Sunday 25 August 2019

Residents fight arcade

Balbriggan residents launch appeal against planning decision

Ken Phelan

Residents in Balbriggan are objecting to Fingal County Council's recent granting of planning permission for an amusement arcade to open in Castlemill Shopping Centre, which they claim will lead to further anti-social behaviour in the area.

A planning application was submitted to the council by SDB Leisure Ltd on April 18 2019 for an amusement arcade at the location, which was approved by the local authority on June 11 last.

Residents have complained over continued anti-social behaviour at Castlemill Shopping Centre, and claim an amusement arcade will only serve to exacerbate the problem and are now planning to appeal the decision to An Bord Pleanála.

Voicing the concerns of residents in Castlemill, a local councillor, has claimed that calling the controversial proposal an amusement arcade does not tell the full story. He said the facility would include an 'over eighteens poker hall' as well as 'fixed odds betting terminals'.

Speaking to The Fingal Independent, a local resident, who lives above the shopping complex and did not wish to be named, said: 'Gardai are there on a regular basis, usually in the evening. The arcade is supposed to be open from ten in the morning until ten in the evening, and normally the guards are called in the afternoon, because that's when all the gatherings are starting. There's a lot of damage in the estate because of the anti-social behaviour.

'I think it will affect local businesses as well, because we have small shops around the area and already people won't shop in Castlemill. I think if we have an arcade there, it will only be worse.'

An appeal on behalf of a number of residents has already been lodged to An Bord Pleanála who will now adjudicate on the issue.

Fingal Independent