‘Don’t let Dundrum become Dublin’s most clogged up town’

by Rachel Darcy

Minister for Culture, Heritage and Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan, is seeking assurances that Dundrum does not become Dublin’s most clogged up town.

Minister Madigan is also renewing her call for Dundrum to have a major civic space to serve as a community centre.

Recent reports suggest developers, Hammerson, is working on plans to build hundreds of apartments in the area as part of a mixed-use scheme. The company owns a development site beside Dundrum Town Centre.

Minister Madigan said: “We must not allow the locality to become clogged up with cars and other motor vehicles. I am calling on the developers to ensure there are adequate parking arrangements for all future apartment residents.

Dundrum is already very busy. New apartments will mean more cars and more traffic. I think developers need to be mindful of residents’ concerns regarding traffic levels in Dundrum.

“We need to continue engaging with all stakeholders to ensure the community is placed front and centre of the development of the area.”

Minister Madigan also emphasised the need to nourish and celebrate Dundrum as a community and renewed her call for a major community centre to be part of the future development of Dundrum Village.

“Dundrum will continue to grow and continue to change over the coming years. As these plans progress, it is imperative that Dundrum is not just thought of as a shopping centre.

“It is a community with its own history, heritage and culture that must not only be retained, but nourished and celebrated.

“Having seen many other towns across Ireland and across Europe, I think it is clear that Dundrum needs a dedicated civic space – a major, active community centre with usable space to serve the needs of all the community.

“We need a community space for all ages to come together. Examples of the community getting together would include mother and toddler mornings; active retirement evenings; wellness workshops; art classes; cultural gatherings; town hall meetings and anything else to meet the needs and wants of Dundrum as a community.

“As your local TD and Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, I will do my utmost to deliver that centre for Dundrum.

“Our hope and expectation is that the new Dundrum will bring together the old and new in a way that retains the sense of an urban village community.

“I look forward to continuing this work with local people and delivering a future for Dundrum as a thriving village community.”

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