Campaign against Kilcullen recyling facility gathers steam

Kilcullen locals say they have found no less than 30 separate points on which to base an appeal to An Bord Pleanala against a recycling facility.

Kilcullen locals say they have found no less than 30 separate points on which to base an appeal to An Bord Pleanala against a recycling facility.

Kildare County Council has granted planning permission for the proposed facility at Knockbounce Business Park.

At a meeting last Thursday evening, July 19, in the Town Hall, local county councillors familiar with the case said they were “dumbfounded” that the Council’s planning department saw fit to grant permission.

Objectors say they have shown the planning file to expert consultants who can’t understand it either.

And Cllr. Ivan Keatly told the meeting last week that when the appeal process is concluded he will be raising questions about the planning department’s role in this application.

The applicants were Christopher and Catherine Dolly.

The site borders several housing estates in the area including Cnoc na Greine, Cnoc na Greine Woods and Avonmore, as well as the local GAA pitch.

The Dollys plan to build a dry-waste recovery/recycling management facility for inorganic waste material, including an ‘End of Life’ Vehicle recovery facility, vehicle compactor, non ferrous metals store and an office/admin area as well as associated facilities such as weighbridge, a supervisors hut and set down areas.

There were a total of 37 objections lodged to the Council against the initial planning application.

Now there are at least three groups or people planning to appeal to An Bord Pleanala, including local residents and neighbouring business owners who are concerned at the effects on their business and clients of having a recycling facility close by. However, even if their appeals fail, it has emerged that county councillors have a way of blocking the facility, and those who were present at the meeting pledged to do so.

Kildare Co. Council owns the land the proposed facility is on, and it will require a majority of councillors to approve either the transfer or leasing of that land to the Dollys.

Councillors from Labour, Fine Gael and Fianna Fail said they would object to the transfer and encourage their party colleagues to do likewise.