Local Councillor Charlie O’Connor has questioned the cause for the delay in constructing the long promised pavilion at Dodder Valley Park in Old Bawn.
He was speaking at the monthly meeting of the Tallaght Area Committee and asked Council Management for an explanation. He was told the following:
“The aim of the current pavilion construction programme is to provide for the provision of further pavilion facilities; commencing with provision at Dodder Valley-Old Bawn Park, Griffeen Park and Corkagh Park.
“The pavilion at Dodder Valley Old Bawn has passed the Part 8 stage and it is now in its 2nd tender process.
“The construction of the TASC pavilion at Limekiln indicated there might be advantages in terms of quality, cost and delivery through the use of prefabricated construction systems allied to the GCCCC Design-build contract.
“However the tenders for the Pavilion programme issued in 2016 did not achieve results in either value for money, design innovation or the creation of a list of suitable contractors.
“It was agreed to re-tender the Pavilion programme using the more successful tender model of design-build allied to more traditional construction employed on the now completed Ballyowen equine centre.
“The pavilion programme remains a priority of the council. Tenders for a single-operator framework for the first 3 pavilions centering on the Dodder Park pavilion as exemplar project issued earlier in 2017. The tender stage is still on-going with a decision on same expected imminently.”
Original plans for the pavilion and car park were agreed back in 2008 and would have seen it located beside the electrical station where the car park is due to be located but these plans were cancelled due to a lack of funding.
Charlie O’Connor also asked Council Management to deal with concerns expressed by Parkwood Residents Association regarding current anti-social behavior in Dodder Valley Park.
He says he has sought guarantees the Council would also deal effectively with such problems when the pavilion is in place.