Petition to ‘save field’ is launched

by Gazette Reporter

A campaign opposing the redevelopment of a green space used as a play area for local children into a housing scheme has been launched by residents in the Neilstown area.
Around 100 locals living near the Letts Field area in Clondalkin have signed a petition against the proposed construction of 48 houses on the site by South Dublin County Council.
The proposed new works by the council include 18 three-bedroom houses suitable for four tenants, 25 three-bedroom units suitable for five people, four four-bed homes suitable for six people and a specially adapted dormer unit.
The development of Letts Field is currently part of a public consultation which will end on July 2.
The proposal also consists of landscaping and a park/play area.
Cllr Francis Timmons (Ind) said he cautiously welcomes the proposed development of a 48-unit infill housing project on undeveloped lands at Letts Field abutting both the Neilstown Road and Ninth Lock Road.
He said: “I am calling for full public consultation with locals. There is a desperate need for housing in the area. We have 8,500 on the list and we need central government to release funds in order to start building and get people housed.”
He added: “We do need to keep some green spaces in North Clondalkin and I will be keeping a close eye on all upcoming housing proposals in our area. I think the best way of sorting out our housing issue is to build on the Clonburris lands.”
The Gazette spoke to nearby Moorfield resident Amanda Holmes, whose 14-year-old son plays football in the field.
She said: “Loads of kids play in the area and the school [St Peter the Apolstle National School] uses it too when they’re out doing their sports. The kids feel let down because they weren’t involved in the consideration to build houses on it.
“They’ve said it was a place of antisocial behaviour but this has never, ever been the case. Residents pride themselves on it [Lett’s Field].
“We do understand that there is social housing needed but they want to use green lands to put houses on but they’re not taking into consideration the green land need for children to play on.”
She went on to say that plenty of objections have gone in since the public consultation began and residents will hand over their petition against the proposed development to the council at the next public meeting.
Plans and particulars of the proposed schemes will be available for inspection until June 18 at SDCC Tallaght, Civic Offices, Clondalkin or can be viewed online at www.sdcc.ie.
Written submissions or observations on the proposed development can be made in writing to The Senior Executive Officer, Housing Department, SDCC County Hall, Tallaght, up to July 2.

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