Stop procrastinating over Monasterevin planning, Senator tells Council

Senator John Whelan, second from the right, talks with Pat Cleary (right) of Cleary Composting, near Monasterevin on Monday morning, November 18.
There has been a call for Kildare County Council to stop procrastinating and act on the planning situation surrounding the Cleary Composting and Shredding.

There has been a call for Kildare County Council to stop procrastinating and act on the planning situation surrounding the Cleary Composting and Shredding.

Senator John Whelan was present at a peaceful protest at the site of Cleary Composting and Shredding near Monasterevin early yesterday morning, Monday, November 18.

Locals say An Bord Plenala has ruled that the facility does not have planning permission or retention for what it continues to do - and they criticise Kildare County Council for not enforcing this ruling.

Senator Whelan attended at the invitation of the protesters but also spoke to Mr. Cleary and his family.

He described the situation as “terribly unfortunate to see such a strain between neighbours”.

“I grew up in this area and I know these people,” he explained. “I call on Kildare County Council to stop their procrastination and to deal with this matter appropriately.”

Local families are very concerned about the situation “particularly what they see as the undue procrastination on the part of Kildare County Council to bringing the matter to a conclusion.

“They believe this is not exempted development. It’s incumbent on the council to bring closure to this situation.”

Senator Whelan also spoke to Mr. Cleary who spole to protestors at the entrance to his property. “His view is that what he’s carrying out is under permit, that it’s perfectly in order and that the operation on his farm is an agricultural activity and is ecologically and environmentally sound.

“He told me that it’s just green organic waste, and when processed it’s an alternative to fertiliser.

“He feels that the protest and the concerns are unfounded,” the Senator explained.