Ard Na Gréine Residents’ Association
We hope residents are well in these difficult times. Unfortunately, the ongoing Covid19 restrictions meant
we have been unable to hold our Annual General Meeting or to collect subscriptions for a second year.
This has meant we have had to put on hold our annual Santa visit and regeneration of the estate, such as
replacing barrels and flowers. Hopefully things will improve in 2022.
The following committee was elected at our last AGM in 2019:
Chairman: John Fitzgerald
Treasurer: Judith Craven
Secretary: Tom Grehan
Committee: Jan Banks, Philip Briggs, Seanie Byrne, Paul Geoghegan, Annette Grehan, Terry Hampson,
Gloria Holbrook, Maura Kenworthy, Freda Madden, Seamus Madden, John McNaboe, Colette O’Neill.
Where appropriate and safe, we have continued to liaise with Dublin City Council regarding ongoing matters the most relevant of which was the proposed development on Slademore Avenue/Ayrfield (a large development of 36 senior citizen units incorporating the existing maisonettes which would fill almost all the existing green area).In the first draft Dublin City Development Plan 2022-2028 the Council tried to have the site rezoned as Z1 which would mean the Council could build whatever they like on the site and residents would not be able to respond. Luckily Councillors Daryl Barron and Tom Brabazon put forward a counter proposal that the site be rezoned as Z9 (recreational space) and it was passed by a meeting of all 63 Dublin City Councillor’s.
The change has been included in the Draft Development Plan for 2022-2028 which was sent for public consultation. The consultation period closed on the 14 th February. There were a large number of
submissions to the draft Dublin City Development Plan in favour of retention of the rezoning to Z9 and it is
expected to be ratified by Dublin City Council shortly. This will mean that once and for all the project will not be going ahead and it has been removed from the DCC housing projects. This has been a long and often frustrating struggle with Dublin City Council over a number of years and hopefully the end of any future construction development on the site. We would like once again to thank Councillors Barron and Brabazon for their help. We don’t usually single out individual members of our committee but in this case, we would like to acknowledge the trojan work of Philip Briggs and Paul Geoghegan.
Our next step will be to get the site made suitable for recreational use as per the rezoning. The council could try again in the context of the next development plan to rezone the site. We will have to be vigilant about it and of course try to arrange for the space to be used positively for some form of additional community use to ensure that it is protected into the future. We feel that proposals as to future use should come from residents and not be left to Dublin City Council. We are hoping to have a meeting with the Parks Department shortly, where the matter of the green space will be raised as well as the ongoing tree situation.
Many thanks to residents who have helped to keep the estate looking so well and we wish everyone a
very Happy and healthy Easter.