Friday 20 April 2018

Petition to show support for rejected hotel project

Permission for the planned Holmpatrick Cove development in Skerries was overturned by An Bord Pleanala.
Permission for the planned Holmpatrick Cove development in Skerries was overturned by An Bord Pleanala.
Holmpatrick Cove.

In a bid to show the widespread support the project has in the community in Skerries, a petition is being circulated protesting An Bord Pleanála's refusal of planning permission to a hotel development in the coastal town.

An earlier decision to grant planning permission for a hotel development in Skerries was sensationally overturned recently by An Bord Pleanála who said the development cannot go ahead.

Fingal County Council had granted permission for the two-storey hotel which came with a long-awaited swimming pool and leisure centre development for Skerries and 24 new homes for the town, but following an appeal, An Bord Pleanála overturned that decision.

The development was to be at Holmpatrick in Skerries and had widespread support in the local community.

As evidence of that support, an online petition was started in the town last week and after 24 hours it had exceeded 1,000 signatures showing the depth of feeling there is in the community on the issue.

Locals behind the petition argue that 'the town of Skerries needs a hotel to accommodate the growing number of visitors coming to our beautiful town each year. The local residents have fought hard for many years for a public-access swimming pool.

'This project includes additional sports facilities for our local clubs along with a walkway adding almost 2k to the Skerries coastal walk. The democratically elected councillors voted it in, Fingal CC approved the plans, but Bord Pleanála rejected the proposal.'

One Skerries resident who signed the online petition commented: 'The Bord Pleanála rejection of Holmpatrick Cove is an affront to the democratic decision of Fingal County Council.' While another said the development would be 'a wonderful addition to our beautiful town'.

Developers of the proposed 'Holmpatrick Cove' project took to social media following the cotroversial An Bord Pleanála decision, and expressed their disappointment with the board's adjudication.

Michael and Alison Branagan said: 'We are mystified and gutted, as you can imagine. Our aim of providing Skerries with ready to go, publicly accessible, swimming pool, hotel, coastal walkway, badly needed training spaces, as well as opening up these lands for everyone to enjoy, has been denied.'

Fingal Independent