Sunday 22 October 2017

Rugby pundit protests over park plan

Objecting to Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council plans for an adventure playground at Cabinteely Park are Claire Vaughan, Neil Francis, Daniel and George Francis, Michael O'Brien, Cara Toner and Cleo Ellis. Declan Masterson
Objecting to Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council plans for an adventure playground at Cabinteely Park are Claire Vaughan, Neil Francis, Daniel and George Francis, Michael O'Brien, Cara Toner and Cleo Ellis. Declan Masterson
Louise Hogan

Louise Hogan

RUGBY pundit Neil Francis and angry residents have warned they may consider legal action over plans to turn a leafy south county Dublin park into an adventure playground.

Homeowners surrounding Cabinteely Park in Co Dublin believe their objections have fallen on deaf ears after councillors voted to permit the building of a commercial High Rope Adventure Course – including ziplines and climbing nets – more than three metres above ground level through the trees.

Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council unveiled plans for the fee-paying venture which will be built on 4.7 hectare site in woodland directly behind the period property, Cabinteely House.

Mr Francis said homeowners in the area were "up in arms" about the fee-charging business which will be run by the successful tenderer, adventure company Xtreme.ie.

The local authority made the application for the proposed development under Part 8 of the planning regulations. This means the decision cannot be appealed to An Bord Pleanala.

Irish Independent

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