Clonmel zoning ‘madness’

Serious concerns have been raised about a section of land in Clonmel, located on a flood plain, yet still zoned for light industry.

Serious concerns have been raised about a section of land in Clonmel, located on a flood plain, yet still zoned for light industry.

Mayor of Clonmel, Cllr Pat English has slated the zoning status of the plot, which is approximately one third of a four acre site. He said it was ‘madness’, considering the OPW’s €40m flood prevention works, completed in 2012 and protecting Clonmel from a one-in-100-year flood event.

The land in question is in Waterford County Council’s jurisdiction and located between the Presentation Secondary School and the Dungarvan Road roundabout.

The land is owned by the religious order and is currently for sale.

The remainder of the four acres is zoned for educational and community development, and it is understood by the Council, that the religious order are making a portion of that available for a school car park.

The zoning issue emerged on foot of a motion by Cllr Joe Leahy at this month’s meeting of Clonmel Borough Council. He proposed that the Council purchase the four acre site and build a second playground for Clonmel on it. But the motion was overshadowed when the debate revealed the zoned nature of the land situated in this part of Clonmel, which was included in the Clonmel west phase of the flood scheme - the first to be completed at a cost of €8.18m, in 2010.

A letter will be sent to Waterford County Council outlining councillors’ concerns, particularly with the industrial zoning, considering its location.