Cllr Oisín O'Connor

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

This week construction will start on phase 1 of the Sandyford village improvement project, which will enhance road safety and accessibility, especially for pedestrians. This is being carried out with funding from central government through the National Transport Authority. It will consist of the following pedestrian and road safety improvements:

  • A zebra crossing next to the Sandyford Park entrance
  • A raised table across the Sandyford Park entrance
  • Traffic calming at the entrance to the village near Hasting’s Surgery

I would like to thank the volunteers from the Sandyford Village Initiative who have been instrumental in getting these improvements for the village. I have been working with council officials to help get this project prioritised and I’m delighted that it’s finally getting started.

Phase 2 of the project will include levelling the footpath so that it is continuous and accessible throughout the village, making it much safer for people of all ages and abilities to visit, work and shop in Sandyford Village. It should also include more seating, EV charging point and improved bicycle parking. I will be pushing for it to happen as soon as possible in the new year.

There may be some traffic management measures during construction but it shouldn’t be too disruptive. These kinds of works rarely take longer than a week.

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Public consultation

The initial designs for the project were put out to public consultation in summer 2021, with 128 people/organisations making submissions. Around three quarters of submissions were supportive of the draft designs, with plenty of feedback given on improvements. You can read more details here.

Do you have any ideas for Sandyford village improvements? You can contact me by email at any time.

Other nearby projects

The improvements to Sandyford village are stand-alone and not directly related to other roadworks in the area. Here is a summary of some of those projects:

Blackglen Road Improvement Scheme/Lamb’s Cross: I shared some information on this a few weeks ago here. I have received an update on this from the senior engineer in the council. Final concrete works are expected to be completed on Lamb’s Cross in the first 2 weeks of November, coinciding with the schools’ mid-term break. For the remainder of November, the final layer of road resurfacing around Lamb’s Cross will take place. I’ve been told that major works in the new year will focus on finishing off the Blackglen Road and Sandyford Road elements of the project.

Hillcrest Road: The council have carried out engineering surveys on the road to determine the current widths and slopes. I have been told that engagement has begun with residents with regards purchasing of land to enable widening of the roadway. As soon as firmer design proposals become available, I will share them.

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Playgrounds: I shared an update on playgrounds for the area here. Last week an independent company have been appointed to carry out public engagement in relation to the development of a playground in the Sandyford area. Their work is expected to start in the coming weeks, as they try to get all local views on how to deliver excellent play facilities for the area.

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