29 May 2008

Following on from Killian Forde’s contribution about the little stationmaster's building in Fingal, and prompted by Colm Cantillon’s comment regarding a Protected Structure on Dominick Street in Galway (which is in a shocking state and lying idle three years after an Bord Planala refused permission to do it up because a Department of the Environment official, who hadn’t even visited the site to make an evaluation, referred it to them) I want you all to send me photos, info or whatever of Protected Structures rotting where they stand because planning permission which would have guaranteed their use was refused.

Here’s poor Dominick Street.

And this is a church in Limerick. Disused for more than a dozen years, a perfectly reasonable planning application lodged in 2005 went nowhere because (this is where I take out my Thomas Merton to avoid using a cuss word by trying to see the beauty in all God’s creatures) some planning type got into a tizzy about the PUTTY WHICH WOULD BE USED FOR GLAZING (I swear to you, this was where the job stumbled). The condition of the building is getting worse. The roof will eventually fall in. 


Send me what you have. A bit of background would be helpful. I won't post your submissions if you're not comfortable, but I would like to see them.

Thursday, May 29, 2008 11:45:03 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
What a lovely arts gallery / crafts centre (local crafters sales & displays of textiles, artwork, handmade furniture etc. / community centre / lecture hall & performance space the Limerick Church would make, while still protecting its integrity, historical value and beauty! The short-sightedness of officials is beyond my comprehension.

Thursday, May 29, 2008 12:06:03 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
Mary, short sighted is the polite way to put it. Even the word arrogant is too polite a way of putting what happened. The applicants, who were working with a very tight grant awarded budget which had to be spent before a certain date or not at all, were made to feel like charlatans. The Council official's attitude was that if the application failed, she'd force the building owners to do what she wanted them to do anyway under the powers available to her in the planning act. That was until she got an offer of a job somewhere else...
With the economy going in its current direction, is there the slightest hope that something good will come of this situation?
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