The following is the text of a press Release I circulated today regarding my two recent public meetings on the Council's proposal to include a new road link across the River Dodder in the Draft County Development Plan:
Cllr John Lahart, Fianna Fáil’s General Election candidate, held two public meetings in Tallaght and Firhouse in the last week concerning the proposal in the South Dublin County Draft Development Plan to include an objective to allow another road link across the Dodder River, connecting the Firhouse Road with the N81 at Glenview Roundabout.
The meetings were held in Dominic’s Community Centre last Tuesday and in Firhouse Community and Leisure Complex on Thursday night.
“I was really impressed with the quality of the arguments put forward by the public at these meetings – particularly the strong environmental, amenity and ecological concerns that they have. Local people consider the Dodder Valley as an extremely valuable local amenity that is enjoyed by many thousands of people. This road link proposal would destroy a part of that amenity in terms of its construction and noise impact as well as potentially disconnecting different parts of the Dodder Linear Park”, according to Lahart. “As Chairperson of the Council’s Tourism Strategy Committee I am very focussed on developing the Dodder as a tourist amenity – with potential walks and trails - and breaching the valley with another road would run counter to that, in my view”.
The Draft South Dublin County Development Plan is on display until September 24th and the public can make submissions until then.
“This public consultation has been vital in informing me about public opinion on this issue. The public want the Dodder Valley maintained as an amenity and I will be strongly reflecting that opinion when it comes to finalising the Development Plan for the County”, Lahart concluded.