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Longford Council agree to withdraw Greyhound Track as site for modular housing

Dec 15, 2022 07:38 By Shannonside News
Longford Council agree to withdraw Greyhound Track as site for modular housing
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The issue was raised at a Council meeting on Wednesday.

Longford County Council have agreed to withdraw the former Greyhound Track as a potential location for modular housing for refugees.

The Track in Longford Town was one of three sites provided by the Local Authority to the Office of Public Works for the potential construction of the rapid build homes for refugees fleeing the war in Ukraine.

A motion submitted by Independent councillor Gerry Warnock called on the council executive to make the withdrawal immediately.

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A public campaign over the last number of weeks saw over 150 people attend a public meeting and over a thousand sign a petition in opposition to the plan.

The site has been earmarked for a skate park and mini harbour, with local representatives also calling for playing pitches to be developed at the property.

Speaking following yesterday evening's council meeting, Councillor Warnock says local councillors sent a untied message:

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''I think it was loud and clear, the people of Longford what they felt for this site and what they felt was appropriate development on that site and their view to retain it as a recreational sporting amenity, and they've respected those views. So like it was un-equivocated, it was basically saying, right, we heard you, we're listening and we're withdrawing our consent and we'll come back with OPW should they wish to review some other site around. And it's a credit to the people of Longford town in particular, who supported this campaign.''

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