As the SOS campaign slogan said “There will be no Plastics Factory in Skibbereen”. That turns out not just to be an aspirational goal, but literally true. The brilliant news after a High Court review is that the application by RTP to build the factory has been quashed. With expenses awarded to the campaigners, and many legal arguments still to make, the application by RTP has stalled. The campaign has succeeded. So congratulations to the SOS team for their tireless campaiging, lobbying, researching and fundraising which have brought it to this point.
Even better, the case is now closed for the forseeable future because RTP have subsequently decided not to pursue an application to build a plastic factory in Skibbereen.
The only loose end is what to do with the Poundlick site, and what will happen to its industiral designation. So share the good news, but keep in touch with SOS for further news on that front.
The original judement as reported by SOS read
“In the High Court on 30th July 2019, An Bord Pleanala consented to the Court granting an Order of Certiorari quashing the decision of the Bord dated 29th November 2018 which had permitted the construction of a thermoplastic compounds production facility at Poundlick, Baltimore Road, Skibbereen, Co. Cork.
And it is ordered that the subject matter of the said decision be remitted to An Bord Pleanala to be decided in accordance with law.
As is normal in cases of this kind, the subject matter of the decision will be remitted by the High Court to the Bord for further consideration which may result in a request to Daly Products Limited for a Natura Impact Statement. We will be a copy party to communications between the Bord and Daly Products Limited and to any NIS and will have opportunity to challenge or object.
We are advised that it will take a year to 18 months for procedures between the Bord and Daly Products Limited to play out and that no development can be commenced in that period.
Unusually, Daly Products Limited has not engaged in any way in the current process.
An Bord Pleanala has agreed to pay our legal costs.”
Now the latest announcement is that RTP Company have withdrawn their planning application.
As reported by SOS “An Bord Pleanála sent notification on September 16th 2019 to our Chairperson Brendan McCarthy that RTP Company T/A Daly Products Ltd. have withdrawn their application for the plastic factory and that there is no ‘live’ planning application now. This case is now closed. The SOS campaign has been successful in ways they could never have imagined. This has been a brilliant example of ‘People Power’.
Go raibh míle maith agaibh!!!
Thank you everyone for your support!!!”