Clondalkin homes construction is causing distress for residents

by Padraig Conlon
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A local councillor has claimed the construction of new homes in Clondalkin is causing distress for residents.

Work on 200 units at Kilcarbery began in May, as part of a Public Private Partnership (PPP) project.

For the first time ever the PPP model, which has been used to deliver roads, schools and healthcare facilities for the State, is being used to deliver social housing.

However, according to Independent Councillor Francis Timmons, the new development is “failing to deliver as promised”.

“Local residents feel they have been misled and lied to, they had crucial maps and documentation withheld from them since the very start,” Cllr Timmons told Dublin Gazette.

“They also feel they have had to put up with so many breaches of contract, but enough is enough.

“The residents demand that the council need to respect the residents and listen to their concerns, the trust has been broken and the residents are angry with the council.”

Cllr Timmons says he asked for some time when the vote for Kilcarberry was taking place.

“I asked for a few weeks suspension to get all issues written down and agreed with residents, but unfortunately the majority of the last council voted against it and we were assured residents would be listened to.

“They say this has not happened, they have had to put up with a wall still not finished which was to be done pre any building.

“Residents say the new houses are not aligned with current houses, there are no proper dust and dirt reduction measures, plus they still have concerns over flood risk and they feel meetings with the builders SISK, have been nothing but lip service.

“Despite my reps to the council, the response has not addressed the concerns of the residents in Cherrywood Crescent, their lives should not have been unduly disturbed by the building of new houses.’

“SISK and SDCC need to work together and meet the residents to resolve the issues.

“There are several projects coming up, and it will be very hard to convince residents of other areas of the merits of these and that their concerns will be addressed.’’

In response to an enquiry from Dublin Gazette, South Dublin County Council said: “This project is being managed by the National Development Finance Agency (NDFA).

“There are ongoing challenges in this development because of the NDFA-led nature of the project, resulting in certain issues being outside of the council’s immediate control but the council will continue to engage with the NDFA to get issues addressed in support of residents.”

SISK had not replied to our enquiry at the time of going to print.

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