DÃºn Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council will apply for a building permit to build a section of a controversial cycle path through Deansgrange cemetery.
councilors accepted a report on the Active School Travel initiative presented by council director Robert Burns at the monthly council meeting this evening and agreed that council will now file a Part 8 planning request for the project in which further public consultations will be held on the matter.
Following a series of 20 meetings with various local businesses, individuals and residents’ associations since September 2020, the council decided on an option for the cycling initiative which offers a separate two-lane cycle path along of Dean’s Grange Road which would include a 200-meter section of Deansgrange Cemetery before continuing onto Springhill Avenue, Burns told council.
He said the exact route through the cemetery has yet to be decided, adding that “a lot of work needs to be done.”
Among the issues that will be addressed are âa whole host of sensitivitiesâ regarding mourners visiting graves and other sensitive issues.
However, he said the cemetery was already in use as a day and night cycle and walking path.
The cycle path is part of a 25 km program of safe and physically separated cycle paths, slated to serve 65 schools through DÃºn Laoghaire-Rathdown, which received massive support in a public consultation earlier this year.
Work had started, but council delayed the project in September following pressure from some councilors and a threat of legal action over the Deansgrange cemetery section.
While most advisers said they were happy with Deansgrange’s proposal at their meeting tonight, Independent Councilor Deirdre Donnelly (Stillorgan) said she was concerned about security concerns and sparked the angered by some advisers when she initially suggested that the cemetery could be used by recently released people. prisoners from preying on people at night and early in the morning.
She later clarified that she meant “repeat sex offenders” and that she “does not refer in any way to prisoners in general”. She said her safety concerns remained and called on the council to consult with GardaÃ on public safety issues.
The decision to apply for a building permit for the proposal comes after a planned two-way cycle path along Dean’s Grange Road was sent back to the drawing board after opposition from opponents.
They said this would have meant making one-way traffic on part of the road, causing inconvenience to local businesses, diverting buses and disrupting car traffic.
Fianna FÃ¡il’s advisor for Killiney-Shankill, Michael Clark, said the issue was one of the most controversial he had seen on the board.
But he said he was ready to “keep an open mind” on the proposal ahead of public consultation followed by further debate by the council before any plan is adopted.
âToday we don’t dot all the I’s and cross all the T’s,â he said.