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Planned development at Boland’s Mills missed opportunity- Chris Andrews

12 January, 2015

Local Sinn Féin Councillor Chris Andrews, while in principle supports the re-development plans announced for Boland’s Mills in Dublin Docklands, he also believes that it is a missed opportunity.

Speaking today after an area committee meeting Cllr Andrews said:

“I was surprised to hear that the redeveloped site will only contain 42 new residential housing units. This is totally inadequate, 42 units doesn’t even come close to addressing the housing crisis that we are facing.  Only 11 units will be three bedroomed, which will not encourage families to move into the redevelopment.

There is a living community in the surrounding area, both young and old and this development does nothing to support this community. The proposed plans also do nothing to commemorate the historical significance of this site.

The plans fail to create a community space for young people, which to me is another missed opportunity. For example, Dublin Bay South is the only council area that has a boxing development officer and no boxing club. This lack of community space could have been addressed by these redevelopment plans.

I strongly support the plans to redevelop the site but the plans need to seriously address the twin issues of community and sustainability.  Independent and Fianna Fáil councillors believe that this development should prioritise office space but Sinn Féin and I believe that it’s an opportunity to address housing shortage in the communities of Ringsend and Pearse Street and beyond.

Boland’s Mills is a NAMA site and Nama needs to demonstrate more social responsibility.”

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