Rush locals demand action over six derelict properties on Main Street

by Sylvia Pownall

Rush Tidy Towns (TT) is calling for action on a row of six derelict properties which have “destroyed” the charm of the town for more than a decade.

The voluntary organisation gathered 1,197 names on a petition which has been sent to the developer who owns the vacant houses, and copied to Fingal County Council.

Rush TT chairperson Brendan O’Reilly said locals were fed up looking at the eyesore – which has become a den for drinking and other anti-social activity.

He told Dublin Gazette: “The row of six derelict houses on Rush Main Street are in a disgraceful and dilapidated state.

“For over a decade, they have destroyed the charm of our town for residents and visitors alike.

“They have attracted anti-social behaviour and caused untold damage to commercial businesses on the Main Street.”

Rushbury Properties Limited was granted planning permission several years ago for a mixed-use development to include a supermarket as anchor tenant.

But the project has stalled and the vacant houses have fallen into a serious state of disrepair.

The petition states: “We, the undersigned, demand that Rushbury Properties Limited take immediate action to reinstate the frontage of the six derelict houses to a condition in character with the rest of the Main Street.

“Or alternatively that the development of the derelict site be commenced as per the planning permission granted for the site.”

It continues: “The sense of frustration and despair in the town of Rush directly associated with this row of derelict buildings is palpable on a daily basis.

“We accept nothing less than action.”

An update posted on the group’s Facebook page advises that a phone call has been received from the developer to say contracts are in the process of being signed with “an anchor tenant who is a large supermarket operator”.

The developer has also advised that a start date for the project should be agreed in “a month or so”.

Rush Tidy Towns has given the news a cautious welcome, vowing to “keep the pressure on”.

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