03 September 2013

Fitzgerald Reassures Residents over St Edmundsbury Land Sale

Frances Walking the Liffey Valley
Local TD and Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald, has this week reaffirmed her commitment to the protection of the Liffey Valley following the announcement of a sale of lands at St Edmundsbury. The 274 acre land bank is being auctioned by Jordan auctioneers and forms part of the Liffey Valley.
“I note the proposed sale of 274 acres in St Edmundsbury in Lucan. I share the commitment of local residents to protecting the lands around the Liffey Valley and immediately sought clarification on the implications of this land sale. Following campaigns by the Liffey Valley Park Alliance, Cllr William Lavelle and I, we were successful in getting restrictive land zoning of the Liffey Valley included in the 2010 County Development Plan. This zoning, in addition to Council planning policy, the Special Area Amenity Order and recent Bord Pleanala rulings, mean that the Liffey Valley is protected against development,” said Fitzgerald.

There were also concerns regarding the implications of the sale of lands to the new building for St Andrews NS.

“I have also contacted my colleague with responsibility for the lands, Minister Brian Hayes, in relation to the land surrounding the development of a new school building for St Andrews NS. He has assured me that the site has been ring fenced and the school building will not be affected," added Fitzgerald.

“I will continue to work with my colleague, local councillor William Lavelle, to monitor the situation and continue my work on protecting the Liffey Valley,” concluded Fitzgerald.