A local TD has slammed delays in building a Primary Care Centre in Rowlagh, Clondalkin, branding them “ridiculous”.
The Department of Education agreed to transfer the site to the HSE in 2015 but planning permission is yet to be sought, with the HSE saying the centre may not be completed until 2020.
The information was acquired through a Parliamentary Question (PQ) by Deputy John Curran (FF) last week. He said he couldn’t understand why there have been so many delays with the project.
“In November 2015 I was informed by the HSE that agreement was reached with the Department of Education in relation to the transfer of the site for the development of this facility; that the preliminary design stage of the development was complete and that the public consultation process was also complete,” he said.
“I was informed that the HSE intended to apply for planning permission in early 2016.
“It is now February 2018 and the HSE have failed to submit an application for planning for this development for over two years now. I cannot understand what the delay in progressing this project is.”
Deputy Curran said it was “appalling” that such little progress has been made.
“The provision of primary care centres in the greater Dublin Mid-West area has persisted in demonstrating an alarming lack of progress,” he said.
“Primary Care Centres play an integral role in ensuring that those who do not need to be in acute care are removed from a hospital setting, by providing a range of multi-disciplinary services in the community.
“This distinct lack of progress is an indictment of the Government’s failure to follow through on its promise to develop sufficient primary care services.
“We are continually promised its delivery, yet little urgency has been applied to provide the service in Rowlagh.”
In response to Deputy Curran’s PQ, the HSE said that they were advised by South Dublin County Council to carry out a traffic impact assessment (TIA) prior to applying for planning permission.
The HSE said they are currently carrying out the TIA.A letter to Deputy Cur-ran from the HSE said: “Letter of Consent from the Department of Education has been received, and once the TIA is com-plete, the planning and application will be submit-ted.
“It is envisaged that the planning application will be submitted by the end of Q1 2019.
“Subject to successful receipt of planning, it would be anticipated to start on site in Q1 2019 with an expected completion of Q3 2020, assuming no funding or delivery delays.”