Plans by Longford Golf club to provide a much needed toilet for golfers approximately halfway round the 18 hole course look set to be delayed.
The club has sought permission to build a toilet and provide the necessary sewage works close to the number ten tee box.However the club has just received correspondence from the planning authority inviting further information in relation to the proposal. This development follows a recent submission/observation, submitted by a Longford based architect.
The Council notes that the proposed toilet is located 33 metres from a national monument which has been identified as a ringfort and has asked the Golf Club to consider another location for the toilet given the “extensive landholding in its ownership.” The Council is also seeking additional information in relation to the design of the foul water pipeline proposed for the toilet as well as details of the existing foul sewer from the clubhouse, to which the club proposes to connect the new toilet sewer line.
Meanwhile, a Council planning report on the application points to a report from the National Monument Service and its survey in 1975 which said that whilst the ringfort had been levelled, the outline of the monument could still be traced. A subsequent report from the same agency in 1998 however noted that there had been further levelling and that the structure was no longer visible.
According to the Council report, the development would not be permitted within 20 metres of the monument site and whilst acknowledging that it is 33 metres away, has now written to the club and invited them to consider other locations.
Meanwhile, in his submission to the Council, Liam Madden suggested that the application was “flawed” on the basis that it didn’t indicate that the proposed toilet would be located at or near a national monument.