Minutes of the Project Board, and related Monitoring Reports for the Avoca Mine Site, Wicklow

AIE Request 202217

AIE: time extension for information on unlicensed quarry operations on Inis Mor, Galway

Re: AIE request -AIE 22/09

A Chara,

I refer to the request you made under the European Communities (Access to Information on the Environment) Regulations 2007 to 2018 (S.I. No. 133 of 2007, S.I. No. 662 of 2011, S.I. 615 of 2014 and S.I. No. 309 of 2018) (hereafter referred to as the AIE Regulations) for access to information held by Galway County Council relating to 2 unlicensed quarry operations on Inis Mor.As you are aware from the initial acknowledgement, I am the decision-maker dealing with your request .

Extension date by which decision will be made

As indicated in the acknowledgement of 6th May, Galway County Council is obliged to notify you of its decision on this request within one month of its receipt. However, Article 7(2)(b) of the AIE Regulations allows a public body to extend this time period up to a maximum of 2 months from the date on which the request was received, where the decision maker is unable, due to the volume or complexity of the request, to make a decision within the original one month period.

In respect of your application, due to the volume of records involved it will not be possible to make a decision on your request within the standard one-month timeframe.

Accordingly, I am extending the timeframe for dealing with your request by one month from the date indicated to you in the acknowledgement letter. I will therefore notify you of my decision as soon as possible, but at the latest by 1st July 2022

Galway CoCo

Laois quarries

156 registered quarries in Laois

12 quarries in Laois have open enforcement files against them

On site reviews of all the quarries was begun by the council during 2020. 110 were studied

https://www.leinsterexpress.ie/news/local-news/647220/illegal-quarries-destroying-the-laois-countryside.html

https://www.leinsterexpress.ie/news/local-news/640110/request-for-audit-into-laois-quarries-unsupported-by-councillors.html

Kildare Quarries

A list is prioritised by local authority for enforcement action, and a number of warning letters have been issued.

Matters considered include a broad spectrum of areas within each unauthorised quarry and include compliance with relevant Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and Appropriate Assessment (AA) legislation on the protection of the environment and the local Natura 2000 sites

Section 261 quarries in Kildare

Ballysax, Curragh

https://www.thejournal.ie/kildare-quarry-high-court-4484039-Feb2019/

Kilsaran Concrete quarry

https://www.rte.ie/news/business/2021/0611/1227608-kildare-quarry-approved-by-an-bord-pleanala/

Ballyneety Quarry, Limerick

Roadstone Provinces Ltd

https://www.limerickleader.ie/news/home/636718/council-sends-warning-letter-to-owner-of-limerick-quarry.html

A warning letter under Section 152(1) of the Planning and Development Act 2000 as amended has been sent to Roadstone Provinces Ltd, Saggart, Co Dublin for “non compliance with condition no 1 attached to Quarry Registration and conditions no’s 2 and 18 attached to planning permission reference at Luddenbeg, Ballyneety, Co Limerick.”

The “non compliance” with conditions that the council refers to in its “warning letter” are:

1. The area subject to registration is outlined in red on the attached map. Any development outside this area will require the benefit of planning permission. All relevant conditions from permission 06 3689 to apply.

The reason for this is “in the interests of clarity”.

2. The permission is for a period of six years from the date of this order. No further extraction shall be permitted without a prior grant of planning permission and the restoration of the site shall be completed to the satisfaction of the planning authority within one year of the cessation of extraction works.

The reason is “in the interest of clarity having regard to the nature of the proposed development and to ensure satisfactory reinstatement of the site having regard to visual amenity”.

18. Before development commences a monitoring programme regarding noise, dust and water quality shall be agreed in writing with the planning authority for the duration of the extraction period. Independent environmental auditors approved by the planning authority shall carry out this programme, which shall be at the developers expense and made available  to the public for inspection at all reasonable hours at a location to be agreed with the planning authority.

The reason for this is “in the interest of residential amenity”.

https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/arid-40286594.html

https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/spotlight/arid-40252907.html

https://www.limerickleader.ie/news/home/624838/what-lurks-beneath-limerick-quarry-asks-environmental-group.html

Unlicensed Quarries, Inis Mór, Galway

Trá na mBuailte, Cill Éinne (EN19/103) and An Pointe, Cill Éinne (EN21/033), Inis Mór

Galway CoCo. enforcement file numbers

En21/033

En 19/103

Locations

48GV+H6X Frenchman’s Beach, County Galway

53.126494667996, -9.656705299041693

48JG+GQX Upper Kilronan, County Galway

53.13149446060847, -9.673230176707293

AIE

To request under the AIE Regs copies of any records related to two unlicensed quarry operations (as above)

02/05/22