€134m three year plan to upgrade facilities

by Emma Nolan

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council have approved a Capital Expenditure Programme of €134m over the three year period 2016 to 2018. Approximately €111m of the total expenditure of €134m will be funded from the council’s own resources, with the balance of €23m coming from non-council resources – mainly grant aid from central Government departments.
In selecting projects for inclusion, the Council has sought to ensure a reasonable balance in capital expenditure between Dun Laoghaire and Dundrum and to prioritise community and recreational facilities.
The plan will also be reviewed on an annual basis and projects may be added if funding and other opportunities arise.
Speaking on the approval of the programme, An Cathaoirleach Cllr Barry Saul (FG) said: “It is expected that the progression of these schemes will vastly enhance the quality of life of the communities they will serve.”
Some of the projects included in the programme are the completion of phase one of the Samuel Beckett Civic Campus in Ballyogan, and of phase two of the Marlay Park Courtyard Units, which will upgrade the courtyard for the weekly markets.
Funding was allocated for the Dun Laoghaire Harbour ‘Badeschiff’ project, which will provide an open swimming pool adjacent to the East Pier, and additional expenditure will be allocated to flood alleviation measures across the county.
The Leopardstown Link Road and Roundabout Reconfiguration will be completed, allowing for further development of infrastructure in Sandyford.
Significant expenditure will be allocated to traffic improvement schemes, with a focus on walking and cycling modes.
A programme of parks improvements at Ballawley, Blackrock and Carysfort Parks will see upgrades to landscaping, ponds and the Blackrock Park band stand.
A number of elected representatives welcomed the plan at the council meeting last Monday.
Cllr Lynsey McGovern (Ind) told The Gazette: “This new council capital spending plan will boost community development, sports, leisure and amenity facilities across the county – it will also boost the construction sector, local jobs and the local economy. It’s simply a great news story.”
McGovern said she was particularly pleased that Fernhill Gardens, Glencullen village plan and the Marlay Park master plan will benefit.
Cllr Neale Richmond (FG) said that the planned projects include “much needed recreational developments such as a running track for Marlay Park, new pool for Stillorgan, new park at Fernhill, new pool for Ballyogan and new library in Stillorgan, as well as big roads projects for Blackglen Road and Bracken Link Road”.
Cllr Melisa Halpin [PBP] welcomed the plan, particularly the funding to make the residential streets to the back of Dun Laoghaire Main Street around Cross Avenue safe for the families that live there, but criticised the allocation of €1.5m to the Dun Laoghaire Harbour floating pool project which she and her party have vocally opposed.
Cllr Carrie Smyth and Cllr Lettie McCarthy (both Lab), both told The Gazette that they are “delighted” with the plan.

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