Car dis­man­tling busi­ness be­fore the court over plan­ning is­sue

Enniscorthy Guardian - - NEWS -

THE fate of a New Ross ve­hi­cle dis­man­tling busi­ness hangs in the bal­ance af­ter a plan­ning is­sue was con­sid­ered at the Dis­trict Court in Wex­ford.

Judge Ber­nadette Owens con­sid­ered a pros­e­cu­tion taken against Pa­trick Byrne of Bo­her­stooka, Ballyanne.

Coun­cil so­lic­i­tor Caitri­ona Walsh ac­knowl­edged that Byrne’s ‘end of life’ fa­cil­ity was granted plan­ning per­mis­sion back in 2011.

How­ever, she com­plained that an en­ter­prise which was sup­posed to be lim­ited to 39 ve­hi­cles was han­dling more than 100 cars.

The fence per­mit­ted un­der the terms of the plan­ning per­mis­sion had been de­lib­er­ately moved in or­der to ex­tend the site, she stated.

Byrne’s sub­se­quent plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tions were turned down, in 2012, 2015 (twice) and 2017, with one of the four ap­pli­ca­tions also fail­ing to win Bord Pleanála ap­proval on ap­peal.

Ms Walsh pointed out that the fa­cil­ity is up­stream from the New Ross wa­ter in­take in an area li­able to flood­ing and said the county coun­cil was anx­ious to pro­tect the town’s wa­ter sup­ply.

The ac­cused man was not in court for the pro­ceed­ings but he was rep­re­sented by his nephew Philip and by so­lic­i­tor Sean Lowney.

The so­lic­i­tor said that his client had been in busi­ness for more than 40 years and that he had four full-time em­ploy­ees.

Judge Owens sug­gested that Byrne’s ap­pli­ca­tion for an ad­journ­ment was an ex­er­cise in kick­ing the can down the road.

How­ever, she al­lowed the de­fen­dant un­til Septem­ber to come up with pro­pos­als for re­duc­ing the num­ber of ve­hi­cles at Bo­her­stooka.

Barry Kennedy, Cian Mur­phy and Jake For­tune at Rory’s Sto­ries in Belle­field GAA Com­plex.

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