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Friday 29 August 2014

Disabled centre is now at risk due to single objector

Majella O'Sullivan

Published 16/07/2014 | 02:30

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It is also planned that the centre will serve as a base for our Special Olympics stars
It is also planned that the centre will serve as a base for our Special Olympics stars

A PLANNED sports and activity centre for people with disabilities could run into difficulties if the submission of a single objector is taken on board.

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A planning application has been lodged with Kerry County Council for the €10m National Sports and Adventure Centre in Killarney, Co Kerry.

However, one objection has been lodged on the grounds of traffic disruption and noise by a woman living 20km away.

Gillian Connolly, from Killorglin, claims the centre will cause traffic problems and noise pollution for local residents as well as damaging existing businesses in the town

A local residents' association withdrew its objection.

The centre is the first of its kind in Ireland and fully adapted to support people with physical and intellectual disabilities.

It is also planned that it will serve as home to the Kerry Stars Special Olympics Club.

The 4.7-acre site at Ballydribbeen in Killarney, adjacent to the Legion GAA and Killarney Celtic grounds, was donated by Killarney Town Council before it was disbanded in May.

Planned facilities include a fully adapted and seated indoor sports arena, gym, indoor soccer pitch, bowling alley, adventure course, car parks, cafe and restaurant, performance area, offices and several primary health support rooms and recreation rooms.

It will also provide work placement, training and employment for people with physical and intellectual disabilities.

Irish Independent

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