This is a re-blog of an article I wrote in January 2010, when we were not fully aware of the depths of the economic crisis facing the country! To answer the question, ‘Yes the boom is actually costing us money!’
Our local paper, The Northside People, covered the Legion Hall planning victory story with good quotes from all involved. The full An Bord Pleanala report is worth a read, especially regarding the planning history linked to the site and the inspectors opinion on the social, cultural and historical relevance of the Legion Hall.
Legion Hall, Killester, photo courtesy Patrick Hugh Lynch M.Lit
More great news! An Bord Pleanala have overturned the decision of Dublin City Council to grant permission to this application
, to demolish the old Legion Hall and build on open green space in Killester’s Middle Third and Abbeyfield.
Congratulations to all the locals and residents groups who supported the campaign against the application.
The development would have involved demolishing the old Legion Hall, known locally as the Judo Hall, and the loss of considerable green open space. The astonishing aspect of the planning decision granted by Dublin City Council is that the area is zoned amenity, we have adequate childcare in Killester, and a similar application was turned down earlier last year. Another feature of this area is that there are established rights of way across the green space. The green was designed in the 1920s as part of the Demesne, Middle Third and Abbeyfield scheme to house ex army service-men and their families. For some reason in the early 1960’s the Hall and sourounding area passed into private ownership.
Oral Hearing on the Dublin Bay infill application resumed last week, and Dublin Port Company surprised all in attendance by submitting new evidence on wild bird numbers, claiming infill would have no impact on habitat. The report was titled ‘Winter Bird Surveys in Dublin Port and Tolka Estuary, Sept to Nov. ‘08′ written by Natura Environmental Consultants. See my report on the hearing here….
See my Dublin Bay Blog for the latest on the oral hearing on Dublin Port’s application to infill Dublin Bay. The hearing will take between two to three weeks, and starts tomorrow, 11am. This is a public hearing, so please come along and support the residents in their campaign against this massive infill plan.