Echo Letters: A need to think about the people of Tallaght

By Echo Reader

Dear Editor,

THE word on the street is: Aidan Thomas and his recent letters to The Echo.

I have spoken to people from Brookfield, Springfield, and Kilinarden who have read Aidan’s letter and they had nothing but praise for him for defending and standing up for Tallaght.

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They too were outraged by the bulk of residential apartments going into Tallaght and the loss of the open green spaces that serve as amenities to residents.

The most used words from people now are, Ballymun, Ghettos and, ‘It’s time to get out’.

Those on the housing list for 10 or more years say they want a house not an apartment and would love to live in a social or affordable house in Templeogue, Kingswood, Belgard, or Kilnamanagh if they existed in those areas. It did not matter to them to be close to family, as some have said.

They were shocked mostly about the recent article in The Echo on the hundreds of apartments proposed for Cookstown – they referred to them as Ballymun coming to Tallaght.

That will be a massive development. The industrial area of Cookstown was rezoned for residential under the Cookstown Regeneration Plan, which happened in the Local Area Plan. 

Now, to bring your attention to another industrial area – Whitestown. Beside Woodies a ‘Sold’ sign recently went up on the Fruitfield factory, which made the sauce and jam.

This is on the N81. In the last Masterplan for Tallaght – I think it was 2006 – this land was rezoned residential and was to be known as the ‘Gateway to Tallaght’.

Immediately the price of this land went up and the money from the sale was to be used to save jobs in the Jacobs factory on Belgard Road. There was a plan for hundreds of apartments there too, so watch this space.

The problem people have is that the bulk of residential properties proposed for Tallaght is coming from the quota the council need for housing.

They are using up every space they can find in Tallaght, especially West Tallaght, while other areas like Templogue, Rathfarnham, Kingswood, Knocklyn, and areas more upper-class, remain protected from social housing.

I thought the Development Plan was about Balance, Fairness, Equality, Growth in Employment, and Business. We have not seen this in Tallaght and remain a place with the most disadvantaged areas.

How can we prosper in Tallaght when our industrial areas are been rezoned residential? How can big multi-national companies come to Tallaght when so much industrial land has become zoned for housing?

There is a massive shortage of land for office space in Dublin and, in the light of Brexit, a number of companies will now head to our shores.

It would have been a great welcome for Tallaght to bring much-needed business here for our local economy, with job creation to suit all different people from the cleaning staff to the tea lady to the directors – jobs for all, locally.

In the interest and proper sustainable development of Tallaght to grow and prosper we need to think about the future of business and growth for the future employment of a growing population to work and live in Tallaght.

I thought that was what a Development Plan was all about, “Where we Live” and its environment.

Finally, when I mentioned this to people they asked what our local representatives in Tallaght did to bring business and jobs to this area.

Have these represent-atives stood up to make sure every community takes their fair share of social housing? At present they feel nothing positive about Tallaght now or for its future.

Yours sincerely,

Kathleen Ryan, Tallaght.

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