Protecting the Liffey Valley – Lavelle meets new owners of St. Ed’s

December 12, 2013 by  
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St.Eds auction signWilliam has met with the Chief Executive of Luttrelstown Castle Golf & Country Club who confirmed to that his company has acquired the 274 acre land bank at St. Edmundsbury.

 The new owners advised William that the St. Ed’s lands had been acquired as a long term investment. They further indicated to William that a local farmer had been appointed to farm the lands and that two houses which were occupied up until recent years, are to be refurbished.

 William took the opportunity to inform the new owners of the Lucan community’s long-held opposition to any residential development on these lands.

 William stated: As a local resident; and as your local councillor; I will continue to campaign to ensure the highest levels of protection for the Liffey Valley lands and to oppose any and all proposals for inappropriate development!”

The lands are subject to a dedicated ‘Liffey Valley’ land zoning; which William first proposed and drafted in 2010; and which was subsequently adopted by councillors as part of the current County Development Plan. 

William also took the opportunity to ask if the new owners would examine, in conjunction with South Dublin County Council, the potential of providing walking routes along the River Liffey.  William has also tabled this proposal for the December meeting of the council’s Lucan Area Committee.



William chairs Fine Gael Liffey Valley Forum

January 22, 2011 by  
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Fine Gael has today (21st January 2011) held a special party forum on the future of the Liffey Valley in the Lucan Spa Hotel. The event was convened and chaired by Lucan-based councillor William Lavelle and was attended by Fine Gael elected representatives from Dublin and Kildare.

The event was first proposed by Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny after he completed a cross-country walking tour of the Liffey Valley last October with Liffey Valley campaigner

Addressing the Forum, the chairman Cllr. William Lavelle stated: “The Liffey River Valley between Straffan in Co. Kildare and Islandbridge in Dublin City remains the largest area of unappreciated natural beauty and untapped tourism and recreational potential in the state.  With the increase in domestic tourism and the emergence of the ‘stay-cation’ it is vital that all regions seek to deliver new attractions to capture this domestic tourism market.

“In January 2011, Fine Gael published our new tourism policy entitled “Putting Tourism at the Centre of Economic Recovery”. This tourism policy includes an emphasis on promoting green tourism and outdoor activities. Linked to these objectives Fine Gael is committed to maximising the development of the Liffey Valley as a major recreational and green-tourism amenity for the Greater Dublin Region.

“By opening up the Liffey Valley we can provide a world-class recreational and tourism amenity with an accessible network of interconnecting walking routes right on the Capital’s doorstep. This initiative could also generate a significant economic return and job creation potential at local level through supporting local tourism enterprises as well as benefiting the hospitality trade in towns and villages along the Liffey Valley.

“Today forum discussed a number of possible policy initiative including:

  1. Establishment a Liffey Valley Partnership involving local council, the OPW and other stakeholders to better manage the Liffey Valley in coordinated manner under  a single vision;
  2. Delivery of an interconnecting network of walking routes through the Liffey Valley from Celbridge to Islandbridge;
  3. Implementation of a coordinated signage, information and web strategy to highlight the Liffey Valley and provide details on walking routes;
  4. Establishment of a Volunteer Ranger Service, whose duties would include assisting visitors; trail maintenance, etc.

Below: William, Enda  & Frances during cross-country walk of Liffey Valley in October 2010