Plans for controversial Limerick Youth Centre passed

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

Plans for controversial Limerick Youth Centre passed
CONTROVERSIAL proposals to build a multi-level youth centre in Ballynanty have received a boost after councillors voted to lease council-owned land to Limerick Youth Service.

CONTROVERSIAL proposals to build a multi-level youth centre in Ballynanty have received a boost after councillors voted to lease council-owned land to Limerick Youth Service.

There were angry scenes at City Hall this evening after the proposal was passed by 11 votes to five at the monthly meeting of Limerick City Council.

Previously, a vote on the proposal was adjourned to allow councillors familiarise themselves with the proposed project.

Limerick Youth service has secured €1.8m of funding, partially from the JP McManus charitable foundation, to build a youth centre on the northside of the city.

But the proposals have caused bitter division since the plans were initially lodged in April 2012, with many residents opposing the plans, citing a lack of green space in their area, an increase in anti-social behaviour, and a devaluing of their properties.

Full report on tonight’s vote to follow shortly.