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  • Northside West

Green light for Ballymun ‘super depot’

Thursday, 18th January, 2018 6:00pm
Green light for Ballymun ‘super depot’

How the new super depot will look. PHOTO: EDC CONSULTING ENGINEERS

Green light for Ballymun ‘super depot’

How the new super depot will look. PHOTO: EDC CONSULTING ENGINEERS

FINGAL County Council (DCC) has notified Dublin City Council that it has granted permission for a so-called ‘super depot’ on land off St Margaret’s Road.

DCC owns the land but it’s controlled by Fingal County Council meaning it had to apply to its neighbouring local authority for permission to build the €27 million plant.

The massive depot is being built to replace several smaller council depots across the city that support essential city operations.

A civic amenity site forms part of the proposal.

The depot will have over 600 council staff associated with it but not all will report directly to the depot and an estimated 150 will be based there during the day.

The depot will incorporate waste management, housing, public lighting, traffic, water, drainage and roads maintenance operations. 

Council officials say the consolidation of operations into the ‘super depot’ will facilitate the release lands it owns “for more appropriate uses”.

It’s hoped at least some of these lands can now be made available for affordable housing schemes.

The civic amenity site will be separate to the depot and will be able to be accessed by foot and car. 

Workshops, a vehicle garage, a multi-storey car park, an office and a salt barn also form part of the plan.

Cllr Noeleen Reilly (SF) welcomed news that permission had been granted.

“I believe it could be really positive for Ballymun,” she said.

“The additional workforce in the area should be a benefit to the local community and economy.

“In terms of existing sites and the land that will now become available, the council need to prepare a plan for housing and other amenities in the future. 

"The council has been involved in consultation with residents living around the new depot and now that planning has been approved this really needs to be stepped up. 

“There will be an impact on residents throughout the building process and this needs to be addressed."

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