The Harold’s Cross Community Council is delighted to be included in Dublin City Council’s Social Inclusion Week 2020.
- Harold’s Cross Village Community Council AGM : The AGM of the HCVCC takes place on-line via Zoom at 8pm on Monday, September 7th. To register your attendance Click HERE
- Kenilworth Motors: The opportunity for public submissions toABP has elapsed. The HCVCC submission is attached. The report of City Chief Executive is due for submission by September 9th. Councillors have requested that a draft be circulated to them in advance of that date in order to ensure that the contributions they made at the briefing meeting on July 31st are included in his report. The recording of that meeting and associated slide presentation are available to view HERE. An Bord Pleanála inform me that third party submissions are not available on their website. They say “All submissions can be viewed in both the Board (sic) and planning authority’s office”. So much for minimising travel ! Some recent press coverage Click HERE and HERE
- Mount Argus Mill Apartments: Following a DCC Planning Enforcement Order the railings that blocked access from the main boulevard to Mount Argus Church have been removed. As there are specific areas within the apartment complex that are designated Public Open Spaces the “Residents Only” signs should not inhibit access to these areas. (See scout’s community café below).
- Shamrock Villas : Permission to demolish the shell of a cottage and replace it with parking space for three cars has been refused. The reasons for the refusal are interesting : “it is considered that the proposed development would constitute an inefficient use of finite urban land ……. and encourage commuting by private car and would set an undesirable precedent for similar such developments.”
- Recent planning activity is Here.
- Mount Argus Scouts Coffee Afternoons: Mount Argus Scouts have opened a community café at weekends. It opens 12-4pm Saturday and Sunday just behind the new apartments in Mount Argus.
- Good luck & best wishes to all the young VIPs who are returning to our local schools in these strange times – Harold’s Cross National School, Saint Clare’s Primary School, Scoil Mológa, Harold’s Cross ET National School and Harold’s Cross ET Secondary School – not forgetting their loving parents and dedicated teachers and school staff !
- Here’s a link for contact details for our Kimmage-Rathmines Councillors:
- Many more FREE EVENTS in Dublin this week HERE
You are invited to take part in the South East Area Local Neighbourhood Awards 2020.
The 2020 City Neighbourhoods Competition in its traditional format is not going ahead this year, and there will be no Citywide Croke Park event.
However, on a more positive note , the South East Area is going ahead with its own local Neighbourhood awards for 2020.
Entries are open to residential groups, businesses and schools but the categories will be open to interpretation depending on your contributions as groups or individuals to your neighbourhood in 2020, so don’t forget to mention any initiatives or projects on your form in Section 5 and tell us how you have been getting on in your community.
Entries can include photographs, collages, presentations, stories etc. as judging will be affected by social distancing and other Covid19 restrictions. In some cases there will be site visits by the judges.
Dublin Community Clean- Up Day did not take place as planned, but many clean-ups went ahead as part of National Spring Clean week , and since , within the guidelines and restrictions in place. If you organised any community clean-up/event in recent months please let us know about that too.
Completed entry forms can be sent to the Dublin City Council South East Area office, Public Domain Section, Block 2 Floor 4, Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8, in an envelope marked South East Area Local Neighbourhood Awards 2020.
Entries can also be submitted by email to email@example.com.
The closing date for receipt of entries is Friday 17th August 2020.
If you require further information e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kenilworth Motors: Details of the Build-To-Rent, Shared Living, Strategic Housing Development with 201 Bed Spaces in a part five storey building – are available HERE.
The Architectural Report includes a Masterplan (Page 33) that describes an intent to construct a further three blocks having demolished the buildings immediately to the North (Harold’s Cross side) adjoining the back gardens of houses on Kenilworth Park and Clareville Road. This “is contingent on land assembly into the future across a number of property portfolios.”
As this is a Strategic Housing Development (SHD), lodged directly with An Bord Pleanála, a statutory presentation to our City Councillors took place on July 31st. The recorded meetings are usually archived and should be available.
2. Murphy & Gunn WORKSHOP site: (Across the road from the Sales Showrooms) is for sale. Agents Knight Frank state that Ferreira Architects have produced a Feasibility Study for the site which provides for either 25 no. Build-to-Sell apartments and duplexes or 31 Build-to-Rent apartments and duplexes all with surface cars (S.P.P.). The site would also be suitable for a townhouse scheme (S.P.P.). Click: HERE
3. HX Grow Project : The HXGROW continues to go from strength to strength and has over 80 local members. The Project Plan has recently been shared with Dublin City Council and next steps are eagerly awaited. Local resident, Peadar Lynch, a key member of the HXGrow project was featured in The Echo this week – Click HERE. Just reply to this email for further information. If you would like to join the WhatsApp Group Click HERE.
