Heavy cost of not hav­ing all-weather Rush fa­cil­ity

Fingal Independent - - NEWS -

THE coun­cil said it is ‘con­tin­u­ing to pur­sue’ the pro­vi­sion of an all-weather fa­cil­ity for Rush and hopes ne­go­ti­a­tions with a lo­cal de­vel­oper to achieve that aim, will be ‘re­solved soon’.

Cllr Barry Mar­tin (Ind) asked for an up­date on the project and was told by the coun­cil: ‘On des­ig­nated lands ad­join­ing the ex­ist­ing amenity at St. Cather­ine’s Park, the de­vel­oper of the Golden Ridge es­tate is re­quired to pro­vide ad­di­tional Sports pitches and as­so­ci­ated in­fra­struc­ture (Class 1). The Coun­cil is in dis­cus­sions with the de­vel­oper in re­la­tion to the res­o­lu­tion of all out­stand­ing open space is­sues.

‘It is hoped that these out­stand­ing is­sues can be re­solved in the near fu­ture. The Coun­cil will con­tinue to pur­sue the pro­vi­sion of these out­stand­ing open space re­quire­ments.’

Cllr Mar­tin im­pressed upon the coun­cil the ur­gent re­quire­ment for such a fa­cil­ity in Rush and he had done some con­sid­er­able re­search to back up the point.

He said: ‘I can’t overem­pha­sised how im­por­tant an all-weather pitch or astro is for Rush.’

He said there were two ‘highly suc­cess­ful’ sports clubs in the town in St Maur’s GAA and Rush Ath­letic FC. He said St Maur’s has some 1,200 mem­bers and Rush Ath­letic boasted sim­i­lar num­bers. Cllr Mar­tin plays with Rush Ath­letic and said its se­nior teams reg­u­larly trav­elled to Bal­brig­gan to use all-weather pitches there to train. The Rush­based coun­cil­lor said that he cal­cu­lated this trans­lated to to 44,000km trav­elled by the play­ers and coaches in an av­er­age sea­son and al­most 14 met­ric tonnes of car­bon emis­sions, not to men­tion a mon­e­tary cost of some €9.600 per sea­son.

Cllr Brian Den­nehy (FF) com­plained about the long de­lays in the project said that ‘the idea of just giv­ing peo­ple (devel­op­ers) plan­ning per­mis­sion and not hav­ing time-lines for the de­liv­ery of recre­ational fa­cil­i­ties will have to stop’.

Cllr Barry Mar­tin.

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