Campaigning Dunfield Terrace residents will meet with planners again today - and urge them to abandon social housing plans for the Old Quarry site.
The residents’ group, their elected representatives and support network are calling on the Planning Authority to consider an alternative vision for the future development of the Old Quarry site - a site with unrivalled views over the city. They will instead push for their vision of an urban meadow.
Recently, Dunfield Residents discovered that the site was no longer zoned for housing but as an area of opportunity - a fact they fully intend to pursue at today’s meeting.
Felicity McCall, resident and spokesperson, told the ‘Journal’: “We will be calling on the all-party support we have in Council to consider returning the site to public ownership, and the development of the area as an urban meadow, complete with seats, viewpoints, paths and flowerbeds, conserving the ancient trees and maintaining a safe habitat for the birds and wildlife.
“It will be included in tourism trails as the only accessible viewpoint in walking distance from the city side; it’ll also provide an ideal natural amphitheatre and backdrop for the arts, from sculptures by Jim Hughes to live performances. Charities and environmental groups are there for us if the site comes into public ownership.”
The residents believe that this vision has great merit and could potentially benefit the entire community.
They further say that two weeks’ notice - which they claim was unofficial notice anyway - was “woefully inadequate” to have detailed plans in place for their urban meadow idea.
“But we have made a solid start,” Ms McCall adds.
“We have huge support from across the city. From all parties in Council, and our champions include the Project Co-ordinator with the City Walls Heritage Project, Mark Lusby, Ross McGill of Sustrans and film maker Joe Mahon,” she adds.