Kilclonfert residents vow to fight on

A meeting of Kilclonfert residents and people from the surrounding areas last Monday saw commitment to opposition to a municipal waste facility at Barnan, Daingean.

A meeting of Kilclonfert residents and people from the surrounding areas last Monday saw commitment to opposition to a municipal waste facility at Barnan, Daingean.

Between 50 and 60 people gathered at Kiclonfert Community Centre to hear an update from the committee.

Elaine Dunne told the ‘Offaly Express’ that their hands are tied now until at least October, by which time Guessford Ltd must submit further information to the planning department of Offaly County Council.

She said she hoped at this stage residents would have an opportunity to make their opposition felt.

Residents are objecting on a number of grounds, including noise, odours and fears of effects on drinking water.

However, she said the biggest problem they have is with the roads leading to the facility.

“The council cannot afford to keep the roads repaired,” she said.

She said Matt Kelly appealed to all present to support the opposition to the facility, saying something must be done today to make a change tomorrow.

The facility as proposed will include for the handling and transfer of municipal solid waste (msw) and the operation of associated static and mobile plant/machinery.

Ms Dunne said the aim of the meetings were to garner support for the cause, which she said they now have in abundance.