Come on, clean up site, say residents

by Ian Begley

A site on the lands south of The Paddocks and Dodsboro Road/Tandy’s Lane has sparked controversy with a number of complaints from residents who feel that the land is being poorly looked after by its receivers, Grant Thornton.
Grant Thornton is the receiver appointed to manage The Paddocks development and land, previously owned by Maplewood Developments.
John Dalton, of Dalton and Co Estate agency, has told the Gazette that he has been speaking to several residents from the area who are “very concerned” about the unsightly condition that the land is in.
He said: “The whole place is very dilapidated when you go up there – it’s a total waste ground. On behalf of the residents it’s been like that for some years now and they’re very concerned that it’s going to be like that for a number of years to come.
“Basically, [the residents] are asking Grant Thornton to be good neighbours and clean the place up and maybe put some sort of fencing around it. It’s an absolute eyesore driving up the road and it can be a danger for kids with concrete and bits and pieces left around the place,” said Dalton.
Dalton believes that no effort has been made to maintain the site since Grant Thornton took over as its receiver, and believes that the now abandoned building site looks as though it will never be completed.
He said: “It’s not as if [the site] has been like this for two or three months – it’s now years at this stage of the game. The problem is that residents see that no effort has been made whatsoever to clean the place up or to fence it off in some sort of way.
“Before Grant Thornton took over as the site’s receivers, in fairness, it was in the same condition, but of course they were building on it at the time so at least you could say “well that’s a building site and it’s going to be finished in a year’s time” or whatever it may be, but by the looks of it now there is no sign of it being finished – it’s just been left there,” said Dalton.
Lucan Councillor William Lavelle (FG) said that he has called on Grant Thornton to provide a more attractive boundary treatment between the undeveloped lands south of The Paddocks and Dodsboro Road/Tandys Lane.
He said: “Residents in Dodsboro are fed-up having to look out at this unsightly boundary which comprises ramshackle and falling-down metal railings fronting an unfinished building site.”
Lavelle had previously called on South Dublin County Council (SDCC) to use it powers to force the receiver to improve the boundary.
However, in response to a motion which Lavelle tabled at last October’s meeting of the Lucan Area Committee, council officials reported that “attractive boundary treatments to Dodsboro Cottages and Tandy’s lane are beyond the boundaries of the envisaged taking-in-charge areas and are in areas which are the subject of current live planning permissions. Accordingly we, SDCC, cannot force the developer to carry out works here”.
A spokesman for Grant Thornton said: “The receiver takes his responsibilities for the health and safety and upkeep of the former Maplewood Development lands extremely seriously. A full time project manager is engaged to assess and address issues as they emerge and the receiver will be happy to respond in writing to all reasonable requests from the residents’ committee.”

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