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Call for Moratorium on new construction

Postby SPDD » 05 Dec 2018, 22:23

There has been a call for a moratorium on new construction work in Donabate after a new set-back to plans to widen a key access point to the peninsula.

The call was made by Supporting Proper Development in Donabate (SPDD).
The group has also requested that Fingal County Council chief executive Paul Reid comes to the peninsula to explain why the infrastructure work in the area is not keeping pace with the rapid rate of housing construction.

It has written to Mr Reid requesting to halt all new construction work in the area until adequate infrastructure is delivered.

The area is also under huge pressure from the construction of the €160m National Forensic Mental Hospital in Portrane.

SPDD called for the construction moratorium after it was revealed that a desperately-needed widening of the road leading into Donabate to is to be delayed.

The widening of the narrow road at the railway bridge at Prospect Hill, on the Hearse Road, was a condition attached to the grant of planning permission for the building of the National Forensic Mental Hospital.

Fingal County Council received funding for the works from the HSE.
Planning permission for the forensic mental hospital was granted as far back as the summer of 2015.
It now emerged that Fingal County Council has terminated the contract for the project with Tilbury Construction Ltd.
The council intends to re-tender for it, with works on the site not now due to restart until the first few months of next year.

The Hearse Road is chronically congested, and has a temporary diversion on it.

SPDD said Fingal Council should call a halt to all new construction activity on the peninsula until the Hearse Road is widened at Prospect Hill and the Donabate Distributor Road is completed.

An SPDD spokesperson said: "The pressure on the residents trying to get off the peninsula is immense, whether they are driving, using busses or the train. There is a chronic infrastructure deficit in Donabate which must be addressed."

SPDD said it was not acceptable that the community is being hindered to such an extent going about its business.
SPDD recognises the need for housing and wishes for development in Donabate to be carried out in a sustainable way that enhances and reflects the needs of a growing community. @SPDD17
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