Concern at the Overdevelopment of the Dundrum Area

“The Dundrum area has benefited from development over the years and there is no reason that this should not continue, but it must be done in a measured, balanced and sustainable manner” It has become evident that the proximity of the Dundrum area to transport links such as the M50 and Luas make it a priority area for higher density development. While it is difficult to argue that this is an inefficient use of available serviced land, particularly in light of the pressures to add to the housing supply across Dublin, I firmly believe that planning decisions should be made with reference to more than just the efficient use of land. There is significant concern among the residents of Dundrum and the surrounding areas that, with every large 100 unit+ development that is permitted to proceed, that the Dundrum area will take yet another step towards becoming an overdeveloped apartment centric community. This will further contribute to the significant and permanent alteration of the character of this once family orientated suburb. It has to be noted that thousands of apartments have been built in the Dundrum area over the past decade and that this has,  in no way, been balanced by the construction of houses or other units suited to family living. There is an urgent need for suitable family accommodation and planning decisions should be prioritised towards this. We need to make it more achievable for people to raise their families in the area in which they themselves grew up. The local infrastructure is now being utilised to capacity and cannot support many more large scale apartment developments....

Council Budget 2017

I was proud to play my part on the team that negotiated the 2017 budget for the County.  We have delivered a budget that will provide for a €5m increase in services while maintaining the reduction of the maximum 15% allowable to the basic rate of Local Property Tax. To encourage local employment and small business growth we introduced a new SME Support Grant which will see a benefit, equivalent to a 2.5% reduction in rates, for 72% of businesses (3,800 SMEs). In addition to this, a €300k provision has been made for business promotion grants, shop front improvement grants, vacant shop grants, retail development and Springboard....

Transfer of Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company to the Council

Following the recent publication of a due diligence report into Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company, prior to its proposed transfer to Council ownership, I voiced significant concern at the prospect that that residents throughout the county will be financially burdened with any legacy financial commitments the company may have  … “Fianna Fáil councillor Shay Brennan said taking over the harbour company could see its debts transferred to ‘every household between Dún Laoghaire and Dundrum’” – Irish Times 9/1/16. I welcome the prospect of the harbour coming under the control of the Council. I would, however, strongly call on the Minister of Transport to ensure that the state indemnifies the County and its citizens against any outstanding financial obligations of the company.  ...

Parking in Residential Areas – Mulvey Park

In continuing to work with Residents Associations and Council management in seeking solutions to all day parking in residential estates, I welcome the recent commitment of Council management to investigate a holistic solution to alleviate the parking in Mulvey Park. I have made many representations on behalf of local residents in this area and will continue my work to encourage a swift implementation of any agreed solution.  ...

Integration of Planned Greenway/Cycle Routes

Two major greenway/cycle routes, the Sutton to Sandycove (S2S) and the Dodder Greenway, are planned to pass through the county of DLR. When completed, these routes will each provide over 20km of high quality, segregated, cycling and walking routes that are a minimum of 4m wide. In my role as Chair of the DLR Cycling Forum, a committee of the Council charged with promoting safe cycling and providing input into cycling infrastructure, I have called on the Council to ensure that we have the foresight and common sense to provide for the connection of these two greenway routes that will pass within 2km of each other. The outcome would be 45km of high quality, joined up cycle network that would be of benefit to not just commuters, but also provide a facility that would attract valuable cycle tourism and form the benchmark for further development of our cycling/greenway network.  ...