County Man­ager ap­proves Glend­ing de­vel­op­ment

De­cem­ber 1997

Bray People - - NEWS -

WEST Wick­low was in shock this week fol­low­ing the dis­clo­sure that County Man­ager, Blaise Treacy, has dra­mat­i­cally given plan­ning per­mis­sion to Road­stone to quarry away the Glend­ing Woods area.

The decision has led to out­cry from a num­ber of lo­cal rep­re­sen­ta­tives and cam­paign­ers.

Ob­jec­tors now have one month from Fri­day last to lodge ap­peals on the mat­ter which will again fo­cus con­tro­versy on what many claim to be a site of huge archaeological im­por­tance.

The plan­ning per­mis­sion al­lows Road­stone to ex­tract sand and gravel from 32.4 hectares of land in the Glend­ing area over the next 15 years.

A to­tal of 18 con­di­tions, in­clud­ing archaeological and en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­ce­dures, are in­cluded in the plan­ning per­mis­sion process put down by the county coun­cil.

In ad­di­tion, the company must em­ploy an ar­chae­ol­o­gist to verse all the work and veg­e­ta­tion clear­ance on the site.

Cllr Tommy Cullen has ac­cused the County Man­ager of push­ing the mat­ter through dur­ing the quiet Christ­mas pe­riod.

‘I am amazed by the fact that plan­ning per­mis­sion has been given in view of the fact that Jus­tice McGuin­ness has not yet is­sued a rul­ing on the le­gal­ity of the con­tro­ver­sial re­zon­ing plan of which this is a part of.’

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