Councillors vote 16-10 to pass Traveller plan

by Gazette Reporter

THERE was more opposition than expected at a Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council meeting this week during a vote on the latest Draft Traveller Accommodation Programme 2014-2018 for the county.
The draft plan was endorsed by 16 councillors, with 10 opposing it.
The plan proposes Traveller accommodation at 11 potential sites around the county, including at Cloragh in Rathfarnham, Enniskerry Road in Sandyford, Glenamuck Road in Kiltiernan and Lehaunstown near Cherrywood, Pottery Road in Dun Laoghaire, Rathmichael Road near Cherrywood, Stillorgan Grove in Stillorgan, the West Pier at Dun Laoghaire Harbour, and a site at UCD.
Cllr Richard Humphreys (Lab), who voted for the new draft, told The Gazette: “There was a lot of playacting by some councillors who voted against the plan at the meeting.
“I’d have more respect for their position if they had proposed alternative sites instead of voting against the plan and requiring the manager to make the decision.”
Cllr Neale Richmond (FG) said: “I am disappointed that the manager has continued to include the site on Enniskerry Road in this plan, despite previous assertions that this site was not suitable. It is for that reason that I voted against the plan.”
Cllr Denis O’Callaghan (Lab) said: “I proposed the Traveller accommodation programme at [the] meeting. I am disappointed that some councillors voted against the programme for, in my view, spurious reasons.”
Also speaking of his opposition was Cllr John Bailey (FG), who said: “I voted against the plan. Three of the halting sites are within the space of half a mile around the Pottery Road.
“Residents of the Pottery Road have suffered enough, what with all the road works going on, and the houses were flooded five times this year. People down here have taken enough; [however] I’m for social inclusion and giving the people houses.”
Cllr Barry Saul (FG), who also voted against the plan, said: “The decision to include the Mount Anville site in this programme will have a major effect on the valuation of the site.”
A spokesperson for the Traveller group, Pavee Point, said: “Pavee Point welcomes the shift in accommodation plans from halting sites to group housing schemes evident in the Draft Traveller Accommodation Programme adopted by Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council on January 13.
“Opposition to the adoption of the document appears to have emerged in part because similar plans in the past have not been implemented. We hope that the plans will be properly carried out within the lifetime of the 2014-2018 programme.”

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