Uproar !

UPROAR outlines case against airport runway

UPROAR, the Portmarnock community group opposed to the construction of a new runway at Dublin Airport, has laid out the case it will present to An Bord Pleanála appealing the decision to let the runway go ahead.

The group, which is a sub-committee of the Portmarnock Community Association, believes the DAA’s Environmental Impact Statement and the additional information it furnished to Fingal County Council fails to deal with its concerns.

The group will claim the impact on traffic on the surrounding road network has been ‘seriously understated’ and will say that no economic case has been made for the construction of the new runway.

The group suggests that a second airport serving the greater Dublin area would be more economically viable than the new runway.

The group also wants a Health Impact Assessment on the runway proposal and is concerned that Portmarnock will be in a Public Safety Zone and will be subject to greater noise pollution.

The group will claim the National Spatial Strategy, National Development Policy, National Sustainable Development Strategy and regional planning guidelines are contravened by the proposed project.

UPROAR will call for a National Aviation Policy to be put in place to guide a decision on what it calls ‘our largest ever aviation infrastructure investment project’.

The DAA, which plans to appeal some of the planning conditions imposed on the project, and Fingal County Council will argue against overturning the decision to grant permission for the runway, and argue the project is essential for the continued prosperity of Dublin Airport and the county of Fingal

By John Manning

Fingal Independent 06/06/06