It was confirmed this afternoon that the National Transport Authority have moved to cancel it’s public consultation forum regarding its proposed routes from Ballymun to the City Centre and Finglas to Phibsborough, which feature as part of the BusConnect project.
The forum, which is a core element of its public consultation process on the plan, was due to be take place on Wednesday, April 3rd from 3-8pm in the Ballymun Axis Arts Centre but due to the high level of interest the NTA have now limited attendance.
Commenting on the decision, Fianna Fáil General Election Candidate in Dublin Central, Mary Fitzpatrick said, “The lack of consultation with locals in relation to the decision making surrounding the BusConnects proposals has proved problematic to date and has done little to assure people that the project is in the best interest of their locality.
“Just last weekend, hundreds gathered in Stoneybatter to highlight their dissatisfaction with the proposal to get rid of the popular green in the village which is used for all kinds of community events all year round. People from all over Dublin city and county come to visit Stoneybatter green, particularly on the weekend because of its vibrant but its small town community feel in the heart of the capital – it was clear that a huge level of engagement would be required in relation to changes to these areas.
“It should have been anticipated that this project would exercise and mobilise close knit city communities and it shouldn’t come as any surprise that there was such interest in attending the forum on April 3rd. Instead of planning for these large numbers, the NTA have decided to essentially limit and censor those that wish to have their legitimate concerns properly heard and resolved.
“The NTA should be welcoming such interest in their public consultation process rather than making efforts to limit engagement.
Mary concluded, “Public consultation cannot be a box ticking exercise and limiting the number that can attend this forum goes entirely against the purpose of a process of this kind in the very first place.”