100% Population Increase : Reopen Stepaside Garda Station and begin plans for new station - Cllr Chris Curran
Sinn Féin Councillor for Glencullen Sandyford Chris Curran has again raised his concerns for the policing needs of Stepaside, Leopardstown and Carrickmines as a new council plan expects a 100% population increase.
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council recently announced the commencement of a new Local Area Plan that expects to see a doubling of the local population in the next 6 to 10 years.
Cllr Curran said;
"We cannot risk another spike in crime numbers and Minister Ross' failed promises risk turning policing resources into a circus.
"We need to get very real about what is coming down the road. The Ballyogan and Environs Local Area plan shows that 41% of land, zoned 'A Residential' is undeveloped. I estimate this to mean another 20,000 people in the immediate area.
"This, coupled with the expected migration of 30,000 people into Cherrywood and another 10,000 residents in Glenamuck means that we face a massive shortfall in future policing resources.
"The government must act now.
"Nobody is talking about the elephant in the room. I cannot drive home the seriousness of this issue and it seems that unless Ross says something, nobody will listen."
"Ross' campaign risks undermining policing by placing electioneering ahead of policing needs. The Stepaside Garda Station issue has been rediculed and distracting from the real issues - we need an increase in Garda numbers, Stepaside reopened and plans for a new Garda Station to be built central to Stepaside, Glenamuck and Cherrywood."
"The Cherrywood SDZ includes a provision for a Garda Station. The zone extends as far as Carrickmines so the right elements are in place for a new Garda Station in the medium to long term."