Adamstown celebrates as sports hall approved

by Ian Begley

After years of waiting, the community of Adamstown has finally been granted planning permission for its sports and community hall.
The development for the hall, which was promised seven years ago, was given the green light last week and is expected to be a huge boost for the Adamstown community.
The building that Castlethorn Construction was granted permission for will include a community centre with sports hall, (gross floor area of c.1,381 sq m) in a part single/part two-storey over-ground building.
The building will contain four, multi-purpose community meeting rooms with associated kitchenette, toilets and storage areas; a single-storey double-height sports hall of c.33×18 metres, with associated storage areas; a fitness suite of c.121 sq m with associated storage areas; two changing areas; two entrance lobbies and a reception, together with other ancillary accommodation; ancillary site development and landscape works.
Eight new cycle parking stands (parking for 16 bicycles) are also proposed to serve the development.
Access to the building will be provided from the south (Station Road), and also from the north.
The proposed development includes the relocation of 24 cycle parking stands (parking for 168 bicycles) within Adamstown Community College; all on site of c.0.267 ha.
Cllr William Lavelle said that the residents of Adamstown are the “real heroes” of the project.
“The real heroes are the residents of Adamstown who worked closely with the developers to drive on the project and to agree a final design.
“I warmly welcome the grant of planning permission for the Adamstown Sports & Community Hall.
“I have been a consistent campaigner for this much-needed facility which will serve both the residents of Adamstown and the students of Adamstown Community College.
“I hope that construction can start speedily and the facility can be open before the end of 2017,” said Cllr Lavelle.
While the proposed development was largely welcomed, some residents are critical that a stage is not included in its plans.
One person wrote: “I don’t understand why there could not be a stage built into a side of the sports hall.
“We are not looking for a purpose built theatre. It can be primarily a sports hall but why can a stage not be part of it?
“Look at Celbridge GAA club, Brockagh Resource Centre, Lucan Community College and any number of other venues that have a hall that is primarily used for sports.
“There are a huge number of dance companies, theatre groups, schools and numerous other groups that would benefit hugely from a community facility with a stage,” he said.
Recently, there have been applications for hundreds of new homes in Adamstown submitted.
One development, Tobermaclugg, will see 267 new homes built if planning permission is granted.

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