Local residents in the Stabannon and Drumcashel areas are holding a public meeting this Monday evening to discuss the proposed development of what they call a ‘landfill’ site in the vicinity.
The proposed development has caused a great deal of concern among local residents, many of whom are stressing the impact it will likely have on the wider community should it go ahead.
The application lodged with Louth County Council is for the ‘the filling of an area of land with inert construction and demolition material for the purposes of reclamation of land for agricultural use.’
The application, lodged by Bernard Lynch, reads ‘On completion of filling and capping off and seeding, the lands will be used for agricultural purposes and the entrance will be closed up. A Waste Facility permit will be required for the development.’
Locals have already raised concerns regarding the increase in the number of trucks and lorries using the road on a daily and weekly basis – claiming, based on the information in the planning application, that a minimum of around 10,000 additional HGV journeys will take place on local approach roads over the coming years.
Concerns also have highlighted the potential for dangerous waste on site leading to environmental dangers and the location of the boundary – only a short distance from the Stabannon-Braganstown conservation area.
Monday night’s meeting will get underway at 8.30pm at Stabannon Hall, located behind the church. Local public representatives will be there to speak to and listen to members of the public. Submissions on the planning application must be lodged with the local authority by November 1st, with a decision due on the application by November 22nd.