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  • Northside West

New ‘heart’ for Finglas

Thursday, 18th April, 2019 8:00am

Story by Jack Gleeson
New ‘heart’ for Finglas

Cllr Reilly (IND) wants Finglas East included in future concept planning reports.

New ‘heart’ for Finglas

Cllr Reilly (IND) wants Finglas East included in future concept planning reports.

A NEW draft report for Finglas has identified a number of local sites that could be used to create a new community ‘heart’ for the area.

The Draft Finglas Concept Planning Report states that the closure of the Church of the Assumption presents an opportunity for the land to be used in conjunction with other sites to create an attractive focal point in Finglas West, complete with a new public square.

The report recommends that Dublin City Council work with the HSE, church authorities and adjoining schools to develop the Church of The Annunciation lands as part of this new ‘heart’ project.

The ‘heart’ could include Fergal’s Field, which has potential for the new Finglas Primary Health Care Centre, a housing scheme and new senior citizens’ accommodation.

Small parcels of lands at the junction of Cardiffsbridge Road and Mellowes Road are also identified as having potential for new housing and being part of the ‘heart’ project.

“There is an opportunity to give space for community services or regenerate existing services so that they have better facilities and setting,” the report states.

“All of this can be achieved whilst also respecting the amenity enjoyed by neighbouring users and appropriate responses made to the nature of specific boundaries.”

The concept report goes on to say the new ‘heart’ has “great potential to integrate positively with Luas.”

The report also suggests the future Finglas Luas route could run through land at St Helena’s Road and Tolka Valley Road.

The land is identified as having potential for mixed housing of around 150 units but the report recommends waiting for the Luas route to be confirmed before deciding on any development.

The concept report also recommends creating a design led masterplan for Finglas Village and a new parks strategy for the area that will set out how the council will invest in new and improved facilities.

Other recommendations include preparation of an audit to identify possible shortfalls in community spaces and to assist in the planning of new community and sports infrastructure for the area.

The purpose of the concept report is to examine how the council can deliver locally on the Dublin City Development Plan’s objectives of creating a city of vitality and vibrancy with a strong sense of community.

The study focusses on the area of Finglas West and South but while welcoming the concept plan Cllr Noeleen Reilly (IND) said Finglas East must not be excluded.

“It is great to see planning taking place for Finglas which will include a look at community amenities, housing, transport, sporting and commercial facilities,” she said.

“However no plan for Finglas can be complete without the inclusion of Finglas East, which has been initially excluded.

“The council need to rectify this and ensure any further pan is community led. 

“There are many families in Finglas in need of social and affordable housing and many others who have been housed but the facilities have not been put in place.

“Some of the neighbourhood centres have been left fall into disrepair, businesses have left and this has left a feeling of frustration in the community that Finglas has been left behind.”

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