Consultants undertook a topographical survey of the pitch on Tuesday last. Next stage is the plans.
Meeting to be held early April with Local residence from Dodsboro and other interested Parties about construction of road beside the club house leading to car park
Meeting held with residence group to discuss the movement of the car park proposal. Further clarification to be given after meeting with Dodsboro residence.
Second clarification meeting held with SDDC.
License Draft now to be issued.
Project Lead to be appointed.
Significant work to be by Q3.
Very Good meeting.
Clarification meeting held with South Dublin County Council. Actions taken and updates will be given ASAP.
Minutes sent from meeting in Finnstown to all parties in attendance. The club have now invited the residents group to sit down and discuss the licence agreement and also agree a small working committee on the implementation of the all-weather and requirements that need to be met around the building of the facility so they can be presented to South Dublin to ensure as little impact to the area as possible during building phase.
Meeting held with residence group in Finnstown. Questions verbally answered. Awaiting minutes of meeting now to discuss at exe meeting.
Meeting held with South Dublin County Council on Monday 12th of September to discuss current situation and plan going forward.
Next steps is to meet small working residents group with mediator recommended by South Dublin County Council. Liona O Toole Cllr has faciltated the setting up of the meeting and will invite all 8 Lucan councillors to observe as part of her role as the Area Chair of Lucan & Palmerstown Committee.
We have been provided with a list of concerns that we will look at in advance to help the process on the day. We hope to close and agree way forward with two sessions of this groups if possible.
Cllr. William Lavelle & Cllr. Vicki Casserly have submitted requests on behalf of the club for:
- Additional ramps for Woodview Heights and Airlie Heights to slowdown traffic approaching the club and the planned new car park;
- A yellow box to prevent parking in front of the barrier leading to the pitches, so as to protect access for an ambulance in case of an emergency;
- Marking-out of spaces in the existing parking area so as to ensure orderly and safe parking.
These requests will be discussed at Council meetings later in September
We are starting to get some feed back from the leaflets. Thanks to the people who have come back supporting the project. We have had one or two questions by email which we have replied to.
A query came up about Fire and Ambulance access to the estates when cars are on both sides of the roads. As previously stated the club will have more than enough car park spaces to take all club related cars off the road once the additional 30 spaces are added.
However this has come up previously at council level during Lucan Traffic Management Meeting. South Dublin County Council engineer came out and inspected the area. In his report he indiacted the following. "The road width is 7.3m which can accommodate movement of a large vehicle with vehicles parked on both sides of the road.
The club will continue to use the school and the 10 spaces at the club to ensure limited distrubution to the residents.
Information Leaflets delivered to all house in Airlie Height and Woodview. Email address supplied for any questions or clarifications. Any emails we receive we hope to respond with in 3 days once volume not to high. If taken longer we will publish here.
Please see below information provided.
LUCAN UNITED FC
Important information for Airlie Heights/Woodview residents
Why are we sending this leaflet out?
- Lucan United Football club have received planning permission and a Sports Grant for an all-weather pitch in Dodsboro/Airlie Heights with surrounding fence and floodlights. We have published this leaflet to factually address some of the question being asked about the project.
Is this an additional pitch?
- No! The pitch will be a replacement pitch for one of the current pitches.
What is the size of the pitch?
- The pitch will be standard size of 102m X 64m approx. – the same as the current pitch it is replacing. This is NOT the UEFA International standard size of 110m X 75m.
How will this development impact on traffic and parking?
- As part of the new development, we will be providing 30 new car-parking spaces in addition to the 10 we already have. We also have access to 44 spaces in the school. This mean that, compared to the present situation, club-related cars will be taken off the road. This will be beneficial for Airlie Heights.
- Opposition teams will be contacted and told were to park before they arrive and the parking will be patrolled and monitor.
- Woodview Heights should not see any extra traffic than they normally see now from March/April to September.
- By having access to an all-weather pitch, Lucan United FC will be better able to spread out the matches over the season and reduce the amount of matches being played at any one time. This should also reduce the traffic level into the estate.
What time will the lights be on to at night?
- As part of the planning approval process the operational hours granted for floodlighting should not extend past 10pm. The club propose to bring that back to 9pm to 9:15pm to reduce concerns from some of our neighbours.
Will the lights from the pitch shine into my home?
- The flood lights will be provided with a cowl or hood so that the light shines down onto pitch and nowhere else. There will be no light shining into anyone gardens or windows
The Lucan United 1st team return to play matches on the new pitch?
