CPOs served

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Com­pul­sory Pur­chase Or­ders (CPOs) have been served on more than 70 landown­ers to ac­quire 142 hectares of land for the M28 mo­tor­way. Some tem­po­rary land ac­qui­si­tions are also pro­posed at Rochestown Road, St Patrick’s Church and Mary­bor­ough Hill to fa­cil­i­tate con­struc­tion of earth-re­tain­ing walls and bound­ary walls. Coun­cil of­fi­cials said, dur­ing dis­cus­sions with landown­ers, key is­sues raised were “sev­er­ance, ac­cess dur­ing con­struc­tion, con­ti­nu­ity of wa­ter and elec­tric­ity sup­plies, ac­cess post con­struc­tion and fenc­ing”. In to­tal, 59 is­sues had been iden­ti­fied by landown­ers and the coun­cil is con­tin­u­ing to li­aise with many, even hold­ing ne­go­ti­a­tions be­hind-thescenes while the oral hear­ing con­tin­ued. Con­rad Wil­son, a coun­cil con­sul­tant spe­cial­is­ing in agri­cul­ture, said that ev­ery ef­fort had been made to min­imise the im­pact on farms. How­ever, the hold­ings of 21 farms will be sev­ered as a con­se­quence of the scheme. He said: “Some con­cerns have also been ex­pressed re­gard­ing the loss of farm sup­ports and in­creased man­age­ment costs fol­low­ing land-take or sev­er­ance. “The loss of area-based sup­ports and in­creased man­age­ment costs that may be in­curred can only be dealt with by way of com­pen­sa­tion.” Mr Wil­son said a num­ber of farm­ers were con­cerned the planned new mo­tor­way could lead to flood­ing of their lands. “To pro­vide ad­di­tional as­sur­ance to the landown­ers there is a com­mit­ment in the EIS [En­vi­ron­men­tal Im­pact State­ment] that states that any dam­age to crops or soils from flood­ing as a re­sult of the con­struc­tion of this pro­posed scheme will be rec­ti­fied and or com­pen­sated,” he said. An­other coun­cil con­sul­tant, Kieran Kennedy, said Shan­bally Hiber­nian FC pitch will have to be ac­quired, along with about 70% of the Shan­bally Quarry and also some ground at No­var­tis in Rin­gask­iddy. The hear­ing will con­tinue today at the Am­bas­sador Ho­tel and is likely to con­tinue un­til Fri­day. A de­ci­sion is due on De­cem­ber 21. — Sean O’Rior­dan

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