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Boundary fence approved for soccer club

THERE was good news for two Shannon soccer clubs this week as Shannon Town United had their application to construct a new fence upheld by An Bord Pleanála, while Clare County Council have agreed to give a piece of land to Shannon Olympic for a nominal sum.An Bord Pleanála have granted planning permission to Shannon Town United for the erection of a boundary fence, including gates, to the perimeter of their pitch at Drumgeely/Tullyglass.Clare County Council’s original decision to grant planning had been appealed by the Drumgeely Residents Association.In her report, An Bord Pleanála inspector Una Crosse outlined a number of the grounds of appeal. This included a view that the Drumgeely Riverside Walk “is the most significant natural amenity in Shannon and would be seriously damaged by the proposal”.It was claimed the fence would be unduly imposing on a narrow walkway and that its height was excessive, while it was claimed the fence could create space for anti-social behaviour …

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Remedial works sought for wastewater infrastructure

SHANNON needs emergency funds for essential remedial repairs to the wastewater infrastructure in the town, it was claimed at the September meeting of the Town Council.Councillor Gerry Flynn put forward a motion that the council apply to the Minister for the Environment for funding.“If there is a major burst in the system, a whole section of the town could be put out of action,” he claimed.In a written reply, engineer Eugene O’Shea stated there is a plan in place for a lasting solution.“As outlined by Sean Ward, senior engineer, Clare County Council, to the September meeting of the Shannon Electoral Area, a brief has been prepared in relation to the Shannon sewerage scheme for consultants to 1. prepare the Environmental Impact Scheme and 2. design the advance works contract to upgrade the biggest foul pumping stations and associated infrastructure.“This advance works contract is of critical importance to Shannon. It is expected that these documents will be ready by early 2011 …

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Councillors cry foul over ‘awful smells’

SHANNON’S waste water treatment plant badly needs upgrading and there are foul odours around the town because of creaking infrastructure, the September meeting of Shannon area councillors heard.At the meeting, Councillor Gerry Flynn introduced a motion asking for the council to provide a report on the upgrade of Shannon’s waste water treatment plant.In a report, engineer Sean Ward stated that an upgrade could be some way off.“Shannon sewerage scheme is on the Government’s Water Services Investment Programme 2010-2012 as a scheme to proceed through planning, the intention being to have all stages of planning the scheme completed before end of 2012, to be ready to go to tender in 2013, subject to approval by the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government. A preliminary report was received in 2008 from Nicholas O’Dwyer and Partners, consulting engineers, which recommended a new treatment plant and upgrading of sewers and pumping stations.”Councillor Flynn had words of praise for Mr Ward, who he said …

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