Brickfield plans halted (for now)

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Socialist Party Update Brickfield plans halted (for now)

Following the successful public meeting of Save Our Park in mid July the following has transpired.

* Fingal County Council is (for now) not proceeding with plans to build 170 units on Brickfield.

* Na Dubh Ghall GAA have been given the permission they were seeking to site Dressing Room Containers on the site of the abandoned council depot beside the school.

* Following the recent flooding of the East Coast the Minister for the Environment has promised to bring forward legislation to prevent development on flood plains. Fingal County Council acknowledge that Seagrange Park including Brickfield is on a flood plain.

This is an excellent gain for the community. Its a win win situation for Baldoyle & Bayside. Na Dubh Ghall GAA get a permanent siting for changing rooms and the disused depot will get a community use that
will assist its security needs within the park. Its great to see one of Dublin’s fastest growing clubs finally get facilities so close to where the club holds its training sessions.

The Socialist Party welcome this move by Fingal County Council and also the news that the Malahide Howth Area Committee is not pursuing the proposed rezoning / housing development at the Brickfield site which is zoned open space. (Northside People 23rd July)

Community and sporting use of amenity lands must take precedence over infill development where according to CSO figures 46,000 houses remain unoccupied in the Dublin area.

Protection of the flood plain is paramount. The fact that building on flood plains has been common practice despite warnings shows that the planning laws serve the developers not the community. Vigilance is still required as this is not the first time we have had to deal with this issue nor may this be the last.

issued by: Brian Greene, Socialist Party Dublin North East