People Before Profit Councillors propose new green policy

At at special meeting on the County Development Plan in Dun Laoghaire tonight, a People Before Profit motion on a policy that will see green roofs on all large developments was passed as part of the new County Development Plan.

All new developments over the size of 300sq meters must now have 60% grass and foliage cover on roofs in Dun Laoghaire Rathdown area.

karl gillSpeaking at the meeting Cllr Karl Gill of People Before Profit commented: “This is a really important step for Dun Laoghaire Rathdown to take. Large buildings will now have to adhere to this policy where they will have to construct their roof space with grass and foliage which will greatly assist in terms of preventing flooding and helping drainage systems. It will also help in terms of protecting local biodiversity and reducing carbon emissions due to lower need for usage of heating systems.

Its high time that local authorities expressed bravery in taking similar steps, we need to stop dragging our heels on environmentally friendly policies and just get on with it. All round I am happy that council management have accepted to my proposal for this policy and I imagine that we will soon see its benefits”