— Residents say “destroying” planned greenway route isn’t required for Garda building.
Campaigners are asking people to sign a petition to save the planned River Camac Greenway link between the River Liffey / Heuston station and the Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) at the Royal Kilmainham Hospital.
The deadline for submissions on the planning application for the Garda Operations Centre is this Monday, February 12.
The Garda Operations Centre on Military Road is to house specialised Garda units like the Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB), the Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau, the Garda Cyber Crime Bureau and the Emergency Response Unit. It is to replace the current Garda Operations Center at Harcourt Street.
The greenway route is included in the Dublin City Development Plan and is also part of the NTA’s Greater Dublin Area cycle network plan. It is seen as a key link away from the heavy traffic on main roads in the area.
It would help link the Liffey Cycle Route with the Irish Museum of Modern Art on grounds of the Royal Kilmainham Hospital and onto Kilmainham Gaol.
On Rivercamacgreenway.com, Campaigners for the route wrote: “Because this is a Garda station Garda station the plans are not freely available online like they are for normal planning applications. You can only view the plans under supervision at the OPW offices on St. Stephen’s Green. (Honestly this was a weird experience. We were watched by OPW staff as we inspected the plans).”
“The problem with this development is that they are building on top of the River Camac Greenway route. It is completely unnecessary to build over the greenway. The proposed building only covers one third of site. The proposal could easily be changed to leave space for the proposed greenway.”
The group added: “Many of us who live on Military Road are supportive of the Garda station development in principle. Many of us want to see this derelict site be redeveloped. However, we are angry that the greenway will never be built if this Garda station is approved without changes. The current plans must be changed.”
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IMAGE: An extract from the GDA Cycle Network.