Thursday 29 March 2007

Report delay stalls progress on beach caravan site

ANY move on the provision of a new caravan park near the beach at Rossbeigh has been delayed following a decision to extend the public consultation period for the project.
Responding to a query from Cllr Michael Healy-Rae, an official in Kerry County Council’s environment department said that despite the intention to submit an application to An Bord Pleanala in early February, the plan has been delayed due to unforeseeable circumstances.
“Unfortunately, despite numerous assurances by the consultants involved, delivery of the environmental impact statement for the development in question was somewhat delayed.
“The document has just been received,” council official, Mick Boyce, confirmed.
“The application to An Bord Pleanala has now been finalised and is being submitted immediately,” he added.
According to the council engineer, because of the delays in receiving the environmental impact state-ment, it was necessary to extend the public consultation period and notices have been placed advising the public of the changes.
Mr Boyce assured the councillor that the local authority would make every effort to ensure a timely decision by the planners on the Rossbeigh application.
Reacting to confirmation of the delay, Cllr Healy-Rae said he would continue to make strong representations with regard to the situation.
“I would describe the new caravan park as a very necessary facility,” he said.
“There are so many people who have visited Glen-beigh and Rossbeigh over the years but are now unable to do,” Cllr Healy-Rae added.
Mary Murphy
© The Kerryman

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