Your help is urgently needed by Ballincollig Tidy Towns

As you may be aware planning permission was granted by Cork County Council for a civic amenity / waste disposal facility to Eco Resources Limited at part of the Ballincollig DIY and Garden Centre site at the Commercial Park on Link Road, Ballincollig on 18th June 2014. A public meeting was held on 25th June 2014 at which it was mandated to appeal the permission granted, engage experts to do environmental etc. reports as part of the appeal, and, to fundraise in Ballincollig to pay all associated expenses. The primary reason for appealing the planning permission was its inappropriate location in the centre of Ballincollig, in particular, the fact that the nearest dwelling house is located a mere approximately 20 metres away and several more in Castle Park are located no more than 40/50 metres from the site as it had been proposed especially when the permission sought and granted allowed the facility to take in and store domestic municipal waste and hazardous waste. In addition, there are two schools at either end of the approach road to the entrance to the facility and it was anticipated by the applicant that up to 700 additional vehicles would use the facility weekly. Had a more appropriate site elsewhere been proposed for the facility perhaps no objections would have arisen as facilities of this nature are required undoubtedly in large communities such as Ballincollig. Following the public meeting the applicant stated in an article in the Evening Echo that he would not be proceeding with his application arising from public objections. However, nothing was put in writing to any of the objectors, the County Council or An Bord Pleanála. By 1st July 2014 when no action had yet been taken by the applicant the original objectors to the facility, with the public mandate, felt there was no option but to engage a company of experts to do the technical aspects of the appeal. The reason for this was that all appeals must be received by An Bord Pleanála within 28 days of the grant of planning by a planning authority and that 28 day limit was going to expire on Tuesday 15th July 2014 at close of business. In planning matters it is not possible to extend the time to lodge appeals. Fehily Timoney and Company were engaged and prepared a report on behalf of the community in Ballincollig. One individual lodged his own separate appeal on Monday 7th July 2014. Still nothing happened despite representations to the contrary from the applicant. Notice was finally received by the objectors on Monday 14th July 2014 when it was officially confirmed by An Bord Pleanála that a withdrawal had been made by the applicant. As you will note this was merely 24 hours before the deadline expired for lodging an appeal therefore, it was too late to disengage Fehily Timoney and Company as their work was complete and the community has been left with a bill to pay. Fundraising has been ongoing in Ballincollig since 1st July 2014 and although a substantial amount of money has been raised towards the costs incurred much is still outstanding. All funds collected are being lodged in a specific bank account. We would now wish to appeal for fundraisers willing to go door to door to come forward immediately as the handful of people currently involved cannot cover all of Ballincollig. To the estates that have already assisted in the campaign to date we wish to extend our sincerest thanks. Official paperwork is available to anybody willing to assist. Should anybody wish to donate without going door to door this will also be welcome. Collectors are particularly needed in the following areas: Glincool, Muskerry Estate, and all areas on the western side of the village, Greystones, Bridgewater, Daffodil Fields, Manor Hill and estates generally on the eastern side of the village on the Powdermills side. Could any interested party please contact Sandra Walsh on 087-2740655 or by email at lawyerwalsh@hotmail.com.

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