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Northside waste facility dumped

Wednesday, 11th April, 2018 5:10pm

Local councillors have welcomed the decision to reject planning for a new waste facility on the northside of the city.

It was revealed earlier this week that Cork City Council had rejected a planning application for a new civic amenity site in Churchfield.

The Country Clean/Greener Families Ltd project had been met with opposition by councillors and residents in the area, who said the proposed site

was unsuitable for the facility.

City Council stated that the reasons for rejection lay with the potential impact of the facility on “existing residential houses” and future zoning for housing in the surrounding areas. It also acknowledged the existence of the waste management facility already on the John F Connolly Road close by.

“We want to say well done to the planners for listening to the concerns of the community,” Cllr Kenneth Collins said. “We are all supportive of the idea of a civic amenity site, but not in the site that was proposed.

“The area is zoned for light industry, and I hope that the issue is now put to bed. The community is united in this, and is delighted at this outcome.”

Sinn Féin Cllr Mick Nugent added: “I welcome this development and that the Council have taken regard of the proliferation of waste facilities already in the Churchfield area, as well as the future zoning of the nearby land for housing. There was a strong campaign between community members and public representatives on this, and we are glad the Council has heard our concerns.”

Cllr Nugent said he was satisfied with the company’s engagement with the Churchfield community, and asked them to respect the Council’s decision.

A statement from Country Clean/Greener Families said the company would review the decision of the Council and explore the option of appeal.

“We believe in view of the levels of illegal dumping in the city, the city is in need of a state of the art civic amenity centre in Churchfield Industrial Estate,” it said.

“We were very much encouraged by the level of local support we received to our planning application and we’d like to thank everyone for their support.”

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