Formal objection to Limerick youth club development

Nick Rabbitts

Reporter:

Nick Rabbitts

northside residents opposed to the construction of a youth centre in Ballynanty have presented a comprehensive objection to the plan to An Bord Pleanala.

northside residents opposed to the construction of a youth centre in Ballynanty have presented a comprehensive objection to the plan to An Bord Pleanala.

Three people from the community have signed a joint appeal to the national planning body after City Council gave the controversial scheme the go-ahead.

With funding from JP McManus, the youth service is planning to build a multi-level youth centre on a green in the shadow of Thomond Park.

But residents have argued that the land is zoned open space, and should be “maintained free from development, and that community centres and youth clubs should be permitted on land zoned for education, cultural and community use”.

They also say there is no “need or support” for the proposed development - and that if it is built, it would lead to “displacement of existing services”.

“This would give rise to increased vacancy of buildings, and potential dereliction in areas which are subject to regeneration,” the objection states.

“If the youth club is to relocate from the community centre to the new facility proposed, then the community centre is losing out on much needed revenue which is requires to continue in operation,” they add.

They also say that nearby St Leila’s Community Hall, which accommodates the garda youth diversion scheme will also lose out.

The appeal also argues that there is not enough car parking spaces to serve the development, and that if built, it will encroach on a community allotment area only developed two years ago.

Cllr Tom Shortt said he believes there are a “silent majority” on the northside in favour. But Anne-Marie Stacke, of the residents opposition committee, said it is only a “very small minority of people.”