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Planning appeal lodged against building of mast in Westmeath

Nov 24, 2022 13:11 By Shannonside News
Planning appeal lodged against building of mast in Westmeath Planning appeal lodged against building of mast in Westmeath
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The pole along with the ground based equipment and security fencing was granted by Westmeath County Council last month with 5 conditions attached

Residents in Ballynacarrigy have lodged a planning appeal against the construction of a telecommunications mast near the village.

Eircom Limited trading as Eir applied to build an 18 metre high monopole antenna carrying a dish and associated telecommunications equipment at Deerpark, Ballynacarrigy in Westmeath.

The pole along with the ground based equipment and security fencing was granted by Westmeath County Council last month with 5 conditions attached. Also included in the application are site development works for wireless data and broadband services. The plans were the subject of several submissions from locals who highlighted their concerns with impact the development would have on the visual amenity and the potential damage to a cave system under which locals claim evidence of. Residents of Ballintue have now lodged an appeal with An Bord Pleanála against the decision from Westmeath County Council.

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Meanwhile, Eircom Limited have submitted planning permission for a separate mast in Dowra, County Leitrim. The company are seeking to construct a 27 metre high lattice telecommunications structure together with antennae, dishes, and associated equipment at the Eircom Exchange in Kilmore. The development proposes to removed an existing 18 metre high monopole structure and replace it with the new tower.

Leitrim County planners will decide on the application in January.]

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