Here are the Residents’ Association’s accounts for 2019.
Our AGM will take place next Monday night, the 21st October, at 8pm in The Goat.
While we encourage all members to attend, please be aware that this meeting is for paid up members of the Association only.
Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council commissioned work on an Action Plan for Community, Cultural and Civic for Dundrum. A public consultation was part of this plan. The Residents’ Association submitted a response outlining the lack of civic, cultural, community, park and leisure facilities in the Plan Area, as well as the poor public cycling and pedestrian provisions, and inadequate permeability between locations.
The areas we focus on in our submission are:
- Main Civic, Cultural and Community facility:
Location: Dundrum Village centre.
- Dundrum Park with provision for Indoor and Outdoor Recreation
Location: Central Mental Hospital (CMH) Site
- Improving Liveability by improving walking and Cycling infrastructure
An eagle-eyed member of the Association’s committee spotted the Land Development Agency’s submission to the recent Dundrum Local Area Plan’s public consultation process. It gives an interesting insight into the LDA’s plans for this site.
From our reading of it, the thinking at the time of the submission seems to be:
1) Keeping and refurbishment of buildings to the north.
2) High housing density (Note, 1,500 units is mentioned but that has since been revised down to 1,200 on the LDA’s website).
3) ‘Connections to the wider community’
4) Minimising car parking and ‘reliance on private car commuting’
5) Addition of 2nd vehicle entrance – ‘For emergency purposes’.
You can download and view the submission here. (Word .docx, 2.9MB)
We were awarded Runners Up in this year’s Tidy Districts Competition! Well done to our fantastic Tidy Districts’ Team, and to everyone who came out and helped during the year. We’ve won a prize for 3 out of the last 4 years. Not bad, not bad at all.
You can read more about it on the DLR website. While the competition is primarily an anti-litter and anti-graffiti competition, it has evolved over the years and now considers biodiversity, ecological projects and community engagement. This year, a new climate change category was added. This category seeks to encourage and reward positive climate action. So if anyone has any ideas please let us know.
We are delighted to say that just under €1,000 was collected at last Saturday morning’s Coffee Morning in aid of the Harold’s Cross and Blackrock Hospices. Thanks to everyone who donated so generously and thanks too to all the volunteers who helped organise the event. A special thanks to Lynam’s who very kindly co-hosted this event.
If you weren’t able to attend on the morning, you can still donate. You can find the Hospice collection boxes on the counter in Lynam’s.
Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council has commissioned work on an Action Plan for Community, Cultural and Civic for Dundrum, and that work has already begun.The Action Plan will propose what community, cultural and civic facilities will be needed in the area over the next 20 years.
A public consultation begins on Thursday (September 5th) for a four week period. This is a great opportunity for local people to make the case again for a new Civic Centre at the heart of Dundrum Village, including a modern library and additional community facilities.
You can find out more here: https://dlrcoco.citizenspace.com/planning/dundrum-community-cultural-civic-action-plan-cccap/. The consultation period runs from Thursday September 5th 2019 to Thursday October 3rd inclusive.
It only takes about 10 minutes to complete, and it is anonymous for private individuals.
Read the Residents’ Association’s submission here.
It has been reported in the Irish Times today that the 0.84 acre former Charles Hurst car showroom site on the Goatstown Road, has been sold to developer Charles O’Reilly-Hyland for €6.6 million.
It is zoned for residential development, and apparently was sold with the benefit of a feasibility study which indicated the potential for a residential scheme of 75 apartments (subject to planning permission). Will they try for 100 apartments to qualify for the fast-track Strategic Housing Development process? We’ll have to wait and see.
Mothers, fathers and guardians of children who are due to enrol in secondary school from 2020-2024 (if your child is currently in 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th or 6th class) in the Goatstown/Stillorgan area are being invited to complete a new online survey (patronage.education.gov.ie). It will remain open until October 4th.
Parents can use the online survey to select which model of patronage they prefer and whether they want English or Irish as the language of instruction.
We still have no idea when the two schools will be built on the site. The primary school opened this month, in a temporary location in Sandyford. The secondary school is due to open next September.