‘Peaceful protest’ halts manhole development

By Maurice Garvey

RESIDENTS in a Clondalkin estate hailed a decision by a developer to cease installing manhole covers above a local greenspace.

Builders had already dug trenches for the local sewage system to connect up with a new 92-bed nursing home, currently being built at Lexington House on Monastery Road.

Monastery Rd protest compressor

Residents praise developer’s actions

However, residents are concerned about the potential impact of merging sewage pipes for the GN Lexington Property Ltd nursing home with the estate’s “under pressure” system and the location of manhole covers at a children’s play area.

A ‘peaceful protest’ was organised on Friday to halt the plan, and, supported by local politicians, it led to builders GMC Construction agreeing to cease works on Monday and fill back in the trenches.

 Jen Ryan, a member of Monastery Residents Association, said they weren’t aware of the sewage proposal during the planning permission process.

“Plans for a water and sewage system under the children’s playground, and turned on to a resident system that is already under pressure,” said Jen.

“Quite often there are a lot of blockages which we already pay for. Also, this is a children’s play area. I grew up on this estate and played on it. My kids are now playing on it. The plan was to put three manholes in the children’s play area. What if there is a leak?”

Residents say the builders on the ground have been “incredible” but they have been unable to consult with GN Lexington.

A representative from Irish Water did come out to speak to them on Friday.

A proposal was discussed with residents which involves dropping the manhole 400mm below ground level and reinstating the green areas.

Residents have decided that they want to get a second opinion.

Jen continued: “We are getting our own second opinion and have asked GMC for an updated plan. We would like to thank local councillors and TDs for supporting us at the meeting.”

Independent Councillor Eoin Ó’Broin said: “Placing exposed manholes on one of Clondalkin’s nicest greens should never even have been considered.

I’m happy that through their actions, Monastery Residents Association have been granted time to discuss and explore alternatives.”

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