The residents of Derryguile and Kyletalesha have appealed county hall’s approval of a waste plant, describing it as “a blight on the landscape”.
AES, owned by Bord na Mona, applied to use the existing site near the Kyletalesha landfill for a new 40,000 tonnes per year waste transfer and processing facility.
A number of submissions were made to Laois County Council by local residents, who claimed that they have been subjected to over 50 years of foul smells from a waste management plant that was meant to have been demolished years ago.
Despite these objections, the Council ruled that the plant would not injure the amenities of the area and they have granted conditional permission.
Mr Paddy Buggy, representing the Derryguile and Kyletalesha Residents Association, has now lodged an appeal against this decision.
In his appeal to An Bord Pleanála, Mr Buggy claims that the site has “a very chequered planning history”, as AES continued operating there without permission after February 2006.
He said that the company were refused permission by An Bord Pleanala for a similar application back in 2009, due to the nature and scale of the development, volumes of waste and traffic, and unsatisfactory arrangements for car parking.
Mr Buggy said that if the facility reopens, traffic levels will be too high and there will be uncontrolled parking outside the premises.
He also pointed out that the land is an unzoned rural area close to a secondary rather than a national primary road.
Mr Buggy said that foul smells, illegal dumping, poor air quality and plummeting property value mean the site will remain “a blight on the landscape”.
The residents’ appeal restates remarks made in their earlier submissions to the council, when Mrs Sheelagh Coyle accused AES of having “failed miserably over the years to comply with the council’s conditions”.
Mrs Coyle said that AES claim materials will generate “minor odours” depending on the length of time it has been stored before arriving at the plant.
However, AES does not know how long it has been stored elsewhere and as domestic waste collection is now fortnightly, there is a potential to generate major odours.
Meanwhile, Ms Anne Dickerson pointed out that An Bord Pleanala previously recommended refusing permission to the company.