Residents in Dublin 8 have called the forthcoming closure of Weaver Square community garden “short-sighted” as the land is earmarked for housing.
The community garden is scheduled to close on December 31, with locals using the amenities being told they will be locked out of the 182sqm site after that date.
The local community has said the move is a “failure to recognise” the benefits of green spaces within the locality, with such areas already in limited supply in The Liberties.
In a statement, the Weaver Square Community Garden Group say that while they recognise that the council have housing targets, and they support moves to address the housing crisis, there are alternative sites owned by DCC that can be used instead of the community garden.
Ivanna Chovgan of South West Inner City Network said: “The community garden has been a lifeline for all the inner city groups deprived of green space.
“Children and young adults have learnt grow-your-own skills and self-sufficiency; it has given therapy to people who desperately need it, and it has brought individuals of different backgrounds together in a unique space – not to mention the food it provides to feed local families.
“It would be a short-sighted disaster to so many people to lose this place.”
An eviction notice for the allotment was issued by Dublin City Council, with residents now protesting the council’s decision.
People using the Weaver Square Community Garden and allotments are to be placed on existing waiting lists for green spaces.
It is believed that the allotment space, and the adjoining Weaver Park, will be utilised for 102 rapid-build housing units – despite the fact that there are currently no planning applications for the site.
In a statement to Dublin Gazette, Dublin City Council said: “The site at Chamber/Weaver Street is zoned in the City Development Plan for residential purposes. It is owned by the council and forms part of our limited land bank for the development of social housing.
“There is a housing crisis in Dublin city and we have to make best possible use of the limited land bank that we have. There is a large number of households on our housing waiting lists for this area.
“Currently, this land is being used for allotments on short-term licence agreements. It was always intended to develop housing on this site.
“We are trying to source an alternative location in the Dublin 8 area to cater for the allotment licencees currently using this site.”