MANAGEMENT at the Tintean Theatre in Ballybunion insist they were not in breach of planning regulation when they recently carried out work beside the centre, even though Kerry County Council forced the work to halt.
The North Kerry Arts, Culture and Heritage Society - the company behind the Tinteán Theatre in Ballybunion - gave an undertaking to the council not to carry out any further works until a planning application for a sports area adjacent to the theatre is finalised. The company gave the undertaking after Kerry County Council threatened to seek a court injunction.
Tinteán Chairman Micheal Carr, however, says the work was not on the site of the centre's proposed sports area and that no planning permission was required.
The company applied to Kerry County Council in July to build an all-weather playing pitch for 'multipurpose use as a farmers' market, outdoor bowling area, picnic area and for associated car-parking', on a site adjacent to the Tínteán Theatre.
The application was submitted on July 19 last and Kerry County Council sent out a request for further information on September 7 last. The authority says it has not yet received this information. However, Mr Carr told The Kerryman this week the company did send in further information.
"While we waited for our planning to come through we progressed to drain the land and erect new fencing but kept it within the boundaries of where the fence was for 10 years," Mr Carr said.
"As we were working on our ground drainage and fencing we were told the council were of the opinion we were working on the plan," he said. "They still proceeded even after we showed them on the ground that this is not the area in question and went to get a court injunction. To alleviate fears we gave an undertaking... not to carry out any developement on the site."