15 February 2011

Fitzgerald’s Objection to Amusement Centre in Clondalkin Upheld

Planning Permission Refused for Amusement & Gaming Centre in Heart of Clondalkin

Local Fine Gael General Election candidate, Frances Fitzgerald, has welcomed the decision by South Dublin County Council to refuse planning permission for an amusement and gaming centre in the heart of Clondalkin village.

Frances Fitzgerald and Cllr. Tony Delaney both lodged objections to the planning application to change the use of a bookmakers on Orchard Road to a gaming amusement centre.

“I am delighted with this news,” said Frances Fitzgerald, “it comes during the same week I delivered evidence to An Bord Pleanala at the SIAC Oral Hearing. There I called for the revitalising of Clondalkin Village and I believe that the Council’s refusal to grant permission for this centre which would damage the aesthetics and commercial enterprises of the Village is a step towards this.”
“Cllr Tony Delaney and I have already been speaking to the Council and members of the local business community about the need to regenerate the village to make it more attractive to both shoppers and businesses. The opening of an amusement centre would be a big step backwards and I think it would ultimately damage Clondalkin village,” continued Frances Fitzgerald.

“I welcome the decision to refuse planning permission for this development as I feel a facility like this would not make any positive contribution to Clondalkin Village. The Village is already under commercial pressure and we need to look at more ways to encourage investment from prospective business interests and initiatives that would grow the community spirit in our village," said Cllr. Tony Delaney who also objected to the application.