Luisne con­cerned about Rocks Val­ley

PLANS FOR CRE­ATION OF ECO PARK US­ING DARGLE MA­TE­RI­ALS

Bray People - - NEWS - By MARY FOG­A­RTY

LUISNE Cen­tre for Spir­i­tu­al­ity in Kil­coole has ex­pressed con­cerns about the pro­posed dump­ing of ma­te­ri­als from the Dargle basin at Rocks Val­ley.

Their con­cerns in­clude fears of dam­age to a stream which runs through the lower walled gar­den at Luisne. They said that it is likely that the stream could com­pletely dis­ap­pear. ‘ This is only one fallout fac­tor in the en­tire pro­posal,’ they said in a statement.

They have called on the coun­cil to re­move loads al­ready tipped at the en­trance to the Rocks Val­ley as they say bi­tu­men should not be stored on un­lined soil.

They have also said that with­out dero­ga­tion li­cences the coun­cil can­not pro­ceed with mov­ing badgers or cut­ting down the trees in the area where bats roost.

The coun­cil pans to in­stall an ‘eco park’ at the val­ley. Dis­cus­sions be­tween of­fi­cials and res­i­dents have been un­der way, with a meet­ing on the sub­ject held last month.

Marc Dev­ereux of Wick­low County Coun­cil said that while the of­fi­cials have con­sid­ered al­ter­na­tives ex­tend­ing to 15 sites, this is the pre­ferred one.

He told a meet­ing of Grey­stones Mu­nic­i­pal District that this is a good use of the space.

He said that the coun­cil owned land could be re­claimed, us­ing ma­te­ri­als from the Dargle.

‘I know there won’t ever be 100 per cent agree­ment,’ said Mr Dev­ereux. ‘ That’s the na­ture of the beast. But suc­cess­ful ef­forts have been made on our part to al­lay con­cerns.’

If an in­fill site pro­ceeds there it will take 18 months to com­plete, with nine trucks per hour con­tain­ing 18 tonnes of land­fill ma­te­rial.

Rocks Val­ley.

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