Fingal Independent Coverage of Darcystown Site Demonstration

Balrothery residents protest against houses

RESIDENTS of Rosepark estate in Balrothery are concerned that the last hope for a playground or recreational space for their children is to disappear if plans to build ten new social housing units on a nearby site, go ahead.

The council wants to build ten new housing units on a site in the area but residents have always believed that the site was earmarked for a playground.

They took to the streets last week in protest against the proposals to build new houses there and dozens of children joined them, appealing to Fingal County Council to keep the site for a recreational or community facility.

Treasurer of the Rosepark Residents’ Association, Nicola Bolger grew up in Balrothery and has raised her own family there and says for decades, the need for more community and recreational facilities in the area has been ignored.

Article from the Fingal Independant

Article from the Fingal Independant

‘Basically, the protest was about trying to make an awareness of the fact that here are no facilities in the village and this is the one last suitable spot left to make a safe place for children to play,’ Nicola told the Fingal Independent.

Nicola said she moved into Rosepark on ‘day one’ and residents then were told the space now targeted for development was to be set aside for a children’s playground.

With children of her own, aged seven and three, this fight is personal for Nicola and many of the young families who moved into the estate on the promise that facilities would follow.

About 90 residents and children of the estate gathered for the protest last week in a bid to make their voices heard by the council. The Rosepark Residents Association is also drafting a formal application to the plans to build ten houses on the site, which it intends to submit to Fingal County Council soon. The controversial plan to construct ten social housing units in the area has caused a lot of local concern and Balrothery Community Council has hosted a public meeting on the issue. The community council is concerned that the village is already overdeveloped and further development cannot be justified until infrastructure and community facilities catch up with the level of development in Balrothery.

Also appearing in this issue of the Fingal Indepentent is an article from the Community Council that we’d like to share with you…

Balrothery Community Council pursuing concerns

FOLLOWING the very successful public meeting held by Balrothery Community Council in September, the community council have set about pursuing a number of the issues of concern raised by residents. To that end, A meeting between executives from the Operations Department of Fingal County Council and Balrothery Community Council, was held recently and was attended by county councillors, Cllr Tony Murphy (NP), Cllr Grainne Murphy (NP) and Cllr Malachy Quinn (SP). The meeting was preceded by a walkabout tour of Balrothery Village, identifying the concerning areas, highlighting pedestrian and traffic issues and illustrating the lack of spending and poor provision of facilities following many years of development seeing the village grow four fold in 15 short years from 130 dwellings to 630. One of Balrothery Community Councils key objectives is the revisiting and updating of the existing Local Area Plan. Delivering a comprehensive action plan to address the concerns, hopes and aspirations of the community of Balrothery.

Balrothery is also set to enter National Tidy Towns competition next year, after an absence of a few years and fundraising for the effort will begin with Quiz Night will be held in the Balrothery Inn on November 21, The quiz and this year’s Balrothery Inn Christmas Draw will benefit both the community council and the tidy towns effort.

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