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Thursday 8 December 2016

'Angry' locals set to appeal RDS plans for redevelopment

Anglesea Street
Anglesea Street

Residents living near the RDS who are worried about increased traffic will appeal against Dublin City Council's decision to grant planning permission for an expansion of the stadium.

It comes after the council approved the €26m redevelopment of the Anglesea Stand at the venue's main arena.

Around 400 events are held at the venue each year, and the planning application said the work would increase the capacity for Leinster's rugby games from 18,500 to 21,000 spectators.

Angered

It also outlined plans for new facilities for concerts and other events at the Ballsbridge site.

However, the plans have angered some locals because of the disruption the events will cause.

The Anglesea Road Residents' Association has organised a meeting for tomorrow to discuss how it will proceeded with the appeal to An Bord Pleanala.

Association chairman Paddy Byrne said that unlike most planning appeals, it was likely there would be only one element to the group's objection - poor traffic management.

"I would be certain of a very strong appeal," said Mr Byrne. "Unlike other appeals with An Bord Pleanala, this is down to traffic management alone."

Mr Byrne said the RDS "sold the family silver" when it sold off areas used for parking during the 1980s, and now the area simply cannot handle the volume of traffic attracted during events.

He added that people attending events parked in the surrounding area, blocking roads and angering residents.

"People are angry that the RDS has failed to address these issues," he said.

The redevelopment work would involve demolishing the Anglesea Stand and removing a terrace surr- ounding the clock tower.

In a statement, the RDS said it was "delighted" to receive notification of the decision to grant planning permission for the redevelopment.

A spokesman said it had not yet received any information about an appeal and did not comment on the complaints by locals.

"It is a considerable step along the planning process and one that brings the new stand closer to realisation," he said.

"The new facility will create a top-class experience for visitors and positively impact on the Dublin Horse Show, Leinster Rugby and any other events held in the RDS main arena."

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