€14m road plan sees complaint made to Fingal County council

by Sylvia Pownall

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]A formal complaint about planning issues in Donabate has been submitted to Fingal County Council and the Minister for Housing.

Supporting Proper Development in Donabate (SPDD) have also sent a copy of the letter outlining their concerns to An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.

SPDD claims that the long-awaited €14 million Donabate Distributor Road is being constructed as a single carriageway in contravention of its planning permission.

Completion of the 18-month project is seen as crucial to the future development of the peninsula, but campaigners say the 4km road is not being built as promised.

The road was granted planning permission as a dual carriageway for 3km of its length, with Fingal County Council citing safety concerns as a primary reason for the two-lane option.

However, according to information from Minister Eoghan Murphy in a Dail reply to questions submitted on SPDD’s behalf, the road is being built as a single carriageway along its entire length.

The road, which will run easterly from the R126 Hearse Road across the railway line and head northerly to reconnect with the R126 on the Portrane Road, is due for completion in mid-2019.

Meanwhile the council has sought expressions of interest for the construction of up to 1,200 units at Ballymastone and has granted permission for a number of private housing developments.

The comprehensive complaint also details how a public right-of-way at the Paddocks/Somerton development on the Portrane Road remains closed despite its retention being a condition of planning permission.

This is putting school children “at extreme risk” according to SPDD because the walkway has been used to safely access all primary and secondary schools on the peninsula.

SPDD points out in its complaint that it has concerns that the planning enforcement section of FCC is understaffed and needs to be resourced immediately as Fingal is the fastest growing local authority in Europe.

Earlier this year, a concerned resident in Donabate raised the issue of heavy construction traffic with the Road Safety Authority and warned that children’s lives were being put at risk.

A peaceful street protest was held to highlight residents’ concerns over the volume of construction traffic – and the contentious right of way issue.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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