Cherry Orchard action plan for village centre
By Brendan Grehan
DUBLIN CITY Council is preparing an action plan for Cherry Orchard. The plan will enable DCC to set in motion the delivery of a village centre, which has long been overdue in the area.
It will also enable the council to gain support and agreement from other statutory and private sector interests to shape, fund and support community development, employment, education and lifelong learning.
The Action Plan is non-statutory. It seeks to provide a framework for community regeneration and the future redevelopment of Cherry Orchard, which struggles with social deprivation.
In 2006, a report by the Cherry Orchard Regeneration Forum – Building Community Together, a report on Community and Consultation and Work Plan for 2006-2009 was published. It set the vision for a sustainable community, where people look out for each other and care for the place they live.
In 2017, many of the issues outlined in the plan persist. However, one thing is clear, the people of Cherry Orchard look out for each other and need this plan to move toward a brighter future.
To assist in the preparation of this plan, Dublin City Council is calling for submissions from the public on issues which the plan should address. It seeks to ensure that local issues are identified and acted upon to inform the preparation of the draft plan.
“This consultation is central to any development plan for our community” said Councillor Daithí Doolan.
“This is a huge opportunity for Cherry Orchard residents to have their say in their plan. Homes, services, recreational facilities, shops and jobs are all important. I would encourage residents, community groups and sports clubs to send in all their ideas.
“This is the only way we can ensure all our voices are heard and that this plan will deliver for Cherry Orchard.
“I would ask that the deadline be extended. It is too important to rush this or to exclude people based on a false deadline. I believe four weeks would give people enough time for the community to work together to make their submissions,” he added.
There are many ways you can make a submission;
Online or you can Email DCC at: email@example.com.
You can also drop into one of the following places and leave your comments in the comment box:
Orchard Community Centre, between 9.30am and 10pm – Monday to Thursday and Friday 9.30am – 8pm; Chapelizod-Ballyfermot Partnership offices, between 9am and 5pm – Monday to Friday; Cherry Orchard Equine Centre, between 8am and 9pm – Monday to Friday and Saturday 8am to 4pm; Ballyfermot Civic Centre, between 9.30 to 4pm – Monday to Friday; Ballyfermot Library, Monday to Thursday: 10am – 8pm, Friday, Saturday: 10am – 5pm.
You can phone Jerry Barnes or Sybil Berne on 01 676 2594.
Or you can tweet your comments to @dccscarea using #cherryorchard2022
All answers should be provided by July 24 next by 5.30pm.