26 May 2008

Killian Forde, Sinn Fein Councillor, Fingal, thanks for the photos of the listed building on the Dart line which Iarnrod Eireann are refusing to take care of and are hoping the Council will de-list to get them out of a spot of bother. Behind all the graffiti, there’s a lovely little building waiting to be made use of. I think that fine brick course work is called Monk Bond. The limestone carvings around window are very nice too. With just a touch of imagination and a small amount of cash, there are so many ways in which this building could make a positive contribution to the community.

    

So the Local Authority says there’s nothing they can do to move things along? Under the Heritage Sections of the Planning Act and various parts of the Derelict Sites Act, they have tons of options.

See what happens when the building is eventually taken over by someone who wants to make use of it and they lodge a planning application – suddenly the Local Authority will have loads to say and the poor applicant will be made to feel like a conservation heretic for suggesting that the building be insulated…

Check out Killian's site lads. I love the 'Eurobore' stuff. I'd pick up on it myself but, you know me, I'm too polite.  

Tuesday, 27 May 2008 22:50:13 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
"See what happens when the building is eventually taken over by someone who wants to make use of it and they lodge a planning application – suddenly the Local Authority will have loads to say and the poor applicant will be made to feel like a conservation heretic for suggesting that the building be insulated".

Spot on Garry. Thanks for covering this. I am still plugging away trying to get Fingal to do something. I am actually a Dublin City Councillor, the building lies on the border of Fingal and Dublin, which partly explains my "repeatedly banging my head against a brick wall getting nowhere position!"
Killian
Wednesday, 28 May 2008 11:19:13 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
Killian, have you seen the stuff I've been writing about Portlaw, Couty Waterford? It's genuinely one of the most (I'd say few) worthwhile heritage sites in the whole country. If you're not familiar with it already, it's worth reading up on what happened there: maybe the most fascinating story of mid Irish 19th century social history. For more than ten years local people, including Senator Paudie Coffey, have been banging their heads against walls trying to get the Council to do what they should be doing. Nothing has come out of it.

Meanwhile, not to long ago in Dungarvan, County Waterford, a restaurant owner was forced to take down a tiny little timber deck from outside his estabilshment because his building is next door to a(n over-rated) Protected Structure. Makes no sense.
Garry
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