Call for vacant Sandyford tower block to declared derelict- Cllr Chris Curran
Sinn Féin councillor for Glencullen/Sandyford, Chris Curran has called for immediate action to revitalise the skeleton, 13-story unfinished Sentinel Building, in the Sandyford Business District
The building is an eyesore that overlooks Sandyford, Stillorgan and Dundrum giving an impression that the area is run down when quite the opposite is true, said Curran.
“The building is no longer in the ownership of NAMA and has planning permission for own-door office units. However, that planning permission is due to expire in July 2016 and it's time to act.
“In my opinion, under the Derelict Sites Acts, the Sentinel building meets the requirements to be declared a derelict site. It looks unsightly, it looks neglected and its most definitely objectionable to those living in its shadow.
“If anything, in its present state the building is a symbolic headstone to the Celtic Tiger.
“We believe that the council needs to take a firmer approach towards this development. It should be declared a derelict site, if even to act as a catalyst to its completion.
“If the developers aren't serious about the site, then the council should be and it should be made clear that it will act appropriately and proportionately to see the completion of this eyesore, in the interest of the broader community.
“It's absurd given the current housing situation that a building of this stature is lying idle in the heart of such a residential and commercially cherished district.
“Sinn Féin is urging the council to take action that could see the imposition of a fine, have it demolished or the taken over by the council.
“Enough is enough with this building.”