26 Mar 2021

Landscaping Work – Roebuck Green

We have some exciting breaking news for you. It has been a number of years since we first started to look into the possibility of upgrading the Green in front of the shops, and we’re happy to say that DLR County Council will be starting work this coming Monday (29th). Due to Covid the timing of Council projects has been quite erratic, so we’ve only just been told that works are to begin next week, which was a bit of a surprise. We’ve been informed that this first phase, the laying of a new path, and the hard landscaping work, will take approximately two weeks. Hopefully works won’t be too disruptive, and it’ll be short term pain for long term gain. As we get more information as to how this project will progress, we’ll let you know.

What will be included?
This will be the first time the Council has done substantial landscaping work on the Green since it was created in the 1950’s. It was definitely time for a bit of an upgrade. The plan is for the Council to do the heavy landscaping work, and for us (the Tidy Districts group) to do a good portion of the planting. Some of the new features you can expect to enjoy once work is completed are:

  • 4 benches
  • A new beige tarmac path
  • A number of new trees
  • Flat grassed areas suitable for holding outdoor events
  • Landscaped grassed mounds
  • A mix of cobblestone and timber edging to the path
  • Hoggin paved areas
  • Mixed planting, shrubs and plants
  • Community notice board

Where did this idea come from?
In our first year as an Association (2015/16), we began the task of reviving the Green by setting up a grass-cutting rota, planting flowers, painting the bench and introducing planters. Our Tidy Districts group and the Committee started thinking about what we might try to do to improve the Green in the long term. It was decided to devise a plan that would transform the Green, rather than improving it haphazardly. We engaged a landscape architect with this in mind, Austin and Associates. Our plan is to create a space where people can relax and chat, rest or read, in a safe and enhanced environment. It’s called “place-making”, with the emphasis on the community living in the area, as opposed to those just passing through. The plan is to improve and increase the seating, improve the pathway, and re-landscape the space, including some banking which will be planted with shrubs, and will reduce traffic noise. We are also planning to include a notice board for residents and a small container for Tidy Districts’ gardening tools. The Committee and the Tidy Districts group have been through a number of iterations of the plans with the Council to achieve the best possible outcome for the community.

We are looking forward to a beautifully landscaped Green that will be used by the whole community for years to come.

25 Mar 2021

Tidy Districts Team News

Hooray, some news that isn’t about planning stuff!

Friarsland Road Green:
Lots more progress has been made in the last few months on this space. A new balance beam/ kids bench along with bird boxes and apple trees have been added to the Green. Hopefully everyone will take an opportunity to include this spot on their walk and enjoy the area. 

Lane Planters:
The last of the planters in the pedestrian lane has now been installed. The boxes are now in full bloom and we think they add some colour to the area. Thanks to the mystery artist who adds the colourful rocks, they bring a smile to our faces. Some mysterious seashells have also recently appeared.

Tidy-up Day:
The annual An Taisce Spring Clean day is provisionally scheduled for 17th April, however this is subject to change depending on government restrictions in place at the time. More details will be sent out closer to the time. 

24 Mar 2021

Goatstown Road – Roadworks

It appears Goatstown Road will be closed southbound from the junction with Roebuck Road all the way up to The Goat for the next 5-6 weeks. There will be no access southbound (i.e. coming from town heading to The Goat direction) except for buses. But there does appear to be northbound access (i.e. heading into town direction).

“GMC will be commencing works at the Goatstown Road/Larchfield junction this week on behalf of Irish Water. The works are scheduled to take 5-6 weeks to complete and traffic management measures will be required to facilitate the works. Please see attached maps showing the diversion route along Roebuck Road that will be in place. If any require any further information please contact customerservice@gmcirl.com.”

You can see a PDF with details here.

31/3/21: A new PDF with slightly more detail can be found here.

23 Mar 2021

Survey Results

You may remember we asked you to fill out a two part survey last month. The results of both parts – ‘Dundrum Central’ and ‘Traffic & Travel’ are below.

We would like to thank everyone that took the time to participate. We would especially like to thank the volunteers who organised and delivered physical copies to our ‘off-line’ households. We were really encouraged to see such a high level of community engagement.

The ‘Dundrum Central’ survey results informed our submission to the LDA’s concept proposal for the site. As you know, we have been arguing that given the scale of what is being proposed (basically what amounts to a new town), combined with the inadequacy of the current SHD planning process, real substantive engagement with the neighbouring communities is vital.

We’re disappointed to report that the LDA’s approach has been lacking in this regard. So far we feel it has been more of a box-ticking exercise than real engagement. However with the support of our elected representatives, we will continue to attempt to engage with the LDA to attempt to achieve an outcome that works for everyone.

