The Ballymun area has been awarded €30,000 in funding for the Reclaim the Lanes project, as part of the Public Service Innovation Fund, writes Rachel Cunningham.
Originally designed in the 1970s, the courtyard style of housing in Poppintree, Ballymun, was intended to create permeability and easy access through the courts through open laneways. However, over time these laneways were gated due to anti-social behaviour, rendering the majority of which derelict and limiting access for services.
This project will reclaim one of the laneways for the purpose of a public space, using a collaborative approach with community groups, local agencies and DCC cross-departmental working group. It is hoped that such a project could offer learning and scalability not only for this housing space, but for other local agency housing schemes that may struggle with similar derelict areas.
Said Fianna Fáil T.D for Dublin North West, Paul McAuliffe: “The funding will be used for contractors and materials to work alongside the community in designing a space that will enhance the area and enable reclamation of the laneway into a useful public space. Dublin City Council will be working closely with local residents and I look forward to seeing the results”, concluded.”