Wednesday 20 September 2017

Dublin 4 residents object to €26m RDS revamp

The plan involves the demolition of the existing 1930s Anglesea Road Stand and its replacement with a new stand to accommodate 6,841 fans (SPORTSFILE)
The plan involves the demolition of the existing 1930s Anglesea Road Stand and its replacement with a new stand to accommodate 6,841 fans (SPORTSFILE)

Gordon Deegan

A group of D4 residents have said they 'have had enough' and were 'objecting most strongly' to a €26m plan for a revamped stand at the RDS.

Last month, the RDS lodged the plans seeking to increase the capacity of the RDS from 18,500 to 21,000 aimed at catering for Leinster Rugby games.

The RDS said the development would assist the Dublin Horse Show, Leinster rugby and other events held in the main arena.

Planning documents lodged with the application show that the annual economic impact from the staging of rugby matches, concerts and the Horse Show amounts to between €136 million and €166 million.

The plan involves the demolition of the existing 1930s Anglesea Road Stand and its replacement with a new stand to accommodate 6,841 fans - up from the present 5,743.

The planning application states that the key aim is to improve the viewing experience of the spectators.

However, in a strenuous objection, the Anglesea Road Residents Association said: "Residents experience daily disruption from the 400 plus events held annually at the RDS".

The association's secretary, Tim Hennessy, said residents had "had enough and would suggest that Leinster Rugby be located to a more suitable ground with proper parking facilities."

The IRFU believes the redeveloped stand "will rejuvenate" the RDS. A decision is due on the application next month.

Irish Independent

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