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Will €100,000 levy plan halt pylons ?

| April 18, 2014

stickerA last ditch effort is to be made by Wexford’s outgoing councillors to put a financial block in the way of EirGrid’s proposals to run a line of pylons through the heart of the county.

This week councillors insisted that a decision on a planned levy on each pylon to be erected in the county be moved forward  to early next month to enable the existing Council to take the decision before the local elections.

The pylons have been a hot issue in communities across the county for months and it was revealed this week that EirGrid had not yet responded to a detailed submission made by councillors several months ago.

However, councillors are now pushing for the project to be hit with a financial sting at planning stage and a meeting of the Council’s planning committee is to be moved forward to the beginning of May to enable the proposal to be formalised ahead of the May meeting of the full Council.

Councillors are to demand that a €100,000 levy per pylon be applied and be included in the planning regulations. The move is being pushed by councillors Martin Murphy and Larry O’Brien but it is likely to have widespread support.

Already the Chairman of the Planning Committee of the Council, George Lawlor, has agreed to move a meeting of his committee forward to facilitate an early decision.

At Monday’s meeting of the Council Cllr. Martin Murphy expressed frustration that a decision on the levy had not yet being formalised despite having been put forward by him some time ago.

Cllr Larry O’Brien said he fully supported Cllr Murphy and that what was to be considered was a €100,000 planning levy per pylon,  On the same issue Cllr. Kathleen Codd Nolan asked if there had been a response from EirGrid to the Council submission on the pylons and she was told that there had not yet been a formal response to the Council.

Councillors are to demand that a €100,000 levy per pylon be applied and be included in the planning regulations. The move is being pushed by councillors Martin Murphy and Larry O’Brien but it is likely to have widespread support.

Already the Chairman of the Planning Committee of the Council, George Lawlor, has agreed to move a meeting of his committee forward to facilitate an early decision.

At Monday’s meeting of the Council Cllr. Martin Murphy expressed frustration that a decision on the levy had not yet being formalised despite having been put forward by him some time ago.

Cllr Larry O’Brien said he fully supported Cllr Murphy and that what was to be considered was a €100,000 planning levy per pylon,  On the same issue Cllr. Kathleen Codd Nolan asked if there had been a response from EirGrid to the Council submission on the pylons and she was told that there had not yet been a formal response to the Council.

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