Residents agree to object to Limerick Youth Centre plans

Nick Rabbitts

Reporter:

Nick Rabbitts

NORTHSIDE residents have put their hands in their pockets to appeal against a proposed youth centre development.

NORTHSIDE residents have put their hands in their pockets to appeal against a proposed youth centre development.

Some 70 people were at the St Munchin’s Community Centre on Monday night, after city planners gave the Limerick Youth Service the green light to build a multi-level youth centre in Ballynanty.

The Ballynanty Residents Opposition Committee organised the meeting, who have objected to the development citing the loss of a green space in their area - and they have engaged the services of a city centre consultant to deliver this.

Anne-Marie Stacke, spokesperson for the group, said a vote to proceed with an objection was unanimous.

“People stood up, put their hands in their pockets, and put money on the table. Everyone said last night that we are not taking this lying down: we are going to fight this to the very end, no matter what. These are people who live in the community, and who it will affect,” she said.

An appeal to An Bord Pleanala costs €220, while the residents will also pay a planning consultants fee.

Three councillors attended the meeting: Fine Gael’s Michael Hourigan and Denis McCarthy, and Sinn Fein’s Maurice Quinlivan.

Residents will meet again next Monday night.