Potential 100% population growth for Ballyogan and Environs over the course of the next decade - Councillor Chris Curran
Sinn Féin Councillor for Sandyford Glencullen, Chris Curran has voiced his deep concern about a potential 100% population increase between Stepaside Village, Jamestown, Glencairn, Ballyogan and Carrickmines over the next six to ten years.
Councillor Curran has encouraged local people to engage in the public consultations on the Ballyogan and Environs Local Area Plan.
Speaking today Councillor Curran said;
"The council provided councillors with an ‘issues paper’ as part of the Ballyogan and Environs Local Area Plan (BELAP). The plan sets out the council's objectives for the next 6-10 years.
“The fact that 41% of residential land in the immediate area is undeveloped, is shocking.
“The issues paper actually states that a population increase of 100% would ‘represent a reasonable scenario’.
“I welcome the new housing, but we need ensure that people from the area, can afford to live in the area and not be driven away by spiralling house prices.
“Just as importantly, we need to make sure that these new developments are met with right amenities and services like a Garda station, school places, medical services, retail spaces, transportation, parks and leisure facilities.
“Again, I am calling for Stepaside Garda Station to be reopened but we must begin the plans now for the development of a Garda Station in Carrickmines.
"The title of the plan is unintentionally misleading. Readers would expect it refers to just Ballyogan. It doesn't - its far wider and people need to know.
“The ‘BELAP’ considers residential densities, land availability, transport needs, services, pathways, cycle routes and much more.
“Local people need to examine these plans very carefully. They need to look at the future needs of our community considering the forecasted population increase.
“I thoroughly welcome the news regarding our new swimming pool and Phase two of the Samuel Beckett Civic campus because it demonstrates Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council's readiness but we cannot be complacent.
“The council will be holding a public consultation session in the Samuel Beckett Civic Campus on Tuesday May 25th. Council officials will be available to answer questions as well as outline the process for public consultation.
“I strongly urge concerned residents to attend, ask questions and make submissions via the councils website.”