Wicklow People - - NEWS -

AT THURS­DAY’S public meet­ing about the Bal­ly­manus Wind Farm ap­pli­ca­tion, a fundrais­ing cam­paign to cover the cost of po­ten­tial High Court Ac­tion was launched.

South Wick­low Wind Ac­tion Group (SWWAG) ap­pealed to all con­cerned lo­cal res­i­dents op­posed to the wind farm to con­trib­ute.

SWWAG’s PRO, Richard More O’Fer­rall, said that the group be­lieves the plans can be stopped but fears that ABO Wind Ire­land Ltd will take a High Court case if re­fused by An Bord Pleanála this time.

‘We have been work­ing very hard to over­come these is­sues and the set-back dis­tance is still not far enough from where we live. We are sure that it will go to An Bord Pleanála this time and when that time comes, we will need pro­fes­sional ad­vice,’ he said.

He out­lined that a sum of €15,000– €25,000 would be re­quired to get into the High Court, and from there costs could run to more than €50,000.

The SWWAG fundrais­ing cam­paign is call­ing on res­i­dents to do­na­tion €350 per year, for three years, ap­prox­i­mately €1 per day, or what­ever they can af­ford.

It was out­lined that a team of col­lec­tors will be go­ing door to door in the com­ing weeks to ask peo­ple to pledge funds, that a Go Fund Me page will be set up and a va­ri­ety of fundrais­ing events will take place.

Should the group suc­ceed in putting a stop to the plans be­fore any court pro­ceed­ings, then the money will be re­turned.

‘It is im­por­tant to have com­mu­nity back­ing,’ he said.

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