FISHERMEN are taking their battle against a proposed new boathouse at Annacotty to An Bord Pleanala.
Limerick City and County Council has granted permission to Shannon Rowing Club, subject to a number of stringent conditions, to construct a two-storey boathouse at Ballyvollane.
It is on land already owned by Limerick’s oldest rowing club and which its 100-odd members have already used for training for years. Access to the river by the club’s crews would be via a retractable pontoon.
But Limerick and District Anglers Association have in recent days lodged an appeal of the decision to grant with An Bord Pleanala.
The association, which has around 250 adult members, noted in its objection to the council that Shannon Rowing Club had “failed to acknowledge” the negative impact their plans would have on what was a fine coarse fishery.
“The area is currently served by two rowing clubs, Castleconnell and also University of Limerick. Therefore the construction of an additional rowing club and to sacrifice a world-class fishery in the process would not be in the interests of the local community,” stated the anglers’ association secretary Eoin Brockert.
“This is an area that 15 years ago had no rowing clubs present and rowing in Limerick was concentrated on the tidal stretch within the city where Shannon Rowing Club currently have a perfectly adequate clubhouse and training facility.
“As this is the only coarse fishery left below Parteen Dam without a rowing club present, where anglers can bank fish without being hindered by passing rowing crews and boats with outboard engines, we feel that better planning is needed if Limerick County Council are to accommodate Shannon Rowing Club in the area.”
A spokesperson for the boat club previously said that training upriver of the tidal influence, and in a more sheltered area, was safer and allowed for regular training times.