Dun Laoghaire Road Scheme Fiasco

Dun Laoghaire Road Scheme Fiasco

Postby alonso » Sat Sep 09, 2006 11:42 pm

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council intend to go ahead and construct the controversial Monkstown Ring Road after receiving the go ahead in the summer by An Bord Pleanala against the recommendations of the Senior Inspector, Philip Jones. This road will involve punching a highway through a number of residential streets and necessitates the demolition of Yankee Terrace, a late 19th Century row of cottages. In the course of the Oral Hearing the Council's engineers disowned their own traffic figures and abandoned their own objective of improving congestion due to objectors exposing them as flawed and without foundation in reality. Mr. Jones, in his report, described the scheme as follows:

"The proposed Monkstown Ring Road originated in the 1970’s... It is considered that the proposed road development would represent an inappropriate form of development which would encourage increased car usage and would conflict with national, regional and local policies for the sustainable development of transport"

"The proposed road development would not confer significant benefits to the community"

"The proposed road development would, therefore, be contrary to the proper planning and sustainable development of the area"

Thankfully the Members of the Council are to debate a motion at the October meeting to have this ridiculous scheme removed from the Development Plan. However the County Manager, one Owen Keegan, has stated in his report to the Councillors that he believes the scheme should go ahead and rubbished the advice of the experienced and qualified Inspector, who throughout his thorough report utterly damned every element of this scheme. Some Councillors may vote according to the managers advice, as would be common practice, and we would be left with vast swathes of suburbia in ruins. Maybe the manager should read his own statements from his ample back catalogue of soundbites, some of which are laid out below: (sourced from ireland.com archive)

"Commuting by car, in Mr. Keegan's words, is a sunset industry."

"The new Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown county manager Owen Keegan said it would be one of his aims to achieve a better balance between conservation and development."

"Commuting motorists impose significant costs on everyone else"

"We have given up trying to cater for the private car and if people haven't worked that out yet then there is a serious problem with IQ"

"The argument that private car capacity should be increased was lost a long time ago"

The point of this post is to ask those who care about the proper planning and sustainable development of Dublin, and in particular areas such as Blackrock, Stillorgan, Monkstown and Dun Laoghaire that will be severely adversely affected by this truly horrific scheme, to get in touch with the County councillors and demand that they vote in favour of the Green Party motion to have this removed from the Development Plan.

We've come a long way, generally, from the transport planning philosophies of the 1970's which advocated ripping the heart out of towns to cater for motorists. However, out in Dun Laoghaire, between the mountains and the sea, these philosophies still remain.

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Re: Dun Laoghaire Road Scheme Fiasco

Postby Busman » Wed Sep 13, 2006 12:46 am

Alas, the poor constituents of Dún Laoghaire Rathdown, not only do they have to live with the misfortune of probably the worst district council in the country, but now they have the added torment of Owen Keegan, late of Dublin City Council.

Mr. Keegan said a lot of things during his tenure at DCC, much to the tune of those comments above, and generally towards the promotion of cycling, greater bus and public transport usage, and other environmentally pure discourse at every hands turn, being somewhat of a publicity hound along with all his other wondrous abilities.

He then went on to do the complete opposite of everything he preached. In all his high profile tenure in the city, he did absolutely nothing, not one demonstrable thing, towards the promotion of cycling or movement of buses - indeed, his tenure was marked by the absolute congestion of the city, which was even stated on the radio at one stage by somebody to be council policy, to obstruct EVERYTHING, car, bus, bicycle, whatever, on the dubious assertion that if nothing moved, nobody would drive into town...???

Owen Keegan is a man with two agendas, an empty public platform agenda involving the talking up of public transport and other civic minded policies, and the real agenda, which behind the scenes thwarts every concept of rational thinking and forward planning, for no obvious benefit to anyone that I can understand. He is also the worst kind of arrogant person to be advanced to a position of authority, the kind with no sense of his own human frailty, or the remote possibility of others more learned or experienced in a subject having anything to contribute to a discussion.
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Re: Dun Laoghaire Road Scheme Fiasco

Postby alonso » Sun Sep 24, 2006 10:26 pm

eh yeh... thanks for that, a bit personal but i don't disagree with those sentiments... it's getting close though, the council are meeting in 2 weeks time to vote on this. the opposition has really had an effect. The representatives were unaware of the depth and breadth of the opposition to this scheme. They were under the impression that this was a good scheme, but it has no merits whatsoever, unless you count a 30 second reduction in travel time from Dun Laoghaire to Stillorgan (figure from the EIS would you believe!!!) as worth demolishing 17 homes, felling 40 trees and mutilating an entire suburban block with 30,000 cars. As with many things, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown have got this one wildly wrong.

The only obstacles to a proper resolution to this are oafish management allied to wilful political neglect... once that's sorted out we'll save Monkstown, Deansgrange and Blackrock from destruction.... not too big a job then eh?"£$"£$%?
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