No Grass Cutting in Fingal – Growing Places Initiative 2010

Dear Constituent,
You may have noticed that several prominent places within the Howth/Malahide Area are being left without grass cutting by Fingal County Council.  This decision has emerged as a result of the Parks Departments “Growing Places Initiative 2010” which is being piloted in 20 areas within the electoral area.
Some of the locations are as followings:
Gainsborough Estate, Sword Road
Robswall Demesne, Coast Road
The Sea Banks, Coast Road
Seapark Hill Estate, Coast Road
Millview Road
Ard Na Mara Estate
Old Yellow Walls Road (Seabury Playground Area)
Malahide Demesne (Castle)
Portmarnock Rise/Crescent
Carrickhill Park (PSLC)
Dal Riada, Portmarnock
Burrow Court, Portmarnock
The Council claim that this initiative is both in the interest of the environment & biodiversity.  This coming autumn, they propose to sow wild flowers in these area with a view to leaving them grow wild on a permanent basis.  The implementation of this policy has taken place with absolutely no public consultation and I believe will result in a serious visual deterioration of our community.  Not only is it likely that these areas will attract litter and perhaps vermin, but given sufficient time, it may also present opportunities for anti social behaviour.  I also believe that this policy will seriously undermine the ability of our towns to compete in our national Tidy Towns competition, a source of great pride in many communities.
I would like to encourage you to write to the Director of Services for the Parks Department, Mr. Senan Turnbull ( to express your opinion on this matter so that I might build a sufficient case to convince him to withdraw this ill thought out policy.
Your comments or questions on this matter are most welcome.