100 signatures reached
To: An Bord Planola & Chief Executive Dublin City Council, Mr Owen Keegan
Hands off Lower Inchicore sports pitch
We the community of Inchicore demand that new sports pitches be included in the housing plan for Emmet Road/St Michaels Estate (SDRA 9).
The current housing plan proposes that the sports pitches be removed entirely.
These pitches are a basic amenity for the community and are used daily by a large number of local kids, young people, refugees, special needs children and migrant workers.
New homes must be built WITH facilities so that the communities are sustainable, not at the cost of taking away much-needed existing facilities in the community.
We urge that new sports pitches be included in the plan for Emmet Road/St Michaels Estate Inchicore.
We do not agree with Goldenbridge cemetery being rezoned as community/cultural/heritage because it is not suitable community space for sports activities. The pitches must stay and be part of any regeneration plans.
All signatures will be forwarded to an bord pleanála.
Why is this important?
Children between 0-18 years of age have a legally protected ‘right to play’. By changing the zoning from community/playground to housing - on November 1st, the full council violated the public sector duty and breached children’s right to play, beside Inchicore sports centre.
Recently the pitch was locked, and new security company sirens go off warning children to leave the pitch. The council are actively driving people away from using the pitch.