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Save Malahide Castle Demense Woodlands

2,765 Signatures Goal: 2,000

We the undersigned are objecting to the proposed development of Malahide Castle Woodlands as a Forest Adventure area and the Bridge Field as a Car and Coach Park. The proposed use of the Woodlands will result in a reduced access as Health & Safety will have to be practiced; the tranquillity and peace of this Natural Woodland will be lost to the public for ever. The fight continues so please keep signing our petition.

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Highlights

December 5
We've won!! WE HAVE WON, Thanks to all of you. Our campaign with all of your support has led to Fingal Council to ask our permission to concede in our court case due to be heard tomorrow. This is a fantastic outcome for the people of Malahide in protecting the heritage of Malahide for future generations. We are sure that the Council will try again but the community is prepared.
November 27
Although it might appear that we have been somewhat quiet during the past few weeks, the team have been very active! We been a gathering a large amount of new facts and information on many fronts. From environmental, around the flora and fauna that inhabit the Woodlands, the heritage and conservation aspects of the entire Castle demesne, to how local business feel about the development and lobbying Councillors. Our surveys now show that relatively few people, organisations or businesses are in favour of the proposed car park extension and removal of the iconic football pitches. The majority are clearly against the development and this is a huge message that our elected Councillors need to listen to, but unfortunately they are not, and in many cases are not even responding! We have already established that, despite it being stated at the Council meeting in July, that the Malahide Community Forum, the Chamber of Commerce and St Sylvesters GAA club were in favour of the proposal this was not factual. The Malahide Community Forum, which represents many of the residents associations, took NO position on the matter and almost a dozen Residents Associations have confirmed to us that they are not in favour of it. St Sylvesters GAA club are not in favour of it going ahead as confirmed at their recent AGM motion. Our latest canvass of business owners in Malahide (not all of them Chamber members) showed that almost 95% have declared that they too are not in favour of this development in Malahide Castle, particularly because of the misinformation regarding the Multi Use Reinforces Grass Area and parking. For example every person canvassed believed that the car park would be open 24/7 as it the case at the moment. This is not true and would only operate on a managed basis, as stated by Fingal Council. The majority had no idea it would be used as a multi-use space for events either. We have continued to try to engage with all Fingal Councillors and senior management on this most controversial issue, and we are always available to meet should they wish. In the meantime the judicial review is ongoing. Fingal County Councils legal team have requested on 2 separate occasions for a 4 week time extension, which we allowed, so we now hope the matter will be before the courts in December. Lastly, as we enter the Christmas festive season, everyone involved in the Save Malahide Woodlands and Bridgefield campaign, would like to thank you all for your continued support and wish each and everyone a happy Christmas.
October 16
Our campaign continues, the high court Judicial review is still in progress and we have granted Fingal Council lawyers an extension of four weeks to review our documents and lodge their papers, if you would like to keep more up to date please visit our facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/Savewoodlands/ Please keep signing & sharing our petition and facebook page link. To all St Sylvesters GAA members and ex-members go to our FB page now as your help is needed by the members who care about keeping the Bridgefield playing pitches.
September 19
Update; As you are all aware, paperwork has been lodged in the High Court seeking a Judicial Review on the proposal by Fingal Council management to develop Malahide Castle woodland & parkland. This case will be before the court on the 11th of October in the Four Courts. Just to remind everyone, that this does not mean that our wishes will be granted. We must continue to keep the pressure on all of the 18 councillors who voted in favour of this destruction of the woodlands & parklands in the Demesne. The Castle Demesne has been altered in a huge way commercially (over the last 5 years in particular) and it is time that Fingal council halted this trend before the very essence of what makes the Castle grounds so special. We need to ask these 18 Councillors to overturn their decision and make sure that the Castle woodlands and parklands are protected for future generations to enjoy as a natural area, to be enjoyed freely by all. Malahide Castle Demesne has been already over commercialised by private companies and we say no more. Start contacting them today, by email/phone or letter.
September 19
Follow this link to read irish Times report on Malahide Castle court hearing. http://www.irishtimes.com/news/crime-and-law/courts/high-court/council-failed-to-consider-impact-of-centre-on-malahide-bats-court-told-1.2783378#.V9EfffvZG4Q.facebook
September 2
Today we have lodged a High Court submission to seek a Judicial Review on the controversial proposal by Fingal Council to develop Malahide Castle Woodland & Parkland.
August 28
Tweet with us Worldwide to all of your contact's please. https://twitter.com/CastleSave/status/768484168590295044
August 25
We are asking all of you from all over the World to change you profile picture to show your continued support, please use this link to do so Thank you. https://www.facebook.com/events/1673976942923652/
August 25
This week some trees were cut down by Fingal Council in the Woodlands, a lame excuse was given by them we will keep our watch going to try and make sure this does not happen again. Keep in touch with us on our facebook page, Save malahide Castle Woodlands and have your say.
August 15
On August the 10th we delivered all of your signatures and individually signed post cards. Under Fingal County Councils Citizen Charter you should have had an acknowledgement from Mr Paul Reid Chief Executive of Fingal County Council, within 3 days. Below is the relevant paragraph from Fingal Citizen Charter. If you have not received a reply within the next few days, I ask you all to email: paul.reid@fingal.ie or chiefexecutive@fingal.ie to enquire why, under their Charter, he has not acknowledged your correspondence. Timeliness and Courtesy We will treat all our citizens with the utmost courtesy and respond with minimum delay. Our staff would also like that they receive the same courtesy from you the citizen during the course of your business with us. We will give contact names in all communications. We will acknowledge all letters in need of a reply within three working days of receipt. We will issue full replies within 15 working days. If more time is required we will explain the reasons for the delay in writing. (For example, there may be certain occasions where time limits are set by statute and are outside our control i.e. Planning Applications, Freedom of Information etc.) We will answer your phone calls within 20 seconds of the first ring and you will be told both the names of the department and the person answering. We will report on our compliance with these targets in our Annual Report.

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  • Noel Mahon
    Noel Mahon Ireland, Dublin
    Dec 21, 2016
    Dec 21, 2016
    We have won,
    Thank you all for your support, you can keep updated on our Facebook page.
    https://www.facebook.com/Savewoodlands/?ref=bookmarks
  • Maeve P
    Maeve P Ireland
    Nov 30, 2016
    Nov 30, 2016
    Leave the trees alone!
  • Laura Collier
    Laura Collier Spain, Las Palmas De Gran Canaria
    Nov 17, 2016
    Nov 17, 2016
    Leave opur woods alone!
  • Eithne Le Blanc
    Eithne Le Blanc Ireland, Dublin
    Nov 16, 2016
    Nov 16, 2016
    Keep the few green places left in malahide "green".
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    Noel Mahon Ireland
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    Paul B Ireland
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    Maeve P Ireland
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    Siobhán Bermingham Ireland
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    Sean Rafferty Ireland
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