4. Many more FREE EVENTS in Dublin this week HERE…
Dublin City Council has Refused permission for 38 apartments at 146-156 Harold’s Cross Road (Hall of Lights – opposite Noshington) for the following reasons:
· The failure to retain at least the façade of 148-150 Harold’s Cross Road which are considered to be of historical, archaeological and architectural significance.
· Over development of the site
· Would provide a poor standard of residential accommodation for future occupiers
· An unacceptable impact on the amenity of neighbouring occupiers by virtue of creating an overbearing effect, overlooking and loss of daylight and sunlight to occupiers of the Gate Lodge and Gandon Close
· Overspill parking on the local road network, endanger public safety by reason of traffic hazard and would set an undesirable precedent
Hopefully, the developers will come back with a proposal providing sustainable, quality living accommodation.
- Planning activity.
· A company called AAI Kenilworth Ltd has applied to An Bord Pleanála for a Build-To-Rent, Shared Living, Strategic Housing Development with 201 Bed Spaces in a part five storey building. The project managers are www.harte.ie.
· The first tranche of an eventual 70 families has moved into the two wings of the old Mount Argus Monastery that were granted Exempted Development status (0369/19). The building has been leased by the Dublin Regional Homeless Executive and is operated under the management of the Salvation Army. This is independent of the current application to expand the other two wings to add capacity for an additional 21 families.
· This application 2559/20 has been reviewed and the planners have requested significant further information including omitting the use of an unauthorised access gate from Church Park Avenue without planning permission. It also severely challenges the provision of adequate open space to accommodate the proposed number of families. The creation of a new access gate for residents and service traffic from Mount Argus Avenue also requires justification / clarification. More info HERE.
Full list of developments in Harolds Cross HERE.
3. Documentation regarding the July 13th South East Area Committee Meeting is HERE
5. HX Grow Project : The HXGROW project emerged from the Harold’s Cross Age Friendly Village initiative as a social capital building strategy based on a simple idea: That every household in the community has a window box; a balcony; a container; a raised bed; a back yard; a front garden; a back garden; … where plants can be grown for food or for pleasure. The project has excelled in the COVID-19 emergency as residents get to grow plants, share wisdom and expertise and support each other through success and failure while implementing social distancing protocols. With Dublin City Council and Harold’s Cross Community Village Council, planning is now underway to create the ‘HUB’ to support the growing community of growers. The HUB will provide a central facility to grow plants for community growers to grow on to harvest; provide a living archive of heritage apple and fruit trees to help restore the orchard tradition to Harold’s Cross; be a knowledge centre to support urban agriculture; build capacity to cook, conserve and enjoy fresh produce. Just reply to this email for further information. If you would like to join the WhatsApp Group Click HERE.
6. Contact details for our Kimmage-Rathmines Councillors here.
7. Many more FREE EVENTS in Dublin this week HERE
Thank you to the artists, poets, musicians, historians, gaelgóirí, web experts & all who contributed to the Harold’s Cross Stay @ Home Festival 2020. Thanks also to all who tuned-in to the live events. The good news is that many of the events are still available for all to enjoy on this website
Eileen Nolan, the Garden and Grounds manager at Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services, would like to share some pictures of what is in flower on our grounds for patients and staff to enjoy. We look forward to welcoming the community back on site when we re-open to the public.
The major developments on the planning front are:
· An application to construct 38 social housing units at Hall of Lights beside the entrance to Mount Jerome
· Some new neighbours have taken up residence at Mount Argus Mill
· The Dublin Regional Housing Executive announced that 14 homeless families will move into the refurbished former Mount Argus Monastery in early June. The facility will be managed by the Salvation Army. A planning application to expand the facilities to accommodate approximately 50 families is in progress.
· Dublin City Council has issued an Enforcement Notice to the developers for the removal of the unauthorised access created at Church Park Avenue, into Mount Argus Monastery Lands, Dublin 6W and the reinstatement of the boundary fencing to its condition as existed prior to the unauthorised development taking place, in as far as is practical. This notice is to be complied with, within the period commencing Monday 11th May 2020 and ending Monday 13th July 2020.
