Work has been ongoing on the new Fingal County Development Plan since early 2009. Like myself, many individuals and local groups have been highly involved in the previous public consultation process, making detailed submission setting out views on how Fingal should develop. This is now entering the final stage.
Public submissions must be received before 5:00 PM on Monday, 24th January. This can be made in one of three ways; online, via email or through the post. The Council has provided an excellent website detailing the amendments proposed at this stage with maps.
It is important to remember, this is the final say that the public will have in the creation of this development plan, which will last until 2017. A number of significant changes have been made since the first draft was published, so it is vital that people make their voices heard in how our community will look over the next six years.
Green Party Dublin West representative, Roderic O’Gorman has expressed major disappointment at the vote by Fingal county councillors not to delete references to the controversial Castleknock Urban Centre Strategy from the Fingal Development Plan.
“I’m deeply disappointed to see that residents of Castleknock Village have been let down by the Council in its vote not to remove references to the highly controversial Castleknock Urban Centre Strategy (UCS) from the Fingal Development Plan. The UCS was imposed imposed on Castleknock by the Council management. As a direct result of this, the hugely unpopular 5 storey development behind the Flower Shop was given planning permission. In the run up to the local elections, all our local representatives were very vocal in saying they were going to stand up for Castleknock. Instead, the Council have now actually endorsed the use of the UCS in the new County Development Plan”, stated Roderic O’Gorman.
“The vote on the motion to delete the UCS was defeated very narrowly: 11 in favour – 12 against. Voting against were 5 Fine Gael councillors, 3 Fianna Fail councillors, 2 Labour councillors and 2 independents. Local Fine Gael councillor Eithne Loftus was the only member of Fine Gael to support the motion, even though Fine Gael representative had been very critical of the UCS. Local Fianna Fail councillor Mags Murray, bravely abstained, thus allowing the vote to be defeated”.
“Yet again we see Fingal County Council taking decisions that are completely opposed by residents. In the run up to the local elections in June 2009 and since, I have regularly been on the doors in Castleknock Village where there is near unanimous opposition to the Urban Centre Strategy. I hope Castleknock residents will remember the actions of the political parties and local councillors, next time they come around looking for votes”, concluded Roderic O’Gorman.
A link to the relevant FCC minutes can be found here. The vote on the Castleknock UCS is noted on page 44.
The Dublin West Green Party holding a public meeting entitled “How to make an Effective Submission to the Development Plan”, on Wednesday, May 5th in the Diswellstown Community Centre, St Patricks National School.
The meeting will feature Mr. Gavin Daly, a planning consultant, who will give a presentation on the development plan process and give suggestions on how to make an effective submission.
The meeting will then feature contributions from Dublin 15 Community Council Chairperson, Damien Carbury and Dublin West Green Party representative Roderic O’Gorman on what are the key issues for Dublin 15 that need to be addressed in the new development plan, followed by a general discussion.
The meeting is taking place midway through the current second stage of the public consultation process on the Fingal County Development Plan 2011-2017, which ends on 14th May.
“Planning is something that is hugely important to many people in Dublin 15. Considering how many terrible decisions have been made over the last 10 years in our area, it is absolutely essential that we get this new county development plan right. I am holding this meeting to allow people come together and discuss what are the top priorities for the area, but also to give them the chance to talk with planning experts and learn how to make genuinely effective submissions”, stated Roderic O’Gorman.
Roderic O’Gorman: 087 417 9777
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.