Compared to other areas within the city Dublin 8 suffers from an unacceptable lack of green space and parks for a young population. When you compare South West Inner City with our neighbours in the South East Inner City area, there is 14 times more green space for a similar population.
In the Dublin City Council 2013 budget there is a provision of €75,000 for recreational facilities in Dublin 8. The Chamber St Site off Cork St has been lying derelict since the flats were knocked down which would provide a perfect area for a park. The site has been used as a temporary circus but a park would fit perfectly in with the successful allotments, which are operating on another portion of the old site.
Under the Liberties Local Area Plan the land is zoned Z4 ‘to provide for and improve mixed service facilities’ but most of the provisions of this plan haven’t been implemented due to lack of funding. The council could amend this zoning to designate the site as a recreation area.
The site has been signed over by the housing section in Dublin City Council to the economic development department who want to put it out for expressions of interest for re-development. We already have an overabundance of housing in Dublin 8, with no green space for the children living there. The council also owns a number of other sites/property in the area which they could put out for expressions of interest, so there is no need for them to develop the Chamber st site at the expense of a community amenity.
The area councillors in a motion submitted by Cllr Rebecca Moynihan have agreed that the site should be used as a park.
I call on Dublin City Council to provide much needed recreation space for Dublin 8 on the Chamber St site to benefit the whole community.