Cork County Board get to keep their all-weather pitch nets at Páirc after appeals

Cork County Board get to keep their all-weather pitch nets at Páirc after appeals
General View from the redeveloped Pairc Ui Chaoimh All Weather pitch, Cork. Picture: Jim Coughlan.

Cork County Board has been allowed to retain the ball nets on their all-weather pitch at Páirc Uí Chaoimh.

A ten-year permission was granted in 2014 for the refurbishment and expansion of Pairc Uí Chaoimh and for a new all-weather pitch as part of the creation of a Centre of Excellence.

One of the conditions attached to the development stipulated that the ball netting behind the goals of the all-weather pitch should be retractable, and shouldn’t be up if the pitch is not in use.

The County Board applied for the retention of the ball nets as constructed which aren’t retractable.

One third-party appeal was lodged, stating that the nets are visually obtrusive, and would have a negative impact on wildlife. They also said that “if the nets are required for safety reasons, then they should be provided on all sites of the pitch and not just at the ends.”

However, the board gave the green light for the retention of the nets, saying they wouldn’t seriously injure the amenities of the area or of property in the vicinity of the site.

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