Saturday 24 March 2018

Traveller sites for some of Dublin's wealthiest areas

By Aishling Phelan

TRAVELLER accommodation will be built in some of the country’s wealthiest areas after a proposal was passed by a county council last night.

Councillors for Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown passed the draft Traveller site plan after 16 voted in favour and 10 councillors voted against.


The plan includes 11 sites across the south Dublin area including Rathfarnham, Sandyford and Dún Laoghaire.


There were 147 submissions made to the proposals before the closing date of December 22 and nine were received after the deadline.


A petition was also signed by 185 people calling for a Mount Anville Road site in Mount Merrion to be sold and used to pay for a Glenalbyn swimming pool.


Proposals for accommodation in the controversial site, which boasts views of Dublin Bay, had been rejected since 1985.


Draft Traveller Accommodation Programme 2014-2018 describes Mount Anville as suitable for five group housing units and explains that it is at ‘‘pre-design stage.’’


The site received the highest number of submissions opposed to the plan.


Fine Gael councillor Barry Saul said 92 people and one resident association made submissions against the Mount Anville Road site.


Local Labour councillor Jane Dillon Byrne said she had received threats from a resident to call to her house if there were problems with a local suggested site.


The sites on the draft plan include Cloragh in Rathfarnham, Enniskerry Road in Sandyford, Glenamuck Road in Kiltiernan and Lehaunstown near Cherrywood.


Pottery Road in Dún Laoghaire, Rathmichael Road near Cherrywood, Stillorgan Grove in Stillorgan, the West Pier at Dún Laoghaire Harbour and a site at UCD are also included.


Director of housing for Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Tom McHugh confirmed that the developments would be funded by the Department of Environment.


The plan has changed to include more group housing instead of halting sites as this was the preference of the southside Traveller families.

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