Lavelle welcomes proposal to update masterplan for future extension for Griffeen Valley Park

March 30, 2014  

          Last October, William first proposed an updated plan for extension of Griffeen Valley Park on lands between the railway line and Grand Canal

          Local sports clubs, including nearby Lucan Sarsfields, could benefit from access to additional playing pitches

William Lavelle, local councillor for Lucan, has welcomed the agreement of South Dublin County Council Parks Department to prepare an updated masterplan for future extension for Griffeen Valley Park on lands between the railway line and Grand Canal.

Last October (2013), William tabled a motion at a meeting of the council’s Lucan Area Committee proposing the preparation of new plans for the extension of Griffeen Valley Park to the area south of the railway line.

At the time William explained:I know from speaking with many local sports clubs, including in particular with Lucan Sarsfields GAA club who are located nearby, that there is a significant demand in the Lucan area for additional pitches

“The extension of the Grand Canal green route through this area south of the railway has opened up the area and highlighted the great potential that exists here. I believe the provision of much-needed playing pitches should be the next phase of development in this area. Clubs like Lucan Sarsfields would benefit greatly from my proposal.”

Since last October William has continued to push this proposal with the support of his Fine Gael colleague Cllr. Emer Higgins.

At the March 2014 meeting of the Lucan Area Committee, the council Park’s Department reported that:

“The Masterplan for Grange Park, Griffeen Valley was approved by the Council in July 2006  (see below). It is considered that this Masterplan is still relevant and appropriate for the development of the park at this location there have been some changes since the Part 8 was approved:

          to the existing landscape of the area, most notably the construction of the link from Griffeen Valley to the Grand Canal

           the report approved by the Council included for the provision of allotments on the site and which were not included in the original Part 8 public consultation

           the  plans for the pitches have been revised to include for a repositioning of the pitches

          the Clonburris Local Area Plan made provision for a small extension of the area of the park

           the approved Part 8 in 2011 for the re-location of the depot from Esker Lane to Grange Park

It is therefore appropriate that all of these changes and which together do not alter the overall intentions in the original Masterplan – are brought together in an updated Masterplan.  This updated masterplan will be presented to the Elected Members at a future Area Committee Meeting in 2014”

William welcomed this report stating: “I look forward to working with the Council to update this Masterplan. If re-elected to the Council in May’s local elections, I will prioritise effort to secure investment in Griffeen Valley Park, including the park extension as will be mapped-out in the updated masterplan.”


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