I want to say a big thank you to everyone who voted for me in Friday’s local elections and everyone who helped out in my campaign. I’d like to say a particular thanks to the members of the Dublin West Green Party, my campaign manager Barra and my family.
Obviously I am very disappointed not to have taken a seat on this occasion. I take comfort from the fact that I almost doubled my share of first preference votes and on the final count 1 was only 600 votes short of taking a seat.
I think the fact that the Green Party failed to win any seats on Fingal County Council is deeply concerning, particularly with the new Fingal County Development Plan being drawn up. On the doors over the last few weeks, people were very supportive of the ideas I was proposing for inclusion in the new Development Plan, including no rezoning of land for housing in the Dublin 15 area, a new section on Safe Routes to School and an emphasis on new community facilities.
Unfortunately, I will not be in a position to directly input these proposals into the Development Plan as a member of the Council. However, I fully intend to campaign on these and other quality of life issues for residents of Dublin 15. The need for proper planning is the reason I stood for election in the first place and I intend to continue to work on this and other issues as a member of the Green Party over the next few years.
Thanks again for your support.
Green Party Castleknock ward candidate, Roderic O’Gorman has called for amendments to be made to the zoning of the ‘Flower shop’ site in the centre of Castleknock village as part of the new Fingal County Development Plan.
“Many residents of Castleknock were deeply concerned by the proposal over the last year to build a high density commercial and residential development in the centre of Castleknock village, on the ‘Flower shop’ site. Along with many residents of the village, I objected to this development and I was delighted to see the application withdrawn a few months ago”, stated Roderic O’Gorman.
“The next step is to work to ensure that such an inappropriate development cannot progress on this site in the future. If I am elected to Fingal County Council on Friday I will seek to use the new Fingal County Development Plan to achieve this. Specifically, I will seek to have a new map based local objective applied to the Flower Shop site which would require a revised Urban Centre Strategy to be prepared for the village centre based on genuine consultation with local residents”.
“This new local objective would require that the revised Urban Centre Strategy include appropriate types of uses for the site, and also a maximum building height which would respect the village character of Castleknock. There would also be a requirement for a detailed traffic management plan for the village centre”.
“The revision of the Fingal County Development Plan is one of the most significant tasks that the newly elected Council will undertake. It offers the opportunity to shape planning across Fingal and Dublin 15 in particular, up until 2017. If I am elected on Friday, I shall use the development plan to address past planning mistakes and ensure new mistakes are not made at sites like the centre of Castleknock village”, concluded Roderic O’Gorman.
Roderic O’Gorman: 087 417 9777
Green Party Castleknock ward candidate, Roderic O’Gorman has welcomed the publication of a new Planning Bill by the Minister for the Environment, John Gormley TD. O’Gorman stated that the bill contained new provisions that were designed to tackle many of the planning problems that had been encountered over the last fifteen years.
“I am delighted to see the publication of this new Planning Bill. It will make a large number of key changes to the existing law and tackle many of the problems currently within the planning process”, stated Roderic O’Gorman.
“The provision of schools has been the area where Dublin 15 has suffered most as a result of bad planning and greed by developers. The new bill addresses school site provision in a number of ways. All new commercial developments will be subject to financial levies which will be ring fenced for the provision of new school facilities for the local community. Further, local authorities must when assessing new planning applications, be able to identify appropriate school sites and facilities for at least every 200 new residential units proposed”.
“The new bill also takes measures to ensure that councillors do not ‘over-zone’ land. Planning Authorities will be unable to zone land for development in a manner which is not consistent with national policy. This will prevent over zoning and will prohibit developers and vested interests having an improper undue influence on the councillors during the zoning of land. Also, councillors will be strictly forbidden from including last minute zoning in development plans or local area plans at Council Meetings which have not been subject to prior public consultation and scrutiny”.
“The new Planning Bill contains a wide range of other legislative changes to open the planning process to the public and to ensure that bad planning decisions are avoided. It is a great shame that many of these changes were not introduced a few years ago, before Dublin 15 underwent the huge housing boom it has experienced over the last few years”.
“However, with work starting on the new Fingal Development Plan over the next two years, the new Planning Bill will give the new Council elected in June the opportunity to avoid many of the mistakes of the past and to ensure that planning decisions are taken for the good of our community and provide us with the infrastructure such as schools that we so desperately need”, stated Roderic O’Gorman.
Roderic O’Gorman: 087 417 9777