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November 28, 2008

Council does not have full legal title to Blackrock Park

A former PD councillor is calling on Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council to acquire full legal title to Blackrock Park to prevent another “Dartmouth Square situation”. Victor Boyhan said he had been pursuing the issue of ownership of the park with the council since 1999 and last week received a memo from the council confirming it did not have full legal title to Blackrock Park. The council this week confirmed that Pembroke Estates Management Ltd currently own the freehold of three of the nine plots of land that make up the parkland between Blackrock and Booterstown Dart stations. One of these three plots is the main Blackrock Park, while the other plots are part of the larger parklands running along the seafront. The council is considering a master plan to redevelop Blackrock parklands but Boyhan says that before any master plan can proceed, the council should acquire full ownership. Pembroke Estates Management Ltd is controlled by estate agent Finnegan Menton, where director Iain Finnegan says there has been no approach from Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council to buy the remaining plots.

The Irish Times

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