Kilmacud residents confused over green space ownership

by Gary Ibbotson
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Confusion over the ownership of a green space in Kilmacud has residents worried that the park may be redeveloped by a third party.

The piece of land in question lies between Marsham Court housing estate and Dale Road near Kilmacud Road Upper.

At a recent public meeting chaired by Fine Gael councillor, Barry Saul, it was revealed that the green space has been maintained by the local authority since the 1980s but it is unclear as to what entity actually owns the land.

“The open space was previously owned by Redesdale Garden Estates limited,” says Saul.

“It was owned by the householders in the area and at an AGM in 1979 it was proposed to transfer the land to Dublin County Council.

“Dublin County Council did not complete this transfer. The land is zoned for open space so there is protection for the site but there is also a moral obligation given the previous transfer from the residents,” he says.

In 2016, an as-of-yet unknown third party filed a first registration with the Land Registry claiming ownership of the land.

The space is currently zoned as Objective F, meaning the land is preserved as an “open space with ancillary active recreational activities.”

The property was zoned in the County Development Plan 2016-2022.

Residents say that fencing was erected around a section of the park near Dale Road which previously featured trees.

At the recent meeting it was announced that an application was made to rezone the land for private housing. Councillor Saul says he is still waiting for a reply from the Land Registry for clarification on the matter.

However, residents were also reassured that the now defunct Redesdale Residents Association have the relevant documents pertaining to the transfer of the open space to Dublin County Council and will be handing over the documents at the nearest convenience.

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