Parish action on Balgaddy community garden deeply regrettable and potentially illegal- Eoin Ó Broin
Sinn Féin Clondalkin Eoin Ó Broin has described the decision of the South Lucan Parish to lock the volunteers from the Balgaddy Community Garden out of the garden on both Thursday 15th and Monday 29th of June as ‘deeply regrettable’ and ‘potentially illegal.’
Cllr Ó Broin said:
‘The decision of the South Lucan Parish to lock the volunteers from the Balgaddy Community Garden out of the garden on both Thursday 15th and Monday 29th of June is deeply regrettable and potentially illegal.
‘The land in question was subject to a Section 183 disposal by South Dublin County Council in 1997. When the elected members took that decision to transfer the land to the Laurence O’Toole Trust and the South Lucan Parish there were a number of conditions attached included the payment of £18,850.
‘To date this money has not been paid and as a result the title deeds have not been transferred. This means that title for the lands is still held by South Dublin County Council.
‘There has been on ongoing attempt by the local community, Council officials and elected members to engage with the South Lucan Parish on their plans to develop a new community facility on the site of the existing Bush Centre and Balgaddy Community Garden.
‘Unfortunately these talks have broken down. For the Parish to now lock the volunteers out of the community garden on two separate occasions and serve them with a notice to quit on land which they the parish do not have formal title too is a step too far. It will further undermine the already strained relations between the parish and sections of the local community.
‘When I met Fr Eamonn Bourke earlier this year I made clear my support for the development of a community facility on the site of the existing Bush Centre. However there were a number of issues which I hoped he and his colleagues in the South Lucan Parish could accommodate in the wider interests of the community.
‘I would again urge Fr Bourke to fully engage with the local community, all of the user groups of the Bush Centre and adjoining lands and the existing statutory and voluntary service providers in the area to ensure that any future development of the Bush Centre meets the widest possible range of needs in the local area.’