Save Balgaddy Community Garden- Cllr Eoin Ó Broin
Sinn Féin Clondalkin Councillor Eoin Ó Broin has called on the South Parish Pastoral Council to withdraw its proposal to close the Balgaddy Community Garden. Cllr Ó Broin said the proposal was ‘disappointing and ‘undermined the hard work of the local women who have made the community garden an important resource for Balgaddy.’
Cllr Ó Broin said:
‘The South Parish Pastoral Council has recently announced its intention to redevelop the Bush Centre and adjoining lands in Balgaddy. The proposal involves the replacement of the existing centre with a new purpose built facility.
‘The proposals also involves the removal of the existing community garden which has been built up over a number of years through hard voluntary work by local women. My understanding is that the Parish wants to close the garden by April. This is very disappointing.
‘There is sufficient land on the Bush Centre site to accommodate a new facility and the existing community garden.
‘I will be writing to the parish priest this week to outline my concerns and to request that he rethink his proposals to enable the community garden within the existing development.
‘I will also be making a submission when the Parish submits a planning application, to keep the garden in its current location.
‘The priority should be to keep the garden where it is. If this is not possible South Dublin County Council must provide an alternative site to ensure that the good work of the community garden is not lost.
‘I and other Councillors will be raising this at next week’s Clondalkin Area Committee.’