Thank you for all your comments. and your compliments on the site I will get to them all very soon. There is a lot of material. The site has been linked to several Irish-orientated Facebook accounts.
The site is now regarded as a window into the governance of a small town in Ireland and how things have changed in the last fifty years.
All comments received so far are generally surprised as I am, that this mature 10.5 acres of wooded area and oasis of wilding be considered for housing.
To better understand how this situation arose. Over the last couple of months, I have written to several of your politicians for assistance. and governing bodies to better understand the system of governance in place in 2022. The following were the points raised
How could this area be zoned for housing in the first place? Every seven years Clare county council put together their new county development plan. Forward planners prepare this document in the preceding years before the report is published in draft format for elected members to vote on. Some land is to be rezoned or newly zoned. Forward planners use their expertise with other reports from experts in their field to guide councilors on what they are voting on. This 10.5 acres was zoned for housing. I have simply asked for the following.
- The name of the forward planner that decided on zoning type. His or her report. So people can better understand the reasoning.
- Other reports Heritage officers report.etc
The issues with flooding and drainage problems in Ennis are well known.
Irish Water has granted permission to the developer to connect an
unspecified number of houses to the drainage and surface water
systems. This is baffling and needs clarification.
I have written to the local authority and Irish Water asking for the name of
the engineer and their report, have they considered the following.
1. The capacity of the drainage system has already been way exceeded
with the treatment unit at Francis street overflowing in times of
2. Are there reliable reports on water quality downstream from discharge
points from the treatment plants. With extra load will aquatic life be
maintained and will the water be safe for livestock to drink from the river.
3. This site is 10.5 acres sloping towards the town. This is going to add
significantly to the flood load on the town. What is the professional
opinion here by your engineer?
In simple terms, your elected representatives vote on the policy regarding zoning that in this case applies to this piece of land. If there were no reports done how did the councilors know what they were voting on? There has got to be a report by the forward planner that made the decision to put this land forward. We urgently need to know his professional opinion on this, by way of his or her report presented to elected representatives.
Irish Water has made a significant decision on behalf of the people of Ennis,
Can we have your report regarding the important points raised above? The people of the town deserve nothing less.
Some of your politicians have been very helpful but as yet no reports.