The first exciting news is that Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council is to make a formal application for government funding under the Urban Regeneration and Development Fund for a new Civic Centre in the heart of Dundrum. Imagine Dundrum welcomes this big step towards a development we have campaigned for over four years!

Since coming together in 2016, Imagine Dundrum has campaigned strongly for a Civic Centre for Dundrum, emphasising the contrast between its status as the second major town in the County and its lack of civic, cultural and community facilities and services.

Huge community support for such a development has been shown at Imagine Dundrum’s public meetings and in its many interactions with local people. Well over 1,000 signatures have been gathered endorsing the Civic Centre proposal. So the group is truly delighted to learn of the County Council’s decision to apply for government funding for this development. The Civic Hub, as proposed in the funding bid, will include a modern library, flexible community and cultural space, along with new civic offices and other associated public services.

We know that the funding application is but the first step on a journey, but it is a hugely important step. The group will now be calling on local TDs and Councillors for the area to continue demonstrating their support, as they have done so readily to date, and to make the compelling case to Government for this much needed facility, which can transform the future of Dundrum Village itself, and greatly enhance the lives of the whole wider local community .

More good news! A Social Distancing and Mobility Plan for Dundrum Village

And there’s more good news! Imagine Dundrum recently submitted proposals to Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council to make social distancing possible on Main Street, and to make the Village much more friendly to pedestrians and cyclists at this time.

We again highlighted problems like cluttered and narrow pavements, and pinchpoints like the pedestrian crossings at the junction of Ballinteer Road and Main Street, the parking on double yellow lines at the Luas entrance, and the need for cycle lanes and wider footpaths.

We are very pleased to let you know that the Council has responded very positively and will be bringing forward proposals for temporary changes to the public realm and mobility interventions in Dundrum Village, including a temporary one-way traffic system on sections of Main Street/Sandyford Road in the village and the reallocation of road space for the safety and benefit of pedestrians, cyclists and local businesses.

We acknowledge and thank the Council for this initiative, which will be very much welcomed by those who live, work and do business in Dundrum and the surrounding areas.