Fatima Enterprise Strategy Stage One Report – Context and Understanding
Events and Actions and allowed time for thinking about regeneration. Basic services evolve: homework club, youth project, crèche, drugs treatment centre etc.
A conference is held in Celbridge and the mistakes of the past are recognised. A willingness to redress and change ways of working is evident and FGU employs a part-time Community Development Worker.
A massive community parade – Burning the Demons ‘Embracing the Future’ is held and a new energy for change takes shape.
Dublin Corporation undertakes community consultation and develops plans/models for the area but negotiations breakdown in December.
Dublin Corporation produces a Regeneration Plan for the area.
The community’s vision for the future of the area is set out in 11 Acres, 10 steps, which welcomes estate demolition and adds an important social dimension. FGU appoints a Regeneration Team.
Fatima Regeneration Board established to advance the physical, social, economic and cultural development of Fatima.
Dublin Corporation launches its draft plan Regeneration/Next Generation.
Agreement on the masterplan is reached in October and a Halloween Celebration is held to mark this.
2002 2003 2004
A revised masterplan is produced and the delivery vehicle is chosen as a Public-Private Partnership (PPP); the first of its kind in Ireland. The PPP enables plans for a mixed use development, incorporating social housing, private housing and retail units.
Final resident moves from R Block of Fatima Mansions to make way for demolition.
Best practice document on transition – Two Communities in Transition, One Model of Excellence – becomes City Council policy.
On Friday 6th May 2004 the agreement for the social and physical regeneration of Fatima Mansions was signed after a period of intensive negotiations. This is seen as perhaps the most significant moment in the long and turbulent history of Fatima Mansions.
Demolition of the first five blocks begins. 2005 2005
Fatima Social Regeneration Plan published in November and launched by President Mary McAleese.
Construction of Phase One begins. In October, Taoiseach Bertie Ahearn returns to hand over the keys to the first home.
Preliminary feasibility study by 2006 Gerry McKeever which assessed potential for the development of community enterprise and social entrepreneurship.
Dream/Dare/Do published by Fatima Groups United to celebrate the progress achieved and to provide a learning manual for other communities experiencing their own regeneration process.
2007 Nov Atkins (with EDS and NUCA) appointed to advise and assist in progressing the social enterprise elements of the regeneration process in-line with the Fatima Social Regeneration Plan.
2008 First release of the new housing at Fatima Mansions.
The information above has been assembled by the Study Team drawing on information produced by FGU and FRB, as well as through consultation with local people involved in the regeneration process.
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