Tag Archive for 'Blanchardstown Village'

Safety concerns over Blanchardstown Bus Stop – O’Gorman

 

 

01/02/10

 

 

Green Party Dublin West representative, Roderic O’Gorman has called on Dublin Bus to clarify the situation with a bus stop in Blanchardstown village, after local residents suffered late night anti-social behaviour.

 

“I was recently contacted by residents of Blanchardstown Village regarding their concerns about the inbound bus stop in Blanchardstown Village on the Old Navan Road, opposite the Bell Pub. The residents outlined to me extensive disturbances that they have been suffering at night as a result of drunk people congregating at the bus stop. This includes late night noise, rubbish and people urinating on gates. In one case, a class bottle was thrown at a house, shattering beside a child’s bedroom window”, stated Roderic O’Gorman.

 

“The residents have been contact with both Dublin Bus and the Gardai about the possibility of moving the bus stop to a nearby site, closer to the village, at the old taxi rank beside Abrakebabra. However, no definitive decision has been taken at this point”.

 

“I am calling on Dublin Bus to quickly clarify whether they are in a position to move the bus lane in question. It’s not right that local families should be disturbed to this extent in their own homes”, concluded Roderic O’Gorman.

 

 

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Further Information

Roderic O’Gorman: 087 417 9777

Press Release – O’Gorman calls for Blanchardstown residents to get involved in Village Development Strategy

Roderic O'Gorman at River Tolka, Blanchardstown

Roderic O'Gorman at River Tolka, Blanchardstown

16/02/09

Green Party Castleknock ward candidate, Roderic O’Gorman has welcomed Fingal County Council’s call for public submissions regarding the proposed Blanchardstown Village Development Strategy and has urged residents of the village to get involved in the process.

“I’m very pleased to see the Fingal County Council has taken out ads in local papers, calling on residents of Blanchardstown to make submissions on the ‘Village Development Strategy’ it is drawing up. While we have seen extensive development of the Blanchardstown Town Center over the last few years, the Village itself has been neglected to a certain extent. It’s good to see the Council is now devising a plan which I hope will lead to the regeneration of the village, but also the preservation of its character”, stated Roderic O’Gorman.

“Some of the key aspects the Council is focusing on include the creation of safe pedestrian and cycle routes, gaining maximum benefit from the Tolka river and also protecting the historical features of the village”.

“Since the Development Strategy will be addressing the issue of ‘infill’ sites in the village, I think that those making submissions should include their views on what is the appropriate height of buildings in a village setting. Some of the land in the village could in the future be used for high-rise offices or apartments. If residents want to ensure this does not happen, they must make their views clear in their submission”.

“I think the Development Strategy should also examine whether there is space to provide more facilities for young people. In particular, I would like to see the Council investigate the possibility of create a Youth Café within the village”, concluded Roderic O’Gorman.

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Further Information
Roderic O’Gorman: 087 417 9777
High resolution pictures of Roderic are available at:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/rodericogorman/

Press Release – ‘Swords-centred’ approach to planning in Fingal has to end – O’Gorman

18/01/09

Green Party Castleknock ward candidate, Roderic O’Gorman has welcomed reports in a local newspaper that work on a ‘framework for future development’ in Blanchardstown Village is being started. He also highlighted what he believes up to now has been a ‘Swords-centred’ approach to prioritizing planning in Fingal.

“The response to a recent question put on my behalf to the County Manger reveals that Fingal County Council has spent €830,000 on consultants engaged in work on the Metro North and the linked new Local Area Plan for the Swords area. At the same time, only €47,180 has been spent on consultants working on the Metro West”.

“While I understand that the Metro North project was listed under Transport 21 as to be undertaken first, when you compare the two figures regarding what has been spent on planning for Swords and what has been spent on Blanchardstown, they do seem to be extremely imbalanced. I think this imbalance shows a ‘Swords-centred’ approach to planning, with the promotion of the Council managements vision of a ‘city’ in Swords getting priority over much needed planning in other areas, particularly Dublin 15”, stated Roderic O’Gorman.

“The money spent promoting Metro West is 5 ½ % the figure spent promoting Metro North. Looking at that figure, can we really feel that up to now the Council has been committed to supporting public transport in Dublin 15 to the same degree that it is supporting it in the Swords area? Perhaps this is a legacy of the insufficient number of councillors that the Dublin 15 wards of Fingal County Council currently have, which leads to us being underrepresented compared to other parts of the local authority?”.

“In light of this imbalance, I warmly welcome the fact that work is now commencing on a ‘framework for future development’ in Blanchardstown Village. While we have seen major development around the Blanchardstown Town Centre over the last 7 years, Blanchardstown Village has for the most part not experienced significant building”.

“As a resident of Blanchardstown Vllage, I think it is vital that we do not allow overdevelopment and excessive high rise. It’s appropriate to have tall buildings in a modern setting such as around the Town Centre, but the new plan for Blanchardstown must protect and respect its character as a village. At the same time, there is the need for enhanced community facilities in the village. In particular, I believe we should be looking to provide a venue for young people to use for social purposes – such as a youth cafe”, concluded Roderic O’Gorman.

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Further Information
Roderic O’Gorman: 087 417 9777
High resolution pictures of Roderic are available at:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/rodericogorman/

Question Submitted to Fingal CC on behalf of Roderic O’Gorman

FINGAL COUNTY COUNCIL

8TH DECEMBER, 2008

ITEM NO. 8

CONSULTANTS

Question: Councillor D. Healy
“To ask the Manager how much has been spent by Fingal County Council on outside consultants in relation to the following projects;
(i) Metro North
(ii) Metro West
(iii) Public transport provision in North Fringe/South Fringe area?”

REPLY:

Metro North/Swords LAP
The sum of £830.000 has been paid to Consultants in respect of studies carried out in relation to both Metro North and the Swords Local Area Plan. It is not possible to separate costs solely for Metro North as both issues are interlinked.

Metro West

The sum of €47,184.98 has been expended to date on this project on external consultancy.

Public transport provision in North Fringe/South Fringe area

The provision of public transport within Fingal is a matter for the service providers such as Bus Eireann, Dublin Bus and Iarnrod Eireann. Fingal County Council, however, facilitates the provision of these services by providing Quality Bus Corridors. Consulting engineering design costs arising from this work amount to €545,000. Other QBC’s have been provided in the area of the Malahide Road. These projects are the responsibility of Dublin City Council.