Echo Letters: Why is green space being used for infill housing in Tallaght?

Dear Editor,

This year for the first time in over 25 years, there was no tennis coaching for youth in Dodder Park at Old Bawn. It was expected to be as usual, while Wimbledon was on.

South Dublin County Council, I believe, is responsible, but this year – nothing. Instead the courts are neglected and the surrounding hedging is overgrown and a hide for anti-social activity.

CDI survey aerial Tallaght

Despite this neglect, the courts are used on a regular basis. and once again we in the old Bawn Residents’ Association call for the area to be cleaned and nets to be made available for those who wish to use this public sporting facility.

Perhaps this neglect is a further indication of the lack of interest and concern by our local authority for our community.

There was no such lack of interest recently, when our councillors used a Section 8 – a reserve function – to accommodate a professional League of Ireland soccer club in the same public parkland.

Our community concerns obviously don’t fit into the same cagegory for preferential treatment.

Recently Mr Aidan Thomas called a public meeting in the Priory to discuss issues and ideas regarding the ongoing development of our town.

The turnout was less than desired, but most noticable was the absence of invited public representatives. Cllr Mick Murphy was the only one present.

Opinion and input from all members of our community has for years been either ignored or dismissed as not relevent, and so it continues.

A recent plan to build a road from Glenview Roundabout to Firhouse was voted down by our councillors. This plan would have allowed an option to relieve congestion on the Bypass and Seskinview and the Old Bawn roads and allowed traffic to flow more freely.

So why vote it down?

We’re dealing with the same people who destroyed our village and built apartments without adequate facilities.

Now green space in residential estates deemed necessary for pleasant community living is being used for infill housing. It’s not done in the other more affluent villages and towns in South County Dublin. Why Tallaght?

The ancestral home ofour renowned poet Katherine Tynan is a listed building now falling into ruin, and the land around it – owned by the IRFU – is used with the permission of SDCC as a dumping ground for the thousand of tons of dirt removed from Lansdowne Road. Try dumping dirt in Dublin 4 and see how far you will get.

The junction of the Greenhills Road and Airton Road is like a bombsite and this is the entrance to an industrial estate. What a way to invite investment to our town.

We deserve better, but as Aidan’s 92-year-old friend says: “Everything is okay once they do it.”

Yours sincerely,

Jim Lawlor,

Hon. Sec.

Old Bawn Residents’ Association.

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