Updated: 08/03/18 : 05:47:18
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Objectors did not attend Pleanála hearing

By Eugene McGloin

DETAILS HAVE emerged of an oral hearing conducted by Bord Pleanála in Sligo which objectors declined to attend.

Reasons for the non attendance were not given either orally or in writing, Bord Pleanála records suggest.

Those records also confirm that an agent representing four parties objected to compulsory purchases sought for a road upgrade on the north side of town.

Objecting “in the strongest possible manner” the agent said the compulsory purchases were “a direct denial of their Constitutional right to the quiet enjoyment of their property.”

Sligo County Council presented its case uncontested for three hours after the oral hearing went ahead last November.

The County Council “addressed concerns raised by objectors,” state Pleanala records of the hearing.

Bord Pleanala gave the details in a 55 page report by its inspector Suzanne Kehely which was released online last night, Wednesday. See link below.

Pushed Back

In recent weeks the Board of Bord Pleanála has confirmed the compulsory purchase orders.....without conditions.

These acquisitions relate to proposed road alignment works on the N4/N15 between Cartron and Hughes Bridge.

Safety was one of the reasons cited by the County Council for the proposed realignment.

Sited north of Sligo town, the extent of the realignment would be 670 metres.

Arising, the modern boundaries of Markievicz House on that side of town would be pushed further back, with a new stone wall and fencing.

                                                        Markievicz House

Protected Structure

The Pleanala report noted that Markievicz House was a Protected Structures but there was no such status recorded for its grounds.

Private properties affected at Cartron will include a number of gardens at Suncroft Villas and the ‘Kilronan’ property.

In total, Sligo County Council asked for 32 “permanent” compulsory purchases in a total of 49 plots identified for the works. Thirteen landowners are involved.

Finally, Inland Fisheries Ireland said it did not object to the proposed works but its submission referred to the “declining ecological status of the Garavogue and Copper Rivers.”

Link to inspectors report: http://www.pleanala.ie/lists/2018/decided/dec20180302.htm