Bulloch Harbour Judicial Review - seeking judicial review

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Posted on July 18, 2019 by bullochharbour

Announcement from the Bullock Harbour Preservation Association: we have taken legal advice and the course of action is clear.    We need to overturn the irrational decision of An Bord Pleanala to grant planning permission for the Bartra development at Bullock Harbour and our only option is to seek a judicial review in the High Court.  The High Court is the only body that has the power to quash a decision by a public body such as ABP.   
This is a huge undertaking but it is essential if we are to stop Bartra.  We are encouraged by the massive support that you have given this campaign.  And we are encouraged by other planning campaigns elsewhere that have successfully engaged in Judicial Review.  We will be writing again to explain what a Judicial Review is. We note, however, that this is an expensive course of action and there is an immediate need for very substantial funds.  We know that many people contributed financially to the previous stages of the campaign (for which we remain most grateful) but we now have to ask for more donations.  We will be posting again very soon to explain how to give.  We welcome all contributions small and large.  If you are not able to give in direct cash, we will suggest how you could otherwise help.  

Thank you again for your overwhelming good wishes.  The Committee of Bulloch Harbour Preservation Association.

Save Our Seafront - Public Meeting Monday 28 January 2019 @ 8pm 

Royal Marine Hotel

What is happening with Dun Laoghaire Baths & Harbour

Speakers will include Richard Boyd Barrett TD; Fergal McLoughlin (An Taisce) & Cllr Melisa Halpin

Further information: saveourseafront@gmail.com 

Dun Laoghaire Baths – Now we can get our pool!

After more than 15 years of dereliction & campaigning by the local community, work finally got under way at the Dun Laoghaire Baths site, last year. The plan as it stands is for there to be access to the sea for swimming and water sports with lifeguards in the summer. The pavilion will be restored with public toilets, a changing area for swimmers, a café, and studio spaces for artists.  

Thanks to all the campaigning by Save Our Seafront, with the support of residents and many community groups, the council has always said they were committed to a second phase of development that would include a pool. 

Since the building started Save Our Seafront has been calling for a pool to be included now rather than waiting for a second phase of work.

Cllr Melisa Halpin, on behalf of Save Our Seafront tabled a motion proposing the immediate construction of a pool as part of the current redevelopment last December. Options in this regard will now be discussed at a council meeting on 4 February

We now need to get people behind this proposal and decide what kind of pool we want. Please come to our meeting to discuss this.

Dun Laoghaire Harbour – Now under control of the council – we need a plan for the future.

Last Autumn, Dun Laoghaire Harbour finally came under the control of the Council and the Harbour Company was dissolved.  

Save Our Seafront has long campaigned for Dun Laoghaire Harbour to be brought under public and democratic control rather than be run by unelected and unaccountable Harbour Company quango. So it was a major victory for people power and the community, in September 2018, when the Minister finally announced the transfer of the Harbour to Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council.

Unfortunately the Council is now using financial problems left to us by the Harbour Company as an excuse to prevent proper public and democratic discussion on the future of the harbour

Save Our Seafront want the Harbour to be developed as a fully public amenity with a National Watersports Centre, a Diaspora Centre and the recognition of the harbour as a unique national recreational and cultural facility for the public.

We must demand that the public, local community and harbour users decide the future of our harbour rather than decisions being made behind closed doors. Come to this important meeting to discuss the future of the harbour.

Dun Laoghaire Port - A Brexit opportunity? - Response from F. McLoughlin

Sir, - John Kennedy (Letters, January 8th) raises a number of serious issues about the future of Dun Laoghaire Harbour. The transfer of the harbour from government ownership to Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council has initiated a long-overdue debate about how best the harbour should be managed in the interests of those involved, not least the public whom the Council represents.

Mr. Kennedy states that the debt accruing to the Council from the transfer is €33m. This figure has yet to be independently assessed. It is generally accepted that it is significantly overstated and includes assumed costs for the future management of the harbour. While the economics of the situation are important, the actual cost needs to be accurately verified as a start point. He advocates a roll-on/roll-off business in response to Brexit, with funding from Europe. Jumping to the tune of Brexit may bring some short-term economic benefit but it ignores and is contrary to a number of key issues:

  • Dublin Port has been preparing assiduously for the fall-out from Brexit and would appear to be well prepared

  • There are unanswered questions about how transport across a post-Brexit Britain will be facilitated

  • There are other ports which are better suited to such business e.g, Rosslare and Waterford

  • Roll-on/roll-off would bring little if any benefit to Dun Laoghaire. The Harbour area would become a large lorry park with negative impact on the town.

The basic question is - what do people want for the harbour and for the town of Dun Laoghaire? 

There are other interests which need to be addressed in considering the long-term future of the harbour. It is uniquely placed as the key maritime, tourism and recreation facility on the East Coast of Ireland. The piers attract over a million people a year - locals and tourists - with the potential to develop further in the interests of the town and the people. Dun Laoghaire Baths are currently being restored to a high standard, adding considerably to the attractiveness of the area. The Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown Development Plan includes a badly needed National Watersports Centre on the lines of Abbotstown, bringing business and people to the town. The harbour is the setting for the highly profitable international Volvo Boat Race.

There are other considerations which are overlooked or ignored in the letter.  Lack of access to the harbour facilities is a concern for locals and tourists. Roll-on/roll-off would be contrary to this possibility being addressed. The unique heritage of the harbour is also overlooked - arguably the finest Victorian, man-made harbour in the world, with many invaluable heritage buildings and structures as listed by the Department of the Environment.

Mr.Kennedy's letter presumes that the Council is unable or unwilling to finance the required maintenance and development of the harbour - the Jewel in the Crown of Dun Laoghaire. Perhaps he should remember that the Council had little difficulty in raising the €36 million spent on building the new Lexicon Library on the seafront.

Fergal McLoughlin