Ka­vanaghop­poses plan­tosi­teoil-tanks on­beach

Au­gust 1990

Bray People - - NEWS -

THE con­tro­ver­sial plan to site oil stor­age tanks on the beach at Wick­low Har­bour re­ceived the thumbs down this week from TD Liam Ka­vanagh who said: ‘it’s not ap­pro­pri­ate at all for the area.’

Com­ing down firmly on the side of the res­i­dents of the Mur­rough, Deputy Ka­vanagh said the oil tanks wouldn’t add any­thing to the port area and there are cer­tain haz­ards about the op­er­a­tion that are not nec­es­sary.

He sug­gested that the tanks could have been lo­cated in the Mur­rough or else­where in the county.

Deputy Ka­vanagh said he had been in­volved in the is­sue for a long time.

‘My po­si­tion is that it has to be prop­erly main­tained. When the orig­i­nal plan­ning per­mis­sion was re­fused I con­sid­ered that to be the right de­ci­sion but this was then re­versed with­out con­sul­ta­tion with the Har­bour Board.’

He praised the res­i­dents of the area ‘who have mar­shalled their ar­gu­ments very well.’ He said they had le­git­i­mate con­cerns, in­clud­ing the prob­lem of a po­ten­tial spillage.

Such spillages are cov­ered by rules and reg­u­la­tions but ‘ the plan­ning per­mis­sion went through, in my view, with­out any con­sul­ta­tion on that side of it,’ said Deputy Ka­vanagh.

He also claimed that EU di­rec­tives had not been fol­lowed ei­ther.

‘I am against the plan be­cause there are al­ter­na­tives for the site.’

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