Further to my request to the Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Michael O’Donovan last week, calling on him to reconvene the Liffey Valley Advisory Committee which hasn’t met for the last 5 Years! (see here), the Mayor has emailed me and stated that he hopes to hold a meeting of the Committee in January.
Im delighted about this because, as I said in my press release, there are a range of important issues that have to be addressed about the Liffey Valley area (flooding in Strawberry Beds, possible Metro West bridge, extending the SAAO) and I think these need to be tackled on a cross county basis.
I look forward to hearing about the issues that the Committee will be addressing at its January meeting – maybe they might even be able to find the minutes from their last meeting in 2003 which are still missing!!
Text of Mayor of Fingals reply to me:
Roderic, a chara
Your point is well made.
However, I can assure you that we are still making progress on the Fingal side of the Valley.
We have, in the Development Plan, managed to maintain the Green Belt zoning on lands on the shoulder of the Liffey Valley and, of course, the SAAO remains in place in the core Valley area.
I have recently visited the Lucan Demesne/St. Catherine’s Park site and I’m happy that this parkland is developing well as a place for passive and active recreation. Fingal has invested €8 million there so far, and I’m confident we will preserve the wildlife areas there as well as developing sports fields on the lands.
We also have a plan to refurbish the old Metal Footbridge, although I’m not sure if funding is in place.
There is, of course, much more to be done, and it is important that we co-ordinate our efforts.
In the next week, I hope to bring officials and Councillors from the three local authorities together for a think-tank and to convene the Liffey Valley Committee in January.
We have good plans, including the development of the Shakleton Mills (now in Fingal ownership) as an interpretative centre for the Valley. We do, however, need OPW funding if we are to get the job done.
Perhaps you could prevail on your senior colleague John Gormley to release funding for the Liffey Valley National Park project. (This year, Fingal has been cut by 7% in our finance from the Government!).
I believe one of the reasons the Liffey Valley Committee meets so rarely is because so little funding is available for the Valley, even though we have the plans.
Cllr Michael O’Donovan