MMRA Annual Subscription 2019 – New Rate & Calendar Year

Dear Residents Mount Merrion – a beautiful place in which to live. Young families have access to schools, transport, park, playground, safe roads and a variety of shops. Older residents have their choice from all of the above, in addition to many activities based in the Community Centre, churches, pubs, restaurants and a comprehensive range of professional services. What helps to make Mount Merrion so attractive and desirable is the originality of the demesne. It really has not changed so much since architect Rupert Jones and developer/builder John Kenny designed and developed the garden suburb concept in the early 1930’s. More recently that very sense of space that defines the character of the area has become a target for “get rich quick” non-resident property developers who look at an open space and visualize an opportunity to build. The 85-year-old Mount Merrion Residents’ Association, voluntarily run by your colleagues and neighbours, has consistently strived over many generations to curtail excessive developments that would irreparably damage the fabric and character of the area. This has become much more expensive in recent years and the MMRA has had to procure the services of a number of specialist consultants to contest numerous planning applications. The costs of these services greatly exceed the revenue generated by the Annual Subscriptions received from our paid-up 700+ members. It is reasonable to assume that the trend will continue into the future. At the MMRA AGM this year, a proposal to raise the annual subscription rate from €20 to €50 (per household) and from €10 to €20 (per retiree/unwaged household) was proposed and passed. These funds are necessary...

NOEL KENNEDY – AN APPRECIATION

MMRA learned with regret of the death at the age of 87 of its former Vice-President Noel Kennedy, a resident of Foster Avenue since 1983. Although born in Kildare, he always considered himself a Galway man. Noel joined CIE straight from school, rose steadily up the ranks and finished his distinguished career as CEO of the CIE Group. He was responsible for the delivery of the DART and the introduction of the national school bus service. His business expertise was evident in his work as a member of the MMRA committee for more than 20 years. Initially involved through the halting site issue.  he threw himself wholeheartedly into the activities of the association  His interests included traffic and planning and he was a rock during the controversy about road closures which threatened to destroy the association. Noel was also passionate in the protection and preservation of the UCD woodlands beside his home. Noel was a man of innate dignity and courtesy. He had high principles to which he adhered. He was a leader who, above all, valued loyalty. He held strong views which he wasn’t afraid to express He could appear placid and genial but here was steel underneath. He had an avid interest in politics, national events and sport especially Gaelic games. Noel was a family man, a pater familias, who supported his children and grand-children in every way and who rejoiced in becoming a great-grandfather. Above all was his devotion to Jo, to whom he was married for more than 60 years. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam...

Thornhill House Development will destroy the character of Cherrygarth

The proposed development  is for 47 dwellings comprising 33 apartments including three 1-bed, twenty-four 2-bed and six 3-bed apartments. Fourteen houses including one 5-bed 3-storey semi-detached house, three 4-bed 2-storey semi-detached houses, two 4-bed 3-storeys semi-detached houses and eight  5 bed 3-storey terraced houses. Vehicular and pedestrian access to and from Cherrygarth is via the existing access and via a proposed vehicular access on the southern boundary. Two pedestrian accesses are provided. Impact on Cherrygarth. The proposed plan is unsustainable when taken in conjunction with the Oatlands development, located less than 50 meters away which is seeking planning permission to build over sixty residences. This will radically change the character of the area and negatively impact on the existing residents and services in the whole of Mount Merrion. Four stories in an area of predominantly bungalows is too high and will seriously impact on light and will overshadow some houses in Cherrygarth. The density at 50 units per hectare is just off scale for this area. When combined with the Oatlands development the cumulative impact will be enormous. Security and privacy of existing residents will be compromised. Inadequate parking provision for both developments will certainly will result in parking on existing narrow roadways. Traffic exiting on to Trees Road will quadruple existing volumes and result in even greater traffic delays on Trees Road than is currently the case. This junction is already dangerous due to inadequate line of sight for exiting traffic. Access for emergency services to Cherrygarth and to each of the proposed developments Oatlands and Thornhill will be restricted due to traffic volume and road layout. There...

Further planning assault on Cherrygarth

People living in Cherrygarth have just woken up to the news of a proposed planning application to Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council for 47 residences on the grounds of Thornhill House in Cherrygarth. The proposal involves a 3 to 4 story apartment block comprising 37 apartments and 14 three storey semi-detached or terraced houses. The is the former home of Hotelier and builder PV Doyle and is currently owned by his son David Doyle. Thornhill House a Georgian house on 1.39 hectares and originally owned by Henry Darley, Brewer of Brewery Road in the mid 1800’s and by the Talbot Powers (Irish Distillers) in the early 1900’s. The site has several very old mature trees and is surrounded on three sides by a 300-year-old wall. As yet there is no indication of plans for this historic building which we understand is a preserved structure. This site is adjacent to the Oatlands site which is the subject of a planning appeal to An Bord Planeala. New Generation Homes are seeking permission to construct over 60 residences on this site and that application is being opposed by MMRA and around 60 residents. If both application succeed it will result in quadrupling the current traffic exiting from Cherrygarth on to Trees Road and this junction is already a traffic hazard at peak times. Mount Merrion is being repeatedly targeted by developers in the last year. The knock-on effects on amenities including water, sewerage and traffic and schools will affect all residents in the greater Mount Merrion area and will have a devastating impact on residents in Cherrygarth and Trees...

Volunteers Needed – A message fro Kate Canning

2017! As we head into 2017, I cannot help but think of the World News! Brexit, the new American administration and the situation in the North of Ireland are issues that will in some way affect all of us. Here in Mount Merrion we have our own potential difficulties around Development, the Environment and Traffic. Our MMRA Planning Committee has been trying to influence the type and shape of commercial developments in Mount Merrion to ensure that we maintain and enhance the unique nature of the area. This is being done by working with local public representatives, and making observations to Dun Laoghaire Rathdown CC and An Bord Pleanala on all proposed developments. This also involves keeping you informed and seeking your support and ideas. 2016 was a busy year and 2017 will be even busier! The Environment Committee have been working with the Parks Department on trees and the planting of bulbs and flowers for the Spring, keeping a look out on the issues of litter, graffiti, the condition of the roads as well as the increase of traffic. Traffic and its impact on our lives in Mount Merrion will become a focus in 2017.We also keep in close contact with the Gardai regarding security in our area. 2016 demonstrated the power of the Community when we all pull together? We are all in this together! Why not get involved?   If you feel strongly about any issues that have been mentioned why not contact MMRA and offer your help? If you think you could help in any way, why not get involved? If you are not a...