At the Area Committee meeting on 15th September, after public
consultation, the committee decided to drop the proposal for a
playground at Greenfield Road in Sutton. It also agreed to
approve the proposed playground at Howth Harbour.
I agreed with both these decisions. Having given an election
commitment to support playgrounds, I feel I should explain my decision
in relation to the Sutton site. The overriding consideration was
the lack of any positive support for the playgrounds or indication of
any local demand for them. The purpose of these small playgrounds
is to provide a facility for local use. None of the 30 separate
submissions indicated a demand for a playground in this area.
A copy of the report on the public consultation is below.
FINGAL COUNTY COUNCIL
MALAHIDE/HOWTH AREA COMMITTEE
PLANNING, PROPERTY AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, HOUSING, COMMUNITY, RECREATION AND AMENITIES, GENERAL BUSINESS]
THURSDAY 15TH SEPTEMBER 2005
ITEM NO. 39 (b)
PROPOSED PROVISION OF A PLAYGROUND AT GREENFIELD ROAD, SUTTON – REPORT
PURSUANT TO PART XI OF THE PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT ACTS 2000-2002
Fingal County Council proposes to provide a playground at one of two
possible locations, shown as A and B on site location map of Greenfield
Road, Sutton. The sketch plans of the proposed development were
presented to the Malahide/Howth (Services B) meeting on the 16th June
2005 where it was agreed that the procedure pursuant to Part XI of the
Local Government Planning and Development Acts 2000-2002 be initiated.
In accordance with Part VIII of the Planning and Development
Regulations 2001 public notice of the Council’s intention to provide
the playground was published in the Irish Independent on the 5th July
2005 and a site notice was erected on site the same day.
Plans and particulars of the proposed development were made available
for inspection between the hours of 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and 2.00
p.m. to 4.00 p.m. on working days from Tuesday 5th July 2005 until
Wednesday 3rd August 2005 at the following offices of Fingal County
• Parks Division, Fingal County Council, County Hall, Main Street, Swords
• Baldoyle Library, The Mall, Baldoyle, Dublin 13
Submissions or observations with respect to the proposed development
dealing with the proper planning and sustainable development of the
area in which the development would be situated were to be made in
writing to Mr Gerry Fitzgerald, Senior Executive Parks Superintendent,
Parks Division, Fingal County Council, County Hall, Main Street, Swords
on or before Wednesday 17th August 2005.
The period during which submissions or observations in respect of the
proposed development may be made to the Local Authority has expired.
This report is being submitted to the Council in accordance with the
requirements of Article 179(3) of the Planning and Development Act 2000
which states that a report, in accordance with sub-article (b) shall –
“(i) Describe the nature and extent of the proposed development and the principal features thereof”
Each proposed playground will be approximately 400 square metres in area (20m x 20m)
Will be equipped with play equipment suitable for children under 8 years of age.
Playground boundary will be secured with a railing 1.2 to 1.5 metres high.
The area will be surfaced with tarmac with safer surface (rubber tile,
rubber wet pour, loose rubber or wood fibre) provided within the
critical fall areas.
The playgrounds are intended to serve the needs to children living
locally and should not be seen as a regional facility. Though there may
be visitors from other estates when the playgrounds open.
Fingal County Council will seek, by public tender, qualified
contractors to design and construct the playground including all
surfacing, boundary treatment and play equipment
“(ii) Evaluate whether or not the proposed development would be
consistent with the proper planning and sustainable development of the
area to which the development relates, having regard to the provisions
of the Development Plan and giving reasons and considerations for the
The area in which it is proposed to develop the proposed playground is
zoned “F” in the 1999-2004 Fingal County Council Development
Plan. This zoning objective is “to preserve and provide for open
space and recreational amenities”. It is considered that the
proposed development would not be contrary to this objective.
“(iii) List the persons or bodies who made submissions or observations
with respect to the proposed development in accordance with the
Regulations under sub-section (2)”.
See Appendix A
“(iv) Summarise the issues, with respect to the proper planning and
sustainable development of the area in which the proposed development
would be situate, raised in any submissions or observations, and give
the response of the Manager thereto”.
See Appendix B
“(v) Recommend whether or not the proposed development should be
proceeded with as proposed, or as varied or modified as recommended in
this report, or should not be proceeded with, as the case may be”.
Given that location B is close of a drainage gripe that occasionally
fills with water, and that there is no practical way at present to
eliminate this risk, the Council is of the opinion that location A
would be the preferred location for the playground. Given that
this site is located adjacent to a busy road this proposal should only
proceed on the condition that a road crossing is provided. If the
members approve of the proposal the appropriate arrangements will be
made to proceed with the development of the facility.
LIST OF PERSONS OR BODIES WHO MADE SUBMISSIONS OR OBSERVATIONS ON OR BEFORE 4 p.m. ON WEDNESDAY AUGUST 17TH 2005
SUMMARY OF ISSUES RAISED IN SUBMISSIONS AND OBSERVATIONS ON PROVISION OF PLAYGROUND AT GREENFIELD ROAD, SUTTON.
1 Visually Obtrusive The Council is
of the opinion due to the proposed size of the playground ie 20m x 20m
that residents’ views of the bay area will not be obstructed.
2 Safety of Children-(a) Proximity to main road (b)
Rodents at Shoreline (a) The provision of a
playground at this location will depend on the provision of a
pedestrian crossing. Should the Members approve this project
discussions will be held with the Council’s Transportation Department.
(b) Any reports of vermin at this location would be immediately referred to the Health Services Executive for immediate action.
3 Disturbance of Winter Feeding Ground of Brent
Geese The species of geese in question regularly
inhabit used open space in this and other locations in the County. The
Council does not consider that the provision of a playground at this
location would adversely affect the geese. However, the Wildlife
Service will be requested to examine the matter and it’s views will be
taken on board.
4 Exposure from Coastal Wind The
Council recognises that limited use of the playground at certain times
of the year due to weather conditions will occur. It is envisaged by
the Council that the playground would only be used by children on
suitable dry days, therefore the issue of shelter is not seen as a
factor that would stop the playground being used.
5 Car Parking Whilst the
proposed playground is intended to serve the needs of children living
locally it is indeed for all children and this will therefore result in
additional usage in summer. The Council is of the opinion
that there is adequate car parking available adjacent to the
Church. The provision of a playground at this location will depend on
the provision of a pedestrian crossing.
6 Anti-social behaviour/Vandalism
It is not anticipated that either of the proposed locations would
represent more of a risk from anti social elements than other
similar type playgrounds in situ throughout the County.
7 Need for such a facility The
Council’s view is that the provision of a playground in this facility
will improve the level of facilities in this area for children
and is in line with Council policy on play facility provision.
8 Too close to sea and drainage trench.
Area prone to flooding. Location B is prone to
flooding in extreme weather conditions. Should the playground proceed
at this location the reports of consultants working on drainage in
Dublin bay area at present will guide its design. Location A is not
prone to flooding.
10 Coastal location would lead to rapid corrosion of
equipment The equipment in the proposed playground
would be of galvanised steel construction, which should reduce
corrosion. It will be finished to a high quality.
11 Baltray, Howth would be a better
location It is Council policy to provide a number of
playgrounds in each electoral area. The location suggested can be