Farrell welcomes Fingal’s move to maintain local historical landmark
Fine Gael TD for Dublin North Alan Farrell has welcomed Fingal County Council’s recent report in relation to maintaining The Casino, one of Malahide’s most historical landmark buildings, particularly in light of recent attacks carried out on protected structures in the north county.
“In recent weeks I have received a number of concerned queries regarding the future use of The Casino, Malahide, a late 17th century protected structure near the heart of Malahide. The house itself which was built by the Talbots of Malahide Castle now stands amidst the Gannon built Casino development.
“Concerns have heightened since the arson attack on Belcamp Hall, Belcamp College at the end of March which has resulted in the partial loss of this wonderful, historically significant building. On May 4th Fingal County Council gave a detailed report to its members on repairs which were taking place to The Casino in order to secure it from potential damage or decay. Contrary to local rumour, the building itself is not deteriorating and is not in any immediate danger of collapse.
“This wonderful amenity at the entrance to Malahide is a landmark building that generations of local people have enjoyed, one which I am very keen to ensure received a new lease of life under a new owner. I am pleased that the report from the Council has shown that the building is being maintained and I commend them and the owner for ensuring that this piece of Malahide’s history is not lost.”
A notice to require works to be carried out was served on the owner on the 13th July 2010.
1. Fit Perspex or macrolan sheeting to the ground floor windows. This should be at least 5mm thick and care needs to be taken in the fitting – in some cases where the window frames are weak or space is tight they could be fitted to the outside edge of the window reveal.
2. Remove the hoardings to the east and south so that the house is more visible from the road and from the avenue to the adjoining apartments – minimising possible hiding places should a trespass occur.
3. Clip back hard ivy on the face of the building. Cut rather than tear as some of the surface render and putty are friable and loose.
4. The condition of the thatched roof should be assessed and repairs carried out where necessary. Check and secure the thatch netting if required.
5. Box up the internal chimney pieces discreetly.
6. Repair any broken glass
7. Check the surface water gullies and clear if necessary.
8. Check external plaster cracks and carry out spot repairs. Fit lead flashing over east ground floor bow window.
9. Secure some fencing to the gap at the north end of the house to impede trespass to the rear.
10. Tidy up the garden generally and cut back overhanging branches from the house.
11. Set out dates for the regular inspections of property while house is unoccupied.
The majority of the works specified within the Notice have been completed to the satisfaction of the Council’s Conservation Officer. The Conservation Officer is continuing to work with the agent acting for the owner of the property to resolve the small number of outstanding issues and also to agree a programme of works for ongoing maintenance / monitoring of the site.