- Our 1st team will continue to play league matches in Celbridge. They will NOT be moving to the new all-weather facility for matches.
Why did the club not build the all-weather pitch in Griffeen Valley Park?
- Lucan United FC originally sought to build an all-weather facility with four other clubs in Lucan in Griffeen Valley Park. However this project did not secure funding and could not proceed. Lucan United FC do not have any pitches or facilities in Griffeen Valley Park so cannot develop a facility there on our own.
Will the new Facility be commercially rented out to other groups?
- Lucan United FC has 37 teams to cater for so we don’t envisage other clubs using the all-weather as the times available would not suit them. We would not let groups use the all-weather for Insurance reasons.
Lucan United FC are available to answer any and all questions which residents may have.
Local newsletter/leaflet now being prepared to deliver to residents with Questions and Answers on the allweather pitch.
We hope to publish this by Monday the 16th of May.
Lucan United FC have had a very productive meeting with local TD's & councillors last week that we had not met previously discussing plans the club have plus issues and concerns that residents have identified.
We plan to publish a newletter to all risedents in the near future answering questions around the details of the clubs plans including parking, curfew time and any other issues some of the residents have identified.
We have no date yet agreed to start the project as we still have some admin work to complete.
Lucan United FC have had a very productive meeting with local councillors discussing plans the club have plus issues and concerns that residents have identified.
We have also had our 1st meeting with South Dublin to discuss the scope of the project.
The next steps of the process is to meet a group representing a number of the local residents to look at issues and concerns around the building and running of the all-weather pitch in Airlie Heights.
This will be followed up at a later stage with a wider meeting with the local residents after further meetings with South Dublin, when we have a proposed draft project plan, draft structues and guidelines developed for the running of the facility based on input from the residents group and South Dublin..
Lucan United Football Club in Partnership with South Dublin County Council are delighted to annouce we have received 150k Sports Capital Funding towards the buiilding of an all-weather pitch in Airlie Heights in Lucan.
Hopefully more good news to follow soon.
Lucan United Fc have applied for a Sports Capital grant and planning permision to build an all-weather facility in Airlie Heights/Dodsboro Lucan. If a grant is obtained Lucan hope to build early next year once consultation with the residents is completed and protocols on the use of the facility agreed.
The Sports grant is critical to the building of such a facility and until this is obtained their will be no movement on the all-weather. The club have applied for planning permission with criteria stated including 9:30 curfew and no parking up around the all-weather location. This will be manged due to the co-operation of Scoil Mhuire who are allowing Lucan to use their carpark to ensure their will be as little impact on our neighbours as possible. As this a repalcement pitch and not an extra pitch the volume of traffic into the Woodview/Dodsboro area will remain the same during match day and not increase due to this pitch.
We have already started a pilot run on the parking intiative and although its early days it has already shown major improvement on the amount of cars parked on the street. The biggest issue here is communicating to people to use the school car park which is taking time but we hope to have evryone on board by the start of next season on the parking intiative. We also plan to have a car park attended next season to ensure help this process.
As the new facility will have lights we have worked with the light technicians to ensure no light splillage outside the pitch and we are happy that will be the case and no neighbours will be impacted when the all-weather goes into place. It was also brought to our attention that this pitch may impact the value of the houses around the facility. We have followed up on this and spoke to the local estate agents and they have assured us that this not the case. The market price will not be affected by this facility.
This all-weather pitch will allow our kids to play football during the winter with out the frustartion of matches being called off on a regular basis due to the weather being bad all week resulting in the pitches flooded at the weekend. This will stop the end of season madness of trying to get our home games played over such a short period of time. It will also help with trying to improve the kids skills during training session as it will be a good surface for them to train on.
As we move forward with this process we will keep our members and neighbours informed of developments and will be available for anyone who would like more information.
Lucan have now received planning permission for their all-weather facility. next steps will be to secure funds from the bank and the sports capital grant.
Lucan have been asked by Bord Phenala to submit an application for a further 30 car parking spaces for the proposed all-weather facility. The location submitted is subject to change based on input from South Dublin County Council and consultation with our neighbours.
June 2015 Planning permission given to Lucan United Football. Club.
- Funding process completed and achieved.
- Agree Scope with South Dublin
- Technical Specs to be agreed with South Dublin
- Vendor to be sourced
- Sports Grant 150 received.
- Residence Consultation on useage and traffic
- Fifa/Uefa Approval