Relief as Gartan plans withdrawn

 

A planning application for new security features at Gartan Estate has been withdrawn.

The application, lodged by Donegal ETB sought to erect gates and a fence around parts of the Gartan Outdoor Education and Training Centre.

The proposal had sparked major concern among the local community who use the amenity regularly.

Cllr Michael McBride says the decision to reverse the application will bring relief to residents in the area.

He's hopeful that future public consultation with the community will result in a plan that's in the best interest of everyone:

Statement from Donegal ETB: 

Donegal ETB has taken the decision to withdraw the planning application for the provision of a new access control fence with associated gates and landscaping to the edge of the existing access road at Gartan Outdoor Education and Training Centre.

The reason for the proposed developments were as follows:

  • To improve overall public safety within the Gartan Estate.
  • To improve the security of the facilities at Gartan Outdoor Education and Training Centre.
  • To create a defined separation between course participants at Gartan Outdoor Education and Training Centre and the general public.
  • To increase child protection measures for children partaking in courses at Gartan Outdoor Education and Training Centre.
  • To ensure continued public recreational access to the road network within the Gartan Estate.

This decision has been made following receipt and consideration of recent correspondence regarding the access roads through the grounds. Donegal ETB believes it is prudent to clarify the current status of these roads and also take time to consider representations and observations regarding the proposed developments.