Earlier this month, the Government followed up on a commitment to provide €2.5m in funding towards the cost of building nine new homes along Ballybough Road. Dublin City Council will shortly bring forward specific details of the proposed works. As previously indicated by myself and Councillor Ray McAdam, the Housing and Planning Departments of the City Council have drawn up plans to refurbish the derelict buildings along the Summerhill Parade end of Ballybough Road. From information provided to me by officials, the City Architect has worked on designs that will accommodate the housing needs of those remaining residents living in Croke Villas. The formal planning application will be initiated by local Councillors at the April meeting of the Central Area Committee. It is expected that the planning process should be concluded by early autumn with works to begin on site before the end of this year. Councillor Ray McAdam, myself and Patrick Martin will work to keep you updated of further developments in respect of this project.
BALLYBOUGH COMMUNITY YOUTH & SPORTS CENTRE
Following the allocation of almost €150,000 through a Sports Capital Grant from the Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport, Dublin City Council has developed plans to construct and install a new gym in the Ballybough Community Youth & Sports Centre. Local Councillors approved the plan last month and a public consultation process will begin shortly to allow residents see details of what is being proposed and put forward their own views on the plans. It is envisaged that a new 48sq metre flat roofed structure being built to replace the existing first floor terrace, facing onto the rear playing pitch. Another 40 sq metre single storey flat roofed structure on the existing second floor facing onto Annesley Lane and the playing pitch will be constructed. Should City Councillors formally approve the application for planning, we can expect work to begin by early summer and