Key vote today in the battle to save mountains
COUNCILLORS are set to vote today on crucial rezonings that opponents fear could destroy the character of a scenic area of the Dublin Mountains.
A marathon final meeting is to take place to discuss the Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Development plan, including key rezoning decisions.
They include proposals that could see a nursing home built on undeveloped lands on the Enniskerry Road in south county Dublin, as well as the relocation of a private girls' school.
The nursing home could be built if lands at Ticknock are rezoned from their current high-amenity status.
Meanwhile, a Special Local Objective is to be sought for the relocation of Rosemount Girls' School to a site on the western side of the Enniskerry Road. This site is next to Fernhill Estate in Stepaside, a heritage garden that has already been subject of an controversial and unsuccessful attempt at rezoning.
Lettie McCarthy (Lab) said the character of the area had to be preserved. "Even though in the current climate there is enough serviced and zoned lands, councillors are trying very hard to have land rezoned," Cllr McCarthy said.
"I will do everything in my power to protect the foothills of the mountains as the amenity they are. A commitment was given to the people that the mountain side of the Enniskerry Road would not be rezoned for development. My view is that the mountains are a very special amenity and should by protected from development."