By Kim O’Leary
CONCERNS have been expressed over plans for a 13-storey apartment complex on the seafront in Dun Laoghaire.
Some residents have hit out at what they claim is a lack of public engagement on proposed plans, with worries that the high-rise building will block views of the harbour.
One resident told the Dublin Gazette that they fear that this would cause an “eyesore” and stick out like a sore thumb.
They warned: “I think it would be something of an eyesore and distract from the natural beauty of Dun Laoghaire Harbour.
“Also, the apartments would be right smack in the middle of an already busy area with boats going in an out.”
The Save our Seafront group in Dun Laoghaire said it has been monitoring recent developments regarding the future of the harbour.
In a statement it said: “The council has hired consultants to produce plans for the future of Dún Laoghaire Harbour and the town of Dún Laoghaire.
“We have discussed this before at meetings of Save Our Seafront, and many of us are sceptical that these consultants are either necessary or if they are the best people to make plans for our Harbour and our town.
“We have campaigned for many years for our harbour to be run by the council rather than the Harbour Company. Now we have a fantastic opportunity to develop the harbour as a working harbour, a public amenity and to celebrate its unique historical and cultural heritage.”
Local Cllr Juliet O’Connell said that recent frustration has created huge interest in a public consultation for the future of Dun Laoghaire Town and our harbour.
She revealed: “As a final push on a lengthy campaign I am hosting an online public meeting on Friday 26 (February) at 7pm to encourage public engagement in three online DLRCC (with KPMG and Indecon) surveys the results of which will form the basis for the development plan for the harbour.”
The closing date for public submissions on both the economic and strategic plans is this Sunday February 28.
Plans for an e8m national water sports campus at the harbour propose the construction of an all-tide publicly-accessible slipway (none currently in the Greater Dublin Area) as well as a marine services facility, providing a much-needed home for the supporting industry.
The campus also seeks to provide a marketing framework to make boating more accessible to the general public.
Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council has been contacted for comment.