Activity centre and pet farm for children planned for Errill

A NEW children’s activity centre replete with a petting farm could soon be on the cards for Errill.

A NEW children’s activity centre replete with a petting farm could soon be on the cards for Errill.

In August of last year, John and Rosaleen Fairbrother, of Lisduff, Errill, applied to Laois County Council for permission for the proposed centre.

Permission was sought to change use of part of an agricultural shed to an activity centre, to include a kitchen and storage area, a toilet block, changing area, play area, and all necessary alterations to the shed to accommodate the change of use.

The couple also put in for planning permission for a coffee shop on the site, as well as petting farm shelters and a small animal display shed. An outdoor play area and car and bus parking areas are also included, as are a proprietary waste water treatment system, an attenuation pond and a feature pond and all associated site works.

No machinery or products will be involved in the running of centre and a wooden trellis is to be installed on the site boundary to screen the neighbouring property.

The centre will open from 9am to 6pm, seven days a week, and architect for the development is Leslie Colton.

The council have since requested additional information from the Fairbrothers. They must indicate that a right of way exists from the site to the junction of the road and they have to identify the location of animal waste storage facilities. There must also be a required sight distance of 120m to the nearside road edge in both directions, while the vegetation and laneway curvature that obstructs the sightline at the junction needs to be addressed. The council have also suggested the possibility of installing a stop sign near the junction.

A decision is due from Laois County Council on January 26.