23 May 2008

...an entire retail park was sitting empty at one end of town because the officials thought Heaton’s goods weren’t ‘bulky’ enough to satisfy some picky little planning condition, while...

...at the other end of town, a rival site (which floods) had been designated for retail park use and had attracted a planning application which included a curious bridge leading to some empty fields on the south side of the Suir, while...

...(I don’t know how to explain this bit) next door to the 'flooding' application (but on a site which also spends some time underwater), a planning application had been received for another retail park. And bridge... while...

...as several hundred people demonstrated outside the doors of the Town Hall, councillors voted to pay for the construction of one of these two new bridges by introducing extra development contributions from planning applicants (i.e. the ordinary town folk building small extensions and who have no interest whatsoever in seeing the bridge built)… while

...Johnny Ronan planned to build yet another bridge in roughly the same area, while...

I get exhausted thinging about it.

Anyway. Finally, the most senior official in town is being invited to Dáil Eireann to explain the logic of an approach to planning which has left the town in such a state.

If this is the bar by which planning messes are to be considered for higher review, expect a stream of Town Managers, Directors of Services and others to be heading to Dublin fairly soon.

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