Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Costello Outraged at Councils Plan to make McKee Ave Entry only from Finglas Village

Costello Outraged at Councils Plan to make McKee Ave Entry only from Finglas Village.

Fianna Fail Councillor for Finglas David Costello Said "When I ran for election in May this year I felt that I could be an effective representative for the people of Finglas and Cabra. However, two weeks ago I was at the North West Area committee meeting of Dublin City Council when a plan was landed upon the councillors for major upgrade works to the road network around Finglas Village."
Costello continued "One of the proposals put to us was that McKee Ave was going to be made entry only from Finglas Village. The presentation ended with a time line for works including dates for tenders etc. To my astonishment, I was informed although the councillors at the meeting seemed opposed to the plan that Traffic management was not a reserved function of the council and that we were not entitled as councillors to halt this ludicrous proposal."

Cllr. David Costello from the Finglas-Cabra Electoral area and Cllr. McAuliffe from the Ballymun Area together called on the council to hold a meeting with the public prior to proceeding with the work. DCC declined to host such a meeting. Cllr. Costello and McAuliffe took it upon themselves to host a public meeting for residents on Monday the 29th of September to inform them of the decision by DCC. Such was the level of dissatisfaction with the Councils plan that approximately 100 people from the surrounding area attended the meeting.

Costello Said "residents were angry that they were not consulted about the proposals. Every one of the 100 residents who voted on the issue at the meeting were opposed to the plans and have set up a committee to voice their concerns in relation to the plan."

"Business owners on McKee Ave have also spoken to me and are genuinely afraid of the impact the closure of this road will have on their already struggling business."

"I am calling on the Council's Traffic and Roads sections to cease all action in relation to this process until they have met with residents"

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