HX Grow May 2020 : The HXGROW project emerged from the Harold’s Cross Age Friendly Village initiative as a social capital building strategy based on a simple idea: That every household in the community has a window box; a balcony; a container; a raised bed; a back yard; a front garden; a back garden; … where plants can be grown for food or for pleasure. The project has excelled in the COVID-19 emergency as residents get to grow plants, share wisdom and expertise and support each other through success and failure while implementing social distancing protocols. With Dublin City Council and Harold’s Cross Community Village Council, planning is now underway to create the ‘HUB’ to support the growing community of growers. The HUB will provide a central facility to grow plants for community growers to grow on to harvest; provide a living archive of heritage apple and fruit trees to help restore the orchard tradition to Harold’s Cross; be a knowledge centre to support urban agriculture; build capacity to cook, conserve and enjoy fresh produce. Just reply to this email for further information.
The closing date for submissions to the River Poddle Flood Alleviation Scheme has been extended to June 11th. Click: HERE
Don’t believe everything you read about Harold’s Cross in the media! Spot the anomalies in this. Click: HERE
Many more FREE EVENTS in Dublin this week HERE
Here’s an updated list of what’s open in the Harold’s Cross Area right now. This has been updated since the start of Phase 1 Openings on May 18th. It includes Names, Adresses, Phone numbers and websites and opening times of the businesses that are open.
COVID-19 HX Community Response: A local Response Team of volunteers has been organised by Tony Shannon & Maria McDonald. The Dublin City Council Community Call phone number is 01-2228555 or e-mail email@example.com. More details here.
For a change we’ve unanimously decided that the Harold’s Cross Community Festival 2020 will be an on-line event If you have a suitable contribution just email to HAROLDSCROSSF@GMAIL.COM as soon as possible – it is launching this week!
While international & domestic businesses are frantically pushing on-line offers remember the important role the local businesses play in the quality of life of the community. In these pandemic times we can show our encouragement and appreciation by shopping as local as possible as often as possible. We’re in this together – Ní neart go cur le chéile.
Padraig Conaty has been appointed Principal of Harold’s Cross Secondary School and recruitment of a Deputy Principal is in progress with a view to commence in September. Applications in respect of First Year entry closed in February. As stipulated by the New Schools Establishment Group Report an Aonad (Irish-medium unit) will be established when sufficient demand is evident.
Planning: See the latest info on developments in the area here.
The Old Mount Argus Monastery has been given a major renovation by the new owners. An application to modify parts of the internal square and make a new controlled access gate from Mount Argus Avenue has been lodged. Click: HERE. It is planned to be co-living for about 90 homeless families – instead of hotel rooms – before they are allocated houses. It will be run by a housing agency on behalf of Dublin City Council. A meeting with the developers and Dublin City Council is planned to clarify the details of the proposal in advance submitting an observation on the planning proposal. Closing date for submissions is 09-June-2020.
An Enforcement Notice regarding access through an improvised gate in the fence at Church Park Avenue was issued to by Dublin City Council on 7th May.
A proposal for 43 apartments at MG Motors has been refused as has a proposal for a 3 bedroomed house at the rear of 16 Parnell Road.
Many more FREE EVENTS in Dublin this week HERE
Following the most recent update provided by An Bord Pleanala, we would like to confirm that the Statutory Consultation Period for the River Poddle Flood Alleviation Scheme has been further extended from its current date of May 28th 2020 to June 11th 2020. Please note that this date may be subject to further change.
If the current emergency legislation is extended or If we receive any further updates from An Bord Pleanala we will endeavour to provide notification as soon as possible but in the meantime If you require the most up to date information please go to www.pleanala.ie, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (01) 858 8100 or Lo-call 1890 275 175 from 9am to 12pm Monday to Friday.
We are currently looking at a number of outlets to distribute this information to as many interested parties as possible but also in a way in ensuring no virus transmission. These outlets include the updating of social media sites, the updating of fixed site notices, letters to residents in the vicinity of the Poddle who are directly and indirectly affected by the scheme and through a newspaper notice but we also ask that you could share this information through your local networks. We would appreciate your assistance in this.
Please note that due to the current closure of public buildings, the full suite of documents can only currently be viewed online at
Finally, just a reminder that submissions on the proposed scheme are to be made in writing to The Offices of An Bord Pleanala, 64 Marlborough St, Dublin 1. D01 V902. Details on how to make public submissions can be found at http://www.pleanala.ie/sid/index.htm