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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Question Submitted to Fingal CC on behalf of Roderic O’Gorman
FINGAL COUNTY COUNCIL
8TH DECEMBER, 2008
ITEM NO. 8
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?”
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.
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.