Disappointment as Coolquay halting site plans quashed by council

by Sylvia Pownall

Fingal County Council has agreed to a High Court order quashing its decision in July to grant planning permission for a halting site at Coolquay.

Plans for the Traveller accommodation were challenged by Coolquay St Margaret’s The Ward Development DAC which claimed screening and for environmental impact assessment should have been carried out.

The site was earmarked by the local authority to provide alternative accommodation for families living at a halting site at Collinstown Park who must vacate it to make way for the construction of a second runway.

Fingal County Council said: “Following this order the council will now reconsider all options and remains committed to relocating the Collinstown residents.

“The council continues to be mindful of the importance of having this matter resolved in the context of the delivery of the new Northern Runway.”

Deputy Alan Farrell (FG) said the decision to quash plans for the new halting site raises concerns regarding the timeframe for delivery of the second runway.

He said: “This decision is due to the uncertainty it raises over the timeline of the North Runway development, which is a vital piece of national infrastructure.

“However, it is essential that residents in Collinstown are catered for first, and provided with new accommodation. This must be the foremost priority for all involved in the project to deliver the new runway.

“I would urge Fingal County Council to consider all of their options, and ensure that new accommodation is provided for residents in Collinstown, which will also allow the development of the second runway to proceed.”

Expressing his disappointment, Pavee Point director Martin Collins told Dublin Gazette: “The reality is no matter where Fingal County Council decide to locate the families, there will always be opposition, which points to a deep-seated racism in my view.

“Because of this, I think it will be quite challenging to secure alternative housing for the families concerned.”

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