The local traffic and travel results also make for interesting reading. We will be passing it, all comments and all feedback on to the Council and Councillors in due course.

You can view the survey results in PDF format here – Dundrum Central Survey, Traffic and Travel Survey. Or see gallery versions below.

Dundrum Central Survey:

Traffic and Travel Survey:

08 Mar 2021

OLG – Council Meeting

We recently sent an email to the Dundrum, Stillorgan and Sandyford/Glencullen Councillors regarding the upcoming Dundrum Area Committee meeting on 10th March 2021, when the Colbeam SHD for Our Lady’s Grove site on Goatstown Road will be considered. We asked that the Councillors read our email and our attached letter, ahead of this meeting. It provides useful information regarding the background and issues relating to this SHD application.

No doubt they have already received many emails from concerned residents. We expect that an unprecedented number of objections to this development will be submitted to ABP.

In summary:
The local community is opposed to this development. It should be refused permission for many reasons, not least because it materially contravenes the CDP 2016-2022 in numerous ways.

Material Contraventions that relate to this development:

1. Density
The density proposed (164.62ha) is a Material Contravention of the CDP 2016-2022.
(See section 2.1 attached.)

2. Height
The height of the north, middle and south blocks represents a Material Contravention of the CDP 2016-2022.
(See section 2.2 attached.)

3. Open Space
The Provision of Open Space fails to “maintain the open character of the site” and is a Material Contravention of the CDP 2016-2022.
(See section 2.3 attached.)

4. Tree Removal
The removal of trees from the site represents a Material Contravention of the CDP 2016-2022.
(See section 2.4 attached.)

5. Future Needs of the Schools
The failure to “have regard to the future needs of the school and allow sufficient space to be retained adjacent to the school for possible future school expansion/redevelopment”, represents a Material Contravention of the CDP 2016-2022
(See section 2.5 attached.)

Further detail can be found in our attachment.

01 Mar 2021

CMH – Submission – Initial Concept Designs

We have put together a lengthy and detailed submission in respect of the concept designs put forward by the LDA in relation to the proposed development of the Central Mental Hospital site.

We are aware that Ireland is in the midst of a housing crisis. It needs housing, but the right type of housing that works for all. The State, through the LDA, are commencing what is perhaps the biggest public home building project in the state since the 1930s. They have an opportunity, and a responsibility, to take an over-arching and ambitious approach to this site and how it integrates with existing communities.

We perceive that the LDA is applying a “private developer” mindset; maximising units, minimising costs and focusing on the Development to the detriment of the wider communities into which it is attempting to fit. This is to the detriment of other state agencies who will be left dealing with the resulting problems. This is fundamentally wrong.

We note that the LDA’s strategic framework specifically includes “Generating partnerships and collaborations with partners and other people seeking to deliver affordable sustainable homes” and speaks of partnerships with local authorities. Nowhere do we see a reference to partnership with local communities, nor a commitment not to decrease the quality of life of those communities.

We stand ready to become one of those partners, and reiterate our commitment to endeavour to work collaboratively with the LDA in order to ensure that the proposed Development works not only for the LDA, but also for our members, our community and, most importantly, our neighbouring communities.

You can read the full submission here.

01 Mar 2021

CMH – Cross-party Councillors’ Submission

As you know, we have been communicating with our elected representatives over the past while in relation to the proposed designs put forward by the LDA for the Central Mental Hospital site. We have informed them of our experiences with the LDA to date, as well as putting forward our community’s issues with the concept designs.

We are very happy to see many of our issues reflected in the cross-party letter written by all Dundrum Councillors in relation to this phase of the project. They have come together to write a powerful letter to the LDA outlining their concerns. The Residents’ Association would like to commend them for representing us in this manner, and thank them for all their efforts.

The signators are:
Cllr. Jim O’Leary (FG)
Cllr. Anne Colgan (Ind)
Cllr. Peter O’Brien (Labour)
Cllr. Daniel Dunne (GP)
Cllr. Shay Brennan (FF)
Cllr. Seán McLoughlin (Ind)
Cllr. Anna Grainger (FG)

You can read this letter here.

27 Feb 2021

IGB – Permission Granted

DLR County Council has granted permission for temporary school buildings on the IGB site. This is to house the secondary school (Goatstown Education Together Secondary School). The permission is valid for five years. The development will consist of prefab type buildings at the front of the site (Goatstown Road side), and a path running through the site with pedestrian/cyclist openings at Mount Carmel Road and Farmhill Road. We hope to have a meeting with the Principal soon to discuss various issues.

You can read the Planner’s Report here.

You can read the Decision Letter here.