Templeogue Village Initiative receives nine submissions

By Aideen O'Flaherty

PLANS for a Templeogue Village Initiative by South Dublin County Council received nine submissions, highlighting issues with the “poor design” of the cycle lanes in the village, and the “serious health and safety risk” that is posed by the Love All sculpture.

The plans for the initiative include the creation of two gateways in the village, and the relining and resurfacing of the existing cycle track.

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Templeogue Village Initiative will create two gateways in village

It is proposed that the two gateways will be located in the centre of the village, with one to be located at The Morgue  public house, crossing over to the old AIB bank, and another at Templeogue Tennis Club, crossing over to restaurants opposite the club and Atlas Car Repairs.

As part of the initiative, the existing cycle track and dual carriageway have been earmarked for relining and resurfacing, while the village’s public lighting will be upgraded to LED lighting and the lighting columns will be repainted.

The plans went to the public consultation stage last April, and attracted submissions from local residents, local businesses and the Dublin Cycling Campaign.

Fiachra Maguire put in a submission on behalf of the Dublin Cycling Campaign, voicing his concerns about issues with the “poor design” of the cycle track and how “conflict arises” between cyclists and bus passengers at the bus stop at The Morgue pub.

In response, the council stated that as part of the initiative there are plans for an increased footpath width on the side of the cycle track at The Morgue, a larger area for bus passengers to board and alight, and that the cycle tracks will be resurfaced and relined to “improve segregation”.

Labour councillor Pamela Kearns lodged a submission with the council on behalf of Templeogue Tidy Towns, where she called on the council to adopt a number of changes, including extending enhanced paving throughout the village, replacing the footpath outside Templeogue Tennis Club and addressing drainage issues.

Concerns about the Love All sculpture

Three local businesses, namely Shannon’s Pharmacy, Massey Bros Funeral Home and Templeogue Barbers, filed identical submissions high-lighting their concerns about the Love All sculpture, which is located on the pavement outside Templeogue Barbers.

They outlined their concerns that the sculpture constitutes “a serious health and safely risk to pedestrians crossing at the gateway” as the sculpture may obscure young children or people in wheelchairs being seen by motorists as they begin to cross the roadway.

Councillors Paul Foley and Pamela Kearns also mentioned concerns about the Love All sculpture in their submissions, suggesting the placement of the sculpture in another area of the village, however SDCC said the sculpture was designed to be in its current location, and that it is “our preference to maintain that location if at all possible”.

The chief executive of South Dublin County Council instructed that the proposal for the Templeogue Village Initiative should be approved in line with the recommendations that were made in response to the submissions.

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