St Pat's frustrated with Dublin City Council

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St Patrick’s Athletic Football Club have expressed their frustration at Dublin City Council’s decision to ignore their plans for the development of the Richmond Arena at the St Michael’s Estate in Inchicore.

The club had hoped to incorporate a new 12,000 seater stadium with shops, houses and an underground car park.

The statement said: "We are extremely disappointed and frustrated that, under pressure from the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government, Dublin City Council, as of now, is planning a much more limited development of St Michael's Estate which will throw away, forever, the once off opportunity which our proposal offers for a major enhancement of Inchicore.

"By foregoing the chance to develop both sites, as in our plan, the City Council will lose the opportunity to provide comprehensive retail and community facilities and will make no provision at all for parking (as compared to several hundred spaces in our plan) while the housing part of their proposal offers nothing, either in number of units or quality, that could not be delivered under our plan."

In the statement the club also encouraged residents in the area to ask their elected representatives and those running for election to support the development.

"The people of Inchicore and West Dublin will have many opportunities to meet Councillors and would-be Councillors in the coming weeks, as they canvass votes for next month's local elections. We would encourage everyone to make sure that the members of the next City Council, who will decide on this issue in due course, are left in no doubt as to the type of development their constituents wish to see in Inchicore."

Earlier this month Bohemians released a statement calling for all parties to 'resolve their differences' after reports suggested that plans to redevelop Dalymount Park could be affected by a dispute between developer MM Capital and supermarket chain Tesco.

"As reported a rights-of-way dispute between Tesco and MM Capital puts the redevelopment of the shopping centre at risk," the statement said.

"Bohemian FC was fully aware of this potential impasse and it was communicated to club members and discussed at our recent AGM.

"We call on the parties involved to work together to resolve their differences to allow for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to deliver the integrated design of Phibsborough village centre.

"We believe the main fall-out from a possible non-integrated development would be the obvious loss to the community."

This article was first seen on https://www.rte.ie/sport/soccer/2019/0416/1042878-st-pats-frustrated-with-dublin-city-council/

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