A planning application for a new multipurpose community and sports building in Monasterevin has been refused by Kildare County Council.
St Eimhin’s Lawn Tennis Club's application for planning permission at Togher Road, in association with Monasterevin Athletics and Basketball, was refused earlier this week.
The proposed development included four new all weather tennis courts, a children’s out door play centre, a new athletics track and a multi-level community and sports building to cater for badmington, five a side indoor soccer, squash courts, a gym, club rooms, changing areas and basketball courts.
The application also included the provision for pedestrian access to St Mary’s Lane and St Evin's Park and provision for controlled pedestrian access to the nearby rail way station.
The application was inundated with submissions citing concerns over the access to the walkways through St Evin’s Park and St Mary’s Lane. Local residents cited fears that the walk ways would attract anti-social behaviour and noise in otherwise quiet residential areas.
There was also fears that the pedestrian access to St Mary's Lane would cause further parking conjestion in an already over crowded street especially at mass times or when the nearby parish church is busy especially during Easter Vigils, novenas or for weddings and funerals.
This could also prevent emergency services from accessing the area quickly if required.
Meanwhile another submission stated that some of the residents of St Evin’s Park believed the area would be over burdened with cars dropping off and picking up when the sports centre is delivered, adding that the proposed 45 car parking spaces allocated in the plans will not be adequate.