Proposed Hell Fire Club project a winner for all - Cllr. Enda Fanning
Sinn Féin Councillor for Tempelogue/Terenure Enda Fanning has outlined his support for the current Hell Fire Club /Massy Woods project which was lodged with An Bord Pleanala last week.
Speaking today, Councillor Fanning said:
“This project will be good for South Dublin, for Dublin as a whole and for Irish tourism.
“The project has been the subject of much scaremongering and alarmist comments. It is an exciting project which has involved a great deal of background work and consultations before a final design was reached.
“Following on from a feasibility study in 2016 the Montpellier Hill/Massy Woods site was selected from a number of sites inspected. The site chosen was endorsed by councillors and it is important to note that public input was obtained by way of stakeholder meetings, two public open days as well as online consultation.
"Coillte, who own the site, engaged in one-to-one liaisons with neighbouring landowners, residents and other stakeholders. Relevant organisations and individuals were also consulted as were statutory and non-statutory bodies who were all asked to submit their observations in advance of the public meetings.
"So it is important to note that wide-ranging consultations took place and that these are reflected in the final design. The Visitor’s Centre, for example, is now less than half the size it was in the original design.
“In terms of the project details, the development will include secure car parking, the Visitors Centre, as well as pedestrian and equestrian trails and a tree-top walkway.
“The Visitors Centre will provide for such facilities as a walkers’ lounge, toilets, lockers, an information office, an interpretive exhibition/education facility and a café with panoramic views over Dublin Bay.
“The design team has ensured that a sensitive design, appropriate to its location, has been put together. The Visitors Centre, which is partly two storey, uses materials such as timber, stone, glass and green roofing to ensure the building blends in with the local environment.
"It is also noteworthy that access to the completed development will be free to the public – including the car parking facilities – and the only cost to members of the public will be for any purchases made in the Café.
“I would urge members of the public to view the full detailed design currently being considered by An Bord Pleanala at the following link: http://bit.ly/2vc8Mlc. It is important that people share their opinions with the Board and I will certainly be making a submission supporting the project.”