A local councillor is encouraging locals to engage in the public consultations on the Ballyogan and Environs Local Area Plan.
Sinn Fein councillor for Sandyford Glencullen, Chris Curran said he is deeply concerned about a potential 100% population increase between Stepaside Village, Jamestown, Glencairn, Ballyogan and Carrickmines over the next six to ten years.
He said it is important people have a say in the future of the area.
“The council provided councillors with an ‘issues paper’ as part of the Ballyogan and Environs Local Area Plan (BELAP). The plan sets out the council’s objectives for the next 6-10 years.
“The fact that 41% of residential land in the immediate area is undeveloped, is shocking.
“The issues paper actually states that a population increase of 100% would ‘represent a reasonable scenario’.
Cllr Curran said he welcomes the new housing, but there needs to be assurance that people from the area can afford to live in the area and not be driven away by spiralling house prices.
“Just as importantly, we need to make sure that these new developments are met with right amenities and services like a Garda station, school places, medical services, retail spaces, transportation, parks and leisure facilities,” he added.
“Again, I am calling for Stepaside Garda Station to be reopened but we must begin the plans now for the development of a Garda Station in Carrickmines.
“The title of the plan is unintentionally misleading.
“Readers would expect it refers to just Ballyogan. It doesn’t – its far wider and people need to know.
“The ‘BELAP’ considers residential densities, land availability, transport needs, services, pathways, cycle routes and much more.
“Local people need to examine these plans very carefully.
“They need to look at the future needs of our community considering the forecasted population increase.
“I thoroughly welcome the news regarding our new swimming pool and Phase two of the Samuel Beckett Civic campus because it demonstrates Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council’s readiness, but we cannot be complacent.”
Cllr Curran is encouraging locals to attend a public meeting in a few weeks’ time.
“The council will be holding a public consultation session in the Samuel Beckett Civic Campus on Tuesday, May 25.
“Council officials will be available to answer questions as well as outline the process for public consultation.
“I strongly urge concerned residents to attend, ask questions and make submissions via the council’s website.”