Local site earmarked for Travellers valued for sale

by Rebecca Ryan
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Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown county council is getting a valuation on a number of its sites, including one at Mount Anville.

The site on Mount Anville Road in Goatstown was earmarked for Traveller accommodation.
At a recent local meeting, Fine Gael councillor Barry Saul proposed a motion that the former council depot site at Mount Anville be valued as a matter of urgency.

Cllr Saul told Dublin Gazette the council might need the money raised from the sites if they take on the liabilities of Dun Laoghaire harbour.

“In time, the recovery of the property market will generate significant capital funding for the council.

“With the expectation that the council will soon be required to take on a liability of €32m, it is vital that we value our council sites and assets. Our capital programme and future community facilities is linked to the sale of council depots.

“As a council we need to look at the land assets we currently hold and seek a strategy for future use.

“An integral part of this strategy is seeking a valuation for sites, which would include the Mount Anville Site.”

The valuation of the site is expected to be completed in the next few weeks.
A council spokesperson said any proposed disposal of DLR lands will be brought to the relevant Area Committee of the council in the first place.

“There is an objective in the Traveller Accommodation Programme 2014 to 2018 and in the previous TAPs before that to provide Traveller Accommodation at Mt Anville,” the council said.

“The provision of traveller accommodation and social housing in this area has also been identified in the County Development Plan.”

The spokesperson also said the site was “occupied by various dlr depots prior to their move to the Ballyogan Operations centre. No decision has been made on the redevelopment of the site at this time.”

Minister Josepha Madigan said: “The land in question is very valuable. It’s not on the market yet but if and when that does happen it is important that we maximise the return from an economic perspective.

“Any sale of the land would have to be agreed at a meeting of the full council. It is vital that a full cost benefit analysis is carried out on all council owned sites prior to any sale to maximise revenue.”

A spokesperson from Pavee Point told Dublin Gazette there is a Traveller accommodation crisis nationally, with “an estimated 5,500 Travellers in need of a decent place to live”.

“Overcrowding and poor living conditions is impacting on Traveller health with a 15-year life expectancy gap for men and a 12-year life expectancy gap for women (All Ireland Traveller Health Study 2010).

“There is a dire need for Traveller specific accommodation to be developed and local authorities should be doing all they possibly can to ensure people who are marginalised and excluded, including children, have a decent place to live.”

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