgan Priory, Seapoint, Foxrock-Deansgrange, and Foxrock-Beechpark.

More power to you

The Council delivers essential services in our community like housing, planning, active travel, parks, libraries, and playgrounds.

A Councillor’s job is to be the bridge between you and these services and make informed decisions to serve your best interests.

I will push for increased support for small local business owners who are losing customers to online shopping because of the cost of living crisis.

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