Saturday 24 August 2019

Sandyford residents, employers join forces to protest against reservoir plan

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Donal Buckley

Donal Buckley

Tonight could see some of the 5,000 residents in Sandyford Business District join local employers along with some of their Dublin south county neighbours to demand access to a new green space from which they might otherwise be excluded.

Sandyford Business Improvement District (SBID), a government-recognised organisation, is hosting a meeting to seek support for its call on Irish Water to allow residents and workers in the area to access the 15 acres which Irish Water is due to landscape around its Stillorgan Reservoir.

During the boom there were plans to transform this reservoir into a public water amenity and some developers had even commissioned artists' impressions of residents water-skiing on the facility in order to enhance the developers' planning applications for high-rise apartment blocks in the industrial estate.

However Irish Water decided against this and instead is now building a new covered reservoir and control building in order to protect this water supply to south Dublin. When the new reservoir is operational, the existing reservoirs will be decommissioned and a landscaping masterplan will be completed for the 15 acres.

This bounds the Luas green line which separates the Sandyford Business District from a small public park near St Raphaela's secondary school.

Conor Battigan, chief executive of SBID, believes that Irish Water should be persuaded against its plans to keep the space locked away and not exclude locals from accessing the new landscaped area. He says there is a lack of public amenities in the area.

"There's nowhere for kids to kick a football," he says. "Some of them have to play in the corridors of the apartment blocks."

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