Newlands Cross Landscaping Issues

PRESS RELEASE 

 

The landscaping of Newlands Cross 

 

Newlands Cross, perhaps the most famous 'crossroads' in Ireland. Generations of visitors set their compass by Newlands Cross. This is borne out by the record number of visitors to our village and our hotels (Green Isle, Bewleys, Louis Fitzgerald, Ibis). From the moment we heard that work on a new flyover was to commence at Newlands Cross, we engaged strongly with public representatives, South Dublin County Council, the National Roads Authority (NRA) and BAM, the company who won the tender to carry out the work both at Newlands Cross (N7) and at Arklow, Co. Wicklow (N11).

 

The design, construction and financing of the upgrading of the existing Newlands Cross N7 Naas Road / R113 Belgard/Fonthill Road at-grade junction to a grade-separated junction, resulting in the creation of an N7 overpass, and estimated to carry up to 90,000 vehicles a day was officially opened 3 months ahead of schedule on the 18th November 2014. BAM are currently close to completing the entire project with alterations being made to all surrounding links roads. The NRA has not disclosed the cost of the PPP but Bam Contractors’ website put the combined value of the Wicklow and Dublin elements at €126 million, without land costs.

 

 

 

The design, construction and financing of the upgrading of the existing Newlands Cross N7 Naas Road / R113 Belgard/Fonthill Road at-grade junction to a grade-separated junction, resulting in the creation of an N7 overpass, and estimated to carry up to 90,000 vehicles a day was officially opened 3 months ahead of schedule on the 18th November 2014. BAM are currently close to completing the entire project with alterations being made to all surrounding links roads. The NRA has not disclosed the cost of the PPP but Bam Contractors’ website put the combined value of the Wicklow and Dublin elements at €126 million, without land costs.

 

When you invite someone to your house, you're sure to invite them into a tidy and clean sitting room. That is what Clondalkin Tidy Towns, with the help of other agencies and bodies try to achieve in the greater Clondalkin area, and when construction started at Newlands in 2013, we insisted that we should not accept substandard work, especially in the look and feel of the junction. Elements that Clondalkin is famous for should also be used in the finished product, such as stone walls that can be seen throughout the village today.  An old stone wall from the Naas Road opposite Joels was found during construction work and under instruction from Clondalkin Tidy Towns every stone carefully removed by BAM and then transported to Round Towers GAA clubhouse on Convent Road, where the wall was brilliantly rebuilt again.

 

A number of very mature and iconic trees were regrettably uprooted from the site and we have been left with two miserable and sick looking trees which will not survive. At present we have a barren landscape bereft of any shape, colour or imagination. Our concerns were further compounded when Martin Desmond of MCD Landscapes indicated he was not involved in the landscaping of the areas discussed (area in front of Office Block and the green area opposite Bewleys Hotel). 

 

Clondalkin Tidy Towns Chairman, Mr Pat O’Sullivan was shown plans by john Coughlan, an engineer with SDCC which only included bulb planting. Hopefully this is not the extent of the landscaping. The question we have asked on numerous questions to BAM, the NRA, SDCC and local elected representatives is, “What if any landscape plan is there?” Mr O’Sullivan also asked senior officials in SDCC on replacing the large stone that had been at Newlands with a more suitable 'welcome feature' to Clondalkin and he also highlighted the negative comments regarding the Newlands area by the 2014 National Tidy Towns adjudicator.

 

We must commend BAM on their sterling work so far, ensuring that traffic disruptions have been kept to a minimum and the concerns of local residents have been addressed in the majority of cases. 

 

We now ask on the NRA and SDCC to ensure that when BAM complete all works at Newlands Cross, that it is an example of world class engineering and that the aesthetics match this too. Bulb planting is not sufficient in such a vast green space. A couple of thousand euro would go a long way to meeting our request, and considering the overall estimated cost of the project, we are not looking for much.  All we ask for is that this area be given the touch of class it deserves to match the flyover beside it and one BAM, the NRA, SDCC, local residents and ourselves can be proud of…..again.  

 

We held a meeting with Minister Francis Fitzgerald last weekend to ask her if she could raise our concerns with the NRA and SDCC. Minister Fitzgerald assured us she would contact the relevant bodies immediately and echo our request for appropriate planting and landscaping in all green spaces at Newlands.  

