Date: Wed, 13 Mar 2013 11:46
Subject: Press Release from Youghal Chamber
Youghal Chamber of Tourism and Commerce
Many members and neighbours have asked for a brief outline of the recent Bord Pleanala decision to refuse permission for the treatment of Hazardous Waste in the ERAS ECO facility in Foxhole, Youghal.
In Feb 2011, Youghal Chamber objected to ERAS ECO’s proposal to Cork County Council. In June 2011 the Chamber brought their objection to An Bord Pleanala. Youghal Chamber and Four of its Directors were the only objectors to the planning application.
Youghal Chamber has only ever objected to Two Planning Applications. Both objections were against this facility at Foxhole. Firstly against the development of Sludge Drying and secondly against the intensification of this Sludge Drying and the treatment of materials classified as Hazardous.
Youghal Chamber and its members are very thankful to the outstanding professional service given by Conn Keogh & Son and John L. Keane & Son, who prepared the objection and corresponded with the Board.
There was three major parts to the planning application.
- Treatment of Hazardous Waste.
- Increasing the amount of Sludge Drying permitted at the Facility by 10,000 tonnes p.a. through the construction of an anaerobic digest
- The acceptance of Municipal Solid Waste.
The Board ruled against the treatment of Hazardous Waste. The decision was primarily based on our objection in relation to the limited size of the site and the lack of a sewage treatment plant in the town. We are very mindful, that in time, both these objections could be overcome. With this in mind we have recently lodged a submission to the Cork County Development Plan Review, outlining our proposals towards a suitable change in the Industrial Development Policy in the Town. In particular the development of “Dirty Industry”.
The Bord permitted the increase in the amount of Sludge Drying permitted and the acceptance of Municipal Solid Waste. They felt that both these proposals will be subject to licensing by the Environmental Protection Agency.
Over the years we have raised our concerns over the foul odours in this area of the town with the EPA. We are awaiting the outcome of these ongoing investigations for well over two years. The EPA have confirmed that they would be grateful for anyone to contact them at their Inniscarra office 021-4875540 to discuss any odour problems noticed, which would allow them to investigate the issue further.