Local Councillor Charlie O’Connor has called on Council Management to enter into consultations with the local community regarding the need for a solution to the issue of the laneway at Raheen Estate/Whitebrook Estate in Tallaght.
He said that the matter has been under consideration for over 20 years and that the difficulties experienced by local residents are regularly highlighted by reports of alleged crime and anti-social behavior.
Charlie O’Connor also says he raised the matter again recently with Council Management and has been briefed as follows:
“I refer to your most recent representations received in relation to your request for an update regarding extinguishing the public right of way at Raheen/Whitebrook.
“A signed petition was submitted to SDCC on the 16th October 2013 from the residents of Whitebrook opposing the closure of the laneway at Raheen/Whitebrook.
“In order for a report to be brought to the Elected Members for proposed extinguishment of the public right of way at this location, consensus to the proposed extinguishment is required from residents of both estates.
“To date, this consensus is not forthcoming.
“If and where consensus is agreed and the public right of way is extinguished, the Council will arrange to fence off the site and will continue to maintain the enclosed area.”
Cllr O Connor also asked the Council to confirm if a request from residents for CCTV and public lighting in the Laneway is being considered.
He added that the genuine concerns of the local community in this matter deserve consideration and he believes that the Council should engage in meaningful consultation with those in the community who have a view in respect of this serious issue.