FIE's extensive objection to the proposed location of the RNLI Lifeboat station at Castletownbere does not object to the project itself.

But the location ignores the most congested traffic pattern on the Bearhaven peninsula. FIE submission says it is ‘inexplicable' that a development relating to emergency services could ‘even be considered at this location', citing both the County Development Plan 2009 and the Bantry Area Local Plan 2005.

FIE draws attention to the Government's long standing primary goal of relocating all port-based activities on the adjacent Dinish Island, an infill island developed by the State for the marine sector with excellent access for emergency vehicles, including helicopters, close proximity to the hospital and no traffic congestion.

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PRESS RELEASE
FOR WEDNESDAY 29 JULY 2009

OBJECTION TO ‘INEXPLICABLE' LIFEBOAT STATION LOCATION

An extensive objection has been lodged by a local environmental group to the proposed location of the RNLI Lifeboat station at Castletownbere, Co. Cork.

The station is proposed on recently reclaimed land beside the Bere Island Ferry jetty.

The group's submission emphasies that it has no objection to the project itself but claims that the location ignores the ‘the most congested traffic pattern on the Bearhaven peninsula'.

The submission refers to the ‘ill-ordered and unmonitored parking, turning, and transit area which extends from the SuperValu corner across the parking area to the quay edge'. FIE claims ‘Uncontrolled traffic jams are frequent and prolonged as articulated lorries servicing the fishing industry on the contiguous Mainland Quay vie with traffic, pedestrians shopping trolleys, wheelchairs accessing disable parking, local mini-bus services and those waiting for (or at) the telephone boxes.

The group submission says it is ‘inexplicable' that a development relating to emergency services could ‘even be considered at this location', citing both the County Development Plan and the Bantry Area Local Plan, attaching an aerial view of the traffic pattern.

The group draws attention to the Government's ‘long standing primary goal of relocating all port-based activities on the adjacent Dinish Island, an infill island developed by the State for the marine sector with excellent access for emergency vehicles, including helicopters, close proximity to the hospital and no traffic congestion.'

FIE also suggests that the floating pontoon proposed is not included in the application and has not been assessed for its impact, drawing attention to the jurisdictional issues raised in the Tribunal Report on the Disaster at Whiddy Island.

Finally, the submission suggest the proposal would ‘entirely obscure the passive open space and park-like marine views of the Harbor and Bere Island seldom equaled in the seaside towns of West Cork.'

Friends of the Irish Environment is a national non-government organization founded in 1997 with its offices at Allihies, County Cork.

Verification:
Tony Lowes, 027 74771 / 087 2176316
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