Saturday 24 March 2018

Residents slam GAA over Casement revamp

The North's Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure, Caral Ni Chuilin.
The North's Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure, Caral Ni Chuilin.

Orla Bannon

A Casement Park residents' group has accused the GAA of giving out "misleading and factually inaccurate information" over the redevelopment of the west Belfast stadium.

The Mooreland Owenvarragh Residents Association (MORA) are worried about the height of the proposed new 38,000 all-seater ground and the shadow it would cast.

MORA, chaired by local resident and former Down hurling manager John Crossey, is calling for a meeting with Northern Ireland's Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure, Caral Ni Chuilin.

As yet, the group is not demanding financial compensation, but in a statement released yesterday, hinted that this could become a live issue.

"Although it has been fully accepted by all involved that there will be significant disruption to residents during construction, which is expected to last some 21 months, coupled with fears of some residents about the impact of the development on the value of their homes, the GAA has not offered any proposed solution in this regard," said the statement

"The GAA also, quite unbelievably, failed to advise MORA that it was their intention to facilitate access for organisers, including articulated trucks, to concerts at Casement Park through a tunnel, the sole entrance which would be through a small cul-de-sac in Mooreland Park.

"MORA has also become increasingly frustrated about misleading and factually inaccurate information provided by the GAA in relation to the proposed height of the stadium and assurances provided that access to it would only be from the main Andersonstown Road.

"In addition, a copy of the Stadium Business Plan has not been provided to date."

Irish Independent

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