Monday, September 21, 2020
Wiltshire Farm Foods
Home Northside East Hellfire Club groups launch legal challenge to stop visitor centre

Hellfire Club groups launch legal challenge to stop visitor centre

SOUTH Dublin County Council’s plans to build a visitor centre beside the Hellfire Club will have to wait after opponents of the project launched a legal challenge.

The planned €20m scheme, which got the green light from An Bord Pleanála earlier this year, would include a panoramic café, exhibition space, a ramblers lounge, toilets, changing facilities, a shop and education centre.

The council’s plans, however, have led to furious objections from many residents, politicians and Save The Hellfire, an umbrella group of local residents’ associations and community groups.

Now Save the Hellfire, together with Hellfire Massy Residents’ Association, have lodged papers in the High Court seeking a judicial review of An Bord Pleanála’s decision.

In a statement released jointly, the groups said:

“We have taken legal advice and the course of action is clear.

“We need to overturn the decision of An Bord Pleanála to grant planning permission to South Dublin County Council for the Dublin Mountains Project. Our only option is to seek a judicial review in the High Court.

“The High Court is the only body that has the power to quash a decision by a public body such as An Bord Pleanála.

“This is a huge undertaking but it is essential if we are to stop South Dublin County Council.

“We are encouraged by the massive support that you have given Save the Hellfire, from local Residents Associations, Community Groups and over 23k who signed our online and paper petitions. We are encouraged by other planning campaigns elsewhere that have successfully engaged in Judicial Review.

“The hearing date is November 3.

“We note, however, that this is an expensive course of action and there is an immediate need for very substantial funds.
“We know that many people contributed financially to the previous stages of the campaign (for which we remain most grateful) but we now have to ask for more donations.
“We welcome all contributions small and large.”

Local Independent Councillor Alan Edge is opposed to the planned development.

“I have sought at our last meeting a review of the capital spending on the project in the light of the impacts of covid and have called for an urgent rethink,” he said.

“I will be pressing the matter in September.

“While some changes are necessary, such as improved parking in the area, a €15 million visitor centre is not a worthwhile use of public funds at this moment in time and as councillors, I think we have an important oversight role in ensuring that money which could be spent elsewhere is not lavished on a development which is neither necessary nor desirable.”

- Advertisment -

Most Popular

Cocaine, firearm and ammunition seized in west Dublin

In the course of an ongoing investigation targeting serious organised criminal activity personnel attached to the Garda National Drugs & Organised Crime Bureau (GNDOCB) ...

Catherine Martin re-elected as Deputy Leader of the Green Party

Catherine Martin TD has been re-elected and will continue to serve as Deputy Leader of the Green Party.  The nomination period for the party election...

Council want public’s opinion on plans for pedestrian space in Dun Laoghaire

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council is currently preparing plans to create a new pedestrian space called Myrtle Square in front of Bloomfield’s Shopping Centre. With...

Rave organisers must be prosecuted says Dublin senator

A Dublin representative is calling on the organisers of a Dublin city centre outdoor rave to be prosecuted. Following the weekend event at the Oliver...