Of the half dozen people who contribute to this site, all bar one of us have lived for some period of time in the dock road apartment blocks. They are huge developments with unimaginative names and pretty drab design as well. Anyway it is interesting to see local politicians in the last month vying for headlines in the local press about what is wrong down there. First ex fine gaeler Pat Kennedy complained about the poor numbers on the electoral register and worried about numbers of Afghans, sex for sale rackets and drug dealing. Then RSF 's Mick Ryan coins the term "Little Amsterdam" to describe the area. Sensational and whiffs of election fever in the air. However it is a pity that neither individual might try posing some real questions about the developments like:
- Why are there no noticeboards in any of the complexs? Surely a basic requirement if one is to try and build any type of community. Instead any notice, even lost dog notices are torn down off the walls by private management groups and stern warnings posted.
- Why is a provision not included in these huge developments (estimate in one of these reports that there are 1000 apartments in close proximity) for a meeting room. This could be used for residents meetings (who would surely do a better job than the present private concerns). Also there is numerous other agencies who could try and impove social cohesion using such a room but no space.
- Where is the provision for any type of green space or indeed recreational space. Every space that isn't used for apartments seems to have been taken up by car parks.
- What is the breakdown between 1 and 2 bedroom apartments. A report last week in Britain suggested that the proliferation of these type of units rather than 3 bedroom for example was pricing out people who would buy to live there in favour of those who just buy to let. Surely a more mixed set up would ensure stability and improve levels of interest in maintaining the blocks.
- Why have neither of the above politicians gone into the complexs and tried to organise the residents, call meetings etc (apologies if they have but I have never seen one) Pat Kennedy represents Ward 4, as does the new mayor Joe Leddin, where the flats are located?
There are plenty of people living in the Dock Road area who want to act on the above but unfortunately comparing it to the dam or headline grabbing outbursts don't help them much
Cat dead on Dock Road- which nationality will be blamed this time?
The Bottom Dog