News 2017

Title:  Proposed Dublin Mountains Visitor Centre
Date:  01/09/2017

South Dublin County Council has submitted a planning application to An Bord Pleanála seeking permission to develop a Dublin Mountains Visitor Centre at a site combining Massy’s Wood Estate and Montpelier Hill, which incorporates the distinctive Dublin landmark of the Hell Fire Club.

The proposal is a joint initiative by South Dublin County Council, Coillte and the Dublin Mountains Partnership to create a new “gateway” to the Dublin Mountains.

The visitor centre proposal includes an exhibition space and educational facility, as well as a café and shop, a rambler’s lounge and toilets. The proposal also includes enhanced access to the site with increased car parking and public transport, road improvements and the construction of a new footpath to the site.

The proposal aims to provide walks and trails for people of all ages and abilities, incorporating an “iconic” tree-top walkway/bridge from Montpelier Hill into Massy’s Wood. The overall project has an estimated cost of €15 million.

An information booklet and other background information on the project can be obtained here: Dublin Mountains Project information

Full details of the planning application are available on http://www.sdcc.ie/services/parks-and-recreation/dublin-mountains-project/dublin-mountains-project-an-bord-plean%25C3%25A1la-application.

Mountaineering Ireland is encouraging its clubs and members in the Dublin area to study the information and the plans and to submit their views to info@mountaineering.ie  by Monday 18th September for incorporation into Mountaineering Ireland’s response to the proposal.

Members with strong personal opinions are also encouraged to make a submission directly to An Bord Pleanála (application reference: JA0040).

 

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