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Ireland: Dargle dredged material plan rejected

Environmental Issues // February 27, 2017

The Irish Times reports that a proposal by Wicklow County Council to dump up to 200,000 tonnes of inert material dredged from the Dargle river onto environmentally-protected land has been rejected by An Bord Pleanála.

The 5.6 hectare site between Kilcoole and Delgany was chosen by the council, even though it had previously declared that the triangular plot should be protected as a natural habitat and barred to development.

The board said the council’s plan, which the council said was for an “eco-park” in which it would also have a “mini depot”, was not coherent.

Local objectors charged that the council’s plan was in reality nothing more than a ruse to create a landfill for its own convenience.

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