Owners to clean up Tea Rooms

by Gazette Reporter
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The owners of a vacant graffiti-covered building on Killiney beach have contacted Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council with a promise to clean it up, following revelations last week by a local councillor that it was being used for anti-social behaviour, such as drug use.

The building is the old Killiney Tea Rooms, and is situated on what is known as Dublin’s affluent “gold coast”, near many rock star mansions, including Bono’s family home and Enya’s mock castle in an area generally held to be the most expensive in the country.

Cllr Victor Boyhan (Ind) told The Gazette that the owners had visited the council about the site this week, and that the shell of a building was now being put on the derelict sites register.

The site is owned by a consortium including businessmen Declan O’Regan, Kieran Tarbett and Dun Laoghaire architect Ross Cahill O’Brien.

Cllr Boyhan contacted the council about the site after locals complained to him about its condition, which was described as: “hazardous, dirty and derelict … [and] covered in used condoms, used needles, broken glass and beer cans.”

According to Cllr Boyhan: “The site is now in an advanced state of dilapidation and the security fencing has been pulled down. There is clear evidence that the site is frequented by drug addicts who leave needles after them.

“In the interest of public health and safety, this site needs to be sterilised and secured immediately.

“Locals tell me that the old tea rooms have become a popular drinking spot for teenagers who climb drunk onto the roof most weekend nights – an accident waiting to happen.”

Following this appeal by Cllr Boyhan, the owners of the site approached the council, undertaking to clean the site.

Cllr Boyhan said: “The site has now been entered on to the derelict sites register – the effect of which will be the imposition of a levy by Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council of 3% of the value of the property per annum.”

The derelict buildings on the site are not only covered with graffiti, but also have a poem depicting death and addiction stencilled on the side, facing towards the sea.

A spokesperson for the council confirmed that: “The owners of the old Killiney Tea Rooms have been in contact with the council and have committed to clean up and secure the site.

“As of Tuesday, May 13, the site has been entered on the derelict sites register. Levies [of 3%] for derelict sites are applied in January of each year to sites on the register and are based on the value of the site.”

Owners O’Regan, Tarbett and Ross Cahill O’Brien had not responded to a request for comment by the time of going to press.

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