“I am being vilified for something I didn’t do” says Lucan councillor

by Padraig Conlon

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]A councillor says she is “livid” and is considering legal advice after claims made in a local football club publication.

Independents 4 Change Cllr Ruth Nolan claims Lucan United falsely accused her “of something that’s not true” in a club newsletter circulated on November 1.

“They accused me, and three other councillors, of trying to stop the all-weather pitch being built in Airlie Heights because we signed an emergency motion to force the council to reapply for planning permission for a road down the side of the clubhouse.

“This is a libellous accusation and I am extremely angry,” Cllr Nolan told Dublin Gazette.

“The reason I signed off is because I was presented with a petition signed by 300 residents from Airlie Heights and Woodford.

“I can’t ignore 300 constituents – if I did, I wouldn’t be doing my job as a councillor. This is a planning issue, it is nothing to do with whether I’m in favour of a pitch or not.”

Back in 2015 Lucan United received approval for an all-weather football pitch, lights and fencing.

An Bord Pleanala granted permission for the all-weather pitch with a 30-space car park as a condition.

Airlie Heights residents objected to the local authority, citing traffic congestion, lighting, noise, loss of privacy and operation times at the site, located beside Dodsborough housing estate.

When that was unsuccessful, they then appealed to An Bord Pleanala, who approved the development.

Cllr Nolan said the latest episode in the story came about because the residents got a barrister to look into the planning in regard to permission that was granted in 2010 for a developer to build houses in the area.

She said: “The barrister discovered that the planning permission granted in 2010 was for eight houses and not 11 or 12 which is now being planned, which means – by law – it has to go back to a public consultation committee.

“Lucan United need that road to be built in order to fulfil the car park requirement. If the road doesn’t get built, then the new all-weather [pitch] can’t be either.

“Up to 300 residents signed a petition objecting to the development but the council refused to listen to them.

“I was lobbied by these people to explore the planning [issues] and as an elected representative I had to do it.

“I think Lucan United are being totally disingenuous in their charge of accusing me of trying to stop a facility in Lucan going ahead.

“I want to respond to that, and to let it be known that Lucan United are misinforming their members – and I am being vilified for something I didn’t do.”

Dublin Gazette contacted Lucan United about the matter and issues raised by Cllr Nolan but had not received a reply by the time of going to press.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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