We ''The St Marks Action Group'' wish to object to the proposed development of 11 units at St. Marks Green, Clondalkin, Dublin 22. (These are 10 no.3 Bedrooms and 1 no.4 Bedrooms). While we agree with and fully support Social Housing, we strongly object to this site being used on the following grounds:
Play space - The area has a football field that is frequently utilised
by the local youth as well as providing a safe, easily supervised area
for younger children in the immediate area and from surrounding
estates, to play away from traffic.
Mental Health - The rate of suicide is very high in the Clondalkin
area. Open spaces like this are vital to help people relax and escape
from oppressive built-up areas. The residents feel the elimination of
the green would make the area feel claustrophobic.
Green area - Most of the surrounding residents have lived there for
over 30 years and have said the location of the green was an important
factor in their decision to buy their respective properties
Community Inclusion - This green provides a focal point and central
space for local residents to meet and interact through community
Increased Traffic - the residents are greatly concerned about the
increase in traffic in the area. This includes both construction
traffic which will cause major disruption to the local road system,
and the subsequent additional residential traffic. This increased
traffic and a subsequent lack of a safe area to play constitutes a
dangerous risk to public safety in relation to local children.
We feel that this green is a vital and valuable community resource.
There are numerous other undeveloped sites which could be used for
social housing which would not have such a majorly detrimental effect
on the local community and residents
Francis Timmons (Spokesperson & Peace Commisioner - 087 286 9315)