A big funding boost announced for projects in Stillorgan and Dundrum have been welcomed.

On Monday, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy announced that 88 projects across Ireland will be allocated a total of €100 million under the Urban Regeneration and Development Fund (URDF).

Local Minister Josepha Madigan is delighted with the major infrastructure boost for the two communities. “I have been campaigning for the development of a new cultural and civic space in Dundrum for many months, and it is great to see this development move a step closer.

“Dundrum is more than just a shopping centre – it is a historic urban area and should be recognised as such. I am firm in my belief that a dedicated civic and cultural space for the strong local community in Dundrum must be a primary feature of any Local Area Plan for Dundrum.”

Cllr Deirdre Donnelly (IND) has also welcomed the news. “I am delighted to hear that Stillorgan is a recipient of over €1.3m. It is great news for the residents of Stillorgan particularly those in St Laurence’s Park and Beaufield Park,” said Cllr Donnelly.

The news comes as Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council have announced they intend to prepare a Local Area Plan (LAP) for Dundrum from 2019-2025.

An ‘Issues Paper’ has been prepared and members of the public are
being encouraged to have their say.

Councillor Anne Colgan (IND), who is also chairperson of local group Imagine Dundrum group said it gives locals the opportunity to have their say on areas such as heritage, open spaces and recreation, community and social facilities, transport and traffic management.

She told Dublin Gazette she is delighted to see the process starting: “We’ve strongly campaigned for a local area plan, so we’re very pleased to see the process starting. It will be a really important planning framework for the development for Dundrum.”

In a statement, Imagine Dundrum have also said they are particularly interested in representing the views of people with disabilities and would like to hear any suggestions for improvement.

Local TD Catherine Martin (GP) has called on the community to make their voices heard. “This is a fantastic opportunity for the people of Dundrum to have their say in the future of their community.

“I would urge members of the community to make submissions to this consultation before the 14th of December,” said Deputy Martin.

Imagine Dundrum are holding an open meeting to share ideas on Wednesday December 5th at 7.30pm in Holy Cross Primary School, Dundrum.

The deadline for submissions to Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council is December 14th.