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Wednesday 7 December 2016

Residents reject plans for 40 homes in Balbriggan

Alice Davis Balbriggan County Council, Joe McArdle Chairman of Pinewood Green Residents
Association and Deirdre Hand Secretary of Pinewood Green Residents Association at the Modular Homes meeting in Balbriggan Photo: Steve Humphreys
Alice Davis Balbriggan County Council, Joe McArdle Chairman of Pinewood Green Residents Association and Deirdre Hand Secretary of Pinewood Green Residents Association at the Modular Homes meeting in Balbriggan Photo: Steve Humphreys

Residents in Balbriggan have argued that 40 modular units for homeless families pledged for the area is "disproportionate".

Under Government plans to build 500 modular units for temporary accommodation across Dublin, Fingal County Council are required to build up to 100 of the temporary structures.

At a public meeting last night residents of the Pinewood Estate said that Balbriggan should not have to take almost half of that allocation and that they should be farmed out to other north county towns like Skerries and Malahide.

Locals are concerned about access to the site and the impact of construction traffic during the build.

Services, such as schools and doctors, are already at "breaking point" the meeting heard.

The Pineswood Residents Association and Balbriggan Community Council said that Balbriggan's population has grown hugely in the past number of years and local services have yet to catch up.

Stigma

One resident raised concerns that the 40 families, particularly their children, would be stigmatised as "trailer trash", which was unfair on those who would be allocated the homes she said.

Another woman said she would stand at the bottom of the access road and block any trucks from entering if the plans were passed.

A public rally to gather support is planned.

Alice Davis chair of the Balbriggan Community Council said that the residents are not opposed to housing homeless families in the area.

"We've made it quite clear that we're not objecting to anybody getting a home. We want them to have a proper home but also that if they have a home in Balbriggan that they have the services and the space they need," she said.

A spokeswoman for Fingal County Council said that the plans would be subject to the approval of the full council.

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