Objection to CIE planning application for Howth Junction

CIE have submitted a retention application for works at Howth Junction. I have objected on the grounds of the blocking of disabled access.
                                54, Páirc Éabhóra,
                                Beann Éadair,
                                B.Á.C. 13
01 8324087

21st June 2006

Re: Planning Application 3156/06, Howth Junction/Donaghmede Dart Station

A chairde,

I refer to the above retention application.  The current layout of the station frustrates access of rail passengers to/from the right of way giving access to Baldoyle Industrial Estate and Grange Road and to Fás.  In doing so it completely prevents the access of many mobility-impaired passengers to/from these locations.  As such it is in breach of both national and local policies for disabled access.  Please ensure that full disabled access is provided and that a condition is included requiring that the station be operated in such as way as to maintain full disabled access.

I also note that most of the station is in Fingal County Council’s functional area. I have not found any corresponding planning application in the Fingal Planning Department’s lists.  Please confirm that the necessary application is being made and that the local authorities are liaising in relation to this.

I enclose a cheque for €20 as required, under protest at this charge for public participation in environmental decision-making, contrary to the Aarhus Convention.

Is mise, le meas

Cllr. David Healy