Over 200 people turned out to register their objections to the landfill proposal at Rathcoole Community Centre

OVER 200 people turned out at Rathcoole Community Centre to voice their concerns over a proposed landfill at Behan’s Quarry in Rathcoole last week.

The plan was recently approved by South Dublin County Council and would see an asphalt production facility installed at the site.

The planning application states that the facility would carry “no more than 10,000 tonnes per year of imported inert materials”,  but the plan has drawn the ire of locals who gathered for the meeting.

A previous plan for a dump at the site was rejected by SDCC last year because of concerns over traffic congestion on the N7 and the danger the facility would pose to road users.

The plan has been objected to in a number of third party submissions, with locals voicing concerns over noise, pollution and the impact the plan would have on the health of locals.

Groups such as the Finnstown Input Group have raised objections and the Rathcoole Community Council said they were worried that “few controls will be imposed on the dump”, adding “Rathcoole is not a place for landfill.”

In 2008, an ill-fated plan was put in place to build an incinerator at the same site.

That was rejected a year later by An Bord Pleanala, which also found that the costs of the lengthy oral hearing process should be paid by the US company which was to have built the incinerator.

An Taisce, the national trust, have appealed the decision, citing the proximity to the ruin on Windmill Hill, which is a protected structure.

Speaking at the meeting, Fine Gael Deputy Derek Keating said: “It is no surprise to me that this massive crowd have turned up here tonight.

“This dump will affect not only Rathcoole, but the surrounding areas of Brittas, Athgoe, Saggart and Newcastle and is located in an area where the main water supply for Dublin goes through.”