Green Party Dublin West representative, Roderic O’Gorman has called on a number of new local objectives for Blanchardstown and Castleknock to be included in the new Fingal Development Plan. He was speaking at a public meeting organised by the Dublin West Green Party.
“I’m calling on Fingal County Council to include two local area objectives within the new Development Plan, addressing important issues in Blanchardstown and Castleknock villages”, stated Roderic O’Gorman.
“There is a major need for a pedestrian crossing to be put in place at the junction of the Castleknock Road and Roselawn Road. For too long, pedestrians and commuters going to and from Castleknock Train Station have had to take their lives in their hands as they cross the road here. The new County Development Plan is an ideal opportunity for this issue to be finally addressed”.
“In my original submission, I called for a height restriction of no more than 3 stories to be put in place on any future buildings in Blanchardstown, Clonsilla and Castleknock. I was delighted that this was adopted for Blanchardstown, but the same needs to be achieved for Castleknock. This is particularly important as residents of the village are concerned that the decision to grant planning permission for a major development in the centre of village will act as a precedent to allow other multi-storey developments. There needs to be a height restriction on future development in Castleknock, written into the Development Plan”.
The public meeting in Diswellstown Community Centre heard from Gavin Daly, a planning consultant, on how the planning process works and how to make an effective submission. Damien Carbury, Chairperson of the Dublin 15 Community Council, also addressed the meeting on the key priorities for the Dublin 15 area.
“I organised this meeting in order to encourage public participation in the round of the Development Plan. If we want to see good planning decisions in Dublin 15, its essential we use the development plan process to achieve these”, concluded Roderic O’Gorman.
Green Party Dublin West representative, Roderic O’Gorman has called on Fingal County Council to pay more attention to Castleknock Train Station in its Urban Design Plan for Blanchardstown Village.
“I’m calling on called on Fingal County Council to pay more attention to Castleknock Train Station in its Urban Design Plan for Blanchardstown Village. I’m concerned that the current Draft Plan is quite dismissive of the role that Castleknock Train Station plays for the village. The Draft Plan states that the station is “somewhat detached from the village”. It also points out at it is only 1 km from the Village centre”, stated Roderic O’Gorman.
“The Draft Plan also spends a considerable amount of time discussing the positive impact that Metro West will have on the village. While obviously a station at the west end of the Village would be fantastic, I think the Council should be putting at least as much importance on the station we currently have, rather than a station that is some years in the future. This is particularly the case as the number of trains serving Castleknock will increase over the course of this year, with the opening of the Dunboyne line”.
“A large number of commuters from Blanchardstown use the Castleknock Station everyday, and there are a number of measures the Council should look at to make it even more popular. One relatively simple measure would be a pedestrian crossing at the junction of Roselawn Road and the Castleknock Road. Currently, pedestrians take their lives in their hands as the cross between cars”.
“Fingal County Council should also examine widening the path from Blanchardstown up the hump-back bridge (Granard Bridge) over the canal. The path is extremely narrow – in places only one person can walk on it safely. It is particularly dangerous on dark nights when there is a large volume of traffic on the road beside it, or indeed, on icy days like we have experienced over the last two weeks”.
“In my submission on the Blanchardstown Urban Design Plan, I’ve called on Fingal County Council to take measures to better link Castleknock Station with Blanchardstown Village. I hope we see such measures included in the final draft”, concluded Roderic O’Gorman.
Roderic O’Gorman: 087 417 9777
- Roderic O’Gorman highlighting the lack of a pedestrian crossing at the Castleknock Road – Roselawn Road junction
Green Party Castleknock ward candidate, Roderic O’Gorman has called on Fingal County Council to put in place a pedestrian crossing at the junction of the Castleknock Road and the Roselawn Road.
“I am calling on Fingal County Council to put in place a pedestrian crossing at the t-junction of the Castleknock Road and the Roselawn Road. This is an extremely busy pedestrian point with hundreds of commuters crossing every morning and evening to access Castleknock Train station. Obviously it is also a major junction for traffic also”.
“I and the other pedestrians who uses Castleknock Station on a daily basis, take our lives in our hands crossing the Roselawn Road at this point. As the road is usually congested at this point, pedestrians currently have to pick their way out through the waiting traffic. There is never a definite safe time to cross”, stated Roderic O’Gorman.
“This issue comes up regularly on the doors in Blanchardstown village and Roselawn. I included a proposal for a pedestrian crossing at this location in my submission to Fingal County Council on the Blanchardstown Village Development Strategy. However, I believe that the safety issues involved are too important to delay and that the Council should start investigating the feasibility of a pedestrian crossing. This, and a general widening of the footpath along the humpback bridge are essential measures which will make the area around Castleknock Station safer for commuters”, concluded Roderic O’Gorman.
Roderic O'Gorman at Rushbrook-Roselawn Road laneway
Green Party Castleknock ward candidate, Roderic O’Gorman has welcomed the clarification by Fingal County Council regarding the opening and closing time of the gates on the Rushbrook – Roselawn laneway. He was speaking after some residents had raised concerns that the gates were no longer being locked at night as agreed with local residents.
“Recently, residents in Rushbrook raised concerns with me that the gates on the Rushbrook – Roselawn laneway were not being locked at night as was agreed with Fingal County Council. I have raised the issue with the Council and they have confirmed to me that a security company have been engaged by the Transportation Department to open and close the gates at 7:00AM and 10:00PM daily”, stated Roderic O’Gorman.
“I am pleased that Fingal County Council has provided this certainty for those living in the area. While the laneway is a useful shortcut, it is essential that it is not used for anti-social behaviour. The continuation of the night-time locking is vital to ensure security for the residents of those houses adjoining the laneway”, concluded Roderic O’Gorman.
Roderic O’Gorman: 087 417 9777