Local Sinn Féin representative and councillor for Lucan and Palmerstown-Fonthill Derren Ó Brádaigh, has welcomed the announcement by South Dublin County Council to invest €111k to enhance the Dodsboro District Centre with planned works that will commence in the coming weeks.
Cllr Ó Brádaigh said “The District Enhancements Scheme will see several locations benefit from improvement works, with Dodsboro shops and the immediate surrounds now earmarked for a facelift to help revitalise the public space and the general appearance here and in line with active travel measures being promoted in the county. Works on this project are due to commence in the weeks ahead and will hopefully be completed before the busy Christmas period. This is very welcome news that I wholeheartedly support and that comes on the back of earlier stakeholder engagement with traders and residents in June.
“The recent upgrades to the junction opposite on the Dodsboro Road are something I supported as a member of the Land Use, Planning and Transport committee in the Council, and these planned enhancements will further help to benefit the Dodsboro community and surrounding areas of Hillcrest, Woodview, Airlie Heights and Woodview Heights and hopefully compliment efforts toward overall improvements in the area.
The councillor who lives nearby added “As a former taxi driver and a resident in nearby Adamstown, I now describe the new and more settled communities here together as West Lucan. I totally understand the impact that ongoing development and associated construction has on the more settled parts of our community such as Dodsboro and Hillcrest. And while investment in the right type of affordable housing still leaves much to be desired, we are seeing some new parks and planned infrastructure arriving, albeit just too slowly. Dodsboro residents lost their local post office, once located here at the District Centre and the new BusConnects transition, whilst generally very good, has failed to fully listen to local commuter specific concerns and I am continuing to highlight deficits in services. Therefore, I am delighted that there is at least some good news coming the way of locals, with investment into the shop front area now.
The councillor added “We received detail of the planned scheme at the recent Area Committee meeting. This will include providing a direct link from the signalised junction to the shops and a reconfiguration of parking spaces, with improved disabled bays. There will be improved east-west pedestrian access and traffic calming measure introduced. Attention to drainage, removal of bollards, new seating and bike stands will be included in the plans. As the scheme has modest alterations to the public environment and engagement has taken place with relevant stakeholders, no further public consultation is planned.”