Echo letters: Abuse and misuse of section 8 at Dodder Park

Dear Editor,

A South Dublin County Council area committee report dated Monday May 23rd 2016 states that in relation to the tennis/basketball courts area in Dodder Valley Park at Old Bawn, the local community requested the removal of this facility during the course of public consultation in relation to the sports pavilion project. This statement is totally untrue.

The local community represented by the Old Bawn residents association have not done so.

Dodder Park 1 June 2016

We have at all times supported the retention and upkeep of both the tennis and basketball facilities.

Relating to the public consultation on this serious matter we were only involved at the last minute where we were informed by Ms. Denise Delappe of the Parkwood Residents Association.

This project is to accommodate a professional league of Ireland soccer club.

We in the Old Bawn Residents Association since 1970, have fought hard to retain this public parkland and have promoted its use for both passive and active recreation, including fishing on our Dodder river.

We have objected to the siting of this proposed development beside our homes, because it contravenes the South Dublin County Council's recommendation that it should be built, where it can be clearly seen from a public road, to avoid anti-social activity.

Both the Old Bawn and Parkwood Residents Associations and over three hundred residents, opposed the siting of this project, but our county councilors used a section 8 motion to ensure it goes ahead.

Understanding a “section 8” is used to ensure a project goes ahead, despite objections, if it benefits the community at large.

In this case I believe it is an abuse and misuse of this privilege, to impose this on our settled responsible communities.

Our elected councillors obviously think more highly of a professional soccer club than the rights of those who elect them
Sincerely Yours

Jim Lawlor, Honourary Secretary, Old Bawn Residents Association.

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