PROTECTING OUR COASTAL ENVIRONMENT AND PUBLIC AMENITIES
A Conference Organised by Save Our Seafront
Saturday 1st April in the Kingston Hotel Dún Laoghaire, 10am-5.30pm
Forums & Discussions
10-11.15am Privatisation, Public-Private Partnership, Public Funding: a Debate
11.20-12.30pm Campaign Experiences & the Question of Public Consultation
1.30-2.45pm Environment and Heritage - The Future for Dublin Bay
3.00-4.15 Political Perspectives: a Question and Answer Session
Representatives from all political parties invited
4.20-5.30pm Campaigning Strategy and Tactics: How can we win?
Confirmed Speakers include:
Dr Kieran Allen (Dept of Sociology, UCD), Evelyn Cawley, (Save Greystones Harbour Campaign), Frances Corr (Combined Residents Against the Incinerator), Nicola Sarratt (Save Our Seafront), Joe Mc Cabe (Clontarf Residents Assoc), Ciaran Cuffe TD, Dr Colmán Etchingham, (Dept of History, NUI Maynooth), Eamonn Gilmore TD, Fiona O' Malley TD, Karin Dubsky (Coastwatch), Gene Feighery (Combined Residents to Save Open Spaces), Bob Waddell (Sandycove & Glasthule Residents Assoc), Catherine Swift (Save VikingWaterford Action Group), Maura Harrington (Shell to Sea), Richard Boyd Barrett (Save Our Seafront) & more.
More info: Richard Boyd Barrett 087-6329511 firstname.lastname@example.org or
Nicola Sarratt 087-4115015 email@example.com
After Baths victory…..
PROTECT OUR COASTAL ENVIRONMENT & PUBLIC AMENITIES
Mass protests and people power stopped plans to build an 8-storey exclusive apartment block on the site of Dun Laoghaire Baths and privatise a major section of our seafront. But the fight is not over. We must keep up the pressure on the council and government to deliver money for a fully public swimming amenity.
The campaign over Dun Laoghaire baths is part of a wider battle to protect the public seafront, our coastal environment and public spaces from unwanted developments around the greater Dublin Bay region.
The Dun Laoghaire Harbour Co. has plans to build 210 exclusive apartments on the Carlisle Pier effectively privatising a big part of a publicly owned Harbour.
The Blackrock baths is now owned by Treasury Holdings, a major developer.
Private developers are targeting the tearooms on Killiney beach.
In Greystones, hundreds marched recently against plans for private apartments in the harbour and on publicly owned land.
In Bray residents are battling against plans to build private houses on the Dargle Flood plain.
In Ringsend and Sandymount the community is now mobilising against plans for an incinerator at Poolbeg, which could adversely affect public health right across Dublin Bay. Proposals were also put forward recently for a Manhattan style development of the whole peninsula, with huge high-rise apartment and office blocks.
In Clontarf, residents are fighting to save their local baths and resisting plans for a 52-acre infill of Dublin Bay.
Residents in Portrane are campaigning against plans to locate a huge sewage treatment plant near one of Dublin's few blue flag beaches.
In all cases the views of the public are being ignored. Large developments that will affect our environment, heritage and public spaces are being imposed without any real democracy. Public consultation is non-existent or a sham.
The seafront belongs to everyone and should be developed to provide public amenities for all. It is unacceptable that public space should be handed over to developers that are only interested in making profit.
But local communities are fighting back. Protests and campaigns of people power are springing up everywhere to challenge developers and undemocratic planning decisions. On Saturday April 1st, Save Our Seafront is organising a major conference to bring together groups and campaigns from across the Dublin Bay Region and beyond.
We want to see a new alliance of people's campaigns to demand real democracy when it comes to planning and development. We want to see the needs of the public and our environment put before the profits of developers. Come along to the conference and get involved.
For more info: Richard Boyd Barrett 087-6329511/ Nicola Sarratt 0087-4115015
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