Cllr Oisín O'Connor

Green Party Councillor for Glencullen-Sandyford, including Ballinteer, Stepaside, Kilternan, Leopardstown, Ballyogan & Glenamuck

I’m very happy to confirm that the council are finally developing a new playground in Sandyford. For the next 3 weeks people in the area can have our say on what is in the playground. There will be a series of workshops with children and adults over the coming weeks and there is also an online consultation survey here. The workshops and the consultation are being run by the communication consultants MCo on behalf of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council.

A huge thanks is due to all of the parents involved in the Sandyford Playground Campaign for keeping this on the agenda for so many years. I’m delighted that the council are following through on the commitment to develop this new playground.

The new DLR Play Policy states that every built-up area should have a playground within 1km. Currently the Kilcross side of Sandyford is not well served. The council are proposing to put the playground in Kilcross and the intention is that it serves the broader 1km catchment around, including the estates around Sandyford village, Moreen, Clonard, Simonsridge, Lamb’s Cross and Woodside.

The consultation will run from 5th January to 26th January and you will find all the information on the council’s website here. I would strongly encourage you to have your say on this new playground for Sandyford, especially if you are a parent or carer in the area.

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There is also an in-person consultation event planned for Thursday 18th January 2024 from 7.30-9pm at Kilcross Community Centre. Please RSVP if you plan to attend to [email protected]. MCo are also organising workshops with children through the local school and the youth club.

The public consultation to refurbish existing playgrounds in Belarmine, Marlay Park and The Gallops recently finished (more on that here). We will be getting a report on the outcome of that public consultation in due course. A new adventure playground should also start construction in Fernhill this year. The money for all of these play facilities is coming from the levies that DLR charge developers to build in the county.

If you have any questions about the above that you would like me to raise as your local councillor, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

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