Opposed to Daingean waste facility

A GEASHILL councillor has voiced his opposition to a municipal waste recycling facility proposed for Daingean.

A GEASHILL councillor has voiced his opposition to a municipal waste recycling facility proposed for Daingean.

A decision is due tomorrow (Thursday) on the application made by Guessford, on land owned by Oxigen.

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

This planning application was accompanied with a waste facility permit application submitted to Offaly County Council for Barnan, Daingean.

At the moment a recycling facility for construction and demolition materials is in operation at the same address.

Cllr Ger Plunkett said he was ‘totally opposed’ to the development of the municipal waste facility.

“This has the potential to be a massive operation. The road infrastructure at that localtion is non existant,” said Cllr Plunkett.

He said no heavy vehicles are supposed to travel the road leading to the proposed facility, describing it as ‘a bog road’. He also pointed out that he had received many phonecalls about the facility, with people voicing their concerns.

“I will be fighting this tooth and nail. It’s not too far from the proposed heritage park for Croghan and is in a very rural part of the county,” remarked Cllr Plunkett.

He stressed while he was not ‘anti jobs’ he just could not support the location of the proposed development.