 

The people of Clondalkin, especially Newlands residents have put up with a lot of disruption and inconvenience (and still are). The concerns of the people and the many generations who will visit us must be listened to and addressed fully.  

Seachtain na Gaeilge Átha Cliath Theas 2015

 

 

South Dublin County Council and South Dublin Library Services in partnership with Áras Chrónáin are delighted to present Seachtain Na Gaeilge Átha Cliath Theas. This Irish Festival takes place throughout the county during March and it is a great opportunity for us to come together to celebrate our National Culture through music, dance, arts, crafts and our unique and beautiful language.

 

SnaGÁct 2015 includes a wonderful calendar of events which features a GiG Mór by Seo Linn, Irish language classes for all levels, beginners to advanced, workshops, céilí/dioscó, sporting events and traditional music sessions. The vast majority of these events are free of charge and guaranteed to entertain.

 

More information and a full list of events can be found on the SnaGÁct 2015 brochure

 


 

Recycle this Christmas!

We hope you all enjoyed Christmas day but the hard work is not over just yet. We encourage you to recycle as many items as you can. The Ballymount Civic Amenity Centre is open if you wish to drop up recycling items such as cardboard, paper, waste oil, plastic bottles, batteries and so on. Materials are accepted free of charge. 

 

December 27th                     9.00 – 17.30

December 28th 29th & 30th   9.30 – 17.00

December 31st                     9.30 – 15.00

January 1st                          Closed

January 2nd                         Normal opening hours

 

 

 

From Tuesday 6th January to Friday 16th January 2015, there will be a  Christmas Tree Collection site in the following locations: 

 

Corkagh Park (St Johns Road car park)

Corkagh Park (Green Isle car park at Caravan Park entrance)

Collinstown Park

Quarryvale Park

Foxdene open space

Grand Canal open space (junction of Bawnogue and Lockview roads)

 

This is for domestic household trees only and not for commercial operators.  One tree will be accepted per household/per vehicle. Signage will be placed at the various locations indicating that it is an official recycling point. 

 

Happy Christmas from Clondalkin Tidy Towns

Christmas 2014 - Please Think Green

 

Every year each household generates an estimated 55 kilograms of packaging per household.  There is a lot of extra packaging waste over the Christmas period.  So this Christmas why not try to reduce and recycle your festive packaging.

 

Materials can be recycled at the following locations


•Ballymount Civic Amenity Centre http://www.sdcc.ie/ballymount-civic-amenity


•Bring banks South Dublin County Council has 63 banks around the County http://www.sdcc.ie/services/recycling-waste/bring-banks


•Batteries recycling www.weeeireland.ie


•WEEE recycling: Clondalkin Community Recycling Initiative www.recycleit.ie

 

The opening hours for the Ballymount Civic Amenity Centre is as follows:-


December 24th  9.30 – 15.00 
December 25th & 26th  Closed 
December 27th  9.00 – 17.30 
December 28th 29th & 30th  9.30 – 17.00 
December 31st  9.30 – 15.00 
January 1st  Closed 
January 2nd  Normal opening hours 

 

To encourage everyone to consider the effective use of resources and take an active part in re-using and up-cycling South Dublin County Council has arranged a Christmas Decoration competition for all ages, Closing Date is 10th  December 2014 – for application click link.

http://www.sdcc.ie/sites/default/files/form//christmas-decoration-competition-2014-entry-form.pdf

 

From Tuesday 6th January to Friday 16th January 2015, there will be a  Christmas Tree Collection site in your the Clondalkin Area. This facility is for domestic household trees only and not for commercial operators.  One tree will be accepted per household/per vehicle. Signage will be placed at the various locations indicating that it is an official recycling point. 

New Committee elected at AGM 2014

A great night was had at the 2014 Annual General Meeting in the Green Isle Hotel where a new committee was elected for the 2014-2015 competition year.

 

The new committee is as follows:

 

Pat O'Sullivan - Chairperson

Alpha Gassama - Vice Chairperson

Agnes O'Neill - Secretary

Ronan Connolly - Assistant Secretary

Tommy Keogh - Treasurer

Mary Dardis - Assistant Treasurer

Rachel Heller

Breda Delaney

Sean Lavin

George Smith

Michael Maloney

Kathleen (Kate) Gill

 

Many thanks to everyone who attended the meeting and to all who have supported us over the last 12 months. The new committee would like to especially thank all outgoing committee members for their hard work and enthusiasm.