A councillor was prevented at Carrick-on-Suir Town Council’s monthly meeting last week from raising An Bord Pleanala’s controversial decision to confirm planning permission for a Meteor Mobile phone mast at Mill River Business Park .
Fianna Fail Cllr Sylvia Cooney-Sheehan, who objected to the 20m mast, clashed with Mayor of Carrick-on-Suir Cllr Richie O’Neill over her wish to make a comment on the planning appeal board’s ruling.
She stood up at the meeting last week indicating she wished to make a comment about the planning decision as the issue was very important for the people of Carrick-on-Suir.
But Town Mayor Cllr Richie O’Neill interjected and said he was not allowing the councillor raise the issue at the meeting as it was not on the agenda.
Cllr Cooney-Sheehan responded that she was very disappointed with the mayor. “You are saying that because the people of Carrick-on-Suir objected, I can’t say anything at all?” she asked with indignation.
The Mayor responded that he would give the councillor the option of raising the issue at the next meeting.
Cllr. Cooney-Sheehan remarked that a lot of issues not on the meeting agenda were allowed to be discussed by the Council.
Cllr O’Neill demanded that Cllr Cooney-Sheehan withdraw the comment. “I wouldn’t have said it to you when you were in the chair,” he complained.
Cllr Cooney-Sheehan agreed to withdraw the comment.
She was among a large group of local objectors to the proposed mobile phone mast, who appealed Carrick-on-Suir Town Council’s decision to approve permission for the development.
Eight residents groups living near the mast site, Comeragh College Secondary School and Carrick Swan GAA Club also submitted objections to An An Bord Pleanala.
Concerns about the possible radiation effects on public health in the area surrounding the mast and its visual impact were among their key objections to the mast that will include two dishes and three antennae.
An Bord Pleanala decided at the end of April to confirm the Town Council’s decision despite its planning inspector’s recommendation to refuse permission.