Locals fear toilets will ruin beauty spot view
Published 30/09/2011 | 05:00
A BLOCK of toilets will soon have one of the nicest views in the country.
Waterways Ireland is pushing ahead with the construction of the "services block" on the shore of Lough Key in Co Roscommon, despite the anger of locals who believe it will obstruct the beautiful view for everyone else.
The north/south body, with responsibility for Ireland's inland waterways, said no objections were lodged when the development was submitted for planning permission to Roscommon County Council.
The local authority granted permission for the controversial structure on March 28 and confirmed there were no objections lodged with it then.
Waterways Ireland dismissed the reaction as "a storm in a teacup" and confirmed it had received 15 emails since building began.
"I would accept the criticism if it had been made at the appropriate time," spokesman Eanna Rowe told the Irish Independent.
"We came through a planning process that is open, transparent and robust."
Local groups claim the reason there were no objections lodged was because nowhere on the notice had it stated the "service block" would be on the lakeshore.