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April 12, 2007 - 07:56 PM
Peter C from The Rise
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  ...two houses in the estate at the time with IRŁ200,000. Now one couldnÂ’t buy a proverbial dog box. Before this money becomes completely worthless why not spend the whole lot on improving the whole estate and everyone will benefit. Put the same energy into this as is put into some of the other worthy causes and we will have one of the best estates around rather than one of the shoddiest.
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April 12, 2007 - 07:53 PM
Peter C from The Rise
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  I donÂ’t understand the purpose of this website. It has a very strong anti-developer sentiment almost on the verge of jealousy. We should remember that it was developer who built this estate in the first instance and those lucky enough to move here at the outset bought houses for a price that wouldnÂ’t pay for a mobile home these days thanks to the prevailing market conditions at the time.

Anyway, I think that the primary objective of the residents association should be to maintain and improve the underlying value of all of our properties through their actions. I admire the energy that goes into protesting against adjacent development and indeed the road closure whatever peoples opinion of this is. What really disappoints me is that the same energy doesnÂ’t go into improving the quality of the estate. I know this has to be a collective thing but lately I believe the estate has become extremely shabby and litter strewn. I think that parents have a responsibility here as many kids (not all but many) are responsible for litter, damage to trees on the green, appalling disrespect for the amenity that is the tennis court and so on.

I think the whole look of the estate is also not helped by the development of inconsistent garden walls, the fact that many boundary walls originally built by Manor Park Homes are not or have never been painted and some of the personal choices of individuals who choose to paint their houses any colour of the rainbow other than the standard magnolia. Unfortunately nothing can probably be done about these issues.

What I would really like to see is some of our IRŁ200,000 spent on improving the whole estate. This would have to include an education programme on litter, tress and the environment for some of the children in the estate who obviously do not get this from their parents. As I understand it, this money is sitting on deposit since it was received God knows how many years ago. If memory serves me right one could have bought...
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April 12, 2007 - 03:35 PM
Stan from 35 Green
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  I am totally opposed to having ramps in the estate. In my opinion they only divert drivers attention from what's happening around them; drivers concentrate on where is the next ramp rather than watching for hazards like children running across from between parked cars etc.. Which residents would volunteer for a ramp outside their house?
I would rather see council investment in putting a prettier road closure on the way, and doing some work to fix our rickety footpaths; not wasting money on ramps.
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April 12, 2007 - 09:36 AM
Michael Johnston from
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  ....the issue, whether pro or anti - closure.
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April 12, 2007 - 09:34 AM
Michael Johnston from
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  I understood that the purpose of this forum was to allow people to post their personal comments about the closure - both "positive and negative". I hope that contributors to this forum can respect other people's views - even if they differ from their own.
To clarify the points raised by Brendan:

(i) I believe (as do many of many neighbours on the Drive) that this closure has effectively cut the estate in half. No longer do people drive by the Green or the View.
(ii) At our last residents association meeting I pointed out that traffic has increased on the Drive when raising my objections to this blockage and accept that this point was opposed by all others at the meeting (none of whom live on the Drive). I do not withdraw this assertion that traffic has increased as a result of the closure.
(iv) I believe that speed ramps could play a key role in providing a safer environment for unsupervised children -I believe they will deter any commuter traffic and slow down residents who drive too fast through the estate also.
(V) I am happy to hear that DLRCoCo are reviewing the situation. My understanding from the last Association meeting was that DLRCoCo were going to be guided by whatever the LHRA commiittee majority suggested. I understand that Jim Hayes is the guy in DLRCoCo who is dealing with this.

Finally when the estate voted - only 37% of the Drive were in favour of the closure. It is disingenuous of Brendan therefore to suggest that he is "perplexed" by the idea that only those on "my side of the road" are against the closure.

Ultimately we all want a nice, clean, safe estate with no rat running going through it. Despite good intentions by the LHRA Committee on behalf of the estate as a whole I personally believe that closing the estate in this manner has not been the right solution and has resulted in a lot of negative feeling. I look forward to hearing how DLRCoCo propose to assess the situation and hope that they will take everyone's views on ...
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April 11, 2007 - 11:24 PM
Brendan Toolan from Mount Eagle View
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  Michael, just to clarify on some minor inaccuracies on your note below;

i) the closure does not cut the estate in half
ii) traffic has not increased on Mount Eagle Drive since the temporary closure, and you have acknowledged this to me and others, in person, when we last discussed this point
iii) all streets within our estate have become significantly safer as a result of there being no commuter traffic
iv) the introduction of Speed Ramps to Leopardstown Heights has been considered in the past, but has not been pursued, the simple reason being that people generally feel that commuter traffic should not be slowed down in our estate, but removed altogether
v) the review of the impact the closure has had on traffic within the estate is currently being performed by DLRCoCo Transport. I would suggest that you contact your elected Councillor with any feedback that you have.

I think I should add that I have only received positive feedback from residents of the Mount Eagle Drive on the reduction in traffic, and I am a little perplexed why opinion would vary between the side that you reside on, and those living across the road??
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April 11, 2007 - 04:40 PM
Michael Johnston from Mount Eagle Drive
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  I believe the closure is a nuisance and effectively cuts the estate the half. Only 1 house on our side of the Drive voted for this so called temporary measure. Traffic has increased significantly on our street since the closure and it makes it a much more dangerous place for any unsupervised children on both the Drive, Grove and Way. The closure reduces traffic risks for people living along the green but increases it for others. I think the council should remove the closure immediately and instead place speed ramps throughout the estate to slow down traffic. When is the promised review of this road blockage due to take place and by whom? Who can we contact in DLRCoCo to express our views? We need a fair system for all residents of the estate - not just favouring those who have out-voted the Drive/Grove/Way.
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April 04, 2007 - 12:58 PM
John Bonner from Mount Eagle Park
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  I agree that the closure is wrong. We are not left with two sub standard entrances.

I think it would be great if the concerned partents in the estate would come down to Mount Eagle Park and see what their children are doing. The area is now covered with litter and graffiti . My car and indeed my neighbour's car have been damaged with footballs.This situtation is growing worse.
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April 01, 2007 - 09:40 PM
Stan Dunne from The Green
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  I believe the road closure is the best thing that has happened in this estate for a long time. It's a minor inconvenience to have to use the other entrance to go to the shops, but overall the estate is so much quieter and safer.
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January 29, 2007 - 09:14 AM
Derval Breathnach from 31 The Green
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  I am delighted with the road closure. My 3yr old daughter had two near misses with traffic outside our house prior to the closure. Once our front door was open, I was in a state of panic for fear one of the kids would run out in front of a car. That worry has now eased greatly.

The fact that the green attracts so many children from all over the estate during the months from february to october, it is essential to keep the road closure in place on the Way through these spring/summer months in particular. I feel this route should never be re-opened while there is a green attracting children over and back so frequently.

Well done and many thanks to all who helped put this closure in place.
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