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HSE must identify alternative site for health centre in Finglas- Cllr Anthony Connaghan

11 February, 2015 - by Anthony Connaghan

Dublin Sinn Féin city councillor Anthony Connaghan has urged the HSE to act immediately to find an alternative site for a much needed primary care centre in Finglas. An Bord Pleanála yesterday refused planning for the centre on a site in Finglas west.

Speaking this morning about the decision of An Bord Pleanála Cllr Connaghan said:

“This proposed primary care health centre is desperately needed for the area, however we welcome An Bord Pleanála’s decision that the site chosen by the HSE was not appropriate. The decision made validates local resident concerns. All through negotiations with the HSE on the planning proposals residents stated that the site in question is traditionally used as a recreational space by the local people.

I didn’t vote in favour of the site twice in order to force HSE to consider other sites in the area. However the HSE stated that there was no plan B and if we didn’t agree to use the site in question, Finglas would lose the healthcare centre altogether.

It was an impossible situation and reluctantly, against local resident group wishes, on the third vote, I voted in favour of the planned location in an attempt to ensure that the primary care centre would be located in Finglas.

I welcome An Bord Pleanála’s decision to refuse planning on this site for reasons as cited below:

The Board has regard to the importance of the site which is used as an informal open space at the centre of its surrounding neighbourhood and considered that the proposal involving the removal of this element of open space would seriously injure the residential amenities of the area and of properties in the immediate vicinity and would not therefore, be in accordance with the proper planning and sustainable development of the area.

The HSE needs to act immediately and formulate a plan B so this community does not lose a vitally important local service.”

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