70 apple trees to be planted from €300,000 council fund

By Brendan Grehan

70 APPLE trees will be planted shortly as part of the 300k Have Your Say Campaign in Lucan.

This was revealed in a quarterly update given to the Lucan Area Committee of South Dublin County Council at last weeks meeting.

Aerial photo

70 apple trees will be planted in the Lucan area

In relation to the Waterstown Park Playground, the Council said that the public consultation phase is complete from the public interaction point of view; however the input from the public is now being incorporated into the design detail.

Once completed, this will be tendered in accordance with public procurement and the playground will be constructed at Waterstown Park.

In the second project, the planting of native apple trees, the Council said that they are investigating locations for the planting. The Irish Seed Savers Association have been contracted to provide the trees.

In the third project, the free library banks, the Council said South Dublin Libraries have purchased the required books to be used for the 300k Have Your Say initiative and books have been delivered to LIFE Centre, Esker Hill, Lucan (Lucan Institute of Further Education) and Palmerstown Community Centre.

The books for Ballyowen Community Centre have been processed and will be available at this location soon. Further locations are being explored.

The fourth project, the Christmas lights in Lucan village is one project that is up and running. They were turned on at a public lighting ceremony on December 3 last.

Restoration 

The restoration of the Silver bridge is being developed in conjunction with Fingal County Council.

The Council said that the Fingal Architects' Department are updating a cost report to define and estimate the costs to complete basic works on the site, including cleaning, painting and improved protection.

In relation to the restoration of King Johns Bridge in Griffeen Park, the Council said that a mortar analysis has now been completed which has provided specification with regard to the required materials for proposed conservation works. 

A meeting took place on site between the Councils Architectural Conservation Officer and Senior Exec Parks at the end of January 2018 to discuss further site clearance and vegetation removal.

The Council said that the public consultation phase for the multi-games wall in Lucan is now complete and the input from the public is now being incorporated into the design detail. 

The Council added that once completed this will be tendered in accordance with public procurement.

Mayor Paul Gogarty told The Echo that it was “frustrating” that the communications manager was not in a position to be able to give clear time scales on many of the projects, having not been given the detailed information he requested.

He added: “On a postive note 70 apple trees will be planted shortly.

The playground is definitely going ahead, but no firm details on tender date. Discussions are taking place regarding right of way for the cemetery in Palmerstown and further information is expected shortly on the additional investigations required on the King John Bridge.”

Cllr Gogarty said that he will be tabling questions on the projects again as soon as he has definitive information.

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