Wednesday 17 July 2019

Planning row escalating in Annagassan

Hubert Murphy

Gardai in Ardee have confirmed that they are investigating an incident in Annagassan, believed to be part of a lengthy dispute in the area.

Planning notices, erected by Naomh Fionnbarra GAA club, in respect of a new development have been knocked down or gone missing.

They say that all of the last 4/5 notices put up have been removed

The latest one which was in a wooden frame erected high on the main entrance gate pier with 3 inch steel nails was the latest to be knocked down, they state.

When a representative from Louth County Council planning department came out to John Markey Park in Ballygassan to inspect the notice - they couldn't find it,.

As a result, the club's planning application was deemed invalid.

A garda spokesman confirmed that a complaint had been made and they were looking into it, as well as liasing with 'all parties in the matter.'

The club say they want to get the issue resolved in order to get working on the new pitches.

'This land is not just for Naomh Fionnbarra GFC, it is for the community, as the ground is used by Dillionstown & Tullydonnel national schools, St Anne's camogie club adult & underage teams, ladies adult & underage, as well as Finbarrs adult & all age groups down to 6 yrs old,' a spokesperson stated.

'There is simply not enough room to cater for the demand on our grounds, which is great to see, but brings space problems.

'The new ground will give additional training space, along with a walking track,' they added.

Supporters in the parish have given donations towards purchase and development . Also a number of people have given interest free loans for the purchase of lands.

The club has also received a very substantial grant from sports capital, which won't come into operation until work commences

'Please God we can get moving very shortly and get the place up and running for the community,' they added.

Drogheda Independent