Limerick residents set for formal youth centre objection

Nick Rabbitts

Reporter:

Nick Rabbitts

NORTHSIDE residents opposed to a youth centre development in Ballynanty are to formally appeal against the decision to grant permission this Friday.

NORTHSIDE residents opposed to a youth centre development in Ballynanty are to formally appeal against the decision to grant permission this Friday.

The Ballynanty residents opposition committee were angered this month when Limerick City Council gave the green light to the youth service to build a multi-level youth centre in the shadow of Thomond Park.

Under planning laws, they have a month from the date of grant to appeal.

And with that deadline approaching, the residents have engaged the services of city planning consultants HRA Planning.

A draft submission is in place, spokesperson Anne-Marie Stacke said, and residents went through it one final time at a meeting on Monday night.

She declined to go into any further detail.

But residents have opposed the development on a number of grounds, including a feared increase in anti-social behaviour, the loss of a green space in their area, and a decline in value of their properties.

The plan to build the youth centre will see the group’s activities brought under one roof. The service has previously said it will generate 20 construction jobs over an 18 month building period.

The €1.8m development has been made possible thanks to funds from the JP McManus Foundation.

It will see a reception area, a games hall, stage areas, a self-service kitchen, and boardroom, as well as other ancillary facilities.