Residents worried at €810k Greenway link

by Gazette Reporter

AROUND 250 local citizens turned up to two meetings outlining the proposed Cabinteely Greenway project which will link Cornelscourt and Cherrywood.
The Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown proposal is now on public display and includes proposals to install a cycle and walkway through Cabinteely Park and the park estate.
Cllr Deirdre Donnelly (Ind) attended both meetings and is urging residents in the Cabinteely, Foxrock and Cornelscourt areas to engage with the public consultation process. She has sent flyers out advertising it.
On January 13, around 50 people showed up at a council-organised meeting at Cabinteely Library to launch the public consultation process for the greenway.
Due to the high level of interest shown, a second information evening organised by the Park Residents’ Association and CADRA (Cabinteely and District Residents’ Association) took place in St Brigid’s Girls’ National School on January 21. This was attended by around 200 citizens.
The Park Residents’ Association secretary Colm O’Hare told The Gazette: “This greenway is coming into our estate through a new opening from the park, and there’s a lot of concern about that. The main one is that it’s cutting across a green amenity opposite some houses on Glen Lawn Drive on a river bank. It’s a very nice area, where kids play in the summer.
“This [greenway] will become, in time, a busy route into our estate, bringing a lot more people into the park and through it.
“There are about 600 houses in the Park estate and we have an awful lot of things which bring people in from outside, such as St Brigid’s school, the main car park for Cabinteely Park, the Grainstore and the Japanese Gardens. We also have two creches, a Tesco, a dry cleaners and a medical centre, so a lot of people come in and out of the estate on a daily basis already,” he said.
A council spokesperson said construction of the greenway would take around five months and cost an estimated €810,000.
The spokesperson added: “The scheme will be constructed with minimum disruption for the users of Cabinteely Park, as the new greenway will run alongside St Brigid’s stream and be separate from the existing footpath network.”
Cllr Donnelly said a number of residents at the second meeting also expressed concern that some mature trees would be chopped down. However, the council plans to plant more trees as part of the project.
She said she had received “a number of emails from residents, some of whom were opposed to the scheme. Others had reservations about the certain aspects of it, such as privacy and the width of the [cycle] track.”
However, Cllr Donnelly also said some residents supported the scheme.
Cllr Liam Dockery (FF), who was also at both meetings, said: “Opinions are divided. Some residents are concerned about the effect they feel it will have on visual amenity, for example lighting, upkeep and maintenance, and graffiti.”
Cllr Lettie McCarthy (Lab) said: “Fear among some residents is that the greenway could become a major thoroughfare, but other greenway spines have shown that this is not the reality. The greenways are well-used though, so there is no anti-social behaviour either.”

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