This article appeared in the Liffey Champion on June 23rd 2003.
Liffey Champion, 23rd June, 2003, by Aideen Sutton
A watchdog body should be established to control all the elements of the proposed Adamstown. FIG, a voluntary umbrella group of residents living in the area believe such a body is necessary to ensure that infrastructure and facilities are developed in tandem with housing development.
With the emphasis being placed on bus and rail transport for the new Adamstown plan, the new group does not believe that South County Council will be in a position to deliver on transportation issues.
‘We would like to see a new type of body which would control all elements of this project, both internal and external’ stated FIG PRO, Tom Dowling.
‘If for example the rail element – Adamstown is to have a rail station in place by 2005 – which is the key to the success of Adamstown was behind schedule, this body could impose a moratorium on further building until everything was back on course.
‘While the public meetings held by the Council last month were informative, it became clear that once planning permission is granted, the Council will not be in a position to manage internal and external infrastructure’ said Tom Dowling.
Bus and Rail
‘Mr. Paul Hogan, senior planner of the Adamstown project, said that more emphasis would be placed on bus and rail transport.
‘While questioned on issues of flood management, transport, construction phases, and schools and amenities the Deputy Manager, Tom Doherty replied that there were no absolute guarantees and that planning is only planning’.
FIG states that it is not against the Adamstown plan in principle, which will see a town of 21,250 being developed over 10 years.
The group however is seeking controlled development to ensure that all external infrastructures are put in place.
‘South Dublin County Council has told us that they cannot provide the type of controlled checkpoints and approach that we are asking for, so we need a new type of approach to the process’ said Mr. Dowling.
‘its time development was controlled by all the stakeholders involved not just the private developers.
‘You can’t just drop a town the size of Tralee which Adamstown will be into the existing landscape over a period of seven years without managing the internal and external infrastructure required to support new and existing communities’.
FIG predicts that Adamstown will increase Lucan by a further two-thirds.
‘The immediate landscape, into which Adamstown will emerge, is already problematic with chronic traffic and flood management issues and inadequate amenities’ said Mr. Dowling.
‘The impacts of Adamstown will extend beyond the graphic boundaries of South Dublin Councils jurisdiction and responsibility.
‘We applaud the current Minister for Environment who is driving initiatives to promote that the development of infrastructure and provision for housing, through a series of initiatives to revitalise our services provisions across bodies such as Dublin Transport Office, County Councils etc’ he said.
‘We don’t want to spend our lives fighting to make every proposal work; we want an effective mechanism and watchdog to ensure that it done for us.
‘These are our homes that they are playing with, our lives will be impacted every day to ill-considered and uncontrolled development’ he argued.
‘No one has the right to compromise our quality of life or more importantly that of future generations’.